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Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2011 kicks off eight nights of horror

Tonight marks the start of the 6th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, which runs for 8 nights at the Toronto Underground Cinema, with the Canadian horror comedy “Monster Brawl”. Over the years TADFF has grown to become a breakout festival, featuring horror and science fiction films that one may normally not get a chance to see on the big screen.

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Reddit flash fiction Rome Sweet Rome snapped up by Warner Bros.

Rome Sweet Rome, a sci-fi adventure story that first found life online, has been bought up by Warner Brothers, and destined for the big screen.  The story itself was penned by James Erwin, who besides writing flash fiction in response to random questions, is a two time Jeopardy champion.  The inspiration? So I’ve been watching HBO’s Rome and Generation Kill simultaneously and it’s lead me to fantasize about traveling back in time with modern troops and equipment to remove that self-righteous little twat Octavian (Augustus) from power. Let’s say we…

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Zune Music coming to Canada

Microsoft’s Zune Music services have always been a very US centric brand, with rumours that it would come to Canada swirling for a couple of years. The last we heard, it was originally going to show up here back in the spring of this year. While the Zune video marketplace has been available in Canada for some time, allowing users to rent and buy TV and film content via their PCs or Xbox 360s, the iTunes competitor has been bereft of, well… tunes, until now.

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Smoke break with Lance Henriksen

Sometimes the best things at a convention are the most random. One of those moments was while Ryan and John were getting ready to go in after picking up their passes. It just so happened that it was the same time Lance Henriksen was out front taking a break from signing copies of his book and doing the convention guest thing.

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Tractor Canada in Toronto

Although originally snapped a couple of weeks ago, I had to share these pictures of the tractor (and cabin) from Tractor Canada, as it was parked at King and John in downtown Toronto. The tractor is making a sojourn across Canada, from Charolette PEI to Vancouver BC. On the way, they’re shooting a documentary of their journey, in an effort to raise awareness for family farms in Canada, with a cozy cabin that would look right at home on the shores of Georgian Bay.

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Elias Toufexis Interview – Fan Expo 2011

While he hasn’t had time to finish it (yet), Peter has nothing but praise for Deus Ex: Human Revolution.  That’s why we decided he would probably be the best person to talk to Elias Toufexis, who plays the lead role of Adam Jensen in the game. With a lead time of about four years, it’s not surprising that Elias didn’t recognize some of his own bits of dialogue when he himself was playing the game. As a side note, now that I’ve put a few hours into Deus Ex, I have to say…

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Fan Expo 2011 details

It’s that time of year again, when nerds and geeks of all stripes descend on Toronto and congregate at the shrine of pop culture known as Fan Expo. To alleviate the major congestion problems of last year, the expo is returning to the larger South Building of the Metro Convention Centre, and has added a fourth day to the event.

Fan Expo 2011 runs from August 25th to 28th, and you can catch all the details in the press release below…

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Attack the Block: The Street Finds Its Own…

William Gibson said  that when he reads a science fiction story by Alfred Bester he doesn’t get any ideas about the future but he does get a feeling for what it was like to be an adult living in New York in the Fifties. Science fiction stories are always set in the present. Science fiction movies are lucky if they even come close to the present. By the time a movie gets made it’s often referring to something that’s had it’s day. Film is at best a souvenir. Viewing Attack…

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Docs and Taxes

To the filmmakers in our readership- this might be of some interest to you come next year at “income tax time”. Yes, it is from an American perspective but  a) some of our readers are U.S. citizens and b) Canadians shouldn’t feel too smug: our current government is unlikely to go after large corporations and it is very ambivalent about the arts and non-mainstream journalism. If Revenue Canada is trying to make itself look busy they might just decide to try some of the tactics that the IRS is presently…

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Filmmaking on a Lo-Fi Budget: The $4 Focus Lever

I first saw this while looking for some kitchen utensils at a home/kitchen store. It is a silicon jar opener. Composed of a rubbery silicon material with a hard plastic tightening collar, it is made to open the toughest of jars.

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