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The Lunchbox Named Winner of Tiff Film Circuit People’s Choice Awards

Film Circuit™, Tiff’s national film outreach program, revealed that audiences across the country awarded Don McKellar’sThe Grand Seduction and Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox as winners of the 11th annual Film Circuit People’s Choice Awards. The Grand Seduction was named Best Canadian Film and The Lunchbox was selected as the Best International Film.

Film Circuit operates through domestic grassroots networks and strong community partnerships, bringing Canadian and international independent films and artists to communities across Canada. From Prince Rupert to Charlottetown, Film Circuit has 174 groups in 155 locations. 2014 saw record attendance, with 342,091 people attending 2,116 screenings.

“Now in its 20th year, Film Circuit continues to grow and establish new groups across the country,” said Jesse Wente, Director of Film Programmes, Tiff. “Along with that growth, films are working Film Circuit into their release plans as a way to reach new and engaged audiences.”

In 2014, guests travelled to communities across
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Few Revolutions Have Made Use of Mirrored Balls as Well as "The Secret Disco Revolution" Did

When filmmaker Jamie Kastner approached Bravo producer Charlotte Engel about making a documentary about the playwright Harold Pinter, Engel (rightly?) responded, “Nobody gives a shit about Harold Pinter anymore, how about a film on disco?” Kastner said, “Ok.” And The Secret Disco Revolution was born. What arises is Kastner’s examination of the disco movement as he muses (along with the interviewees) on whether this movement was sheer frivolity or an actual revolution.

By 1969, amidst race riots and the Stonewall raid, the civil rights and gay pride movements were in nascent form seeking more exposure and traction. R&B music was becoming overly politicized, too preachy and not very fun. And women were beginning to celebrate the female orgasm. Thus, as narrator Peter Keleghan puts it, the “masterminds” created disco.

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Murdoch Mysteries Season 4 & Season 1 Blu-Ray Review And Giveaway

Murdoch Mysteries is one of the best gems to come out of Canadian television in quite a while, and the fourth season is now available on Blu-Ray. Whether you’re a fan already, or new to the show, I have a great giveaway to go along with this release. The first season and the fourth season on Blu-Ray.

The show takes place in Toronto in 1895, and features William Murdoch as a detective/scientist who is keen on incorporating the latest techniques (including the “finger marks” he is so fond of) into his investigations.

Season 4 kicks off with Murdoch butting heads with the new pathologist who has taken Dr. Ogden’s place. A body has been dismembered, and Murdoch has to find some answers using only a couple of pieces of a body which have been encased in cement. It starts off the season well, and gives us the opportunity to miss Dr.
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Thrush Remembers Tootoosis At Gemini Awards

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Canadian actress Michelle Thrush paid tribute to her late Blackstone co-star Gordon Tootoosis as she picked up a trophy at the Gemini Awards on Wednesday.

Thrush won the Best Actress in a Drama prize for her role as an alcoholic mother living on the fictional Blackstone Indian reserve, and the star used her acceptance speech to remember Tootoosis, who died in July.

She told the audience at the ceremony in Toronto, Canada, "About 23 years ago when I began acting, there weren't a lot of brown faces on television and Gordon was one of a handful. He urged me as a teenager to get into acting."

Other winners at the annual TV awards included Tracy Dawson, who was named Best Actress in a Comedy, for Call Me Fitz, Callum Keith Rennie (Best Actor in a Drama, for Shattered) and Peter Keleghan (Best Actor in a Comedy, for 18 to Life).

Call Me Fitz was a big winner at the awards ceremony - it landed six other honours including Best Director and Best Writing. The Borgias landed the Best Drama Series prize, while the Rick Mercer Report was named Best Comedy Series.

Nominees at the 26th Gemini Awards

Yesterday, the Canadian Academy released its list of nominees for the 26th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards.

Best Animated Program or Series

* Glenn Martin Dds

* Hot Wheels - Battle Force Five

* Jimmy Two Shoes

* Kids vs. Kat

* March of the Dinosaurs

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series

* Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* How to be Indie

* That's So Weird

* Vacation with Derek

Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program Series

* Artzooka!

* In Real Life

* Spelling Night in Canada: Canspell 2011

* Survive This

* TVOKids - Mark's Moments

Best Comedy Program or Series

* This Hour Has 22 Minutes

* Call Me Fitz

* Good Dog

* Halifax Comedy Fest 2010

* Living in Your Car

* Rick Mercer Report

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

* Fakers

* The Kennedys

* My Babysitter's a Vampire.

