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While producing a few interesting efforts (notably Jeffrey Tambor comedy Transparent), Amazons pilot seasons where a handful of shows are trialled and the best are given a full series order have largely felt underwhelming. This third pilot season, though, looks promising, featuring contributions from David Gordon Green (80s comedy Red Oaks) and World War Z director Marc Forster (antihero drama Hand Of God), and acting turns from Ron Perlman (Hand Of God) and Mena Suvari (sci-fi thriller Hysteria). Were most excited by The Cosmopolitans, a Paris-set comedy drama from that master depicter of the haute bourgeoisie, Whit Stillman. Catch the lot from Thursday on Amazon Prime.
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- Gwilym Mumford
The Toronto International Film Festival will celebrate Bill Murray Day on September 5th, commemorating the actor's career with public screenings of three of his biggest movies — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — and ending with the world premiere of his latest effort, St. Vincent, Deadline reports. Murray has also agreed to participate in an audience Q&A following St. Vincent to discuss both the film and his career.
Tickets for the three Murray classics go on sale at 8 a.m. on September 5th at the Tiff Bell Lightbox box office; the »
Resident Evil 6 has been postponed due to the fact star Milla Jovovich is pregnant. Jovovich, who's married to Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson, revealed the news on her Facebook page while also confirming the film's title will be Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Filming is expected to take place next year on what will likely be the last film in the franchise. Facebook Patrick Warburton is returning for Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 reprising his role as Guy, the co-worker of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). Mila Kunis is also expected to be back along with Amanda Seyfried signing on to star. The film is set to hit theaters on June 26, 2015. Deadline Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson is set to direct a CG-animated feature inspired by the Biblical story for Unified Pictures. The press release says the film will tell the story from the point of view of the animals, »
- Brad Brevet
One of the most anticipated titles of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival is Rosewater, the first film from savvy late-night talk show host and deadpan comedy expert Jon Stewart. However, even with buzz mounting due to this being Stewart’s first directorial effort, Rosewater is not what many may expect. It’s a political film – but not a comedy – telling the true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was covering Iran’s elections for Newsweek when authorities imprisoned him for five months. In an intriguing twist, his arrest happened after Bahari appeared in a satirical bit with Jason Jones on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Iranian authorities did not like the joke and threw him in prison, where he was interrogated and tortured.
Stewart opened up to Entertainment Weekly about his hotly awaited debut. He told the publication that he felt out of his league stepping onto »
- Jordan Adler
Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late ’30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca have sought to position themselves as viable alternatives to Sundance.
Rarely, however, have such tensions spiked quite so visibly, or with such high stakes involved, as in the case of Telluride and Toronto.
Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, the 41-year-old Telluride Film Festival is an intimate four-day affair that screens a highly selective program for Hollywood elites and deep-pocketed movie buffs. The 39-year-old Toronto Film Festival is an 11-day press and industry behemoth, Byzantine in its complexity and Canadian in its efficiency, which unspools about 300 features and attracts journalists, publicists, filmmakers and dealmakers from all over the world. Two very different events, forced by the vagaries of art, commerce »
- Justin Chang
Aug. 21-Sept. 1
Montreal World Festival
Celebrating its 38th year with a distinctly Gallic flavor, Mwff will open with “We Love You, You Bastard,” from French director — and longtime festival supporter — Claude Lelouch. Montreal closes with a tribute to another French legend, the late Alain Resnais and his last film, “Life of Riley.” But it’s not all France all the time. The fest is dedicated to the late Latin American literary icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and will be developing the new European Films Screening section, along with greater co-production ties with a large Chinese delegation of key industry players.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Telluride Film Festival
Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that doesn’t announce its sked until the day before it begins. The festival’s reputation — it has hosted several Oscar winners and nominees over the years — means that cinema lovers don’t mind going in blind. »
- Iain Blair
Jon Stewart’s directing debut is not a comedy. In fact, it’s about as far from funny as he could get. The Daily Show host adapted Rosewater (in theaters Nov. 7) from the 2011 memoir of Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured for 118 days following Iran’s highly contested 2009 presidential election.
