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On The Lot: Oscar buzz from the Toronto Film Festival

Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and director Bill Condon of
Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and director Bill Condon of "The Fifth Estate."
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Time now for On the Lot, our weekly look at the business of Hollywood, with Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times. 

Much of Hollywood is either in Toronto this week, or focused on it. The annual film festival there has become a launchpad for Oscar nominations.

The film "The Fifth Estate," opened the festival, and it's about one the more controversial figures of our time, Julian Assange. How does Assange fare in this movie?

There's already been a documentary about Julian Assange and Wikileaks, but it wasn't so favorable.

It's difficult to make a thriller when most of the action takes place on computer screens. How does the film try to make all this cyber-sleuthing interesting?

There are other films that are getting some good word of mouth in Toronto, including one about Nelson Mandela, and another about slavery in the U.S., "12 Years A Slave."

Then there's "Blue Is The Warmest Color," a sort of lesbian coming-of-age drama. But the producers probably wish the cast and crew hadn't shown up in Toronto. Sounds like things got more than a little nasty between the actors and the director.  

Blue is the Warmest Color Trailer 2013 (with English Subtitles) from Mia Kiddo on Vimeo.

There's also a story about a very interesting Saudi Arabian woman who's made what sounds like a fairly radical feminist film. Especially since it was shot in a country where women can't even drive.

He died a decade ago, but there's now a charity auction of items from Bob Hope's estate.