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Jordan M. Smith’s Top Ten Films of 2012: First-timer Helmers Rodney Ascher & Benh Zeitlin Crack Top 10 (Picks 10 to 6)

31 December 2012 12:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

10. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Another film I sorely missed in Park City, but finally caught during its theatrical release, Benh Zeitlin’s full length debut is pure southern magic. Following directly in the stylistic footsteps of his splendidly original short, Glory At Sea, the film is about finding inner strength to overcome outrageous odds and conforming to a life almost predetermined for us. Zeitlin seems to reject these deliberations for his own enchanted aesthetic where fables and realities collide. It also doesn’t hurt to have Quvenzhané Wallis play Hushpuppy, the cute and righteous face that harbor’s a swelling, juvenile fervency that buttresses the whole picture. It will be very interesting to see where Zeitlin goes from here.

9. Prometheus

There were few films this year I was more excited for than this one. Ridiculous plot holes, broad characterizations, ridiculous old man make-up and all, this was still one of my favorites. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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2013 Sundance Film Fest: Arriaga, Edgerton, Susser, Renzi, Chazelle, Dukic, Maysles and Spurlock Stack the Short Film Programs

4 December 2012 1:35 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Tons of notable entries from established auteurs, documentarians and the next generation of filmmakers to watch out for are the make-up of Sundance’s 2013 Short Film program. A total of 65 short films were selected from a whopping 8000 plus entries and among the notable names/shorts to look out for we find The Captain – from the Blue Tongue Films gang of Nash Edgerton and Spencer Susser (Hesher) a project penned with Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark), Goran Dukic who brought The Wristcutters to the fest several years back, brings us What Do We Have in Our Pockets?, while Damien Chazelle who directed the feature Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, brings us Whiplash and Guillermo Arriaga (The Burning Plain) let’s us feast on Broken Night.

Andrew Renzi makes it back to back years at the fest, he was invited last year for The Fort (here’s our interview with him) returns with Karaoke! »

- Eric Lavallee

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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Lance Edmands’ Bluebird

19 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Not Robert Redford or any Sundance programmer for that matter would admit to it, but their are certain characteristics that make for the quintessential Sundance film and I think we find this with Lance Edmands’ directorial debut. Certified by the Sundance Institute (was workshopped at both the Directors and Screenwriters Labs) with Bluebird we’ve got Americana, an appealing, distinguishable setting and backdrop during a harsh season, a creative slicing of the narrative, vet actors (John Slattery, Margo Martindale) breaking out later in life and working alongside future “it” faces (Emily Meade and Adam Driver) and to top it all off, the crew includes talented composers Daniel Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans (Simon Killer), Production Designer Inbal Weinberg (The Place Beyond the Pines) and perhaps one of the best cinematographers in the business who is one project from a major studio payday in Jody Lee Lipes (Two Gates of Sleep).

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- Eric Lavallee

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Dane DeHaan, Brady Corbet, Alden Ehrenreich In Talks To Play Harry Osborn In The Amazing Spider-Man 2

14 November 2012 9:28 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Marc Webb’s cast for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is suddenly starting to shape up. In the last month we’ve had news that Shailene Woodley will play Peter’s most famous love interest, Mary Jane, and that Jamie Foxx may be stepping into the villainous role of Electro.

It looks like next to be cast is Harry Osborn, Peter’s friend and son of Norman Osborn/the Green Goblin. The role was occupied in Sam Raimi’s trilogy by James Franco.

THR reports that three actors are being considered for the role: Dane DeHaan, Brady Corbet, and Alden Ehrenreich. They also say that the character was originally written to be the bulky, athletic type, but the role has transformed into a darker, edgier character.

Corbet is best known for his roles in Mysterious Skin, Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and 2012′s Simon Killer. Ehrenreich starred in Tetro and next year’s Stoker. »

- Alexander Lowe

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AFI Fest 2012: “Electrick Children” And “Simon Killer”

9 November 2012 11:07 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

In Dogtooth, an authoritarian father’s carefully constructed sham world falls apart after one of his sheltered daughters watches Rocky IV and Jaws. In Electrick Children (above), a 15-year-old Mormon girl (played by “25 New Face” Julia Garner) gets pregnant after listening to a rock ‘n’ roll song on an unmarked blue cassette tape. The narrative similarities essentially end there but, given their equally unorthodox takes on coming of age in cloistered environments, the two are oddly complementary. Split between rural Utah and fabulous Las Vegas, Electrick Children‘s visual world is entirely at odds with what its doe-eyed protagonist is used to on her big-sky homestead: neon lights, dingy nightclubs, vulgar young men. She navigates this new terrain with equal parts innocence and naivete, but never forced quirk—we feel for Rachel on her own terms, and though her journey is often quite funny it’s never cheaply so.

