Toronto: Will Sundance Film Festival Failures Depress Sales?

Its opening night launch begins what sales agents and filmmakers are hoping will be a hot market.

There are also unfinished projects or films that are screening out of competition such as “Miss Sloane,” a gun control drama with Jessica Chastain, and “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the story of an aspiring opera singer with Meryl Streep, that could spark intense bidding.

“The bottom line is there are more distributors than there are good movies, and as long as that’s the case, it’s going to be competitive,” said Jeff Deutchman, VP of acquisitions for Alchemy. Digital players like Netflix and Amazon are driving up the cost of acquiring content and that’s making it more difficult for traditional companies that make their money from theatrical releases and home entertainment sales to stay grounded.

When it comes to finding the right film to place a bet on, there are good and bad aspects to Toronto audiences’ enthusiasm for all things cinema. “The people of Toronto come out for this and that allows you to get a sense of how non-industry folks will respond to your film.”

But it also allows filmmakers and studios to see how a picture may play with more mainstream ticket buyers, instead of the cinephiles who flock to Cannes and Sundance.

“You have to trust your gut and not get caught up with the audience reaction,” said Lia Buman, president of acquisitions at Focus Features. “The amount of money you have to spend on [advertising] is amazing. “When everybody is flush and the financial markets are in a positive direction, people are a lot freer with money.”

Studios and distributors do appear wary. “There aren’t as many cast-driven projects.”

“This is not an industry audience,” said Elise Pearlstein, senior vice president of documentary films at Participant. These films were snapped up for crazy prices and the market needs to come down to more reasonable prices.”

Sight unseen, Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” is expected be one of the biggest sales of the Toronto Film Festival. In addition to Moore’s latest, the festival will offer up Drake Doremus’ “Equals,” a sci-fi romance with Kristen Stewart; “Man Down,” a war drama with Shia LaBeouf; “Septembers of Shiraz,” an Iranian revolution drama with Adrien Brody; “Remember,” a thriller with Christopher Plummer and “Maggie’s Plan,” a romantic comedy with Greta Gerwig — all of which are on the hunt for distribution.

“It’s hard to compete in a market against ‘The Avengers’ and “Jurassic World,'” said Mara Winokur, senior vice president of digital at Starz Digital Media. The indie film market came roaring back, with films like “Dope,” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” and “The D-Train” all snagging big paydays, only to wither at the summer box office.

The hotly anticipated look at the United States’ perpetual state of war has been closely guarded, but Moore’s commercial track record is formidable (he is, after all, the director of the highest grossing documentary in history, “Fahrenheit 911″) and the topic seems tailor-made to levitate Fox News commentators.

“There are fewer of the more obvious commercial titles than in previous years,” complained an acquisitions executive. “Thats what leads to irrational prices in the market.”. Its origins may be a slowdown in the Chinese economy, something that has little to do with indie films, but the psychological impact could be felt halfway across the globe.

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That combination wasn’t always on display at this year’s Sundance. “Art and business have to meet.”

However, not every prospector heading to Toronto is convinced there’s much gold to find up north.

Festival fever certainly seemed to be on display at last year’s Toronto, when “Top Five” sold for $12.5 million, managing to eke out $25 million at the box office but with much higher expectations. It reared its head at the prior year’s confab when “Begin Again” got a $7 million bid and a $20 million promotional and marketing commitment, before going on to do a mere $16 million at the domestic box office.

On Thursday, executives at potential bidding companies reported they were having trouble scoring seats to the sold-out premiere of “Where to Invade Next.” It’s not the only hot ticket. “When people are afraid they offer less money and the people who are selling accept less,” said Russell Levine, CEO of Route One Entertainment. It’s a forgiving crowd, but the locals’ penchant for liberally doling out standing ovations can mask a film’s deficiencies.

“From an acquisitions point of view, you have to keep your eyes wide open and monitor the reviews,” said Robert Kessel, senior vice president of production at Participant Media.

