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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

September 8, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Hello from T.O.!

TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival starts tomorrow, and here I am, staying in my usual hotel that is Perfectly Nice yet sadly devoid of movie stars, worrying about all the recent reports about bedbug infestation (yes, I checked the mattress; all looks OK), and noting that festival news is already coming in even though it’s not yet officially begun. “Barney’s Version,” which stars Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman (based on the Mordecai Richler comic novel), was one of TIFF’s higher-profile films without distribution, but it is homeless no more: Sony Classics has acquired it, just after its screening at the Venice Film Festival.
Things are quiet tonight, as I head out for dinner with a local friend, but tomorrow movie madness begins in earnest: “The Town,” “Tamara Drewe,” “Black Swan,” “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and “Never Let Me Go” are all on my schedule for the next 48 hours — plus some tantalizing empty slots where some interesting wildcard films might fall. Stay tuned; more news tomorrow.
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(Photo: Rosamund Pike and Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s Version”/Sabrina Lantos.)

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