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- Michael Nordine

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Meet Mati Diop, Niece Of Great Senegalese Director Djibril Diop Mambéty And A Talent To Watch

8 November 2012 6:22 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

We totally missed this one, and it's actually quite a major miss! But thankfully, it didn't go completely unnoticed by us. The film is called Simon Killer, a mystery/suspense/drama directed by Antonio Campos that centers on a recent American college graduate who travels to France, where he becomes involved with a prostitute. A recent college graduate goes to Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend of five years. His life should be open-ended and full of promise, but he can’t shake his feelings of loss. Being a stranger in a strange land only aggravates his situation. When he falls in love with a young mysterious prostitute, a fateful journey begins. Though we soon »

- Courtney

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'Nairobi Half Life,' Mati Diop, 'Narcocorrido' Among AFI Fest 2012 Award Winners

8 November 2012 5:20 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Big congrats to Kenyan director David Tosh Gitonga, as his feature film debut, Nairobi Half Life, which S&A has covered plenty, has been awarded the Audience Breakthrough Award at the AFI Fest 2012, presented by Audi.  The award comes with a $5,000 cash prize. And Student Academy Award winner Narcocorrido which stars Nicki Michaeux, directed by Ryan Prows also picked up an award for Honorable Mention for Performance: fir co-star Raul Castillo. Also, winning the award for Special Mention for Performance, for her contribution to the suspense/drama Simon Killer as both an actress and screenwriter, is Mati »

- Courtney

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Eye-catching poster: "Simon Killer"

7 November 2012 12:48 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Production outfit Borderline Films comprises Sean Durkin, Antonio Campos and Josh Mond, all three of which rotate between directing and producing roles on each other's films. Last year, Durkin debuted with the towering cult-escapee tale Martha Marcy May Marlene. Now, IFC is gearing up to bring us Simon Killer, the latest from Campos, and his long-awaited follow-up to Afterschool, a harrowing, subdued work. 

Simon Killer "follows recent graduate Simon (Funny Games' Brady Corbet) as he travels to Paris to escape the fallout from a former relationship. No matter how hard he tries, Simon can't seem to shake the past and feelings of lost love. Instead, he fills his days traveling the streets and taking in the sites, while composing letters to his ex-girlfriend, engaging in chat room sex and hitting on girls in the streets. When he meets a beautiful prostitute (Mati Diop) and falls in love, everything begins to »

- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (Samuel Zimmerman)

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Eye-catching poster: "Simon Killer"

7 November 2012 12:48 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Production outfit Borderline Films comprises Sean Durkin, Antonio Campos and Josh Mond, all three of which rotate between directing and producing roles on each other's films. Last year, Durkin debuted with the towering cult-escapee tale Martha Marcy May Marlene. Now, IFC is gearing up to bring us Simon Killer, the latest from Campos, and his long-awaited follow-up to Afterschool, a harrowing, subdued work. 

Simon Killer "follows recent graduate Simon (Funny Games' Brady Corbet) as he travels to Paris to escape the fallout from a former relationship. No matter how hard he tries, Simon can't seem to shake the past and feelings of lost love. Instead, he fills his days traveling the streets and taking in the sites, while composing letters to his ex-girlfriend, engaging in chat room sex and hitting on girls in the streets. When he meets a beautiful prostitute (Mati Diop) and falls in love, everything begins to »

- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (Samuel Zimmerman)

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Eye-catching poster: "Simon Killer"

7 November 2012 12:48 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Production outfit Borderline Films comprises Sean Durkin, Antonio Campos and Josh Mond, all three of which rotate between directing and producing roles on each other's films. Last year, Durkin debuted with the towering cult-escapee tale Martha Marcy May Marlene. Now, IFC is gearing up to bring us Simon Killer, the latest from Campos, and his long-awaited follow-up to Afterschool, a harrowing, subdued work. 