Beyond the Sundance wreckage, studios and distributors may display more frugality because of the recent stock market volatility

Andrés Iniesta: “Hacer felices a millones de personas no tiene precio” – Sudáfrica 2010 en CNN México – Deportes

Pienso que fue el mejor momento del mundo para hacer un homenaje a un gran amigo y a una gran persona”.

El barcelonista ha reconocido que ha tenido la suerte de “estar en este momento de la historia del futbol y de conseguir muchas cosas” y ha aadido que ahora toca “disfrutar del ttulo y de las vacaciones”.

“Hacer felices a millones de personas que siguen y sufren con la seleccin no tiene precio y eso me congratula; la felicidad de la gente no tiene precio”, ha dicho.

Asimismo, ha dicho que existen muchas similitudes entre el juego del Bara y el de la seleccin y que en cierta medida es “inevitable” porque hay muchos futbolistas azulgranas en el combinado nacional, aunque ha matizado que Espaa tiene “alternativas en el juego y otros recursos”.

Andrs Iniesta, adems, ha indicado que estara encantado si los jugadores del Bara son aplaudidos en los campos de Espaa: “Por encima de rivalidades y los sentimientos, a la gente le gusta el futbol. Por ltimo, Iniesta ha negado que haber ganado tantos ttulos en las ltimas temporadas vaya a ser negativo para los jugadores del Bara.

Obviamente, el azulgrana ha explicado en qu momento escribi la dedicatoria a Dani Jarque: “Siempre lo he tenido en mente. A todo espectador le gusta el equipo que juega bien y no va reido con ser de un equipo u otro”.

“La temporada que viene empieza de cero y hay nuevos retos que conseguir. Llorente me lo coment, porque algunos compaeros se acordaron de Puerta. Cuando marqu ante el Chelsea fue un momento de mxima alegra, igual que cuando lo logr el pasado domingo. Slo puedo decir que me siento muy feliz jugando a futbol, haciendo mi trabajo y despus de marcar un gol tan importante”.

Asimismo, el de Fuentealbilla (Albacete) ha apuntado que ha tenido tiempo para pensar en muchas cosas durante el Mundial y ha reconocido que la explosin de felicidad que sinti al marcar el gol de la victoria ante Holanda fue similar al da que consigui marcar ante el Chelsea en Londres.

Encuentra este artculo con: andrs iniesta, fuentealbilla, albacete, chelsea en londres, dani jarque, cesc fbregas, carles puyol, gerard piqu, bara, xavi, baln de oro

BARCELONA (Efe) El jugador del Barcelona Andrs Iniesta, autor del gol que dio la victoria a Espaa frente a Holanda en la final del Mundial de Sudfrica, ha reconocido este martes en la capital catalana que hacer felices a tantos millones de aficionados es algo que no tiene precio.. El club dara un salto de calidad tremendo, porque aportara su parte para seguir en lo ms alto de todas las competiciones”.

El jugador manchego ha afirmado que pese a la derrota inicial ante Suiza, siempre tuvo “fe y mucha confianza” en la seleccin: “Ha sido una temporada dura para m por diversos motivos, aunque tambin he tenido momentos en los que me he encontrado bien. “Son cosas que yo no decido y en las que intervienen otras personas. No pierdo un segundo en pensar que puedo ganar el Baln de Oro”.

Otro nombre propio ha sido el de Cesc Fbregas, a quien Carles Puyol y Gerard Piqu enfundaron ayer la camiseta azulgrana durante las celebraciones del Mundial: “Vamos a ver qu pasa. La idea surge en la final. Si viene estaremos encantados. Hay pocas selecciones que puedan ganar un Mundial y conseguirlo es lo ms grande que hay”, ha subrayado.

Iniesta ha destacado que el Bara puede sentirse orgulloso de tener tantos jugadores en la seleccin campeona del mundo. Pill el Mundial con muchas ganas y tena la ilusin de que saliese bien”, ha relatado.

