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Weekend Fires, Festival Watch, New Moon Pics, Battsek Talks

Weekend Fires, Festival Watch, New Moon Pics, Battsek Talks

Weekend News:
Two Los Angeles County firemen were killed in a vehicle crash as they fought the Station fire near Acton after a long weekend battling fierce blazes in the Angeles National Forest brought on by hot, dry Southland weather. The Mt. Wilson tower-cam continued recording Sunday as wildfires threatened the mountain’s radio and TV towers. Thousands of area residents were evacuated and sought shelter at local schools as their homes were endangered.

UPDATE MONDAY MORNING: Here’s the latest LAT fire news alert:

A fire in the Angeles National Forest that is threatening thousands of homes from Acton to Altadena and has killed two firefighters has doubled in size to 85,000 acres overnight and destroyed more structures. The exact number of home consumed by the Station fire remains unclear, but officials said several homes south of Acton, on the fire’s northern flank, were lost last night and this morning. Mt. Wilson remains under threat, but the fire hasn’t reached the communications center.

Festival Watch:
The Telluride line-up is always secret, not announced until the opening day on Thursday of Labor Day weekend. So we all are guessing what the pics are. My best guess: Cannes pics White Ribbon, Bright Star, A Prophet plus The Road, An Education and Up in the Air. Kris Tapley tweets his list: Up in the Air, The Road, The White Ribbon, An Education, Coco Before Chanel, Bad Lieutenant.

Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story hits Venice before Toronto.

Sydney Levine, founder of IMDb’s Film Finders, is commenting on the international film acquisition and distribution scene at her new blog Sydney’s Buzz. She breaks down some of the 271 features screening at TIFF.

The NYT looks at Atom Egoyan’s sexy new movie for sale in Toronto, Chloe.

Hollywood News
New Moon‘s Volturi photos reveal Dakota Fanning as a bloodshot goth vampire. And check out this shameless ratings grab from Access Hollywood: See the Men of Twilight Shirtless!

Avatar doesn’t open until December 18, but you can buy your IMAX tickets now.

The Guardian celebrates one of Britain’s own, Miramax chief Daniel Battsek. He doesn’t say much.

Cinematical geeks out with movie references in Inglourious Basterds.

The LAT collects tributes to The Wizard of Oz, still magical after 70 years.

Media Watch:
Finally, Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner is dumping Real Networks and taking back control of Rolling Stone.com. He’ll relaunch the site next year.

[Photo of Station Fire courtesy LATimes; photo of Daniel Battsek courtesy The Guardian]

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