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TIFF 2011 lineup includes U2, Madonna & Brad Pitt

For the first time in its 36-year history, the Toronto International Film Festival will open with a documentary about U2.

The work of director David Guggenheim, From the Sky Down, profiles the Irish rockers.

“In the terrain of rock bands – implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction; this band has endured and thrived. The movie From The Sky Down asks the question why,” said Guggenheim in a statement.

Renowned director Cameron Crowe will also be contributing to TIFF’s musical theme this year with his documentary Pearl Jam Twenty.

The festival, which runs Sept. 8-18 is also packing some serious star power.

Director and actor George Clooney will have a gala premiere for his film The Ides of March, about a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary. This flick co-stars Canadian Ryan Gosling. Clooney will also be seen in The Descendants.

Brad Pitt is taking a turn as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s in Moneyball. This movie co-stars comedian Jonah Hill and is based on the bestselling book of the same name.

The TIFF gala premiere of Take This Waltz features a couple of Canucks. Directed by Sarah Polley and starring Seth Rogen, the movie examines the intricacies of long-term relationships.

Maddona’s film W.E. about Wallis Simpson will make its North American premiere at TIFF.

Famed Canadian director David Cronenberg’s movie A Dangerous Method about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung will also get its North American premiere at TIFF.

The remainder of films in TIFF’s 2011 lineup will be announced over the coming week.

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