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Toronto Film Review: ‘Learning to Drive’

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two very fine actors do what they can to enliven a bland cross-cultural bonding exercise in “Learning to Drive,” the story of a brief encounter between a Manhattan literary critic (Patricia Clarkson) and an Indian-American cab driver (Ben Kingsley) who have much to teach each other in matters of life and love. Winner of a runner-up audience prize in Toronto, (“Another Me,” “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo”), and its star duo and easygoing premise should ensure a measure of theatrical interest. Still, as filmmaking goes, “Drive” is pretty pedestrian.

This isn’t the first time Clarkson has played a woman who finds herself drawn to a foreigner, but unlike the Egypt-set “Cairo Time,” “Learning to Drive” unfolds in present-day Manhattan, that mass-transit paradise (or hell) where one can get around easily without getting behind the wheel. But that changes for Clarkson’s Wendy Shields when Ted (Jake Weber), her husband of 21 years, »

- Justin Chang

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Tiff Awards Brunch, Or 'But I Saw So Many Movies!'

11 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Little known factoid: I actually don't like hearing about festival awards If I attended said festival. Unless I'm on a jury of course. Invariably it makes you feel like a lightweight no matter how many movies you sat through because it's impossible to have seen everything when 100s of films are on offer. I saw 25 films over 8 days of screening or basically 3 a day (since I had to make time for writing / parties / eating / sleeping) and it looks like I saw only one of the films that won a prize at Tiff.

Here are the awards...

the pray-cry mittens come out again! "I would like to thank the Academy for --er, I mean the people of Toronto!"

People's Choice Award  -This is the biggie and the only one that people use as any kind of Oscar barometer. It went to the Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game. That's the only award »

- NATHANIEL R

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Toronto: ‘The Imitation Game’ Named Festival’s People’s Choice Winner – Oscar Harbinger?

16 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Winner, Aka, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown.

The acclaimed film, which had its World Premiere at Telluride over Labor Day weekend and its unveiling at Tiff on Tuesday, also stars Keira Knightley and was directed by Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum.

Unlike other festivals that throw their weight behind juried prizes, Tiff prides itself on the fact that their most important honor is chosen by actual moviegoers (although they do hand out some juried awards in other categories).

At the beginning of each film, the audience is reminded that they can vote. »

- Pete Hammond

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Film Review: 'The Boxtrolls'

13 September 2014 4:31 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆There's more than a touch of the macabre to Laika Studios' latest stop-motion adventure, The Boxtrolls (2014). With a spellbinding voice cast featuring Richard Ayoade, Nick Frost, Jared Harris and Ben Kingsley, we find ourselves tumbling through a world where diminutive trolls dwell in the subterranean caverns beneath Cheesebridge, a small cobbled town where the haughty gentry obsesses over their first love - cheese. Like many good yarns, this story opens one stormy night where we find a baby boy stolen away to the home of the Boxtrolls. Here, the child is taken in, raised as one of their own (as 'Eggs') and dressed in their signature cardboard boxes, which they use as camouflage on their visits to the surface.

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- CineVue UK

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The Boxtrolls Clip and New Featurette Covering the Creation of the Boxtroll Language

12 September 2014 2:29 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The folks at Laika have already done such an incredible job making the Boxtrolls feel like real, living, breathing creatures that it’s easy to forget that there’s actually human beings in a sound booth voicing them.  Now, thanks to the brand new The Boxtrolls featurette, “Trolls Rights Off the Tongue,” you get to meet the men responsible for configuring the Boxtrolls’ language, Dee Baker and Steve Blum. On top of that, we’ve also got a new clip from the film featuring Winnie (voiced by Elle Fanning) trying to teach Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) to dress like a proper boy with a little help from the Boxtrolls.  Hit the jump to check out The Boxtrolls clip as well as that featurette.  The movie also features the voices of Ben KingsleyToni ColletteNick FrostSimon PeggRichard AyoadeTracy Morgan and Jared Harris, and is due to hit theaters on September 26th. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Watch Two New Videos for The Boxtrolls

12 September 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“You never can quite understand what the Boxtrolls are talking about, but you certainly get the emotional intent of it all.” In Laika’s The Boxtrolls, an underground species of trash-collecting creatures communicate with a language all their own, and a new video looks into the creation of their communication, while a clip shows Elle Fanning’s Winnie ordering Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) out of his box.

“A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, »

- Derek Anderson

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Take A Trip With The Boxtrolls In New Featurette

12 September 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

With just 2 weeks until The Boxtrolls hits theaters, Focus Features has 2 new chances for you to get the know Winnie, Eggs and the whole crew.