“Cada situacin tiene su momento. “Todos debemos sentirnos orgullosos de formar parte de la cantera del Bara y el Bara de tener a tantos jugadores en la campeona del mundo”, ha agregado.

Iniesta ha aadido que “es difcil de explicar lo que siento. El futbolista no se conforma con lo que tiene y espero seguir en esta lnea”, ha sentenciado.

Respecto a la posibilidad de que Xavi o l ganen el prximo Baln de Oro, ha comentado que le da igual. No sabes por qu, pero se te ocurre

Daredevils Survive Mid-Air Mishap Caught on Video Video

2700 feet above the ground. Reporter: A frightening scene in the skies as two members of the british army’s red devil stupt team seemed to collide in midair. As soon as we noticed we were in this predicament, the trains kicked in. And hard. Not on a bucket. Goodness gracious. At last, locating water to prepare for a safe landing. We were like, no, we wouldn’t do it. Look at this, a midair mishap, sbengt Nally colliding after one of their parachutes failed. Working together to save each other. After one of men’s parachutes failed to open. French tries to find the safest landing area. We wouldn’t do it. Our safety procedures worked perfectly. Oh, my gosh. Reporter: The red devils confirms. Not on the list.

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

Transcript for Daredevils Survive Mid-Air Mishap Caught on Video. Oh, he’s not caught up. They said they had quite a chuckle. What a close call. In a few seconds, a drill went to an all-out emergency. Ginger was like, not. For the first time in 25 years, they had parachute fall. Now to the close call for two skydiver caught on came Ra. Linsey Davis has the story. Hundreds of spectators anxiously watch in fear. But not legally responsible. Reporter: You have to see the pictures to believe it. It’s a rescue operation. It doesn’t happen often. We made the decision to stay as we we were, entangled, and land connected into the water. I would hit the pub, too. You did it live on “Gma.” I did it before then. Look closer. One team member caught his teammate and brought him into queens dock. Mike French wraps his legs around Mike smallhouse. As soon as the two were safely on the ground, they hit, where else? The local pub. It’s not like that is common

Guide to Buying And Importing Furniture From China

The fourth, fifth and sixth floor has office furniture and home decoration while the other floors are devoted to home furnitures such as bedroom, sofa, dining tables, & chairs.. They also provide free wifi and a meeting area for discussions.

While there are over 200 buildings selling furniture most notable one are:

Tuanyi International Furniture City is opposite of Louvre furniture mall/LFC and has a good selection of furnitures in store.

Lecong International Furniture Exhibition Center is also known as the Louvre / LFC is the biggest and most famous furniture mall in Shunde. There is an information counter located in the middle of the main hall where you can get information about a specific shop from English speaking staffs. It is a good choice for those looking to buy furniture at low budget.

The schematics of shops are easy to follow and they are arranged on the basis of the style of furnitures such as modern furniture, classic furniture, art Deco style, neo-classic furniture and traditional Chinese furniture. It has a total area of over 300000 square meters housing hundreds of furniture wholesalers and retailers in its massive seven storied building. The prices are cheaper than LCF, but quality is also inferior. The top floor of the building has a restaurant that serves Chinese and western dishes.

Sun-link Furniture Wholesale Market Tel: 0757-28833888 is located next to Lecong International Furniture Exhibition Center has many shops scattered around in warehouse shades

PSG Plan Summer Move for Arsenal Star – Report.

Now we will just see what happens. I will continue to play my football and let the people who look after me and the club talk to each other and go from there,” Walcott (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4720406/Theo-Walcott-contract-Arsenal-stars-stay-hint.html) told The Sun.

