Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn during the premiere episode of "Project Runway" season 8.

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn during the premiere episode of "Project Runway" season 8.

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10 reasons we're excited about the return of 'Project Runway'

We believe Nina Garcia can actually say something positive about a winner, do you?

Almost every American has that one "Mad Men," "True Blood," "American Idol," "Glee" or "30 Rock" in their life.  The show that now matter how much they watch TV, they are addicted to and will stop everything to catch it (or will at least DVR it).  For this busy movie industry pundit, there are very few shows that make that list, but "Project Runway" is one of them.

Ever since Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Michael Kors turned fashion designing into one of the most realistic and legitimate creative contests on television, this writer has been glued to the tube.  The show certainly lost something when the Weinstein Company, the producers of the ratings hit, moved it from Bravo to Lifetime two seasons ago, but its slowly begun to find its grove again.  In fact, there are a number of big changes in store  including a longer overall program, the dismissal of the "Models of the Runway" after-show and other intriguing surprises.

For the third season, the talented and hilarious Liane Bonin, who knows quite about about fashion from her day job, will once again be recapping "Runway" on HitFix.  And in case you miss an episode, her recaps are sometimes more entertaining than the show itself.

In the meantime, here are the top ten reasons why this fan, in particular, is excited about the return of "Project Runway."

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Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin in "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger"

Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin in Woody Allen's "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger."

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Toronto Film Festival announces world premieres from Robert Redford, Emilio Estevez, Mark Romanek and John Cameron Mitchell

Plus: Who knew Emma Stone's 'Easy A' was that good?

The Toronto International Film Festival announced an intriguing slate today for its 2010 edition running Sept. 9 to 19 including world premieres from filmmakers Robert Redford, Mark Romanek and Emilio Estevez. The exclusive selections also includes the debut of the Screen Gems comedy "Easy A" with Emma Stone and David Schwimmer's "Trust" with Clive Owen and Catherine Keener.

Other highlights include North American premieres of Woody Allen "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger," Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," Ben Affleck's "The Town," Mike Leigh's "Another Year" and John Madden's "The Debt."

The initial list of Toronto selections are listed below. More titles are expected to be announced over the next few weeks.

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Natalie Portman is a ballerina in the dramatic thriller "Black Swan"

Natalie Portman is a ballerina in the dramatic thriller "Black Swan."

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Oscar Watch: 'Black Swan' and 'The Tempest' will bookend the Venice Film Festival

Two potential Oscar contenders make the annual Italian festival the place to be

If it's almost August, that means Hollywood is turning its attention from the summer movie season to yet another awards race and the contenders are already getting into position. David Fincher's "The Social Network" recently landed the prestigious opening night slot of the New York Film Festival, but two other films are making their mark earlier in September with world premieres in Venice.

Darren Aronofsky's follow up to "The Wrestler," the dramatic thriller "Black Swan" starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, will open the 67th Venice Film Festival on Sept. 1.  Julie Taymor's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will close the same festival on Sept. 11.  The latter stars Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Chris Cooper, Russell Brand, Ben Winshaw, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming and Ben Winshaw among others.

Recent Oscar players who won the Venice Film Festival's top award, the Golden Lion, include "Brokeback Mountain," "Vera Drake" and, oh yeah, Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" in 2008.

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George Clooney in "Men Who Stare at Goats"

"Men Who Stare at Goats," one of the more successful Overture Films results.

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Prestige films take a hit as Relativity acquires Overture Films

Can anyone fill the gap in the marketplace?

How many companies can Relativity Media run under its umbrella?  There may be no limit. The film financing company already has Rogue Pictures in its stable and produces films with studios all across Hollywood as well as a special distribution deal with Lionsgate.  Now, the entity has acquired Overture Films from Starz. 

Overture was launched four years ago under the auspices of former MGM head Chris McGurk as a new alternative to established specialty lables, but Starz became increasingly impatient with the mini-major even with such successes as "Men Who Stare At Goats," "The Visitor" and "Law Abiding Citizen."  According to a release from Relativity, Overture's 45 member marketing and distribution staff will stay in tact and now work on upcoming Relativity pictures.  What is unclear is whether the company will continue to own or use the Overture label or take over all operations of its Rogue label.  Currently, Universal Pictures markets and distributes Rogue films for a fee, but the partnership has had limited success since Relativity acquired Rogue early in 2009.

Overture's three upcoming releases are now more than safe for release in 2010.  In fact, "Let Me In," "Stone" and "Jack Goes Boating" may have more substantial resources behind their campaigns than before.  Overture is showcasing a special preview for the Matt Reeves' directed "Let Me In" tomorrow at San Diego Comic-Con. 

