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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off this week, Telluride and Venice wrapped up and Fifty Shades of Grey got its leads. If you missed these and Deadline’s other top film stories this week, here’s your chance to check them out now:

Toronto 2013: Will Deals Take Back Seat As Buyers Focus On Fest Oscar Hopefuls?
By Mike Fleming Jr - The Toronto Film Festival got underway last night with the Gala premiere of the Bill Condon-directed DreamWorks Julian Assange film The Fifth Estate.

Vin Diesel’s ‘Riddick’ Opens Weak Weekend
By Nikki Finke - Welcome to one of the slowest weekends at the domestic box office. The movie season is off to a weak start – just $70M total filmgoing

Dakota Johnson Lands ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Role
By Mike Fleming Jr - EXCLUSIVE: The coveted role of Anastasia Steele has gone to Dakota Johnson in the Universal Pictures and Focus Features adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Related: Charlie Hunnam Cast As Christian Grey In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Read More »

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The Weinstein Company Acquiring ‘Tracks’ As John Curran Pic Has Double Premiere At Venice And Telluride Fests

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The Weinstein Company has confirmed Deadline’s scoop about the acquisition of U.S. rights to Tracks. Release has been added below original story.

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that the first major acquisition on the ground at the weekend festivals will be a Weinstein Company deal for U.S. rights to Tracks, the John Curran-directed film that stars Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. The deal with backer HanWay Films is being made right now, after the picture made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it is playing in competition. The film’s U.S. premiere is this weekend at Telluride before it heads for the Toronto Film Festival next week.

Tracks, scripted by Marion Nelson, is based on a memoir by Robyn Davidson. It tells the harrowing story of how Davidson repaired her tattered life after the breakup of her marriage and death of her mother, by trekking solo through the desert in Australia. Driver plays a photographer for National Geographic who chronicled her 2,000 mile journey. The deal is being made by CAA.

Here is the release memorializing yesterday’s Deadline scoop:

The Weinstein Company (TWC) today announced that it has acquired US rights from HanWay Films to John Curran’s TRACKS starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, based on a remarkable true story. See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning produced the film, adapted with a screenplay by Marion Nelson from

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TIFF: What Toronto Film Fest Lineup Signals For Oscar Race – Analysis

Pete Hammond

I was interviewing Bradley Cooper yesterday and we talked about the emerging 2013 awards season. “I guess we’ll know by Toronto what it’s going to look like this year,” he said remembering he was in back to back World Premieres there last year with Silver Linings Playbook and The Place Beyond The Pines (which Focus bought at TIFF).

That’s certainly true to some degree but in terms of Oscar tea leaves, today’s announcement of the first leg of this year’s all-important Toronto International Film Festival lineup was both significant and a bit of a head scratcher that will have awards watchers looking even more intently to Telluride, Venice and the New York Film Festival to get a more complete picture of just what this season is shaping up to be.

Related: Toronto Fest Unveils Gala Premieres For Oscar Bait Films

Though there were many expected contenders among the 17 galas and 56 special presentations listed , there were curious omissions of movies that might have seemed like no-brainers to go to Toronto. Where for instance were the expected North American debuts of Cannes favorites like The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Robert Redford‘s tour-de-force work in J.C. Chandor’s stunning All Is Lost or Alexander Payne‘s very well-received Nebraska? Are these movies holding out for a prestigious NY slot instead?  I would be willing to bet (call it a hunch) that all three turn up in Telluride over the Labor Day weekend just before TIFF begins.  Payne loves Telluride and goes even when he doesn’t have a film to show. Redford and the Coens would seem naturals for long overdue Telluride Film Fest tributes. Neither has ever been (of course Redford has his own little ski town festival to keep him occupied). This is the perfect opportunity for that and because Telluride doesn’t announce its schedule in advance  and doesn’t label anything as a “premiere” other fests don’t mind movies that they are debuting sneaking in there first. Read More »

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