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With the full line-up for this year’s 59th BFI London Film Festival set to be unveiled on Tuesday, September 1st, Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks ahead to the festival with some of the films that may be part of the extensive programme.
We’ve already had confirmation that Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, is opening the festival on Wednesday October 7th, with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender closing the festival. Todd Haynes’ acclaimed Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and James Vanderbilt’s Truth, also starring Blanchett opposite Robert Redford, part of the festival’s gala presentations. So what other treats are in store for the famous festival? Here are some of the film’s we may be lucky enough to see this October…
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
A massive success upon its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, »
- Scott J. Davis
Ahead of its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a brand new featurette for Black Mass, the studio’s upcoming biopic about Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger. Check out the video after the plot synopsis down below…
The featurette, which is titled “An Unholy Alliance,” shows interviews with cast and crew members, new footage from the film and teases the partnership between Whitey and his brother Bill Bulger.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
- Justin Cook
This might be just the kickstarter required to see Kevin Bacon finally return to the franchise. For the unaware hes already expressed a desire to once more tangle with those disgusting Graboids and if Bloodlines does what we think it might push fan interest to new heights it doesnt seem too unlikely that Bacon might reprise his role as the lovable Val McKee. »
Though last year’s two biggest stars, Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, are nowhere to be found on the official, confirmed list of stars attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, you can’t say that Toronto will be left wanting in terms of star power.
Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, and Kevin Bacon will be in town promoting their Boston-set crime flick, Black Mass, in co-star Cumberbatch’s absence. Also, though Iron Man won’t make it up north for the Festival, Marvel’s Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) will be backing up Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the red carpet for this year’s undisputed big ticket, The Martian. Jake Gyllenhaal will also be on-hand in support of Tiff's opening film, Demolition.
There is also a large contingent of Hollywood legends also heading to Toronto this year, including Michael Caine, »
- Sasha James
Testing the waters for a Broadway return after 13 years, actor and rocker Kevin Bacon (X Men, Cop Car) is heading to Hartford this fall to take on an iconic James Stewart role in the world premiere of Rear Window. Adapted for the stage by playwright/actor Keith Reddin and directed by Hartford Stage chief Darko Tresnjak, the show is slated to run from October 22 through November 15. Producers Charlie Lyons, Jay Russell and Jeff Steen are attached. Bacon last appeared on… »
Kevin Bacon will be channeling Jimmy Stewart in a stage version of the classic crime story “Rear Window” to play this fall at Connecticut’s Hartford Stage. Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”) will direct the production, which will run from October 22-November 15. Keith Reddin adapted the play from Cornwell Woolrich’s short story, which was also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1954 thriller starring Stewart as a man confined to his big-city apartment who thinks he may have witnessed a murder by his cross-the-courtyard neighbor. Also Read: Forest Whitaker to Make Broadway Debut in Eugene O'Neill's. »
- Thom Geier
Quentin Tarantino has led Christoph Waltz to two Oscars in this category, but Waltz is absent from the director's latest, "The Hateful Eight." That film boasts a whopping seven potential contenders in this category (only of the noted eight is a woman, which could get Jennifer Jason Leigh a nod in the supporting actress race). Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson seem like they have the showiest parts, putting them in contention amidst a seemingly endless list of other contenders: Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels ("Steve Jobs"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon ("Black Mass"), Tom Hardy ("The Revenant"), Alan Alda ("Bridge of Spies"), Bradley Cooper ("Joy"), Steve Carell ("Freeheld"), Dominic West and Jude Law ("Genius") and Mr. Waltz himself ("Tulip Fever"). We truly could go on and on... It will also be interesting to see how many nominees from last year pop up here. Beyond the noted »
- Peter Knegt
Watts, who has been hired to direct Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man reboot, co-writes and directs the film which stars Kevin Bacon, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, Joseph Oliveira, and James Freedson-Jackson.
See Also: Read our review of Cop Car here
A pair of ten-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field but when they take it for a joyride it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small town sheriff goes looking for his missing car. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don’t understand and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.
- Scott J. Davis
The Angulo brothers are a populist documantarian’s dream. Bright young things with natural Instagram insouciance, a quirky moviemaking hobby and a staggering back story. These boys could crush you at Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, fashion you a paper gun arsenal, quote Charles Foster Kane verbatim and still find time to modestly seek your opinion
The post The Wolfpack Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Emily Breen
Charming. That’s the one word to describe Dan Fogelman’s brand of filmmaking. With a background that includes penning Cars, Fred Claus, and Tangled, his more recent, and perhaps breakthrough turn was as scribe of the, yes, charming Crazy, Stupid, Love. With a career altering performance from Steve Carell and a supporting cast that toted great turns by Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone, with a little Kevin Bacon tossed in the starpower salad, Crazy, Stupid, Love deftly mixed midlife drama with heart-melting sincerity, all overpowered by good laughs throughout. Charming.
With Danny Collins, Fogelman makes his directorial debut with a cast fit for awards season and a project that is, well, you get it.
