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Elle Fanning as a boy? It seems inconceivable, but in her upcoming movie, “About Ray,” she’ll play a young teen girl who longs to become a transgender boy. It’s her most challenging role yet and one that has Oscar potential written all over it. She’ll co-star with Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donovan. She has four other movies in the works, Trumbo, The Neon Demon, Live by Night and All the Right Places. ...Read More
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World festival roundup: Highlights of the upcoming fall and winter season promise a wide range of cinematic treats around the world. Festivals listed in chronological order.
Aug. 27-Sept. 7
World Film Festival
Fest will open with the world premiere of “Muhammad,” the 171-minute epic from Iranian director Majid Majidi, shot by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Mwff has received a record number of short films — over 1,200 (an increase of 42% over 2014) from some 64 countries, “evidence of the vitality of today’s young filmmakers,” notes Mwff president Serge Losique. Fest is adding a Chinese Cinema section with more than 10 new features.
The fest, above, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated event that isn’t just a competition but also a celebration of the best in film. Even though the festival doesn’t announce its lineup until the day before it begins unspooling, »
- Iain Blair
Lorene Scafaria directed the imminent Toronto world premiere, which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) acquired for the world prior to production.
Spwa will distribute internationally. Sarandon plays a widow who relocates to be closer to her grown-up daughter.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and Whiplash star J.K. Simmons, Scafaria’s picture is a story of second chances and the universal draw of family members. Centering on Marnie Minervini (Sarandon), The Meddler will see our recent widow throw caution to the wind and uproot from her New Jersey home in order to spend more time with her daughter in Los Angeles.
Armed with little more than her wit and will – and a bank account packed to the rafters – Marnie plots course for the west coast, and early reviews have praised her performance as poignant and deeply resonant.
Here’s the official logline from the Tiff schedule.
“Striking a winning balance of insight, heart, and laugh-out-loud hilarity, Lorene Scafaria’s second feature stars »
- Michael Briers
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought worldwide rights to "The Meddler," starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons, before the start of the production and will distribute internationally. Sony Pictures Classics will handle the 2016 North American release. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film will world premiere at the The Toronto International Film Festival. On the strength of her screenplay for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," Scafaria wrote and directed 2012's "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," starring Keira Knightley and Steve Carell, which was not well-reviewed. In "The Meddler," recent widow Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) decides to start a new life, moving from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne). Also starring are Cecily Strong, Jerrod Carmichael and Michael McKean. Produced by Joy Gorman Wettels of Anonymous Content, »
- Anne Thompson
Sony Classics did not disclose the release date for “The Meddler,” directed by Lorene Scafaria (“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”) from her own script. The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought worldwide rights to the film prior to the start of the production and will distribute internationally.
Sarandon plays a recent widow and eternal optimist who moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter, played by Byrne. Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”), Jerrod Carmichael and Michael McKean also star.
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Classics will release the Lorene Scafaria pic The Meddler after it has its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons star in the pic, which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired prior to the start of the production; it will distribute internationally. The film centers on Marnie Minervini (Sarandon), recent widow and eternal optimist, as she moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her… »
Sony Pictures Classics will theatrically distribute “The Meddler,” a film starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons, the studio announced Tuesday. The film will have its premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. “The Meddler” follows Marnie Minervini (Sarandon) who recently became a widow and moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Byrne). With an iPhone and a full bank account in tow, she sets out to make new friends and possibly find someone new. Also Read: Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon Featured in 'About Ray' Trailer (Video) Other cast members include Cecily Strong (“Saturday. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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
Roundly dismissed upon its release by critics in 1983, Tony Scott’s classy, stylish art-house vampire film The Hunger arrives on Blu-ray as a demure addition to the Warner Bros. Archive Collection. A notable cult item still lacking of a deserving reappraisal for its significant merits, the film has long languished in obscurity with the exception of its references to the explicit lesbian sex scene shared between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon (featured in a first-wave resurgence of interest in Lgbt cinematic themes with the documentary version of Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet, 1991). It represents one of three cinematic adaptations from horror writer Whitley Streiber, following the also forgotten Wolfen (1981), starring Albert Finney.
Miriam Blaylock (Deneuve) is an ancient yet breathtakingly beautiful vampire. Her lover of the past three centuries, John (David Bowie) has suddenly begun to age and decay, apparently something that has eventually happened to all of her past lovers, »
- Nicholas Bell
Just as there seems to be a greater societal acceptance of non-heterosexuality after Caitlyn Jenner’s came out as a trans woman and the Supreme Court decided to legalize gay marriage, Hollywood is having watershed Lgbt moment from the looks of several potential Oscar contenders this year. Consider that two highly different transgender movies and a fictionalized account of a landmark event in the gay rights movement will take their bows at fall film festivals. In “About Ray” (Sept. 18), directed by British actress Gaby Dellal, Elle Fanning stars as a teen girl who wishes to transition into being a man, alongside Naomi Watts as her mom and Susan Sarandon as her lesbian grandmother . Eddie Redmayne, last seen winning a Best Actor Oscar for his portrait of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” headlines another biopic in "The Danish Girl" (Nov. 27). His reunion with “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper is »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Read More: The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 15 Films We've Already Seen (And You Won't Want to Miss) "About Ray" (September 18) Elle Fanning has long been on the cusp of a major breakout role, thanks to her steadily evolving oeuvre (that Fanning is the second sister to seamlessly translate from child star to adult actress shouldn't surprise, it seems to be their M.O.) and a filmography marked by director-driven offerings. In Gaby Dellal's Tiff premiere, the younger Fanning plays Ray, a teenager in the midst of transitioning to better suit his gender identity. Although his close-knit family -- including Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon -- approach the situation with love and respect, things get complicated when Ray's estranged father (Tate Donovan) becomes involved (and recent comments from the film's director have reflected an uncomfortable disconnect between the material and her take on it). The film's first trailer struck an »
A new red-band trailer has debuted for the stop-motion animated comedy horror Hell & Back, which is directed by Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman and features a voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, T.J. Miller, Michael Pena, Susan Sarandon, Bob Odenkirk and Danny McBride.
