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Friday, September 16, 2011

Day Seven and Eight of the Toronto Film Festival

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Day 7 - Wednesday Morgan Spurlock's “Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan's Hope,” turns out to be better than I expected. Far from a snarky smackdown on the geeks and freaks who descend on this San Diego festival every year, Spurlock offers an affectionate look at those who attend....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Toronto International Film Festival Diary Day 3: Saturday, Sept. 10

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 2:04 AM

Today started at 7:00am with profoundly good luck at the box office. Sometimes, additional tickets for a screening go on sale that morning, and I was hoping this would be the case for a screening of George Clooney’s The Ides of March and the gala premiere of David Cronenberg’s A...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day Five & Six of the Toronto Film Festival

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Despite my plan to post summaries of every film every day I am now beginning to realize that sleep and the need to eat precludes my ability to deliver a daily report. So, I've decided to instead mention the highlights of my last four days at the festival. Day...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Day Four of the Toronto Film Festival

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Five films today and things start out strong. The first screening of the day is a 9AM showing of Sarah Polley's sophomore effort “Take This Waltz.” Polley, better known as an actress (Dawn Of The Dead, Go, The Sweet Hereafter), made an impressive debut with the tender and affecting “Away...

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day Three of the Toronto Film Festival

Posted By on Sun, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Saturday kicked off with the much anticipated new George Clooney movie (his second at the fest), The Descendants. Perhaps it's a bit unfair to call it George Clooney's movie since it heralds the return of director Alexander Payne (Sideways) after a seven year absence from the big screen. Needless to...

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Toronto International Film Festival Diary Day 2: Friday, Sept. 9

Posted By on Sun, Sep 11, 2011 at 2:56 AM

The first full day of the 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival saw me harness my U2 media pass and attend my first ever press conference. Answering Twitter questions about the From the Sky Down premiere the night before, director Davis Guggenheim, Bono, and The Edge sat down with TIFF...

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day Two of the Toronto Film Festival

Posted By on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM

I can't begin to describe the complexities of planning which film screening to attend, how to get there in enough time, what to do when something is delayed (a 15 min technical issue can mean an entire shift in your day), or how you secure tickets to the public screenings....

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Toronto International Film Festival Diary Day 1: Thursday, Sept. 8

Posted By on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 2:40 AM

I arrived in Toronto today a little after 2pm and immediately had to start scurrying. It was a big night, after all. The U2 documentary From the Sky Down, about the making of 1991’s Achtung Baby, was opening the festival at 6:30, and I was responsible with doing coverage for...

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Day One of the Toronto Film Festival

Posted By on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 2:26 AM

I don't know if it's Canadians, Hollywood types, or all the Foreign filmmakers, buyers and fans but they sure do like to smoke up here. Outside every movie theater, hotel, nearby restaurant or cafe is a huddle of well-dressed smokers. And black is the color of choice. It's a...

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