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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 hot new festival titles -- only a few films seems to be stirring biz buzz so far at the fest -- a number of films are using the event as a lauching pad into North American distribution. Among the hottest of those are a few Cannes films, along with a couple of premieres stirring awards buzz. Kevin Macdonald's "The Last King of Scotland" has garnered ...

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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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    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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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Weinsteins Wild Over "Vaughn" & "Lane"; Audience Digs "The Lives of Othe

    After the first weekend of movie-going at the Toronto International Film Festival buyers and moviegoers alike were buzzing about fest films. While audiences raved about Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others," which was nabbed by Sony Classics back in the Spring, The Weinstein Company nabbed the comedic doc, "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood To The Heartland" after its Friday screening here in Canada and its Dimension Films division quickly grabbbed "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. Meanwhile, MGM nabbed North American rights to Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn," which also debuted here this week...

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    TORONTO '06 CRITICS NOTEBOOK: "Half Moon," "Venus," "Art of Crying" Focus on Death; "Escape" and "Fi

    With many of Hollywood's biggest offerings bombing here in Toronto (stay away from "A Good Year" and "All the King's Men"), critics have sought solace in half a dozen already proven Cannes favorites ("Volver," "Climates," "Babel") and a number of smaller, newer foreign discoveries and documentaries.

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Pavel Giroud: "Independence only has to do with freedom."

    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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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Kim Tae-yong: "I am curious to see the reaction of a foreign audien

    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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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Michael Moore Sneaks "Sicko" Clips; Cillian on Loach's "Barley"

    For nearly twenty years now, Michael Moore has used filmmaking as a means to directly tackle hot button issues and notable figures. Before that, he spent years working as a journalist and at a younger age even wrote a couple of plays. In "Fahrenheit 9/11," and at subsequent political rallies leading...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Ed Stone: "I became a filmmaker because I failed at everything else

    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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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Eyeing a Prize, ThinkFilm Toasts Five Years; And Kunuk Tries to Preserve

    Not long after Lions Gate Films shut down its New York office back in 2001, a group of company executives joined forces to launch the Toronto/NYC based ThinkFilm and Friday morning, at what has become a signature event, the start-up celebrated its 5th anniversary with its annual breakfast bash. Acknowledging that 80% of new companies fail within the first five years, CEO Jeff Sackman smiled as he welcomed a large crowd to Toronto's Windsor Arms Hotel and boasted, "I think its safe to say that no other company [in the past 5 years] has emerged from the pack as we have." Started with a group of just 10, ThinkFilm has expanded to a 35 person st...

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