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Seeing Matt Damon in an astronaut suit may evoke bad memories for Interstellar fans, but forget Dr. Mann, for in Ridley Scott’s Oscar-tipped space oddity The Martian, the actor is playing an intrepid explorer cast astray on the Red Planet.
With no option but to “science the shit” out of his surrounding supplies, Damon’s lone astronaut is forced to carry out a mini-terraforming mission, growing food on a hostile environment that is designed for anything but. First off, his Mark Watney will be forced to send out an Sos signal from the sun-scorched planet, before hunkering down for a gruelling 4 years as the Ares 3 crew return for the man they left behind.
Lifted from the pages of Andy Weir’s eponymous best-seller, there’s already tremendous amount of buzz surrounding The Martian following its spine-chilling first trailer. With a cast that includes Jessica Chastain, »
- Michael Briers
Following the first trailer for Warner Bros.' The Martian that debuted last month, the studio has released new photos, courtesy of Total Film. These images show Matt Damon's Mark Watney, stranded on the Red Planet all by himself with no way back to Earth. We still have just a few months until Ridley Scott's sci-fi adaptation hits theaters, so these photos will surely be the first of many.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring The Martian home, »
Hot on the heels of the New York Film Festival announcing Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead as its Closing Night Selection (to go along with Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk as its Opening Night pick), we now know what the Centerpiece will be, and it’s a big one. Despite some buzz about a few other titles, it’s the hotly anticipated biopic Steve Jobs, which is directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin, and stars Michael Fassbender. Talk about A-list star power, right? Since it was announced, this has been pegged as a big time Oscar hopeful, so landing one of the coveted three big spots at Nyff has done nothing to dissuade me of that notion. If you somehow don’t know who Steve Jobs is, this biopic should give you a sense of how important to the current technological culture he is. This look at the Apple »
- Joey Magidson
The Danny Boyle-directed drama will debut at the annual event on October 3, six days before the film arrives in Us cinemas.
"Steve Jobs is dramatically concentrated, yet beautifully expansive; it's extremely sharp; it's wildly entertaining, and the actors just soar - you can feel their joy as they bit into the material."
Boyle added: "I am honoured that our film has been selected »
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. »
- Gary Collinson
Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller The Martian, starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut, and Black Mass, a Seventies-era crime drama about notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger (played by Johnny Depp), are among the first crop of movies announced for this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
The Martian — based on the bestseller by Andy Weir — will make its world premiere at Tiff. It stars Damon as an astronaut left to fend for himself on the red planet after being separated from his crew in their attempt to flee Mars amidst a storm. »
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
Announced yesterday, Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin, will be the Centerpiece. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg comprise the all-star cast.
The Walk in 3D, based on Philippe Petit's To Reach The Clouds, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit with Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and Ben Schwartz, will open the festival. In 2012, Ang Lee’s majestic Life Of Pi was the first 3D movie screened as an Opening Night Gala.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The initial lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 10 to 20 this fall, has been revealed, with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s dramatic romance Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, having been selected to open the prestigious fest.
The first selections lineup reads like a who’s who list of Oscar contenders. Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program all have world premieres, and other huge titles screening include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of Nation, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Brian Helgeland’s Legend and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
Check out the full lineup below, and let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments section.
Opening Night Film.
In Demolition, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Danny Boyle’s biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the digital age visionary who changed the face of personal computing, telephony and music will screen on October 3 as the centrepiece screening of the 53rd New York Film Festival.
Festival top brass Tweeted the news on Monday in a statement that pointedly did not say the event would mark the film’s world premiere, leaving open the likelihood of an early autumn world premiere.
Two of Boyle’s more recent films – 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire – launched at Telluride before journeying north to Toronto.
