Matt Hays

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Muse making Jekyll MOW

Dougray Scott cast as both sides of split personality, while a second horror, Day of the Drones, goes to camera at the Montreal production house

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Pay channels pick Branagh

The HBO-produced adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It is set to debut later this month on The Movie Network and Movie Central

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Jihad comes to Toronto

Buzz-making doc about the intersection of Islam and homosexuality among the additions to TIFF’s documentary program. Latest by Dario Argento and Takashi Miike to play Midnight Madness

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Pool put to work on Hairdresser

Rural Quebec shoot underway for coming-of-age story My Mother Is at the Hairdresser’s, with producers Lyse Lafontaine and Michael Mosca at Equinoxe

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Quebec stabilizes after temporary union truce

Montreal: The health of Quebec’s film and TV scene is getting mixed reviews, but everyone agrees it’s been improving steadily since the technicians’ unions buried the hatchet earlier this year.

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Comedy conference set for 2008

Just for Laughs has hooked up with organizers of the Banff festival to launch a two-day all-comedy conference, building on the Montreal fete’s industry appeal

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Jean wraps Last feature

French-language Last Song stars chanteuse Suzie LeBlanc as a woman stricken with post-natal depression

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Dealmakers scouting Fantasia

Sale of the controversial doc Your Mommy Kills Animals is the latest sign that the Montreal fest is a hot spot for fantasy, horror and other genre deals

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Rozema goes American

HBO Films and Picturehouse have put Patricia Rozema (I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, Mansfield Park) in the director’s chair for the first feature adaptation of an American Girl book.

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Claude Jutra (1930-1986) — Pioneer: Cineaste directed masterpiece

Director Claude Jutra is best known for Mon oncle Antoine (1971), considered by many critics as the greatest Canadian film ever made.

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Barbara Frum (1937-1992) — Pioneer: CBC host ‘worked in journalism without an agenda’

Barbara Frum’s name will forever be associated with the CBC. Indeed, the celebrated journalist and broadcaster enjoyed huge popularity, first as one of the original radio hosts of the magazine show As It Happens, and later and as one of the founding cohosts of CBC TV’s The Journal.

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Rozema goes American

HBO and Picturehouse have put the art-house director in charge of the first American Girl feature film