TORONTO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The scourge of homelessness has
emerged as a major theme at this year’s Toronto film festival,
driven by performances from an unlikely trio: an Oscar-winning
actress, a well-known male sex symbol and a recently recovered
“Time Out of Mind” and “Shelter,” which had their world
premieres at the 11-day movie showcase, and “Heaven Knows What,”
which came to Toronto after a debut at the Venice festival, all
focus on characters who struggle with homelessness and addiction
on the streets of New York.
TORONTO (Reuters) – The two actors who portray Beach Boy Brian Wilson in a film about his troubled life say getting a deeper knowledge of the revered Californian songwriter’s music helped their performances nearly as much spending time with the man himself.
“Love and Mercy,” which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as younger and older versions of Wilson, cutting between his creative peak in the 1960s and painful recovery from mental illness, addiction and abuse two decades later.
TORONTO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Pink Floyd co-founder Roger
Waters says a new movie about his monumental, three-year
remounting of the band’s famous “The Wall” album should be seen
as a protest against the growing spread of armed conflict,
rather than just a concert documentary.
“Roger Waters: The Wall”, which had its world premiere on
Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival, documents
the massive concerts that included pyrotechnics, animation, a
flying inflatable pig and an actual wall constructed on stage as
the show progressed.
TORONTO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Manulife Financial Corp
said on Wednesday it has agreed to acquire the Canadian
operations of Standard Life Plc for about C$4 billion
($3.7 billion) in cash, in a deal that significantly expands the
insurer’s presence in Quebec.
The Toronto-based insurer said the transaction builds on an
already successful wealth and asset management partnership with
TORONTO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Toronto-Dominion Bank
and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reported higher
third-quarter earnings on Thursday, extending a trend of buoyant
capital markets boosting investment banking and trading profits
at the country’s big lenders.
Both banks posted earnings per share above estimates, though
CIBC shares fell 2.5 percent, even as TD’s stock outperformed
its Canadian peers.
TORONTO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Toronto-Dominion Bank reported a
stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, boosted by
gains at its core Canadian retail business and the impact of
buoyant capital markets on its investment banking and trading
Canada’s second-largest lender said its net income rose to
C$2.1 billion ($1.93 billion) or C$1.11 per share, in the third
quarter ended July 31, from C$1.52 billion, or 79 Canadian cents
a share, a year earlier.
TORONTO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – National Bank of Canada,
the country’s sixth-largest lender, reported a
stronger-than-expected profit on Wednesday, helped by a sharp
jump in earnings at its wealth management and financial markets
The Montreal-based bank said its net income rose to C$441
million ($404.59 million), or C$1.24 per share, in the third
quarter ended July 31 from C$402 million, or C$1.16 a share, a
TORONTO (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted higher third-quarter profits on Tuesday, benefiting from gains at their traditional Canadian lending arms as well as the impact of buoyant capital markets.
Results from Bank of Montreal came in ahead of investors’ expectations, helping to send its stock higher. By contrast, Scotiabank shares slipped more than 2 percent after it reported a drop in profits at its international operation.
TORONTO (Reuters) – Three police officers were shot dead in the Canadian city of Moncton and two more were wounded as they conducted a manhunt for a man carrying a rifle and wearing camouflage clothes, Canadian police said on Wednesday
Police said they were searching for Justin Bourque, 24, and urged residents to stay inside and locked their doors.
TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian police charged Justin Bieber on Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto in December, the latest in a string of legal troubles for the young pop star.
The incident happened in the early hours of December 30, when the limousine picked up six people including Bieber, 19, outside a Toronto nightclub, police said in a statement.