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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Trying To Make Sense of the Toronto Marketplace As Magnolia Nabs "Exiled

    After scoring deals for two acclaimed genre titles in Cannes, U.S. based Magnolia Pictures struck again, acquiring Johnny To's "Exiled," fresh from its recent world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere here at the Toronto International Film Festival. The deal, for all English-language rights to the action thriller, is a three-way pact which includes UK rights for Optimum Releasing and rights in Australia and New Zealand for Madman Entertainment (Magnolia will sub-distribute the movie to their partners as part of the arrangement). The news came at the festival's midpoint, with some buyers and sellers assessing t...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Paul Andrew Williams: "I came to see 'Borat.'"

    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 CRITICS NOTEBOOK: Immigrant Stories and Haitian Violence

    On Monday, September 11, the whole world was memorializing the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States. But here in Toronto, specifically at the film festival, discussions centered on other topics: Is Tarsem's "The Fall" a masterpiece or a disaster? What's the deal with th...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Fest Launch Pad Boosts Fall Films -- "Last King," "Shortbus," "Volver"

    Toronto International Film Festival observers wondering what the hot films are this year need look no further than the cover of local weekly NOW, which last week sported "Shortbus" co-star Sook-Yin Lee on the cover and this week's boasts "Volver" star Penelope Cruz. While buyers bemoan the lack of hot new festival titles -- only a few films seems to be stirring biz buzz so far at the fest -- a number of films are using the event as a lauching pad into North American distribution. Among the hottest of those are a few Cannes films, along with a couple of premieres stirring awards buzz. Kevin Macdonald's "The Last King of Scotland" has garnered ...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Rajnesh Domalpalli: "Independent film hasn't really taken root as a

    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: Jean-Pascal Hattu: "The success of a filmmaker is the success of hi

    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: Weinsteins Wild Over "Vaughn" & "Lane"; Audience Digs "The Lives of Othe

    After the first weekend of movie-going at the Toronto International Film Festival buyers and moviegoers alike were buzzing about fest films. While audiences raved about Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others," which was nabbed by Sony Classics back in the Spring, The Weinstein Company nabbed the comedic doc, "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood To The Heartland" after its Friday screening here in Canada and its Dimension Films division quickly grabbbed "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. Meanwhile, MGM nabbed North American rights to Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn," which also debuted here this week...

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    Controversial "Death" Screens Today

    The controversial "Death of a President" premieres today at the Toronto International Film Festival. CBC reports that writer-director Gabriel Range has already received death threats, though the film has yet to screen anywhere. The film was referred to as "D.O.A.P." on the festival's program to "k...

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    Globe and Mail: Black market below the surface at TIFF

    There's a black market operating under the surface of the Toronto International Film Festival. With many screenings sold out and Gala tickets hard to come by, a cottage industry has sprung up on e-Bay, with sellers hawking everything from tickets to dinner reservations. A pair of Festival Passes - g...

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    Globe and Mail: Shortbus

    While some early critics speculated the film would never get mainstream distribution, ThinkFilm picked up the picture after it screened at Cannes. With a certain [NC-17] rating, however, the screen will only get so much exposure. "Obviously it's a small film," the director John Cameron Mitchell said...

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