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    Communing With a 'Reincarnated' Snoop Lion In Toronto: "Sometimes in life you must be young, wild and free."

    An unlikely presence at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was the man formerly known as Snoop Dogg (and Snoop Doggy Dogg before that), Snoop Lion. Snoop was at the festival with a film that explains the rather epic story behind that name change, "Reincarnated."

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    EXCLUSIVE: Harmony Korine Talks 'Spring Breakers,' Casting Selena Gomez, and How Her Mom Is a Fan of His Work

    Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" marks a significant shift in exposure for the 39-year-old filmmaker, but nobody can accuse him of selling out. The movie, which premiered in Venice and made its North American premiere in Toronto last week, stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashl...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: '7 Boxes'

    “The Fast and the Furious” with wheelbarrows, Paraguayan action-thriller-romance hybrid “7 Boxes” is a rollicking good time at the movies that offers breathtaking action and suspense, humor and appealing characters all in one visually flashy package. Made by first-time feature directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori, “Boxes” is set in Municipal Market 4 in Asunción, an enormous maze of stalls and stores that covers almost eight blocks. Víctor (newcomer Celso Franco, going places) is a 17-year-old wheelbarrow transporter who tries to scrape by delivering goods bought at the market....

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Fidai'

    The ways of international film financing can be obscure, as demonstrated by the French-Algerian-Chinese documentary “Fidaï” from director Damien Ounouri, who managed to get Chinese auteur-par-excellence Jia Zhang-Ke (“Still Life”) on board as an executive producer (there’s a little of Jia’s approach to documentary here). The formally assembled and beautiful non-fiction feature, shot on crisp digital video, chronicles the story of Med El Hadi Benadouda, the filmmaker’s great-uncle, who was a Fidaï, or mujahideen soldier without a uniform, during the Algerian Revolution that sought to liber...

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    TIFF Brody Diary Day Three: 'Cloud Atlas,' Entries from Raul Ruiz & Takeshi Kitano, Plus Auguste Perret's Architecture

    It’s only Day Three, and already I overslept – easier to do these past two years as the festival has shifted several kilometers south from Yorkville, where I could used to be able to roll out of bed from my friends’ house and still make a screening, to the area around the Bell Lightbox. Now I have ...

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    American Auteurs in Canada: How 'The Master,' 'Spring Breakers' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' Define the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

    There are some 300 movies at Toronto this year, but at its midpoint, it's the American auteurs -- Paul Thomas Anderson, Harmony Korine, David O. Russell -- that dominate this Canadian festival.

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Zaytoun'

    This period adventure story revisits the days of the Lebanese Civil War and the early stages of the ill-fated Israeli incursion into Lebanon. It follows young Fahed (Abdallah El Akal) as he witnesses the death of his father in an attack on a Palestinian refugee camp and his escape from Beirut with an unlikely companion, an Israeli pilot, Yoni (Stephen Dorff), whose plane is shot down. "Zaytoun," by Eran Riklis ("The Syrian Bride," "Lemon Tree") is a road movie that heads toward Israel and toward the village there that Fahed’s family was forced to leave, as the two meet up with everything but peace along ...

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    Toronto 2012: Monday Morning Acquisitions Update -- What's Happened, What's to Come

    In the days before the festival kicked off, many involved in the Toronto market predicted a very active acquisitions scene. So far that's been playing itself out, even if the buys have been mostly smaller grabs for low-hanging fruit, with more than a dozen deals being nailed down for films both ...

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    TIFF Futures: 'Wasteland' Director Rowan Athale On Why His Film is a British 'Ocean's Eleven'

    Whether it was the family-oriented films that his mother had pre-approved or the action flicks that his father snuck into the VCR, Rowan Athale loved the cinema. As the years passed and he grew and matured, so did his relationship with film. Gone were the days when he would simply watch commercials,...

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    Helen Hunt Talks Baring All in 'The Sessions': "It's getting too late in my life to care about the small things."

    At Sundance this January, Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt courted the most attention she's received in over a decade for her brave and baring turn as a sex surrogate in "The Sessions" (then titled "The Surrogate").

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