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    AFP: Moore takes parting shot at Bush in rockstar flick

    Filmmaker Michael Moore on Saturday predicted a landslide victory for the Democrats in the 2008 presidential election, but is taking no chances, rallying US liberals in his latest documentary. "The potential for a (Democratic) landslide is enormous. People do not want to vote for the Republicans," h...

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    TORONTO '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Midnight Madness Mixed, With Duds "Sukiyaki," "Frontier(s)," Standout

    With The Toronto International Film Festival, being as large and prestigious as it is, its no surprise that their Midnight Madness lineup would be one of the more varied and sophisticated programs out there. In a program containing new works for classic cult directors like Dario Argento, George Rome...

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    TORONTO '07 | Blast Off: Fest Serves As Launch Pad, Igniting Buzz For New Films Hoping to Catch Fire

    In the TV business, networks launch new fall shows at an annual "press tour" for critics and journalists. Upcoming shows are previewed while TV marketers wine and dine media & industry at lavish parties. Similarly, the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival had the look and feel of a press tour for the film business. Studios, specialty divisions and smaller companies launched fall films this weekend in Canada, while some independent producers shopped new titles that are hoping to secure distribution. And amidst it all, the industry began whispering more intensely about Oscar season. One seasoned industry executive, from a st...

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: David Ross: "I think what really piqued my interest was the idea of

    Throughout the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '07 | IFC "Jar City" Pact as TIFF Opens; Podeswa, Lantos Have Toronto Homecoming with "Piece

    The Toronto International Film Festival is so big -- with a roster of nearly 350 movies -- that multiple films are in the spotlight on opening night. While the fest officially opened with a gala screening and a pair of parties for Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces," across town Martin Gero's "Young People Fucking" was one of the many films also showcased on the first day of TIFF. It was subsequently celebrated with a fitting late-night bash at a new Toronto swingers club. And, fresh from considerable buzz in Telluride over the weekend, Baltasar Kormakur's "Jar City" debuted in Toronto hours before IFC Entertainment confirmed a North American ...

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    Cuban and Wagner Change Course at HDNet Films as "Redacted" Stirs Venice, Telluride and Now, Toronto

    Formed four years ago, HDNet Films has either reached the end of the road or hit a major intersection. Producers Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente will be leaving the digital production company that was formed by Mark Cuban as the unit marks four years of digital filmmaking. The move is stirring buzz just as the company's latest production, Brian DePalma's "Redacted," makes waves internationally this week after screenings in Venice, Telluride and now at the Toronto International Film Festival. Countering industry speculation that he has "pulled the plug" on the HDNet Films brand, Mark Cuban acknowledged the shift on Thursday saying that producti...

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    iW NEWS | Niv Fichman Receives CFPTA Producers Award

    Industry Initatives at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association announced that Niv Fichman is the recipient of the second annual CFTPA Producer's Award with a $10,000 CAD cash prize. Fichman has produced over 200 documenataries, television s...

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Shamim Sarif: "I think movie making is a bit like childbirth - when

    Throughout the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '07 | Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto: An indieWIRE Insiders Guide

    Tens of thousands of people will converge upon Canada's largest city over the next ten days or so 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 lo...

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    iW NEWS | Addicott Named Assoc. Director Media Relations at Sundance Film Festival

    Brooks Barton Addicott has been named Associate Director, Media Relations for the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute announced Tuesday. Addicott will "develop and implement year-round stragegic media relations for the festival, its initiatives, filmmakers sponsors and its online and video content. Based in Park City, UT, she will also serve as the main point of contact both internally and outside the organization for all press activities related to the Sundance Film Festival and related projects. She replaces Patrick Hubley who worked at Sundance for the past five years who gone on to pursue other projects of his own, according to...

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