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Adoration (Sony Pictures Classics, R) - Play by Play
After Sarah Polley's amazing performance in The Sweet Hereafter, Egoyan has never been able to recreate that with any of the young actors he's placed at the center of his films. Bostick is, in several scenes, quite bad, and even the director's muse...
Don't lose your head - The Statesman
Frights to look forward to include Benicio del Toro starring in The Wolf Man, a remake of the 1941 classic that is being penned by Seven and Sleepy Hollow scriptwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, Splice starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as two...
So When Does The Writers Strike Stop Ruining Movies? - io9
Vincenzo Natali's genetic manipulation film stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as researchers who mess with the human genome... and get burned. And there was a script in November 2007, when the writer's strike started. Or at least, producer Guillermo...
Rent it: Video verdict - Hub
Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, David Morse and Sarah Polley also star. » "The Hunger" - The Complete First Season: All 22 half-hour episodes from the debut season of the late-1990s horror/suspense series produced by Tony and Ridley Scott...
Mr. Nobody Trailer - /FILM
The film stars Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger and Rhys Ifans and, judging by this trailer, Daniel Mays has a pretty tasty role too. I shared the following synopsis of the film when I posted some stills from the film a few months back: Mr. Nemo...
CLYDE HIGH SCHOOL - Fremont News Messenger
... Crystal Lewis, Amanda Lineberg, Aaron Missler, Megan Moore, Sarah Mowel, Kassandra Myers, Caitlin Nearhood, Dustin Oddo, Robert Pocock, Dakota Polley, Sara Potts, Thane Powell, Kimberly Price, Justin Radloff, Desiree Ratliff, Tyson Rex, Kaley Rife,...
Who Is Xavier Dolan? - Indie Wire
He's the son of Quebec actor Manuel Tadros, and has been acting since he was 12 (this seems like a bit of a trend in Canada… think Sarah Polley and Jacob Tierney, both child actors that went on to direct acclaimed works in their 20s)....
Cannes #9: "I got in!" and other tales, and the great beauties of ... - Chicago Sun-Times
And here with Sarah Polley or Emily Watson or Tilda Swinton or Charlize Theron there's always this smile and the twinkle in their eyes, and I think it says that they really like you. And, furthermore, I think I see you in there as well....
All-State soccer teams - The Wichita Eagle
First team--Erin Widrig, Wichita Northwest; Ashlyn Castillo, Maize; Rebekah Ramstack, Wichita Heights; Leah Talley, Maize; Whitney Berry, Goddard; Tia Stovall, Maize; Cindy Benitez, Garden City; Selby Polley, Wichita Heights; Amanda Shook,...
Old folks rarely find a good home onscreen - msnbc.com
Although actress Sarah Polley was still in her mid-20s when she made her debut as a writer-director with this powerful film, it's one of the most compelling and painfully honest film portrayals of a married couple in their twilight years....

Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress, singer, Genie Award-winning film director and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter. She has starred in such films as The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, and Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

Polley, the youngest of five children, was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Diane (née MacMillan), an actress and casting director, and Michael Polley, a British-born actor and insurance agent (he attended acting classes with Albert Finney in England before moving to Canada). Polley's mother died of cancer just after Polley's 11th birthday. Polley attended Subway Academy II then Earl Haig Secondary School, but dropped out before graduating.

Her first cinematic appearance was at the age of four, as Molly in the Disney film One Magic Christmas. At age eight, she was cast in the title role in the television series Ramona, based on Beverly Cleary's books. That same year, she also played one of the lead characters in Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Polley burst into the public eye the following year as Sara Stanley on the popular CBC television series Road to Avonlea. The series made her famous and financially independent, and she was hailed as "Canada's Sweetheart" by the popular press.

The show was picked up by the Disney Channel for distribution in the United States. At the age of 12 (around 1991), Polley attended an awards ceremony while wearing a peace sign to protest the first Gulf War. Disney executives asked her to remove it, and she refused. This soured her relationship with Disney, and she left Road to Avonlea in 1994. The show itself was cancelled in 1996 (to which she publicly claimed indifference), although she did return as Sara Stanley for an episode in 1995 and for the final episode in 1996.

Polley appeared as Lily on the CBC television series, Straight Up. It ran from 1996–1998 and she won the Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for her role. Polley's subsequent role as Nicole Burnell in the 1997 film The Sweet Hereafter, brought her considerable attention in the United States; she was a fan favourite at the Sundance Film Festival. Her character in the film was an aspiring singer — on the soundtrack, she performed a cover of The Tragically Hip's "Courage" and Jane Siberry's "One More Colour", as well as the film's title track which she co-wrote with Mychael Danna. "Courage" was also played in the ending of an episode of Charmed, "Long live the Queen" (Season 4 Episode 20).

