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Toronto: Stars Power 15 Hottest Festival Titles

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A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Toronto Film Festival titles seeking U.S. homes tout lots of star power, from Jennifer Aniston and Tobey Maguire to Jessica Chastain and Adam Sandler, though buyers don't yet know how broadly the movies will play. But there are sure to be plenty of domestic deals thanks in part to a new crop of U.S. distributors, including former Focus Features co-ceo Andrew Karpen's Bleecker Street. "The spring and summer were relatively good for independent film, so I think people are somewhat

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- Pamela McClintock

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Designers Dish, Nyfw Spring 2015 Edition: Zac Posen

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The 34-year-old designer of some of New York's and Hollywood's chicest and most classic eveningwear has been cutting great gowns for New York Fashion Week for 13 years now. And Zac Posen also has been cementing his red-carpet status ever since Jessica Chastain's Venice Film Festival debut in 2011, in which she stunned in a Zac Posen buttercup yellow chiffon Grecian gown. Recently, Michelle Dockery donned his sexy strapless green dress at the Audi pre-Emmy party, Jessica Alba wore another blue Zac at the Sin City premiere and Katie Holmes appeared to great fanfare in his

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- Merle Ginsberg

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Weinstein Co. Takes 'Roald Dahl's Esio Trot'‎ for U.S.

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The Weinstein Co. has acquired family TV movie Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, for the U.S.‎ The company, which has been building out its TV business and been mulling its possible spin-off, has taken all non-theatrical rights to the project for the country. Financial details weren't disclosed. The BBC last year ordered the 90-minute Roald Dahl adaptation for flagship network BBC One. Hoffman plays a retired bachelor with a secret passion for his neighbor, portrayed by Dench. But she focuses all her affection on her pet turtle. Weinstein Co. co-

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- Georg Szalai

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Busan to Open With Taiwanese Drama 'Paradise in Service'

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The 19th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) will open on Oct. 2 with the international premiere of Paradise in Service, a Taiwanese war romance directed by Doze Niu and produced by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. The film by the director of Love and Monga is about a young soldier's struggles amid military conflicts between China and Taiwan in the 1960s-'70s. The film's portrayal of modern history of evocative of 1980s New Wave Taiwanese films, as it depicts the pain of separated families and women's issues such as prostitution within military camps. Biff, which will run through Oct. 11 in the

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- Lee Hyo-won

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Benicio del Toro to Receive Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival

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Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro will receive the Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday. Del Toro's latest film Escobar: Paradise Lost, a Chapter 2 and Roxbury co-production, will close the Pearls Selection at the festival, which runs Sept. 19-27. Escobar, written by Andrea di Stefano, tells of young surfer Nick who thinks he has landed in paradise when he falls in love with a Colombian girl on a visit to see his brother who is living in the South American country only to have it change when he meets her

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- Pamela Rolfe

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BBC Cuts Out 'Doctor Who' Lesbian Kiss in Asia

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The Doctor Who debut of Peter Capaldi has aired in Asia without a scene featuring a kiss between two female characters. The scene was edited out of the version of the sci-fi hit show broadcast on the BBC Entertainment network in such territories as Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore due to regulations in Singapore, Radio Times magazine reported. The broadcast code in Singapore, where the BBC Entertainment feed for Asia is transmitted from, has strict rules on "information, themes or subplots on lifestyles such as homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexualism, transsexualism, transvestism, pedophilia and incest," according to

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- Georg Szalai

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'Bachelor in Paradise' Recap: One Guy vs. Three Women

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One guy got the opposite of a heartfelt sendoff on tonight's second-to-last episode of Bachelor in Paradise.  Following last week's extra sketchy episode, this week's began far tamer, with Marcus and Lacy's cute cave date. On it, we learned that Lacy doesn't know the difference between stalactites and, uh, "stalag-lights"? Lacy told Marcus that she's falling in love with him, which at least is a step forward, even if her feelings don't appear to be quite as strong as his. Brooks arrived, who was last seen having a tearful chat with Desiree on her Bachelorette season last

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- Ryan Gajewski

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China Box Office: Monkeys Do The Business as ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Rules Supreme

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Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes scored a chest-thumping $47 million in its opening weekend in China, putting it firmly at the top of the box office rankings in the world’s second biggest film market. The sequel notched up 141,124 screenings and 7.36 million admissions during the week that ended Sept.1, data from research group Entgroup showed. The Entgroup box office figure at $45.13 million was slightly lower than the studio figure. The movie has been a massive performer for 20th Century Fox, having made more than $600 million at the global

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- Clifford Coonan

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Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Dies at 63

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Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison has died, the band announced Monday. He was 63. "The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends," read a post on the Survivor Facebook page. He died in his home in Memphis, Tenn. Sunday, of an apparent heart attack, TMZ reports. Jamison joined the rock band in 1983 after they had released their hit "Eye of the Tiger," and went on to contribute vocals on songs such as “High On You," “I

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- Aaron Couch

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Focus World Acquires Julianne Moore's 'Maps to the Stars'

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Focus World has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Maps to the Stars. The film, directed by David Cronenberg, stars Julianne Moore as an aging leading lady and Mia Wasikowska as a mysterious young woman who becomes her assistant. The film also stars Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, and Sarah Gadon. Focus World is eyeing an early 2015 release for Maps to the Stars, which earned Moore best actress honors at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. Entertainment One and Prospero Pictures co-financed the film, with producers including Prospero’s Martin Katz, Sbs Productions’ Said

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- Aaron Couch

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