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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 14, 2010 at 11:43 AM

A hockey musical, and more news from all over

Oh, Canada! The Toronto International Film Festival announced today that it will kick off its 35th annual edition in September with “Score: A Hockey Musical,” starring Olivia Newton-John and Nelly Furtado. I suppose it was only a matter of time. TIFF, which I’ve been attending for many years, usually has fine taste when selecting movies, so quite possibly “Score” is a kick. Or whatever the hockey equivalent of a kick is. (A slash? A slice? A slap shot? Sorry; I grew up in Canada — up the road in Vancouver, B.C. — and yet know zip about hockey.) Anyway, we shall see.
Elsewhere: That Joaquin Phoenix documentary, “I’m Still Here,” directed by Casey Affleck (Phoenix’s brother-in-law) and subject to much is-it-or-isn’t-it-a-hoax speculation, has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures and will be released in theaters in September. The film folllows Phoenix, who elaborately and strangely announced his retirement a year ago (after turning in a truly fine performance in “Two Lovers”), as he attempts a new career as a hip-hop musician. Hmm. Maybe I’d rather see a hockey musical.
And the march toward all-3D-all-the-time continues in Hollywood, where the directors of two upcoming 2011 Marvel Comics adaptations have announced that their films will be released in 3D. Kenneth Branagh, director of “Thor” (ah, so that’s what he’s been up to lately), and Joe Johnston, director of “Captain America: The First Avenger” will speak to fans at ComicCon about the decision later this month. Both films used 2D for principal photography, but the filmmakers say that the special effects were planned with 3D in mind. After several disappointing 3D “conversions” in theaters this summer, it’ll be interesting to see if they can pull it off. Meanwhile, all of you who have watched the previous “Step Up” dance films and moaned upon exit, “If only it could have been in 3D, and I could have paid more” (a lot of you said that, right?) will soon get your wish: “Step Up: 3D” becomes the latest 3D ploy, er, release, two weeks from Friday.

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