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Genie nominations no big surprise, with Barney’s Version and Incendies in the lead

We’ve already watched the Golden Globes. And Oscar nominations were announced last week. But that doesn’t mean we can forget about Canada’s version of the Academy Awards (albeit with less recognizable statues), the Genies. The nominations were announced today, and this year’s Genie picks seem fairly predictable—the widely acclaimed Barney’s Version roped in eleven nominations, including best picture, direction, adapted screen play and best lead and supporting actor nods.  Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated Incendies netted an even ten.

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TIFF names best Canadian films of 2010 to be screened at Lightbox

Paul Giamatti at the TIFF premiere for Barney's Version (Image: Stefania Yarhi)

While all of Hollywood fires up its engines for the self-love fest that is awards season, the Toronto International Film Festival took a moment to honour some of our own talent. Yesterday, TIFF released their list of the 10 best Canadian feature films and 10 best short films of 2010.

One notable inclusion that has yet to see its general release is Barney’s Version, the film adaptation of Canadian author Mordecai Richler’s classic Montreal-set novel. The film yesterday won actor Paul Giamatti a Golden Globe nomination and was a gala film at TIFF this year. Barney’s Version will hit Canadian theatres on Christmas Eve.

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Splice: the drinking game

The latest entry in the Canadian horror genre, Splice, creeps into theatres Friday. In his cautionary tale about two renegade scientists (played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) obsessed with their latest creation—a human-animal hybrid named Dren—Cube director Vincenzo Natali manages to make winter, farms and Polley (Canada’s sweetheart!) come across as really, really creepy. And we haven’t even touched on the laboratory scenes. Dull your growing sense of dread with a lash or two (or 10) of your favourite booze. You’ll need it. Our Splice drinking game, after the jump.

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Sarah Polley’s Splice gives anti-cloning factions Best. Ammunition. Ever.

A second trailer for Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody’s new movie has been unleashed on an unsuspecting populace. It’s official. Splice is Species. On creepy steroids. With a tail.

Don’t believe us? Here’s the new trailer.

Gaaah.

The first trailer, after the jump.

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Yearn after reading: A look back at TIFF 2008

In eager anticipation of September 10, the first day of 2009’s Toronto International Film Festival, we at TIFF.TO are already scheduling our videos, photo shoots and screenings for the big event. After looking through last year’s material for inspiration, we concluded that some of our Red Carpet Diaries videos (Adrien Brody, Ethan Hawke, Rachel McAdams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Colin Firth, the list goes on) are too much fun to keep to ourselves. To share the excitement, here are some of our favourite moments from TIFF ’08.

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THE BEST & WORST OF TIFF ’08: Our Scene & Herd reporters list their most desperate moments, most exciting celebrity encounters and most hostile starlet

Most unexpected confession from a celebrity: “I mean, I have sex…and my sex is very, very boring. Very sloppy. I mean, I’m a total bottom and don’t get up on top,” said Kevin Smith, director of Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Most frustrating “look but don’t touch” moment: The cake buffet at the Holt Renfrew bash was for your eyes only. And once, Brad Pitt was 20 feet away, giving us a raised-eyebrow stare-down, but he remained totally off limits. Many more best and worsts, after the jump.

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Swag roundup: the InStyle party at the Windsor Arms

The venue: Windsor Arms—for the ninth festival in a row.

The stars: Tim Robbins, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz and the usual suspects (Sophia Bush, Kevin Zegers).

The loot: beauty stuff from the Body Shop, Cargo, Goody and Olay—plus a copy of InStyle, natch, and merchandise from Cookie & Joe, Napoleon Perdis and Universal Music.

One of these things is not like the other: a copy of Laura Dave’s The Divorce Party. This one goes straight to the office kitchen with a “take me, I’m free” Post-It note.

Rating: 7/10. Swarovski candle holders all over the Arms, but where’s our take-home bling?—Katy P

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InStyle insanity breaks out at the Windsor Arms, where Adrien Brody, Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz went to party

The InStyle party at the Windsor Arms is the Grace Kelly of the TIFF schmooze circuit. It’s the most civilized event in town and every detail is perfect, right down to the candle holders (Swarovski; need we say more?). The velvet rope is like a Pearly Gates, but inside is democratic, full of celebrities, and buzzed about locally—mostly because invites are almost impossible to come by. Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz and Emmanuelle Chriqui collected gift bags filled with swanky goodies from Cargo, Cookie & Joe, and Napoleon Perdis before heading off to less lofty ateliers.

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Paris Hilton titillates the surging masses at Ultra Supper Club

At 11 o’clock last night, the swarm of paparazzi was thick all the way down Ultra Supper Club’s black carpet as dozens of folks waited for one Paris Hilton. The rain was falling and the swarm of media hacks was ready with giant umbrellas to scooch under to protect their cameras. We were among them. This was not a moment to be missed; we just had to deal with the man pressed up against us, the bulge in his pants locked to our behind. But not this, nor the rain, nor the choking clouds of cologne was going to keep us from leaning in to get an utterance from the world’s most famous young blonde. Prior to her arrival, we overheard every line imaginable being spat at the bouncers, as desperate Paris look-alikes clamoured to see their idol. Suddenly, we had overwhelming sympathy for every doorman in town. After the jump, the arrival of Paris and why fame is so easy for her.

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno after-party finds us dancing near Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Smith, Adrien Brody and Edward Norton

Zack and Miri Make a Porno was up against a lot of roadblocks due to, ahem, stiff MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) rating regulations. Now that it’s done, the comedy isn’t having any difficulty getting roaring laughter from TIFF audiences who relish dirty humour. Awkward as it might sound to be filmed naked bending over a coffee shop counter getting pillaged from behind with dark roast beans dropping from the sky, director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma) put together a stellar cast. Naughty quotes and juicy tidbits after the jump.

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New Photos: The Wrestler premiere

Evan Rachel Wood brought Marilyn Manson. Adrien Brody showed up, and so did Rachel Weisz. Julian Schnabel, Marisa Tomei and Micky Rourke were all there, too. Take a peek at our photo gallery of the event here.

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Sandra Oh deep in conversation with Adrienne Clarkson at Blindness party

Snuggled on the couch at eTalk’s Blindness after party were Sandra Oh, Danny Glover and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson. Clarkson and Oh chatted for quite some time, and although we couldn’t get close enough to eavesdrop, we’re pretty sure their conversation had something to do with the censorship threat of Bill C-10 amendments.

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