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After highlighting the best films of the year thus far, it’s time to turn our attention to the fall. While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.
The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, Kim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s Lbj, A Monster Calls, »
- Jordan Raup
Following in the footsteps of alums like Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Ryan Coogler, eight up-and-coming directors just completed the Sundance Directors Lab. For four weeks these directing fellows worked with actors and production crews to shoot and edit key scenes from their screenplays. Throughout the process they were mentored, working one-on-one with creatives advisors as they made key discoveries about their scripts, collaborated with actors and found a visual storytelling language for their films.
Photo Gallery: Sundance Lab Throwback — Tarantino, Pt Anderson, Cary Fukunaga, Ryan Coogler and Others Workshop Their First Features
Sundance’s creative advisors include an impressive list of great filmmakers and teachers, including Robert Redford himself, who return to Park City to mentor the new class of directors. We recently asked this year’s fellows what was the best piece of advice they received and who gave it to them.
“In working with actors, »
- Chris O'Falt
Ahead of its Us release next month, Sony Pictures Classics has released a trailer for John Krasinski’s upcoming comedy drama The Hollars. The film marks the second directorial feature for Krasinski, who also stars alongside Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margo Martindale, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day and Richard Jenkins; take a look below after the official synopsis…
John Krasinski’s big-hearted family comedy takes a touching look at the ties that bind. Krasinski plays John Hollar, a frustrated graphic novelist anxiously awaiting the birth of his baby with girlfriend, Rebecca (Anna Kendrick). When his mother, Sally (Margo Martindale), is diagnosed with a brain tumor, John flies back home, where denial runs deep in the family tree. While his loving but fractured family pulls together to prepare Sally for surgery, John takes a second look at the life he left behind.
The Hollars is set for release on August 26th in the States. »
- Amie Cranswick
Nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday by Anthony Anderson (ABC’s black-ish) and Lauren Graham (of Netflix’s upcoming Gilmore Girls revival), and HBO’s Game of Thrones led the pack with 23 total nominations, including for best drama and with three supporting actress contenders.
RelatedEmmy Nominations 2016: Michael Ausiello’s Snappy Judgements
TVLine has detailed the major nominees below; visit Emmys.com for the full list. Your job here, as opinionated connoisseurs of TV, »
"Mom said things haven't been great." Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled a trailer for The Hollars, the indie comedy directed by actor John Krasinski, who also stars in the film. Similar to the other indie Other People, the story is about a son who returns home to spend time with his mother who has been diagnosed with cancer, and along the way deals with some of his own life problems. The ensemble cast includes Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mary Kay Place, Margo Martindale, Josh Groban, Sharlto Copley and Randall Park. This wasn't really one of my favorites out of Sundance, but it has some charm to it, and the cast is fun together. You can see what it's about below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for John Krasinski's The Hollars, direct from Spc's YouTube: Aspiring NYC artist John Hollar returns to his middle »
- Alex Billington
John Krasinski’s family dramedy, “The Hollars,” was a Sundance Film Festival hit this year, with Sony Pictures Classics quickly picking up the distribution rights. Now, the studio has just released the first trailer for the heartwarming film.
The story follows Krasinski as John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist who returns to the small middle-American town he left when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Upon his arrival, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York.
- Liz Calvario
John Krasinski's signature sense of humor is definitely on display in the trailer for his new movie, The Hollars. The actor not only stars alongside Anna Kendrick, but he also directed the film, which features Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins as his parents. Krasinski plays a struggling artist who goes back to his hometown because of his mother's illness, and fans of The Office will be happy to hear that there are shades of Jim Halpert in the movie. Get more details in our review of the movie, which hits theaters on Aug. 26. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York.
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- Michelle McCue
John Krasinski is taking his second seat in the director’s chair — after 2009’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men — with The Hollars, which premiered at Sundance and has been given its first trailer ahead of a fall release. The dramedy finds Krasinski returning to his small town upon learning of his mother’s illness and imminent surgery.
