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First wave of 2011 Toronto Film Festival titles announced

First wave of 2011 Toronto Film Festival titles announced (photo)

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Straight from the Twitter feed of festival co-director Cameron Bailey comes the first wave of titles from this year’s Toronto Film Festival. And they are:

“Trishna,” directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed (World Premiere)
“The Lady,” directed by Luc Besson, starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis (WP)
“Countdown,” directed by Huh Jong-ho (WP) starring Jeon Do-yeon (WP)
“360,” directed by Fernando Mereilles, starring Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Anthony Hopkins. (WP)
“Moneyball,” directed by Bennett Miller, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (WP)

The festival announced the rest of the first wave of titles at a press conference earlier today (you can read quotes from the announcement plus synopses for all the movies over on indieWIRE). Highlights include new movies from George Clooney, Alexander Payne, Cameron Crowe, Madonna, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, The Duplass Brothers, and Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (the creators of “Persepolis”).

Here’s the rest of the lineup thus far; TIFF’s official Twitter page says there will be more titles added weekly. What a tech-savvy fest. This year’s Toronto Film Festival runs September 8 thru 18.

“Albert Nobbs,” directed by Rodrigo Garcia, starring Glenn Glose
“Butter,” directed by Jim Field Smith, starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde
“From the Sky Down,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, starring U2
“A Happy Event,” directed by Rémi Bezancon
“The Ides of March,” directed by George Clooney, starring Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, and Clooney
“Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener
“Take this Waltz,” directed by Sarah Polley
“W.E.,” directed by Madonna

Special Presentations
“11 Flowers,” directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
“50/50,” directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen
“Americano,” directed by Mathieu Demy, starring Salma Hayek
“Anonymous,” directed by Roland Emmerich, starring David Thelwis and Vanessa Redgrave
“The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Malcolm McDowell and John Goodman
“A Better Life,” directed by Cédric Khan, starring Guillaume Canet
“Burning Man,” directed by Jonathan Teplitzky
“Chicken With Plums,” directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
“Coriolanus,” directed by Ralph Fiennes
“Dark Horse,” directed by Todd Solondz, starring Justin Bartha and Selma Blair
“The Deep Blue Sea,” directed by Terrence Davies, starring Rachel Weisz
“The Descendants,” directed by Alexander Payne, starring George Clooney
“Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks
“Elles,” directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, starring Juliette Binoche
“The Eye of the Storm,” directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling
“Friends With Kids,” directed by Jennifer Westfeld, starring Kristen Wiig and Megan Fox
“Habemus Papam,” directed by Nanni Moretti
“Headhunters,” directed by Morten Tyldum
“Hick,” directed by Derick Martini, starring Chloe Moretz and Blake Lively
“The Hunter,” directed by Daniel Nettheim, starring Willem Dafoe
“Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms
“Killer Joe,” directed by William Friedkin,” starring Emile Hirsch and Matthew McConaughey
“Like Crazy,” directed by Drake Doremus, starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones
“Machine Gun Preacher,” directed by Marc Forster, starring Gerard Butler
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin, starring Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes
“Melancholia,” directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst
“The Oranges,” directed by Julian Farino, starring Leighton Meester and Adam Brody
“Pearl Jam Twenty,” directed by Cameron Crowe
“Rampart,” directed by Oren Moverman,” starring Woody Harrelson and Sigourney Weaver
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt
“Shame,” directed by Steve McQueen starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan
“A Simple Life,” directed by Ann Hui, starring Andy Lau
“The Skin I Live In,” directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas
“Take Shelter,” directed Jeff Nichols, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain
“Ten Year,” directed Jamie Linden, starring Channign Tatum and Rosario Dawson
“Twixt,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning
“Tyrannosaur,” directed by Paddy Considine
“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” directed by Lynne Ramsay, starring Tilda Swinton
“Where Do We Go Now?” directed by Nadine Labaki
“Woman in the Fifth,” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas

What other titles do you want to see at Toronto 2011? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…