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    Amidst Buzz and Rumors, Paramount Continues To Assert It Owns "Thank You For Smoking"

    The day after both Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics announced separate deals for Jason Reitman's debut feature film "Thank You For Smoking" here at the Toronto International Film Festival, industry insiders were voraciously buzzing about the unprecedented situation. Despite a growing speculati...

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    Buscemi, Tucci and Blaban to Remake Van Gogh Trilogy as Homage to Murdered Director

    Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci and Bob Balaban have signed on to direct a remake of a trilogy by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh, a descendant of the painter, was killed because of "Submission," a short film he made with liberal Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who fled an arranged marriage. The film portrayed violence against women in Islamic societies and was shown on Dutch television. Van Gogh's last film "06/05: The Sixth of May" will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday, Sept 15 as will "All Souls," a compilation of sixteen vignettes from seventeen Dutch directors base...

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    Fox Searchlight Gets "Trust The Man"

    In a deal that is expected to be announced shortly here in Toronto, Fox Searchlight has acquired Bart Freundlich's "Trust The Man", which debuted at the festival last night. Company president Peter Rice confirmed the pact for indieWIRE shortly after today's crowded press and industry screenings at t...

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    Filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald and the "AIDS THING"

    Filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald is keeping a diary that is being published in CTV.ca about his experience at the Toronto International Film Festival with his feature, "3 Needles." He laments how a bout of the flu causes some concerns that his illness is far more severe due to his two past films featuring ...

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    Conservatives Embrace "March of the Penguins"

    With it's inspiring story of ultimate perseverance and dedication to their children and their mate, "March of the Penguins," the hugely successful documentary that follows the mating ritual of Emperor penguins in Antarctica, has drawn loyal support from Christian conservatives and intelligent design...

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    Ivan Reitman Sums It Up

    With the deal for "Thank You For Smoking" unresolved and Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics battling it out, in the Toronto Star Martin Knelman comes up with the best quote so far on the matter, from the the director's father Ivan Reitman:"A lot of movies at this festival were struggling to find...

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    Picture This! Gets "The Masseur"

    Picture This! Entertainment has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Brillante Mendoza's "The Masseur" (Masahista), which premiered at the Locarno festival this year where it shared the Golden Leopard Prize. Starring Alan Paule, the film is the story of a romance novel writer who vi...

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    First Look Studios Takes U.S. Rights to Hillcoat's "The Proposition"

    First Look Studios has acquired all U.S. rights to "The Proposition," directed by John Hillcoat and written by rock music icon Nick Cave, it was announced Sunday night by Henry Winterstern, CEO and co-chairman, and Bill Lischak, president and COO of First Look Studios. The deal was negotiated by First Look's Peter Lawson and The Works' Joy Wong. Chosen as an Official Selection of the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, "The Proposition" is the story of two brothers in conflict. The feature's international cast includes Emily Watson ("Life and Death of Peter Sellers"), Guy Pearce ("Memento"); Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast"), Danny Huston ("2...

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    Critics Diary: The 'O Word', "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"

    As always, the "O word" is on everybody's lips at the Toronto International Film Festival. It's still a bit early in the festival to start calling favorites, but as far as this critic is concerned, Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" and Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" lead the...

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    For the Boys: Paul Etheridge-Ouzts' "HellBent"

    Though it's far from the "first gay slasher film," as it has been momentously touted (hello? "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" anyone?), Paul Etheridge-Ouzts's "HellBent" might be the first horror movie that's quite so unapologetically gay-friendly. Serial killer films have been chocka...

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