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Aff 2011, Day Three: Free Wine and Tex Mex P*rn

23 October 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

My very, very full day started early Saturday morning with the Molly Shannon taping of Klru's Overheard with Evan Smith. She was running late, but was delightful when she arrived.  It was totally worth getting up at 7 am for. Choice bit of trivia that she told the audience before the cameras were running: when she was a waitress working in La (before her big break on SNL), Johnny Depp would eat at her restaurant and leave extremely generous tips. She said he told her that his mom had once been a waitress.

After the taping, I hightailed it over to the Bob Bullock Museum where I left my car in the garage for the day and waded through the book festival on Congress towards the Driskill. The first Austin Film Festival item on my schedule for Saturday was the panel led by Elizabeth Hunter and Pamela Gray on "The Heroine's »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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Tiff 2011 Buyer's Club: #15. Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm

1 September 2011 11:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#15. The Eye of the Storm  The Gist: In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. But in dying, as in living, Mrs Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, The Eye Of The Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships – and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them. Director: Fred Schepisi (Empire Falls)Sales Agent: The Little Film CompanySelling Point/Suited For: There is already a built in demo for this and it starts with what you can read on the label: starring Academy Award winning (The King's Speech) Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling. Enough said.     »

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Tiff – Eye Of The Storm Trailer Starring Geoffrey Rush And Judy Davis

31 August 2011 3:00 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In what’s been more than a full year since showing you the first trailer for director Fred Schepisi’s film, check out the new trailer for Eye Of The Storm starring starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis, Alexandra Schepisi, Helen Morse, John Gaden and Robyn Nevin.

Looks to be another charming Australian import and as I said last August, I adore Judy Davis. Your eye is drawn to her every nuanced movement throughout the trailer.

Synopsis:

In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. But in dying, as in living, Mrs. Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, The Eye of the Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships . and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, »

- Michelle McCue

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‘The Eye of the Storm’ Trailer, Starring Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis

31 August 2011 1:28 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a premiere set for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, now is as good a time as any to get a trailer for The Eye of the Storm. Directed by Fred Schepisi, it stars Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, and Charlotte Rampling, and is based on the novel by Patrick White. The vibe I’m getting is that of a domestic drama, as it follows the two grown children of a wealthy woman who exerts control over everyone, even as she’s dying.

This has the basic ingredients for compelling material, and yet the preview leaves me unsure of what to expect. A nice quality to the acting is exhibited — something that should be expected from these leads — but nothing about the story looks all that compelling. I would take some comfort in knowing that the source material is well-regarded — that should bode well for the film, at least in a dramatic sense. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Jumping the Broom’ Stumbles Over Clichés

17 August 2011 6:16 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Salim Akil’s “Jumping the Broom” is the sort of sociological comedy so hell-bent on smothering the audience in a sentimental love-fest that it quickly softens its potentially biting premise. Akil’s background in television (“The Game,” “Girlfriends”) may explain why the film feels like an uneasy melding of sitcom and soap opera clichés. Any time the film threatens to become interesting, it instantly goes into autopilot.

Angela Bassett is one of the finest actresses of her generation, but she rarely gets a role worthy of her abilities. She’s played many uptight and humorless characters in the past, but few have been as insufferable as Mrs. Watson, a woman so high up in the upper crust echelon of Martha’s Vineyard residents that she can’t get agitated without spontaneously breaking into French.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

Yet Watson is a delight compared to Mrs. Taylor, played by Loretta Devine, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Guest Post: How Jumping the Brooms Made it to the Big Screen by Arlene Gibbs

8 August 2011 7:19 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Around seven years ago when I was a production company executive, producer Glendon Palmer and screenwriter Elizabeth Hunter pitched the idea of Jumping The Broom (Jtb) to me. I loved it and told my boss about it. Unfortunately, our company didn’t have discretionary funds and we were unable to make a deal to move forward. Cut to three years ago. I had quit my job and moved to Rome, Italy to write full-time. Sometimes, I still don’t believe I made the move. One day I was speaking with Glendon and asked him what ever happened with Jtb. He had just… »

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Guest Post: How Jumping the Broom Made it to the Big Screen by Arlene Gibbs

8 August 2011 7:19 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Around seven years ago when I was a production company executive, producer Glendon Palmer and screenwriter Elizabeth Hunter pitched the idea of Jumping The Broom (Jtb) to me. I loved it and told my boss about it. Unfortunately, our company didn’t have discretionary funds and we were unable to make a deal to move forward. Cut to three years ago. I had quit my job and moved to Rome, Italy to write full-time. Sometimes, I still don’t believe I made the move. One day I was speaking with Glendon and asked him what ever happened with Jtb. He had just… »

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First Toronto Festival Announcements Include New Work From George Clooney, David Cronenberg and Francis Ford Coppola

27 July 2011 9:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you're more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer's glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually Tiff features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries. Below you'll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. This is quite the list -- there are easily thirty films here that could be potential top ten for 2011 candidates, »

- Russ Fischer

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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) Reveals Incredible Line-Up Of Films

27 July 2011 9:13 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The Toronto International Film Festival is once again proving to be a major stop on the festival circuit. The announcement was released yesterday of 53 titles, including 31 world premieres, and some of the biggest names of the year are among them. Most, if not all, of the films I am most looking forward to will be in attendance, and with the festival just around the corner, the time to get excited for these offerings is now.

