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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 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” with Matt Damon, and Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” were among the world premieres unveiled Tuesday during the Festival’s first major announcement.
In addition to more than a dozen Gala titles, more than 30 Special Presentations films were also revealed, with world premieres including Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” and Nicolas Hytner’s “The Lady In The Van.”
With the bulk of Toronto’s slate still under wraps, this first blast reflects the fest’s high-street persona in its mix of awards-season contenders (world-premiering pics alongside Sundance, Cannes and other fest-circuit notables), hot-topic cinema, high-profile Canadian titles, foreign pics likely to connect with North American audiences and star power.
- Jennie Punter
Celebrity impersonations are undeniably one of the staples of "Saturday Night Live." Week after week for 40 seasons, hosts and cast members alike have been portraying either the buzziest stars of the moment or some random famous person they happen to have a knack for copying. There have been hits and misses, but when the parodies are good, they become some of the most memorable sketches in history. We salute "SNL" for giving us master mimics like Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon, and Maya Rudolph and more throughout the years. Here's a look at 25 cast members and their best impressions ever.
- Alana Altmann
With her latest buddy comedy Sisters — in which she stars with friend and fellow SNL alum Tina Fey — having been recently completed, the void in Poehler’s schedule will likely be filled with the demands of the new Universal Pictures film, which the comedienne is also set to produce.
There aren’t a whole lot of details surrounding the project at the moment but according to Deadline, Poehler will play “a once-promising basketball coach” who deals with all sorts of pressures as she takes on the opportunity to lead an NBA basketball team backed by a somewhat reluctant parent organization. Barinholtz, who broke out as Ivan Dochenko in Danny McBride’s Eastbound & Down, is also said to play an unspecified role in the movie.
Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions »
- William Fanelli
Hoff the Record: Dave, 9pm
Unfortunately, tonight marks the end of the series for David Hasselhoff's mockumentary.
Hoff is invoiced by a charity but due to needing money agrees to co-star with Christopher Biggins in a panto instead. Travelling to meet his new co-star, Hoff is confused to find a child in the car.
Safeword: ITV2, 10pm
Each week, celebrity guests get their social media pages scrutinised for embarrassing information, which is then left open for the other celebrities to mock. The only way to make this stop is by using their safeword...
The Spoils Before Dying: Fox UK, 10:30pm
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. The film also stars Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Dianne Wiest, John Cena, and James Brolin.
Fey produces the comedy alongside Jay Roach (Meet the Parents series) and John S. Lyons (Austin Powers in Goldmember), and Poehler executive produces alongside Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell from a script by Paula Pell (TV’s Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock).
As much as I love both Fey and Poehler, this trailer leaves me a little disappointed. I suppose I might be guilty of holding them to a »
- Mike Tyrkus
"Trainwreck," the new Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie, examines the plight of one snarly woman as she exits her familiar world of sexual freedom and hangovers for a detour into serious romance. Though several eye-popping cameos and supporting performances buttress the film, Schumer's performance is the acting triumph of "Trainwreck." Without her shaky conscience and burgeoning sense of fulfillment, the movie's conventional story might feel staid. Thankfully, it's anything but. Schumer's performance marks a welcome addition to cinema's long line of strident, hilarious female protagonists. We're celebrating that lineage with a list: the 20 best female-driven comedies ever. Some are old and some are new, but all are marked by a degree of cosmopolitan fun and nerviness -- and the occasional slap from Cher. 20. "How to Marry a Millionaire" We remember Lauren Bacall as a glamor girl with a damning grimace, but let's start revising that narrative to include her chops as a comic force. »
- Louis Virtel
The Fox Searchlight project, also starring Chris O’Dowd, had been set to start shooting in about a week and executives have begun seeking a replacement for Moore. Anne Carey is producing.
Holofcener is directing from her own script, based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by journalist Lee Israel. In 1992, Israel had fallen on hard times and began selling letters that she had forged from deceased writers and actors. When the forgeries started to raise suspicion, she turned to stealing the actual letters from library archives and sold them.
In 1993, Israel pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen property and served six months under house arrest. She died last year.
The film would have been Moore’s first since her lead actress Oscar win for “Still Alice. »
- Dave McNary
What do you do when your parents sell your childhood home? Throw a party, of course!
In Sisters, disconnected siblings Maura (Amy Poehler) and Jane (Tina Fey) – now adults – reunite to sort through the mess accumulated throughout the years in their shared bedroom. Both playing against type, Poehler is the uptight over-achiever and Fey is… the “other” one, a wild child, looking to recapture her glory days.
Before they return to their separate lives, however, Maura and Jane throw one last house party for their former classmates – and, no, they’re no inviting Maya Rudolph.
Watch the first trailer for Sisters, which opens December 18, below:
- Sasha James
As a comedy team, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have always been perfect. They complement each other to such an extent that any instance of performance is instantly elevated by their pairing. From Saturday Night Live to the Golden Globes telecast – with 2004’s Mean Girls and 2008’s Baby Mama along the way – these two are never more effective than when they are locked in a game of verbal tennis with each other in some heightened, comedic situation. It is no surprise, then, that there has been a significant amount of anticipation for their next cinematic reunion – Sisters – which is due for release on December 18th 2015.
Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and written by Paula Pell (Saturday Night Live) Sisters is essentially a ‘vehicle’ for this tag-team of hilarity – and indeed, it was written specifically for these two actresses to undertake. Starring as siblings Maura (Poehler) and Jane (Tina), the »
- Sarah Myles
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have called each other "work wife" since their careers intertwined at "Saturday Night Live," but for this forthcoming comedy, the dynamic changes to "Sisters." Check out the first trailer for "Sisters" below, which also features another SNL alum, Maya Rudolph, and her significant belt. The Paula Pell-penned flick -- due in theaters on Christmas day -- is directed by Jason Moore, helmer behind the first "Pitch Perfect." The plot centers on two sisters who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. »
- Katie Hasty
The Tonight Show staged a mini-Saturday Night Live reunion Tuesday as Jimmy Fallon invited his fellow Weekend Update anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to debut the trailer for their new comedy Sisters. In the film, Poehler and Fey play sisters who, after learning their parents sold their childhood home, decide to throw one last party at the house. "If you like us and you like sisters and you like us playing sisters, you're gonna love Sisters," Poehler told The Tonight Show crowd. Sisters is due out December 18th. »
The two play disconnected siblings who throw a massive rager that ultimately brings them closer together. They also tear up the dance floor, where Fey locks eyes with a tatted-up John Cena — “the type of bada– that [she’s] susceptible to.”
Directed by “Pitch Perfect” helmer by Jason Moore and written by “Saturday Night Live” vet Paula Pell, the movie also includes appearances by their fellow “SNL” alums Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Kate McKinnon. Ike Barinholtz, Dianne Wiest and John Leguizamo round out the supporting cast.
The comedy from Universal hits theaters on December 18.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are total Besties, right? Whether it’s the update desk or making jokes about Jodie Foster’s Beaver at the Golden Globes, the two of them together in the same room are unstoppable. They don’t look anything alike, but they may as well be sisters.
While Baby Mama was something of a let down, their latest Sisters gives us exactly the crass, goofy gal-mance we’ve been waiting for since last awards season. Directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore and written by SNL and 30 Rock writer Paula Pell, Sisters also stars Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch, and John Cena. Here’s the synopsis:
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. »
- Brian Welk
Sisters Trailer. Jason Moore‘s Sisters (2015) movie trailer stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Ike Barinholtz. Sisters‘ plot synopsis: “Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home.” This looks like an above average comedy, which makes sense when you look at the talent involved. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Can Tina Fey and Amy Poehler be our sisters?! In Sisters, the Universal Pictures comedy directed by Jason Moore and written by Paula Pell, Fey and Poehler play estranged siblings who throw a final party at their house, which their parents are selling. Fans were treated to a first look before the Golden Globes in January, and on Tuesday, the film's first trailer debuted on YouTube. The movie features an all-star comedic cast that includes Ike Barinholtz, Samantha Bee, James Brolin, Dan Byrd, John Cena, Rachel Dratch, John Leguizamo, Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph and, yes, rapper Ja Rule. Poehler plays Maura, "the perfect sister," while Fey plays Katie, "the other sister." When »
The film sees the pair portray siblings who decide to throw one final party in their parents' home before it is sold.
It marks the first time Poehler and Fey have starred in a film together since 2008's Baby Mama.
Sisters opens on December 18 in the Us and on January 1, 2016 in the UK. »
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler already seem like they were separated at birth, so "Sisters" is just the natural next step. The movie's first trailer was just released and shows the comedy stars in the kind of raunchy, immature roles that usually go to man-children like Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler. Since this film is opening on December 18, the same days as "Star Wars: Episode VII," you could consider it counter-programming. It doesn't have a prayer of dominating the box office, but it's a good option if all of the "Star Wars" screenings are full. And it'll be great to see later on DVD, especially if they include a gag reel.
Anyway, here's the trailer:
Already love the ballerina music box scene. Here's the synopsis Universal shared with the trailer:
- Gina Carbone
Universal Pictures has unveiled a full-length trailer for its upcoming "Sisters" comedy, re-teaming Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Check out the trailer below. Plot: The story focuses on two sisters (Fey, Poehler) who return home to find their parents' house, the house they grew up in, has been put up for sale. So in order to properly say goodbye to their childhood home, they decide to spend one more wild weekend together there, bonding, feuding and finally growing up, which includes throwing the kind of party they were known for back in high school. The new movie will hit theaters on December 18th and co-stars Maya Rudolph, John Leguizamo, John Cena, and James Brolin. Trailer: »
Fey and Poehler have worked together on numerous films and projects over the years, including Mean Girls, Baby Mama and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. They also co-hosted the Golden Globes together for three straight years, from 2013 to 2015.
Sisters is about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
The script for the film was penned by Paula Pell, who is another Saturday Night Live veteran. Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) directed a cast that includes such actors as Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Maya Rudolph »
- Justin Cook
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