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Before there was Ovitz or Ari, there was Sue Mengers.
During the peak of her clout in the 1970s, the brash barrier-breaker helped popularize the idea of the Hollywood super-agent. The media lapped up her comic crudity (after the Manson family murdered actress Sharon Tate, she told a frightened Barbra Streisand, “Don’t worry, honey, they’re not killing stars, only featured players”), her legendary dinner parties attracted Tinseltown’s A-list, and “60 Minutes” came calling to do a lengthy interview that captured Mengers dishing and deal-making.
She was so larger than life that she inspired both fictional knockoffs, such as the fast-talking agent portrayed by Dyan Cannon in “The Last of Sheila” and hit Broadway plays like “I’ll Eat You Last,” which had Bette Midler offering a wicked send-up of the legendary tenpercenter. Yet biographer Brian Kellow, fresh off his acclaimed book “Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark, »
- Brent Lang
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
Read More: Emma Donoghue on Finding the Right Director for Her Best-Selling 'Room' The 37th Aspen Film Festival, running September 25-30, will open with a screening of the much anticipated awards contender "Room," starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, William H. Macy and Joan Allen. Based on the bestselling novel by Emma Donoghue, the film centers on a mother and son who have been locked in a room as prisoners for multiple years. When they finally get the chance to escape, the triumphant bond between mother and son gives way to an emotional journey about growing up and moving on. The drama will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before playing in Aspen. "Aspen Film is honored to open our 37th Aspen Filmfest with such an anticipated title," said Aspen Film Executive Director John Thew. "'Room' is sure to set the stage for »
- Zack Sharf
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
Brie Larson and young Jacob Tremblay portray a mother and son trying to endure while trapped in captivity in the first trailer and poster for A24 Films' Room. Based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue, Room is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child under the most harrowing of circumstances. A24 Films will release the adaptation in New York and Los Angeles theaters October 16, before expanding nationwide November 6.
Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, Short Term 12, Trainwreck). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical-they are trapped-confined to a windowless, »
Following the news that Room will have it's Canadian Premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival in September, the first trailer has landed and it's just beautiful. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and adapted by Emma Donoghue from her award-winning book, Room stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). The trailer looks haunting and incredibly emotional and if its anything to go by, Larson's performance could be a standout come awards season. Check out the just released poster too below. Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), Room is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world.... It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Clare Daly)
Larson has turned in stellar performances in numerous recent comedies, including 21 Jump Street and Trainwreck. Not to mention, her dramatic performance in the 2013 film Short Term 12 was hailed by many critics as one of the year’s best.
Room is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) and also stars Joan Allen (Pleasantville), William H. Macy (Shameless), Megan Park (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Sean Bridgers (Deadwood). In the Us, it will receive a limited release on October 16, 2015 and a nationwide release on November 6, 2015.
- Justin Cook
If early buzz is any indicator (and it usually is) Brie Larson has just launched herself into the awards season race. The indie actor stars in A24’s “Room,” a tense drama directed by Lenny Abrahamson co-starring Joan Allen, William H. Macy, and Jacob Tremblay. The screenplay by Emma Donoghue is based on her novel of the same name, about a five-year-old boy held captive in a single room for years with his mother. If that sounds like emotionally fraught material, that’s because it is—just watch the teaser trailer. Larson, who can be seen on the big screen today in Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” has been on everyone’s radar since her appearances in the acclaimed “Short Term 12” and last year’s “The Gambler.” She beat out her friend Shailene Woodley for the role in “Room,” which Woodley predicted would be “a masterpiece.” It’s too early to say, »
"You're gonna love it..." From the filmmaker who gave us Frank comes a new film titled Room, starring Brie Larson as "Ma", exploring the boundless love between mother and child. A24 has unveiled a teaser before the film's premiere at Tiff in just a few months, and this will definitely throw you for a loop. The cast includes Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy. As usual, Brie Larson looks to be at the top of her game with a riveting performance, though there seems to be so much going on in this that we don't know about yet. Is this a horror-thriller, or just a thriller, maybe it's merely a drama? Very interesting. Here's the first official teaser trailer for Lenny Abrahamson's Room, direct from A24's YouTube: Plot description from the Tiff 2015 guide: Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, »
- Alex Billington
Among one of the more critically well-regarded features of 2014 was Frank, the fourth feature from director Lenny Abrahamson that followed the trials and tribulations of a band with an eccentric lead singer. With the film bringing Abrahamson a number of new fans, many were intrigued to see what direction he would go in next. That direction turned out to be a shift into purely dramatic territory, as Abrahamson’s next project will be an adaptation of Irish-Canadian novelist Emma Donoghue’s acclaimed 2010 novel Room. The movie, which shares the name with the novel, has the following synopsis.
Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her five-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying and wondrous world outside their one-room prison.
With Abrahamson directing, Donoghue takes on screenwriting duties to adapt her own novel, marking her feature film debut in this endeavour. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Another film enters the Oscar race as we get a first glimpse of A24 Films’ highly anticipated Room.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the drama is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child under the most harrowing of circumstances.
Room will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation.
Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, Short Term 12, Trainwreck). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories.
Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, »
- Michelle McCue
I know there were a lot of people out there that liked Frank. Personally, I just don't get where that like comes from, but I've come to terms with it. Next up for director Lenny Abrahamson is an adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel, Room, with Brie Larson (Short Term 12, Trainwreck) in the lead role alongside Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy. Donoghue also penned the screenplay which tells the story of story of Jack (Tremblay), a 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother (Larson) in a bit of a situation that's far from typical. The two are trapped, confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Jack's mother refers to as "Room." She's created a whole universe for Jack within Room, but as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, they enact a risky plan to escape. That's the story in a nutshell »
- Brad Brevet
The film adaptation of the 2010 award-winning novel Room is confirmed for screening at the Toronto Film Festival in September, ahead of a nationwide release. Scheduling the movie for what is traditionally held to be the window for awards contenders suggests a high degree of confidence in the film, which stars Brie Larson as a young mother raising and protecting her son in the most extreme of circumstances.
Ostensibly about the extraordinary bond between mother and child, Room is told from the perspective of five year old Jack, who lives in a tiny, windowless space with Ma. The windowless space is the sum total of Jack’s experience. He has no perception of the outside world, and Ma spends every waking moment trying to give him a fulfilling and interesting life with limited resources. She provides scheduled activities, as much education as she can, and a strict hygiene regime to ensure their continued health. »
- Sarah Myles
“Room,” a film drama adapted by Emma Donoghue from her best-selling novel, will get a limited awards season release on Oct. 16 before a nationwide rollout on Nov. 6, distributor A24 said Wednesday. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay star as a mother and son in “Room,” which is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (“Frank”) and has been chosen for a spot in the official lineup of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. William H. Macy and Joan Allen co-star in the film, produced by Element Films, No Trace Camping and Film4. Also Read: How Amy Winehouse Documentary Filmmakers Offset Bleak, Tragic Reality Tremblay plays. »
- Todd Cunningham
In a move that bolsters the film’s credentials as an awards season player, the distributor has set an October 16 Us release date.
The drama will receive its Canadian premiere in Toronto and is regarded as a shoo-in for a world premiere slot at Telluride.
Element Films, No Trace Camping, and Film4 produced the film and FilmNation handles international sales.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
A24 acquired rights at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, prior to production, and the movie was just announced as part of the official lineup for the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
“Room,” based on Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel, is told from the viewpoint of a 5-year-old boy — portrayed by Tremblay — being held captive with his mother (Larson) in a small room. The book has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.
- Dave McNary
Tommy Lee Jones, over the course of his career, has played the stoic bureaucrat who has had to stop our hero (be it Will Smith, Harrison Ford or Chris Evans) from saving the day. Now, he.s putting Matt Damon in his eyesights as part of the still-unnamed Jason Bourne sequel, with Paul Greengrass at the helm. Variety reports that Tommy Lee Jones has joined the next Bourne adventure, co-starring alongside Matt Damon, who returns to the series after sitting out 2012.s The Bourne Legacy. The trade notes that Jones will play "a superior officer at the CIA," which puts him at the tail end of a long line of character actors playing stuffed shirts in the Bourne series, including the great Joan Allen, Brian Cox, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Albert Finney, Chris Cooper and Stacy Keach. Seriously, that.s an amazing repertory of angry, bitter old actors who hate »
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Julia Stiles has the lucky distinction of starring in each Bourne movie with Matt Damon, so it's only fitting that she returns for the fifth film in the franchise. (Sorry, Jeremy Renner.) In the first major casting announcement since Damon, Deadline reports that Stiles will be reprising her role as Nicky Parsons in the unnamed sequel. (There are unconfirmed reports that Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander might join the cast, too.) Now if we just get Joan Allen to return, the Bourne universe will be complete, and we can get to watching Matt Damon kill people with ballpoint pens and other office supplies. »
- E. Alex Jung
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