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Criminal Intent: Leonard Done Light
What remains most enticing about Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime is its connection to Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 masterwork, Jackie Brown. While Tarantino adapted Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch, Schechter takes on the earlier work of The Switch, which features the younger version of three key characters from the later novel, here existing in 1978 Detroit. A bit too light to register the same malevolence (though apparently Schechter is more in tune with Leonard’s style than Tarantino), and inanely marketed as a ‘caper comedy,’ Schechter takes a rather familiar premise and turns it into a completely enjoyable, utterly innocuous film. Inbal Weinberg’s production design turns the late 70’s into a glossy postcard of kitsch, not unlike her similar rendering of the 80s in the primped The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which only furthers the film’s highly sanitized feel.
- Nicholas Bell
Exclusive: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.
Screendaily has learned the move is being orchestrated to replicate the buoyant atmosphere of public screenings in an effort to stir up sales.
The timing of the move is dictated by a growing recognition that most decision-makers at distribution companies will have left town by the time these films officially premiere in the second week, despite Toronto’s efforts to spread its riches across the duration of the festival.
That strategy was informed in part by the festival’s new and well documented policy of holding back until the second week premieres of anticipated films that will receive their actual world premiere in Telluride.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Monday’s Emmy Awards will feature a fitting tribute to the late Robin Williams, led by Billy Crystal. The beloved actor died earlier this month, but fans still can’t believe he’s gone. Ahead of Hollywood’s honor to the comedic genius, brush up on his noteworthy roles with our guide to his best films currently streaming on Netflix.
The Big Wedding (2013)
Williams isn’t the star in this film, but his role as a lovable priest offsets the other characters’ hilarious drama. A family pretends to get along as the wedding of their adopted son and sibling approaches. The star-studded cast includes Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton.
The Birdcage (1996)
Similar to The Big Wedding, The Birdcage centers on family. However, the latter flick was also ahead of its time, transcending fans’ perception of homosexual couples at the time. Based on the play La Cage aux Folles, Williams plays »
- Rahsheeda Ali
There's a certain joy and sadness in revisiting films you remember enjoying as a kid. Some, because of their continued playback on cable or at your own home theater, seem to age with you so that their flaws become endearing while their wonders become treasures you hoard as if they were intended just for you. In this, films can be like old friends. Catching up with one you haven’t seen in over a decade can be a terrifying prospect. Have they aged well? Do you still share the same sense of humor? Will there be awkward silences where there were laughs before?
Much like its stock male lead, Look Who’s Talking is a flawed, sloppy, »
- Manuel Betancourt
Any 24 hour period that has wonderful news about four film legends is a good day, at least in part. We have to grasp at happy straws considering the "real" world outside of the arts. So, let's start with the best best actress news of the day week month...
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Jane & Lily
I had a brief hard spell the first day, moving away from my Leona Lansing-Newsroom mode and into comedy. Comedy requires different muscles, a subtle shifting of gears, of attitude. It’s harder, in my opinion. This kind of comedy has to be real, the comedy has to come out of reality, out of pain, yet it has to be funny...
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- NATHANIEL R
Set to make its world premiere at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) next month is director Richard Loncraine's dramedy, "Ruth & Alex," which stars Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton in a story that takes place over a long weekend, when an older New York couple (played by Freeman and Keaton, an artist and a retired teacher) try to sell their East Village apartment, where they've lived for 40 years, and for which there is a huge bidding war, leading to various unexpected real estate-related issues they have to resolve. And as the couple make an offer on a new apartment, they look back on years of memories they »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array of stars expected to alight on the red carpet of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
The fest today revealed an impressive roster of helmers and thesps planning to boost their latest work in Toronto next month. And with the critical four-day opening weekend packed exclusively — as per the new fest policy — with world premieres and North American premieres of studio awards contenders, buzzy acquisition titles, and hot U.S. and international arthouse fare, you can expect media frenzies, flash mobs of buyers, and intense afterparty rivalries like never before.