Check out the full release below.

Now in its 36th year, the Toronto International Film Festival® today unveiled a selection of films in the 2011 Galas and Special Presentations programmes. The selection comprises 10 Galas and 43 Special Presentations, including 31 World Premieres. Running from September 8 to 18, this year’s Festival presents the world premieres of films from directors Bruce Beresford, Luc Besson, Rémi Bezancon, Cameron Crowe, Terence Davies, Mathieu Demy, Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, Roland Emmerich, Julian Farino, »

- Marc Eastman

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Charlotte Rampling, Francis Ford Coppola, Pearl Jam, Andy Lau, Freida Pinto: Toronto 2011

27 July 2011 12:32 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Judy Davis, Charlotte Rampling, The Eye of the Storm Kristen Wiig, Megan Fox, Lars von Trier, Matthew McConaughey, Sigourney Weaver: Toronto 2011 Pearl Jam TwentyCameron Crowe, World Premiere — Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon after their rise to megastardom, their step back from centre stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them – giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. Told in big themes and bold colours with blistering sound, the film is carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely seen and never-before seen footage spanning the band’s career. Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, and part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists. The Eye of the Storm —  Fred Schepisi, International Premiere — In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, »

- D. Zhea

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Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2011 Galas and Special Presentations

26 July 2011 9:16 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

It looks like we're in for another great year at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I'm excited to be just a little bit closer to the action this time around. The very first titles from the 2011 fest were announced today, and there were definitely a lot of familiar faces among the 10 Galas and 43 Special Presentations. George Clooney is back with two films this year (The Ides of March and The Descendants) and many other Tiff alumni are returning with their latest works including David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method), Lars Von Trier (Melancholia), Todd Solondz (Dark Horse), Fernando Meirelles (360), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Steve McQueen (Shame), Pedro Almodóvar (The Skin I Live In), Michael Winterbottom (Trishna) and Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz). Both Moneyball and 50/50 fill the requisite "big September release with awards potential" slots, while Roland Emmerich's Anonymous was a bit of a surprise pick. However, for the first time ever, »

- Sean

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Tiff 2011: Check Out The Amazing List Of The First 50 Films Announced (Special Presentations)

26 July 2011 12:52 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has begun to announce the slate of its 36th edition and it is already an incredible lineup. I’ve attended the festival in the past two years and plan to return again this year in hopes of providing our readers with some great coverage.

So far, 40 films have been announced including new movies from George Clooney, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Fernando Meirelles, Terence Davies, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Lasse Hallstrom, Pedro Almodóvar, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, Lynne Ramsay, Jay & Mark Duplass and Cameron Crowe. Are you drooling yet?

Here is the list of the special presentations.

Special Presentations

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11 Flowers

Wang Xiaoshuai, China/France

Wang Han, an 11-year-old boy in the province of Ghizhou is confronted with a runaway murderer. Hiding in the woods, the wounded man takes Wang Han drying shirt and persuades him to help him out. Frightened and fascinated at once, »

- Ricky

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Toronto International Film Festival announces 2011 line-up

26 July 2011 11:42 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Toronto International Film Festival, which has become an increasingly important platform for awards-seeking titles in recent years (Both The King’s Speech and Black Swan played there last year), announced its 2011 line-up this morning.

The 11-day festival, set to kick off on Sept. 8, will feature the world premieres of Moneyball, a baseball drama starring Brad Pitt; 50/50, a cancer dramedy with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen; Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, a drama starring George Clooney; Butter, a butter-carving satire featuring Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman; Albert Nobbs, an Iris-set period drama starring Glenn Close; and Francis Ford Coppola’s murder-mystery Twixt, »

- Grady Smith

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Tiff 2011 Line-Up Includes New Cronenberg, Coppola, Clooney, Payne, and Many More

26 July 2011 7:54 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Update: A batch of new photos from some of the films below have been released. Check them out here.

After Cannes kicks off in the spring, Venice and Toronto are the two biggest kickstarters for the 2011 awards race. This morning the latter festival have announced their initial line-up, and it is fantastic. Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 8th to 18th, and you can see the full line-up below, but I’m most excited for new films from David Cronenberg, Steve McQueen, Sarah Polly, Francis Ford Coppola, Oren Moverman and many more. Davis Guggenheim’s U2 documentary From the Sky Down will open the fest. Check out the full list of gala and special presentations below, along with each synopsis. We’ll be there covering the fest as well.

