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So often, moms can’t find a minute for themselves.
And even more often, they feel guilty about taking that free minute for a manicure, a phone call, or a nap.
Pals (and working mamas) Julie Klappas and Lyss Stern were those kinds of moms.
“We both have two kids under 8 years old, and we were laughing while telling each other, ‘I haven’t had a second to go to the bathroom today,’ or, ‘I haven’t even had a cup of coffee,’ ” Stern tells People Moms & Babies.
“But it wasn’t funny! We thought, ‘Wouldn’t »
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Writer: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Review by: Marina Antunes
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
It doesn’t happen often but once in a while a film comes along that sweeps you off your feet from the opening credits. It plays, you enjoy it, it ends and you wish it were longer and that you had the opportunity to spend more time with the people, the places and the music. That’s what it felt like to walk out of Ed Gass-Donnelly’s sophomore effort Small Town Murder Songs.
I’m not familiar with Gass-Donnelly’s previous work (though you’d best believe I’ll shortly be getting acquainted with his debut feature This Beautiful City) but something about this trailer spoke to me. Part of it was the music, part of it was the setting and a whole lot of it was Peter Stormare, a man »
Over the past few months, Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly’s crime thriller Small Town Murder Songs has been making quiet stops in the festival circuit and along the way, picking up quite a bit of positive buzz. Screen Daily compared it to early Coen Brothers and from the look of this trailer, I can see where the comparison comes in.
The film stars the fantastic Peter Stormare as Walter, an ageing police officer in a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past. His new life begins to unravel when the dead body of a young woman is discovered. Along with Stormare, the film also stars Sebastian Pigott, Jill Hennessy and Martha Plimpton.
I’m generally a fan of Stormare’s work, even in the less than stellar films, but he looks fantastic here and this trailer, I’m not even sure where to start. I love the comedy, »
Small Town Murder Songs is the promising and well crafted feature from emerging filmmaker Ed Gas-Donnelly, filmed with strong visuals of on an Ontario an hour North of greater Toronto.
Peter Stormare plays Walter, an aging police officer in a small rural Mennonite community investigating the murder of a pretty young woman from out of town. The rural police are empowered, often to the parallel to investigate the matter when the provincial police retreat and focus their efforts elsewhere.
In this respect the film, as a document of Rural Canada is fascinating: exploring conflicts between religion, separatism, and provincial power pitted against regional municipal governments. Those seemingly on the inside are treated as outsiders, documenting and mapping a power structure – both internal and external within a narrative with a strong emotional core is remarkable. One must have imagined Gass-Donnelly and his team studying Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter.
In addition to Stromare, »
- John Fink
The following is a partial list of actors/celebrity guests expected to attend the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), September 9-19.
Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Amanda Plummer, Amber Heard, Amy Madigan, Barry Pepper, Bill Gates, Bill Murray, Bill Pullman, Blake Lively, Bob Hoskins, Bruce Greenwood, Bruce Springsteen, Carey Mulligan, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Plummer, Clive Owen, Colin Firth, David Suzuki, Dwight Yoakam, Edward Norton, Ellen Page, Emma Roberts, Emma Stone, Fisher Stevens, Geoffrey Rush, Harvey Keitel, Helen Mirren, Hilary Swank, James Caan, James Franco, Jason Jones, Javier Bardem, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Renner, Jill Hennessy, Jon Hamm, Jon Lovitz, Keanu Reeves, Kelly Preston, Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Liv Tyler, Malin Akerman, Maria Bello, Marion Cotillard, Martin Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, Matt Damon, Megan Fox, Mélanie Laurent, Michael C. Hall, Michael Moore, Mickey Rourke, Milla Jovovich, Minnie Driver, Miranda Richardson, Molly Parker, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Newton-John, Paul Giamatti, »
- Michael Stevens
The sophomore feature from writer-director Ed Gass-Donnelly, Small Town Murder Songs stars Peter Stormare as a cop with a violent past trying to forge a new life for himself in a small, Mennonite town. Unfortunately for him, even small towns are not immune to violence. Jill Hennessy and Martha Plimpton (The Goonies) co-star.
The film will be receiving its world premiere in Toronto and we've got the first gallery of images below.
The Toronto International Film Festival announced their complete slate of Canadian titles today, including the first announced midnight title in Michael Dowse's Fubar II. The Canadian slate this year looks to be a pretty compelling slate of newcomers and familiar names. Check all the news below!
