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London Film Festival: Norte, the End of History

London Film Festival: Norte, the End of History

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London knew I was coming. They knew I knew how to handle weather like this. And anyway, there’s something about London that suits this kind of weather – the fudge-brown Thames, the greige slate and stone, the reportedly pompous insularity of its inhabitants… actually, I have quite a fondness for Londoners. Less so for the tourists. Says me… I elected to sleep on my sofa last night, or morning, as…

Ben Stiller in a still from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Screens, Pundits Scramble

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Last year, when Life of Pi was shown to the NYFF, no one really knew what to make of it. Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, a few of us bloggers were selected by the then publicist, Bumble Ward, to see the film. Some of us sobbed girly tears. I can remember saying to Pete Hammond in the garage on the way out, “going to be tough to beat that.” All…

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Bruce Dern Tribute Announced, Plus Nebraska and Out of the Furnace as Centerpiece Galas at AFI Fest

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With Foxcatcher now bumped to 2014. Nebraska and Out of the Furnace are announced as Centerpiece galas when the AFI fest rolls out early November. Out of the Furnace is described as “A gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Directed by Scott Cooper, and written by Cooper, Brad Ingelsby, Starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.” The…

Jordan’s Toronto Diary, #3

Jordan’s Toronto Diary, #3

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As the festival winds down and my days are counted here at TIFF some movies are starting to stick with me more than others. Today was a quieter day and I had time to finally reflect on some of the stuff I have seen the past 5 days. Two films in particular seem to not be getting out of my head, those films are “12 Years A Slave” and “Prisoners”….

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Jordan’s Toronto Diary Day Two

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One of the joys of being in Toronto is bumping into people you really admire so much. Seeing Chiwetel Ejiofor sneaking into a quick afternoon screening and of course bumping into Harvey Weinstein, hiding his nerves, right before the first press screening of “August:Osage County”. The critics were in town too, I caught a glimpse of the New York Post’s Lou Lumenick quite a few times, Newsweek’s David Ansen lining…

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Jordan’s Toronto Diary – Day One

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The first day of any major film fest will be a resoundingly exhausting experience. So much to see with so very little time. Albeit there are more than 10 days to The Toronto Film Festival but the sheer amount of quality directors to choose from is limitless. Trying to focus on one thing is tough here. The kinetic pace leaves you with the need to down espresso shot after espresso…

2 awards for Fruitvale Station at Deauville festival

2 awards for Fruitvale Station at Deauville festival

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(Thanks to Arnaud Trouvé) -Grand Prix « Night moves » de Kelly Reichardt -Prix du public « Fruitvale station » de Ryan Coogler -Prix révélation Cartier (jury présidé par Valérie Donzelli) « Fruitvale station » de Ryan Coogler (Un film qui est autant un geste qu’un cri) -Prix de la critique internationale : « The Retrieval « de Chris Eska

Toronto Int’l Film Festival tribute to Roger Ebert

Toronto Int’l Film Festival tribute to Roger Ebert

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Tweet Raves for Dallas Buyers Club’s McConaughey and Leto

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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB: McConaughey gives Ejiofor a run for his money as AIDS patient battling medical establishment. #oscars #TIFF13 — Lou Lumenick (@LouLumenick) September 7, 2013   DALLAS BUYERS CLUB: Fascinating portrait of AIDS epidemic from different POV. McConaughey is excellent but Leto really surprises. #tiff13 — Adam Chitwood (@adamchitwood) September 7, 2013   Jared Leto in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. Holy crap. #TIFF13 — Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman6) September 7, 2013…

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Sacro GRA wins Golden Lion in Venice

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Thanks to Guy Lodge the awards announcements are trickling in. So far: Golden Lion: Sacro GRA, Gianfranco Rosi Grand Jury Prize: Stray Dogs, Tsai Ming-liang Silver Lion, for Best Director: Miss Violence, Alexandros Avranas Best Actor: Themis Payou, Miss Violence Screenplay: Philomena Best Actress: Elena Cotta in A Street in Palermo Special Jury Prize: The Police Officer’s Wife Luigi de Laurentiis Lion of the Future: White Shadow FIPRESCI prize: Tom…