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Sep 20, 2015

Kidnapping tale ‘Room’ takes top prize at Toronto film festival

TORONTO (Reuters) – “Room”, an adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-nominated novel about a mother and child held captive for years, won top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.

The People’s Choice Award, chosen by the votes of audience members, has in the past gone to Oscar winners such as “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “12 Years a Slave.” Last year, it was won by Best Picture nominee “The Imitation Game.”

Sep 18, 2015

Keith Richards documents rock roots in ‘Under the Influence’

TORONTO (Reuters) – A new film about Keith Richards unexpectedly evolved from the story of making his latest solo album into a study of the huge influence of blues, country and even reggae on his music, the renowned Rolling Stones guitarist said on Thursday.

The documentary “Keith Richards: Under the Influence,” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday ahead of its release on Netflix Sept. 18.

Sep 17, 2015

Toronto film festival talent say TV’s rise welcome, not a threat

TORONTO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – A boom in high-quality
television should be welcomed rather than feared, said actors
and film makers attending this year’s Toronto’s International
Film Festival, which for the first time included a program
dedicated to TV shows.

Organizers of the 10-day event, a key launching pad for
Hollywood’s award season, said the inclusion of TV shows
reflected the “growing convergence and artistic equality between
television and cinema.”

Sep 13, 2015

“Breaking Bad” star tackles Hollywood blacklist in biopic Trumbo

TORONTO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – After winning widespread
acclaim in “Breaking Bad”, Bryan Cranston is tackling one of
Hollywood’s darkest eras, portraying radical screenwriter Dalton
Trumbo, a high profile victim of the blacklist era of the 1940s
and 50s.

“Trumbo”, which had its world premier at the Toronto
International Film Festival on Saturday, follows his journey
from a life as one of the world’s best paid screenwriters to
being decried as a traitor, jailed and forced to write classics
like “Roman Holiday” in secret.

Sep 13, 2015

Thrills, humor help lure Damon back into space for ‘The Martian’

TORONTO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – A skillful combination of
suspense and humor in the story of an abandoned astronaut
fighting to survive on Mars is what lured actor Matt Damon and
“Alien” director Ridley Scott back into space for “The Martian”,
the two men said on Saturday.

The movie, which is winning strong early reviews, had its
world premiere on Friday at the Toronto international Film

Sep 10, 2015

Toronto film festival kicks off with Gyllenhaal banker drama

TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – A Jake Gyllenhaal drama about a
grieving banker was set to kick off the Toronto International
Film Festival on Thursday, which this year will include topical
movies on transgender youth and gay rights among the usual Oscar

Now in its 40th year, the 10-day festival has become a key
launching pad for Hollywood’s award season, with films like “12
Years a Slave”, “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire”
all gaining critical momentum at the event before going on to
win the Academy Award for best picture.

Aug 9, 2015

Alberta probing heron deaths at Syncrude oil sands site

By Jeffrey Hodgson

(Reuters) – Alberta’s energy regulator is investigating the deaths of 30 blue herons at a Syncrude Canada oil sands site in the northern part of the Canadian province, the agency and company said on Saturday.

The Alberta Energy Regulator said it sent investigators to the Syncrude Canada Mildred Lake site, which is about 40 km (25 miles) north of Fort McMurray.

Jun 17, 2015

Investors too relaxed on ‘Grexit’ risk, some fund managers warn

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tom Sowanick, a three-decade veteran of the investment business, returned from a trip to Greece this week with a “very sobering view” of its debt crisis: he now expects the country to default on its obligations and leave the euro zone.

The founder of New Jersey-based Ahilio Investment Advisors is among a minority of U.S. investors who expect the current tensions between Greece and its creditors to result in a so-called “Grexit”, and who are preparing for a potentially major hit to European and U.S. markets.

Jun 4, 2015

Bieber pleads guilty to assault, careless driving in Canada

TORONTO (Reuters) – Justin Bieber pleaded guilty to assault and careless driving charges in connection with a collision and altercation with a photographer near his Canadian hometown, his lawyer confirmed on Thursday.

The 21-year-old singer, who appeared at the hearing via video link from Los Angeles, received an absolute discharge on the assault charge and a C$750 ($600.00) fine for the careless driving charge. He was also required to pay a C$100 victim surcharge.

Apr 10, 2015

RBC CEO says tech firms pose threat, eyes start-up partnerships

TORONTO, April 10 (Reuters) – Technology companies pose a
competitive threat to established lenders, the head of Royal
Bank of Canada said on Friday, adding he was keen to
work with start-ups to improve the company’s mobile offerings.

RBC Chief Executive David McKay said he was positioning
Canada’s largest bank to compete with technology firms that have
expanded into the money-moving business but don’t “bear the
financial and social costs of a deposit taking organization, nor
the obligations of financial regulation.”

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