Simon Killer "follows recent graduate Simon (Funny Games' Brady Corbet) as he travels to Paris to escape the fallout from a former relationship. No matter how hard he tries, Simon can't seem to shake the past and feelings of lost love. Instead, he fills his days traveling the streets and taking in the sites, while composing letters to his ex-girlfriend, engaging in chat room sex and hitting on girls in the streets. When he meets a beautiful prostitute (Mati Diop) and falls in love, everything begins to »

- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (Samuel Zimmerman)

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Afm and AFI Fest Announce New Program and Films Appearing Today November 6th

6 November 2012 4:30 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The American Film Market (Afm®) and AFI Fest presented by Audi join forces and introduce a new AFI Fest screening program at this year’s market. Three AFI Fest films seeking international sales representation will be screened today, starting at 9:00 am. The program was jointly announced by Jonathan Wolf, Afm Managing Director and Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI Fest.

The three festival titles that have been selected by AFI Fest to screen at Afm are: Here And There (AquÍ Y AllÁ) from writer/director Antonio Méndez Esparza (9:00 a.m. screening); Nairobi Half Life from director David Tosh Gitonga (11:30 a.m. screening); and Starlet from co-writer/director Sean Baker (2:30 p.m. screening).

“This was a natural progression in our long partnership with AFI Fest and provides these filmmakers an invaluable opportunity to screen for the world’s top sales agents,” said Wolf.

"The new screening program at the Afm has so much potential. It is going to give our AFI Fest filmmakers a chance to bring their films to the market to find representation; it's going to get their films directly in front of sales agents and buyers, and we hope that it will ultimately help these films get distributed internationally,” said Lyanga.

Afm and AFI Fest provide the only concurrent festival-market event in North America, connecting both art and commerce.  The alliance affords films that are represented and/or screening at the market and festival unmatched marketing exposure.  The partnership also provides AFI Fest filmmakers who visit Afm access to key decision makers from more than 400 of the world’s leading production and distribution companies.

A total of 27 films screening at AFI Fest will also be represented at this year’s Afm.

11 AFI Fest films will screen at Afm, including ABCs Of Death (Magnolia Pictures); Antiviral (IFC Films/TF1 International); Come Out And Play (Cananá Films); Ginger And Rosa (The Match Factory); John Dies At The End (Magnolia Pictures); Kon-tiki (Media Plan PR/HanWay Films); Quartet(HanWay Films); Simon Killer (IFC Films/ Fortissimo Films); and Zaytoun (Pathé International).

16 additional festival selections will be represented at Afm including: A Royal Affair (Magnolia Pictures); Berberian Sound Studio (IFC Films/The Match Factory); Beyond The Hills (IFC Films); Caesar Must Die (Adopt Films, LLC/Rai Trade); Eat Sleep Die (The Yellow Affair); Here Comes The Devil (Mpi Media Group); Holy Motors (Indomina); In Another Country (Kino Lorber); In The Fog (Strand Releasing/The Match Factory); Kid (Media Luna New Films); Pieta (Finecut); Tabu (Adopt Films, LLC); The Hunt (Magnolia Pictures); The Impossible (Summit Entertainment); The Most Fun I’Ve Ever Had With My Pants On (Continental Media); and War Witch (Tribeca Enterprises/Films Distribution).

About the Afm

The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market, Oct. 31 – Nov. 7, 2012.  The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.  

With 8,000 industry leaders from more than 70 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, Afm is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers, directors, distributors, financiers, industry executives, producers, talent, writers, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry.   

The Afm is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®, the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry and the voice and advocate for the Independents worldwide.  Visit www.AmericanFilmMarket.com and www.Ifta-online.org for more information. 

About AFI Fest presented by Audi

The American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI Fest presented by Audi brings the audience and the entertainment community together to explore the year in global cinema through the new works of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents, and it is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public.  AFI Fest mixes nightly red carpet galas of Hollywood films with new auteur works from around the world, ensuring that an extraordinary array of foreign filmmaker voices is heard.  Launching awards season each year, AFI Fest offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing audiences with the very best of global cinema, right in the center of the movie-making capital of the world.

