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My Memories of the First Syrian Film Festival in Toronto

Hind Kabawat | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Hind Kabawat

Nineteen years ago as a young Syrian immigrant in Canada, I attended the Toronto film festival. It was the first film festival that I ever attended, and I was mesmerized by the crowds, the show, the stars, the glamor and the entire spectacle. That first film festival is still imprinted in my mind. It was a beautiful evening.

Toronto: Dining and Dashing Around the 2015 International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.24.2015 | Travel
Dwight Brown

As the Toronto International Film Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary, festivalgoers, vacationers and locals flocked to premieres and screenings. They also dined in high-end restaurants, tested out leisure time activities and visited tourist sites.

Black Artists Makes Waves at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.21.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary. Black directors, actors and writers have enhanced the celebratory occasion with fine performances and artistic contributions in indie films, big budget movies and life-affirming documentaries.

Netflix's 'Keith Richards: Under the Influence' Explores The Legend Behind The Shades

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.21.2015 | Entertainment

Imagine listening to vinyls all day with one of the greatest guitarists of our time. That's what filmmaker Morgan Neville ("Twenty Feet from Stardom"...

'Sicario' Director Denis Villeneuve Hates Senseless Violence In Film

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.17.2015 | Entertainment

If you've seen French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners," a 2013 crime drama about a missing girl, you know the director's penchant fo...

'Spotlight' And 'Truth' Shine Brighter Than 'Trumbo' At The Toronto Film Festival

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 10.18.2015 | Entertainment

The Toronto International Film Festival is winding down, which means fatigued journalists are departing Canada to return to a strange world wher...

Susan Sarandon Says The Time To Tell Transgender Stories Is Now With 'About Ray'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment

In "About Ray," Elle Fanning plays a transgender teenage boy who desperately wants to undergo transition with hormone treatment and gender confirmati...

In And Outside Of One Tiny 'Room,' Brie Larson And Jacob Tremblay Are A Wonder

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment

To prepare for "Room," Brie Larson locked herself in her apartment for weeks at a time. She met with trauma counselors and participated in a silent r...

Netflix Might Be Headed To The Oscars With The Excellent 'Beasts Of No Nation'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment

When Netflix first announced their slate of upcoming original feature films, some of which will debut exclusively on the streaming service and some t...

Amber Heard And Johnny Depp Seal Their TIFF Appearance With A Kiss

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard made sure to keep all eyes on them during their latest red carpet appearance.  The couple attended the "Black Mass" p...

At This Year's Toronto Film Festival, It's The Quieter Performances That Speak The Loudest

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment

We tend to remember a film's showiest performance. Often, that center of attraction takes on the physicality of an ill character or the malevolence o...

Sandra Bullock, Josh Brolin And Other Stars Sound Off On Who Would Make The Best Celeb President

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment

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Matt Damon Thinks Jason Bourne Would Definitely 'Kick The S**t Out Of Batman'

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment

Who would win in a fight: Jason Bourne or Batman? According to Matt Damon, it's Bourne all the way. At the premiere of his new film "The Martian" at ...

The Phenomenal 'Danish Girl' Presents A Transgender Journey By Way Of A Tender Love Story

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.13.2015 | Entertainment

Early on in Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” Eddie Redmayne’s Copenhagen painter Einar Wegener models a pair of tights and hee...

Michael Moore's 'Where To Invade Next' Deserves The Nonpartisan Audience It Won't Find

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.12.2015 | Entertainment

Michael Moore is the 21st century's most famous documentarian, but not for the same reasons that Ken Burns and Werner Herzog and Errol Morris defined...

'The Martian' Is One Of The Year's Best Movies

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.13.2015 | Entertainment

Remember that perplexing scene in "Interstellar" when Matt Damon pops up and tries to kill Matthew McConaughey so he can return to Earth? The one tha...

First Up At The Toronto Film Festival: Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Demolition,' The Stunning 'Lobster' And More

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.24.2015 | Entertainment

And we're off! The Toronto International Film Festival began in earnest on Thursday, and Entertainment editors Erin Whitney and Matthew Jac...

12 Movies We're Most Excited To See At The 2015 Toronto Film Festival

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 09.09.2015 | Entertainment

The most enticing time of the year for movies has finally arrived. As the fall season approaches, a slew of what are bound to be 2015's best films ar...

When Film Is a Festival

Jeffrey Ruoff | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Jeffrey Ruoff

Festivals keep alive the communal experience of film viewing, considered an anachronism in the age of laptops and cell phones.

5 Socially Relevant Films Catching Award Season Buzz

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 09.11.2015 | Entertainment
Melissa Jun Rowley

Venice. Telluride. Toronto. Film festival season is in full effect with Oscar buzz already reverberating across the air waves and the internet. Every year at this time, movie makers all across the globe reveal new big screen narratives that reflect on, shape and shift culture.

Jake Gyllenhaal Vehicle 'Demolition' Will Open The 2015 Toronto Film Festival

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment

As always, many of the year's top awards contenders will premiere or screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off Sept. 10...

Is Disability In?

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 05.10.2015 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

I look forward to the day when art imitates life and people with disabilities are not portrayed in film only as victims or the heroes, but also as the woman behind the counter, or the best friend, or the love interest. This is the true reality in our world. People with disabilities can be anyone.

Toronto: Touring Around the 2014 International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.21.2014 | Travel
Dwight Brown

The unique blend of locals and visitors stops the Distillery District from being a tourist trap like New York's South Street Seaport. The place feels organic, authentic, warm and inviting. It's steeped in history.

Black Films And Artists Shine At The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.15.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Black films and artists were an integral part of the lineup at this year's Toronto International Film Festival along with other world premieres. Dramas, genre movies, comedies, romantic films and documentaries positioned themselves early for this year's annual Oscar race.

Greta Gerwig Really Wanted To Do 'How I Met Your Dad'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment

The death of "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff "How I Met Your Dad" was met with mixed reactions, but projected lead Greta Gerwig is definitely disappoi...