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Review: ‘Hard Pill’

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The lure of better living through chemistry holds many traps in John Baumgartner's debut feature, "Hard Pill," a provocative drama about an unhappy gay man who experiments with medicine designed to…

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Review: ‘Maroa’

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A worthy, humdrum and often far-fetched item about the redemption of a Caracas street urchin, "Maroa" is stuck between socially concerned neo-realism and soapish melodrama, but functions as neither…

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Toronto title wave

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The Toronto Film Festival announced the addition Tuesday of a slew of new titles that promise to be hot commodities with acquisitions folk attending the fest, which runs Sept. 8-17. Eight of the nine…

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Pair added to WGA ballot

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Screenwriters Scott Frank and Dan McDermott have qualified as candidates for the eight open seats on the WGA West's board of directors. Frank and McDermott became candidates via member petitions.

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No curbs on blurbs

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If you can't beat 'em, control 'em. Studio execs may say they hate seeing ads in theaters, but they continue to make deals to provide promo content for the pre-show blurb parade. Latest to link up is…

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Oscar noms delayed a week

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With the 78th Oscars pushed back a week for the Winter Olympics, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said Tuesday that it is also delaying its nominations announcement one week to Jan. 31.

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Misher inks Par pact

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Paramount Pictures has signed former Universal production chief Kevin Misher to a three-year, first-look producing deal. Pact commences at the end of this year, after the expiration of Misher's…

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