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July 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When the Toronto International Film Festival announced its high-profile premieres on Tuesday, the lineup was filled with the expected prestige - an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning work starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), a 19th century race drama from the British artist and director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"). But the list also included a more surprising crop of films. Among the world and North American premieres set for the festival when it begins Sept.
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April 11, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Yeah, baby! It's a girl for comedian Mike Myers.  The "Austin Powers" and "Saturday Night Live" alum welcomed his second child with wife Kelly Tisdale on Friday, according to People. But their tiny tot didn't get her groovy name from the fifth day of the week, which would seem the closest to logical in the celebrity baby-naming schema . Instead, the couple opted for a weekend moniker. PHOTOS: Oddly fantastic celebrity baby names   The Myerses are calling their little girl Sunday Molly, his rep told the mag. No word yet on why they chose the name, but the couple told the mag in a statement that they "couldn't be happier.
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September 19, 2009 | Tina Daunt
Left, right or center, there's two things nearly everybody in Hollywood agrees on: There's no disease that can't be cured by raising enough money and the state of Israel deserves unabashed support. These days, sympathy for Israel puts the American entertainment industry at odds with much of the European film and academic communities. In those circles, vehement criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and boycotts of Israeli scholars and artists have become almost fashionable.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
As part of what is shaping up to be a busy awards season for the actress, Sandra Bullock will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. The Oscar winner has been receiving strong reviews for her role in "Gravity" and is considered a top contender in this year's lead actress race. Matthew McConaughey was also recently announced as a recipient of the Desert Palm award at the Palm Springs festival's Jan. 4 awards gala. Past recipients of the actress prize include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Bullock's turn in the sci-fi survival adventure "Gravity," which has been a surprise smash at the box office, comes hot on the heels of her role in the summer female buddy cop comedy "The Heat.
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September 21, 2013 | Mark Olsen
Actress Mackenzie Davis is probably about to go from a “who's that?” to a “that girl.” In only her third screen role, Davis gives a breakout performance in “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” a crime thriller that recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and plays again Sunday at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The film is directed by the sibling duo of Zeke  and Simon Hawkins from a script by Dutch Southern. The story, as Davis recently put it, is a “sort of noiry, dirty Southern thing” that references the pulp fiction of author Jim Thompson in its tale of small town ambitions, bad deals, double-crosses and good love gone sour.
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September 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO--Paul Haggis divided viewers with his new film "Third Person" when the romantic mystery premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week. And that, he said, was the intention. "When I was making the movie what I said was that, like 'Crash' was praised and vilified, this movie will be praised and damned in the same breath,” the director said in an interview before the screening, alluding to his polarizing best picture winner that premiered at Toronto in 2004.
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August 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Movies featuring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Kate Beckinsale, Edward Norton and Colin Farrell and a documentary about Paris Hilton have joined the lineup for the Toronto International Film Festival. North America's largest cinema showcase announced Tuesday that the schedule will include Joel and Ethan Coen's CIA comedy "Burn After Reading," with Pitt, Clooney, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich. Among other additions were Gavin O'Connor's cop drama "Pride and Glory," starring Norton and Farrell; Rod Lurie's Washington journalism tale "Nothing but the Truth," with Beckinsale, David Schwimmer and Angela Bassett; and Adria Petty's nonfiction Hilton chronicle "Paris, Not France."
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August 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The Toronto International Film Festival announced a number of additional world premieres Tuesday, saying that John Turturro's “Fading Gigolo,” Josh Waller's Cory Monteith pic “McCanick,” and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's Errol Flynn film "The Last of Robin Hood” will all appear first at the festival. It also said that “Yurusarezaru Mono,” Lee Sang-il's remake of Clint Eastwood's “Unforgiven,” will make its North American premiere there after playing the Venice Film Festival shortly before; Alex Gibney's cycling doc “The Armstrong Lie” and James Franco's latest director-actor drama “Child of God” will also make their N.A. debuts north of the border.
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October 9, 2013 | By David Ng
The massive museum exhibition devoted to director Stanley Kubrick that recently ran for more than six months at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is opening this week in São Paulo, Brazil, and will be heading to Toronto next year. São Paulo's Museum of Image and Sound is hosting the exhibition, which features items from Kubrick's personal archives as well as cameras, props and costumes from his feature films. The show is scheduled to open Friday and will run to Jan. 12. The exhibition's next stop will be Toronto's Bell Lightbox, a cultural building that is a venue for the annual Toronto International Film Festival.
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October 10, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for literature Thursday , is seen as a titan of the short story, thanks to collections including “Dance of the Happy Shades” and “The Beggar Maid.” She also has had an occasional - and recent--influence on film. Munro's 2001 story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” was the basis of this year's Toronto International Film Festival debut “Hateship Loveship,” acquired by IFC for a likely release next year. The film features a personality one wouldn't necessarily associate with Munro or the Nobel: Kristen Wiig, who marks her dramatic debut in the lo-fi indie.
