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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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    TORONTO '06 CRITICS NOTEBOOK: "Half Moon," "Venus," "Art of Crying" Focus on Death; "Escape" and "Fi

    With many of Hollywood's biggest offerings bombing here in Toronto (stay away from "A Good Year" and "All the King's Men"), critics have sought solace in half a dozen already proven Cannes favorites ("Volver," "Climates," "Babel") and a number of smaller, newer foreign discoveries and documentaries.

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Pavel Giroud: "Independence only has to do with freedom."

    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: Kim Tae-yong: "I am curious to see the reaction of a foreign audien

    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: Michael Moore Sneaks "Sicko" Clips; Cillian on Loach's "Barley"

    For nearly twenty years now, Michael Moore has used filmmaking as a means to directly tackle hot button issues and notable figures. Before that, he spent years working as a journalist and at a younger age even wrote a couple of plays. In "Fahrenheit 9/11," and at subsequent political rallies leading...

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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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