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'Dr. Cabbie' Trailer: Indian Doctor's Harsh Surprise When He Gets to Canada (Video)

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It's a story we've all heard before: a highly educated immigrant who can't get a job in Canada or the United States because their credentials don't transfer over. Now there's a new (and hilarious) movie about it.

"Dr. Cabbie," which was shot entirely in Toronto and stars Vinay Virmani ("Score: A Hockey Musical") and Kunal Nayyar ("The Big Bang Theory"), follows the frustrating journey of Deepak, who applies for jobs in Toronto but quickly realizes things aren't going as he planned.

Frustrated, he resorts to driving a taxi, which ends up being more lucrative than he imagined.

(Watch trailer, above.)

The movie opens in theatres across North America on September 19.
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Poster premiere: Get your first look at Michael McGowan's Still Mine

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Based on a true story, Still Mine is directed and written by Michael McGowan (One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical) and it follows the story of Craig (James Cromwell) and Irene (Genevieve Bujold), a long-married couple who live in rural New Brunswick where Craig still takes care of their sprawling farm property and the two seem to be every bit in love with one another as when they married some 60 years ago.

But when Irene starts showing early signs of dementia, Craig figures that a single-level home would make their lives easier and starts to build a house with his own hands, and the help of his extended family, when he runs afoul of a persnickety government official who keeps halting his ambitious plans. 

The uplifting love story, which premiered at Tiff this past September, will be hitting select Cineplex theatres this May and we have the poster premiere for you,
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Afm 2012: Raven Banner Entertainment Swoops in for Eternal Rights

It's been a long time since last we spoke about the vampire film The Eternal. Around two years in fact. But hey, even the most toothy of buns need some extra time in the oven on occasion. Read on for the latest.

From the Press Release

The worldwide rights to the upcoming horror/action film The Eternal were recently acquired by Canadian genre outfit Raven Banner Entertainment. The film, co-written and to be directed by Justin McConnell (The Collapsed), currently stars genre icon Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator, The Divide) and well-respected Canadian actor Adam Kenneth Wilson (24 Hour Rental, Manson, Ending the Eternal). Production is slated for spring 2013. Additional cast will be announced in the coming weeks.

The film, written by McConnell, Wilson, and the late Kevin Hutchinson, will be overseen by prolific Canadian producer Avi Federgreen (High Life, One Week, Dead By Dawn 3D, Score: A Hockey Musical), executive producer Lorne Gross,
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Toronto: Paradigm Signs ‘Still’ Helmer Michael McGowan

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Toronto: Paradigm Signs ‘Still’ Helmer Michael McGowan
Exclusive: Last month’s Toronto Film Festival resulted in a lot of distribution deals, and also a lot of agency signings of new talent with films there. After the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group handled the James Cromwell/Genevieve Bujold-starrer Still and made a deal with Samuel Goldwyn Films, the agency has signed the film’s writer/director/producer Michael McGowan. McGowan’s credits include the 2008 Canadian film One Week and Mongrel Media’s Score: A Hockey Musical, the latter of which opened Toronto in 2010. He also wrote and directed Alliance Atlantis’ Saint Ralph and created and produced the stop-motion animated children’s TV series, Henry’s World.
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Atlantic Film Festival 2012: ‘The Angels’ Share’ finds Loach in lightly comic mode

The Angels’ Share

Written by Paul Laverty

Directed by Ken Loach

Ireland, 2012

The choice of Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share as this year’s Opening Gala Film was a surprise to me. Usually the festival kicks off with a homegrown film – last year it was Halifax’s own Roller Town, the year before that, Score: A Hockey Musical, both ultra-Canadian. This year, the festival went a different route, choosing a film by an English director, set in the heart of Scotland. But, as Programming Manager Andrew Murphy assured the audience before the film, “There’s plenty to relate to for us Nova Scotians. It’s set in Scotland…and it’s about smuggling booze.”

