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    TORONTO '08 | "Still Walking," "Goodbye Solo," "The Wrestler" Tops With TIFF Critics, Bloggers

    Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Still Walking," from Japan, was selected as the best film at the Toronto International Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted this weekend by indieWIRE. The story of a family coming together on the anniversary of a son's passing, the film is Kore-Eda's la...

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    FIRST PERSON | Peter Broderick: "Welcome To The New World of Distribution," Part 1

    Welcome to the New World of Distribution. Many filmmakers are emigrating from the Old World, where they have little chance of succeeding. They are attracted by unprecedented opportunities and the freedom to shape their own destiny. Life in the New World requires them to work harder, be more tenaciou...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Slumdog Millionaire" Takes People's Choice, "Hunger, "Lost Song" Among Other Winners

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" was announced as the Cadillac People's Choice Award for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival Saturday afternoon in Toronto. First runner-up was Kristopher Belman's "More Than A Game" and the second runner-up was Cyrus Nowrasteh's "The Stoning of Soraya M."...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Loins of Punjab Presents" Director Manish Acharya

    Manish Acharya's directorial debut, "Loins of Pubjab Presents" follows a group of "would-be superstars" in a New Jersey-based, Bollywood-inspired "Desi Idol" singing competition, sponsored by local butcher company Loins of Punjab. The finalists competing for the $25,000 prize represent the South Asian diaspora through a "delightfully eclectic cross-section" of personalities. The #1 English language comedy ever to open in India, "Loins" has screened and garnered prizes at international film festivals including the First Run Film Festival, New York's 2007 South Asian International Film Festival, and the 2007 San Francisco International South As...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | "Hurt Locker" Explodes, "Zack and Miri," "Lymelife" and "Nowhere" Fin

    Thanks to pulse pounding action involving Iraq War soldiers responsible for disarming bombs; a cast of compelling young male leads and a gritty visual style that syncs perfectly with its desert wartime setting - "The Hurt Locker" reintroduces veteran director Kathryn Bigelow to audiences as a filmmaker at the top of her game and offers the first Iraq War movie with strong box office potential. Pairing Mark Boal's (co-writer on "In the Valley of Elah") pitch-perfect script and Bigelow's expertise at crafting action and suspense, "The Hurt Locker" shows strong chances at crossover business, drawing young teens with its action and art-house movi...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | "Paris," "Valentino," "Gigantic" and "Lymelife" Among Toronto Offerings

    The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival is winding down. With just two days left before the Closing Night Gala and the announcement of the awards, many industry folk have begun to head out. But there remains much to discuss, as the last few days was obviously marked with a large amount of wort...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | Biz Buzz: Celebrating "Che" and Pondering The Marketplace

    "This generation's 'Lawrence of Arabia'" is how IFC Films and those involved with Steven Soderbergh's "Che," are talking about the epic film(s) about Argentine-born revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara that IFC acquired here at the Toronto International Film Festival. A unique December release, in time to qualify the film for Oscar consideration, will roll out as an event on both coasts that will likely include public appearances by Soderbergh, lead Benicio Del Toro and others at the Zeigfeld Theater in New York City and also in Los Angeles. "To say we are thrilled...that is an over used word," company president Jonathan Sehring told indieWIRE...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Discovery Section Films Aim To Break Through

    For certain movies, placement in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival almost seems like a plea. The festival catalogue calls the program "your introduction to gifted and innovative directors who are certain to become household names," but that's assuming those directors a...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | "Gigantic" Breaks Out; "Pedro" Does Justice To Activist; Auds Dig "Ev

    Nobody in the Toronto International Film Festival audience at the Monday evening premiere of "Gigantic," a lovely, funny, unabashedly odd romance from first-time feature filmmaker Matt Aselton, mentioned the name Wes Anderson in the post-screening question-and-answer sessions. But they would have b...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | Sunday Night at TIFF: An indieWIRE Diary

    Sunday was a busy night in Toronto. Well over a dozen items were on indieWIRE's list of possible events to cover and we were unsure how to negotiate it. At the last minute, we decided that it might be "fun" to have me attempt to attend every single one. While that certainly didn't end up being th...

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