Celebrating its 26th year as a program of the American Film Institute, the festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including Pedro Almodóvar and David Lynch as Guest Artistic Directors, and has screened scores of films that have produced Oscar® nominations and wins including, most recently, The Artist and A Separation.

AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi will take place November 1 through 8 in the heart of Hollywood.  AFI Fest is the only Fiapf-accredited film festival in the United States, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI Fest as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual Academy Awards®. 

Additional information about AFI Fest is available at AFI.com/Afifest.  Connect with AFI Fest at facebook.com/Afifest,twitter.com/Afifest and youtube.com/Afifest.

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- Sydney Levine

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AFI Fest 2012 Presented By Audi Announces Presentations, Conversations And Additional Screening

31 October 2012 3:18 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the events and screenings in its Presentations and Conversations programs, an additional screening and some of the guests who are expected to attend this year.s festival. AFI Fest, which annually presents the best of world cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 1 through 8 at the historic Grauman.s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Stay with us here at Wamg as we bring you the latest from the AFI Fest screenings, panels and after-parties right here in Hollywood!

Presentations:

This variety of special screening events offers audiences a unique festival experience.

Sunset Boulevard: Dir Billy Wilder

With restoration services by Technicolor, be among the first to experience one of Hollywood.s most beloved films as it was originally intended. A fitting release »

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Peter Fonda to Head Stockholm Film Festival Jury

29 October 2012 2:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London - Peter Fonda will head the jury of the 23rd Stockholm Film Festival, organizers said Monday. Fonda, who became famous for co-writing and starring in Easy Rider, was named president of the jury that will be tasked with handing out the event's Bronze Horse awards. The jury includes director Antonio Campo, of New York-based Borderline Films, whose sophomore film Simon Killer will screen in the festival's American Independent section. Other jury members are Serbian filmmaker Srdjan Dragojevic, who has won a Bronze Horse twice and whose The Parade will air in the Open Zone section, and Swedish producer

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Philadelphia Film Festival 2012: ‘Simon Killer’

24 October 2012 11:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Simon Killer

Directed by Antonio Campos

United States, 2012

Philadelphia Film Festival

We probably see the back of characters’ heads nearly as frequently as their faces in Antonio Campos’ follow-up to his 2008 brooder, Afterschool. Favoring a handheld, following camera, a pulsing synth soundtrack that cuts abruptly in and out, slow zooms that seem to be fast becoming a trademark of BorderLine Films, and ambiguous red-light transitions, Simon Killer seems culled equally from Frank Perry character studies and the sinister commonplace dread of a Bertrand Tavernier thriller.

Simon (Brady Corbet) is a college graduate (or so he says) roaming aimlessly in Paris. Recently broken up from his unseen American girlfriend, Simon takes up with a prostitute Noura (Mati Diop). The two spend their days having sex and scheming to rip off Noura’s clients.

Little is explained in Simon Killer. Whether Simon is entirely unreliable is completely up for debate, and left »

- Neal Dhand

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AFM is Nearly Here

22 October 2012 9:00 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

120 companies looking to buy films will attend the American Film Market for the first time, part of the more than 750 distributors from 75 countries that have registered for the only stand-alone theatrical feature film market (all others are attached to festivals) October 31-November 7 in Santa Monica. Korea (25), China (13), and the U.S. (11) lead the way with the most newcomers, AFM Managing Director and Independent Film & Television Alliance EVP Jonathan Wolf said in a release. “We are seeing a shift in the way sub-distributors acquire film as they steadily rely less on local distributors and more on direct acquisitions”, he said. “We also expect a significant increase in buyers from China.” AFM expects 1,500 individuals from these companies at the market from more than 70 countries.  More than 420 features will screen including 77 world premieres and 306 market premieres.  The numbers of prebuys are also looking good after their near demise in the financial crisis of 2008.

