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TIFF Today: September 7, 2008

Darren Aranofsky's The Wrestler may have picked up the Golden Lion at Venice, but it was LeBron James that was on the minds of Toronto cinephiles yesterday.

In town to promote the More Than A Game — a film that tracks the trials, challenges, and successes of a high school basketball team from Akron, Ohio, and which also happens to be the team where LeBron James first received national attention before his NBA stint — James took some time out to host a slam dunk exhibition in Dundas Square before Youssou Ndour's performance.

While everyone loves a slam dunk expo, the movie itself was actually pretty good, garnering a standing ovation from the crowd and causing LeBron James himself to greet the audience in tears.

Looking for some more information about the festival today? Here are a few other TIFF headlines from around the web:

The stars are out in full force in Toronto. If you're deciding to skip the films and check out the celebs, here's a list of who's expecting to be arriving in town today:

  • Emma Roberts
  • Jill Hennessy
  • Alan Alda
  • Kate Beckinsale
  • Joshua Jackson
  • Liam Neeson
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Akshay Kumar
  • Jessica Biel
  • Charlie Kaufman
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman
  • Catherine Keener
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Finally, if you're looking to catch a screening some time today, here are three films that have been getting some good buzz but might have slipped under your radar. If you do decide to check any of them out, let us know what you think of them!

  • The Real Shaolin: Learning to be a kung fu master, one step at a time.
  • Domovoy: Writers and assassins work together sometimes, sometimes not.
  • Gomorra: Probing the depths of an Italian mafia organization.

Happy festivaling! Keep checking blogTO over the next few days for continuous coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival.

(Photo: Still from Domovoy.)


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