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A new film by Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee, "Demolition," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will open the Toronto International Film Festival this year, organizers said Tuesday. "Vallee has a tradition of presenting strong characters who are on journeys to self-discovery and redemption," the festival's artistic director Cameron Bailey said. "Demolition" tells the story of Davis, a brilliant investment banker played by Gyllenhaal, who must come to terms with the death of his wife in a terrible automobile accident.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia helped Angelina Jolie become a film superstar and start a family. To tell the stories of people in the country that touched her, she is directing a Netflix film on location based on a memoir of the country's 1970s holocaust under the communist Khmer Rouge, blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people.
Australian public broadcaster SBS Tuesday defended a reality show where participants were shot at by Islamic State militants in Syria as part of a trip retracing refugees' journeys, saying they had extensive security preparations. SBS is to air the first episode of the three-part series "Go Back to Where You Came From" on Tuesday evening, with the programme taking "ordinary Australians" to Syria, Baghdad and Myanmar to expose them to asylum-seekers and refugees' experiences. In footage released by the broadcaster, three of the six participants are seen running and sheltering behind buildings amid the sound of mortar rounds in Syria.
Vic Firth, who revolutionized drumsticks and became a household name for generations of percussionists after growing fed up with lackluster quality, has died, his company announced Monday. News of his death set off an avalanche of mourning messages on social media, with Vic Firth becoming a top trending item on Twitter, as percussionists recalled the sticks of the company he founded in 1963. Thank you, Vic, for all you have contributed to the world of drumming," tweeted Chris Fryar of country stars the Zac Brown Band.