Lights, Camera, Action! CTV Delivers the Most Star-Studded and Comprehensive Coverage of 2008 Toronto International Film Festival



    
       - CTV's Festival Headquarters is home to unprecedented, multi-
     platform coverage - more than any other broadcaster - on CTV, eTalk,
                Star!, Bravo!, MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, MTV,
       FashionTelevisionChannel, Canada AM, CTV News, CTV Newsnet, CP24
                               and CHUM Radio -

    -- eTalk is No.1 source for exclusive TIFF coverage on-air and online
                              at tiff.ctv.ca --
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - CTV is rolling out the red carpet for the
Toronto International Film Festival, giving Canadians unprecedented coverage
of everything TIFF-related. From the must-see films and the hottest red
carpets to the hippest parties and the latest gossip, CTV is Canada's No.1
choice for extensive, exclusive TIFF coverage.

    eTalk8 Canada's most-watched entertainment brand, leads the charge every
night. Last year, eTalk delivered larger audiences on average than any other
Canadian entertainment newsmagazine during TIFF, with more viewers watching
eTalk than American series Entertainment Tonight on several occasions.(*) Now,
eTalk is back to cover TIFF unlike any other television outlet - delivering
stories not only to its weeknight series on CTV and Star!, but across the
country on CTV affiliates, on CTV Newsnet, locally on CP24, on its own
dedicated broadband channel, and online at tiff.ctv.ca. For the first time
ever, eTalk will also welcome celebrity guests to its street-front studios in
the heart of the entertainment district every single day of the festival,
allowing fans to get up close and personal with the biggest stars.

    Kicking off eTalk's coverage is the eTalk Festival Party on Friday,
September 5 as the entertainment world descends on CTV's historic Queen Street
headquarters to celebrate Canadian and international film and filmmakers with
a street party. Featuring a headline performance by hip-hop mogul Diddy, the
eTalk Festival Party airs live across Canada on Star! on Friday, Sept. 5 at
8 p.m. ET, later that night on CTV at 1 a.m. ET, and the next day on CTV
(Saturday, Sept. 6) at 7 p.m. in all markets.

    (xx) Media note: Download eTalk photos at ctvmedia.ca.

    Additional TIFF coverage can be found on Star!, Bravo!, MuchMusic,
MuchMoreMusic, MTV, Canada AM, CTV News, CTV Newsnet, CP24 and CHUM Radio
throughout the festival.

    "One of the entertainment world's premiere events is happening right on
stage in Toronto," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc. "CTV's blanket coverage ensures that viewers from across
the country are able to join in the celebration, front row and centre."

    CTV's TIFF coverage unfolds as follows:

    CTV
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    eTalk - weeknights at 7 p.m. ET
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    eTalk is TIFF central every night at 7 p.m. ET beginning Thursday,
September 4, blanketing Yorkville with multiple celebrity lounges and shooting
locations, and boasting exclusive interviews with the most sought-after stars.
eTalk also presents Live at eTalk with co-hosts Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim,
who will dish with the hottest stars attending TIFF, live from eTalk's
streetfront studios at CTV's landmark Queen and John St. headquarters, in the
heart of Toronto's entertainment district. These Live at eTalk segments will
be broadcast at a later date. eTalk has also scored exclusive access to some
of the biggest parties at TIFF, including backstage at the ONE X ONE Gala
hosted by Matt Damon and behind the scenes at Canada's Walk of Fame. Missed
the etalk Festival Party the night of the live event? Don't despair! CTV
encores all the festivities from the Party, Saturday, September 6 at 1 a.m. ET
and again at 7 p.m. ET and on the eTalk channel on the CTV Video Player at
CTV.ca.

    The eTalk coverage doesn't stop there, as Canada's most-watched
entertainment brand delivers stories online at tiff.ctv.ca. With new galleries
of eTalk's exclusive paparazzi photos of the stars out on the town each day,
the site also features extended video interviews with celebrities and stars
that drop by to chat with eTalk hosts and correspondents. CTV.ca writers
Constance Droganes and Philip Stavrou will be filing daily, with exclusive
interviews and reports from the party scene, and Star! web writer Jocelyn
Nespiak will have reports on the buzz around town.

