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    TORONTO '08 | Spotlighting New Talent: 26 Films Set for TIFF's Discovery Section

    After announcing their Special Presentations yesterday, the program for the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival continued to come together today with the remaining 19 films in the Discovery program. Nineteen feature films from 18 countries complete the program's lineup. They join the previously announced 7 films as those eligible for the Diesel Discovery Award, chosen by the Festival press corps which consists of over 1000 accredited media from around the world. "Discovery is the place at TIFF to find this year's most exciting debuts in cinema," said festival Co-Director Cameron Bailey in a statement. "This is your one-stop sho...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Destiny" To Close Fest, "Brothers Bloom," "Wrestler," "Orson Welles" Among Announced

    The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival will close on September 13 with the North American premiere of Charles Martin Smith's "Stone of Destiny." Based on a true story about four Glasgow University students who plotted to retrieve the 'Stone of Destiny,' the film stars Robert Carlyle, Billy Boyd and Brenda Fricker. "We're thrilled to have 'Stone of Destiny' close this year's Festival," says Cameron Bailey, co-director of the festival, in a statement. "This is a movie that wills you over with its charm, its sense of mischief and its pure Scottishness." The festival also announced new additions to its Special Presentations program, incl...

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    NYFF '08 | Eastwood's "Changeling," Aronofsky's "Wrestler" Join French Heavy New York Film Festival

    The full selections for the 46th New York Film Festival were unveiled today with Cannes 2008 titles featuring prominently in this year's event, taking place September 26 - October 12. The North American premiere of Clint Eastwood's "Changeling" will screen as the festival's Centerpiece, while Darren...

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    iW NEWS | Asian, Spanish Titles Join Toronto Lineup

    The Toronto International Film Festival announced 23 new titles from Asia and from Spanish-speaking filmmakers, screening throughout the festival's different programs. The Asian titles include Priyadarshan's "Kanchivaram," Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Still Walking," Yu Lik-wai's "Plastic City," Takeshi Kitano's "Achilles and the Tortoise," Mamoru Oshii's "The Sky Crawlers," Liu Fendou's "Ocean Flame," Nandita Das's "Firaaq," Phawat Panangkasiri's "In the Shadow of the Naga," Garin Nugroho's "Under The Tree," So Yong Kim's "Treeless Mountain," Adolfo Alix Jr.'s "Adela," Ryosuke Hashiguchi's "All Around Us," and Uberto Pasolini's "Machan." The Spani...

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Women of the Year: Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River"

    EDITORS NOTE: This review of Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner "Frozen River" was originally published during festival. As Ray Eddy, the heroine of filmmaker Courtney Hunt's riveting melodrama "Frozen River;" a working-class mom in Upstate New York trying to care for two sons after her husband skips out with the family savings, actress Melissa Leo sports a nose turned red from the winter cold. She has creased cheekbones weathered by hard living and tattoos on her thin body. Leo is the female embodiment of harsh New York winters and the impoverished rural communities along the St. Lawrence River. But don't think for a second that...

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    TORONTO '08 | Columbia '68, Youssou Ndour, Valentino, and Varda in TIFF Doc Spotlight

    Twenty-six documentaries have been added to the lineup for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. A work-in-progress of Paul Cronin's "A Time to Stir," about the Columbia University student strike in 1968, will screen as a work-in-progress in the event's Mavericks section, while the world premiere of Chai Vasarhelyi's "Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love," about the acclaimed musicisian, is on tap for the festivals Special Presentations section. Set for a North American premiere, after screening at the Venice Film Festival, are Matt Tyrnauer's "Valentino: The Last Emperor" (Special Presentations) and Agnes Varda's self-portrait "Les Pla...

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    NY NY | Channel 13 Gives its Take on the "Reel New York"

    New Yorkers are lucky to have one of the strongest public television stations in the country. Where the rest of the nation calls it PBS, we know it as Channel 13, and for more than a dozen years, it has hosted some of the most cutting edge filmmaking for, by and about New Yorkers, during the annual ...

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    iW NEWS | "Other Man," "Rachel" Added To TIFF Lineup

    The Toronto International Film Festival announced the additions of five films to its 2008 lineup, including two Gala Presentations. The World Premiere of Richard Eyre's "The Other Man," starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney will screen as a Gala, as will the North American Premiere of Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married," starring Anne Hathaway and Debra Winger. Three Special Presentations were also announced, including the World Premiere of Ed Harris' "Appaloosa, starring Harris, Viggo Mortensen and Renee Zellweger, and the North American Premieres of Anne Fontaine's "La Fille de Monaco" and Philippe Claudel's "I've Loved You So Long....

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    iW NEWS | TIFF Sets Canadian Programming

    The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival announced a slew of Canadian films to be featured during the September fest at a press conference in Toronto Tuesday. The titles include Michael McGowan's "One Week," starring Joshua Jackson, Liane Balaban and Campbell Scott and Kari Skogland's "Fifty Dead Men Walking, starring Jim Sturgess, Sir Ben Kingsley and Rose McGowan, both of which will be Gala Presentations. The Special Presentations program will screen Deepa Mehta's "Heaven on Earth," Fernando Meirelles's "Blindness" and Philippe Falardeau's "C'est pas moi, je le jure!," while the Vanguard program will include Bruce McDonald's "Pontypoo...

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    iW NEWS | TIFF Announces Titles For Four Programs

    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced additions to its Galas, Special Presentations, Masters and Contemporary World Cinema programs. Gina-Prince Blythewood's "Secret Life of Bees" and Saul Dibb's "The Duchess," starring Keira Knightley, will both be Gala Presentations. Special presentations include the world premieres of James Stern and Adam Del Deo's doc "Every Little Step," David Keopp's "Ghost Town" and Larry Charles' "Religulous," and the North American premieres of Wong Kar-wai's "Ashes of Time Redux," Guy Ritchie's "RockNRolla," and Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky." The Masters program will see Jan Troell's "Everlasting M...

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