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  • The London premiere of "Goldfinger," James Bond's third big-screen adventure, occurred exactly 50 years ago on Sept. 17, 1964. To celebrate this auspicious anniversary for everyone's favourite super spy, here are (00)7 things you probably didn't know about "Goldfinger."

    Charles Foster Goldfinger

    Orson Welles in 1967's Casino Royale (Columbia Pictures)Orson Welles in 1967's Casino Royale (Columbia Pictures)

    German actor Gert Fröbe wasn’t the first choice to play “Goldfinger's” titular villain, as Bond producers originally wanted legendary actor/director Orson Welles to play the role of Auric Goldfinger. Unfortunately, Welles turned out to be too expensive for the production, so they went with Fröbe instead.

    Welles would eventually play a Bond villain -- sort of. The actor later portrayed Le Chiffre in the unofficial 1967 version of “Casino Royale” starring David Niven.

    Nein, Herr Bond...

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    “Goldfinger” was one of actor Gert Fröbe first major English language roles. The German actor had previously worked primarily in German, French, and Italian movies, and as a result spoke very little English.

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  • TIFF 2014 By The Numbers

     (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images) (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

    It’s all over! The awards have been handed out and the red carpets have been rolled up. After ten days of star-studded movie premieres, seemingly endless line-ups, and plenty of raucous late-night parties, the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is officially a wrap.

    With the dust still settling on fest, we thought now would be a good time to take a look back at the event. This is TIFF 2014 by the numbers.

    Number of movies screened at the 2014 festival: 392

    There were nearly 400 films from 79 countries at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (284 features and 108 shorts). That’s up from the 366 films that played at the TIFF 2013, and close to an all-time record for the fest (an astounding 460 movies played in 1984).

    Hollywood was out in full force at TIFF 2014. Family dramas like “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and “This is Where I Leave You” starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey took top spots in the festival’s Gala Presentations programme. Future Oscar contenders

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley promote their Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game at TIFF 2014. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley promote their Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game at TIFF 2014. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    As the Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close every year, it usually becomes pretty clear which fest films are bound for glory come awards season. In 2013, it was TIFF People’s Choice Award winner “12 Years a Slave” that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the year before that it was Toronto hits like “Argo” and “Silver Linings Playbook” that made the most noise come Oscar time, and so on, going back to 1997’s “American Beauty.”

    TIFF 2014 is a little different, though. While there have been plenty of well-reviewed movies premiering at the festival, no clear Best Picture favourite has emerged out of Toronto. Films like Jean-Marc Vallee’s drama “Wild,” Bennett Miller’s sports thriller “Foxcatcher,” and Morten Tyldum’s Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game” might be candidates for the Best Picture nominations, but there’s been no one film at TIFF that has stood out as an Oscar slamdunk. Why is that?

    It’s all about the acting
    If TIFF 2014 has been one

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  • As the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival starts to wind down, the trends of this year's movie lineup begin to emerge. From brilliant people to homecomings to scary settings, here are a few of the major themes to come out of TIFF this year.

    Misunderstood genius

    Biopics involving great geniuses in various fields have been a big theme this year. "The Imitation Game" stars Benedict Cumberbatch as persecuted WWII codebreaker and father of the computer Alan Turing; "The Theory of Everything" features Eddie Redmayne as disabled astrophysicist Stephen Hawking; "Pawn Sacrifice" stars Tobey Maguire as elusive U.S. chess master Bobby Fischer; and "Mr. Turner" centers on the life of famed British painter JMW Turner (Timothy Spall). Unsurprisingly, these misanthropic performances have all earned their respective portrayers critical raves and serious awards season talk. If there’s one thing Hollywood understands, it’s good acting.

    Tumultuous times

    War and civil strife have always been

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  • Though the films and red carpet appearances get most of the attention at the Toronto International Film Festival, the press conferences that take place every day are always good for a laugh -- and, sometimes, even a cringe or two. Here are the best moments from this year's press TIFF conferences:

    Al Pacino Spills

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    "Hello! I'm out of here!" Al Pacino's famously booming voice split the air at the "Manglehorn" press conference when he accidentally spilled co-star Holly Hunter's water. He then proceeded to clean it up, before co-star Harmony Korine knocked over another glass, sending Pacino off on a little jig. "They're destroying the press conference!" he yelled. "They just threw stuff all over the place!"