First up, go behind the scenes in this featurette to see how the talented voice actors at Laika gave the Boxtrolls a language of their own in the film. With their guttural grunts and groans, they may not sound smart, but tons of clever thinking went into creating the Boxtrolls’ unique speech.

Meet Winnie in a new clip from the film “Winnie Takes Charge”.

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.

When the town’s villain, Archibald »

- Michelle McCue

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The Boxtrolls Gets New Clips

12 September 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The film tells the story of an orphaned boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) who was raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collecting trolls called the Boxtrolls. The Boxtrolls are targeted by an evil exterminator named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) and Eggs has to save his family from Snatcher. The 3D animated movie stars Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan. “The Boxtrolls” opens in theaters everywhere on September 26 in 3D.

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Movie Review – The Boxtrolls (2014)

12 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Boxtrolls, 2014.

Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.

Starring Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan, Richard Ayoade and Dee Bradley Baker.

Synopsis:

Boxtrolls, and human-box-boy ‘Eggs’ need to stop the evil Archibald Snatcher from kidnapping their kind before it’s too late…

Despicable Me has a lot to answer for. Not only has it spawned a sequel, with a “”spin-off” later this year in Minions, but it has manufactured the specific creature that little kids will die imitating (perhaps loudly shouting “bottom”, as you walk through the supermarket). But The Boxtrolls, looking like an uglier, gothic cousin to the minions, is nothing to apologise for. Looking like Aardman animation meets Abe’s Odyssey, The Boxtrolls contains much more than empty crates and annoying little creatures. More creative and considerably more profound, The Boxtrolls is much more than a Despicable Me imitator. »

- Simon Columb

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Sir Ben Kingsley Talks Learning To Drive, Wanting to do More Military Roles, Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings, and More

11 September 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the many films to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was director Isabel Coixet's Learning to Drive.  The film stars Sir Ben Kingsley as a driving instructor who teaches a successful Manhattan writer (Patricia Clarkson) while both of their lives are going through dramatic changes.  While I expected the film to follow the conventional path of two people from different worlds falling in love, it was refreshing to see Coixet's film focus on people just helping one another overcome difficult situations through friendship and support.  With a film like this everything rests on the actors, and Kingsley and Clarkson deliver honest and realistic performances. Shortly after the premiere I landed an exclusive video interview with Sir Ben Kingsley.  He talked about what drew him to the project, how his process has changed over time, his approach to a performance once he meets his fellow actors, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Locations Featurette For Exodus: Gods And Kings

11 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

A new featurette for Exodus: Gods and Kings has come our way, giving a behind the scenes look at the  expansive locations which will bring the biblical epic to life. Ridley Scott's return to the sword and sandal epic is something that has me really excited, and add the impressive cast, including Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, and Sigourney Weaver, to the spectacular sets, it should be nothing short of stunning. Released: December 12th USA / December 26th Ireland & UK »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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The Boxtrolls movie review: avert your eyes

11 September 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque… and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque, between gaudy and repellent… and The Boxtrolls crosses it to plop into a strange land of unpleasant visual muck. But not before it has already demonstrated a woeful lack of giving a damn about creating appealing characters, a compelling fantasy world, or a story to care much about. So it’s all good in the ways it goes about being all bad.

In a vaguely late Victorian/Edwardian steampunkish town called Cheesebridge — “a Gouda place to live”; Gromit’s owner, the cheese-loving Wallace, would disagree — a human »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Boxtrolls review: Eccentric mix of Python, Dahl and Tim Burton

11 September 2014 7:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Directors: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi; Screenwriters: Irena Brignull, Adam Pava; Starring: Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: PG

After the success of Frozen and The Lego Movie, it's perhaps understandable to have high expectations for upcoming animated fare. Just because a film is made with younger viewers in mind doesn't give those behind it an excuse to phone it in. Recently, the likes of Postman Pat: The Movie and The Nut Job will have tested the patience of mums and dads dragged along to the multiplex, but there's no such problem with Laika's latest offering The Boxtrolls.

The studio has cleverly forged its own path separate from Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar, bringing dark and spooky edges to their stop-motion work. Boxtrolls is an extension of the tone and style of its predecessors Coraline and ParaNorman, charting the journey of an orphaned boy, »

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HeyUGuys Interviews: Isaac Hempstead Wright on The Boxtrolls

11 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Boxtrolls is the latest film from Laika Studios and they look to be building on the great success of Coraline and Paranorman with this tale of rubbish-gathering creatures and their run-in with the dangers above ground.

