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Friday, August 8, 1997

Fest captures 2 world premieres

By BRUCE KIRKLAND -- Toronto Sun
  The Toronto International Film Festival exercised its muscle yesterday with two of the year's most promising new films ready to make their world premieres here.
  Added to the gala lineup for the September fest are American director Frank Oz's comedic drama In & Out and English director Charles Sturridge's Fairytale: A True Story.
  The Oz film stars Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart, Tom Selleck and Debbie Reynolds, who continues her remarkable movie comeback.
  Kline plays a high school teacher `outed' as a homosexual by a former student played by Dillon, on the eve of Kline's wedding to Cusack's character. Selleck is a slick TV reporter tracking down this `scandal' while Reynolds plays Kline's mother.
  Sturridge's poetic drama, set during World War I in England, is the story of two girls who photograph magic in the making. The photos show what many claim, to this day, is real evidence of the existence of fairies and sprites.
  In the movie, Peter O'Toole plays Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who investigates the incident and believes in the magic. Doyle's pal on the mission is escape artist Harry Houdini, played by Harvey Keitel, who doubts the girls and approaches the investigation from a unique view.

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