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#Movie Social Scene: Jay Baruchel strikes twice in TIFF Top Ten, Jason Reitman’s social casting on Twitter and more!

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The Toronto International Film Festival gave Jay Baruchel two reasons to celebrate this past week. The film festival organization announced their annual Top Ten list, featuring the ten best Canadian feature films of the year. And not only did the actor win for his co-scriptwriting role in Michael Dowse’s Goon, but also for his small performance in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. Baruchel shared a few kind words on Twitter for both films, but made sure to emphasize his appreciation for the support behind the low-budget Goon, which was his passion project.

"Thank you guys for all the love you've shown me and our little hockey flick," he tweeted.

The TIFF Top Ten are chosen by industry personnel, filmmakers and journalists, and this year’s list will screen at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox in January.

After announcing last week that he'd be directing a live script read of Ghostbusters, director Jason Reitman is stirring the social world again by actually using Twitter to publicly reach out to potential performers for the roles. Reitman casually reached out to Mae Whitman, asking her if she wanted to play "Annie Potts" in the live read, to which the actress ecstatically obliged. "Only more than anything!" the Parenthood star tweeted.

Reitman also sent the same messages to Paul Rust (I Love You Beth Cooper) and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects), but hasn't received responses just yet. This new method of nonchalantly tweeting to cast fellow actors and actresses on Twitter, could be taking the "casting director" role to a whole new engaging digital level. Above anything, it's freaking cool. Expect the acting roster to be filled in the next few days, with the show running next Thursday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“Jason Reitman, social casting director.” It has a nice ring to it, no?

In a rare move in the film industry, director Bryan Singer has decided to tease fans with a picture of his film script for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Singer tweeted it while on his flight back home from New Zealand, after staying for the world premiere of The Hobbit. “Let’s hope I don’t leave it on the plane,” he joked on Twitter.

The script’s written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn, and all we can really see is that the cover begins with a quote from Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species.

“As new species are formed through natural evolution, others will become rarer and rarer, and finally extinct. The forms which stand in closest competition with those undergoing modification and improvement will naturally suffer most.” Singer’s been frequently posting behind-the-scenes updates for the film on his Twitter account, including last week, when he revealed the casting of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen from X-Men’s original film trilogy.


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