Joshua Jackson

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In less than two weeks, the spotlight will be on all of the international A-List stars that will be gracing the streets of Toronto (ahem Brad Pitt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Alicia Keys—just to name a few). But we can’t help but focus on the host of Canadians that will be making a splash at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here are highlights of some of the buzziest Canadians at the fest:

One Week

He maybe JJ Abrams’ latest muse but Joshua Jackson is going back to his Canadian roots and is teaming up with his biggest (literally) co-star to date, CANADA. Jackson, stars in the ultimate Canadian road trip film One Week alongside Liane Balaban. Even the Tragically Hip’s front man, Gord Downie, makes an appearance in the flick. Now, how Canadian is that?

The Lucky Ones

Notebook hottie and Canada’s sweetheart Rachel McAdams will be teaming up with the wonderfully gifted (and outspoken) Tim Robbins in the post-Iraq war themed film The Lucky Ones. Although Neil Burger of The Illusionist fame takes creative control in McAdams latest project, you can’t help but wonder if this will garner the success that the other Iraq war themed films (see In The Valley of Ellah) ones did not or will fall flat? My fingers are crossed for Miss McAdams – perhaps her old and rumoured current flame Ryan Gosling will bring her some good luck.

Fifty Dead Men Walking

Fresh off the release of The Stone Angel, Kari Skogland is now back at center stage to support her latest feature Fifty Dead Men Walking. With an up and coming cast that will have your tongues wagging (um Jim Sturgess and Rose McGowan. Anyone?), Ms. Skogland’s most recent directorial feature is one of the most anticipated Canadian films at the fest.


It’s been a while since Scott Speedman was back on the silver screen but this time round he teams up with festival pro Atom Egoyan for his latest feature. Speedman joins Rachel Blanchard and up and comer Devon Bostick in this think piece. This film has Genie Awards written all over it!

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