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Freida Pinto's Tall Dark Stranger

Last updated on: September 13, 2010 12:16 IST

Freida Pinto's Tall Dark Stranger in Toronto

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Here's what your favourite celebrities have been up to.

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel arrive at the gala presentation for the film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Julian Schnabel's Miral, starring Freida Pinto in the title role, is becoming a marketing nightmare for Harvey Weinstein.

Pinto's character in the film is based on Schnabel's real-life Palestinian girlfriend, Rula Jebreal.

The message movie will be released by the Weinstein Co. on December 3.

It was screened this week at the Venice Film Festival but failed to impress critics.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globes, gave Harvey a hard time during a long interview because he's historically been very supportive of Israel.

But 'the real problem is the movie is pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel and it is going to be very difficult to get American audiences excited to see it,' the New York Post quoted one source as saying.

Schnabel left his gorgeous Spanish wife, Olatz, mother of their twin 17-year-old boys, two years ago after meeting Jebreal and deciding to adapt her 2004 novel about a beautiful Palestinian orphan growing up amid ethnic hatred and violence -- much of which is perpetrated by Israeli authorities.

'I felt it was my responsibility to [turn] Rula's book into a film,' Schnabel told reporters in Venice this week.

'And I thought that I would have something -- coming from my background as an American Jewish person whose mother was the president of Hadassah in 1948 -- I figured I was a pretty good person to tell the other side,' she added.

Schnabel's daughter, Stella, 27, plays a Jewish girl in Miral who falls in love with a Palestinian man.


Image: Freida Pinto and Dev Patel at the gala presentation for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival
Photographs: Mike Cassese/ Reuters
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Venice attraction

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Elsewhere in Venice, director Anurag Kashyap poses with actresses Kalki Koechlin and Puja Sarup (left) during a photocall for the movie That girl in yellow boots at the recently concluded 67th Venice Film Festival.


Image: Puja Sarup, Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin
Photographs: Tony Gentile/ Reuters
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The face of glitter

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Meanwhile in Mumbai, Geetanjali jewellery's new brand ambassador, Celina Jaitely poses for shutterbugs.


Image: Celina Jaitely
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
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It's a family affair!

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Also in Mumbai, Rishi Kapoor and wife Neetu Singh arrive for the launch of their new film, Disney's Do Dooni Chaar.

The couple will be seen together after 30 years in Habib Faisal's film about a couple called the Duggals who try to get rich the honest way.

The film also stars Archit Krishna and Aditi Vasudev as the couple's children.


Image: Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
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