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    Critics Diary: Romance, Cigarettes, Capote, and an Irish Transvestite

    Romance and cigarettes. You could make a compelling case that those two ingredients are what the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival is all about. Romance, of course, remains the age-old standby. As for cigarettes, it seems like everyone's lighting up on screen these days (everyone, that is, ex...

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    Hollywood Fest To Open With "Kiss Kiss"

    The 2005 Hollywood Film Festival will open on October 18th with a screening of Shane Black's "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," starring Robert Downey Jr., Michelle Monaghan, and Val Kilmer. The fest will run through October 24th in Los Angeles.

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    Sony Classics Nabs "House of Sand"; Focus Gets "Block Party"

    Having been in Toronto for a week, many buyers and sellers started heading back home Wednesday, with industry attendance noticeably lighter today. While there are still many more screenings and events at the Toronto International Film Festival, those in town purely for the market side of the event t...

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    Fest Dispatch: Young Americans in Toronto; from Canada to India, New York to Los Angeles

    Those living in the United States often forget that “America” encompasses a much wider swath of territory than the 50 states. There’s Canada, of course. And even in certain parts of India the residents call themselves “American.” For powerful evidence, see Ashim Ahluwal...

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    Critics Diary: Adaptations, "Pride & Prejudice," "Bee Season," "Tristram Shandy," "Everything Is

    When it comes to spotting awards contenders at the Toronto International Film Festival, it helps to start by finding the films that started off as books. Adaptations don't always make the best movies, but at least you have a pretty good idea of what you're in for. Take "Pride & Prejudice", for e...

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    "Chappelle's Block Party" Deal Rumored

    Word on the Toronto fest party circuit Tuesday night was that Focus Features has nabbed Michel Gondry's "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" in a multi-million dollar deal. A deal has not yet been formally announced.

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    Here! Gets "Queens" From Fortissimo

    Here! Films has nabbed North American rights to Manuel Gomez Pereira's "Queens" (Reinas), from Fortissimo Film Sales. The company is planning a release early next year in conjunction with regent Releasing. The film is described as as "ensemble comedy that finds five headstrong mothers coping with the personal family conflicts surrounding the impending marriages of their gay sons at a mass wedding." Written by Yolanda Garcia Serrano, Joaquin Oristrell and Pereira, the film stars Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Veronica Forque, Mercedes Sampietro, and Betiana Blum, along with "the sons," Gustavo Salmeron, Unax Ugaldo, Hugo Silva, Paco Leon, Danie...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Roban Joins Stone Village

    Stone Village Pictures has hired Michael Roban as its Head of Business Affairs and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Scott Steindorff and Stone Village Pictures' partner, Andrew Molasky. Roban is joining the company from Participant Productions where he served as EVP of Business Affairs and Oper...

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    Warner Gets "Metal" Doc From Seville

    Seville International has sold all U.S. rights to Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Jessica Joy Wise's "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" to Warner Home Video. The film, having its world premiere here at the Toronto International Film Festival follows a professional anthropologist, and metal fan, as he explo...

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    Searchlight Gets "The Man", But Buyers Moan About Unsold '05 Toronto Fest Offerings

    Searchlight has apparently struck again here in Toronto. Peter Rice, president of Fox Searchlight Pictures, confirmed his company's acquisition of Bart Freundlich's "Trust The Man" from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Tuesday afternoon. The Indiewood division then sent out a press release announcing the...

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