Our final interview is with Game of Thrones Isaac Hempstead Wright who plays the orphan boy brought up by the titular rubbish-dwelling creatures. Wright plays a character named Eggs (which is what every self-respecting Boxtrollite should be called) and he talks about the weird and wonderful world created by Laika.

We saw the film in Venice and loved it –the film is released on the 12th of September and you can see our interviews with Elle Fanning, Sir Ben Kingsley and the directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi below.

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- Jon Lyus

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The 10 Most Amazing Things About Laika, the Studio Behind 'The Boxtrolls'

10 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A few weeks ago, we were whisked away to the magical land of Portland, Oregon, for the sole purpose of visiting Laika, the animation studio whose dazzling new stop motion confection "The Boxtrolls," opens later this month. As you can imagine, it was downright magical and while we were there, for a few short hours, we tried to soak up all we could from the place - the sets, the people, the vibe - so we relay that special feeling to you. It was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime treat, to the point that we had to actively wonder if we had come down with some incurable disease and they were whisking us there as a dying wish.

While we tried to cram as many anecdotes and notes as we could into our trip, but we were also working (see our adorable interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who voices Eggs, a small child »

- Drew Taylor

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Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson Battle Robot Overlords in New Film from the Director of Grabbers

10 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Giant robots from another galaxy arrive on Earth with more on their minds than disguising themselves as our vehicles and rocking out to Linkin Park. Can Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson save us from Robot Overlords?

Grabbers director Jon Wright and writer Mark Stay are the overlords behind this new sci-fi action adventure thriller from the UK’s Embankment Films that sees the world as we know it enslaved by colossal machines from outer space.

Oscar winner Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson ("Hannibal," "The X-Files") appear to be leading the adult resistance against intergalactic tyranny, but from the looks and sounds of this one, Robot Overlords seems to be aimed at more of a teen audience.

Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby) and Ella Hunt are the two younger heroes adorning the quite impressive poster art.

Synopsis:

Earth has been conquered by robots from a distant galaxy; survivors are confined to »

- Foywonder

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The Boxtrolls on Sky Movies

9 September 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Alan Snow's children's bestseller Here Be Monsters is transformed into another animated delight by the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman. Beneath the olde worlde streets of Cheesebridge, an orphan called Eggs is raised by a community of shy but demonised junk collectors called Boxtrolls. Hunted down by a scheming pest exterminator (Ben Kingsley), the cardboard-clad critters must rely on Eggs to prevent their species ending up on the scrapheap. »

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Toronto: Antoine Fuqua Teams with IM Global in Producing Pact

9 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Im Global has signed a production partnership deal with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films, two days after the world premiere of the director’s “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington, at the Toronto Film Festival.

The deal calls for Im Global to develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, along with providing business affairs and back-office support.

Fuqua’s credits include “Training Day,” “Brooklyn’s Finest” and “Olympus Has Fallen” along with music videos for Prince and Stevie Wonder.

Im Global is in post-production on three thrillers: “Autobahn,” directed by Eran Creevy and starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley; “Viral,” directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost; and “Incarnate,” starring Aaron Eckhart and directed by Brad Peyton. It’s also in pre-production on Billy Ray’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts.

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- Dave McNary

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Five Questions for Learning to Drive Director Isabel Coixet

9 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Reteaming director Isabel Coixet with her Elegy stars Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley, Learning to Drive is an adaptation of Katha Pollit’s 2002 New Yorker essay about a Manhattan writer (Clarkson), facing a sudden break-up, who gains wisdom from a driving instructor (here a Sikh played by Ben Kingsley) going through his own relationship evolution. It’s Coixet’s eight film, and below she answers questions about the process of adaptation, her interest in intimacy and the challenge of shooting in moving vehicles. A world premiere, Learning to Drive screens at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, September 9. Filmmaker: Your […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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HeyUGuys Interviews: Elle Fanning on The Boxtrolls

9 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Boxtrolls is the latest film from Laika Studios and they look to be building on the great success of Coraline and Paranorman with this tale of rubbish-gathering creatures and their run-in with the dangers above ground.

Yesterday we spoke to the good and gracious Sir Ben Kingsley about his run around with the pesky critters in the guise of Archibald Snatcher and today we talk to Elle Fanning about her time with The Boxtrolls.

We saw the film in Venice and loved it – you have a few days until the 12th of September to sit feverishly in anticipation for Laika’s next.

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- Jon Lyus

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