Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
|Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in a lighter moment from "Demolition."|
“Vallée has a tradition of presenting strong characters who are on journeys to self-discovery and redemption and is the only filmmaker in our history to present both an opening and a closing night film at the festival,” added Cameron Bailey, the festival Artistic Director. "This film tells the story of a man who deals with loss in unexpected ways, and is brought to life on screen through sensitive and commanding performances by Gyllenhaal, Watts, Cooper and newcomer Lewis.”
In "Demolition," a successful investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law to pull it together, the man continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions.
About 50 other films for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 10-20, also were announced today at a press conference moderated by Handling and Bailey. They include movies starring last year's Oscar-winning Best Actor and Actress, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.
The latter co-stars with Ellen Page as a lesbian couple fighting for their rights and work benefits in the world premiere of "Freeheld," while Redmayne plays the title character in director Tom Hooper's transgender drama, "The Danish Girl." Redmayne's and Moore's award-winning roles were featured at last year's TIFF in "The Theory of Everything" and "Still Alice," respectively.
Moore also stars in another world premiere at this year's TIFF, "Maggie's Plan" from director Rebecca Miller.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Hey, we all mature with age, don't we? I mean, even the "Entourage" crew, which takes takes its HBO cable series to the big screen on Wednesday, sounds as if they're growing up, despite an array of temptations offered in Hollywood.
During a recent L.A.-based press conference, here's what the four principal members of the cast had to say on how their characters have changed since the popular TV show ended its eight-year run in 2011:
AdrianGrenier (Vincent Chase): "One thing about this crew that's so special is that even after all this time -- despite all the changes, despite all the ups and downs -- is that they remain steadfast in their loyalty to each other. Vince certainly has inspired a generosity amongst them and now they get to give back a little bit and support Vince as he takes the next step in his career as a director."
For more on "Entourage," check out our story about all the film's celebrity cameos.
Then learn how this current entourage compares to producer Mark Wahlberg's tough crew of Boston-bred buddies.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
|Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gets ready to roll in "San Andreas."|
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Richard Linklater (right) and Patricia Arquette lead the "Boyhood" charge.
|Julianne Moore in "Still Alice."|
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”; Michael Keaton, “Birdman”; Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Will Win: Eddie Redmayne, a fine actor and well-received young Brit, has delighted
Will Win: "Boyhood," by a mere whisker over "Birdman," an equally grand film which, it says here, remains just a little too weird for Academy voters to give it their top prize.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Brolin explains during a December interview: "The one thing about working with Joaquin and Paul was that, if an instinct entered the room, the instinct was usually manifested. Now, whether it worked or not was a completely different conversation."
|Doc Sportello and Bigfoot Bjornsen square off again.|
"Now remember," Brolin continues, "you're working with Joaquin, who is somebody you know can take it. But that first shot in the movie -- the first time Joaquin and I ever worked together -- was a simple dialogue scene of confronting each other, with me in the car and him outside.
"I think a bit of that actually showed up in the movie somewhere, at least a moment of it, and then that turned into something violent.
Naturally, the ever-resilient Phoenix remembers it much differently, not to mention a little less dramatically, and with a surprise ending.
"Oh, yeah, I completely forgot about that," he says during a separate interview.
"I don't think that I fell through, because I don't think I'd be here if I did. Besides, it wasn't a wall, it was almost like aluminum siding.
"Anyway, it was just this barrier for this little garden, and I got pushed and part of me went through. Then," Phoenix concludes, "we walked around and looked down and we saw that it was a complete drop way down to the basement.
"It was just one of those things and wow, one week into shooting and there would've been some broken bones."
With "Inherent Vice" opening wide this weekend, you can read more about Phoenix and his character, Larry "Doc" Sportello, here right now.
Monday, December 15, 2014
|Keaton (left) and Norton lead the "Birdman" fight for awards.|
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