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    There Are No Bedbugs In The Scotiabank Theatre

    It's amazing that one little tweet erupted into some serious hysteria yesterday when it was suggested that someone had attended a screening at Toronto's Scotiabank Theatre and got bedbug bites. Considering I'd been there the night before, I wasn't exactly feeling good about the news, and neither was the U.S. film world, which had a story on the tweet up and running on The Hollywood Reporter in a matter of hours... But never fear, us Canadians are resourceful folks, and by today the folks at TIFF and the folks at Cineplex (the company that owns the Scotiabank) had confirmed bedbugs have not made a home in the theatre. I mean, I had thought since I first read it... how did the guy know they were from the Scotiabank? Either way, disaster averted. We can look forward to bite free seats come next week.

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    Toronto Sets Bell Lightbox Opening Celebrations

    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the schedule of festivities for the opening of their new digs, the TIFF Bell Lightbox. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 12th, TIFF will offer an array of programming for all ages in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district. King Street between John and Peter will shut down for a concert series, family activities, delicious food from local King Street restaurants, free cupcakes supplied by Madeleines, Cherry Pie and Ice Cream, and a movie star look-alike contest. And following the official ribbon cutting on September 12, TIFF will offer free admission to the building, welcoming visitors to enjoy a diverse selection of screenings, film-based artworks from international artists and filmmakers, and the Essential Cinema exhibition, which features iconic objects and photographs from the history of cinema.

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  • iW NOW
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    Lazenby, George Lazenby at Aero Theatre in Santa Monica

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  • The Lost Boys
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    10 Things I Would Have Blogged About Had I Blogged Throughout August

    August is hours away from ending, and my attempt at an escape from the internets is over. Here's a rundown of what would have been had I not turned down the lights on The Lost Boy for the past 30 days:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

    Jean-François Richet’s Mesrine: Killer Instinct opened strong on 28 screens this past weekend, which is a good sign for Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (part 2, which opens September 3). The films, both hits in France, have been waiting for a release since their 2008 Toronto premieres; now they and their riveting star Vincent Cassel (in his César winning performance as French gangster Jacques Mesrine) are able to impress a wider audience. Check out the exclusive clip below from Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 and our interview with Cassel here, in which he talks about his upcoming films; Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and David Cronenberg's Dangerous Method:

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  • Spout
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    Video: Donald Duck Voices R. Lee Ermey in "Full Metal Disney"

    What if cartoon celebrities voiced live-action characters instead of the other way around? We now get an idea, as someone has taken the famous scene from "Full Metal Jacket," in which the new troops meet drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) and replaced the actors' voices with those of Disney characters. Goofy is 'Joker,' Pluto is 'Cowboy,' Mickey Mouse is 'Pyle' and, most impressive, Donald Duck is Hartman. Whoever is doing the first three voices, they aren't too convincing. The Pluto gag is pretty funny, but especially the Goofy could have been more exact. Without the context, I would not have recognized it. The Donald, however, is spot-on, and so appropriate given how often the character goes into curse-filled tantrums. Will you ever view this scene the same again? Watch the clip after the jump and hope it's not ruined for you forever.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Celebrating A Cinematic Heritage

    I don’t know of another town in the United States that celebrates its link to movie history quite like Niles, California. Last year I wrote about my long-delayed introductory visit to the Niles Essanay Silent Film History Museum (to read it and see my photos, click HERE). This year I made a return visit with my wife and some friends and enjoyed the experience all over again, thanks to the good folks who run the nickelodeon-turned-museum.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    ONLY on VOD

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  • Spout
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    "Machete" Primer: "Grindhouse: Death Proof"

    In anticipation of the new film "Machete," which opens this Friday, I'm making a point to familiarize myself with some must-see forerunners. They're not all necessarily linked in an official manner to Robert Rodriguez's latest, which is based on a (then) fake trailer included in the double-feature release of "Grindhouse," but I consider them relative predecessors. First up is Quentin Tarantino's half of "Grindhouse," "Death Proof." I guess it makes sense to see this after the Rodriguez half, "Planet Terror," but I was more excited by this, if only because it received more praise. I also, like many, prefer Tarantino's films to Rodriguez's. Stay tuned, though, to find out if I'm yet another person who favors "Death Proof" after I watch and write about the other.

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