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    Offshore Entertainment Launches with Morgan J. Freeman's "Just Like the Son"

    The new film, television and music production company Offshore Entertainment made its official launch on Sept. 8. Its film arm, Offshore Pictures, will premiere Morgan J. Freeman’s “Just Like the Son,” featuring Rosie Perez in a "story of a juvenile delinquent who befriends a second grader while doing community service, and learns about responsibility as they take a road trip across America." Offshore Entertainment's CEO Christopher Woodrow and LaSalleHolland’s Lillian LaSalle are the executive producers of this debut film, with Jamin O’Brien and LaSalleHolland’s Gill Holland and Mathew Parker as producers...

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    HDNet Unveils Slate of 7 More Digital Features, Soderbergh Project About Spalding Grey On Tap

    HDNet Films, here at the Toronto International Film Festival with three new digital features, has announced plans to make seven new more high definition movies, including a unique project by Steven Soderbergh about Spalding Gray. At an early morning breakfast event today, HDNet's Jason Kliot and Joa...

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    Reitman's "Smoking" Apparently Acquired; Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics Each Claiming Separa

    Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics are at odds over which company has acquired the rights to Jason Reitman's debut feature "Thank You For Smoking". The film was apparently acquired in a pact that closed Saturday night here in Toronto, however it remains unclear who will be releasing the new film...

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    Sony Classics Adds Tommy Lee Jones' "Three Burials" To Large Toronto Slate

    Indiewood companies are active here at the Toronto International Film Festival, buying and showcasing new films at this increasingly important event. Sony Pictures Classics in particular has increased its large slate of Toronto titles, acquiring North American and South American rights to Tommy Lee ...

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    Fest Dispatch: Toronto Comes Out, with Gays, Terrorists and Historical Injustice

    Only four days into the Toronto International Film Festival and losers and winners have already been declared, trends have been spotted, and the perennial complaining about the pre-screening official trailers has reached a fever pitch. This year's "turn off your cell phone" spot, directed by student...

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    Barkins and Kaplan Unveil Applehead Pictures

    Actress Ellen Barkin and writer George Barkin have launched Applehead Pictures, with Caroline Kaplan leaving IFC Films to join them in forming the New York-based independent production company. The first project on tap for the new partnership is Richard Yates' 1976 novel "Easter Parade", the story of two sisters told over a period of 40 years. George Barkin, Ellen's older brother and former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Lampoon, is writing the screenplay. "While we don't see ourselves producing the next 'Fantastic Four', we certainly plan on developing a wide range of material and don't want to label ourselves as a company limited by a small...

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    "Brokeback Mountain" Wins Golden Lion in Venice

    Ang Lee's latest film "Brokeback Mountain" won the Golden Lion for best film, capping the 62nd Venice Film Festival, the world's oldest. The feature, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, is the story of two cowboys who meet and eventually fall in love in 1960s Wyoming and are forced to tr...

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    $3.7 Million Grant Bolsters Heartland Fest

    In the Indianapolis Business Journal, Scott Olson examines the state of the Heartland Film Festival, recent recipient of a $3.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant is earmarked to bolster the event, expand its programs and create local and national partnerships:

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    Who's the hottest hottie?

    In Toronto's National Post, J. Kelly Nestruck offers the play-by-play on the battle to be crowned "Hottest Hottie" at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The face-off begins with hott brother and sister Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a round one battle... Other contestands inc...

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    On The Road to Festival Centre...

    The Toronto International Film Festival Group has now raised $132 million of the $196 million targeted for the funding of the new Festival Centre that will house the event after 2008. Bell Canada is the latest partner, with group director and CEO Piers Handling announcing that Bell will name the bui...

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