We said in our Sundance review, “Directed by Krasinski (his second feature following Brief Interviews With Hideous Men), the convenient plot and archetypal characters work well enough thanks to strong performances and an earnest script from James C. Strouse, who wrote and directed the lovable People, Places, Things from last year.”
The Hollars hits theaters August 26th.
- Mike Mazzanti
HBO is marking the 15th anniversary of the Six Feet Under TV show premiere, with a marathon of the entire run of the hit drama series on HBO2. All 63 episodes will air back-to-back starting tonight, Thursday, June 2 at 11:00pm Et/Pt. The marathon concludes Sunday, June 5 at 12:20pm, with the Six Feet Under TV series finale, "Everyone's Waiting."
A darkly comedic, surreal, family drama series from Alan Ball, Six Feet Under premiered June 3, 2001 and ran for 63 episodes, over the course of five seasons. The critically acclaimed Six Feet Under TV series finale aired August 21, 2005. The Six Feet Under cast includes: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick, and Rachel Griffiths. Justina Machado, Jeremy Sisto, Lili Taylor, Joanna Cassidy, Richard Jenkins, and Rainn Wilson recurred.
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Quick Hits• Last Year's Winner: Richard Jenkins, "Olive Kitteridge" • Was It an Upset? Yes. Though it was a split decision 'til the end, David Oyelowo ("Nightingale") was seen by many as the favorite.• Still Eligible? No• Hot Streak: Despite the proliferation of limited series in the past few years, some smaller networks have managed to earn trophies. PBS, History and ReelzChannel have won in the last five years alone.• Fun Fact: None other than Laurence Olivier has the most wins in this category with four — "The Moon and Sixpence" (1960), "Long Day's Journey into Night" (1973), "Love Among the Ruins" (1975), and "King Lear" (1984). While not quite as crazy as the Oscars, the Emmys aren’t free from category fraud, so who, exactly, ends up representing their chosen TV shows is still uncertain — and the choices each network makes in this regard will certainly play a big part in shaping »
- Ben Travers
Quick Hits• Last Year's Winner: Richard Jenkins, "Olive Kitteridge" • Was It an Upset? Yes. Though it was a split decision 'til the end, David Oyelowo ("Nightingale") was seen by many as the favorite.• Still Eligible? No• Hot Streak: Despite the proliferation of limited series in the past few years, some smaller networks have managed to earn trophies. PBS, History and ReelzChannel have won in the last five years alone.• Fun Fact: None other than Laurence Olivier has the most wins in this category with four — "The Moon and Sixpence" (1960), "Long Day's Journey into Night" (1973), "Love Among the Ruins" (1975), and "King Lear" (1984). While not quite as crazy as the Oscars, the Emmys aren’t free from category fraud, so who, exactly, ends up representing their chosen TV shows is still uncertain — and the choices each network makes in this regard will certainly play a big part in shaping...
- Ben Travers
Following his success with 20th Century Fox's The Martian, which was nominated for Best Picture and made over $630 million worldwide, director Ridley Scott is reuniting with the studio and The Martian writer Drew Goddard for a new project. 20th Century Fox has closed a deal for the rights to author S. Craig Zahler's Western novel Wraiths of the Broken Land, which Ridley Scott will direct from an adapted script by Drew Goddard. Both the writer and director are also set to produce, alongside Michael Schaefer, Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood.
Wraiths Of The Broken Land is set at the turn of the 20th Century in a town near the Mexican border. The story follows a group of men who team up to find their sisters, who have all been taken captive. As these men cross treacherous badlands to find their beloved siblings, their lives, ethics and sanity are put on the line. »
Here are the hottest titles to look out for on the 2016 Cannes Film Festival market.
Director: Michael Cuesta
Key Cast: Michael Keaton
Plot: Spy thriller based on Vince Flynn’s blockbuster books.