Slates for Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids were also unveiled today, as were a handful of late-breaking adds to other programs, bringing this year’s grand total to 393 films, »
- Jennie Punter
Diane Keaton is to be honoured in this year’s Zurich International Film Festival by receiving the Golden Icon Award.
The American actress, producer and director is no stranger to accolades. She won a whole host of awards for Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, and in 2005 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. Keaton has appeared in many features during her career, but she’s perhaps best known for The Godfather Trilogy, Something’S Gotta Give, Marvin’S Room, Baby Boom and Manhattan. Oh, and Look Who’S Talking Now, obviously.
Keaton will receive her award on 1st October, and to celebrate her life’s work the festival is screening Keaton’s most recent romantic comedy, And So It Goes. Keaton herself will introduce the film, in which Michael Douglas also stars. It’s an interesting choice – we can’t say this movie has received the most positive of reviews. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The award, which is in recognition of lifetime achievements, will be presented to the thesp on Oct. 1.
See Also: Film Review: ‘And So It Goes’
In a statement, the festival’s directors, Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, said: “Her longevity is a testament to her ability to consistently reinvent and challenge herself, explore new creative avenues, and her overall prowess as one of the greatest actresses of our generation.”
Keaton won the best actress Academy Award for “Annie Hall,” and was Oscar nominated for “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room” and “Something’s Gotta Give.”
The festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, runs Sept. 25-Oct. 5.
- Leo Barraclough
Us star of Annie Hall to present new film And So It Goes at the festival.
Us actress Diane Keaton is to receive the Golden Icon Award at this year’s Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5).
The Oscar-winning star of Annie Hall, Manhattan and The Godfather trilogy will also present her latest film, And So It Goes, at the festival. The romantic comedy, directed by Rob Reiner and co-starring Michael Douglas, has been selected to screen in the Gala Premieres section of the Zff, which announced several other titles last week.
The award will be presented to Keaton at the Cinema Corso on Oct 1.
Keaton has starred in more than 60 features and won the Best Actress Oscar in 1978 for her role in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. She has since received three further Academy Award nominations for leading roles in Reds (1981), Marvin’s Room (1996) and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), winning a Golden Globe for the latter.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
In this free flowing conversational extra [23 minutes] Joe Reid tells Nick, Katey and Nathaniel about where his devotion to Diane Keaton has taken him: to the "nothing" of And So It Goes (2014). We discuss the dangers of "comfort zones" and working with paychecks.
The conversation drifts to Edge of Tomorrow and Broadway musicals including Into the Woods. But mostly the 1989 & 1990 Oscar ceremonies. We always end up at Oscars. It's a sickness! Name checked in this extra episode: Emily Blunt, John Lithgow, Graham Greene, Michael Douglas, John Lithgow, Annette Bening, The Silence of the Lambs, Reba McEntire, Michelle Pfeiffer, and the musical stylings of Jasmine Guy.
You can listen at the bottom of the post or wait till it shows up on iTunes (which usually takes about a day). Continue the conversation in the comments. We'd love to hear your comments on how it's going with Diane Keaton and your memories of the 89 and 90 Oscars, »
- NATHANIEL R
This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year, »
- Brad Brevet
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
Toronto — Kristen Wiig's dark comedy Welcome to Me and the Simon Pegg-starrer Kill Me Three Times are to get world premieres at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Fest organizers also unveiled Tuesday seven more gala premieres for Roy Thomson Hall, including Richard Loncraine's Ruth & Alex, starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton and the John Travolta and Christopher Plummer art heist pic The Forger, each getting world bows. Other high profile world premieres at Roy Thomson Hall include Francois Girard's Boychoir, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates and French director Andrea Di Stefano's Escobar: Paradise Lost,
- Etan Vlessing
If you follow Diane Keaton on Twitter, you know she's been very actively collecting things for her various Pinterest boards. It's her thing. Last week, she was looking for images to add to her "A Kiss Is Still a Kiss" board: "I need more of those action-packed kisses, will you send me some of your favorite pictures?" she asked. Taking advantage of this flutter of Twitter activity, Broad City's Abbi Jacobson asked Keaton if she'd appear on the show — with action kisses.Keaton replied: Update! Please make this happen. »
- Lindsey Weber
[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]
We’re always looking for a good romantic comedy, be it for a movie night with friends or a rainy Sunday afternoon in solitude. In recent years the output has been bleak — will anyone admit to seeing Gigli, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, or The Ugly Truth? — but we can’t help but hope and pray that soon an adorable on-screen couple will whisk us away to a land of meet-cutes and apartment parties in a tidy 90 minutes.
