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Traditionally, the desert city has been synonymous - both on screen and off - with sin, tragedy and despair. But as this year's smash comedy The Hangover, now out on DVD, highlighted, it's increasingly an arena for a new, Disneyfied version of vice. Paul MacInnes reports
There are lots of tigers in Las Vegas. But, try as you might, it's hard to coax one back to your hotel room. Mainly, they live in zoos; zoos like the one in the Mirage Hotel that's named after Siegfried & Roy, the German-born magicians who became inextricably linked to the beasts after a seven-year-old called Montecore bit Roy on the neck. Sometimes the tigers live in private homes. But, either way, they're not for hire. And you try lifting one out of its cage.
- Paul MacInnes
The 28th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (Viff) will be held October 1-16, 2009. Founded in 1982, Viff's mandate is "...to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia and Canada..." Over 150,000 people are expected to attend 640 screenings of 360 films from 80 countries. Here is an up-to-date list of directors, confirmed to attend Viff 2009, along with their films : "1428" Du Haibin "1999" Lenin Sivam "65_RedRoses" Philip Lyall & Nimisha Mukerji "Adelaide" Liliana Greenfield-Sanders "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector" Vikram Jayanti "Ana & Arthur" Larry Young "The Anchorage" Anders Edström & Curtis Winter "Antoine" Laura Bari "Argippo Resurrected" Dan Krames "The Art of Drowning" Diego Maclean "At Home By Myself... With You" Kris Booth "At The Edge Of The World" Dan Stone »
Directed by Justin Wilson, "Nation" uses sounds and images to profile the year 1968.
"Prophecies," directed by John Chester, is a backstage look at the world of rock n' roll from the vantage point of photographer Robert M. Knight, who at the age of 18 befriended Jimi Hendrix and members of Led Zeppelin.
The fest will also include the U.S. premieres of Robert Kenner's "Food, Inc.," a documentary about the food industry; Matt Aselton's comedy "Gigantic," starring Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Jane Alexander and Edward Asner; and Lourens Blok's "The Seven of Daran," who follows an English boy on an African adventure. »
- By Gregg Kilday
3 items from 2009
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