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DAILY NEWS: Toronto and Hollywood Openers; Webby Winners

DAILY NEWS: Toronto and Hollywood Openers; Webby Winners



by Eugenen Hernandez and Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE


>> "Last Wedding" Starts 26th Toronto Film Fest


(indieWIRE/07.20.01) -- Canadian director Bruce Sweeney's "Last Wedding"
will open the 26th Toronto Film Festival on September 6, it was announced
yesterday. Receiving its world premiere at the North American mega-fest,
"Wedding" is described by the festival as "compelling human drama about
three young couples at different stages in their relationships," starring
such Canadian notables as Molly Parker ("The Center of the World"), Benjamin Ratner ("Crash"), and Frida Betrani ("Prozac Nation"). Sweeney's previous credits include "Dirty" (1998) and "Live Bait," winner of the Toronto fest's Best Canadian feature prize in 1995. "Last Wedding" will join past
celebrated homegrown gala openers as Denys Arcand's "Stardom" and Atom Egoyan's "Felicia's Journey."


Yesterday's announcement follows a number of official line-up announcements
in the past few weeks. In addition to "Last Wedding," other confirmed
premieres include Fred Schepisi's "Last Orders," starring Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins, Czech director Jan Sverak's "Dark Blue World," his most recent work since the Academy Award winning "Kolya," Scott Hicks' "Hearts in Atlantic," veteran New Waver Eric Rohmer's "L'Anglaise et Le Duc," Ken Loach's latest "The Navigators," Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Pulse," and Cannes premieres such as Danic Tanovic's "No Man's Land," Claire Denis' "Trouble
Everyday
," Shohei Imamura's "Warm Water Under a Red Bridge," and Manoel de Oliviera's "I Return Home." The complete lineup will be announced on August 24. [Anthony Kaufman]


[For more information, visit:
http://www.bell.com/filmfest.]


>> "Requiem" Wins Webby Prize, Peter Pan Site Honored As Well


(indieWIRE/07.19.01) -- The website for Darren Aronofsky's latest film,
"Requiem for a Dream," won the award for best film site at the 5th annual
Webby Awards on Wednesday night in San Francisco. The ceremony,
characterized by its trademark five-word acceptance speeches and hosted by
actor-turned-director Alan Cumming, was held at the War Memorial Opera House here.


"Requiem" (winning speech: "Ellen Burstyn loves the web") was nominated for
the award alongside The New Venue, Eveo, Psycho Studio and indieWIRE. The category honored websites that are "dedicated to the preservation,
celebration, presentation, or online creation of film, movies and film
culture." The "Requiem" site also won in the People's Voice category,
selected by visitors to the Webby Award site.


In the music category, sputnik7.com (speech: "Secret to true happiness
is...") won the top prize, beating sonicnet.com and Live365.com, among
others. Other notable winners were Inside.com (speech: "Accidentially left
ass-pants in NYC") in the news category and The Onion (speech: "To advertise
call Phil Meyer") in the humor category.


The evening ended with the presentation of the award for best weird site,
with the prize going to Peter Pan's Home Page (www.pixyland.org/peterpan).
Site creator and "star" Randy Constan, dressed in his trademark Peter Pan
costume, leapt out of his seat after winning and skipped happily to the
stage to accept his prize and deliver his five word acceptance, "Weird? God
loves us all." [Eugene Hernandez in San Francisco]


[For more information, visit:
http://www.webbyawards.com.]



>> Allen's Latest, "Scorpion," to Open Hollywood Fest


(indieWIRE/07.20.01) -- Among the 42 films that will screen at the 2001
Hollywood Film Festival is the closing night movie, Woody Allen's latest,
"The Curse of the Jade Scorpion." The movie features Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt, Brian Markinson, Wallace Shawn, David Ogden Stiers, Charlize Theron and Allen.


Opening the event on August 2nd will be Christopher Monger's "Girl from
Rio
," featuring Hugh Laurie, Santiago Segura and Vanessa Nunes. This year's lineup will offer 12 world premieres and 18 U.S. premieres. [Eugene
Hernandez]


[For more information, visit:

http://www.hollywoodfilmfestival.com.]

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