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Sep 18, 2011

Lebanese war film wins top prize at Toronto fest

TORONTO (Reuters) – A film about the struggles of a village in war-torn Lebanon took the People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, an audience trophy that has often been a harbinger of Oscar glory.

“Where Do We Go Now”, by Lebanon-born Nadine Labaki, tells the story of village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians. When a wider inter-religious conflict threatens to seep into the village, its women go to inventive and sometimes extreme ends to prevent violence.

Sep 13, 2011

For Michelle Yeoh, “The Lady” is role of lifetime

TORONTO (Reuters) – For action star Michelle Yeoh, one of Asia’s best known actresses, the chance to play Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi posed perhaps the biggest challenge in her nearly three-decade career, and that is exactly what she wanted.

Taking the lead role in “The Lady”, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, meant the responsibility of playing one of the world’s most revered pro-democracy figures, who is still fighting for reform in her native Myanmar.

Sep 12, 2011
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Godfather 4? Can’t see it, says Coppola.

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Director Francis Ford Coppola presents his film "Twixt" at the Toronto film festival

    Francis Ford Coppola, at the Toronto International Film Festival to present his horror film “Twixt”, is finding it hard to avoid talk of past glories.
    In a 90-minute onstage interview on Sunday that was opened up to fans, the legendary director ended up speaking extensively about his early career, “Apocalypse Now” and working with Marlon Brando.
    One fan was eager to know if there was any truth to speculation about a fourth Godfather picture, with Andy Garcia as the protagonist. Coppola was blunt:
    “I don’t know anything about any more Godfathers. I myself don’t see it, don’t know why you would ever want to do it,” he said.
    Coppola, who won Oscars for directing both “The Godfather” and “The Godfather: Part 2″, admitted he wasn’t keen to be involved with the first sequel, originally pushing for Martin Scorsese to direct. With the next one it was a different situation.
    “‘Godfather 3′ was many years later and I was on the brink financial extermination. So I desperately needed the money,” he said.
    Coppola said he made “Twixt” — a ghost story inspired by a raki-infused dream he had in Turkey — in a spirit of fun. But many at a press screening on Sunday were unimpressed. And the Hollywood Reporter said it was “an embarrassingly juvenile film from a once major auteur.”
    Coppola himself pointed out on Sunday he is no stranger to negative press. “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now” initially got bad reviews, he said. And producers disliked his script for “Patton” at first. It went on to win an Oscar.
    “The moral I want to teach all the young people here is that the same thing you get fired for is what they give you lifetime achievement awards for 30 years later.”

Sep 12, 2011

“Rampart” star Harrelson tries to avoid Oscar buzz

TORONTO (Reuters) – Woody Harrelson is winning praise for an intense performance as dirty cop in “Rampart”, but the former “Cheers” star is trying hard not to dwell on the prospect of a third Oscar nomination.

“It’s always nice to get an invite to the party, but we can’t count on those things,” he told reporters at the Toronto Film Festival. “I can’t really think about those things. On the other hand I can’t think about anything else.”

Sep 12, 2011

Banking panic, sex classic inspire film ’360′

TORONTO (Reuters) – The global financial crisis and a 111-year-old play about sexual intrigue helped inspire the latest film by “The Queen” screenwriter Peter Morgan, in which characters from different global cities find themselves interlinked by good and bad choices.

“360″, which had its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday and will open the London Film Festival in October, follows characters ranging from a Slovakian sex worker to a Brazilian photographer as they travel through places as diverse as Vienna and Denver.

Sep 11, 2011

Banking panic and sex classic inspire film “360″

TORONTO (Reuters) – The global financial crisis and a 111-year-old play about sexual intrigue helped inspire the latest film by “The Queen” screenwriter Peter Morgan, in which characters from different global cities find themselves interlinked by good and bad choices.

“360″, which had its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday and will open the London Film Festival in October, follows characters ranging from a Slovakian sex worker to a Brazilian photographer as they travel through places as diverse as Vienna and Denver.

Sep 4, 2011

United Express plane skids off runway in Ottawa

TORONTO (Reuters) – No one was injured when a United Express plane from Chicago carrying 44 passengers and three crew members skidded off the runway while landing in Ottawa Sunday afternoon.

All the passengers and crew members from United Express Flight 3363 left the plane and were taken to the airport terminal on a city bus, said Marc Messier, a spokesman for Ottawa Fire Services.

Jun 8, 2011

Canada May housing starts rise more than expected

TORONTO, June 8 (Reuters) – Canadian housing starts rose in
May to a higher-than-expected seasonally adjusted annual rate
of 183,600 units, boosted by a pickup in multi-unit buildings
like condominiums.

May starts topped the median forecast of analysts, which
had called for 183,000 starts. April starts were revised
slightly lower to 178,700 units from 179,000 units, Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corp said on Wednesday.

Apr 15, 2011

Canada home resales flat in March, prices rise

TORONTO, April 15 (Reuters) – Canadian existing home sales
were little changed in March from February and prices crawled
higher, suggesting the housing boom that helped end the
recession has stalled, though not reversed.

Industry data on Friday showed 38,710 homes changed hands
in March, up just 0.1 percent from February on a seasonally
adjusted basis. The average sale price rose 0.7 percent from
February to just over C$371,000 ($386,500).

Apr 14, 2011

Ontario economy grew 0.9 percent in fourth-quarter

TORONTO, April 14 (Reuters) – Ontario’s economy grew 0.9
percent in the fourth quarter, boosted by a 3.1 percent rise in
exports, marking its sixth-consecutive quarterly gain since the
Canadian province was hammered by the financial crisis.

Ontario, which has the largest population and economy of
Canada’s 10 provinces, said its economy grew 2.8 percent last
year, recovering after two years of decline during the
recession.

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