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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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Fall Festival Verdict: Who’s In, Who’s Out As The 2014 Oscar Race Gets Its First Real Shot Of Adrenaline

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With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC's summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics' Foxcatcher  could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some… Read

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Rising Star’ Format Heads To China; Ukraine Makes Surprise Choice For Foreign Language Oscar Race

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China is the latest country to secure a local version of Rising Star. Keshet International said Thursday that it has sold the singing competition format to Enlight Media China in a two-season deal for 30 episodes. The program will air on state-run China Central Television's CCTV-3 channel. "We are excited about this format because of its cross-platform and interactive features, which are things that have never been seen before in Chinese television," said CCTV-3 Program… Read

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Toronto: Jennifer Aniston Sparks Oscar Buzz With Game-Changing Drama ‘Cake’

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Jennifer Aniston — Oscar contender? You better believe it after the tumultuous standing ovation she received at the Elgin Theatre on Monday afternoon for her potentially career-changing film Cake after the end credits had rolled. Sans makeup but for scars and other disfigurements, Aniston proved way beyond cosmetic changes that she is the real thing. She's heartbreakingly good, alternately bitingly dramatic and funny in this story of a woman suffering with chronic pain… Read

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Toronto: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As TIFF World Premieres Keep On Coming

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In terms of Oscar watching, the most anticipated World Premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival debuted Sunday night and it did not disappoint. Focus Features, as expected, has a major contender in The Theory Of Everythingits Stephen Hawking biopic that turns out to be a touching and unusual love story between the young Hawking and his wife Jane. The film is based on her memoir, and Anthony McCarten's adaptation and first-rate direction by Oscar… Read

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Toronto: Kevin Costner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman And A Very Hot Chris Rock Fill Busy Fest Weekend

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Kevin Costner came into the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday for the world premiere of his powerful new drama, Black And White, a stirring story dealing with our racial divide,  but mostly a riveting human tale from writer/director Mike Binder. It's unflinchingly honest and contains a crackerjack courtroom scene that's priceless. In that scene, Costner delivers perhaps the best performance of his career, or at least since the period of his career circa Field… Read

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Toronto: Bill Murray Wows At World Premiere Of ‘St. Vincent'; Will It Be A Stealth Awards Player?

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Thunder and lightning and a sudden rainstorm couldn't dampen the spirits of moviegoers as the Toronto Film Festival provided a change of pace Friday night with the world premiere of The Weinstein Company's October release, St. VincentStarring Bill Murray in the best performance of his career and 11-year-old newcomer Jaeden Lieberher in the best kid role of the year, this pure family film (although rated PG-13) is about a young child of divorce who finds a companion in… Read

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Toronto: Warner Bros Gets Thumbs-Up Verdict As ‘The Judge’ Opens TIFF With Emotion-Packed Drama

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“I feel like I was sucker-punched, but it was a happy punch,” Robert Downey Jr. told me after the Toronto Film Festival's opening-night movie The Judge. At the Montecito restaurant after-party, the  star and his wife Susan Downey, who was one of the producers of the project, admitted they had not seen the film before in such a large venue as Roy Thomson Hall, where the October 10th Warner Bros release had its world premiere Thursday night. Downey admitted to tearing up at… Read

International

Global Showbiz Briefs: Bollywood & Arabic Distributors Get Chance At 8-Territory iTunes Release; Norway Picks ‘1001 Grams’ For Oscar Race; More

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Middle East film distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment is giving Arabic and Bollywood distributors a chance to have their movies reach larger audiences thanks to a new deal making it an iTunes aggregator. The Apple service is the only platform in the Middle East that offers simultaneous releases in eight countries: UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait. Front Row has already made some of its titles available including A Long Way Down, Rush, Dian… Read

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Austria Saddles Up ‘The Dark Valley’ For Oscar Ride; Ex-Sony Pictures TV Execs Launch Lineup Industries; More

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Austria has selected Andreas Prochaska's The Dark Valley as its official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Sam Riley stars in the German-language revenge Western based on the bestseller by Thomas Willman. In the film, a stranger arrives in a remote high mountain valley toward the end of the 19th century and asks the clannish village community if he can take shelter for the winter. But he knows the villagers' gloomy secret, and a mysterious… Read

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Hollywood Film Awards Get Air Date

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The first televised Hollywood Film Awards will air on Friday, November 14. The 17-year-old awards franchise founded by Carlos de Abreu signaled its intention to go to the screen last year when de Abreu partnered with awards show specialist Dick Clark Prods. A TV special, produced by DCP, was shopped and picked up by CBS. The Friday air date for HFA is somewhat surprising but it takes pressure off the show to perform great off the bat, and CBS plans to make it an all-night… Read

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