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There are only 56 days until the Toronto International Film Festival, arguably the biggest showcase for potential Oscar nominees in the world.  Earlier this week, TIFF released more films that will on the bill during the festival. 


The new Gala Presentations are "Michael Clayton" starring George Clooney and Tom Wilkinson (dir. Tony Gilroy) and "Rendention" starring Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard and Jake Gyllenhaal (dir. Gavin Hood).  In the Special Presentations category, the festival added "The Brave One" (above) starring Jodie Foster (dir. Neil Jordan), "Reservation Road" starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly and Mark Ruffalo (dir. Terry George), "Nothing is Private" starring Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello and Toni Collette (dir. Alana Ball), "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (dir. Julian Schnabel) which was a huge hit at Cannes, "Before the Rains," and "Nightwatching" both of which are smaller films.

The complete TIFF schedule will be announced on July 23rd.

Lou Lumenick at his NY Post blog reports that James Mangold's "3:10 to Yuma" starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale is skipping TIFF to go straight to nationwide release on September 7th in order to beat "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" starring Brad Pitt.   This means that "3:10 to Yuma" will go head-to-head with "The Nanny Diaries" starring Scarlett Johansson .  I know which one I'm going to see.

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