Walcott has also been a transfer target for a host of Premier League clubs in recent times. Holders (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/418016/20121224/manchester-city-transfer-news-walcott-arsenal-wilshere.htm) Manchester City , European champions (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/404059/20121112/arsenal-transfer-news-theo-walcott-chelea-scout.htm) Chelsea and (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/396815/20121022/liverpool-arsenal-chelsea-sturridge-walcott.htm) Liverpool are all reportedly interested in the services of the Englishman. There has also been interest from Italy with Serie A champions Juventus being (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/392134/20121008/arsenal-theo-walcott-juventus-free-transfer-emirates.htm) linked with a move for the forward.

The former Southampton star had reportedly (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/19406655) rejected a five-year deal at the Emirates with wages of [pounds sterling]75,000-a-week. And the big spending French side should not have any problems in meeting the player’s demands and bringing him to Parc des Princes.

Despite widespread speculation about Walcott’s future at the Emirates, the player recently admitted that the contract situation could be sorted out soon and said he hopes he can continue at Arsenal.

PSG are (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/football/view/290701/PSG-gunning-for-hotshot-Theo-Walcott/) considering a shock move for Arsenalforward Theo Walcott, reports the Daily Star. The report claims Walcott is looking for a salary package of [pounds sterling]1,00,000 to extend his services with the Gunners. All rights reserved.

. “I’m sure that something will be sorted very soon. I’ve always said I wanted to stay and I enjoy playing for this team. The England internationalhas been in impressive form this season and is currently theGunners’ top scorer with 14 goals in 20 appearances.

The 23-year-old has less than six months remaining on his current contract with the north London club and is now free to enter pre-contractual talks with clubs outside England, regarding a possible move at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Walcott, along with his compatriot Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, return to their former club Southampton as Arsenal visit the St Mary’s Stadium for the Premier League fixture this midweek.

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Science – InfoBarrel

Science can equally be divided in the different fields of research, such as natural sciences (for example mathematics, biology, physics) and social sciences (for example history, sociology and psychology). Scientific methods were developed and basic universal measurements, such as the meter, agreed on. The real scientific revolution started during the Renaissance and Enlightenment, when the fields of sciences, such as biology and astronomy, were developed and defined. In the Mediaeval Ages, centers of science were the monasteries in Europe, and especially the emerging islamic universities in Europe (Spain) and Asia. We can distinguish two main types of science: a) experimental science (the “why?”) and b) applied science (the “how?”). Inventions and the scientific approach of

Science therefore is occupied with the gathering of systematic, i.e. It tries to discover and formulate laws that are able to predict the outcome of similar situations, problems and experiments in future. structured, knowledge about the world we live in. For example the mathematical sciences can have an experimental or theoretical approach (pure science) and its results can be applied in a practical field such as population statistics (applied science) in the field of sociology (social science).

Model > Hypothesis > Experiment > Evaluation > Proof / Failure > Theory or New Hypothesis. Science works by observation, experiment, evaluation and prediction. An example, applied sciences like mathematics and engineering have allowed the building of more and more powerful computers which, in reverse, allowed the research of mathematical problems in more depth.

A short history of science

The oldest scientific approach has been the observation and the intent to formulate on the basis of the observed facts a scientific or natural law. Science in this early stage was connected especially with ancient Greek philosophy (Aristotle, Pliny the Elder and the like). For example, an experiment regarding the effectiveness of a certain antibiotic towards a certain bacteria has as the ultimate goal to find a reliable treatment for diseases caused by such bacteria, without the need to repeat the experiment before each treatment.

Science, from latin ” scientia” (knowledge) and “scire” (to know) is a broad term used to describe “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” [New Oxford Dictionary of English]

allowed the sciences to develop further and further as their findings were helpful to research deeper and deeper. Both are separate scientific approaches, but also influence each other. Each of these sciences can exist in several or all of these groups

Lionel Messi wins the 2012 Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi could play in the 1950s and the present day, as could Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff because they are all great players.

