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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
A new international trailer has debuted for writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse’s upcoming comedy drama The Dressmaker. Based upon the Australian best selling novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham, the film stars Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth. Check out the trailer below after the official synopsis…
Set in the 1950’s, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet comedy about a glamorous young woman who returns, after many years in Europe, to her small home town in rural Australia in order to right some wrongs from the past. When Tilly (played by Kate Winslet) comes home, she not only reconciles with her ailing mother Molly (played by Judy Davis) but, with her sewing machine, and haute couture style, she transforms the women f the town in such a way that she gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss and her most destructive deed. »
- Gary Collinson
Everything about "The Dressmaker" -- a revenge dramedy described as "Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven with a sewing machine" -- looks perfect. There's gorgeous Kate Winslet in full glam mode as Tilly Dunnage, a beautiful misfit who returns to her middle-of-nowhere home in Australia after many years working as a dressmaker in Parisian fashion houses. There's Liam Hemsworth, all shirtless perfection, as pure-hearted star footballer (and love interest) Teddy. There's Judy Davis as Tilly's ailing, eccentric mother. And wouldn't you know it, there's Hugo Weaving dressing in women's clothes again.
"The Dressmaker" is based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, following Tilly as she transforms the locals with her fashions and, in the process, exacts revenge on those who once wrongly accused her of murder. Here's the new international trailer from Universal Pictures Australia:
"The Dressmaker" will premiere in September at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and it's set for release October 22 in Australia. »
- Gina Carbone
It was released here in the UK over a year ago [read our review here], but to coincide with its U.S. debut today, The Weinstein Company has released a new U.S. trailer for The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, which sees French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet directing a cast that includes Callum Keith Rennie, Helena Bonham Carter, Dominique Pinon, Kyle Catlett, Judy Davis and Jakob Davies. Check it out here…
T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years too late) and his 14 year-old sister who dreams of becoming Miss America. T.S. is a 10 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day, he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his discovery of the »
- Gary Collinson
Hugo Weaving has been named as this year's CinefestOZ 2015 Screen Legend with today's launch of the festival's program.
Weaving will be recognised for his achievements as an Australian actor at the Festival.s Gala Night on 29 August at which Australia.s biggest film prize, the CinéfestOZ $100,000 Film Prize, is also awarded to an outstanding Australian film.
.Hugo Weaving is one of Australia's most celebrated actors and a passionate supporter of Australia film, television and theatre in and outside of his work. .
His credits include Stephan Elliott.s classic The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Jocelyn Moorhouse.s Proof and The Dressmaker opposite fellow Australian Judy Davis; Rowan Woods acclaimed drama, Little Fish alongside Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill; .Mystery Road directed by upcoming filmmaker Ivan Sen; Strangerland directed by first time director Kim Farrant opposite Nicole Kidman which screened at Sydney Film Festival and Sundance; Glendyn Ivin.s »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Harvey Weinstein, champion of auteur filmmakers? Not always. Earlier this year, Jean-Pierre Jeunet claimed Harv wanted to re-edit and/or recut his latest film, "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet." It's a complaint that Bong Joon-Ho ("Snowpiercer") and Olivier Dahan ("Grace Of Monaco") have also recently leveled at the head of The Weinstein Company, but even their films got treated much better than this. Essentially being dumped into theaters tomorrow, the studio has finally released the first U.S. trailer for movie. How's that for support? Kyle Catlett, Niamh Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, and Judy Davis star in the movie about a young boy who wins a contest at the Smithsonian Institute, which changes his life. Here's the official synopsis: T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
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
Since Ellen Page stunned us with her diabolical smarts in "Hard Candy" and her straightforward drollness in "Juno," we haven't gotten to see the Oscar-nominated actress in many movies that live up to her compelling charms. Remember "Smart People" with Sarah Jessica Parker? No? Do you ever think about her exposition-spewing character Ariadne in "Inception"? What about the time Woody Allen wasted her (and Judy Davis!) in "To Rome with Love"? Enough is enough. A new trailer just debuted for "Freeheld," a drama about a real-life woman named Laurel Hester (played here by Julianne Moore) who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and fought to ensure that her pension benefits would be passed along to her partner Stacie (Page). The trailer is gripping; watch it at Buzzfeed. (We'll add it here when an embeddable version is released.) Last year when Page came out as a lesbian at a Human Rights Campaign event, »
- Louis Virtel
Posey will join a cast that already includes Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis. As is typical for an Allen joint, casting has been under way for months, even with Irrational Man only opening in theaters this month.
The prolific director has been putting out a movie a year for some time now, and this next one doesn’t seem to be shaping up any differently. Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson are all again involved as producers.
Allen has a history of teaming with the same actors for multiple projects after taking a shine to them. Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Based on a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, Winslet stars in the film as Tilly Dunnage, a famous fashion designer from the 1950’s who moves back to her hometown to take care of her ill mother, only to find herself linked with the death of a local boy. Liam Hemsworth (Independence Day: Resurgence), Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger), Judy Davis (To Rome With Love) and Sarah Snook (Predestination) co-star in the film directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (A Thousand Acres)/
The Dressmaker has been scheduled for an Australian release on October 1st, but no release dates for the Us or UK have yet been set.