While it might seem like odd source material for a comedian, Stewart has a personal connection to the story: Bahari had appeared in a 2009 Daily Show segment with Jason Jones. Bahari’s interrogators later used that sketch against him as evidence that he was a Western collaborator. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
With the Toronto International Film Festival just two weeks away starting on September 4 and running through September 14, Tiff has finalized their full slate of films along with the film schedule.
According to a press release, additions to this latest slate include World Premieres of concert-doc Roger Waters The Wall, Theodore Melfi’s Bill Murray vehicle St. Vincent, Kryzstof Zanussi’s Foreign Body and Raoul Peck’s Murder in Pacot. Also announced are the North American premieres of James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, Isao Takahata’s Studio Ghibli film The Tale of Princess Kaguya and the Palme D’Or winning film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Winter Sleep.
This last slate of announcement brings the total film count to a whopping 285 features and 108 shorts, including 143 World Premieres and 73 North American Premieres.
Tiff also disclosed their list of Mavericks Conversations, intimate talks with filmmakers and actors following screenings of their films. »
- Brian Welk
A couple of new Rosewater images have been released for comedian and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut as the film’s World Premiere looms closer. Written and directed by Stewart, the pic stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Kim Bodnia and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me. Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater.” Stewart had a personal connection to the story, as Bahari’s previous Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy. This has been high on my most anticipated list for some time, and I’m extremely eager to see what Stewart has put together when the film screens at the Toronto International Film Festival. »
- Adam Chitwood
It seems as if the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup is more or less set. I'm not expecting any major additions after today's announcement and have taken another look at my current list of most likely films I'll be screening while in town, though this is largely based on title and director alone as I have yet to really dig into the titles unfamiliar to me so it's possible a few may find their way into the mix once all is said and done. That said, if you think there are some I'm missing please let me know... don't want to overlook anything. Note, I will be in Toronto from September 3-10 and expect I'll see about 18 movies maximum while I'm there. Right now the full list below is 48 movies not including the four I've already seen (but have yet to review) and the one I don't think I'll even have a chance to see. »
- Brad Brevet
The 66th Emmy Awards ceremony has added to its list of presenters, with latenight names signing on for the telecast.
Host Seth Meyers announced Tuesday morning via Twitter that his latenight contemporaries Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel will be on deck to present at the kudos, where all three of their programs are nominated for outstanding variety series.
On Monday's #Emmys my late night friends @JimmyKimmel, @Stephenathome & @JimmyFallon are all confirmed to present!—
Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) August 19, 2014
Colbert has already taken home a gong this year for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series for “The Colbert Report,” while Fallon won for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” during last week’s Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.
- Shelli Weinstein
More and more, film festivals are relying on more than film programming to lure audiences. The expansive Toronto International Film Festival (latest additions to program here) is no exception. This year's Mavericks lineup of nine speakers in a Q & A format is high profile indeed. Jon Stewart will talk his directorial debut about journalism, "Rosewater," and Robert Duvall will converse on his entire stellar career up to Tiff opener "The Judge." Perhaps to make up for world premiering "Wild" at Telluride, producer-star Reese Witherspoon will do a conversation about that film as well as her supporting role in "The Good Lie." Another producer-star on display is Richard Gere, who worked closely with writer-director Oren Moverman on homeless drama "Time Out of Mind." "It's the continuation of a career that's been fascinating to watch," says Tiff programmer Thom Powers. "He's equally at home with big »
- Anne Thompson
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) is coming up fast, but organizers are still putting final touches on the festival’s impressive lineup. Highlights of today’s newly announced titles include the world premiere of the anticipated Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent, for which the actor is tipped to garner awards buzz, and Palme D’Or winner Winter Sleep‘s North American debut.
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Denzel Washington is one of the film world’s most prominent leading men, known best for his galvanizing portrayals of both real-life figures (Malcolm X, The Hurricane, American Gangster) and fictional characters (Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Flight). Washington returns to the Festival starring in The Equalizer, an intense thriller that reunites him with director Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen) for the first time since their Oscar-winning collaboration on Training Day. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Film fanatics and star gazers, your time is now. Well...almost now. More precisely, your time Will be September 4 - 14. That's when the A-list glitterati, with their films in tow, descend on downtown Hogtown as they flock to the Toronto International Film Festival.
