If you pick up this week’s issue of NOW, you can be forgiven for thinking TIFF is still somehow happening; we lead off with my interviews with Rian Johnson and Stephen Chbosky, directors of “Looper” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, respectively. Both good guys — and, far more importantly, both good films.

Oh, and I wrote a thing on the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival, which gets rolling Saturday night.

Also, Herbert Lom has died, age 95. Sure, he was Inspector Dreyfus in the “Pink Panther” films, but I’ll remember him best for Cronenberg’s “The Dead Zone”, where he brought an almost regal dignity to the role of Johnny Smith’s therapist. Seen it lately? Well, you should.

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