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Marc Anthony/Jennifer Lopez Film Scores Big as Toronto Festival Closes

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Sep 18, 2006 | 10:53am EDT

Birthday boy Marc Anthony and his wife Jennifer Lopez are celebrating after their Hector Lavoe biopic became the subject of the biggest deal at this year's Toronto Film Festival in Canada late on Friday.

Anthony, who turned 38 on Saturday, plays the late salsa superstar in the acclaimed new movie El Cantante, which premiered in Toronto last week.

Lopez plays Lavoe's wife Puchi in the film, which was bought for almost $5 million by executives at Picturehouse, who now plan to release the film in July 2007.

Picturehouse spokesman Bob Berney says, "The Latino community is really an underserved market, but because of the music and the cast, we really think it can cross over."

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