The film centers on reforming thug Robbie (Paul Brannigan), who tries his hardest to stay on the straight and narrow after avoiding a jail sentence. With the help of a friendly community service supervisor, he
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Renee Zellweger’s Lifetime 1970s Drama Pilot ‘Cinnamon Girl’ Casts Its Leads

Exclusive: Allie MacDonald (Score: A Hockey Musical), Alexis Knapp (Project X), Brooke Anne Smith, Jade Bartlett and Sebastian Piggott have been cast as the the leads in Cinnamon Girl, Lifetime’s drama pilot co-created and executive produced by Renée Zellweger, which is set against the backdrop of the Los Angeles music and movie scenes of the late 1960s/early 1970s. It tells the story of four coming-of-age girls — Cassie (MacDonald), Lola (Knapp), Junie (Smith) and Lou (Bartlett) — and explores their lives at the crossroads of the era’s political, artistic, social and sexual rebellions. Zellweger co-created Cinnamon Girl with Anthony Tambakis (Warrior), and the premise is a combination of Zellweger’s real-life journey from small-town Texas to Hollywood stardom and Tambakis’ lifelong fascination with the Laurel Canyon music scene and the New Hollywood, auteur-driven era that began in the late ’60s. Inspired by Zellwegger, MacDonald’s Cassie is a beautiful,
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Three Inches with James Marsters and Stephanie Jacobsen airs tonight (9 pm, Syfy)

Three Inches, the Syfy pilot with James Marsters and Stephanie Jacobsen that didn't get ordered to series, airs tonight at 9 pm Et on Syfy.

To recap, the network ordered the 90-minute pilot back in the spring of 2010. It was filmed in September in Toronto and, in December, Syfy decided to pick up Alphas instead, and to tweak Three Inches into a half-hour because the two were conceptually similar.

Six months went by with no news, and then in July word came from James' Fb page that Syfy would not be giving Three Inches a full season, but that the pilot would air eventually. Well, that's tonight.

Here is the synopsis, from ScienceFiction.com:

In Three Inches, professional daydreamer and underachiever, Walter Spackman (Noah Reid) is struck by lightning, and develops a unique “super” power — the ability to move any object using just his mind… but only a distance of three inches.
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James Cromwell Headlining Canadian Indie Still For Director Michael McGowan

Oscar nominee James Cromwell has joined the cast of Still, Michael McGowan.s Canadian independent film shooting currently in northern Ontario and Brunswick. Cromwell joins fellow Oscar nominee and Canadian native Geneviève Bujold (Anne of the Thousand Days, The House of Yes) to tell the story of an elderly couple forced to battle local authorities as they try and construct a home. McGowan, who opened the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival with his Score: A Hockey Musical, has assembled a cast with deep Canadian roots. In addition to Bujold, Still features Canuck actors Rick Roberts, Julie Stewart and Jonathan Potts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Representing America in the Great White Northern cast will be Campbell Scott. Anytime an indie can lure a marketable, awards-caliber star like Cromwell, it.s an instant boost to the production. This is McGowan.s fifth feature, and while he is a name in his ...
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Tiff 2011 – Eight Days In: Ricky D’s Blog Plus Nine More Reviews To Digest

Well the Toronto International Film Festival has provided another incredible lineup again this year. Among the best of the fest is Steve McQueen’s Shame (so far the best of the year), Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. Sadly I had to cut my trip short by three days, so I will be missing some key films, including Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, Bela Tarr’s Turin Horse and Bruce McDonald’s Hard Core Logo 2. We still have plenty of reviews to come in the next few days so make sure to check back for more coverage.

Luckily for me I dodged all the movies that received unanimous negative feedback. Perhaps the six films that have been panned the most by critics and audiences alike are, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, Guy Maddin’s Keyhole, Madonna’s W.E., Joel Schumacher
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Goon Exclusive: The online world trailer premiere

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Starting with last September's Tiff Festival opener Score: A Hockey Musical, it would seem Canada's unofficial pasttime is making its way into the entertainment spotlight in a big way. What started as a one-off last year has bloomed into a full-fledged celebration as not one, not two but Three hockey films made their debut tonight as part of the prestigious annual film fest. Perhaps the biggest of the three film debuts is director Michael Dowse's Goon. Featuring Canadian actor and co-writer Jay Baruchel alongside Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber, the film follows a bouncer who, shunned by his brainy family, decides to take on the leadership of a team of under performing misfits.

