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Curtain ready to rise on Toronto International Film Festival

Steve Carell as a lonely multi-millionaire who embarks on a poisonous relationship with two Olympic medal-winning wrestler brothers. Bill Murray as a curmudgeonly retiree who forges an unlikely friendship with a 12-year-old neighbour. Reese Witherspoon as a heartbroken woman who embarks on an 1,800-kilometre solo hike to leave her past behind.

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Filmmakers rush to get ready for Toronto International Film Festival

The curtain opens on the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in less than a week, and while the stars get ready for primping, some movie-makers are undergoing a far less-glamorous process — sitting bleary-eyed in editing rooms putting the final touches on their projects. “We’re not actually finished the movie yet,” Jeffrey St. Jules, writer-director of Bang Bang Baby, confessed earlier this month. “We’ll be finished the score and everything right before the festival.” Such is the harried situation that goes on behind the scenes before the fest, which is often viewed as a springboard to Oscar glory.

Emmy Awards 2014: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ big winners

“Breaking Bad” may have been off the air for nearly a year, but it was fresh in the minds of Emmy voters. At Monday night’s 2014 Emmy Awards, the series won five statuettes, including drama series, lead actor, supporting actor and actress, and writing.

Saturday Night Live Announcer Don Pardo Dies At 96

Don Pardo, the Saturday Night Live announcer whose effusive baritone ushered in the show’s weekly episodes since 1975 — either live or as a prerecording — died on Monday evening at the age of 96.

Tax credits help B.C. pinch film projects from Seattle

Give us your Microsoft, Seattle, your Starbucks and, while you’re at it, your film industry. Seattle’s pain is Vancouver’s gain when it comes to the film industry, thanks to B.C.’s tax credits, according to folks in the business. Take the new series Intruders, for example. The eight-episode TV series is set entirely in Seattle, yet except for a few establishing shots, the whole thing was filmed in Vancouver. BBC America, the producer, said the reason was simple: Economics. While B.C. spends about $285 million a year on tax credits for the industry, Washington state caps out at $3.5 million, which was used up by May.

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