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Article Date: January 3, 2006 | Publication: CNS | Author: John Kennedy
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Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, and Laura Linney are among the stars who will brave the Canadian winter to make new movies and TV shows in Hollywood North.

Canada’s three biggest cities will be bustling with lights, cameras and action between now and the dawn of spring.

After the holidays Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Lewis Black, and Laura Linney will return to the Toronto set of Man of the Year, scheduled to wrap in February.

Williams plays a late-night political talk show host who, on a whim, runs for president of the U.S. and – much to his surprise – wins.

Ryan Phillippe, Chris Cooper and 24’s Dennis Haysbert will be back in the city to finish working on Breach, a thriller that also stars Laura Linney, Bruce Davison and Kathleen Quinlan.

Based on a true story, the movie is about FBI rookie Eric O’Neill (Phillippe) and his power struggle with agent Robert Hanssen (Cooper), who is ultimately convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union.

Forest Whitaker is also due back in Toronto to complete The Marsh.

Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman will be in the city to start shooting Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – a film about a young woman who inherits a popular toy store, only to let her depression drive it out of business.

Former Melrose Place star Daphne Zuniga, who shot a pilot called Beautiful People in Toronto during the summer, will be filming more episodes between January and April.

The show, set to air on the ABC Family channel in the U.S., is about a mother and daughter who move to New York City and face adventures in the world of fashion.

In Montreal, Phantom of the Opera star Gerard Butler will wrap up work on 300, a film based on Frank Miller’s novel about the 480 BC Battle of Thermopylae. Butler plays the King of Sparta who led his army against the Persians.

Andre Benjamin and Leslie Nielsen are due back at work in Vancouver to finish Scary Movie 4, and Tom Welling and the cast of Smallville return to shoot the rest of this season's episodes. Tracy Morgan and Marlon Wayans will return to the city to finish the comedy Little Man.

The George Clooney-produced feature Wind Chill -- about two college students preyed upon by the dead when their car breaks down on a deserted road – will roll film in February and March.

British Columbia native Ryan Reynolds comes home in January for the two-month shoot of Chaos Theory, also starring Emily Mortimer and Stuart Townsend.

It’s the story of an obsessive man who finds out he is sterile and that his daughter was fathered by his best friend.

Ben Stiller will be in Vancouver from late February until April making Night at the Museum, a comedy about a security guard who accidentally unleashes an ancient curse that causes the museum’s insects and animals to come alive and wreak havoc.

Originally scheduled to shoot in Montreal, Stiller demanded that the project be moved closer to his Los Angeles home.

Also coming to Vancouver is production of the direct-to-DVD sequel The Butterfly Effect 2 – without Ashton Kutcher – and the live-action movie version of Transformers! directed by Michael Bay.

Of course, movie-goers can also experience a little Hollywood North in the comfort of a warm cinema this winter.

The Vancouver-made Underworld: Evolution, starring Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman, opens Jan. 20 and the Mickey Rourke/Diane Lane drama Killshot – which just wrapped in Toronto this month – is scheduled to be in theatres on March 17.