Hollywood lowers the hype at Toronto film festival


The stars are here but the Oscar hype is on low volume at the Toronto film festival this year as major studios hold their promotional fire for movies looking to win awards until later in the year.

Brad Pitt turned out on the first weekend to launch the comedy "Burn After Reading" by the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers that opens in theaters on Friday and Grammy winner Alicia Keys walked the red carpet for the drama "The Secret Life of Bees" due out in October.

But the feeling among industry watchers at the 2008 festival, which reached its midpoint on Monday, has been that it lacks the high-profile Oscar movies of recent years.



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