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<Ron Mann's Altman at Venice Film Festival>

(August 28, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario) Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann's latest documentary, a loving visual tribute to the late, great iconic American director Robert Altman has been selected to screen at this year's Venice International Film Festival, which runs until September 7. Altman, Mann's ninth documentary, is the only Canadian film at Venice, the oldest film festival, this year.Arrow

≤Writer-director Jeremy Lalonde has announced some new additions to the cast of his latest feature, How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town> (September 2, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario) Writer-director Jeremy Lalonde has announced some new additions to the cast of his latest feature, How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town. Joining previously announced actors Jewel Staite (The Killing), Lauren Lee Smith (If I Stay), Katharine Isabelle (Being Human), Ennis Esmer (The Listener), Tommie-Amber Pirie (The F Word), and Jonas Chernick (My Awkward Sexual Adventure) are Christine Horne (The Captive), Lauren Holly (Motive, NCIS) and Zoie Palmer (Sex After Kids). LaLonde is mid-way through a crowd funding initiative to raise $100K through an Indiegogo campaign set to expire on Saturday, September 13.Arrow
<David James Elliott joins the cast of American Hangman> (August 29, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario) Toronto-born actor David James Elliott, best known for his role as Lt.Cdr. Harmon Rabb Jr. on 227 episodes of the hit TV series, JAG, has joined the cast of the US-Canadian-Irish coproduction, American Hangman. Elliott grew up wanting to be a musician and singer and it wasn't until he read a bit of King Lear in a theatre history class that he got turned on to acting. American Hangman centres on a kidnap plot that explores the dark side of social media. Set to shoot in Canada and Northern Ireland starting this November, American Hangman will be available for pre-sale at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.Arrow
<Ed Gass-Donnelly to create Pivot for Lotus Entertainment> (August 28, 2014 - Los Angeles, California) Lotus Entertainment has announced that Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly will write and direct a new sci-fi thriller titled Pivot. The essential story, which may change as work actually begins on its development, explores the story of a scientist who, following the death of his wife, invents a device to pivot between parallel universes to save her life. However, to be able to be with her, he’ll have to kill the parallel version of himself. Lotus Entertainment's Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will produce the film, with D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian, also of Lotus, Executive producing alongside Ed Gass-Donnelly.Arrow
<Keanua Reeves birthday> Today's Birthdays:
Northernstars Nicole Leblanc, Paul Bradley, Keanu Reeves and John Cassini were born on September 2. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Keanu Reeves came to be in Toronto and ended up in movies almost totally by accident. Here are some of the facts: His father is Samuel Nowlin Reeves, who is Hawaiian/Chinese, which is why Keanu is named Keanu. It's an Hawaiian name that translates into "Cool Breeze over the Mountains." His mom is the British-born Patricia Taylor. He lived in Australia, then New York before settling in Toronto where the family become Canadian citizens, a status Keanu Reeves maintains to this day. Arrow
<Swearnet, 2014 production still> Now Playing:
The Trailer Park Boys are back but this time they're in real network trouble. They just might be the most successful, iconic Canadian comedy export since Bob & Doug McKenzie, but when they lose the rights to the Trailer Park Boys franchise, overnight they become three more out-of-work actors, struggling to pay the bills. Frustrated and desperate, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith all struggle with their post-Trailer Park Boys lives. Click here to watch the trailer and for more about the cast and crew of Swearnet, opening today.Arrow

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