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    Annual "Schmooze" Held at TIFF

    A block of busy Queen Street became a giant red carpet last night as Canadian broadcasting giant CHUM held their televised Schmooze party at the Toronto International Film Festival. The annual event, a steadfast tradition at TIFF, withheld rain to prove itself worthy of its reputation as one of the ...

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    Man Gets Off The "Shortbus"

    A media screening of John Cameron Mitchell's controversial "Shortbus" at the Toronto International Film Festival found itself losing a patron yesterday. Just a few minutes into the film, a man stormed out, declaring that the explicit homosexual threesome featuring a rendition of God Bless America w...

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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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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Chitra Palekar: "The success of a filmmaker is making a film that r

    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: Daniel Sanchez Arevalo: "I became a filmmaker out of boredom."

    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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    "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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