    Benedict Cumberbatch Complains

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    He is one of the most beloved stars in Hollywood right now, but even Benedict Cumberbatch has a breaking point. When asked at the press conference for "The Imitation Game," in which he plays logician Alan Turing, why he is so often cast as a genius (he has

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  • Hollywood's stars have been coming in and out Toronto in droves for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. And even though they have spent time at fests in Cannes, Venice and Sundance, many celebrities can't wait to hit Toronto each September. Here's a rundown of what Tinseltown's celebs have said about the T Dot during this year's festival:

    Jake Gyllenhaal

    In town to promote "Nightcrawler," Jake Gyllenhaal (who recently filmed "Enemy" in Toronto) admitted he prefers to stay in his bed when he's in the city. “I really love sleeping here,” he said. “There’s a really warm nature to the people here, and to the city. Whenever I’ve worked here, whenever I’ve stayed here, it just feels kind of warm, you know?”

    Robert Pattinson

    Robert Pattinson's rescue dog, Bear, has clearly seen a lot of Toronto -- he is the reason RPattz loves the city so much. "I love walking my dog here," he said on the "Maps to the Stars" red carpet. "There's so many great places, it's such a dog-friendly city.

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  • Jack O'Connell stars in '71. (Getty Images)Jack O'Connell stars in '71. (Getty Images)

    A lot of great movies have passed through the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival so far, and one of the most-buzzed-about films is “‘71,” an intense military thriller featuring rising star Jack O’Connell. The film is set for its Canadian premiere on Sept. 10.

    Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Yann Demange, “‘71” is set against the backdrop of “The Troubles” in early 1970s Belfast. Demange’s directorial style has been favourably compared to the work of “Bourne” series director Paul Greengrass, so unsurprisingly, the film is an intense and violent story that required a lot from O'Connell.

    “There’s nobody else that could have played this part,” Demange told Yahoo Movies Canada about the actor. “I met a lot of boys, but when I met Jack -- we went to a pub and had a couple of pints-- straight away I was like this guy has an old school masculinity that you just don’t see nowadays in boys of his generation. They all grow up waxing and doing bikram now, even the working class

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  • The Toronto International Film Festival attracts plenty of famous stars, but quite a few celebrities were practically incognito this year due to their new and drastically different looks. A number of other actors have changed their appearance in a number of weird and wonderful ways -- from merely growing up to growing a beard -- to the point that we can hardly tell who they are anymore.

    Here's a look at some of the unrecognizable stars in Toronto:

    Noomi Rapace

    (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    The girl with the dragon tattoo looked like her polar opposite at the premiere of "The Drop." Swedish actress Noomi Rapace had dropped her short black hair for long blond locks and bleached eyebrows. According to The Toronto Star, the new look is for two other films she's currently working on.

    Kevin Costner

    (Photo by REUTERS/Mark Blinch)(Photo by REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

    In his TIFF film "Black and White," he looks like the Kevin Costner we know and love. But at the TIFF premiere on Sept. 7, the 59-year-old actor had virtually dissapeared beneath a full salt and pepper beard. Photos from the

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch poses with fans at The Imitation Game TIFF premiere on Sept 9. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)Benedict Cumberbatch poses with fans at The Imitation Game TIFF premiere on Sept 9. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

    The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival isn't over until Sept. 14, but the fest has already been won by Benedict Cumberbatch. The 38-year-old "Sherlock" star, who was in Toronto from Saturday to Tuesday promoting his Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game," has charmed pretty much everyone he has met in the city.

    On Tuesday, Cumberbatch arrived to the premiere of his film at the Princess of Wales Theatre, braving screams from the crowd and joining his fans in goofily posing and waving for the paparazzi. He then grabbed his fans' cameras to take selfies with them.

    (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)(Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

    During the Q&A following the premiere, Cumberbatch further proved he was only human when he turned "beet red" after being asked a saucy question by a fan. According to Vulture, a woman in the audience pronounced him, "quite yummy" before asking, "Would I be able to feast on your yumminess?"

    Amidst the laughter erupting from his co-star Keira Knightley, Cumberbatch composed himself long enough to answer. "Christ. Sorry,

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  • Michael Moore has made no secret about his affection for Canada through the years. From Oscar winner for "Bowling for Columbine" in 2002 to 2007's "Sicko," his documentaries have held up the Great White North as an antidote to the U.S.

    But is the 60-year-old filmmaker -- who directed a movie called "Canadian Bacon" back in 1995 -- suddenly changing his mind?

    Celebrating the 25th anniversary of "Roger & Me" at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Moore revealed that his respect for Canada may be waning a little, considering the country's politics have started to lean more towards the right.

    "I’m disappointed," Moore told The Globe and Mail. "It is sad to see Canadians adopting the worst parts of us."

    To clarify Moore's stance, we break down what he thinks are the good and bad parts of Canada:

    THE GOOD:

    • As he noted in "Sicko," Moore continues to be impressed that Canadians voted to name Tommy Douglas (the Saskatchewan premier who introduced universal health care) as the Greatest
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