She was cast in the role of Penny Lane in the big-budget 2000 film Almost Famous, but dropped out of the project to return to Canada for the low-budget The Law of Enclosures. Her role in the 2003 film My Life Without Me, garnered the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in 2004. In the same year, she starred in a lead role in the stylish and successful remake of Dawn of the Dead, which was a departure from her other indie roles. In 2005 she starred in The Secret Life of Words, opposite Tim Robbins and Julie Christie. She was nominated as Best European Actress by the European Film Academy for her role as Hanna.

She made her feature-length film directing debut with Away From Her, based on the Alice Munro short story The Bear Came Over the Mountain. The movie, starring Julie Christie, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2006 as part of the TIFF's Gala showcase. Away From Her was acquired by Lionsgate for release in the US for the sum of $750,000. It drew rave reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and the three Toronto dailies, both for the performances of Christie and her co-star, Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent, and for Polley's direction. It also earned Polley a 2008 Academy Award nomination for her adapted screenplay and won the Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction (the first woman to do so). At the 2008 Genies, she was also awarded the Claude Jutra Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a first-time feature film director.

Following the row with Disney, Polley dedicated more of her efforts to politics, becoming a prominent member of the New Democratic Party, where Ontario legislator Peter Kormos was said to be her political mentor.

In 1995, she lost two back teeth after being struck by a riot police officer during a protest against the Provincial Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris in Queen's Park. She was subsequently involved with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. She has recently scaled back on her political activism.

In 2003, she was part of newly-elected Toronto mayor David Miller's transition advisory team.

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Splice (film)

Splice is an upcoming science fiction film directed by Vincenzo Natali and starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, who portray two young scientists who begin involving human DNA in their splicing of animal genes. Production began in November 2007 in Toronto with filming also taking place in Hamilton, Ontario and has since concluded. It is slated to release in September of 2009 in the USA.

Two young scientists (Brody and Polley) achieve fame by splicing human DNA with the DNA of different animals to create a new creature. In the process they ignore their society's ethical and legal boundaries. The scientists name their creature "Dren", which is initially a deformed female infant, however, rapidly develops into a beautiful but deadly winged human-chimera.

In October 2007, actors Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley were cast into the lead roles. Production began the following November in the city of Toronto. It was aided by Telefilm Canada's funding of US$2.5 million. Filming took place in a studio for 10 weeks and concluded in February 2008.

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Alice Munro

Alice Munro was born in the town of Wingham, Ontario into a family of fox and poultry farmers. Her father was Robert Eric Laidlaw and her mother, a school teacher, was Anne Clarke Laidlaw (née Chamney). She began writing as a teenager and published her first story, "The Dimensions of a Shadow," while a student at the University of Western Ontario in 1950. During this period she worked as a waitress, tobacco picker and library clerk. In 1951, she left the university, in which she had been majoring in English since 1949, to marry James Munro and move to Vancouver, British Columbia. Her daughters Sheila, Catherine, and Jenny were born in 1953, 1955, and 1957 respectively; Catherine died 15 hours after birth. In 1963, the Munros moved to Victoria where they opened Munro's Books. In 1966, their daughter Andrea was born.

Alice Munro's first collection of stories, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), was highly acclaimed and won that year’s Governor General's Award, Canada’s highest literary prize. This success was followed by Lives of Girls and Women (1971), a collection of interlinked stories that was published as a novel.

Alice and James Munro were divorced in 1972. She returned to Ontario to become Writer-in-Residence at the University of Western Ontario. In 1976 she married Gerald Fremlin, a geographer. The couple moved to a farm outside Clinton, Ontario. They have since moved from the farm to a house in the town of Clinton, Ontario.

In 1978, Munro's collection of interlinked stories, Who Do You Think You Are?, was published (titled The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose in the United States). This book earned Munro the Governor General’s Literary Award for a second time. From 1979 to 1982, she toured Australia, China and Scandinavia. In 1980 Munro held the position of Writer-in-Residence at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland. Through the 1980s and 1990s, Munro published a short-story collection about once every four years to increasing acclaim, winning both national and international awards.

In 2002, her daughter Sheila Munro published a childhood memoir, Lives of Mothers and Daughters: Growing Up With Alice Munro.

Alice Munro's stories frequently appear in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Grand Street, Mademoiselle, and The Paris Review.

