Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment Briefs from the Canadian Press

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment Briefs from the Canadian Press

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Canadian Press Entertainment briefs

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Tuesday, July 24

Sci-fi 'Looper' to launch Toronto film fest

TORONTO -- This year's Toronto International Film Festival will open with the Bruce Willis time-travelling thriller "Looper" and showcase projects starring A-listers Ben Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hanks, Rachel McAdams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Redford.

Organizers revealed the gala and special presentations at a press conference Tuesday and also touted the world premiere of Deepa Mehta's sweeping Salman Rushdie adaptation, "Midnight's Children."

The fest's artistic director Cameron Bailey calls the mix of films "one of the most international and diverse" they've ever had.

That includes the effects-laden actioner "Looper," which Bailey says is part of a calculated bid to rid the first night's reputation of being "the Canadian night" that some foreign buyers skip.

The futuristic, time-travel flick "Looper" is about hitmen hired to kill victims from the future. Willis plays a man who is sent back in time to be killed by his younger self, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Other big films include world premieres of Affleck's political thriller "Argo," Hanks' centuries-spanning epic "Cloud Atlas," Gosling's drama "The Place Beyond the Pines" and Paltrow's ensemble dramedy "Thanks for Sharing."

North American premieres include Redford's drama "The Company You Keep," which he directs and stars in, while Terrence Malick directs "To The Wonder," starring Affleck, Javier Bardem and McAdams.

"It's a big list, I'm very excited about it," says Bailey.

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Polley's next film to premiere at Venice

TORONTO -- A new documentary directed by Oscar-nominated Canadian Sarah Polley will debut at the Venice Film Festival.

Produced by the National Film Board, "Stories We Tell" finds the Toronto filmmaker investigating the secrets behind a family of storytellers.

Polley uses playful interviews with the family to explore their candid yet contradictory answers to the same questions.

The 33-year-old Polley's last film, "Take This Waltz," starred Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen and premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. …

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