Cineplex had the chance to head to the Winnipeg set of the film last year but we've been keeping pretty mum on what we saw so as not to spoil you, dear reader. I know,
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Cast updates and new interviews with Alessandra Torresani, Esai Morales and Leah Gibson

A quick round-up:

First, a reminder that Eric Stoltz may or may not appear in one of the two episodes of Wilfred that air tonight (10 pm, 10:30 pm, FX). He is not in any of the promos.

Esai Morales won an Imagen Award for Best Actor and Gun Hill Road nabbed the one for Best Feature Film last week. Big congrats! Zimbio has a few pics from the event. Esai has confirmed on Fb that he'll be at the San Francisco screening this weekend. There is also a new interview with him that you can listen to here. For new screening dates and cities, keep checking the Gun Hill Road campaign page.

Comediva has a new interview with Alessandra Torresani and her Husbands co-stars Cheeks and Sean Hemeon. Snippet:

Torresani explained how her character, Haley, fits into the mix. “I am Cheeks' best friend, who you assume has been his
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Comedy 'Breakaway' In Canadian Theatres on Sept. 30

What happens Bollywood meets the biggest icon of Canadian culture, that is hockey? Find it out on September 30 when the comedy Breakaway hits Canadian theatres.

As seen in the trailer, the film takes place in a suburb of Toronto in a Punjabi family. Rajveer Singh (Vinay Virmani) dreams to be a hockey star and he plays in an amateur team made of Canadians of Punjabi heritage. Rajveer even tries to convince a white man (Rob Lowe) to coach his team.

However, things are complicated for Rajveer. His father (Anupam Kher) doesn't want his son to play hockey. Moreover, Rajveer is in love with his coach's sister, Melissa (Camilla Belle). Unfortunately, Melissa isn't necessarily attracted by hockey players.

The film also stars Canadian comedian Russell Peters, Noureen DeWulf, Akshay Kumar, Guggi, Sakina Jaffrey, Al Mukadam, Pamela Sinha, Ludacris and Lee Rumohr.

We'll see if this film gets better reviews than Score: A Hockey Musical,
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Updates: 17th Precinct, The Killing, Riese, and other cast projects

Updates in random order:

IMDb has the first poster for Playback, Alessandra Torresani's new movie. No release date yet, but you can follow updates on that front on the film's official Facebook page.

Eric Stoltz is directing another episode of Glee.

Judas Kiss, with Richard Harmon and Genevieve Buechner, will be screened at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on April 22.

Richard Harmon has been cast in Ansiedad (Anxiety), a new film with Eva Mendes that's shooting in Vancouver these days. More details about the film at ReviewonMovies.com.

Richard also attended the premiere of The Killing the other day. For photos (and general updates on his projects), visit RichardHarmonFan.com. And Cinemablend has a few new featurettes for The Killing, which premieres on Sunday, April 3, at 9 pm on AMC.

Riese is now available (or will be available on March 29) in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Latin America,
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New Caprica story and cast updates

The second story in the "Caprica: Season 2" series, titled "Prototype," has been posted at Beginning of Line.

The Sundance site has a clip introducing Gun Hill Road that includes some footage with Esai Morales. The first screening is on Monday, January 24.

There are some behind the scenes pics from the set of Off the Map, episode 1x04, "On the Mean Streets of San Miguel," with Eric Stoltz (directing), over at Getty Images. The episode airs on February 2.

Paula Malcomson will guest star on Private Practice in episode 4x14, "Home Again." TV Guide writes that she will play the wife of a convicted killer who is about to be executed. Gotta wonder where that one came from.

Disney has moved up the release date for John Carter of Mars, with Polly Walker. Instead of June 8, 2012, the film will hit theatres on March 9, 2012.

Daemon's TV has the synopsis and some stills (with
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Olivia Newton-John Joins Stephan Elliot's Road Comedy 'A Few Best Men'

Olivia Newton-John Joins Stephan Elliot's Road Comedy 'A Few Best Men'
Rising 'Twilight' Star Xavier Samuel To Star As Male Lead After starring in the embarrassing Tiff-opening "Score: A Hockey Musical", iconic "Grease" star Olivia Newton-John has now also joined Stephan Elliott's latest project, the road trip comedy "A Few Best Men." The film is being backed by the writing and producing team behind the original British version of "Death At A Funeral," Dean Craig, Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings, and will follow the story of a "young groom and his three best men who travel to the Australian outback for a destination wedding that is as funny as it is…
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[Review] Score: A Hockey Musical

The themes of “coming of age” and “staying true to one’s self” on screen are as American as white bread. Score: A Hockey Musical (as you can tell from it’s title) is as Canadian as a box of Tim-Bits. The film knows exactly what it is, it’s not funded by the National Film Board, whose sensibilities lean more towards documentary and art films, but Telefilm Canada. It’s not so much a propaganda film as it is a heritage film.