In interviews to promote her 2006 collection The View from Castle Rock, Munro has suggested that she may not publish any further collections. She has since recanted.

Her story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" has been adapted for the screen and directed by Sarah Polley as the film Away From Her, starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent. It successfully debuted at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Polley's adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, but lost to No Country for Old Men.

Many of Munro's stories are set in Huron County, Ontario. Her strong regional focus is one of the features of her fiction. Another is the all-knowing narrator who serves to make sense of the world. Many compare Munro's small-town settings to writers of the U.S. rural South. As in the works of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, her characters often confront deep-rooted customs and traditions. However, the reaction of Munro's characters is less intense than their Southern counterparts'. Thus, particularly with respect to her male characters, she may be said to capture the essence of everyman. Her female characters, though, are more complex. Much of Munro's work exemplifies the literary genre known as Southern Ontario Gothic.

A frequent theme of her work—particularly evident in her early stories—has been the dilemmas of a girl coming of age and coming to terms with her family and the small town she grew up in. In recent work such as Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (2001) and Runaway (2004) she has shifted her focus to the travails of middle age, of women alone and of the elderly. It is a mark of her style for characters to experience a revelation that sheds light on, and gives meaning to, an event.

Munro's writing creates what amounts almost to an empathetic union among readers, critics most apparent among them. We are drawn to her writing by its verisimilitude—not of mimesis, so-called and... 'realism'—but rather the feeling of being itself... of just being a human being.

In Canada, Munro has received three Governor General's Awards for English-language Fiction (the most for any author), two Giller Prizes, the Trillium Book Award and the Canadian Booksellers Award. Internationally, she has won the WH Smith Literary Award in the UK; the National Book Critics Circle Award and the O. Henry Award for Continuing Achievement in Short Fiction in the U.S.; the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction; the Rea Award for the Short Story; and the Libris Award. She has also won the Canada-Australia Literary Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize Regional Award for Canada and the Caribbean.

In 1986, Alice Munro was awarded the Marian Engel Award for her body of work. In 1993, she was awarded the Royal Society of Canada's Lorne Pierce Medal. In 1992, she was made a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Munro won the Giller Prize in 2004 for her short story collection Runaway. It was her second Giller; her first was in 1998 for The Love of a Good Woman. She is one of only two writers — the other is M. G. Vassanji — to have won the Giller Prize twice.

The Love of a Good Woman was also selected as a candidate in the CBC's 2004 edition of Canada Reads, in which it was advocated by opera singer Measha Brueggergosman.

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No Such Thing (film)

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No Such Thing is a film that was released in 2001 and was directed by Hal Hartley. It tells the story of Beatrice (Sarah Polley), a tabloid journalist whose fiancé is killed by a monster in Iceland. She ends up falling in love with the monster in the end. The monster is immortal, but longs to die. Beatrice helps him achieve this by contacting a scientist who can destroy matter painlessly.

Robert Burke told Fangoria Magazine that he decided to take a day and walk around downtown NYC- in his monster make-up. He said that no one really gave him a second glance.

A speech by the Scientist before killing the monster.

But what will the world be like without monsters? These monsters are ourselves, our hope and fear. We created it and it killed us in our sleep. We saw that we were human. It does not remember its beginning because it began with us, to be formed with our history. We are so cruel I think, not that we killed him but that we put this responsibility on his ugly shoulders in the first place. He did not ask for it. We are so good at this. We talk things into reality to convince ourselves that we exist and now the most vicious blow of all to kill a creature by proving to him he is a figment of our own imagination.

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Ramona (1988 TV series)

Ramona is a popular Canadian 1980s children's television series which followed the life of eight-year-old title character Ramona Quimby (Sarah Polley). It was based on the popular and long-running Ramona book series by Beverly Cleary.

The television series debuted on September 10, 1988, and its ten episodes spanned four months.

8-year-old Ramona Quimby (Sarah Polley) feels that no one really understands her. She's bright, imaginative, and according to her older sister, Beezus, a "pest". Every day she tries to find out more about herself and her world, with an optimism that only children possess. The series follows Ramona's adventures in school and at home as her family struggles with financial woes and the coming of a new baby.

For further details on the episodes, see here.

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Mr. Nobody (film)

Mr. Nobody is an upcoming Belgian science fiction film directed by Jaco Van Dormael and starring Jared Leto and Sarah Polley. It began filming in June 2007. Mr. Nobody is slated for a release in 2009.

