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Galas set for Toronto festival

Taymor, Allen films prepped for program

Julie Taymor’s movie musical “Across the Universe” and Woody Allen’s London-set crimer “Cassandra’s Dream” have been programmed as Galas at the 32nd annual Toronto International Film Festival.

A world preem, “Across the Universe” is a love story starring Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood set against the backdrop of the political upheaval of the 1960s and its music. Part live-action, part animation, pic also features Bono as “Dr. Robert” and Eddie Izzard as “Mr. Kite.”

“Universe” was produced by Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd and Matthew Gross, and the screenplay was penned by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (“The Commitments.”)

The Revolution Studios pic is set for a US and UK release September 28.

Fresh from its out of competition screening in Venice, the North American premiere of “Cassandra’s Dream” from Woody Allen is the tale of impecunious brothers (Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell) who venture into crime in order to better their lives.

Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Gareth Wiley. Philip Glass provides the score.

Pic is set for a November 30 release.

Fest runs September 6 to 15th.

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