October 9, 2013 |
The massive museum exhibition devoted to director Stanley Kubrick that recently ran for more than six months at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is opening this week in São Paulo, Brazil, and will be heading to Toronto next year. São Paulo's Museum of Image and Sound is hosting the exhibition, which features items from Kubrick's personal archives as well as cameras, props and costumes from his feature films. The show is scheduled to open Friday and will run to Jan. 12. The exhibition's next stop will be Toronto's Bell Lightbox, a cultural building that is a venue for the annual Toronto International Film Festival.
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.
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.
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."
September 11, 2013 |
[Warning: This post contains plot spoilers about the upcoming movie “August: Osage County.” While we don't think they'll ruin the experience, you might be mad anyway. Please read at your own risk.] TORONTO -- If you saw Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy "August: Osage County" on the stage in any of the numerous cities it played a few years back, chances are you were struck by one scene above all else. The final one, that is, in which matriarch Violet Weston is seen sitting on the stairs of the house she once ruled, abandoned by her adult daughters, especially eldest daughter Barbara, who don't/can't/won't stay and take care of a woman who, let's face it, has made her and her sisters' lives pretty miserable.
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.