Galas

Albert Nobbs Rodrigo Garcia, Ireland

World Premiere

A witty Irish-set period drama about the lives of staff at »

- Jordan Raup

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Toronto International Film Festival Commences 2011 Announcements with Galas and Special Presentations

26 July 2011 2:19 AM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Now in its 36th year, the Toronto International Film Festival® today unveiled a selection of films in the 2011 Galas and Special Presentations programs. The selection comprises 10 Galas and 43 Special Presentations, including 31 World Premieres. Running from September 8 to 18, this year‟s Festival presents the world premieres of films from directors Bruce Beresford, Luc Besson, Rémi Bezancon, Cameron Crowe, Terence Davies, Mathieu Demy, Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, Roland Emmerich, Julian Farino, Jim Field Smith, Francis Ford Coppola, Marc Foster, Rodrigo Garcia, Lasse Hallstrom, Huh Jong-ho, Cédric Khan, Jonathan Levine, Jamie Linden, Derick Martini, Fernando Meirelles, Bennett Miller, Oren Moverman, Daniel Nettheim, Pawel Pawlikowski, Alexander Payne, Sarah Polley, Malgoska Szumowska, Jonathan Teplitzky, Jennifer Westfeldt, Michael Winterbottom and Wang Xiaoshuai.Filmmakers Pedro Almodóvar, George Clooney, David Cronenberg, Ralph Fiennes, William Friedkin, Ann Hui, Madonna, Steve McQueen, Nanni Moretti, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, Lynne Ramsay, Todd Solondz, Morten Tyldum and Lars von Trier »

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Box Office: May 6-8, 2011: Thor, Fast Five, Something Borrowed

9 May 2011 8:08 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The hammer struck soundly. Thor premiered in Number One spot at the box office with $66 Million. Fast Five was Second with $32.5 Million for $139.8 Million so far. Jumping the Broom premiered in Third Place with $13.7 Million. Something Borrowed premiered in Fourth Place with $13.1 Million. Rio was Fifth with $8.2 Million for $114.9 Million so far. Water for Elephants, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, Prom, Soul Surfer, and Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil rounded out the top ten respectively.

Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on comic book character of the same name published by Marvel Comics and is the fourth film released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was released on April 21, 2011 in Australia and on May 6, 2011 in the United States. Thor was also released in 3D and IMAX 3D. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Ray StevensonIdris Elba, Rene Russo, and »

- filmbook

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‘Jumping the Broom’: Review Revue

6 May 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Everett Collection Laz Alonso, Paula Patton and T.D. Jakes in “Jumping the Broom

Meeting-the-family-at-a-big-event is a popular conceit for comedies. So is the war between the classes. Director Salim Akil marries these ideas in “Jumping the Broom,” a comedy/drama that chronicles the exploits of two African-American families who meet for the first time at their children’s wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. Does Akil faithfully portray familial squabbles while digging deeper into class conflict? See what the critics have to say. »

- Julie Steinberg

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Film Review: No Leap of Faith to Enjoy ‘Jumping the Broom’

6 May 2011 3:41 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There is a tradition within the African American community during weddings. It stems from the past, when marriage was deemed illegal for the race, and provides the title for a new film, “Jumping the Broom.” The now symbolic gesture is the basis for a clash between families and social classses in one seriocomic marriage weekend.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The situation immediately engages by putting a new spin on an old situation, the interaction between a bride and groom’s families. In this scenario the bride’s family is overtly wealthy, while the groom has a more middle class structure. Misunderstandings spring from this distinction, but also the truths that are revealed become more stark in light of the emotional wedding sensitivity, with a lot of decent laughs thrown in.

Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) makes a promise in prayer that she will not sleep with another man unless it is on her wedding night. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Angela Bassett Takes a Leap in ‘Jumping the Broom’

4 May 2011 6:01 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Angela Bassett has a quiet sophistication, when combined with her movie star presence only enhances her unique beauty. She is also a superior actor, taking on an intriguing role as a matriarch in the upcoming film “Jumping the Broom.”

The film regards an African-American tradition, the old custom of “jumping the broom” to secure their vows. Bassett plays Claudine Watson, the upper class mother of soon-to-be-wed daughter Sabrina (Paula Patton). The film features a clash between Bassett’s character and that of the groom’s family, who are decidedly working class. The levels of interacting, the exposition of class issues and the traditions in current African American culture sets this story apart from previous films in the same genre.

Wedding Bell Blues: Paula Patton (Sabrina) and Angela Bassett (Claudine) in ‘Jumping the Broom

Photo credit: © TriStar Pictures

After earning her Masters Degree at the Yale School of Drama in the 1980s, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Tmp's Summer 2011 Movie Guide: May

30 April 2011 8:03 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

It's kind of shocking to see all the films being released this summer.  There's going to be almost 50 wide release movies in the next four months alone!  Superhero blockbusters, comedy mega giants, and animated behemoths await us during this busy movie season.  Literally every week will see another blockbuster unleashed upon movie theaters.  It seems like such a daunting task to sort through them all, doesn't it?  But we here at TheMoviePool slogged through cinematic high waters to bring you the information you need.  Posters, trailers, pictures, and more await as we give you the skinny on every high profile movie releasing this summer.  Summer 2011 is going to be big...and we're going to kick it off in style.  Without furthur ado, here's Part One of our massive four part guide to Summer 2011 At the Movies.

Thor

Release: May 6 (Wide)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Superhero

Release: PG-13 for sequences of intense science fiction action and violence. »

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