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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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    TORONTO '08 | Day Five Roundup

    indieWIRE offers a select take of Toronto 2008 news around the world.TIFFG CEO Is Not Too Happy...Piers Handling fires back at the Toronto Sun for calling the festival "elitist". [Toronto Sun]

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Death Defying Acts: Strong Returns for Aronofsky, Bahrani, and Ustaog

    On Sunday night, hours after winning the top prize at Venice, Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" premiered for North American audiences here in Toronto, riding a wave of positive buzz and critical approbation. But standing in front of a revved up crowd at the majestic, cavernous Elgin Theater, direct...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | "Lovely, Still", "Heaven on Earth," "Religulous," and "The Hunger" Cap A Busy

    Sunday capped a typically busy first weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. While audiences and industry anticipated the North American premiere of Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," other films in the spotlight included Nik Fackler's "Lovely, Still", Deepa Mehta's "Heaven on Earth," La...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Veteran Filmmakers Stand Out With "Last Stop" While Newcomers Delive

    British director Nigel Cole, best known for the popular art-house comedies "Saving Grace" and "Calendar Girls," introduced his latest film, the father/son road drama "$5 A Day," by explaining to the Toronto International Film Festival audiences at its Saturday night premiere its qualifications as a ...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Intimate Moments with Denis, Kore-eda and Kim; and Linklater Channels

    Not only can few Toronto attendees pronounce the name of this year's opening night film "Passchendaele," a Canadian WWI epic, but few among us have actually seen it. So much for a rousing start. Rather than major big-budget works (although the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading," by most accounts, i...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | Canadians Kick Off Fest; Venice - Telluride Stoke Pre-TIFF Buzz; and Discover

    The local news here wondered during their early evening broadcasts if it would rain on the party Thursday night, but in the end, the Toronto International Film Festival's opening night went off with only a minimum amount of precipitation. The 33rd edition of the festival, which many consider the world's second most important, maintained tradition by launching with a Canadian film. Paul Gross' "Passchendaele," one of the country's largest productions ever. And the film received all the usual fanfare, including gawkers, press, fans and the usual trappings of an opening night gala. Canada's armed forces also turned out in the film's honor with a...

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    TORONTO '08 | Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto: An indieWIRE Insiders Guide

    Tens of thousands of people are about to converge upon Canada's largest city for one of the world's largest film events, socializing and networking all over town. indieWIRE surveyed a group of Toronto locals and insiders about their favorites places to eat, drink, shop and chill, including some of our own tips from indieWIRE staffer (and former Torontonian) Peter Knegt. The results of our informal, subjective survey follow. We invite readers and TIFF attendees alike to discuss, dispute and react to the suggestions offered. Comments and corrections are invited at the end of this article, so go for it. We'll take another look at it next year. B...

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    TORONTO '08 | Day Two Roundup

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