In the outrageous R-rated animated comedy from the animation studio that brought you “Robot Chicken,” “Triptank,” and “Bojack Horseman,” three friends embark on a wayward journey into the deepest, darkest depths of hell to rescue one of their own. While navigating their escape, they provoke a slew of misfit demons, a super sexy angel, infamous Greek legends, and the Devil himself; Hell has never been hotter!
Hell & Back is set for release on October 9th in the States.
- Gary Collinson
New posters and a Nsfw trailer are here for Hell And Back.
In the outrageous R rated animated comedy from the Animation studio that brought you “Robot Chicken,” “Triptank” and “Bojack Horseman,” three friends embark on a wayward journey into the deepest, darkest depths of hell to rescue one of their own.
While navigating their escape, they provoke a slew of misfit demons, a super sexy angel, infamous Greek legends, and the Devil himself; Hell has never been hotter!
In the film, T.J. Miller plays a not-so-svelte guy named Augie who gets pulled into Hades along with his best friend Remy (stand-up comedian Nick Swardson). The thing is, this Hell is pretty hilarious, raunchy, and boasts an all-star cast that includes Mila Kunis as a devious demon who leads the two mortals on an odyssey through Satan’s inferno. Bob Odenkirk voices the devil, and Susan Sarandon plays his angel of desire. »
- Michelle McCue
Here are the details:
Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Glitter, Glamour And Sexual Depravity In The New Animated Series "Moonbeam City" Premiering On Wednesday, September 16 At 10:30 P.M. Et/Pt
Series Premiere and Two Additional Episodes Now Available in the Comedy Central Screening Room
Fans Can Visit cc.com/moonbeam for Episode Previews »
With animation so often linked with family-friendly fun, it’s always shocking to see an animated film that’s not meant for the eyes of a 10-year-old. Hell And Back is certainly one of those films, which had its first trailer drop today. From the guys behind Robot Chicken, this new R-rated animated comedy stars the likes of Nick Swardson, T.J. Miller, Bob Odenkirk, Mila Kunis, Michael Pena, Susan Sarandon, and Danny McBride. Here’s the synopsis:
In the outrageous R rated animated comedy from the Animation studio that brought you “Robot Chicken,” “Triptank” and “Bojack Horseman,” three friends embark on a wayward journey into the deepest, darkest depths of hell to rescue one of their own. While navigating their escape, they provoke a slew of misfit demons, a super sexy angel, infamous Greek legends, and the Devil himself; Hell has never been hotter!
There’s no doubt that this »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
T.J. Miller appears as tubby Augie who gets a guided tour of Satan’s lair in the new red band trailer released Wednesday for the R-rated stop-motion animated comedy “Hell & Back” Mila Kunis voices demon Deema, who leads the human visitors astray, while Bob Odenkirk is the devil, and Susan Sarandon plays Barb the Angel. Danny McBride, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge and Michael Peña also appear in the movie from the producers of Adult Swim’s stop-motion series “Robot Chicken” at ShadowMachine studio. Yahoo Movies hosted the trailer release for the film, which is due in theaters Oct. 2, and posted »
- Deborah Day
T.J. Miller, Nick Swardson and Rob Riggle lend their voices to three friends who literally find themselves in hell in the first red band trailer for Hell & Back. We got our first look at Hell & Back with new photos that debuted back in May, but this age-restricted trailer shows off the film's adult-themed humor. This stop-motion animated comedy hails from the same company that produces Adult Swim's Robot Chicken. Yahoo! Movies also spoke with T.J. Miller about how voice over work takes away his biggest comedic asset.
"I lose the most valuable asset to my comedic skill set, which is how weird looking I am. You only have your voice. You can't make a stupid face. In Silicon Valley a lot of my laughs come from Erlich just giving a sort of look. It really is a lot what he looks like, even my facial hair."
Remy (voiced by »
The first red band trailer has been released for "Hell and Back," an R-rated stop-motion animated comedy feature from the creators of Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken" series. The film hits cinemas on October 2nd.
T.J. Miller, Nick Swardson and Rob Riggle lend their voices to three friends who literally find themselves in hell in the comedy which also boasts a cast that includes Mila Kunis as a demon, Danny McBride as Orpheus, Susan Sarandon as an Angel, and Bob Odenkirk as The Devil.
- Garth Franklin
Despite his best efforts, Jimmy Kimmel's ABC late-night talker "Jimmy Kimmel Live" has never claimed the Emmy for Best Variety Series. He was bested by Jon Stewart on his first nomination in 2012 and then by Stephen Colbert for the past two years running. Could all that change this year thanks to Kimmel's savvy Emmy episode submission? -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Kimmel entered his "After the Oscars" special for viewing by Emmy voters. This fun hour featured a sit-down with guest John Travolta and taped appearances by Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Eddie Redmayne, Lupita Nyong'o, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges and Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris. This year's Best Variety Talk Series race is one for the record books, as Kimmel faces off against three shows no longer on the air that have all won this award multiple »
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