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November 4, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix has acquired "The Square," an original documentary that chronicles the Egyptian revolution that began with dramatic protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo. The film, from director/producer Jehane Noujaim, won this year's Toronto International Film Festival documentary people's choice award.  It tells the story of the revolution in the eyes of the activists, whose protests led to the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak as well as this year's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.  "We are thrilled to be presenting an amazing film that brings to life in such a deeply human way one of the most important events of our time," said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix's vice president of original programming.
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November 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
What happens when a surreal on-screen world takes a museum form? Sometimes it can get stodgy. Other times it can bring to life what had previously existed only on the screen or in our minds. On Friday, one such experiment takes flight in Toronto with the opening of “The Cronenberg Project,” the Toronto International Film Festival organization's sprawling ode to David Cronenberg, the body horror pioneer and all-around genre maestro. Spread out at several spaces in the city and headquartered at its Bell Lightbox, where the flagship “Cronenberg: Evolution” is mounted, the exhibition aims to honor the director's legacy and give a strong flavor of all things Cronenberg.
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October 10, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for literature Thursday , is seen as a titan of the short story, thanks to collections including “Dance of the Happy Shades” and “The Beggar Maid.” She also has had an occasional - and recent--influence on film. Munro's 2001 story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” was the basis of this year's Toronto International Film Festival debut “Hateship Loveship,” acquired by IFC for a likely release next year. The film features a personality one wouldn't necessarily associate with Munro or the Nobel: Kristen Wiig, who marks her dramatic debut in the lo-fi indie.
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October 9, 2013 | By David Ng
The massive museum exhibition devoted to director Stanley Kubrick that recently ran for more than six months at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is opening this week in São Paulo, Brazil, and will be heading to Toronto next year. São Paulo's Museum of Image and Sound is hosting the exhibition, which features items from Kubrick's personal archives as well as cameras, props and costumes from his feature films. The show is scheduled to open Friday and will run to Jan. 12. The exhibition's next stop will be Toronto's Bell Lightbox, a cultural building that is a venue for the annual Toronto International Film Festival.
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September 21, 2013 | Mark Olsen
Actress Mackenzie Davis is probably about to go from a “who's that?” to a “that girl.” In only her third screen role, Davis gives a breakout performance in “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” a crime thriller that recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and plays again Sunday at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The film is directed by the sibling duo of Zeke  and Simon Hawkins from a script by Dutch Southern. The story, as Davis recently put it, is a “sort of noiry, dirty Southern thing” that references the pulp fiction of author Jim Thompson in its tale of small town ambitions, bad deals, double-crosses and good love gone sour.
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September 16, 2013 | By John Horn
There are all kinds of film festivals and almost every one hands out some sort of award. But even with virtually every major city on the planet now hosting a trophy-dispensing movie gathering, there's still just one honor that truly matters: the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. And Fox Searchlight really needed its "12 Years a Slave" to collect that prize over the weekend. Compared with prominent prizes at other top festivals--the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize and the Berlin International Film Festival's Golden Bear--the audience accolade at Toronto is by far the best harbinger of critical and commercial success.
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July 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Its plot revolves around a reunion, so it's perhaps fitting that “The Big Chill” will receive a reprisal fete in its honor at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Organizers announced Thursday that they will be hosting a 30th-anniversary screening of the Lawrence Kasdan classic. Kasdan, writer Barbara Benedek, producers and much of the principal cast - including Glenn Close, Tom Berenger and JoBeth Williams - will be in attendance, though stars Kevin Kline and William Hurt were not mentioned as attendees.
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September 7, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
TORONTO -- It was a bittersweet first screening of Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" this afternoon at the Toronto International Film Festival. The writer/director's new relationship film, a fine one, stars James Gandolfini in his final turn, a fine one too. In introducing the cast at the elegant old Elgin Theatre, and one of the film festival's main venues, Holofcener closed with just a line to note that the most beautiful of them wasn't with...
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September 15, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Steve McQueen's period race drama “12 Years A Slave” has taken home the top audience prize for a film at the Toronto International Film Festival, while Jehane Noujaim's Egypt-set political documentary “The Square” has nabbed the documentary award. McQueen's film tells the true story of a free Northern man, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Eijiofor), who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South before the Civil War; it won huge critical plaudits after its premiere on Sept.
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September 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO -- How far would you walk for a fun screening? Would you walk 500 miles? And if you were told you were only halfway there, would you walk 500 more?   I know, I know, too easy. But it's an appropriate question to ask for "Sunshine on Leith. " The Scottish musical is a set of interconnected love stories based on the music of the Proclaimers. And given how enjoyably airy it is, people have been lining up to see it, if not pounding the pavement until they start havering. The Toronto International Film Festival can be a place of rigorous drama, where even the comedies come with a spoonful of vinegar.
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