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Sylvester Stallone is inducted into the IGN Action Hero Hall of Fame

Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Steve Austin and Sylvester Stallone at the IGN and Lionsgate "Expendables" party Thursday night at Comic-Con 2010.

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Comic Con Nightlife: Sylvester Stallone, 'Green Hornet' and Metric

The parties don't stop in San Diego, they conflict

One of the more bizarre things about Comic-Con over the years is just how increasingly busy the party scene has become.   And like a major film festival or convention (ie, E3), the parties are just as much publicity events as anything else and Thursday was no exception.

Strangely scheduled almost all at the same time, the first event of the night was an early evening shindig to celebrate "The Green Hornet."  Set in a space near Petco Park to allow the inclusion of a number of cars from the Michel Gondry action flick, the reception found stars Seth Rogen (wow, has he gotten slim), "Inglourious Basterds" star Christoph Waltz and Gondry mingling with the press hoping to create good buzz for the January release.  "Hornet's" real test will be in Hall H on Friday when the picture debuts new footage for the masses.

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Jon Hamm in "The Town"

"Mad Men's" Jon Hamm in "The Town."

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Is Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm's 'The Town' a sign Oscar is starting earlier this year?

For 2010, September may be the new October

While conventional wisdom says many studios will debut their awards season contenders at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, most of those films don't hit even limited release until October.  In fact, a few years ago this pundit remembers many were wondering if Miramax had blown their nomination chances for "The Queen" by opening it as early as Oct. 6.  The facts though show that only six of the last 10 best picture winners opened in Nov. or Dec. It's pretty much a 50/50 prospect for any Oscar campaigner.  And now with 10 nominees set for the foreseeable future, giving your picture a little breathing room earlier in the year isn't that bad a strategy.

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Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon Levitt an Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from "inception"

Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon Levitt an Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from "inception"

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Four Reasons why 'Inception' will surprise you

Watch new clips from the Leonardo DiCaprio thriller

Director Christopher Nolan has been very selective about what materials are released regarding his new critically acclaimed thriller "Inception" and to be honest, you cant really fault him.  It's a film full of secrets and twists and Nolan is one filmmaker who doesn't want the audience spoiled before they head into the theater.  Luckily, he did find four scenes in his 2-hour opus that were deemed suitable to intrigue moviegoers into making "Inception" their first choice at the multiplex this weekend.  And, each clip artfully represents four reasons why this pundit thinks the potential Oscar contender will surprise you.

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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix says "good bye" on the red carpet of the Nov. 2008 premiere of "Che."  Obviously, a press release wouldn't have helped the documentary.

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Joaquin Phoenix's life as a hip-hop artist heading to theaters in 'I'm Not Here'

Casey Affleck directed documentary hits screens Sept. 10

Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix has made quite the spectacle of himself the past two years or so.  Surprising many, the star of "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line" claimed he had "retired" from acting and was intent on becoming a hip-hop artist in the fall of 2008.  It was unclear whether this was some sort of charade or a true artistic change of heart because Phoenix has always been a little off kilter to those who have worked with him.  Still, in the months that have followed he turned down numerous lucrative movie roles in order to work on his music.

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<p>&quot;Wicked&quot;&nbsp;will soon cast its spell in movie theaters, but who will shepherd the project?</p>

"Wicked" will soon cast its spell in movie theaters, but who will shepherd the project?

Will J.J. Abrams or Ryan Murphy really direct 'Wicked'?

'Super 8' and 'Glee' creators just two of the candidates under consideration

One property that Universal Pictures has been dying to get off the ground is a big screen adaptation of the hit musical "Wicked." However, with Broadway and touring grosses for the "Oz"-inspired musical still raking it in, producer Marc Platt has resisted all charms from Uni execs to give the green light over concerns a movie version could hurt the stage runs.  Now, he may have little choice in the matter.  With Disney actively developing "The Great and Powerful Oz" with Sam Raimi, Universal (an investor in the musical) and Platt will have to move forward quickly if they want to avoid being the second "Oz" film in theaters over the next few years.

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Julianne Moore talks about her role in The Kid Are All Right

Julianne Moore talks about her role in "The Kid Are All Right"

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Watch: Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo are happy 'The Kids Are All Right'

Acclaimed actors talk about the critically beloved new dramedy

One of the most popular films out of the Sundance Film Festival was Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right."  Screening out of competition, the dramedy found a fierce bidding war with Focus Features picking up domestic rights and smartly deciding to release it in the summer when it can gain momentum and attract more attention as an alternative to the summer blockbusters.  Critics haven't abandoned "Kids" since Park City with raves coming from the New York Times, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other major outlets.  The film is opening in limited release today, but should quickly expand across the country in the coming weeks.

This pundit has been a fan of "Kids" since attending the world premiere at Sundance and was thrilled to have the chance to sit down and talk with two of the film's stars, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. 

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