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A Record 92 Countries Submit Films for the Oscar Foreign Language Race

oscarforeignlanguageTNAngelina Jolie and Michael Haneke are two of the more high-profile filmmakers among the 92 whose films were submitted, which will have to be culled down to a shortlist of nine with the final five nominees announced in January.

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NYFF: Alex Gibney’s Latest Doc “No Stone Unturned” Involves a Chilling Unsolved Murder in Northern Ireland

NoStoneUnturnedTNThe Oscar-winning filmmaker explores the 1994 Loughinisland massacre which went unsolved for decades, caught up in red tape and bureaucracy.

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TORONTO: True Stories Abound at the 42nd Annual Film Fest, But Which Ones are Actually Believable?

battle of the sexesAnalyzing sixteen of the movies at this year’s TIFF said to be “based on true stories” to see which ones are worth seeing, which ones have Oscar chances and most of all, which ones you can believe were really true stories.

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Toronto: Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Award-Winning Western “Sweet Country”

sweetcountryexcerptWarwick Thornton’s Western set in the Australian Outback premiered at TIFF as part of the Platform section and won the jury-selected award in that section. It stars Hamilton Morris, Ewen Leslie and Sam Neill.

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Toronto: 13 More Memorable Performances From the Festival, Including James Franco as Tommy Wiseau

James FrancoPeople will be talking about Sally Hawkins’ turn as a mute cleaning lady in Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairy tale The Shape of Water, but don’t forget about Richard Jenkins, who nearly steals the show.

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Toronto: Netflix Buys Midnight Movie “The Ritual” for $4.75 Million

TheRitualTNWritten by Joe Barton (Humans) and directed by David Bruckner (The Signal, Southbound), the film follows four friends hiking through the Scandinavian wilderness.

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Toronto: Jeff and Ed’s Top 10 Movies of the Festival, From “Novitiate” to “Call Me by Your Name”

CMBYNTrue stories such as Battle of the Sexes, Darkest Hour and The Disaster Artist reigned supreme at TIFF, where The Killing of a Sacred Deer also made a strong impression.

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EMMY AWARDS Review: Stephen Colbert Brings Humor and Inclusivity

donald gloverThe Emmy Awards happily danced through the three hours but never left a moment without touching on the larger conversations of diversity and the current White House administration.

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Donald Glover, Lena Waithe Make History With Emmy Wins on Night Stressing Diversity

donald glover emmy small Atlanta‘s Donald Glover became the first black director to win Best Directing for a Comedy Series at Sunday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards, while Lena Waithe became the first black woman to ever win a Best Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy.

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Primetime Emmys 2017: “Handmaid’s Tale,” “Big Little Lies” Win Big (Complete Winners List)

emmy statue small The Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with The Handmaid’s Tale, Veep and Big Little Lies coming out on top. Here is a full list of winners.

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Stephen Colbert Opens Emmys with Song, Dance, & Politics

emmys excerpt“Tonight, we binge ourselves,” declared this year’s Emmy host Stephen Colbert. Delivering a solid start to the awards show, Colbert began the night with a pre-taped portion of song, dance, before heading into a live monologue that doubled down on the political humor that has made him the biggest name in late-night this year.

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Toronto: Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards” Wins This Year’s Grolsch People’s Choice Award

The crime drama from the filmmaker behind In Bruges stars Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.

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Primetime Emmys 2017: Our Favorite Nominated Moments of the Year (Videos)

emmy moments we love small From Reese Witherspoon’s Big Little Lies speech to Kate McKinnon’s Saturday Night Live song to heartbreaking This Is Us moments from Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones, here are our favorite Emmy-nominated moments of 2017.

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Toronto: A24 Picks up Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed”

FirstReformedTNThe festival favorite, starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, is the distributor’s first official buy at the 42nd annual film fest.

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Primetime Emmys 2017: Records that Could Be Broken By This Year’s Winners

julia louis dreyfus emmys small Can Stranger Things challenge The West Wing? Is Westworld the new Game of Thrones? Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus outdo… herself?

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Toronto: Christian Bale, Jessica Chastain Shine a Light on Treatment of Native Americans in “Hostiles,” “Woman Walks Ahead”

HostilesTNThe two movies, directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass) and Susanna White (Our Kind of Traitor), premiered at TIFF, one getting far more immediate attention than the other, but the simpler (and far less expensive) film ends up working better.