- Scott J. Davis
In The Dressmaker, Kate Winslet stars as fancy couturier Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage, who returns to her childhood home in the Australian country to care for her ailing mother, played by Judy Davis. She left after people thought she had killed a young boy, and is back to seek revenge on her accusers, while also performing some She's All That magic on the townspeople. Based on the book of the same title by Rosalie Ham, writer and director Jocelyn Moorhouse has described the film as "Unforgiven with a sewing machine." She forgot to include Liam Hemsworth's abs, which Kate Winslet is definitely here for.The Dressmaker comes to theaters October 22. * An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Liam Hemsworth and Rosalie Ham. Our apologies to the Hemsworth brothers, and to our readers. »
- E. Alex Jung
The film follows Winslet, the prodigal daughter who returns to her small Australian hometown to care for her ailing mother after traveling around the globe. She begins transforming the townswomen with her dressmaking skills, but no one can look past the rumors that she murdered a young boy when she was 10 years old.
“The Dressmaker” hits theaters on October 22.
- Maane Khatchatourian
A film about love, revenge and haute couture. Yes, that is the actual tagline. An official Australian trailer has debuted for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, adapted from Rosalie Ham's novel of the same name, starring Kate Winslet as woman trained in French dressmaking who returns to her grubby middle-of-nowhere hometown in dusty Australia. There she brings new life to the town and, of course, falls for a guy, played by Liam Hemsworth. This looks like an upbeat, fun-for-everyone charmer that will have you smiling more than laughing, but doesn't look so bad. Featuring Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne and Kerry Fox. Only headed to Australian cinemas for now, take a look below. Here's the first official trailer for Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, direct from YouTube: Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. »
- Alex Billington
Winslet appears in the 1950s-set film as Australian fashion designer Tilly Dunnage who goes back to her rural hometown to care for her sick mother, but rumours of her involvement in the death of a young boy threaten to ruin her return.
Speaking last December when a first look of Winslet in character was revealed, the film's director Jocelyn Moorhouse said: "A great crew, brilliant supporting cast and beautiful locations, costume and design helped make the shoot a delight.
"This very first look of Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage... says everything about the character, a beautiful talented misfit, a dressmaker, returning home to right the wrongs of the past."
The Dressmaker has so far only been scheduled for »
There’s no question that television has been vital in altering perceptions on gay rights, perhaps more than with any other social issue. Yet while TV’s advancement might not seem that way in hindsight — perhaps especially to the movement’s opponents — its role as a progressive force has hardly been a steady forward march. Instead, its history has been more accurately characterized by advance and retreat. The theory that TV pursued some orchestrated agenda is
belied by the jagged line that has been followed from “That Certain Summer” — a breakthrough 1972 movie about a teenager learning that his father is gay — to the panoply of characters currently featured in programs, which prompted GLAAD to state last fall that television is “playing a key role in promoting cultural understanding of Lgbt lives around the world.”
It is also almost impossible to separate the impact of popular TV personalities coming out, such as Ellen DeGeneres, »
- Brian Lowry
Hollywood is over-flowing with screen heroines in action films, dramas and comedies, but where are Australia.s?
Two of our most respected film critics/writers have pondered that question and come up with some intriguing theories.
.Is it that so many scripts draw on cinema past? Nothing wrong with that, all art is built on the back of other art, but this might perhaps limit the way writers think about stories," former ABC Radio National critic Julie Rigg posits in the latest edition of Aftrs' journal Lumina.
"Or it is it that, somehow, writers — male and female - find women.s lives uninteresting? I would have to conclude most are just not looking and listening...
Rigg, who now writes on film for ABC Arts Online, opines, "It does start with the writing. I do not believe that only women can write well about women.. but it is worthwhile noting that »
- Don Groves
Dennis died in his Portland, Ore. home, according to the American Film Institute. AFI was unable to confirm the date of his passing at this time.
Dennis also wrote the screenplays for Walter Murch’s “Return to Oz” (1985) and Judy Davis’ drama “On My Own” (1991), in addition to penning and directing Angelina Jolie’s thriller “Without Evidence” (1995) and the 1973 film “Intermission.” On the TV front, he did the teleplay for the 1996 TNT Western “Riders of the Purple Sage” and wrote the Showtime miniseries “Home Fires.”
Dennis was a 1969 graduate of the AFI Conservatory’s first class, which also included Terrence Malick, David Lynch and Caleb Deschanel. He returned to AFI in 1997 as a master filmmaker-in-residence and taught the incoming class this past September. His students took to Twitter to express their grief. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
The UK production financed by Studiocanal and Film4 will be released in Oz by Transmission Films, probably in October.. Kurzel's Snowtown screened during Critics Week in Cannes in 2011, where it got a special mention and he was nominated for the Golden Camera award for best first feature.
Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel about a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life and falls for an older, »
- Don Groves
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