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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…

How Toronto Might Shift the Oscar Race

How Toronto Might Shift the Oscar Race

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Telluride has gotten the jump on Toronto, Oscar-wise, lately. But that doesn’t mean the same thing will repeat itself this year. Some movies that did well at Telluride this week might not have the same kind of impact in Toronto, where there are many more viewers.  It will be interesting to see if 12 Years a Slave captures the buzz, as it did in Telluride, for instance.  If Telluride can…

57th BFI London Film Festival slate announced

57th BFI London Film Festival slate announced

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(thanks again to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen) Official Competition The sophomore Official Competition line-up, recognising inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, includes the following: Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness Richard Ayoade’s The Double Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s Like Father, Like Son Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s Of Good Report Peter Landesman’s Parkland Ahmad Abdalla’s Rags & Tatters Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant David Mackenzie’s Starred Up Xavier Dolan’s Tom…

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Saving Mr. Banks and Foxcatcher to open AFI Fest

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Oscar. AFI Fest just announced that Saving Mr. Banks and Foxcatcher will open the AFI Fest.  Inside Llewyn Davis will close the fest. Your move, New York. Press release after the cut.

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Telluride Diary Last Day: The Middle Distance

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I had the best night’s sleep of my adult life at a Travel Lodge in Williams, Arizona, which is on East Route 66, exactly half-way from Telluride to Los Angeles. Or so said my good friend Glenn Zoller whose family has a place in Telluride. He told me this while we were watching the Salinger documentary. I’d been to Williams before, Chris Willman is always going on and on about…

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Telluride Review: Salinger

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Who hasn’t been captivated at one time or another by J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, one of the greatest American novels ever written. Probably we shouldn’t need to know much about the genius behind the book because, as the genius himself admits, the work should speak for itself. And indeed, Catcher in the Rye has spoken to many for decades, in ways good and bad. Is it Salinger’s fault…

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Telluride Diary: We All Shine On

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“For he would be thinking of love Till the stars had run away And the shadows eaten the moon.” –Yeats “Can I see the stars, Mommy?” A young boy of around five asked his mother on the gondola ride down from the Coen brothers tribute yesterday here in Telluride. “Maybe,” she said, in a patient voice. “If the sky is clear enough tonight.” “See that building with all of the…

12 Years a Slave: Rapturous reaction in Telluride

12 Years a Slave: Rapturous reaction in Telluride

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Twitter again erupts in praise of another likely masterpiece. Two days ago we got dazzled reaction from Venice festival-goers about Gravity. Tonight, 12 Years a Slave has stunned those in attendance in Telluride. @AwardsDaily Another powerful collaboration for McQueen and Fassbender. They make magic together. #Telluride @MrDanZak 12 YEARS A SLAVE = Masterful rendering of intolerable cruelty Standing O for McQ, Ejiofor, Pitt, Fass & stunning Lupita Nyong’o @csoberanis7 12…

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Telluride Diary Day One – Alive at Night

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Because my travel arrangements last year had me driving ten hours from Denver to Telluride I’d decided this summer I would simply make the drive directly from Los Angeles. There wasn’t anything remarkable about the trip except that I listened to two books — Dan Savage’s latest, and The Devil in White City, recommended by a few friends. Both of them helped pass the time, along with the ever changing…