* The Pillars of the Earth

* Sleepyhead

Best Dramatic Series

* The Borgias

* Endgame

* Flashpoint

* Skins

* The Tudors
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Tiff Announces Canada's Top Ten

Every year 'round about this time the Toronto International Film Festival Group announces their selections as Canada's Top Ten Feature Films and Short Films. Selected by a jury of industry professionals it's general a pretty good guide for what's happening here in any given year.

This year's selections were announced today and while I personally consider the absence of Jacob Tierney's Good Neighbours to be a significant omission it's pretty hard to argue with the titles that are actually in there. The films selected will all screen at the Tiff Bell Lightbox beginning in January. Here's the full announcement:

Toronto -- Tiff revealed the top 10 best features and top 10 best short films of 2010 this evening at the 10th annual Canada's Top Ten industry event, hosted by Peter Keleghan and Leah Pinsent. Established in 2001, Canada's Top Ten celebrates excellence in Canadian cinema and raises public awareness of Canadian achievements in film.
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'18 to Life' Season 1 On DVD On Jan. 18

CBC announced that the first season of the sitcom 18 to Life will come out on DVD on January 18, 2011. The show will also return for a second season this winter.

Tom Bellow (Michael Seater) and Jessie Hill (Stacey Farber) are two neighbours who've been living side by side since their childhood. They're both 18 years old. In the pilot, they decide to marry each other. However, their parents have reservations about this marriage and believe that it won't last.

The show also stars Erin Agostino, Alain Goulem, Angela Asher, Jesse Rath, Kaniehtiio Horn, Arielle Shiri, Peter Keleghan, Ellen David and Carl Alacchi.
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Nominations for the 2010 Gemini Awards

Today, the Canadian Academy revealed the nominees for the 25th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards. So without further ado, let's reveal those who have graced our land of television in fall 2009 and winter 2010.

1. Best Animated Program or Series:

* Glenn Martin, Dds

* Guess With Jess

* Johnny Test

* Kid Vs Kat

* Wapos Bay

2. Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series:

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* Overruled!

* Pillars of Freedom

* That's So Weird!

* Total Drama Action

3. Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series:

* A World of Wonders

* Canada's Super Speller

* Survive This

* Tvokids: Mark's Moments

4. Best Comedy Program or Series:

* Dan for Mayor

* Less Than Kind

* Little Mosque on the Prairie

* Pure Pwnage

* The Rick Mercer Report

5. Best Dramatic Miniseries:

* Alice

* The Phantom

* The Summit

6. Best Dramatic Series:

* Durham County

* Flashpoint

* Republic of Doyle

* Stargate Universe

* The Tudors

7. Best Music, Variety Program or Series

* 2009 Much Music Video Awards
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18 to Life: CW TV Show Planned to Return in December

Last week, The CW pulled 18 to Life after just three weeks on the air. The series was confirmed as cancelled but one of the TV show's producers says that the network hasn't given up on the series yet.

18 to Life tells the tale of two best friends who end up getting married at an early age and, to the dismay of their families. The show's cast includes Michael Seater, Stacey Farber, Alain Goulem, Angela Asher, Jesse Rath, Kaniehtiio Horn, Arielle Shiri, Peter Keleghan, Ellen David, Erin Agostino, Carl Alacchi, Samantha Moore, and Raphael Cohen-Demers.

On The CW, the show got off to a poor start in the ratings and the debut ranked in last place for the timeslot. Later installments brought fewer viewers. After last week's pair of episodes, the network decided to pull the show from the schedule, leaving six installments
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18 to Life: Canadian TV Show Cancelled by The CW But...

Tom and Jessie have their share of challenges as 18-year-old newlyweds. Unfortunately, their 18 to Life TV show has bigger problems. It's been cancelled.

18 to Life revolves around a pair of best friends who end up getting married at an early age, much to the dismay of the very different parents. The series features Michael Seater, Stacey Farber, Alain Goulem, Angela Asher, Jesse Rath, Kaniehtiio Horn, Arielle Shiri, Peter Keleghan, Ellen David, Erin Agostino, Carl Alacchi, Samantha Moore, and Raphael Cohen-Demers.

An import from Canada, 18 to Life debuted on August 3rd to just a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and only 988,000 viewers. The second episode dropped to a 0.3 rating and 846,000 total viewers. That put the pair of episodes in last place in both categories. Later episodes attracted even fewer viewers.

