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    From Stitch to Screen: Contemporary Canadian Costume Design (TIFF 11)

    I just moderated a panel on something I knew absolutely nothing about until two weeks ago when I began to delve into the job of a costume designer in film. A film is hard enough to make, so how could the job of costume designer seem even more difficult? The imagination involved, the convincing of the producer and director that the designer's vision enriches their own vision for the film, the convincing the actor to step into into the character by wearing the costume, the management of cutters, sewers, the buying of clothes, of fabrics, ordering fabrics from China, making 30 copies of each costume, keeping the blood stains on each in sync with a film shot out of sequence...there is so much to do!!30 bloodstained shirts, please (Alex Kavanaugh)From the wild and ostentatious to the understated and subdued, from period drama to sci-fi, costume design is a craft that covers every fabric worn on screen. Celebrated Canadian costume designers gathered to discuss their trade, their role in bringing a story to life and the challenges facing their business and industry. Produced in association with The Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD) and Otherworldly: The Art of Canadian Costume Design, an exhibition opening September 2, 2011 in TIFF Bell Lightbox’s Canadian Film Gallery.Alex Kavanagh – Costume Designer, Splice, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, Repo: The MusicalHeather Neale – Costume Designer, Goon, Guy Madden's Keyhole, both premiering in TIFFDelphine White – Costume Designer, Videodrome, Tideland, Bulletproof Monk, Jim Sheridan's Dream House coming out September 30

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  • Caryn James
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    Up Close and Personal (and Even Closer) with Robert De Niro (Video)

    As part of Jimmy Kimmel Live's coverage of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, Guillermo Rodriguez- in native Canadian attire- gets an exclusive interview with acting legend Robert De Niro. What interview would be complete without a call from Mom and a hug to end it all? --Natalie Wright

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'I Don't Know How She Does It' Is A Pained, Unfunny, Politically Questionable Bore

    One of the "charmingly neurotic" tics of the main character of "I Don't Know How She Does It," played brittlely and with affected strain by Sarah Jessica Parker, is making to-do lists. Since the year is 2011 and editing software has come a long way, we see her visualize the list as the prepares for sleep – everything from arranging her daughter's play date to doing some Kegel exercises (yes, seriously) – with words and small images appearing tattooed on the ceiling of her bohemian chic Boston apartment (accompanied by a never-ending stream of voice-over narration). While watching "I Don't Know How She Does It," which at a swift 89 minutes still feels longer than the "Three Colors" trilogy combined, you'll be tempted to make a similar mental inventory of things that you could (and should),instead of watching this wretched claptrap, which we're fairly certain has single-handedly set the feminist cause back a good 35-40 years.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Simon & Simon' and 'Deadwood' Actor Gerald McRaney Signs For Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

    Once you've done one Western, it's much easier to keep getting asked back for more of them; you need to prove that you can be convincing on a horse with a hat, as John Wayne, and Kevin Costner, and so many others, have done over the years. And nothing has been a better Western training ground in recent years than the much-missed HBO show "Deadwood." Would Keith Carradine have been asked in for "Cowboys & Aliens" without the show? Eh, maybe. Would Timothy Olyphant have landed contemporary cowboy tale "Justified" without his starring role? Probably not.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Late Great John Calley: Businessman with Soul of Artist, Life Saver

    Longtime Hollywood producer and studio executive John Calley has died after a long illness. He was 81. While at Warner Bros. in the 1970s (as production chief, president, and vice chairman), the controversial and groundbreaking movies Calley supervised included Alan Pakula's All the President's Men, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, William Friedkin's The Exorcist and Don Siegel's Dirty Hairy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stallone Says He Might Get Nic Cage & John Travolta For 'The Expendables 2' If Schedules Permit

    Chuck Norris & Jean-Claude Van Damme Confirmed, Are Michael Biehn And Michael Pare In The Mix Too?"The Expendables" having proven successful enough in its collection of elderly ass-kickers to get a sequel green-lit, it was clear that creator/writer/star Sylvester Stallone would have to raise his game for the second go-round. First of all, with not all the stars returning (it looks like Jet Li won't be back, for one), it would help to draft in a few more action icons to help make up the numbers. And secondly, with the first film being somewhat subpar, and the less than amazing Simon West ("Con Air," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") replacing Stallone in the director's chair, it'd need something special to get all but the least discerning action fans excited about a sequel.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Acclaimed Thriller "96 Minutes" (Evan Ross & David Oyelowo Co-Star)

    We completely missed this trailer for 96 Minutes, a film we profiled back in March, soon after its debut at the SXSW Film Festival. Nothing more about it has crossed my virtual desk since then, and I obviously missed the posting of this trailer on the film's Facebook page, even though I'm a Facebook *fan.*

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  • Spout
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    TIFF11: "Paul Williams: Still Alive" Director Stephen Kessler Calls Documentary a Kind of Dance

    There is a point in the inspiring documentary "Paul Williams: Still Alive" where you really understand that Stephen Kessler is not a hands-on kind of filmmaker. The Oscar nominee (for his 1991 short "Birch Street Gym"), who went on to helm "Vegas Vacation," is mostly nowadays a director of commercials who presumably works with large cushy crews. It's not apparent for most of this new film, a rare successful 'stalk-umentary,' that Kessler is not doing any of the shooting. Typically with a small documentary like this the documentarian would, I think.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson Talk Timely Burma Biopic The Lady; Besson Trims 16 Minutes

    Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson Talk Biopic The Lady, TIFF Reviews

    Luc Besson wasn't planning to direct the biopic The Lady, which Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh initially brought to the Europa movie mogul to produce. Both Yeoh and Besson are better known for their commercial action ventures than period dramas, although Yeoh gave a stellar dramatic performance in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon opposite Chow Yun-Fat. The true story on which the movie is based--Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese daughter of a slain president, known as “the steel orchid,” who fights for her people against a repressive regime, which places her under house arrest for 15 years after she is elected president--offered Yeoh a character she not only closely resembled, but was aching to play. "You can feel the vibration: 'this is my time, I want this part,'" says Besson. "For an Asian actress, there aren't so many parts."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gordon Parks' "The Super Cops" Now Available On Warner Archive DVD

    Back during the early 1970's, after Shaft and Shaft's Big Score, aside from Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks just might have been the biggest black film director working at the time. As a result, he branched out into doing other types of films and his 1974 MGM action/comedy cop movie The Super Cops is a prime example.

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