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Casual readers of this blog might deduce that all I ever do is watch movies. Well, that's mostly true. But I do a few other things on occasion. Like, listen to music. And inevitably, read two or more books at a time. Here's what-all's dividing my literary attentions four ways at the moment:

The heroes BITE BACK!

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From the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim show, Robot Chicken. So ridiculously stupidly funny.

One strike and you're out

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DVD available from Choices Video.

My introduction to director William Gazecki came with his 1997 debut, the Oscar-nominated doc Waco: The Rules of Engagement. I distinctly remember sitting alone at the Red Vic, my jaw on the floor, watching the damning footage he'd unearthed solve the riddle of who fired first ('twas our government, not the Branch Davidians). Read more »

Toronto International Film Festival: Five for the road

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B. Ruby Rich reflects on some of her favorite TIFF '06 moments.

* The scene: the world premiere of Dixie Chicks: Shut Up And Sing. Filmmakers Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck (daughter of Gregory) were in the audience, as were the Dixie Chicks themselves. Read more »

Toronto International Film Festival: When Bond met Qui-Gon

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Michelle Devereaux reports.

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Before the world premiere screening of Seraphim Falls at the Elgin Theatre Wednesday night, Pierce Brosnan acted gruff and uncomfortable onstage, but Liam Neeson worked the crowd like a pro (even throwing out the old nugget “It’s all about you guys!”). Read more »

Toronto International Film Festival: Viggo, we love you, yeah yeah yeah

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Celebrity sightings? Michelle Devereaux just spotted God at this year's Toronto International Film Festival:

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Toronto, Wednesday, 12:09am: I have just left the Ryerson Theatre, where I fear I have contracted a serious case of Viggomania — a condition characterized by fever, light-headedness, and general idiocy when Ultimate Man Viggo Mortensen is in the vicinity. Read more »

The Kirby grip: A talk with director of This Film is Not Yet Rated

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While briefly in San Francisco during an intense media tour promoting his much-buzzed doc This Film is Not Yet Rated, filmmaker Kirby Dick sat down with Jonathan L. Knapp to discuss the process of challenging a powerful institution, John Waters, chasing Jack Valenti, and media conglomeration.

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Guardian: Thank you for taking time to meet with me; you seem to be doing an insane amount of press for this movie. Read more »

Toronto International Film Festival: Consider this

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Michelle Devereaux is in Toronto. Here's her first report:

“I’m hearing Oscar buzz!” a giddy audience member shouted after the second public TIFF screening of For Your Consideration Tuesday afternoon, kicking off a 10-minute-plus Q&A with the cast and director Christopher Guest. She was being ironic — the film-within-the-film is a little indie that receives tons of Oscar speculation — but who knows? She might not be too far off base.

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