In the year 2092, a time when Mars is a vacation spot, Nemo Nobody is a 120-year-old man who is the last mortal among humans who have become immortal due to scientific advances. When Nemo is on his deathbed, he reviews the three possible existences and marriages he might have experienced.

Jared Leto plays Nemo Nobody, a 120-year-old mortal. Leto described his character, "It's an internal journey. I play actually 12 different versions of one life. There are 12 different characters. Some you only see for one scene. One of the characters, you just see in the background." Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, and Linh Dan Pham play Nemo's wife in different alternative lives. Rhys Ifans and Natasha Little play Nemo's parents. Clare Stone, Michael Riley, and Emily Tilson are also cast in the film.

Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael began seeking to film Mr. Nobody in 2001, an attempt that lasted six years before the director was able to make his English-language feature debut in 2007. Van Dormael's project differed from other Belgian productions in being filmed in English instead of in one of Belgium's main languages. The director explained, "The story came to me in English. It's a story set over very long distances and time frames. One of the strands of the plot is about a kid who must choose between living with his mother in Canada or his father in England. There are also some incredible English-speaking actors I wanted to work with." Mr. Nobody is Dormael's first feature film since the Belgian film Le huitième jour (The Eighth Day) in 1996. Dormael began preparing production of Mr. Nobody in February 2007 with actor Sarah Polley the first to be cast in the film. Actor Jared Leto was later cast into the primary role of Nemo Nobody. Actress Eva Green was originally reported to be cast into the film, but the casting was not confirmed.

The production budget for Mr. Nobody was €37 million (US$58 million), ranking it the most expensive Belgian film to date. The budget was approved before casting was done, based on the prominence of director's name and the strength of his script. Half of the budget was provided by the film's French producer Philippe Godeau through his production company Pan Europeene, and the other half was financed by distributors Wild Bunch and Pathé. Production took place throughout 2007, lasting 120 days and filming in Belgium, Germany, and Canada. Scenes were filmed on location in Montreal, Canada and at Babelsberg Studios in Berlin, Germany. The three lives that Nemo Nobody experiences were separated by color coding and musical cues. Each life's design was also based on the work of British photographer Martin Parr.

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Last Night (film)

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Last Night is a 1998 Canadian film by Don McKellar. It was filmed in Toronto.

Set in Toronto at an unknown date, Last Night tells the story of how a variety of intersecting characters spend their final evening on Earth. It seems the world is to end at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) as the result of a calamity that is not explained, but which has been expected for several months. Several scenes of an ominously glowing sun, which gets progressively larger and brighter even into the night, imply that the end of the world is possibly the result of a supernova.

Some people in the film choose to spend their last evening alone, others with loved ones, others in prayer, others in public mayhem, and still others at raucous festivities. The owner of a power company Duncan (David Cronenberg) spends the majority of his final day calling up every single one of his customers to reassure them that their heating gas will be kept on until the very end. Meanwhile, his wife Sandra (Sandra Oh) prepares to fulfill their suicide pact when she becomes stranded with a depressed widower Patrick (Don McKellar) preparing to die while listening to music and drinking wine on his roof, surrounded by mementoes of his recently deceased wife. The widower's best friend Craig (Callum Keith Rennie) participates in a nearly non-stop sex marathon as he attempts to fulfill every fantasy he has ever had, at one point awkwardly asking Patrick to join him. Sarah Polley appears as Patrick's sister Jennifer; their family chooses to have a final meal together although he leaves prematurely to seek his own finale. Jackie Burroughs makes an appearance as an apparently mentally disturbed woman who jogs around announcing how much time is left before the end. Arsinée Khanjian also appears as a mother on an abandoned streetcar (tram) who is paralyzed by despair.

In the climax of the film, Patrick and Sandra decide to fulfill the suicide pact that her husband was unable to complete. As midnight approaches, they both sit on the roof facing each other, listening to the song "Guantanamera", each holding a loaded pistol to the other's temple. As the final minutes approach, Sandra implores Patrick to resolutely carry out the pact. But as the final seconds approach, both characters are overcome with emotion and simultaneously let their pistols slip away as they slowly embrace in a kiss and the last moments of all the major characters are seen. It is at this moment that the world finally comes to a conclusion.

Among its 12 awards, it won the "Award of the Youth" at the Cannes Film Festival, "Best Canadian First Feature Film" at the Toronto International Film Festival, and three Genie Awards: the Claude Jutra Award for best feature film by a first-time director (Don McKellar), and the Genies for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role" (Sandra Oh) and "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role" (Callum Keith Rennie). In 2002, readers of Playback (magazine) voted "Last Night" the 9th greatest Canadian film of all-time.

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