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    JCVD to kick off Midnight Madness at Toronto


    Jean-Claude Van Damme's comeback contender JCVD will make its international premiere as the opening night film of the Midnight Madness programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Muscles from Brussels plays a down-and-out version of himself suddenly thrust into one of his own action films. The late-night cult sidebar ...

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    Canada's Cineplex plans massive 3D expansion


    Canadian exhibitor Cineplex Entertainment has signed a long-term agreement to install a minimum of 175 3D systems from LA-based technology company RealD.Cineplex currently has 41 such systems in operation; however, the expansion is contingent on Cineplex's entering a digital deployment agreement with Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP), the technology acquisition ...

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    Focus: Countdown To Toronto


    Last week Cameron Bailey was in London. This week he is in Paris. Or maybe it is Brussels. Two months out from his September debut, the new co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) is in screening mode.'It's slightly more impossible than I expected,' he writes from wherever he ...

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    Alliance Films reverses Globe and Mail screening ban


    Distributor Alliance Films has reversed its decision to ban critics from the Globe and Mail newspaper at its preview screenings.The Toronto-based distributor had told the paper its reviewers were no longer welcome following a negative review and a negative column of Sex And The City as well as a front-page ...

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    Canada's Alliance Atlantis bans Globe and Mail critics


    Canadian distributor Alliance Atlantis has banned critics from the Globe and Mail newspaper from its advance previews.According to a source at the newspaper, Globe reviewers stopped receiving invitations to screenings during the past week. When they made inquiries, they were told the paper was banned for the foreseeable future. The ...

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    Toronto books best of Cannes in first programme announcement


    The Toronto International Film Festival announced its first tranche of titles, including Cannes competitors such as Atom Egoyan's Adoration, Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale, Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah and Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class. All four will be North American premieres screening as Special Presentations. Kim Jee-woon's The Good, ...

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    Canadian government to amend tax credit legislation


    Amendments proposed by the Canadian Senate will restore the financial security of production tax credits, two senators announced today. Under the proposed changes, the Canadian government will not have the power to deny tax credits based on vague guidelines.The non-elected upper chamber has heard from over 50 witnesses in examining ...

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    IMAX signs giant screen deal in Dubai


    IMAX Corp. and Dubai-based property developer Meydan LLC have signed an agreement for a giant-screen system to be installed at Nad Al Sheba horse race track, the home of the Dubai World Cup. The installation is expected to be completed by year-end 2009. IMAX says it will be its twelfth ...

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    Passchendaele to open Toronto Film Festival on Sept 4


    Paul Gross' WWI epic Passchendaele will open the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 4. Written, directed and produced by Gross, who also takes the lead role, the film is coproduced by Niv Fichman, Frank Siracusa and Francis Damberge. The film also features Caroline Dhavernas, Gil Bellows and ...

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    Sans Arme to open Festival du Film de Tremblant in Canada


    French filmmaker Jean-Paul Rouve's Sans Arme, Ni Haine, Ni Violence will make its North American premiere in competition at the third Festival du Film de Tremblant. The film, in which Rouve portrays the mastermind of France's most sensational bank robbery, opened in France in April through Warner Bros. Rouve present ...

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    X Verleih takes German-language rights to Egoyan's Adoration


    Germany distribution company X Verleih has picked up all German-language rights to Atom Egoyan's Cannes competitor Adoration. Written, produced and directed by Egoyan, the film won the Ecumenical Prize at the festival. It stars Arsinee Khanjian, Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard and Devon Bostick.As well as a key sale to Sony ...

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    Film Farm to produce new works from Egoyan and De Palma


    Toronto-based production outfit The Film Farm is set to produce Atom Egoyan's untitled next picture, an original screenplay, and two films from Brian de Palma. Headed by producing partners Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss, Film Farm produced Egoyan's Cannes competition entry Adoration as well as de Palma's 2007 Venice title ...

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    Madagascar sequel set for IMAX release


    DreamWorks Animation SKG will release Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa on IMAX day and date with its worldwide conventional release November 7, 2008. It will be the fifth DreamWorks Animation title to be released in large-format between June 2008, when Kung Fu Panda is released, and May 2010. The film will ...

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    Maximum takes Quinzaine title Boogie for the world


    Maximum Films International (MFI) has picked up world sales rights on Romanian filmmaker Radu Muntean's Quinzaine selection Boogie. The story of a man vacationing with his wife and child who has a crisis of lost youth when he encounters old friends at the same resort, the film stars Dragos Bucur, ...

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    Seville International takes international rights on Pool's Mommy


    Montreal-based sales outfit Seville International has acquired international rights to Lea Pool's Mommy Is At The Hairdresser's (Maman Est Chez Le Coiffeur). The film, which has garnered strong critical reaction following its May 2 opening in Quebec, stars Laurent Lucas (With A Friend Like Harry), Celine Bonnier (Monica La Mitraille), ...

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    Sarin's Shine Of Rainbows rolls with Quinn and Nielsen


    Principal photography has begun on location in Ireland for Vic Sarin's Canada-Ireland coproduction A Shine Of Rainbows, starring Connie Nielsen and Aidan Quinn. Based on the novel by Lillian Beckwith, the magical family drama tells the story of a lonely orphan (newcomer John Bell) whose life is transformed by an ...

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    Red-Carpet Reality: the prospects for theatrical docs


    It is a big year for documentaries at Cannes. Three are in official selection: Marina Zenovich's Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired, which premiered at Sundance and is screening at the Croisette out of competition, Israeli director Ari Folman's animated film Waltz With Bashir in the Competition, and James Toback's film ...

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    Canadian finance minister wades into C-10 fray


    Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty has entered the ongoing film tax credit fray, saying the proposed tax law should not be amended and suggesting the issue will be a confidence vote of the Conservative minority government he represents.The minister's comments followed an appearance before the Senate banking committee studying the ...

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    Phathanavirangoon appointed TIFF South-East Asian programmer


    Former Fortissimo Films executive Raymond Phathanavirangoon has been appointed South-East Asian programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival. His selection remit includes Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. His co-programmer, TIFF veteran Giovanna Fulvi, will continue to programme titles from mainland China, Japan and ...

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    UK documentary The English Surgeon wins top prize at Hot Docs


    UK filmmaker Geoffrey Smith's The English Surgeon won the Best International Feature Documentary Award as the 15th annual Hot Docs festival wrapped in Toronto this weekend. Produced by Smith and Rachel Wexler, the film follows renowned British brain surgeon Henry Marsh as he operates on life-threatening brain tumours in the ...