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Toronto Day 1: Minute by Minute

Toronto Day 1: Minute by Minute

Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.

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6:00pm EST: A slew of the films lined up have already played at Sundance, Cannes and the like. Click here to find Toronto related interviews and features previously published on indieWIRE.

5:30pm EST: criticWIRE is accumulating grades and reviews from Toronto over the next 10 days… A few have trickled in already and are available at the film page links listed on our TIFF guide.

4:10pm EST: Morgan Spurlock shared a first look at the poster for his latest doc “Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope” with indieWIRE. Go here to check out the exclusive. The film premiers this Saturday in Toronto.

3:15 pm EST: “Moneyball” earned early tweet raves from indieWIRE crew:

Peter Knegt tweeted:

Exceptionally acted and written (though a tad too long), Moneyball is a crowdpleasing clear addition to this years oscar race.

Eric Kohn tweeted:

Moneyball: Strong crowdpleaser only about baseball in the abstract. Fun showcase for Pitt/Hill, effective naturalistic direction by Miller.

12:00 pm EST: To kick TIFF off, we’ve assembled a list of the 13 films we’re most looking forward to catching in Toronto. Check out our picks here.

11:43 am EST: Anne Thompson took a look at the some of the early buys to come out of Toronto. Among them: Strand’s buy of “Michael,” Indomina’s buy of “Life Without Principle” and Content’s acquisition of sales rights to the action thriller “The Day.” For more go here.

10:30 am EST: The first of our TIFF Futures series is online care of Eric Kohn, who interviewed “The Loneliest Planet” actress Hani Furstenberg. Check out the interview here. indieWIRE will be posting editions of our Futures column (which spotlights an up-and-comer) throughout the fest.

9:30am EST: In the meantime, check out our extensive pre-coverage:

Toronto Films with U.S. Distributors: A-Z
Going into Toronto out of 337 films showing, 56 have U.S. distributors attached. More U.S. distributors will be added as they acquire titles throughtout the Fall Festival and Market Season, so stay tuned.

Talking TIFF: Co-Director Cameron Bailey On The 2011 Toronto Film Festival
Peter Knegt talks to TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey about the lineup and about changes to this year’s edition.

The TIFF Skip List: Here Are 10 Films Not Heading To Toronto
Here’s our list of the 10 high profile films not heading to TIFF this year.

Head Start: Here’s 33 Reviews of Toronto Movies
Before you get your TIFF on, check our early reviews of films playing in this year’s lineup.

Meet the Toronto International Film Festival Programmers, In Their Own Words
Get to know this year’s TIFF programmers, in their own words.

Toronto Cheat Sheet! Programmer Thom Powers on This Year’s Doc Lineup
Documentary programmer Thom Powers talks this year’s documentary lineup. It’s a doozy!

Toronto Eating, Drinking and Shopping Guide
Keeping TIFF’s newish digs in mind, indieWIRE surveyed a group of Toronto locals and insiders about their favorites places to eat, drink, shop and chill, including some of our own tips from indieWIRE staffer (and Torontonian) Peter Knegt. The results of our informal, subjective survey – which keeps in mind the southern geographic shift of the festival – follow.

TIFF: Jonathan Demme Talks Neil Young and Katrina Docs, Exclusive Clip
Anne Thompson chatted with Jonathan Demme ahead of TIFF. He’s coming to the festival with the latest film in his concert trilogy, “Neil Young Journeys.”

9:00am EST: The indieWIRE team has landed in Toronto and our coverage from the scene should start this afternoon. Bennett Miller’s baseball biopic “Moneyball” is having its first press screening this afternoon, while Werner Herzog’s “Into the Abyss,” David Guggenheim’s U2 doc “From The Sky Down” (the official opening night film), Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” and Wim Wenders’ “Pina” are among the major public screenings later today.

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