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    HDNet Unveils Slate of 7 More Digital Features, Soderbergh Project About Spalding Grey On Tap

    HDNet Films, here at the Toronto International Film Festival with three new digital features, has announced plans to make seven new more high definition movies, including a unique project by Steven Soderbergh about Spalding Gray. At an early morning breakfast event today, HDNet's Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente unveiled the complete new slate and Soderbergh explained that his new project would explore a never-performed monologue by Gray. Amy Hobby is producing the film with Gray's widow Kathie Russo, along with Joshua Blum. Chatting with indieWIRE Monday morning, Soderbergh likened the film to "Tarnation," explaining that he will work on the pr...

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    Fest Dispatch: Toronto Comes Out, with Gays, Terrorists and Historical Injustice

    Only four days into the Toronto International Film Festival and losers and winners have already been declared, trends have been spotted, and the perennial complaining about the pre-screening official trailers has reached a fever pitch. This year's "turn off your cell phone" spot, directed by student...

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    Who's the hottest hottie?

    In Toronto's National Post, J. Kelly Nestruck offers the play-by-play on the battle to be crowned "Hottest Hottie" at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The face-off begins with hott brother and sister Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a round one battle... Other contestands inc...

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    On The Road to Festival Centre...

    The Toronto International Film Festival Group has now raised $132 million of the $196 million targeted for the funding of the new Festival Centre that will house the event after 2008. Bell Canada is the latest partner, with group director and CEO Piers Handling announcing that Bell will name the bui...

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    Toronto v. Cannes

    In the Toronto Star, Roger Ebert is quoted comparing the Toronto International Film Festival to the Cannes fest:

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    Deepa Mehta's "Water" Shines on Opening Night

    Director Deepa Mehta's "Water," received glowing reviews, including praise from Salman Rushdie, when it opened the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie is a drama that stirs up political controversy with its subject matter of the mistreatment of widows in the 1930s. Rediff reports.

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    Quebec Drama Opens Toronto's Canada First Program

    Louise Archambault's "Familia," a film about the interesecting lives of two women and their families, heads the Canada First Program at Toronto. The Canadian Pressreports.

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    Israeli Films Create Niche at Toronto

    This year, Israeli audiences can find specific ethno-cultural fare at Toronto with such film offerings as Amos Gitai's "Free Zone," starring Natalie Portman; Liev Schreiber's "Everything Is Illuminated,” based on Jonathan Safran Foer's novel; Radu Mihaileanu’s “Va, Vis Et Deviens&...

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    Toronto Turns 30

    In its 30th year, Toronto has earned the reputation of being the most successful international film festival. It is now recognized as a good box-office indicator, as well as providing a collegial, rather than competitive, environment for filmmakers. Angela Mulholland reports for CTV.ca News.

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    Dylan Doc Set for 30 City Debut

    In the latest example of experimentation with collapsing distribution windows, Martin Scorsese's "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan" will be screened in 30 cities as part of a deal set to be announced by Emerging Pictures. Emerging will join forces with Thirteen/WNET New York for free screenings of the t...

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