What If seems like our best bet. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, it explores the timeless question of whether or not men and women can just be friends — thanks to Kazan’s significant other and DanRad’s unrequited love. The man formerly known as Harry Potter has proven himself through a variety of stage and screen roles, and Kazan has an innate likeability we kind of just want to ask her out to coffee. »
- Emily Exton
10th Update, Monday 1:20 Pm: Disney/Marvel’s intergalatic juggernaut Guardians Of The Galaxy ended up the weekend with $94.3M becoming one of the highest openers of 2014 and busting August records. Get On Up, Universal’s James Brown biopic, whose audience trended older had a curtain call of $13.5M despite its A CinemaScore. However, adult movies usually tend to find their audiences slowly. In their second weekends, the Scarlett Johansson sci-fi actioner Lucy dropped 58% while Hercules lost its muscle to drop 63%. And So it Goes, an adult comedy that stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, held with only a 30% drop […] »
Hollywood thinks of summer as the time when kids buy most of the movie tickets, but this weekend's movies owed much of their sales to older audiences. Yep, even the comic-book adventure about the gun-toting raccoon and the laconic talking tree.
Sure, the success of "Guardians of the Galaxy" was a foregone conclusion. It had the widest opening of any August release ever (4,080 screens), resulting in the biggest August debut ever (not adjusted for inflation), an estimated $94.0 million. Even so, the movie did way better than even the most optimistic projections, which ran as high as $80 million.
Credit Disney's well-orchestrating marketing campaign, which introduced the five little-known heroes, played up the film's tongue-in-cheek tone, flooded the talk-show zone with its large cast (from leads like Zoe Saldana to supporting players like John C. Reilly), and even capitalized on the social media following of director James Gunn, whose online fanbase belies »
- Gary Susman
Marvel's amazing space opera opens as one of the biggest films of the year.
Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy obliterated the competition at the box office this weekend, opening 40-50% higher than most expectations, making it one of the biggest successes of the year and possibly one of the most important superhero films Marvel has released in the past three years. So, with Guardians an unmitigated mega-success, how did the weekend's other films fare against the intergalactic behemoth?
1. Guardians Of The Galaxy - $94 million. This film had the third biggest opening of the year, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Transformers: Age Of Extinction. What makes this even more special is that both Captain America and Transformers were sequels of hugely famous franchises. No one outside of comic book fans had really ever heard of the Guardians before the first amazing previews.
Related: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review Roundup: How Good Is It? [p »
Jane Fonda: From ‘Vietnam Traitor’ to AFI Award and Screen Legend status (photo: Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’) (See previous post: “Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine.”) Turner Classic Movies will also be showing the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring Jane Fonda, the former “Vietnam Traitor” and Barbarella-style sex kitten who has become a living American screen legend (and healthy-living guru). Believe it or not, Fonda, who still looks disarmingly great, will be turning 77 years old next December 21; she’s actually older than her father Henry Fonda was while playing Katharine Hepburn’s ailing husband in Mark Rydell’s On Golden Pond. (Henry Fonda died at age 77 in August 1982.) Jane Fonda movies in 2014 and 2015 Following a 15-year absence (mostly during the time she was married to media mogul Ted Turner), Jane Fonda resumed her film acting career in 2005, playing Jennifer Lopez »
- Andre Soares
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