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Snoop Lion endorses Obama

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First let’s clear the air: Snoop Dogg now goes by Snoop Lion.  His self-reinvention, the result of his recent adoption of Rastafari and reggae music, is chronicled in the appropriately titled documentary Reincarnation, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.  At the press conference for that film, the reborn rapper behind “Gin and Juice” took the opportunity to voice his eloquent support for President Obama.

“Let me begin, Obama for four more years, man,” Snoop said. “Bush f—-d up for eight years, so, I mean, you gotta at least give [Obama] eight years. He cleaned half the s–t up in four years, realistically. It ain’t like y’all gave him a clean house. Y’all gave him a house where the TV didn’t work, the toilet was stuffed up – everything was wrong with the house.”

The rest of Snoop’s enlightened political commentary touched on Osama bin Laden–“He knocked down our most hated, the most wanted, the one who had our terror on orange or red or whatever color it was on – he went and found him, the one Bush couldn’t seem to find, the one who seemed to fly away in the dead of night and all that”–and Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC–“You heard what Clinton said. You loved Clinton, didn’t you?”

Snoops remarks present a stark contrast to Nicki Minaj’s momentous support for Mitt Romney.  But President Obama, for his part, doesn’t really care about Nicki’s statement, and odds are he respond to this endorsement from Snoop.

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Kristen Stewart talks Robert Pattinson: 'We're totally fine'

Don’t get too excited, Robsten devotees — Kristen Stewart hasn’t confessed that she and  Robert Pattinson are getting back together.

She did, however, tell the AP at the Toronto Film Festival that she and her co-star/ex-boyfriend are going to get through their Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 press tour without tears or hysterics: “We’re going to be fine,” the On the Road star said. “We’re totally fine.” READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Breaking Bad,' President Obama, and NFL football

President Obama and the Democrats get their chance to respond to last week’s Republican convention, as their own three-night infomercial kicks off Tuesday night in Charlotte. The Republicans had to deal with a hurricane that spared Tampa but flooded the Gulf Coast. The Democrats have their own sideshow problems: The NFL season kicks off Wednesday night.

If you’re already conventioned out, and the first blitz of football fever makes you twitch, there’s still plenty of top-notch entertainment to consume, beginning with tonight’s Breaking Bad and culminating with the premiere-packed opening weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. READ FULL STORY

Best Headline of the Day: 'Nicolas Cage awoken by naked man with Fudgesicle'

Okay. I’M SORRY Nicolas Cage was Trespass-ed against years ago and had to live through a real-life home invasion by a naked man who loved Fudgesicles. That sounds terrible and the part about the leather jacket is not helping, either. But since this Reuters story produced my favorite sentence on the Internet today…  READ FULL STORY

Ryan Gosling: Canada's pride and joy comes to Toronto with Hollywood at his feet

Despite never starring in a movie that’s grossed more than $100 million, Ryan Gosling is perhaps the hottest actor alive. His not-Photoshopped performance as a suave ladies man in this summer’s Crazy Stupid Love reminded moviegoers that the understated guy from Blue Valentine and Lars and the Real Girl is a full-fledged Movie Star. Yes, he became a heartthrob after The Notebook, but Gosling 2011 is something new. Gosling 2004 followed up the popular Nicholas Sparks romance with the little-seen Stay and the indie, Half Nelson, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Gosling 2011 seems aggressively poised to make the leap to superstardom. He fights crime now. He charms the talk-show hosts. And his every kiss is documented. Throw in his two high-profile films — The Ides of March and Drive — screening at this weekend’s Toronto Film Festival, a homecoming of sorts for the Ontario native, and it feels like a coronation. These are the types of leading-man roles that made Robert Redford or Steve McQueen who they were in their primes. READ FULL STORY

Abigail Breslin adds singing to her resume

She can act. She can sing. What’s next? A line of handbags? Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin took to the stage last week at the Toronto Film Festival to debut a song from her indie flick Janie Jones. ”Not that I think I’m a great singer or anything, but I do like to sing,” Breslin told EW earlier this month. ”I’ve never really done it before — I’ve only really sung at my church Christmas party.” (Watch video of her performance here.)