    Canada AM - weekdays, 6 to 9 a.m. ET
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    Canada AM, the country's No.1 morning show, will have more TIFF coverage
and exclusive interviews than ever before. Big names such as Kate Hudson, Matt
Damon, Colin Firth and Mark Ruffalo will be part of Canada AM's extensive
coverage, and on September 8, the morning show will broadcast live from the
Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville, the heart of the Festival. Seamus O'Regan,
co-host of Canada AM, is also the Master of Ceremonies for the high-profile
ONE X ONE Gala, hosted by Matt Damon in support of fighting child poverty, for
the third consecutive year.

    CTV NEWS
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    CTV's national and local newscasts will broadcast ongoing TIFF news
coverage, with reports on the biggest names and breaking stories throughout
the whole Festival.

    CTV Evening News - nightly at 6 p.m. ET
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    Toronto's No.1 newscast, CTV Evening News, will explore TIFF by honouring
the life of co-founder Dusty Cohl, who passed away last winter, as well as
interviewing movie critics about the must-see films, dishing with limousine
drivers about the celebs they're shuttling around the city and reporting on
where the stars are eating. Additionally, CTV Toronto will encourage Festival
fans to send in photos and video they've shot while attending TIFF to their
website, ctvtoronto.ca. Finally, entertainment reporter Andria Case will be on
the scene every night at 6 p.m. ET, delivering live TIFF coverage and
celebrity interviews with the stars as they walk the red carpet throughout the
Festival.

    CTV Newsnet
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    CTV Newsnet will deliver ongoing extensive TIFF coverage, with reports
from the red carpet and key interviews from celebrities, TIFF organizers and
top film critics throughout the Festival.

    CP24
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    CP24, Toronto's breaking news channel, will be live on the red carpet
every evening, delivering wall-to-wall coverage of TIFF, including breaking
news reports and celebrity interviews. Kicking off with an hour-long special
broadcast on Wednesday, September 3 starting at 8 p.m. ET, Star! entertainment
specialist Husein Madhavji will go behind-the-scenes to deliver an inside
guide to the Festival, along with key interviews with all the top movers and
shakers in the film industry.

    STAR!
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    Kicking off the TIFF party circuit is the star-studded eTalk Festival
Party on Friday, September 5 at 8 p.m. ET, live on Star!. Star! is shutting
down the streets at Queen and John so thousands of fans can celebrate Canadian
and international film and filmmakers together with A-list stars, VIPs and
celebrities strutting the red carpet. Star! features encore episodes of eTalk
nightly at 8:30 p.m. ET, as well as an encore of eTalk's red carpet coverage
of the eTalk Festival Party on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. ET and Sunday,
Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. ET.

    FASHIONTELEVISIONCHANNEL
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    A highlight of the Toronto International Film Festival, CTV's
FashionTelevision welcomes internationally-acclaimed Canadian fashion
designers Dean and Dan Caten home on Sunday, September 7, as they present
their latest DSQUARED(2) collection before an audience of Hollywood's elite
and special VIP guests attending TIFF. A unique street-level catwalk allows
fans and fashion lovers to witness the affair. The show also features an
exclusive performance by Canadian R&B singer Kreesha Turner. Hosted by FT's
Jeanne Beker, FashionTelevision Presents: Dean & Dan, Born In Canada, Made In
Italy premieres Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. Encore
presentations air on FashionTelevisionChannel (Sunday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
ET) and Star! (Wednesday, September 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET).

    MUCHMUSIC
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    MuchonDemand - weekdays, 5 p.m. ET

    Fans get the ultimate Festival access at MuchMusic's acclaimed
headquarters, where they can get up close and personal with Michael Cera and
Kat Dennings, stars of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, on September 4,
along with daily highlights from TIFF.

    MuchNews Weekly - Monday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET

    All the latest news from the Toronto International Film Festival,
including highlights from the eTalk Festival Party red carpet.

    MuchNews Weekly - Monday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET

    All the latest news from the Toronto International Film Festival.

    MuchNews Minute - Sept. 8 to 12

    Interviews from the biggest stars - including Jessica Biel, Michael Cera,
Gerard Butler, Jeremy Piven, Colin Firth, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kevin Zegers,
Scott Speedman, Timothy Hutton, Emma Roberts, Ludacris, Adrien Brody and Jeff
Goldblum - attending TIFF; red carpet highlights will be broadcast every day
during MuchonDemand.

    MUCHMOREMUSIC
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    Loop Weekend - Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. ET and Sunday, Sept. 14 at
    11 p.m. ET

    All the latest from TIFF, including highlights from the eTalk Festival
Party red carpet.