The term heritage film is commonly associated with French films that deal with the effects of colonialism. If all of the colonies are in effect “French” the question of what is French culture is raised. Canada considers itself more of a mosaic, and includes government sponsorship of cultural heritage events and programs embracing the individuality of immigrant cultures. Score embraces with some self parody the heritage of hockey,
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Score: A Hockey Musical (2010)

After Saint Ralph and One Week, Canadian director Michael McGowan dabbles into commercial cinema with Score: A Hockey Musical. The result: be prepared to roll your eyes.

In a Toronto where people often sing by dialoguing, Farley Gordon (Noah Reid) is raised and home-schooled by green, pacifist and vegan parents (Marc Jordan and Olivia Newton-John). Even though Farley has never played in an organized hockey league, Farley excels at this game. Obviously, this dismays his parents who hate team sports. One day, the owner of the Blades (Stephen McHattie), a junior team from Brampton, recruits Farley after he had seen him play hockey on an outdoor rink. Despite his parents' objection, Farley rises to the challenge and becomes, overnight, a national sensation. Besides, some TV analysts consider Farley as "the next one".

However, the Blades' coach (John Pyper-Ferguson), Farley's teammates and his opponents want him to throw the gloves because
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Vote for Caprica at the People's Choice Awards

Voting for the final nominees for the 2011 People's Choice Awards has started and Caprica is one of the contenders for the Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy Show. (Follow the link to vote.) You can vote as many times as you like and write-in votes count too. Here are the categories for possible write-ins:

Favorite TV Drama

Favorite TV Drama Actor

Favorite TV Drama Actress

Favorite TV Obsession

Favorite TV Guest Star

Favorite TV Family

And if you wanna go crazy, there is also:

Favorite TV Doctor

You can also tweet your votes this year and tell your followers to do the same (retweets count too). For the instructions and list of hashtags for specific categories, go to People's Choice site.

NBC hasn't released any promotional stills at the Media Village this week, so here is just a quick round of cast updates before tonight's episode airs ("Things We Lock Away," 10 pm, Syfy
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Olivia Newton-John: Talking Hockey

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Olivia Newton-John hasn’t made a feature film in a decade. So why did the Australian darling of 1970s and ’80s song-and-dance pics like Grease and Xanadu choose a little Canadian film about hockey to make her return?

Newton-John was on a stopover at the L.A. airport — on her way from Australia, where she was awarded the Order of Australia, and checked in on the cancer and wellness centre she’s building there, to her home in Florida — when she explained why she’s playing the hippie-dippie, pacifist mother of a hockey phenom in next month’s Score: A Hockey Musical.
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Line-Up of Canadian Films at the Vancouver Int'l Film Festival

The Vancouver International Film Festival, which will take place from September 30 to October 15, is known for bringing the world to people in and around Vancouver. Moreover, it also has Canadian films in its line-up. All in all, expect to see some Canadian films that are currently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The opening film will be the Canadian-Italian co-production Barney's Version. Other Canadian films include:

* A Drummer's Dream, by John Walker

* A Night for Dying Tigers, by Terry Miles

* A Simple Rhythm, by Tess Girard

* Altitude, by Kaare Andrews

* Amazon Falls, by Katrin Bowen

* An Ecology of Mind, by Nora Bateson

* Barney's Version, by Richard J. Lewis

* Breaking the Silence: Burma's Resistance, by Pierre Mignault and Hélène Magny

* Curling, by Denis Côté

* Everywhere, by Alexis Durand-Brault

* Father & Sons, by Carl Bessai

* Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, by Sturla Gunnarsson

* Guido Superstar: The Rise of Guido, by Silvio Pollio

* Les amours imaginaires,
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