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    TORONTO '06 CRITICS NOTEBOOK: Immigrant Stories and Haitian Violence

    On Monday, September 11, the whole world was memorializing the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States. But here in Toronto, specifically at the film festival, discussions centered on other topics: Is Tarsem's "The Fall" a masterpiece or a disaster? What's the deal with th...

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    Jagger and Europa Corp Making Animated Movie (with Stones' music)

    EuropaCorp and Mick Jagger's Jagged Films have announced a deal to co-produce "Ruby Tuesday", a new animated film that will be written and directed by Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi. Described as, "A Faustian tale of a single mother searching for happiness in New York," the film will include a dozen Rolling Stones songs. EuropaCorp and ICM are representing the film in North America. The Brizzi Brothers created "Fantasia 2000"’s Firebird Suite segment, as well as "Asterix vs. Caesar". The film is set to go into to production later this year and is scheduled for a winter 2000 worldwide release, according to an announcement. EuropaCorp is handling distr...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Fest Launch Pad Boosts Fall Films -- "Last King," "Shortbus," "Volver"

    Toronto International Film Festival observers wondering what the hot films are this year need look no further than the cover of local weekly NOW, which last week sported "Shortbus" co-star Sook-Yin Lee on the cover and this week's boasts "Volver" star Penelope Cruz. While buyers bemoan the lack of h...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each week, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the three day weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. W...

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    Peter Mettler Celebrated In Toronto

    Part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival includes a retrospective of documentary filmmaker Peter Mettler. Mettler, perhaps most well known for his 2002 film "Gambling, Gods and LSD," will be celebrated with a series of screenings that began Sunday. Among them is his 1982 feature-le...

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    Spike Lee To Create New Orleans Series

    CBC reports Spike Lee will follow up his documentary "When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts," with a scripted dramatic series set in post-Katrina New Orleans. "It's a show about the city trying to rebuild itself and the people who are trying to put their lives together," Lee told the Hollyw...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Rajnesh Domalpalli: "Independent film hasn't really taken root as a

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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    Woodstock Film Festival To Honor Kopple

    Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple has been announced as the recipient of the Woodstock Film Festival's Annual Honorary Maverick Award. Kopple produced and directed "Harlan County, USA" and "American Dream," among many others. The festival, celebrating its seventh year October 11-15, 2...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Jean-Pascal Hattu: "The success of a filmmaker is the success of hi

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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    "Rescue Dawn" Flies to MGM for North America

    MGM has acquired all North American rights to "Rescue Dawn," the survival story of Dieter Dengler, an American pilot shot down in Viet Cong territory, written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Christian Bale, it was announced today by the company's COO Rick Sands. The film, produced by Gibr...

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