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Toronto Update, Awards, Auteurs, Moore, Coens, Beatles

Toronto Update, Awards, Auteurs, Moore, Coens, Beatles

Toronto Watch
Hot off their fab launch of A Serious Man at Toronto, the Coens swear they have no interest in returning to The Big Lebowski, even if audiences do. A Serious Man won the updated IndieWIRE critics poll for 34 new Toronto films that did not play Sundance or Cannes. Magnolia has picked up North American rights to Tilda Swinton-starrer I Am Love.

Awards Watch:
Canada names I Killed My Mother its foreign Oscar entry. IndieWIRE has collected 28 entries so far.

The Indie Crisis
Roger Ebert weighs in on the dire state of the indies.

Peter Broderick lays out the ten principles of indie distribution.

Studio Watch
Claudia Eller cites Disney Channel’s success story Rich Ross as a likely successor to departing studio chief Dick Cook. I like another theory: Bob Iger could go with several fiefdoms. Check out this revealing new media panel featuring Iger, Hulu’s Chad Hurley and Wired editor Chris Anderson.

Auteur Watch
Despite a rash of publicity surrounding the opening of Captialism: A Love Story, my instincts are that the timing is off on this. People are saturated with info on the economic crisis–and they want it to be in recovery, now. Michael Moore talks religion to Fortune and talks to Tina Brown. Here’s the NYT review. Metacritic ranks the movie at 64, which is not the positive push the movie needs.

Cinematical hearts my favorite director of all time–in close rivalry with Akira Kurosawa–John Ford.

Julie Taymor insists that Spider-Man the musical is still on track. Don’t ever count her out. She’s a tenacious genius.

Check out a new film school: Werner Herzog style.

Media Watch
Are Wall Street investors stealthily taking over the media industry?

Michael Wolf says old media really is dead. Stop the presses!

Vanity Fair lays out the rock sprigs who are showing off their great genes as models.

Adam Gopnik deconstructs the new Dan Brown novel.

Check out the new Avatar site and footage.

Check out the New Moon photo gallery featuring hunk-du-jour Rob Pattinson.

Here’s the fancy Beatles official widget:

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