Toronto Film Festival Opens
The Toronto International Film Festival is set to open tonight (Thursday) with the screening of Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces. It will usher in 348 additional films that will screen at the festival over the next ten days, including major studio films featuring such stars as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, and Keira Knightley, as well as low-budget indies. In an interview with the Associated Press, Clooney, who is promoting his film Michael Clayton in Toronto, said, "If you get a good bunch of reviews out there, it's an automatic international wake-up call for your film. It forces the studio or whoever makes them to have to spend more money on marketing or theaters, because if they don't, they're dead."