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Filmmakers relying on virtual world to build buzz at Toronto film festival

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TORONTO — For many filmmakers, a festival is often a crucial first step in the birth of a project or career. It's where they feel the first...

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter on releasing ‘Bill & Ted’ in ‘extraordinary times’

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TORONTO — If only Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter had a phone booth time machine like their "Bill & Ted" characters. Perhaps then the stars...

National Ballet of Canada cancels ‘The Nutcracker’ for the first time since 1955

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TORONTO — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the National Ballet of Canada to cancel its performances set for November and December, including its annual production of...

Background performers worry they’re being replaced by mannequins on film and TV sets

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TORONTO — Paula Spurr is used to being herded together with co-workers on the job. As a background performer in film and TV, the Burnaby,...

Cineplex to begin phased reopening of Ontario theatres on Friday

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TORONTO — Cineplex says it's ready to start reopening select Ontario movie theatres on Friday. The Canadian cinema operator will begin with 25 locations across the province as...

Canada’s arts and recreation businesses face greatest risk of closure: CFIB

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TORONTO — Canada's struggling independent businesses in the arts, entertainment and recreational sectors are at the highest risk of permanently closing due to COVID-19, according...

Fewer crowd scenes, buffet bans: Productions building ‘very different world’ during COVID-19

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TORONTO — Film and TV sets are traditionally a hive of activity: Crew members moving equipment. Craft services preparing food. Costume, hair and makeup artists primping...

One-time charges weigh on Corus Q3 results, revenue drops as advertising slows

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TORONTO — Television and radio broadcaster Corus Entertainment Inc. lost $752.3 million in its latest quarter as it took a one-time impairment charge related...

Q-and-A: Juno Awards head Allan Reid on celebrating Canadian music in a pandemic

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TORONTO — A stripped-back presentation of the 2020 Juno Awards on Monday will toast the Canadian music scene, and the show's head organizer hopes it'll mark a bright...

TIFF announces first batch of films while facing financial fallout from COVID-19

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TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival has announced plans for this year's annual movie marathon, which will include both physical and digital screenings, virtual red carpets and drive-ins. The festival's 45th...