As has become the norm, the list of Tiff-bound talent is both long and impressive. From movie stars to rock royalty, there'll be no shortage of bold-faced names to look out for. On the movie side of things, some big stars set to attend this year include Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Reynolds, Kate Winslet, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Robert Pattinson and Bill Murray.
As if those weren't enough names to keep you busy, let's not forget the masses of talented filmmakers making Toronto their temporary home during the festival. Among the big-named directors set to make an appearance are David Cronenberg, »
- Emma Badame
Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array of stars expected to alight on the red carpet of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
The fest today revealed an impressive roster of helmers and thesps planning to boost their latest work in Toronto next month. And with the critical four-day opening weekend packed exclusively — as per the new fest policy — with world premieres and North American premieres of studio awards contenders, buzzy acquisition titles, and hot U.S. and international arthouse fare, you can expect media frenzies, flash mobs of buyers, and intense afterparty rivalries like never before.
Slates for Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids were also unveiled today, as were a handful of late-breaking adds to other programs, bringing this year’s grand total to 393 films, »
- Jennie Punter
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist
Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist
Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist
(Winner) “Downton Abbey”
Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist
Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist
Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist
Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist
Ai Nakata, Hairstylist
Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimi Messina, »
- Variety Staff
As far as the Emmy nominees for Variety Series are concerned, it’s the politics, stupid. A category once dominated by music and sketches now tilts decidedly toward contemporary commentary and lampoons.
Whether the hook is faux news reporting (Jon Stewart; Stephen Colbert; “Saturday Night Live”) or legit roundtable punditry (Bill Maher), latenight explorations of the political process regularly garner nods — 2014 marks the third consecutive annual roster boasting the same six contenders.
Emmy voters have responded in a landslide. Over the past decade the statuette has exclusively landed on the two best-known, and arguably most influential, satirical series: 10 consecutive wins for “The Daily Show,” plus last year’s honoree and “Daily Show” spinoff, “The Colbert Report.”
Though political satire is clearly a force to be reckoned with at the Emmys, does it impact the world outside the industry? Howard Kurtz, host of Fox News’ “#MediaBuzz,” has no doubt. “These programs »
- Bob Verini
The actor could steal the show in mainstream movies, but it was the crazy, manic riffs and improvisations of his early standup days that made him a unique talent
Robin Williams obituary
Peter Bradshaw: 'A remarkable performer, a brutal shock'
There were two dividing impulses in Robin Williams's performances that could, roughly, be called his American and British sides. On the American side, there was the slushy tendency towards sentimentality, for which he became increasingly known, which, at its best, resulted in Dead Poets Society, The Birdcage and Mrs Doubtfire, and, at its worst, became Patch Adams and Old Dogs. Hollywood has long had a tendency to adopt the finest and most interesting comedians and then determinedly blunt the hard edges that make them interesting. Along with Richard Pryor, Williams was the most obvious example of that.
Then there was what could be called Williams's British side, »
- Hadley Freeman
Stephen Colbert compared Fox News personality Sean Hannity‘s on-air reporting skills to those of a 5-year-old boy interviewed at a county fair, and Hannity didn't think it was funny — even if he didn't know what the joke was. “First of all, he's not as funny as Jon Stewart. Stephen Colbert will have the lowest-rated late night show,” Hannity shot back during an interview with TVNewser. “There are issues that just aren't funny. Terrorism isn't funny. I didn't see the bit. I won't see it. I don't care.” Also read: Sean Hannity Wants to Educate ‘Dumb and Ignorant’ Russell Brand on Israel-Gaza Conflict While. »
- Greg Gilman
With the obvious exception of dear departed Ol Dirty Bastard, the entire Wu-Tang Clan reunited on “The Daily Show” last night to celebrate their 20th anniversary and because nothing brings old band members back together like a new album to promote. All nine surviving members, including RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Gza, and longtime hold-out Raekwon, performed “Ron O’Neal” from the November release, “A Better Tomorrow,” as well as Wu-Tang chestnut, “Triumph.” It’s worth watching the video just for the act’s intro and to meet a new surprise member. Raekwon, who told Rolling Stone in April that he wouldn’t be part of the new project because of business differences (as opposed to the usual creative differences), explained his change of heart—kind of— to Jon Stewart by comparing himself to an athlete: “I consider this a sport," Raekwon said. "I think it's important as »
- Melinda Newman
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