John Boorman’s beloved 1987 World War II film Hope and Glory was based on his own experiences as a young boy in London. His alter ego Bill Rohan’s most memorable scene was shouting for joy when Hitler bombs his school, ensuring time off. Now flash forward to 1952 where Boorman picks up Bill’s life as a trainee solider. It was the Cold War and as Boorman says, a time of great upheaval in Britain. Seen through Bill’s eyes, the post war world was a time and place where anything could happen. We spoke with 82-year old filmmaker from London. It’s […]
Scott Speedman grew up around Ontario’s Muskoka Lakes and Georgian Bay, a vacation getaway landscape that is part of the Canadian Shield. It holds a special place in his heart. So shooting October Gale on Lake Joseph was something special. Speedman returned home to star in October Gale, a romantic thriller about a man who breaks into a woman’s cottage at night, putting both their lives at risk. Stormy conditions outside mirror rising tensions inside as a night of depravity and violence begins. Oh, and there’s a little unexpected romance. We spoke with Speedman from New York. What was it […]
Human Rights Watch Film FestivalMarch 24 to April 2 at TIFF Bell Lightbox The 12th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival unveils eight films at Lightbox which will provoke, anger and make us think. Its focus is international human rights abuses and those who fight them through the powerful medium of documentary films. Canada, Indonesia, Sudan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Palestine, Guatemala, the United States and Hungary are represented, as curated by CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema Helga Stephenson and TIFF’s Magali Simard, Manager of Film Programmes. We spoke with Simard about this year’s must-see offerings. Magali, what […]
The recipient of the Garden State Film Festival’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, esteemed award winning actor Ed Asner will be honored with the Garden State Film Festival’s MVP Award when the 13th annual festival convenes in Atlantic City from March 19 to 22. Make sure to catch “The Painting.” The film will be premiering this week at the Garden State Film Festival. “The Painting” is a horror-comedy that celebrates the Grand Guignol style of filmmaking, is having its World Premiere on March 21st at the Garden State Film Festival.This is the third feature film from award-winning indie writer/director Robert Rothbard and […]
We have added some stills from Walt Disney Pictures’ forthcoming movie Tomorrowland. The film follows the adventures of the former child genius (George Clooney) and an optimistic teenager Casey (Britt Robertson), who is interested in all things scientific. Together they embark on a dangerous mission to discover secrets in a place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland is being directed by Brad Bird from a screenplay he wrote with Damon Lindelof. Bird worked on the likes of Ratatouille and Lindelof was a creator and writer on Lost. The movie stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, […]
The Runner / Davandeh (Iran, 1985)Part of I for Iran: A History of Iranian Cinema by its Creators Retrospective Directed by Amir NaderiFriday, March 13 6:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto Amir Naderi paints a bleak portrait of life for Iranian orphans in poverty in the semi-autobiographical film shot during the Iran-Iraq War. A young boy named Amiro (Majid Niroumand) lives at the searing hot docks, looking for any kind of work he can get, mostly gathering bottles that have floated ashore, risking shark attack, selling metal or cold water to thirsty passers-by. He lives alone on a wrecked ship […]
We have added some great pictures from Paris Fashion Week as Derek Zoolander and Hansel walk the runway at the Valentino Fashion Show. With Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson starring, Zoolander 2 will open in theaters in the U.S. on February 12, 2016. Photos by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount Pictures.
Zoolander lives, and he’s fabulous.See Zoolander’s Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson Prep for the Valentino Show Are you ready for your close-up? Today at Valentino’s show in Paris for Paris Fashion Week, a Zoolander reunion took place when Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson cat-walked in character as their Zoolander alter-egos Derek Zoolander and Hansel. This is the official Zoolander 2 announcement as Paramount has announced the movie for a 2016 release; you can get that date and see some Instagram evidence of the runway presence below.Vogue got the shot of actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson who gave a live […]
Cymbeline In Theaters and VOD 3/13Shakespeare’s tragedy Cymbeline gets the modern treatment as a biker gang versus dirty cop war set in Manhattan. Ed Harris is the titular drug dealer who leads his soldiers into deadly territory facing off with the corrupt police chief Caius Lucius (Vondie Curtis-Hall) and his band of men. Cymbeline’s merciless fervour and explosive temper instil rightful fear in all who might cross him, and he is backed by well-armed followers. Ethan Hawke is the tricky Iachimo who recklessly complicates people’s lives, and Penn Badgley and Dakota Johnson are Posthumus and Imogen, lovers on opposite sides […]
Movie news: Head to Austin for SXSW, as Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy will be there to help celebrate the remastered ‘Breakfast Club’ SXSW film premiere. John Hughes epic film of friendship and learning how to break the norms of high school, The Breakfast Club made the careers of Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez and others with their heart-wrenching performances of how a brain, a beauty, a recluse, a rich kid, nerd and jock all came to common ground during a day-long detention.Hughes took a group of stereotypes and created the classic us against them (authority, school […]
Michael Urie may be best-known as Betty Suarez’ gay best friend Marc St. James on the hit series Ugly Betty; he was slightly-over-the-top with a great sense of humour, unforgettable. But Urie’s actor’s palette contains many more colours than that. Urie was a Julliard student in New York when the 9/11 attacks occurred. A few years later he starred in Brian Sloane’s WTC View, a stage play about the devastating ripple effects of the bombings on New Yorkers. A man places an ad for a roommate in a paper and the results of that act help bring him to his […]
The Duke of Burgundy / UK Written and directed by Peter StricklandStarring Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’AnnaRating 4/5The rites of BDSM are explored with refinement and intelligence in The Duke of Burgundy and without even a smidgeon of genitalia. The “otherness” of the lifestyle is muted by the exceptional artistry in the world it inhabits, compassion with which it’s executed and the familiar human factor. It doesn’t pretend to shed new light on sex; it is top to bottom a love story, about what happens in a rough patch. It’s a love story pretending to be a mistress/servant drama.Indeed, […]
We have added a set of pictures from the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California. Guests included John Cho, Andrew Panay, Rob Corddry, Collette Wolfe, Jason Jones, Clark Duke and Bianca Haase. Photos are by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount.
