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Toronto fest puts buzz before biz

7 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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TORONTO -- The 32nd annual Toronto International Film Festival got under way Thursday with the typical festival excitement ahead of what promises to be 10 days of often serious, political films.

Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa led the cast for the world premiere of "Fugitive Pieces" up the red carpet outside Roy Thomson Hall amid a sea of photographers and shouting TV reporters.

Once inside, Podeswa and his cast, including Stephen Dillane and Robbie Kay, were met with warm applause as Toronto followed tradition by opening with the world premiere of a homegrown movie.

"It's been a long journey. I'm grateful to the festival for making this night possible," Podeswa told the opening-night crowd, noting each of his films had screened at Toronto.

Festival co-director Noah Cowan noted that the festival's lineup this year includes a host of politically charged films that aim to contribute to a wider debate about war and terrorism internationally.

"There is a sense of seriousness as we live in troubled times. »

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It's founding fathers' day for HBO mini

22 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar-nominated actor Tom Wilkinson has been tapped to play Benjamin Franklin and David Morse is set to play George Washington in the HBO Films miniseries John Adams, which is slated to premiere in 2008.

The Playtone-produced seven-hour miniseries is a biography of Adams (Paul Giamatti), the American founding father and the second U.S. president, told through the eyes of his wife, Abigail Adams (Laura Linney). Based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, the mini will chronicle the first 50 years of the American republic.

Wilkinson and Morse join the previously cast Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson, Danny Huston as Samuel Adams, Rufus Sewell as Alexander Hamilton, Justin Theroux as John Hancock and Guy Henry as Jonathan Sewall.

Production on the mini, written and co-executive produced by Kirk Ellis, is scheduled to begin shortly, with most of the production to film in Colonial Williamsburg, Va. Tom Hooper is directing, with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman executive producing. »

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