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    Great Dane: Paprika Steen On Her "Applause"

    Danish director Martin Pieter Zandvliet's "Applause" is a film that seems to have gotten lost in the Toronto International Film Festival near-300 film deep sea. Which is a shame as the film - which had its North American premiere at the fest - is quite notable, particularly for its intense, stripped...

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    Jane Campion: "I thought of it as an updated 'Romeo and Juliet' story"

    "He was curious what it is to be human and have imagination, and he realized his consciousness. You don't always achieve that level in a full lifetime," said Oscar-winning writer/director Jane Campion ("The Piano") to indieWIRE earlier this Summer. Campion was referring to early 19th century English poet, John Keats, whose secret love affair with outspoken fashion student Fanny Brawne, is the nexus of her latest feature, "Bright Star," which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week and opens theatrically Friday. "People's life expectations weren't long, and people then realized that life and death were more quick,...

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    Werner Explains It All: 10 Herzogian Insights

    Werner Herzog has been the subject of much curiosity at the Toronto Film Festival. He has two films - both centered around policeman - screening at the festival in "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and "My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done." The former received considerable media attention...

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    Harmony Korine: "I'm not going to lie and say that I don't like provoking an audience"

    "I was inspired by the idea of finding an artifact found in an attic or a videotape buried in a ditch," "Trash Humpers" director Harmony Korine said in Toronto, about his latest film. "I wanted to create something that was more like a feeling. I had to close my eyes and allow myself to get to a plac...

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    Tom Ford: "This is the thing I've done in my life that I'm the most proud of."

    "No matter how much you love something, there are those moments where you think, 'shit, maybe I'm just way out on a limb and other people aren't going to feel this way'," Tom Ford said yesterday regarding his film "A Single Man." "But then after the screening in Venice, we had a standing ovation for...

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    TIFF#: Michael Moore Talks Capitalism: A Love Story

    With his latest agit-prop documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore delivers a scathing, entertaining portrait of how America's "greed is good" credo got us to where we are today. As the country heads toward recovery, the movie remains timely and accommodates the new Obama perspective. But...

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    Chris Rock: "Whatever they had in their hair, that's what I had in my hair"

    "I'm not saying anything about that - I'm not saying anything about Kanye [West] and end up on some rap album somewhere," said Chris Rock laughing during an on stage interview at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday afternoon. And with that, he launched into a mini-rap, "'I got money, C...

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    Reitman Talks Up in the Air, Clooney

    Six years ago, Jason Reitman picked up the Walter Kirn novel Up in the Air and showed it to his father Ivan (Ghostbusters), who acquired film rights. Jason took a short stab at a film treatment of the book about a businessman who is obsessed with collecting frequent flier miles.

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    Anna Kendrick on Clooney, Reitman and Heading "Up In The Air"

    "I can't tell you how terrified I was knowing I was going into this," "Up In The Air" actress Anna Kendrick told indieWIRE in Toronto yesterday. "I had something like a month after I was cast before we started filming. And the fear was building up inside me... I was really nervous about having to go...

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    Michael Moore: "The true believers of socialism in America are the Wall Street executives"

    "I think capitalism in general is responsible for a lot of the misery in America and around the world - but maybe it's on steroids in America," Michael Moore told a group of journalists this morning at the Toronto International Film Festival where his film, "Capitalism: A Lov...

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