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tiff 2011

It's going to be an interesting film festival for former screen-'n'-stage mogul Garth Drabinsky. Ontario's Court of Appeal announced Thursday that on Sept. 13 it will release its long-awaited ruling on the appeal it heard in May contesting the 2009 decision convicting Drabinsky and long-time associate Myron Gottlieb of two counts of fraud. If the appeal is denied, Drabinsky, 62 next month, could face seven years in prison. This all relates to the multimillion-dollar Livent mess of the 1990s. Out on bail (and very busy) for the last two years, Drabinsky was expected to have a robust TIFF this year, not least because he's the producer of Barrymore, the 83-minute film version of the hit stage play starring Christopher Plummer that's having its world premiere at TIFF Saturday. Also that day: an onstage conversation in the Bell Lightbox between Plummer and Atom Egoyan who directed the actor in the 2002 film Ararat.