A Beginners Guide to Endings Jonathan Sobol, Canada World Premiere
Raucous, charming and very funny, Jonathan Sobol's comedy A Beginners Guide to Endings follows three sons as they deal with their gambler father's somewhat complicated legacy. Featuring the legendary Harvey Keitel, the film also stars Scott Caan, Paolo Costanzo, Wendy Crewson, Tricia Helfer, Jason Jones, and J.K. Simmons.
At 75 years old, »
Toronto -- Look for American talent to light up Canadian acquisition titles at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
As Canadian indie movies increasingly cast Hollywood stars as boxoffice draws, Toronto organizers on Tuesday unveiled a Canuck movie lineup dominated by imported stars performing alongside local talent.
Toronto booked a gala slot at Roy Thomson Hall for Jonathan Sobol's "A Beginners Guide to Endings," which stars Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan and Wendy Crewson, and a world premiere for Jacob Tierney's "Good Neighbours," a Montreal-set thriller that stars Scott Speedman, Emily Hampshire and Jay Baruchel.
U.S. and other foreign talent figures in the mix for "A Night for Dying Tigers," the Terry Miles drama starring Jennifer Beals and Gil Bellows, while another Canuck drama, Ed Gass-Donnelly's "Small Town Murder Songs," is top-lined by Swedish actor Peter Stormare, Jill Hennessy ("Law and Order"), Aaron Poole and Martha Plimpton. »
- By Etan Vlessing
Some people were probably surprised last week when the series debut of Rizzoli & Isles scored a record-high number of viewers for an ad-supported cable show. (That “ad-supported” qualification = darn you, HBO!) Those people are clearly not aware of the all-powerful charms of Angie Harmon, whose Abbie Carmichael is my personal favorite Stern-Sexy Law & Order Lady A.D.A. If anyone deserved her own TNT sassy crimesolving show, it’s Angie Harmon. (Now, if TNT could just pair up Rizzoli with a new show starring Jill Hennessy, that would be perfection.)
I was pretty excited going into last night’s second episode, »
- Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly has out first (or last?) glimpse of the 12-minute Lost epilogue "The New Man in Charge" that will be included on the Series Finale DVD/Blu-ray set. Actor Michael Emerson reveals that "Ben is going around to Dharma installations and closing some down. There are some good surprises.'' And yes, ''it does answer questions.'" The New York Post confirms that Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-head are returning to MTV, with the characters being kept in their "perpetual high-school state" commenting on new and old music videos. HBO has picked up the new drama series Luck, "a provocative look at horse racing – the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players." The pilot was directed by Michael Mann, scripted by David Milch and stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens, »
- Peter Sciretta
HBO orders Luck to series HBO has picked up the new drama series Luck, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Luck is a provocative look at horse racing - the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players. Luck begins shooting this fall at Santa Anita Park and other Los Angeles locations.
"Michael Mann delivered a pilot from David Milchʼs brilliant script that took our breath away," notes Lombardo. "We are truly excited that these two artists, and our extraordinary cast headed by Dustin Hoffman, will be bringing Luck to life."
The cast for the pilot stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Nick Nolte. Jill Hennessy guest stars.
Imagine you were a network executive, and I said I had a show starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, written by David Milch (creator of Deadwood), and directed by Michael Mann (Miami Vice, the TV series and movie). What if I told you the show centered on the exciting, and often dirty, sport of horse racing? What if I told you Hoffman's character's name is Ace? Would you be interested? Of course you would be! And so is HBO.
The resurgent network (thanks to True Blood, Treme, and the soon-to-premiere Boardwalk Empire) has just picked up Luck, a drama taking "a provocative look at horse racing – the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players." The series will begin shooting in the fall, in and around Santa Anita Park in southern California. The pilot episode also co-stars Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Kerry Condon and Jill Hennessy. »
- Michael Salerno
HBO's upcoming slate of programs looked good before, but now it's truly a safe bet to say the network is back with a vengeance. HBO announced Wednesday that it has picked up the series "Luck," which was written by David Milch ("Deadwood," "NYPD Blue") and stars Dustin Hoffman. Michael Mann directed the pilot for "Luck," which also stars Chicagoan Dennis Farina, Nick Nolte, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick and Jill Hennessy. "'Luck' is a provocative look at horse racing – the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players," according to HBO's press release. The drama "begins shooting this fall at »
- Maureen Ryan
HBO announced today that it has picked up the new drama series Luck that stars Dustin Hoffman. The project from David Milch (Deadwood) and Michael Mann (Heat) focuses on horse racing. “Michael Mann delivered a pilot from David Milch’s brilliant script that took our breath away,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. “We are truly exicted that these two artists, and our extraordinary cast headed by Dustin Hoffman, will be bringing Luck to life.”