Films making their World Premieres include: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, from writer/director Roman Coppola and starring Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Charlie Sheen (Independent) was first announced at the Berlin EFM 2012 and has already presold to Koch Media Gmbh for Germany, Canana for Mexico, Praesens-Film AG for Switzerland; Cottage Country, starring Malin Akerman and Lucy Punch (Vmi Worldwide); The Frozen Ground, starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens (Voltage Pictures), which has already sold to Brazil (Imagem Filmes Distribuidora Ltda), Italy (Videa - Cde S.P.A.), Japan (Culture Convenience Club Co.,Ltd. / Culture Publishers Company), Netherlands (Independent Films), And Turkey (Calinos Films); Nous York, starring Leila Bekhti and Géraldine Nakache (Pathé International); The Numbers Station, starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman (Content) which was presold over the past year to Sena For Iceland, Pomi International For Indonesia, Content Media Corporation Plc For U.K. And Grandview Castle Entertainment for U.S., Pawn, starring Nikki Reed and Ray Liotta (Red Sea Media) and Summer In February, starring Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning (Speranza13 Media).

Among the 306 films set to make their Market Premieres are The ABCs of Death starring Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Iván González (Magnolia Pictures (for which Praesens has already acquired Swiss rights, ); Come Out and Play, starring Daniel Gimenez Cacho and Vinessa Shaw (Celsius Entertainment) for which Metrodome has U.K; Ginger and Rosa, starring Christina Hendricks and Elle Fanning (The Match Factory); Here Comes the Devil, starring Francisco Barreiro and Laura Caro (Mpi Media Group) for which Metrodome has U.K.; Kon-Tiki, starring Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen (HanWay Films) which is owned by A Contracorriente for Spain; Quartet, starring Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon, and directed by Dustin Hoffman (HanWay Films) already licensed to Germany – Dcm, Hungary -  Ads Service Ltd., Israel -  Lev Films (Shani Films), Spain -  Vertice Cine, Simon Killer, starring Brady Corbet and Mati Diop (Fortissimo Film) for which IFC has U.S.; and Zaytoun starring Stephen Dorff and Alice Taglioni (Pathé International).

Other Market Premieres include: After, starring Steven Strait and Karolina Wydra (Jinga Films); The Assassins, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Yifei Liu and written by Bin Wang (Easternlight) for which Well Go has U.S. rights; Dan Mirvish's Between Us, starring Melissa George, Julia Stiles, and Taye Diggs (Premiere Entertainment Group Elias Axume's new company) which Premiere will release theatrically; a 10 minute promo of The Body, starring Belén Rueda and Hugo Silva (DeAPlaneta Internacional) which Dark Light Media will release in China; Boxing Day which premiered in Venice, starring Danny Huston and Matthew Jacobs (Independent); The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple, Alexis Bledel, and Annette Bening (TF1 International); Fin (The End), starring Maribel Verdu (Film Factory Entertainment) sold to France-Tf1 International, Hong Kong (China)-Intercontinental Films Dist. (Hk) Ltd., Mexico-Cien Films, New Zealand-Vendetta Films; Great Expectations, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes (HanWay Films) sold to Belgium-Paradiso Filmed Entertainment, Germany-Telepool Gmbh, Italy-Videa - Cde S.P.A., Korea (South)-Daisy & Cinergy Entertainment, Poland-Gutek Film Ltd, Russia-Carmen Film Group, Spain-A Contracorriente Films, Switzerland-Pathe Films Ag, United Arab Emirates-Front Row Filmed Entertainment, United Kingdom-Lionsgate Uk Ltd, Usa-Unison Films; Greetings from Tim Buckley, starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots (Celluloid Dreams) which Celluloid Dreams will distribute in France; A Late Quartet, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken (WestEnd Films) presold to Australia-Hopscotch, Netherlands-Wild Bunch Benelux, Spain-Savor Ediciones, S.A.; The Reluctant Fundamentalist after its Toronto debut, starring Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber (K5 International) sold to Vendetta for N.Z.; Revenge for Jolly!, starring Elijah Wood, Ryan Phillippe, and Kristen Wiig (Highland Film Group); Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, straight out of Tiff 12, starring James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens (Kinology) sold to Canada-V V S Films, France-Mars Films, Germany-Wild Bunch Germany; Thanks for Sharing, starring Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow and written by Stuart Blumberg (Voltage Pictures) sold to Roadside Attractions for U.S., Germany and Switzerland-Falcom Media, Greece-Strada Films, Italy-Minerva Pictures Group; What Maisie Knew, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Julianne Moore (Fortissimo Film) sold to Millennium for U.S., Germany-Pandastorm Pictures Gmbh, Turkey-Bir Film; and Writers (Tiff 12), starring Greg Kinnear, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Connelly, and Lily Collins, (The Solution Entertainment Group).