Past and present: Messi is congratulated by former winners Michel Platini and RonaldoPast and present: Messi is congratulated by former winners Michel Platini and Ronaldo

Barcelona’s 24-year-old Argentina striker beat team-mate Xavi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to the title of the world’s best player.

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic were both included in the world XI dominated by Spain-based players.

Earlier at FIFA’s annual awards ceremony, Norio Sasaki won the award for best coach of a women’s team. ‘Critics have always questioned whether players like Pele from the 50s could play today,’ said Ferguson.

‘The answer to that is great players would play in any generation. You don’t always win in football – sometimes you lose but we always try to win.’

Boy from Brazil: Neymar picks up the FIFA Puskas award for best goal (below)Boy from Brazil: Neymar picks up the FIFA Puskas award for best goal (below)

Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Xavi supported Ferguson’s view, saying: ‘He’s still young, only 24, and I think he’s going to break all the records that exist in this sport.

Ferguson himself praised Manchester United for sharing his vision of the game.

Rooney said: ‘It was a great year and the highlight was winning the Premier League for the 19th time, which was a great moment for the club.’

‘Lionel Messi without question fits into that category.’

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Guardiola won the FIFA honour ahead of Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and Ferguson.

‘I have been a very, very lucky manager to have had so many good players who have shared my vision and passion, and that’s what makes Manchester United such a special club.

He said: ‘It is an honour for me in the twilight of my life and very, very much appreciated.

Top man: Barcelona's Pep Guardiola wins the FIFA World Coach of the Year awardTop man: Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola wins the FIFA World Coach of the Year award

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Xavi both paid tribute to Messi.

Lionel Messi was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the third successive year.. He guided Japan to the 2011 Womens’s World Cup.

The good and the great: Wayne Rooney receives the FIFA/FIFPro World XI award from Brazilian legend PeleThe good and the great: Wayne Rooney receives the FIFA/FIFPro World XI award from Brazilian legend Pele

Messi, man of the match in the Champions League final in 2011, also won the Primera Division, Spanish Supercopa, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup last year.

Top prize: Argentina's Lionel Messi won the Ballon D'Or for the third year in a rowTop prize: Argentina’s Lionel Messi won the Ballon D’Or for the third year in a row

Santos FC’s Brazilian forward Neymar won the FIFA Puskas award for the best goal of the year.

Ferguson was given the FIFA presidential award for services to football, the 70-year-old Scot was presented with the award by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

‘He has earned a knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen for services to the game. This exceptional personality in football has been managing the same club for 25 years – can you imagine that today?”

The FIFPro World XI was: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi (Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd).

Ferguson said Messi could now be judged alongside the greats of world football through the ages, even though he is still only 24.

Happy boy: Messi poses with his award and Colombian singer ShakiraHappy boy: Messi poses with his award and Colombian singer Shakira

Barcelona’s Guardiola was named the world’s best coach in 2011 after guiding Barcelona to five trophies including the Champions League, Spanish and Club World Cup.

Blatter said: ‘Elite football is all about results and winning and there is no one better at it than him.

‘He’s going to be one of the best footballers in the history of the sport.’

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Updated: 08:28 GMT, 10 January 2012

‘His first major success came at Aberdeen in 1983 but what is absolutely extraordinary is that in a world in which coaches are expected to produce instant results or be changed, his longevity is a shining example of what can be achieved through stability, continuity, investment in development and especially in trust and confidence in the personality himself.

Earlier in the evening, Ferguson and Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola were awarded at the ceremony.

Special praise: Sir Alex Ferguson was given the FIFA presidential award for services to football by Sepp BlatterSpecial praise: Sir Alex Ferguson was given the FIFA presidential award for services to football by Sepp Blatter

Star appeal: Franz Beckenbauer, Blatter, Shakira and Ferguson pose for the camerasStar appeal: Franz Beckenbauer, Blatter, Shakira and Ferguson pose for the cameras

‘They retain the courage to play, the courage to try and win