September 21, 2013 |
Actress Mackenzie Davis is probably about to go from a “who's that?” to a “that girl.” In only her third screen role, Davis gives a breakout performance in “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” a crime thriller that recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and plays again Sunday at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The film is directed by the sibling duo of Zeke and Simon Hawkins from a script by Dutch Southern. The story, as Davis recently put it, is a “sort of noiry, dirty Southern thing” that references the pulp fiction of author Jim Thompson in its tale of small town ambitions, bad deals, double-crosses and good love gone sour.
September 10, 2009 |
To begin to understand director Lee Daniels, you can start by looking closely at the living room of the broken-down Harlem apartment created for Claireece "Precious" Jones, the obese, illiterate, abused teenager at the center of his emotionally raw new drama, "Precious." There you'll see remnants of the West Philly apartment in the tough neighborhood where Daniels grew up. The fabric on the walls is the same, the worn couch a replica, a framed photo of his late father hangs on the wall; and the memories, the ones that refuse to leave him alone, linger in the stairways, color the scenes.
August 20, 2008 |
Movies featuring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Kate Beckinsale, Edward Norton and Colin Farrell and a documentary about Paris Hilton have joined the lineup for the Toronto International Film Festival. North America's largest cinema showcase announced Tuesday that the schedule will include Joel and Ethan Coen's CIA comedy "Burn After Reading," with Pitt, Clooney, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich. Among other additions were Gavin O'Connor's cop drama "Pride and Glory," starring Norton and Farrell; Rod Lurie's Washington journalism tale "Nothing but the Truth," with Beckinsale, David Schwimmer and Angela Bassett; and Adria Petty's nonfiction Hilton chronicle "Paris, Not France."
October 10, 2013 |
Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for literature Thursday , is seen as a titan of the short story, thanks to collections including “Dance of the Happy Shades” and “The Beggar Maid.” She also has had an occasional - and recent--influence on film. Munro's 2001 story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” was the basis of this year's Toronto International Film Festival debut “Hateship Loveship,” acquired by IFC for a likely release next year. The film features a personality one wouldn't necessarily associate with Munro or the Nobel: Kristen Wiig, who marks her dramatic debut in the lo-fi indie.
August 13, 2013 |
The Toronto International Film Festival announced a number of additional world premieres Tuesday, saying that John Turturro's “Fading Gigolo,” Josh Waller's Cory Monteith pic “McCanick,” and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's Errol Flynn film "The Last of Robin Hood” will all appear first at the festival. It also said that “Yurusarezaru Mono,” Lee Sang-il's remake of Clint Eastwood's “Unforgiven,” will make its North American premiere there after playing the Venice Film Festival shortly before; Alex Gibney's cycling doc “The Armstrong Lie” and James Franco's latest director-actor drama “Child of God” will also make their N.A. debuts north of the border.
July 25, 2013 |
Its plot revolves around a reunion, so it's perhaps fitting that “The Big Chill” will receive a reprisal fete in its honor at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Organizers announced Thursday that they will be hosting a 30th-anniversary screening of the Lawrence Kasdan classic. Kasdan, writer Barbara Benedek, producers and much of the principal cast - including Glenn Close, Tom Berenger and JoBeth Williams - will be in attendance, though stars Kevin Kline and William Hurt were not mentioned as attendees.