Festival Diary:  Here we go again… TIFF Day 1

Festival Diary: Here we go again… TIFF Day 1

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Hello again Awards Daily readers. I will once again attempt to navigate The Toronto Film Festival for another season and share with you some my thoughts and experiences as make my way thru the dizzying array of films ahead.¬† Like most yearly festival goers, I went thru the Advance Order process. I had to plow thru the large guide of films and make some hard choices as to which films…


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W Magazine Features Blue Valentines

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They are both so pretty – it’s hard to even look at them. So glad to see this is getting the high profile treatment. Blue Valentine is easily one of the standouts of 2010 so far (but that comes with a warning that it’s a painful, heartwrenching film). Click for high res. Two more after the cut. Thanks to the fine folks at ONTD.


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OscarWatch – Will the Rainbow be Enuf for Tyler Perry?

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The Huffington Post has a piece by Scott Mendelson wondering about Tyler Perry’s upcoming For Colored Girls and its Oscar potential. The film is based on the 1975 play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Anyone who ever went to acting school is quite familiar with this play as it’s a popular choice for monologues. “Oscar potential” refers only to the possibility that the…


Country Strong, trailer

Country Strong, trailer

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Thanks Kevin K. Have there been about 100 actors and actresses nominated and often winning Oscars for singing country-western songs? Even worked for Meryl Streep.


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Newsweek heaps praise on Affleck for The Town

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Newsweek says, “The Town may feel breezy and escapist, but it displays Affleck‚Äôs signature style: deep, unobtrusive realism.” Affleck‚Äôs heist movie The Town is part of a career turnaround so amazing that he looks like the new Clint Eastwood. Seriously. Affleck directed, stars in, and co-wrote The Town, a suspenseful, fiercely paced movie about bank robbers that is also about love, brotherhood, and the desperate need to escape a crooked…


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Fox Searchlight Buys Tree of Life

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Oscars 2010 just got a lot more interesting. Oh, and apparently it will release in 2011. Deadline reported the news that Fox Searchlight will now be distributing nothing less than the most anticipated film of the year (along with The Social Network and Black Swan, I’d say … True Grit as well). The heat is on.


The King’s Speech, clip

The King’s Speech, clip

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(Thanks Hunter!)


Secretariat, featurette

Secretariat, featurette

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The Town

Good early word for Affleck on The Town

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sonny points us to a positive reaction from Empire critic Damon Wise in Venice, where Ben Affleck’s The Town is screening out of competition: The Town is beautifully drawn; it has characters to care about and a situation that, though a little implausible, carries its own internal logic. And unlike that dream movie, there is real action here, with blazing guns, exhilarating car chases and violence with authentically fatal consequences….


Apparition hopes cling to Tree of Life

Apparition hopes cling to Tree of Life

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As Apparition’s Bill Pohlad cuts back with further staff layoffs, Deadline is cautiously optimistic that the beleaguered production company is nearing a deal to find distribution for its most significant asset: Pohlad has been showing the Terrence Malick-directed Tree of Life to distributors. I understand the film will land shortly. That means Malick has finished it and it will likely factor into an Oscar race which has suddenly gotten interesting…

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