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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Monday, August 7

Anderson's 'The Master' to debut in Venice

MILAN, Italy -- The Venice Film Festival says U.S. director Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will be the 18th film competing for its coveted Golden Lion award.

Festival director Alberto Barbera Tuesday said Tuesday that the film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, will premiere Sept. 1.

Anderson, the director of "Magnolia" and "There will be Blood," is the 12th director in competition screening a film for the first time in Venice.

The festival announced the remaining 17 competing films last month, including another four by American directors. By recent tradition, the title of the final "secret film" was delayed.

The 69th Biennale opens Aug. 29 with Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," which shows out of competition.

The Venice Film Festival says U.S. director Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will be the 18th film competing for its coveted Golden Lion award.

Festival director Alberto Barbera Tuesday said Tuesday that the film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, will premiere Sept. 1.

Anderson, the director of "Magnolia" and "There will be Blood," is the 12th director in competition screening a film for the first time in Venice.

The festival announced the remaining 17 competing films last month, including another four by American directors. By recent tradition, the title of the final "secret film" was delayed.

The 69th Biennale opens Aug. 29 with Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," which shows out of competition.

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Filming underway on Layton TV movie

TORONTO -- The actor playing Jack Layton in an upcoming TV movie about the late politician says he's learned to play the guitar and has picked up some Cantonese and French in preparation for the role.

Rick Roberts ("Republic of Doyle," "Cra$h & Burn") stars in "Smilin' Jack: The Jack Layton Story" as the former New Democrat leader while CBC radio personality Sook-Yin Lee plays his wife, Olivia Chow.

Filming began earlier this week in Winnipeg.

"Smilin' Jack: The Jack Layton Story" follows the 2011 election campaign that saw Layton lead the NDP to its largest mandate since the party was formed. …

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