Jesse Wente awarded first-ever Reelworld Reel Activist award

For its 17th edition, Toronto’s Reelworld Film Festival will present an award that salutes industry players dedicated to activating change off and onscreen. The first-ever Reelworld Reel Activist Award goes to Jesse Wente, an Ojibwe broadcaster and film developer who’s well known for, well, keeping it real. A CBC Radio columnist who next month will resign from his post as […]

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With new Movie Brad’s Status, Ben Stiller does a deep Dip into¬†self-doubt

Some actors make as much eye contact during interviews, it is almost unnerving. And then there is Ben Stiller. In our 13 minutes together in the just-concluded Toronto International Film Festival — shaved from 15 minutes; everybody was shaving interviews this season — I think he looked directly at me three times. Mainly he kept his head turned toward the […]

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Fail to Appear, screening at VIFF, showcases a Fresh wave of Toronto talent

It’s a fool’s game to crown any movie a surefire buzz generator entering an event as big as the Vancouver International Film Festival, but here goes anyhow. Don’t Look, the debut feature from Canadian director Antoine Bourges, is a quiet gem which draws the viewer in from its opening frame — a long, continuous shot of office equipment in an […]

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The film industry’s incoming Increase of Global co-productions

Last weekend, the Atlantic International Film Festival took over Halifax. While the majority of the discussion centred around the movies, industry players took careful notice of the Strategic Partners International Film and Television Co-Production Market that took over a corner of the festival. Many are seeking to co-productions to attempt and understand how they can help expand the range of […]

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TIFF 2017: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wins People’s Choice Award

Three Billboards Outdoor Ebbing, Missouri has won the People’s Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. The devastating dark humor about revenge and redemption in small-town America conquer several other buzzworthy titles for the top honor. The first runner-up is I, Tonya, a mockumentary-style black comedy starring Margot Robbie as disgraced U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. Second […]

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Harry Dean Stanton, Hollywood character actor, dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, the shambling, craggy-face character actor with the deadpan voice that became a cult favorite through his memorable turns in “Paris, Texas,” “Repo Man” and a number of other movies and TV shows, died Friday at age 91. Stanton died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his representative, John S. Kelly, told The Associated […]

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TIFF 2017: Silence of the pirate growl speaks volumes about the festival

For years, among the most loathed parts of TIFF was also one of its most innocent delights: filmgoers growling “yarrrrrr,” just like a pirate, before each screening. For those not familiar with the phenomenon, maybe it merits a short explanation. For quite a while now, every screening at the Toronto International Film Festival was preceded by a warning against bootlegging […]

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TIFF 2017: Alan Zweig’s new Movie takes an outsider’s Trip to Nunavut

Making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival is There’s a House Here, the latest work from the Canadian documentarian Alan Zweig. The movie covers multiple trips to Nunavut, where his long-time buddy Tatanniq Idlout (a.k.a. Inuit stone musician Lucie Idlout) was his unwilling manual. The Globe and Mail talked to Zweig (whose films explore the worlds of […]

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TIFF 2017: At film festival, the truth is out there — if you know where to look

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival is filthy with movies boasting exceptionally progressive bona fides. Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, tackles chauvinism from the sports arena. Kings, with Halle Berry and Daniel Craig, looks at racism through the prism of the Rodney King riots. The same-sex love Call Me by Your Name intends to be […]

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