TORONTO — The Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant kicks off at present underneath the shadow of twin strikes by Hollywood writers and actors however pageant CEO Cameron Bailey is touting a robust lineup and ticket gross sales.
Tonight’s opening night time movie is Hayao Miyazaki’s animated characteristic “The Boy and the Heron,” which centres on a boy who loses his mom in the course of the Second World Struggle and embarks on a journey right into a magical world.
Among the many celebs anticipated this yr are Sean Penn, Willem Dafoe, Spike Lee, Lil Nas X, Nicolas Cage, Nickelback and Patricia Arquette.
Nonetheless, expectations for star-filled premieres and events stay low as members of the Display screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Tv and Radio Artists and the Writers Guild of America proceed a piece stoppage that extends to publicity occasions.
Regardless of the labour unrest, Bailey says ticket gross sales have been “as robust as ever.”
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Unions for Hollywood writers and actors are every searching for improved compensation and job protections from labour contracts with the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers.
Different buzzy titles embrace Viggo Mortensen’s western drama “The Useless Don’t Damage,” Michael Keaton’s “Knox Goes Away” and the horror drama “Dream Situation,” starring Cage.
“Simply the ticket gross sales we’ve seen thus far with curiosity within the pageant…that’s as robust as ever,” Bailey mentioned prematurely of the fest.
“We’re the centre of the movie world, and we’re pleased with that.”
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