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TIFF Lands "The Fifth Estate" World Premiere

Long ago TIFF went from showcasing great movies to premiering great movies that matter. This year's opening-night gala promises to be a landmark occasion for the film world and society at large. The Toronto International Film Festival landed the world premiere of The Fifth Estate, a movie about WikiLeaks and its controversial founder Julian Assange.

There's a Hollywood Growing in Africa

As TIFF moves forward with its noble growth of a true international destination, I hope it will also recognize African filmmaking that is also emerging all over the world. The African Diaspora as well as Africans in Africa is increasingly captivated by their own movie making and it's slowly becoming just as popular as Hollywood films.
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How Does the Canadian Film Industry Measure Up?

With the Toronto International Film Festival taking over the city, I can't help but think about the state of the Canadian film industry. As far as the amount of Canadian talent we have, it's there. We have it -- we just need to get out there a support it. We need to watch our own films and our own television productions.
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From Dogg to Lion: How Snoop was Reincarnated

Reincarnated doc, which debuted to a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival, is not an ambiguous experience. The film explores both Snoop's life and his journey through Jamaica -- from writing and recording a reggae album (also called Reincarnated) to meeting Bunny Wailer to his baptism at a ceremony in the Nyabinghi Temple -- all done with a deft and sometimes brutally honest hand.
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Welcome to TIFF, I'll Be Your Backstage Pass

The day before the festival always sneaks up on you, the office buzzing with equal measures anticipation and anxiety. Now it's time to take care of all those last minute details: fighting with the printer, stuffing guest mailboxes and trying to squeeze in a quick pedicure, a pre-fest must.
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Canada's Hottest Celebrity Hotel

A couple of weeks before I check in at the Hazelton Hotel, Biebermania strikes -- screaming fans everywhere. While Bieber is probably the celebrity who causes the greatest commotion on the planet, such encounters with fandom are hardly unusual for the Hazelton Hotel. Its staff knows what to do. It opened in 2007 to cater to attendees of the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF and are gearing up for this season's festival, and their star-studded guest list.
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Madonna Is No Goddess

While many seemed to agree that Madonna's alleged behavior at TIFF was completely out of line, there were also people who responded by saying that they wouldn't expect anything less. "It's Madonna, she's a GODDESS" one even said. Well, no, no she isn't. She is a pop star.
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TIFF: A Cinderella Tale

To Cinderella, Toronto International Film Festival galas seemed exclusive to Hollywood royalty. The city's socialistas and Twitterati hobnobbed on the rooftop and surveyed their opulent kingdom. But soon the enchantment wore thin.
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Sunday Roundup

Canadians mourn alongside Americans on this sad anniversary of 9/11. We were affected deeply on that day 10 years ago, nearly as much as the U.S. itself: not just by the Canadian lives we lost, but by the empathetic pain we feel when our closest kin suffers a tragedy. Whatever longstanding sibling rivalry Canadians have felt towards Americans vanished -- at that moment we became one family grieving death together. We also became key partners in what would be called the War on Terror: This week on HuffPost Canada, new contributor Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, offered important analysis of what this has meant to our privacy laws. We also welcomed aboard two distinguished contributors who offered their reactions to the news that the prime minister was considering re-introducing controversial anti-terrorism laws: former counter terror operative Mubin Shaikh and terrorist expert David Harris.
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Big Names Behind Big Films At TIFF 2011

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - Davis Guggenheim's From the Sky Down - a look at Irish supergroup U2 - will kick off the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, the first time a documentary has...