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    Who's the hottest hottie?

    In Toronto's National Post, J. Kelly Nestruck offers the play-by-play on the battle to be crowned "Hottest Hottie" at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The face-off begins with hott brother and sister Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a round one battle... Other contestands inc...

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    On The Road to Festival Centre...

    The Toronto International Film Festival Group has now raised $132 million of the $196 million targeted for the funding of the new Festival Centre that will house the event after 2008. Bell Canada is the latest partner, with group director and CEO Piers Handling announcing that Bell will name the bui...

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    Toronto v. Cannes

    In the Toronto Star, Roger Ebert is quoted comparing the Toronto International Film Festival to the Cannes fest:

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    With Veneziano as Prez, GSFI Nabs "Willow Tree"

    Ariel Veneziano, who has been named president of GreeneStreet Films International, announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to Majid Majidi's "The Willow Tree, screening here at the Toronto International Film Festival. Veneziano and GreeneStreet Films co-founder and president J...

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    Coppola Returns to 'The Outsiders'

    Even he calls it a "fall from grace," going from directing "The Godfather" I and II, "The Conversation" and "Apocalypse Now" as well as writing "Patton" accumulating five Oscars in the '70s to a director-for-hire of such movies as "The Cotton Club" "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "Gardens of Stone." The...

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    Oscar Time: Toronto Festival Builds Buzz

    The Academy Awards are six months away, yet contenders already are off and running. The Toronto International Film Festival, which opened Thursday, offers an early glimpse of potential competitors for Hollywood's top awards, among them theJohnny Cash film biography "Walk the Line," the romances "Elizabethtown" and ""Shopgirl"," the working-stiff drama "North Country," the sister tale "In Her Shoes" and the cowboy saga "Brokeback Mountain." "I think Toronto is, for better or worse, the starting gate for awards season," said festival co-director Noah Cowan. "The awards crop we're already seeing this year is terrific. Some really standout films....

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    What's a film festival without a bevy of parties?

    Of course it's all about the wonderful filmmaking, the artistic visions, the sweeping epics and touching diamonds in the rough. But we hear there's the odd party here and there at the Toronto International Film Festival that just may be worth checking out. Certainly the hottest invite to clutch clos...

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    Deepa Mehta's "Water" Shines on Opening Night

    Director Deepa Mehta's "Water," received glowing reviews, including praise from Salman Rushdie, when it opened the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie is a drama that stirs up political controversy with its subject matter of the mistreatment of widows in the 1930s. Rediff reports.

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    Quebec Drama Opens Toronto's Canada First Program

    Louise Archambault's "Familia," a film about the interesecting lives of two women and their families, heads the Canada First Program at Toronto. The Canadian Pressreports.

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    Israeli Films Create Niche at Toronto

    This year, Israeli audiences can find specific ethno-cultural fare at Toronto with such film offerings as Amos Gitai's "Free Zone," starring Natalie Portman; Liev Schreiber's "Everything Is Illuminated,” based on Jonathan Safran Foer's novel; Radu Mihaileanu’s “Va, Vis Et Deviens&...

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