- Lynette Rice
Writer-director Derick Martini's debut is a downbeat dramedy about life in the 'burbs, inspired by his own life, and partly, it must be noted, by the 1999 film American Beauty. The resemblances are obvious. There's a harassed estate agent, whose job symbolises a soulless sort of aspirationalism. She's got a gloomy, deadbeat husband, and is consoling herself with an affair. The disillusion of the middle-aged characters plays out in parallel with the cynicism and vulnerability of the younger generation. All very American Beauty. Set against this are strong performances: Alec Baldwin is rock solid as Mickey Bartlett, a man who seeks higher status in upscale Long Island; his wife Brenda (Jill Hennessy) yearns for their old stamping ground in Queens. Cynthia Nixon plays the sexy realtor who is fooling around with Mickey, »
- Peter Bradshaw
The summer he turned fifteen Scott Bartlett awoke from the American Dream!
On paper the Bartletts are a model family. Living the suburban idyll in their sprawling Long Island home they are about to upgrade to the best house in the neighbourhood – the jewel in the crown of Father Mickey’s real estate empire. A cookie cutter life that could be lifted straight off plan. Their ascent from modest apartment in Queens to American Dreaming in the ‘burbs comes courtesy of Mickey’s determination that his family to have it all. His wife Brenda disagrees: “more money more problems!” and here the story of Lymelife begins…
Scott Bartlett’s Mum and Dad are on the verge of divorce, his brother is about to ship off to war and the girl-next-door wants a boy with a car – a kid with a Death Star just isn’t going to cut it. The »
- Emily Breen
When Law & Order debuted in 1990, only CEOs had cell phones and Sam Waterston was just the guy from The Killing Fields. For the next two decades, through several rotating casts of cops and lawyers, the show proceeded to build a whole universe of shadowy intentions and cross examinations. If you’re like me, you were never a regular viewer, but you still somehow managed to watch literally hundreds of hours of Law & Order. And so, you’re probably feeling just a little twinge of sadness at the news that NBC has canceled the venerable cop show.
Law & Order is practically an American monument. »
- Darren Franich
Lymelife is a remarkable directional debut from relative newcomer, Derick Martini, strongly supported by producer Martin Scorsese. The constant rattle of the Long Island trains, are not the only thing teenager Scott Bartlett must endure...
Told entirely from Scott’s youthful perspective, Lymelife focuses on the intertwined, muddled lives of two families coping with infidelity, love and the impact of Lyme disease in a small 1970s community.
Scott (Rory Culkin) is a regular teenager practicing slick lines in front of the mirror. He imagines himself as a tough guy who can beat the bully who taunts him, envious of his rich construction tycoon father, Mickey. In love with the girl he grew up with, Adrianna (Emma Roberts), Scott must convince her, he is more than just a “brother”.
His own brother, Jimmy (Kieran Culkin) is in the army, using it to escape the pain and anguish caused by his father's infidelities. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Leo Owen)
Lymelife is a family affair. Not only does the film concern the happenstances of a pair of families in 1970s Long Island, but it was written and directed by a pair of brothers, also stars another pair of brothers and its cast boasts representatives of some of the foremost families in American acting.
In his first feature film – executively produced by none other than Martin Scorsese – Derick Martini directs Rory Culkin, who plays Scott Bartlett, a teen living with his mother, Brenda (Hennessy), father Mickey (Baldwin) and recently returned from boot camp brother, Jimmy (Kieran Culkin). Between being beaten up at school and putting up with his parent’s marital strife, Scott pines after girl next door Adrianna Bragg (Emma ‘niece of Julia’ Roberts), who lives with »
- Jack Kirby
Just in case you thought Steven Spielberg didn’t have enough on his plate, the filmmaker has added another biopic to his long list of projects in development. However, unlike his plans to depict the lives of Abraham Lincoln, George Gershwin and Martin Luther King Jr., this isn’t one of his directorial options. Instead, he’ll merely produce a film about First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the biopic is titled Jackie and will likely end up on HBO (home to Spielberg’s new miniseries The Pacific) rather than in theaters.
The script for Jackie was written by journalist and Today Show producer Noah Oppenheim. Rather than detailing the First Lady’s whole life, as previous TV movies in 1981 (ABC), 1991 (NBC) and 2000 (CBS) have, this film will focus on the aftermath of her husband’s assassination and be told from her point of view. »
- Christopher Campbell
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