Following her musical debut, Breslin told SPIN she had no intentions of pursuing an album at this time, but might someday. Oh, and she’s quite the jokester. When asked if she had Bieber fever she responded with this quip: “No, no. I just went to the doctor and they said I was very healthy.”

What do you think of Breslin’s voice? The 14-year-old is growing up fast. Should she further explore music or just stick to acting? Sound off below.

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Abigail Breslin sings! And More Exclusive EW First Looks

Stars for sale: A-lister movies still up for grabs after the Toronto Film Festival

Will-Ferrell-TorontoImage Credit: Vito Amati/Getty ImagesDistributors have been on a shopping spree at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, snapping up titles like director Robert Redford’s The Conspirator (starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright), the Nicole Kidman drama Rabbit Hole, the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go, and the action comedy Super (featuring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page). But now that the fest is over, a few big-name projects are still on the market. Here’s a look at some of the most notable:

Passion Play (Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray, Megan Fox)
This eccentric drama follows a jazz trumpeter (Rourke) who’s in trouble with a ruthless gangster (Murray) and in love with a winged sideshow act (Fox). (UPDATE: Image Entertainment acquired distribution rights to Passion, according to Deadline.)

Beginners (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer)
An artist (McGregor) reflects on his life after his elderly father (Plummer) comes out of the closet. (UPDATE: Focus has picked up Beginners.) READ FULL STORY

Fans flock to 'Black Swan' premiere at Toronto Film Festival

natalie-portmanImage Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesDarren Aronofsky wasn’t counting on thunderous applause at the end of the North American premiere of his new film Black Swan on Monday night at the Toronto Film Festival, although that’s exactly what he got. His film’s blend of drama, horror, and humor elicited both screams and laughs from moviegoers, and when the end credits rolled, the audience cheered their approval while Aronofsky and his cast shared congratulatory hugs in their seats.

Hundreds of fans had lined for hours outside Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall to catch a glimpse of Natalie Portman, who stars as an ambitious ballerina performing in a production of Swan Lake, as well as co-stars Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, and Barbara Hershey. (Mila Kunis, who plays Portman’s rival, was unable to attend due to the shooting schedule of her upcoming rom-com Friends with Benefits.) The screening was one of the hottest tickets at this year’s festival, with movie buffs eager to see Aronofsky’s follow-up to The Wrestler, which played in Toronto back in 2008. Black Swan had already cause a sensation earlier this month after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where critics hailed it as everything from a “masterpiece” to an “instant guilty pleasure.”

More about Black Swan on EW.com:
Danny Boyle & Darren Aronofsky: Toronto Déjà Vu | EW.com
Black Swan‘ trailer: This can’t end well, can it? | EW.com
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James Franco and Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' gets gasps and a standing ovation in Toronto

james-francoImage Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesLast night, at the first public screening since its world premiere at Telluride last week, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours had an audience of eager Toronto Film Festival-goers squirming in their seats — and then jumping t0 their feet for a standing ovation. Based on the true story of outdoorsman Aron Ralston (played by James Franco), who was forced to amputate part of his own arm after it got stuck under a boulder, the film (out Nov. 5) is an intense, graphic, and (at around 90 minutes) compact experience that had plenty of viewers peeking at the screen through parted fingers. The climactic amputation scene in particular drew a a few muffled yelps from moviegoers who broke out in applause when the limb was finally severed. READ FULL STORY

IFC picks up Rainn Wilson-starring 'Super' at Toronto

Rainn-Wilson-Super_320.jpg The tights-and-fights comedy Super is itself doing pretty super at the Toronto Film Festival. Following the premiere last night, IFC Films just announced that they have picked up the film for distribution under their new IFC Midnight label.

Super was written and directed by James Gunn (Slither) and stars Rainn Wilson as a mild-mannered man who dons the superhero identity of the Crimson Bolt after his wife leaves him for someone else. Along with his sidekick, played by Ellen Page, he takes to the streets to fight crime, which I presume was always Dwight Schrute’s secret fantasy. Like that other gonzo costumed vigilante flick Kick-Ass, Super promises to be pretty crazy, especially with Gunn, formerly of the low-budget kitchen-sink crazyhouse known as Troma Entertainment, at the helm. In the press release, IFC president Jonathan Sehring called it “one of the most creative and subversive films of the year.” Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon also star.

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