Love to Screen at Toronto Film Fest

Don Roos’s film adaptation of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is set to premier at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film, based on Ayelet Waldman’s novel and staring Natalie Portman, will be one of 335 films from 64 countries that will screen at the festival, which runs from Sept. 10 through 19. Seventy-one other films will also have their world premier at the festival.

Here’s how the film is described in TIFF’s press release, which was issued last week:

“Emilia Woolf (Natalie Portman) is a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack, her high-powered New York lawyer boss (Scott Cohen). Her life takes an unexpected turn when the couple loses their newborn daughter. Emilia struggles through her grief to connect with her precocious new stepson William (Charlie Tahan), overcome a rift in her relationship with her father caused by his infidelity, and cope with the constant interferences of Jack’s angry, jealous ex-wife (Lisa Kudrow). An adaptation of an Ayelet Waldman novel, this tearful and terrific tale by writer-director Don Roos proves that even with a pursuit like love, nothing is impossible.”

Chabon Concerned by Google Publisher Deal

NPR reports that Michael Chabon is one of several authors who are pushing for Google Inc. to guarantee more privacy to readers.

He and authors Jonathan Lethem, Cory Doctorow, and others are concerned that Google will monitor the reading history of visitors to the monumental digital library it is building. “They know which books you search for,” says Cindy Cohn, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is organizing the campaign. “They know which books you browse through; they know how long you spend on each page.”

Google says it is just as concerned about reader privacy. “The regular Google privacy policy says that we do not disclose your personal information except in some narrow circumstances like emergencies and search warrants,” says Daphne Keller, a company attorney.

Head to NPR to read and hear more.