Fri September 19, 2014

Three Things I Learned At The Telluride And Toronto Film Fests

A still from 'Atlantic.'

Film festivals add up to more than a list of movies. If it works right, you find yourself in a critical mass of film, conversation, and the sheer intensity of doing nothing else for a few days. Here’s some of what came through at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals.

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Fri September 12, 2014

For Film Fans, Toronto Offers Glamour, Size And Variety

Actor Mark Ruffalo attends the "Infinitely Polar Bear" premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, September 10, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.
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The Toronto Film Festival is as good as Telluride, but the two are nothing alike.

Telluride is a film lovers’ paradise; it's small, cozy and elegant; it nestles in a jewel of a mountain town that's grown chic and pricey, but still dazzles people when they get out of a movie and look around them. The Toronto festival is big and sprawling. It’s just one of hundreds of events in a great city with crowded streets, traffic, countless tiny ethnic restaurants, and the hubbub of business and commerce.

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Wed August 27, 2014

Canadians Fret Merger With Burger King Will Change Tim Hortons

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 10:59 am

What's on the menu at Tim Hortons? Coffee and doughnuts --” and also sandwiches and pastries.
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Never heard of Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain that U.S. fast-food chain Burger King recently announced it was buying? In Canada, that's like asking an American, "What's Starbucks?"

The brand affectionately called Timmy's is everywhere in Canada. Tim Hortons has more than 3,000 stores across Canada as well as about 600 in the U.S.

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Thu May 22, 2014

Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie

Canada legalized hemp in 1998 and many companies there are anxiously awaiting cultivation in the U.S. At Centennial Seeds in Colorado, growers have started planting.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain hemp is growing, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, estimated at $500 million per year, runs on foreign hemp.

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Wed January 15, 2014

Global Bumper Wheat Crop Brings Lower Prices For Colorado Farmers

Countries like Russia, Australia and Canada are producing more wheat, leading to a global overabundance of the crop and subsequent lower prices.
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