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    "Borat" Premiere Proves Eventful

    Live animals, technical difficulties and Michael Moore were among the highlights at the premiere of the controversial "Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" last night. After a memorable arrival from the film's star Sasha Baron Cohen on a horse drawn cart driven by two women dressed as Kazakhstan prostitutes, Kris Abel reports that things did not run so smoothly. Twenty-minutes into the sold-out screening, the film projector broke, leading Cohen, director Larry Charles, and audience member Moore to take the stage. After over an hour of stalling, the projector was deemed unable to be fixed, and...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Politics As Usual? IFC Gets Election Doc, Fest Buzzes About D.O.A.P., an

    Politics may end up being one of the hot topics at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. While muckraker Michael Moore will be talking in the spotlight Friday night at the festival, with clips from two new films, IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Sheng Zhimin: "Independent film can express the idea you want to ex

    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: Oh, Canada! Toronto Fest Looks North to Launch 31st Fest

    Launched in 1976 as the "festival of festivals," the Toronto International Film Festival has grown into the greatest film event in North America, rivaled only by Cannes as a leading showcase, market, and discovery zone for international cinema. Of the 352 films screening at this year's event, which opens Thursday inight, 91% are having their official world, international or North American premiere at this year's festival and many will be courting buyers from around the world. The massive festival will unspool on some 23 screens around the city, with most press and industry showings concentrated in the Yorkville neighborhood. Zacharias Kunuk a...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Arni Olafur Asgeirsson: "It's a personal journey. There is no "one

    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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    For Toronto Fest, 49 Buzz FIlms from 24 People

    In the Toronto Star, critic Peter Howell surveys two dozen "film lovers, critics, programmers and various industry pooh-bahs" to garner a list of some 49 films that are the most-anticipated movies at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Atop the list is Christopher Guest's "For Your Con...

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    AFI Fest To Celebrate 20 Years

    AFI Fest, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, will celebrate 20 years and add a day for this year's edition as they mark their anniversary and commemorate fifteen year of FILMEX, the LA festival that was the predecessor to AFI Fest. The event will kick-off on Wednesday, November 1st and...

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    Reuters: Toronto film festival promises stars, premieres

    The 31st annual Toronto International Film Festival will attract more star power than usual this year with Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon and Sean Penn among the Oscar winners and Hollywood heavyweights expected to attend. Actors Liam Neeson, Jude Law, Dustin Hoffman, Pe...

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    TORONTO '06: The Complete Lineup - 352 Films

    352 films from 61 countries are on tap for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, which will open on September 7th with the previously announced world premiere of Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen." Organizers today unveiled the complete lineup for next month's...

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    Noyce, Spike, Macdonald, and More Lead List of Toronto Fest's African and African Diaspora Titles

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled ten films from 12 countries will be a part of the event's line up of African and African Diaspora cinema. With topics ranging form the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to a black female messiah superhero, the newly announced titles include six world and two North American premieres. Among the films set to screen are "Rabbit-Proof-Fence" director Phillip Noyce's "Catch a Fire" (world premiere) with Derek Luke and Tim Robbins, as well as "The Last King of Scotland" (world premiere) by Kevin Macdonald, set in Idi Amin's Uganda, starring Forrest Whitaker. Both films will screen as Special Pr...

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