Catherine Keener on Elephant SongXavier Dolan does that other thing he does – acting – in Charles Binamé’s Elephant Song, a noir-ish psychological drama set in a mental institution in which he plays Michael, a patient who may be behind the disappearance of his psychiatrist. The missing man is replaced by another doctor (Colm Feore) but he’s cowed by Michael’s manipulative mental powers and unable to restore patient/doctor balance. The hospital chief (Bruce Greenwood) doesn’t fare much better. Holding it all together is Nurse Peterson, a jealous, strong and withholding caregiver with more than a passing resemblance to Louise Fletcher’s […]
Change the things you can, accept the things you cannot, and go to jail and die either way.Nominated for the 2015 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film Oscar, and the winner of the Golden Globe, writer/director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s neo-biblical tome is as fascinating to watch as it is dreadful to imagine. Co-written with Oleg Negin, the screenplay is set in a small, nearly abandoned coastal town on the Barents Sea in northern Russia. All hope seems to have left the family of Kolya (Alexei Serebriakov). A small but successful automobile mechanic, the widower Kolya is embroiled in a fight with the […]
We have added some photos from forthcoming horror It Follows. A young girl finds herself having weird visions and has a forbidding sense of someone or something following her, she enlists the help of friends. Directed and written by David Robert Mitchell It Follows stars Maika Monroe as 19-year-old Jay. The flick gets a UK release on 27 February and March 15th in the U.S.
George Lucas, not James Cameron, is the King of the World. Drinks are on them: Wealth-X Reveals: Hollywood’s Richest Movie Moguls!Before the pretty Caucasian Academy Awards on 22 February, Wealth-X today released a list of the top 10 richest individuals in the American film industry. And the award for the wealthiest Hollywood tycoon goes to…. George Lucas. His peers are also powerful Hollywood white men.The director and producer of the Star Wars blockbuster films, Lucas tops Wealth-X’s Hollywood Rich List with a fortune of US$5.4 billion, mostly derived from revenue from the Star Wars franchise and the sale of LucasFilm […]
Awards 2015 Spotlight: ASC Awards saw Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC; Jonathan Freeman, ASC; John Lindley, ASC; and Peter Flinckenberg, FSC earn top honors in the four competitive categories at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement.Lubezki won for the feature film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ). Freeman won the episodic television category for Boardwalk Empire and Lindley took the honors in the TV Movie/Miniseries/Pilot category for Manhattan. Winning the ASC Spotlight Award was Flinckenberg for Concrete Night. Giovanni Ribisi presented the ASC Award for best feature to Lubezki, who also won the […]
Hotel Chain Produces Its First Original Short Film About – What Else? – ‘Two Bellmen’Can ‘The Grand Marriott Hotel’ Be Far Behind? (Paging Mr. Wes Anderson!) “Two Bellmen,” the first original short film production from Marriott International, Inc.’s Content Studio, will have its world premiere on March 10th, 2015 with a global YouTube launch, as well as a gala screening and party at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. The iconic JW Marriott property plays a starring role in the film.What’s a hotel chain like Marriott doing in a place like Hollywood? Call it a “suite beginning” of a […]
Academy Award Favorites Walk The Red Carpet One More Time At Lovely Seaside Santa Barbara International Film Festival‘Selma’s’ David Oyewolo Creates Cause Celebre In the all-important time of year in Hollywood known as Awards Season (roughly, December through February), the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, this year presented by UGG Australia, is considered the last hurrah before the golden statues are handed out (on Sunday, Feb. 22nd).This year was no different as an array of Oscar nominees made appearances to influence the Academy members, many of whom call Santa Barbara home, one more time. Among them were Michael Keaton (Best […]
Movie spotlight: The first in a series of book to screen adaptations, “The Man in 3B” offers a delectable gift of drama, intrigue, suspense, and romance. Now the highly anticipated screen adaptation of Carl Weber’s thriller, “The Man in 3B,” will have its world premiere at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) as the closing night film. The film is based on New York Times’ bestselling author Weber’s novel of the same title, the film is directed by Trey Haley, President of Tri Destined Studios, and produced by ND Brown, Carl Weber, Veronica Nichols and Tracey […]
It’s hard to see the stills of Paul Walker. Fans of the franchise can see the late actor alongside his castmates in the latest iteration of The Fast and Furious. Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. UPDATE:James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony […]
Kevin Costner financed his latest film Black or White himself, so strong was his belief in the material. It’s the true story of a battle between Costner’s character, an alcoholic widower, and Octavia Spencer’s character, matriarch of a big family, for custody of their bi-racial granddaughter. Costner also believed in the abilities of award-winning Canadian actor Mpho Koaho, who plays the tutor Duvan. Koaho got to work alongside the two Academy Award winners, a nice addition to a busy career that began in 1998 in the TV series Goosebumps and continues through to the sci-fi series Falling Skies. We had […]