For Complete Rights Roundup Before, During And After The Major Festivals And Markets, Notify Sydney Levine Via Email Sydney At Sydneysbuzz.

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- Sydney Levine

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Film Feature: 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival Highlights, Part Three

18 October 2012 6:53 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In its final days, the 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival is poised to close with a glorious bang. Chicago native Robert Zemeckis (of “Back to the Future” and “Forrest Gump” fame) will return to the festival for the closing night screening of “Flight,” a thriller starring Denzel Washington. It’s Zemeckis’s first live-action feature since 2000’s “Cast Away.” Here are the highlights covering the remaining days of the festival, from October 18th to October 25th, 2012.

Zemeckis isn’t the only exciting guest scheduled to attend the festival in the days ahead. David O. Russell (“Three Kings,” “The Fighter”) will be on hand for the October 23rd screening of his widely celebrated dramedy, “The Silver Linings Playbook,” which has been singled out as a major awards season player, according to festival buzz. On the heels of his Guillermo del Toro-produced chiller, “The Orphanage,” filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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AFI Fest 2012 Announces Young Americans and New Auteurs Titles, Including ‘Antiviral,’ ‘Sun Don’t Shine,’ and ‘Starlet’

3 October 2012 5:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

That crispness to the air that you’re probably feeling right now (unless, of course, you live in the western United States, and good luck to you) doesn’t just signal the coming of autumn, it also signals the swiftly approaching fall film festival season. We’ve already plowed through Venice, Telluride, and Toronto, just wrapped Fantastic Fest, and are currently in the middle of New York’s own Nyff, but there are plenty of other festivals on the horizon. Like, oh, how about Los Angeles’ own AFI Fest? Dear to my heart (because, unlike all those other previously-listed festivals, I can actually attend this one), AFI Fest continues to make great strides in its programming with every passing year. The festival has now announced their selections for two of their most exciting and forward-thinking sections: Young Americans (which features works by emerging U.S. filmmakers) and New Auteurs (which highlights first and second-time feature film directors »

- Kate Erbland

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AFI Film Fest: Cream of the Crop of 2012 in Simon Killer, After Lucia, In the Fog, A Hijacking and Clip Selected for Fest

3 October 2012 12:50 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The AFI Film Fest (11.01-11.08) have announced the line-ups for our favorite sections at the fest in the Young American selections and New Auteurs section and they’ve managed to stack up on titles that are amongst the year’s best and which in the case of two films were mysteriously passed over by the likes of Telluride, Tiff and Nyff. Michel Franco’s After Lucia (see pic above) and Antonio CamposSimon Killer will be making the Los Angeles premieres accompanied by the best title to come out of the Main Comp at this year’s Cannes edition in Sergei Loznitsa’s In the Fog. This trio will be joined by a trio of gems that recently premiered at Tiff in: Maja Miloš’ Clip, Gabriela Pichler’s Eat Sleep Die and Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking. In the Young American Selections we find some filmmakers (Sean Baker and Amy »

- Eric Lavallee

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56th BFI London Film Festival – Schedule Announcement

6 September 2012 11:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival launched yesterday under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema. The Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, including 14 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres and 34 European Premieres. There will also be screenings of 111 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes, and other special events. The 56th BFI London Film Festival will run from 10-21 October 2012. This year sees the introduction of several changes to the Festival’s format.  Now taking place over 12 days, the Festival expands further from its traditional Leicester Square cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square »

- John

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2012 Fall Preview: 10 Best Films We’ve Seen & 10 Festival Titles We Hope Will Get Released

6 September 2012 10:07 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Yesterday we gave a rundown of our most-anticipated films of the fall, but there’s still much more to look forward to in these last few months of the year. In our final 2012 fall preview rundown, we’ve got ten must-see films that we’ve already checked out on the festival circuit. In addition to that, we’ve rounded up 10 festival titles that we hope will see a release this year, some with distribution already in place and others that will surely get snatched up soon. With the Toronto International Film Festival kicking off today, check our our list below and continue to follow The Film Stage for reviews from the fest.

10 Best Films We’ve Seen

Note: Before we dive into the top ten, we’ve reviewed much more then just below, so check out our take on other fall titles like The Words (9/7), Bachelorette (9/7), The Cold Light of Day »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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