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The Top 3 Casting Choices and 8 Most Noticeable Changes in the 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation by the Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer

  • By Bryce J. Renninger
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  • September 14, 2012 6:10 PM
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It's hard to find two people who agree on what lies at the heart of "Cloud Atlas." David Mitchell's Booker Award-nominated novel is a beautiful literary puzzle that interlocks six stories over several centuries. In the film version, which just debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, written and directed by the Wachowski's ("The Matrix") and Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run"), critics have been mixed, but no one can deny that the trio has crafted an ambitious, incredibly watchable nearly 3 hours of cinematic storytelling. Kudos to the team, too, for writing a screenplay that condensed the novel's over 500 pages into something screen-worthy. Some things were cut, some were added. Below are two lists: one of the three best casting decisions and another list of ten things that differed from the novel...and how each alteration fared on the big screen. Be warned, spoilers abound. But surely once a "Cloud Atlas" fan watches the film, they'll want to chat about the craft of this bombastic piece of cinema. First, the top three casting choices, which sadly do not include Halle Berry or Tom Hanks, who hold their own in their respective roles, but who were more anchors than anything else:

Watch Peaches Celebrate Her Amazing 'Peaches Does Herself' (and Diss Lady Gaga In The Process) at the Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Peter Knegt
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  • September 14, 2012 1:38 PM
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I was pretty blown away by "Peaches Does Herself," the transsexual rock opera/concert film written, directed and starring Peaches. A semi-autobiographical adaptation of her stage show, it features 22 of her songs (including "Shake Yer Dix," "Fuck The Pain Away" and "Lovertits") brought to incredible life via innovative, jaw-dropping performances. More on the film here, but check out this video from the rowdy, hilarious Q&A, and pay attention at 2:18 or so when Peaches cleverly disses Lady Gaga to huge audience applause:

18 Minutes With Winona Ryder

  • By Peter Knegt
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  • September 13, 2012 11:27 AM
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As this blog has most definitely made clear over the years, I have a thing for Winona Ryder.  The accidental beard of my boyhood, I was borderline (alright, beyond borderline) obsessed for a good decade. So you can only imagine the opportunity to interview her earlier this week in Toronto (where she's promoting "The Iceman") was a cherished one. For nearly 18 minutes, I actively avoided a heart attack while Winona's intense, beautiful eyes stared back into mine as I anxiously went through my questions (though she seemed pretty anxious herself... Soul mates!)

7 Minutes With Snoop Lion

  • By Peter Knegt
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  • September 10, 2012 12:39 PM
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Here's the audio behind this unlikely interview, in which I spent seven minutes on a rooftop with newly reincarnated Snoop Lion at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch Selena Gomez, Harmony Korine and James Franco at the "Spring Breakers" TIFF Press Conference

  • By Peter Knegt
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  • September 9, 2012 11:58 AM
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Watch some great sound bites from the "Spring Breakers" press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Selena Gomez, James Franco, Harmony Korine and the rest of the cast discussed the film:

Hellooo Toronto

  • By Peter Knegt
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  • September 6, 2012 4:47 PM
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The time has once again come for most equally feared and anticipated part of my annual work calendar: the Toronto International Film Festival. This will be my eleventh festival. My very first came back in 2002 - when I bought a pass to all the Galas with money that my parents had intended to be used to pay for books during my first year of university. A decade, I've gone from spectator to TIFF staff member to press when a friend told me to apply for an internship at Indiewire, which ended up obviously working out and now I'm embarking on my seventh year here with them. So, yes, my relationship to this festival has drastically changed. What was once a fun part of my first week back at university has turned into one of the socially and professionally eventful times of the year, and I'll admit it's always a horrendously stressful lead-up. The 300+ film lineup is impossible to negotiate and you know going in that you're going to end up not seeing half of what you want to. And I also have the added insanity that is having a film festival in your hometown. Private and professional social worlds collide and all of a sudden everyone you've ever met is in a 20 block radius. But in the end it always somehow comes together without catastrophe. So far.

Indiewire's Interactive Map to Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto

  • By Peter Knegt
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  • September 5, 2012 6:15 PM
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Indiewire will publish our annual insider's guide to the best places to eat, drink, shop and chill in Toronto tomorrow morning... As a supplement, I've also put together this handy interactive map that lists all the restaurants, bars, stores and etcs that are included in the guide. So check back tomorrow for the guide (complete with snappy commentary from a variety of Torontonians), and then come back here to figure out how to make the best of any free time you might be lucky enough to have during TIFF.

12 Songs For Your Autumn '12

  • By Peter Knegt
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  • September 4, 2012 9:37 PM
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It's the day after Labo(u)r day... so as far as I'm concerned, it's Autumn (90 degree weather and Autumn equinox, be damned). And I figured this was a good opportunity to offer up 12 suggestions for a seasonal playlist makeover: 1. Alt+J - Taro

Get Stiff at Tiff: The Lost Boys Presents The Third Annual Queer Bash Next Tuesday In Toronto

  • By The Lost Boys
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  • September 4, 2012 6:51 PM
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We can offer a few second sequel movie puns in an attempt to promote the third annual Stiff @ Tiff party -- Stiff: Hard With a Vengeance? Or The Stiff Knight Rises? How about The Stiff Ultimatum? -- but the game would remain the same: On Tuesday, September 11th at Wrongbar from 10pm to 4am (suck it, archaic Toronto liquor laws... we got a special license) there will once again be an ample opportunity to have a gay ol' time amidst all the Toronto Film Festival-related exhaustion. Hosted by The Lost Boys (roughly half of us will be in attendance), with DJs Colin D, David Picard and some surprise special guests... Be there, or be flaccid. More info here.

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