Nyff director and selection committee chair Kent Jones described the film as “dramatically concentrated, yet beautifully expansive; it’s extremely sharp; it’s wildly enertaining, and the actors just soar.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Tomorrow morning will see the first titles announced for the Toronto Film Festival, a day later Venice will begin to reveal their slate, but the New York Film Festival has already announced a pair of titles. Last week we learned Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead would close the fest that runs from Sept 25 - Oct 11 and today they've announced Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender will play the fest on October 3 as the Centerpiece selection. The interesting thing to note here is that nowhere in the press release announcing the selection does the word "premiere" show up, which leads me to believe Steve Jobs will likely show up either in Toronto, Telluride or Venice before New York with my leanings suggesting either Telluride or Toronto. The fact the announcement arrives today is no coincidence, but we'll have to wait a few more hours to find out. With a screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin, »
- Brad Brevet
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has chosen the Aaron Sorkin-penned, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs as the Centerpiece of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival, to screen on Saturday, October 3. The fest runs from September 25 through October 11. Michael Fassbender stars as Steve Jobs, the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, in the film based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg… »
Universal’s drama “Steve Jobs” has been chosen as the Centerpiece of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival, it was announced Monday by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Michael Fassbender stars in the film, which Danny Boyle directed from a script by fellow Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin. The duo worked off of Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography of the tempestuous Apple co-founder. “Steve Jobs” will screen on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Nyff runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 11. The film co-stars Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, »
- Jeff Sneider
Read More: Don Cheadle's Directorial Debut 'Miles Ahead' to Close 53rd New York Film Festival As if the awards-ready talent behind and in front of the camera wasn't enough, the announcement from The Film Society of Lincoln Center that Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" will screen as the Centerpiece of the 53rd New York Film Festival confirms its status as one to watch in the upcoming awards season. The drama, starring Michael Fassbender in the title role opposite Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels and Katherine Waterston, will screen Saturday, October 3. "You hear that a bio of Steve Jobs is being produced, and of course you see multiple possible movies in your head...but not this one," said New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. "'Steve Jobs' is dramatically concentrated, yet beautifully expansive; it's extremely sharp; it's wildly entertaining, and the »
- Zack Sharf
Steve Jobs, the new film about the Apple co-founder written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, will screen at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 3 as the fest’s Centerpiece selection. Michael Fassbender stars as Jobs, heading a cast that includes Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlberg and Katherine Waterston. The New York Film Festival is familiar territory for Sorkin and Scott Rudin, one of Job's producers: They premiered their film The Social Network at Nyff in 2010. Based on Walter isaacson's biography of Jobs, the film is scheduled to be released by Universal on
- Gregg Kilday
The 53rd New York Film Festival Centerpiece Gala is Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" biopic, adapted by Aaron Sorkin from Walter Isaacson's biography, starring Michael Fassbender as the man at the center of the digital revolution, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, and Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, set for Legendary/Universal release on October 9. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, Scott Rudin, Boyle, and Christian Colson. This follows last week's announcement that Don Cheadle’s directorial debut "Miles Ahead," in which he stars as legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, will world premiere on closing night of the upcoming Nyff (September 25 – October 11). Cheadle stars as Davis, during his crazy Manhattan days in the late-70s, opposite Emayatzy Corinealdi as his great love Frances Taylor and Ewan McGregor as »
- Anne Thompson
The novel, written by Don Winslow, offers “a fictional take on the notorious Sinaloa drug boss whose daring July 18 escape from a Mexican prison dominated international news headlines.” Scott will direct the film and also produce through his production company Scott Free Films. Shane Salerno (Armageddon) is set to write the scrip.
In addition to the news of Scott’s involvement, Deadline is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio may be in the running to take on the film’s lead role. No official word on any casting has been forthcoming, but if the deal is closed it would become DiCaprio’s second collaboration with Scott after Body of Lies.
- Scott J. Davis
Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by two of the 2015 nominees for Best Drama Actor. Jeff Daniels is entering his "The Newsroom" series finale titled "What Kind of Day Has It Been." Jon Hamm from "Mad Men" also chooses his series finale, "Person to Person." -Break- Join the red-hot discussion about the Emmys going on right now in our fiery forums Daniels won this same category two years ago for his role as news anchor Will McAvoy on the HBO drama. He picked up Emmy nominations for all three seasons. On the sixth and concluding episode, the shocking death of Charlie prompts Will and Mac to reminisce through flashbacks about the newsroom's past and ponder Acn's uncertain future. A wake is held for Charlie with a musical finish featuring Will, Jim and Charlie's grandson. Hamm has now earned eight lead nominations for »
Following the announcement of the 2015 Emmy nominations, Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") skyrocketed to the top of our Best Drama Actor chart based on the predictions made by Gold Derby's Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users and All Users. As of this writing, he has overwhelming 2/7 combined odds to win his first -- yes, his very first -- Emmy Award on September 20. But are we overestimating Hamm's chances? After all, no "Mad Men" actor or actress has ever won an Emmy (see full list of losing bids below). Or perhaps we're simply underestimating the rest of this year's leading men, which include Kyle Chandler ("Bloodline"), Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom"), Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul"), Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan") and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"). -Break- Join our feisty forums to discuss who will win this Emmy race If Hamm wins Emmy #1 for "Mad Men," that m »
"Something Wild," Jonathan Demme’s screwball thriller from 1986, makes good on its title and then some. Jeff Daniels plays a mild-mannered IRS agent caught in the orbit of a flaky small time thief played by Melanie Griffith. The film proceeds as a funny, quirky rom-com á la Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby until the arrival of Griffith’s sociopathic ex-husband, played by Ray Liotta, when things take an abrupt turn toward the dark side. The movie’s eclectic soundtrack, a Demme trademark, reinforces the film’s roller coaster mood swings. »
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