    Loop: 60 - Sept. 8 to 12

    Interviews from the biggest stars - including Jessica Biel, Michael Cera,
Gerard Butler, Jeremy Piven, Colin Firth, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kevin Zegers,
Scott Speedman, Timothy Hutton, Emma Roberts, Ludacris, Adrien Brody and Jeff
Goldblum - attending TIFF; red carpet highlights will be broadcast every day
during MuchonDemand.

    MTV
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    MTV News, airing weeknights at 6:30 p.m. ET, will give daily TIFF
updates, including which stars are attending the movies and parties, as well
as an interview with Cameron Bailey, co-director of TIFF. Additionally, MTV
News will interview one of the directors of TIFF's Vanguard programme,
including the winner of the For the Reel Motorola contest. Dan Levy and Jessi
Cruikshank devote part of The After Show to TIFF coverage weeknights, with
highlights from some of the coolest TIFF parties in the city, Tuesday through
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET.

    BRAVO!
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    Film Festival Flicks
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    As a tribute to this year's Toronto International Film Festival, Bravo!
presents acclaimed flicks from past festivals, including 12 features on the
festival's opening weekend:

    
    -   Water (Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET)
    -   Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. ET & Sept. 6
        at 1 p.m. ET).
    -   Fly Away Home (Sept. 6 at 8:30 a.m. ET)
    -   Grace of My Heart (Sept. 6 at 10:30 a.m. ET)
    -   The Four Feathers (Sept. 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET)
    -   Secretary (Sept. 6 at 11 p.m. ET)
    -   Before Night Falls (Sept. 6 at 8:30 a.m. ET)
    -   Bob Roberts (Sept. 7 at 6 a.m. ET)
    -   Only You (Sept. 7 at 8:15 a.m. ET)
    -   Mighty Aphrodite (Sept. 7 at 10:45 a.m. ET)
    -   Sweet and Lowdown (Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET)
    -   Life is Beautiful (Sept. 7 at 2:30 p.m. ET)
    -   Shopgirl (Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET)
    -   Amelie (Sept. 7 at 11:15 p.m. ET)
    -   Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET).
    

    Bravo!FACT Presents
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    Bravo!FACT Presents offers cutting-edge Canadian short films produced
with Bravo!FACT grants. This series pays homage to past and present films
featured at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 14 at
7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT and Friday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
on Bravo!. Directed by Matthew Rankin, Cattle Call showcases the Manitoba
Livestock Auctioneers and is eligible for the Best Canadian Short Film Award
this year. A Parisian waif sits on a doorstep, mournfully clutching a dogless
leash in Où est Maurice, directed by Alek Rzeszowski and Matthew Rankin. In
Guy Maddin's The Saddest Shorts: Sombra Dolorosa, a widow wrestles El Muerto
for her dead husband's ghost, a race against an eclipse, and an attempted
suicide. A man and woman are forced to get married and maintain a healthy
relationship in Adam Brodie and Dave Derewlany's short, True Love.

    CHUM RADIO
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    Canada's No.1 FM radio station - 104.5 CHUM FM - delivers all of the
latest TIFF news and coverage, with special guests dropping by the station
throughout the Festival. Morning show hosts Roger and Marilyn will lead CHUM
FM's festival coverage with dozens of listener giveaways and exclusive passes
to TIFF events.

    About eTalk
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    Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, eTalk is the most-watched Canadian
entertainment newsmagazine. From the Oscars and the Emmys to the JUNO Awards
and The Giller Prize, eTalk is front-and-centre delivering up-to-the minute
news in film, television, music and more. Celebrating both homegrown talent
and international stars, eTalk became Canada's first daily Canadian
entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. eTalk airs weeknights at
7 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV and at 8:30 p.m. ET on Star!

    About CTV
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    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or
jquan@ctv.ca; Greg McIsaac, CTV News and CHUM Radio, (416) 332-5180,
gmcisaac@ctv.ca; Amber Nasrulla, Arts & Entertainment, (416) 591-7400 x 3004
or amber.nasrulla@ctv.ca; Amy Doary, Much MTV Group, (416) 591-7400 x 2593 or
amy.doary@muchmtv.ca; Eleni Tsokas, Much MTV Group, (416) 332-6893 or
eleni.tsokas@muchmtv.ca


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