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Many likely Oscar contenders are spoken for in the Toronto line-up, from Ben Affleck's "Argo" to Fdr tale "Hyde Park on Hudson." "Looper" may seem like an odd Tiff fest opener--the festival has stepped away from having to book Canadian films--unless you consider Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis walking the red carpet. What films are missing, that might turn up somewhere else? Well, late-breaking year-end titles presumably skipping fests this year include Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," Tom Hooper's big-budget musical "Les Miserables" (Universal), Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." Also unbooked at fall fests so far is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which has picked an awards-friendly November 26 release date. Spielberg doesn't usually take the fest circuit, but I have a hunch if he did this year it would be New »

- Anne Thompson

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