Sales: Lionsgate Intl.
Plot: Determined to fit in, an immigrant teen facing racism and bullying joins his high school wrestling team and against all odds, leads his team to the state championships.
Sales: Radiant Films Intl.
Director: Trish Sie
Key cast: Maddie Hasson,
Plot: Based on the popular Ya novel “Anna Dressed in Blood.”
Sales: The Solution Entertainment Group (intl.)
Key cast: Clive Owen, »
- Variety Staff
The intensity of Michael Shannon‘s onscreen presence and the overwhelming (sometimes too-overwhelming) authorial control wielded by Guillermo del Toro may very well be a match made in Heaven. We should soon have a sense of their compatibility: the latter is looking to cast the former in his Fox Searchlight-backed Cold War romance, supposedly titled The Shape of Water, which has secured Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Richard Jenkins. [The Wrap]
Here’s the synopsis that came in last week:
We’re hearing that the fairytale, set in 1963, centers around Elisa (Hawkins), a mute janitor working at a lab where an amphibious man is being held captive. When Elisa falls in love with the creature, she devises a plan to help him escape with the assistance of her neighbor (Jenkins). The world outside of the lab, however, may prove to be more dangerous for the amphibious man than Elisa could have anticipated. »
- Nick Newman
The actor is in talks to join Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg in the film, which del Toro will both direct and co-produce alongside his Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak collaborator, Callum Greene.
Shannon will have appeared in a little over 10 2016 films by the end of the year, which is practically unheard of, especially for an actor of his caliber. He has already popped up in Frank & Lola, Midnight Special, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Elvis & Nixon, but audiences will also soon be seeing him in Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals and more.
At the time, most details about the project are still rumours, as they »
- Justin Cook
Set in 1963, the story centers around Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute janitor working at a lab where an amphibious man is being held captive. When Elisa falls in love with the creature, she devises a plan to help him escape with the assistance of her neighbor (Richard Jenkins).
The world outside of the lab, however, may prove to be more dangerous for the amphibious man than Elisa could have anticipated. Shannon's role is said to be that of the villain, while Octavia Spencer and Michael Stulhbarg also star.
Del Toro is planning a shoot this summer and is in the casting stages.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The project, which has been rumored to be titled “The Shape of Water,” is set in 1963 with Shannon playing the villain of the story. A mute laboratory worker, to be played by Sally Hawkins, falls in love with an amphibious man who’s being held captive.
Shannon stars in Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” Liza Johnson’s “Elvis & Nixon” and as General Zod in Zack Snyder‘s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He also starred in Nichols’ interracial marriage drama “Loving” and Tom Ford‘s “Nocturnal Animals.”
Universal bought the rights to his drama “Frank & Lola” for $2 million at Sundance.
Shannon is represented by CAA, »
- Dave McNary
In the midst of a banner year, Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon is in talks to star opposite Sally Hawkins in Guillermo del Toro‘s Cold War love story that is taking shape at Fox Searchlight, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Rumored to be titled “The Shape of Water,” the mysterious film is described as an other-worldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963. Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg will co-star in the period picture, which del Toro is producing with Callum Greene, who worked on both “Pacific Rim” and “Crimson Peak.” Also Read: Michael Shannon Is 'Utterly Unconcerned'. »
- Jeff Sneider
Alex Ross Perry's Golden Exits will feature Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny and Analeigh Tipton. We're also gathering word on other features in the works from Guillermo del Toro (with Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Richard Jenkins), Volker Schlöndorff (with Stellan Skarsgård and Nina Hoss), Ciro Guerra, Carlos Reygadas, David Robert Mitchell, Amat Escalante, Ava DuVernay, Lech Majewski, Andy Serkis… And David Cronenberg "will step to the other side of the camera to star opposite Karine Vanasse in writer/director Geordie Sabbagh's sci-fi short film Tomorrow's Shadows," according to the Hollywood Reporter. » - David Hudson »
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