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Lévesque lives again

The turbulent times of one of Quebec’s most popular politicians will be brought to life, again, in René Lévesque II, a miniseries now shooting in Montreal and Quebec City for CBC/Radio-Canada.

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Devil comes to Montreal

Bruce Dern pitted against killer tree in MOW for Muse and Superchannel

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Weinsteins take a Walk

U.S. distributor picks up rights to the dominatrix-next-door thriller Walk All Over Me in post-TIFF deal

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Lévesque lives again

Second miniseries about legendary politician in production for CBC and SRC, revisiting the 1980 referendum. ‘This man had a huge impression on everyone in Quebec,’ says producer. ‘We knew there was going to be another’

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Arcand follows up on Oscar success

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Cauchard stands by Clarkson slag

Talks with Telefilm Canada over renewed funding dragged on for too long, says World Film Festival VP, following her opening-night call to ‘kick the behind’ of Wayne Clarkson

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2007 Montreal World Film Festival: Reversal of fortune

MONTREAL: Serge Losique isn’t so sure he likes the word ‘comeback.’

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WFF ’07: Canadian and foreign highlights

The 31st annual World Film Festival will open Aug. 23 with a screening of the local comedy Bluff by first-time feature filmmakers Simon-Olivier Fecteau and Marc-André Lavoie, and starring Rémy Girard and Marc Messier.

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Muse brings Jekyll to Montreal

Muse Productions has got horror on the mind this summer, with two made-for-TV movies. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, based on the classic by Robert Louis Stevenson, wrapped on Aug. 15. Directed by Paolo Barzman (Emotional Arithmetic), the $5-million project stars Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives), as both Hyde and Jekyll, and Tom Skerritt (Picket Fences). The script was written by Paul Margolis (Sirens). It will air in the U.S. on ION Networks.

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Discovery, Galafilm have liftoff with $20M multimedia Mars project

With a $20-million price tag on its mega-Mars project, Discovery Channel and Galafilm Productions know the stakes are out of this world.

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Race to Mars as ‘real’ as possible, says director Mihalka

Trekking to Mars and back had its challenges, says George Mihalka, the seasoned Montreal-based director who helmed the four-part miniseries Race to Mars.

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Pool put to work on Hairdresser

Filmmaker Léa Pool (Lost and Delirious) is making the coming-of-age movie Ma mère est chez le coiffeur (My Mother Is at the Hairdresser’s). The $4.3-million feature, which began shooting in Montreal July 16 and wraps Aug. 31, involves an adolescent girl who experiences a bittersweet summer when her mother goes away to work.