After Tuesday's episodes, The CW
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'Murdoch Mysteries' Season 4 In Production

Shaftesbury Films, a Canadian production company, has announced that production has begun on the fourth season of the Canadian period/procedural TV series Murdoch Mysteries. The show will premiere in early 2011 on CityTV, a cable network, in Canada and Alibi in Great Britain.

The fourth season will throw some difficult challenges Detective Murdoch’s (Yannick Bisson) way. To start, pathologist Dr. Julia Ogden (Helene Joy), who departed for a new job at the Childrens’ Hospital of Buffalo at the end of season three, may have found a compelling reason to stay in Buffalo. Her replacement, brought in from Scotland Yard - the ill tempered Dr. Francis (Paul Rhys) - will frequently clash with the even-tempered Murdoch. In other episodes, under tragic circumstances, an old flame from Bristol, England, Anna Fulford (Lisa Faulkner) will return to pay Murdoch a visit; a crime spree leads to a Gypsy camp and a mysterious
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18 to Life: New TV Show for CW; Cancel or Keep it?

The CW debuted a new comedy this week called 18 to Life. Like The Bridge, The Listener, and Flashpoint, this series was originally produced for Canadian television. Canadian shows have had mixed success in the Us so, how did this one fare?

The 18 to Life series revolves around Tom (Michael Seater) and Jessie (Stacey Farber), a pair of 18-year-old best friends who have grown up next door to each other. After a game of truth-or-dare gets out of hand, they run away, get married, and eventually move into Tom's family's attic. As a result, the couple's two very different families -- one free-spirited, one uptight --must finally learn how to get along with each other. The rest of the cast includes Peter Keleghan, Ellen David, Alain Goulem, Angela Asher, Arielle Shiri, and Tiio Horn.

In its first week on The CW, 18 to
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First look at CW’s ‘18 to Life’

HollywoodNews.com: CW’s show “18 to Life” have just released a handful of images from the first two episodes of the show. The show premieres on Tuesday, August 3 at 9:00 pm Est on CW. View photos from the episodes below:

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18 to Life“A Modest Proposal” Pictured: Stacey Farber as Jessie Hill, Ellen David as Judith Bellow, Michael Seater as Tom Bellow

In the first episode, Tom and Jesse announce their engagement — When an escalating game of truth-or-dare gets out of hand, 18-year-old Tom Bellow (Michael Seater) spontaneously proposes to Jessie Hill (Stacey Farber), the girl next door. Little does he realize Jessie’s up for the challenge, and the two are suddenly engaged. Though Jessie’s family seems disinterested, Tom’s is another story. Using every arsenal at their disposal, Ben (Peter Keleghan) and Judith Bellow (Ellen David) try to reverse their son’s insane decision.
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CW Acquires Canadian Comedy Series '18 to Life'

After a run this winter on CBC, a Canadian public TV network, the Canadian comedy series 18 to Life will be aired in the USA on CW, a TV network. This means that this show created by Derek Schreyer and Karen Troubetzkoy will premiere on CW on August 3 with back-to-back episodes airing from 9:00-9:30 Pm and 9:30-10:00 Pm.

Tom Bellow (Michael Seater) and Jessie Hill (Stacey Farber) have been neighbours for 12 years. At the tender age of 18 years old, they decide to say "I do" to each other. Of course, this also means that their parents will have to cope with this mariage whether they like it or not. Ben (Peter Keleghan) and Judith (Ellen David), Tom's parents, are a little bit socially conservative. Phil (Alain Goulem) and Tara (Angela Asher), Jessie's parents, are tree-huggers who like to rock out. However, when Tom and Jessie move into the attic of Tom's parents,
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CW to premiere new Canadian comedy series ‘18 to Life’ this summer

HollywoodNews.com: CW is going to be premiere a new Canadian comedy series about a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, entitled “18 to Life.”

In the premiere episode of “18 To Life,” when Tom and Jessie – 18-year-old next-door neighbors who have grown up together – run off and get married, their warring families are forced to become one in this hilarious multi-generational half-hour about relationships, true love, and who takes out the garbage. The series explores intimate relationships in combustible combinations as husband-wife, mom-dad, and in-laws all struggle to influence the newlyweds and control the extended family’s destiny. Tom and Jessie move into his parents’ attic and their marriage becomes public property, creating an endless string of challenges for the couple. As this new love blooms audaciously amidst the two settled marriages, it stirs up new frictions and old passions in both sets of parents.