- Kyle North
A storm of fall movies is coming our way, and the lineup looks pretty impressive. From highly anticipated big-budget epics like “Everest” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to smaller films such as “Truth,” there is something on the movie roster for everyone. Here, TheWrap narrows down the 25 titles with that have left us tingling with anticipation — and ready to pre-order our tickets. Also Read: Ice Cube on Why N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Was Almost Doa in Hollywood (Video) Warner Bros. “Black Mass” Cast: Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Corey Stoll, »
- Wrap Film Team
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
With exactly one month to go until its theatrical release, Warner Bros. has pumped out the latest TV spot for Scott Cooper’s Whitey Bulger crime drama Black Mass, showcasing style, crime, and a performance that could mark a return to form for Johnny Depp.
Assuming the role of the infamous Bulger, Black Mass will have Depp play the sociopath who ruled Boston from the shadows, simultaneously operating as a FBI informant and pulling the strings in the city’s criminal underbelly. Even before today’s sneak peek, the first trailers for Cooper’s drama hint at a deep and complex role for the Hollywood A-lister, and the film harbors all the dramatic potential for Depp to sink his teeth into the meaty role. Sporting a hair piece and dental prosthetics, The Pirates of the Caribbean stalwart is nearly unrecognizable in the lead role, and we’re excited to see »
- Michael Briers
Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp in a possible credibility comeback role is right around the corner. The movie will make its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it’ll turn up at the Toronto International Film Festival and it’ll likely be in Telluride too. In short, this is potential Oscar bait material and every festival wants a piece of it. In the lead-up to the premiere in Venice, Warner Bros. has unloaded a trunk full of new images from the film, plus released a revealing new TV spot. “Black Mass” tells the true story of Whitey Bulger (Depp), the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. The film’s completely stacked, powerhouse cast also includes Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, »
- Edward Davis
With the film’s Venice premiere only a few weeks away, a second TV spot has debuted for the upcoming thriller Black Mass, as well as a host of new images from the film.
Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace), Black Mass stars Johnny Depp (Public Enemies) as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger alongside a stellar cast including Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Peter Sarsgaard (Night Moves), Adam Scott (The Overnight), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) and Kevin Bacon (Cop Car).
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one »
- Scott J. Davis
The guys who rose to prominence by dishing out Internet spoilers and collecting reactions to viral videos will soon connect the dots between disparate topics. The Fine Bros, whose 13 million subscribers make them two of YouTube’s biggest stars, will premiere the first episode of their second TV show, Six Degrees of Everything, at 9:30 Pm Est on August 18th on TruTV.
Six Degrees of Everything, as its title implies, which give its subjects the Kevin Bacon treatment by linking them through a series of intermediate topics. The first episode, for example, will somehow find a connection between Albert Einstein and breast implants, while checking in with Elvis Presley and The Incredible Hulk along the way. The goal, as Benny and Rafi Fine explain in a video they made with TruTV, is to provide high quality “edutainment” for viewers. “With every topic we’re touching upon,” says Benny Fine in the video, »
- Sam Gutelle
Cop Car, 2015.
Directed by Jon Watts.
A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.
Oh to be a child again! Symbolizing innocence and naivety, young kids often like to make stupid decisions because those stupid decisions often lead to an event miniscule in the eyes of adults, but for them an adventurous thrill ride. So when two children (it must be said immediately that they are shockingly well-acted and elicit the behavior of real 10-year-olds) run away from home and come across the titular vacated cop car, they can’t resist from touching it, to getting inside of it and letting their imagination run wild as they pretend they are in a shootout on the road, to eventually taking the thing for a joyride once they stumble upon the keys. »
- Robert Kojder
Spanish horror film Para Elisa (For Elisa) will arrive on DVD and VOD on September 1st. But, the DVD-palooza doesn't stop there. Also in this round-up: Honeyspider and Cop Car DVD release details and Howl-o-Scream 2015 details.
Para Elisa: Press Release: "A job at a magnificent house owned by a famous musician seems too good to be true – and it is – in the tension-filled horror film Para Elisa. The acclaimed new Spanish film comes to DVD and VOD on September 1, 2015, from Dark Sky Films.
Desperate for some post-graduation cash, party girl Ana (Ona Casamiquela, Eva) answers a babysitting ad. She arrives for an interview at the elegant home of Diamantina (Luisa Gavasa, Flesh Memories), a former child prodigy pianist who is now an eccentric old woman who collects antique toys and dolls. Ana is disturbed by Diamantina’s odd behavior and horrified to discover that her child, Elisa (Ana Turpin, »
- Tamika Jones
You can now count a few Philadelphia thugs when playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The “Cop Car” star stopped by “Conan” Thursday night, and showed off a painfully awkward #Tbt photo he posted on Instagram months ago with the caption, “#Tbt Ninth grade. Notice the pointy head? Got beat up the day before with my own shoes! #smileforthecamera.” Also Read: Kevin Bacon PSA Advocates for Full-Frontal Male Nudity in Hollywood (Video) “Thats a true story. It’s hilarious to get beat up with your own shoes,” Bacon said before launching into the story from his youth spent growing up »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Kevin Bacon recently shared a hilarious Tbt of himself as a nerdy teen, which »
- Mehera Bonner
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