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First wave of 2011 Toronto Film Festival titles announced

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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.

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“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.

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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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