“18 to Life” stars Stacey Farber (“Degrassi: The Next Generation
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[Video] Making-Of 'Leslie, My Name Is Evil'

Today is the release of the Canadian film Leslie, My Name Is Evil in Canada. For this occasion, The Cultural Post would like to give you a look at the film's making-of.

Perry (Gregory Smith), a sheltered chemical engineer, falls in love with Leslie (Kristen Hager), a former homecoming princess, when he is selected to be a jury member at her hippie death cult murder trial. Perry has always done what is expected of him. He was a straight A student who got a good job at a chemical company and proposed to his virgin Christian girlfriend, Dorothy (Kristin Adams).

Leslie took a different path after she was traumatized by Kennedy’s assassination, her abortion and the divorce of her parents. She took LSD, joined a hippie death cult and helped murder a God-fearing citizen in her own home. When Perry and Leslie lock eyes in court, Perry is forced
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'Leslie, My Name Is Evil' In Canadian Theatres On May 21

After a presence at the latest Toronto International Film Festival and Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma, Reginald Harkema's Leslie, My Name Is Evil will finally be released in Canada on May 21, 2010. This Canadian film is obviously a mix of drama, comedy and horror.

Synopsis:

Perry (Gregory Smith), a sheltered chemical engineer, falls in love with Leslie (Kristen Hager), a former homecoming princess, when he is selected to be a jury member at her hippie death cult murder trial. Perry has always done what is expected of him. He was a straight A student who got a good job at a chemical company and proposed to his virgin Christian girlfriend, Dorothy (Kristin Adams).

Leslie took a different path after she was traumatized by Kennedy’s assassination, her abortion and the divorce of her parents. She took LSD, joined a hippie death cult and helped murder a God-fearing citizen in her own home.
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All Aboard The "GravyTrain" - April 23

"GravyTrain" is a new Canadian feature, written by Tim Doiron, directed by April Mullen, starring Mullen, Doiron, Jennifer Dale, Colin Mochrie, Kyle Schmid, Peter Keleghan, AC Peterson, Ryan Tilley & Tim Meadows. Executive producers are Michael Mullen and Michael Sparaga.

...'Charles Gravytrain', a hapless 'Private Dick' from 'Gypsy Creek', believes in three things: Truth, Justice, and slapping the no good crook 'Jimmy Fish Eye' in the slammer for life!

"And with the help of his foxy new partner, big city cop 'Miss Uma Booma' he may do just that. But in a town that has more stinky secrets and slippery surprises than a tin of rotten sardines the only question is...Where's the Fish?!..."

"GravyTrain" opens April 23.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "GravyTrain"...
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'18 to Life' Premieres Jan. 4 on CBC

Despite the fact that the American network ABC withdrew its financial support, "18 to Life" will be airing on a television or streamed on a computer near you (if you're a Canadian). Besides, 18 to Life, which was created and written by Derek Schreyer and Karen Troubetzkoy, will premiere Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8 Pm on CBC.

Tom Bellow (Michael Seater) and Jessie Hill (Stacey Farber) have been neighbours for 12 years. At the tender age of 18 years old, they decide to say "I do" to each other. Of course, this also means that their parents will have to cope with this mariage whether they like it or not. Ben (Peter Keleghan) and Judith (Ellen David), Tom's parents, are a little bit socially conservative. Phil (Alain Goulem) and Tara (Angela Asher), Jessie's parents, are tree-huggers who like to rock out. However, when Tom and Jessie move into the attic of Tom's parents, new tensions between
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“Leslie, My Name Is Evil” Trailer

Apple has debuted the trailer for “Leslie, My Name Is Evil.” Thriller is set to premeire at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Synopsis: Perry, a sheltered chemist, falls in love with Leslie, a former homecoming princess, when he is selected to be a jury member at her hippie death cult murder trial. Perry has always done what is expected of him. He was a straight-a student who got a good job at a chemical company and proposed to his Christian girlfriend, Dorothy.

Leslie took a different path after she was traumatized by Kennedy’s assassination, an abortion and the divorce of her parents. She took Lsd, joined a hippie death cult and helped murder a God-fearing citizen in her own home. When Perry and Leslie lock eyes in court, Perry is forced to confront the darkest parts of him and by extension, society. Leslie, My Name Is Evil is a
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