September 19, 2009 |
Left, right or center, there's two things nearly everybody in Hollywood agrees on: There's no disease that can't be cured by raising enough money and the state of Israel deserves unabashed support. These days, sympathy for Israel puts the American entertainment industry at odds with much of the European film and academic communities. In those circles, vehement criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and boycotts of Israeli scholars and artists have become almost fashionable.
November 1, 2013 |
What happens when a surreal on-screen world takes a museum form? Sometimes it can get stodgy. Other times it can bring to life what had previously existed only on the screen or in our minds. On Friday, one such experiment takes flight in Toronto with the opening of “The Cronenberg Project,” the Toronto International Film Festival organization's sprawling ode to David Cronenberg, the body horror pioneer and all-around genre maestro. Spread out at several spaces in the city and headquartered at its Bell Lightbox, where the flagship “Cronenberg: Evolution” is mounted, the exhibition aims to honor the director's legacy and give a strong flavor of all things Cronenberg.
September 9, 2013 |
TORONTO -- You might have thought that the effects of extreme weight loss was the greatest challenge for “The Dallas Buyers Club” star Matthew McConaughey as he tackled the role of Ron Woodroof, the homophobic electrician who became an unlikely pioneer for alternative AIDS treatments in the 1980s. Turns out that wasn't the case. “I had plenty of energy,” the actor, who dropped nearly 50 pounds for the part, told an audience at the movie's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday night.
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.
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 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.