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Toronto: “Borg/McEnroe,” “Battle of the Sexes” Both Feature Tennis, Yet Only One Is Truly About the Sport

battleofthesexesTNTwo of Toronto’s bigger premieres feature great sports stars of the past as portrayed by popular actors from the present. One of the movies has a much bigger and more important message, though they both build up to spectacular match-ups.

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Toronto: James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” Is the Year’s Funniest Film and the Best Movie of Its Kind Since “Ed Wood”

The Disaster ArtistWith his droopy eye, gaunt face, long hair and an unplaceable accent, Franco is perfect as Tommy Wiseau, nd I wouldn’t be surprised if he earns a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

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Toronto: Louis C.K.’s “I Love You, Daddy” Sells to The Orchard as A24 Lands Aussie Crime Thriller “1%”

I Love You DaddyLouis C.K. plays a successful TV writer-producer whose teenage daughter strikes up an unusual friendship with a 68-year-old filmmaker whose past includes unsavory accusations. It’s a controversial premise for C.K., who has dealt with unsavory accusations of his own of late, not that buyers were bothered.

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Toronto: Netflix Buys Jim Carrey-Andy Kaufman Documentary and Jason Sudeikis Movie “Kodachrome”

JimAndyKodachromeThe streaming plunked down around $4 million for Mark Raso’s Kodachrome, which finds Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis playing a father and son who embark on a road trip to Kansas to develop some important rolls of film. Joining them along the way is Elizabeth Olsen, a welcome presence in any indie movie.

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Toronto: Margot Robbie’s “I, Tonya” Spurns Big Netflix Offer in Favor of Bigger Theatrical Release From Neon, 30West

I TonyaLed by Tom Quinn and Tim League, Neon is one of the most exciting indie distributors around today, and it’s buying movies that we actually want to see.

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Creative Arts Emmys 2017: “Stranger Things,” “Westworld” Win Big (Complete Winners List)

stranger-things-excerpt Stranger Things, Westworld and Saturday Night Live all took home five wins on the precursor to the main show at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sunday night.

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Toronto: 15 of the Festival’s Best Performances So Far, From A-Listers to Newcomers

Tonya 200Keep in mind that the list below is comprised solely of performances that we’ve actually seen at this point, which is why Denzel Washington, Sally Hawkins, Gary Oldman, Emma Stone Saoirse Ronan and Christian Bale aren’t on here… yet. We may post a sequel later in the week, so stay tuned!

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Toronto: Midnight Madness Off to a Hot Start With Joseph Kahn’s Battle Rap Movie “Bodied”

Bodied TIFFBodied is the rare satire that works, and in today’s hyper-sensitive, overly-PC culture, it may be exactly what we need right now, especially given the conversation it has inspired about free speech and the consequences of language.

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Toronto: Matt Damon Comes Up Short in Pair of Paramount Pics Thanks to Weak Material

Matt Damon TIFFThere aren’t many true movie stars left these days, though Damon is still one of them. However, if he keeps this up, his career as a leading man may be what gets downsized. Because in Hollywood, like Suburbicon, there’s always some lookalike willing to take your place.

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Toronto: Margot Robbie and Jessica Chastain Shine in Oscar Hopefuls “I, Tonya” and “Molly’s Game,” Which Have Surprising Parallels

Tonya Harding Molly BloomTonya Harding and Molly Bloom may come from very different backgrounds, but they’re both women who picked themselves back up after getting knocked down. The fact that these movies debuted on the same night in Toronto is film festival poetry, folks.

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12 Can’t Miss World Premieres at This Year’s Toronto Film Festival

romanisraelTNWith festival season having begun last week, Edward Douglas recommends the 12 TIFF World Premieres that he thinks will be “Can’t Miss” movies at the annual Canadian film festival.

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Accessing the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Party And Event Grid

tiff excerpt Headed to Toronto for TIFF 2017? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, with premiere events, VIP parties, and RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going all week!

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The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Party and Event Grid (Exclusive)

tiff excerpt Headed to Toronto for TIFF 2017? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, with premiere events, VIP parties, and RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going all week!

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The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Party and Event Grid (Exclusive)

tiff excerpt Headed to Toronto for TIFF 2017? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, with premiere events, VIP parties, and RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going all week!

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