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Toronto shining ‘Shoes’

Canuck film fest will offer Cash

TORONTO — “Walk the Line,” the Johnny Cash biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, is to have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, which runs Sept. 8-17.

Pic, which chronicles the early years of the man in black and wife June Carter, is directed by James Mangold (“Kate & Leopold,” “Girl, Interrupted”).

Helmer Curtis Hanson’s “In Her Shoes” and Keira Knightley starrer “Pride & Prejudice” will world preem at the Toronto Film Festival as well.

Canuck fest will also host the North American preem of helmer John Madden’s “Proof.”

Three latter pics will unspool as galas, the most prestigious slots, at the fest, which runs Sept. 8-17.

“In Her Shoes,” from Fox 2000, is based on Jennifer Weiner’s novel and stars Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette in the tale of two sisters with nothing in common but size 8½ feet.  Susannah Grant penned the screenplay, and pic is produced by Ridley Scott, Carol Fenelon, Lisa Ellzey and Hanson.

“Pride & Prejudice” is the first English-language feature adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic 18th century novel in 65 years. The film, directed by Joe Wright, tells the story of five sisters raised by a mother (Brenda Blethyn) fixated on finding them husbands. Knightley plays feisty daughter Elizabeth, Donald Sutherland the sisters’ father.

Deborah Moggach wrote the screenplay; the Working Title production is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Paul Webster. Pic will be distributed by Focus Features in the U.S. and by Universal in Canada.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn, “Proof” is the story of a young woman haunted by her father’s past and the shadow of her own future. Cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Miramax production is produced by John Hart, Robert Kessel, Alison Owen and Jeff Sharp.

(Brendan Kelly in Montreal contributed to this report.)

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