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Toronto: François Ozon’s ‘The New Girlfriend’ Goes To Cohen Media Group

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After making its world premiere in Toronto, François Ozon's The New Girlfriend has inked U.S. distribution with Cohen Media Group. The Hitchcockian romance is adapted from the story by British suspense writer Ruth Rendell about Claire (Anaïs Demoustier), who discovers a surprising secret about her late best friend's husband (Romain Duris) that tests the boundaries of sexual and gender identity. French company Mandarin Cinema produced the pic from the prolific Ozon (In The… Read

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Oscar Watch: Best Actor Race Most Crowded Ever; Why Academy Should Double Number Of Nominees

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We are only just on the cusp of October and you can already put the “NO VACANCY” sign out on the Best Actor Oscar race. Sorry, no room. Don't even think about jumping in. Every year of late, it seems the Actor race gets richer while the Actress contest actively searches for candidates. Remember how “sure things” Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn't even make the cut last year? Perhaps that is just a reflection of what juicy roles the industry is offering on either side of… Read

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Ben Affleck Slays ‘Em As ‘Gone Girl’ Launches New York Film Festival And Marches Into Oscar Race

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The latest stop on the Fall Festival circuit hit the Big Apple Friday night with the opening of the New York Film Festival, which boasts two World Premieres as its key draw for Awards Season attention. They include Warner Bros.' Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Inherent Vice next Saturday, and of course Friday night's unveiling of the much-awaited film adaptation of the best seller Gone Girl  from 20th Century Fox and New Regency which screened  at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to… Read

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Jessica Chastain & Oscar Isaac Will Open AFI Fest With Oscar Hopeful ‘A Most Violent Year’

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The last major film festival of the fall season announced its highly anticipated opening night film this morning, and it is writer/director J.C. Chandor's and Participant Media's  A Most Violent Year. That's a bit of a surprise for the AFI Fest 2014 Presented By Audi, as it is going out through upstart distributor A24, a company looking to jump into the Oscar conversation in a big way with this high profile debut on  November 6th at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood… Read

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TIFF 2014: How Chris Rock, New Distribution Blood Fueled Film Deals

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As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto's 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for AFM, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn't make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto. The other intriguing development came on… Read

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Oscar Watch: First-Class Films From Aniston, Connelly, Costner, Gere Still Seek Distributors As Clock Running Out

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The 2014 Oscar clock is running out for powerful, but still unsold, festival showpieces starring Jennifers Aniston and Connelly, as well as Kevin Costner and Richard Gere. Several unspoken-for films came into this year's Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alicethe touching drama of a woman's descent into early-onset Alzheimer's disease, that plan worked spectacularly well… Read

Box Office

Nick Cave, Terry Gilliam, Kevin Smith Films Among 14 Specialty Debuts

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Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend's box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You. In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guestwith Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith's T… Read

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Toronto: ‘The Dead Lands’ Acquired By Magnet In NA Rights Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films and General Film Corporation has sold North American rights of the Toronto Film Festival film The Dead Lands to Magnet Releasing. The New Zealand-set action-thriller was directed by Toa Fraser, scripted by Glenn Standring and produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Standring. James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare and Rena Owen star. Magnolia's Magnet will release in theaters next year and the deal was brokered by… Read

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Rome Film Festival Reveals First 5 English-Language Titles; Soda Pictures Bringing ‘Phoenix’ To UK; More

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The Rome Film Festival announced Tuesday the first five English-language pics for its upcoming ninth edition. The Cinema Today section will present the European premiere of Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind, starring Richard Gere and Jena Malone. The Gala section will screen the international bows of Stephen Daldry's Trash, starring Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, and Christian Ditter's Love, Rosie, starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. That section also will show the Euro… Read

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Toronto: Andrew Garfield-Michael Shannon Starrer ’99 Homes’ Sells To Broad Green Pictures In $3 Million Deal

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UPDATE, 1:07 PM: I am now being told that 99 Homes will not try for Oscars this year. Broad Green will release it next spring and try for Oscar season 2015. EXCLUSIVE: One of the final marquee titles at the Toronto Film Festival is now spoken for, as the Ramin Bahrani-directed 99 Homes has been acquired by upstart Broad Green Pictures in a big $3 million deal for U.S. rights, with a P&A commitment. This is the latest new player in the indie distribution stratosphere that… Read

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New York Film Fest Will World Premiere Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden Docu ‘CITIZENFOUR’

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New York Film Festival director Kent Jones said today that the Film Society of Lincoln Center has added the world premiere of Laura Poitras' CITIZENFOUR to its Main Slate lineup. The presentation will run Friday, October 10 at 6 PM at Alice Tully Hall. Poitras will also participate in a free HBO Directors Dialogues the following day at 4 PM, at the Walter Reade Theater. The film, from RADiUS in association with Participant Media and HBO Documentary Films, opens… Read

Awards

Toronto: ‘The Imitation Game’ Named Festival’s People’s Choice Winner – Oscar Harbinger?

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The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People's Choice Winner, AKA, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown. The acclaimed film… Read

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