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by Eric Blume
Have patience watching director David Gordon Green’s film Stronger, which captures real-life Boston native Jeff Bauman (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) as he’s caught in the 2013 Marathon bombing. After a rickety start, Green relaxes into a nice rhythm and delivers an almost extinct creature: a true adult movie drama.
The first few scenes of Stronger come on a little, ahem, strong. They’re written to show what a great guy Bauman is (he cuts out from work so he and his lucky beer can help the Red Sox win, he stands up for his gay boss), and Green has all the actors pushing too hard. The initial scene where we meet Bauman’s family (including mom Miranda Richardson and girlfriend Tatiana Maslany) in a bar reeks of Boston cliché. It’s a very tricky thing, honestly capturing that lower-middle-class Beantown language and attitude, and Green overplays »
- Eric Blume
Three big titles, based on true stories and likely factoring in this year's awards race, are opening a very busy weekend of Specialty newcomers. Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in Fox Searchlight's Battle Of the Sexes, following its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. Also out of that festival is David Gordon Green's Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and Miranda Richardson, which had an exclusive bash earlier this week in New York. Roadside Attractions is… »
“Boston Strong” is the phrase that came out of the remarkable, resilient response of the people of Boston after the terrorist bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. “Boston Strong” spirit sparked admiration across the country, making the whole city seem heroic. Stronger is a true-story drama about one of the survivors of that attack, Jeff Bauman. Bauman lost both legs above the knees to the bomb but he not only survived, he helped identify one of the bombers.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a valiant performance by as Bauman, but director David Gordon Green gives the audience a different kind of story than they might be expecting. Green’s previous films include Snow Angels (2007) and All The Real Girls (2003), and the director seems determined to fit this true story about a historic event into that dramatic mold. »
- Cate Marquis
Jake Gyllenhaal took his latest role very seriously -- maybe even too seriously.
"I think just sometimes understanding his sense of humor in the midst of, like, pretty dark things, that was hard for me," Gyllenhaal revealed to Et's Cameron Mathison at the Toronto Film Festival last week. "Because I think I I sometimes take situations too seriously and I think his sense of humor, how crude it is in the face of situations where you never expect it."
Stronger, based off of Bauman's memoir of the same name, forced Gyllenhaal to learn to understand Bauman's pain as he adjusted to his new life after the bombing, and the actor says channeling Bauman's struggles helped him learn about himself.
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and Jeff Bauman talk their powerful true story, StrongerJake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and Jeff Bauman talk their powerful true story, StrongerAdriana Floridia9/21/2017 2:27:00 Pm
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Bauman, and at Tiff we had the chance to talk to both men together, as well as Tatiana Maslany who plays his wife Erin, and Miranda Richardson who plays his mother. As Gyllenhaal states, while the movie is about a very specific, recent event in American history, this is a film that we will all be able to relate to, as the human struggle depicted is universal.
Try not to tear up just watching this video, let alone the film itself, which opens at Cineplex theatres on September 22nd. Check out the interview below!
For tickets and showtimes to Stronger, »
- Adriana Floridia
Tatiana Maslany trades her Canadian roots to become Boston Strong in StrongerTatiana Maslany trades her Canadian roots to become Boston Strong in StrongerIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine9/21/2017 10:42:00 Am
After portraying 11 different clones (and winning an Emmy for her efforts) in the recently wrapped sci-fi series "Orphan Black", Tatiana Maslany is slacking off by playing just a single character, Erin Hurley, in this month’s Stronger.
The film is based on the book by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, who was standing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon waiting for girlfriend Hurley to complete the race when the blast from the bomb left by terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev exploded at his feet.
Bauman lost both legs — but was able to identify Tsarnaev from his hospital bed — and the movie recounts Bauman and Hurley’s relationship as he begins his arduous journey of recovery. »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
For the last few years, it has almost felt like a waiting game with Jake Gyllenhaal and the Academy. He has an Oscar nomination, but has been snubbed a few times since then, most notably for Nightcrawler. On Friday, Gyllenhaal turns in one of his very best and most awards friendly performances yet with Stronger, a biopic that manages to subvert the expectations of the genre. Films too often become standard issue when dealing with this sort of subject, but that’s not the case here. It’s damn near perfect and, at least in this writer’s humble opinion, 2017’s best movie to date. It’s a triumph. The movie is a biopic of Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal), one of the many affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. He’s a lovable schlub, someone who his on again off again girlfriend Erin Hurley (Tatiana Maslany) adores but can’t rely on. »
- Joey Magidson
Related stories'Stronger' Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Riveting in David Gordon Green's Boston Marathon Bombing Biopic -- Tiff'Stronger' Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany Look Incredible in Boston Bombing Drama'Nightcrawler' Director Dan Gilroy Reteaming With Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for New Film »
- William Earl
Based on a True Story: That phrase – Hollywood-speak for bullshit – can put audiences on guard for fact-fudging and bogus uplift. Not so with Stronger, a powerhouse biopic that sidesteps the pitfalls of the genre in favor of keeping it real, warts and all. Kudos to a brilliant, hilariously unexpected performance from Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, a beer-guzzling, Boston boyo who lost both his legs, just above the knee, in the 2013 Marathon bombing. For director David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express), the way to truly honor the man is »
While attending Tiff, one of the movies I was lucky enough to catch was the fact-based Boston Marathon drama, Stronger (Read My Review), from director David Gordon Green, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as survivor Jeff Bauman, with Tatiana Maslany as his girlfriend Erin, and Miranda Richardson as his mother, Patty. I was lucky enough to catch up with the stars, as well as Bauman himself, for an inspiring sit... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Tiff has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.Tiff Bell Lightbox
The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings for both public and industry are down the street at the Tiff Bell Lightbox and around the corner at the Scotia Multiplex. The dense mingling of public and industry at these venues and on the street itself which is closed to traffic for the first weekend but is open to pedestrians, photo-op spots, food trucks creates a festive bevvy of activity to the city. »
- Sydney Levine
Elisabeth Moss won the 2017 Emmy Award for outstanding drama actress on Sunday night.
The actress took home the golden statue for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale. She beat out fellow nominees Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Claire Foy (The Crown), Keri Russell (The Americans), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
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- Alexia Fernandez
The Emmys red carpet provides an opportunity for stars to make a statement. This year, several stars donned ribbons to support the American Civil Liberties Union.
Several of the actor nominees took part in the statement of support, including “Transparent” stars Kathryn Hahn and Judith Light, Elisabeth Moss (best drama actress for “The Handmaid’s Tale”), Ann Dowd (best supporting drama actress for “The Handmaid’s Tale”), Mandy Patinkin (best supporting actor in a drama series nominee for “Homeland”), Matt Walsh (best supporting actor in a comedy series nominee for “Veep”), Anthony Anderson (best actor in a comedy series for “Black-ish”), and Riz Ahmed (limited series actor for “The Night Of”).
The Aclu has been in the spotlight recently due to its confrontations with the Trump administration »
- Erin Nyren
At 255 titles, the Toronto International Film Festival’s smorgasbord is 20 percent smaller than last year — and still overwhelming. A number of filmmakers took creative risks that paid off with exuberant praise, from Darren Aronofsky’s outrageous “mother!” to Guillermo del Toro’s inimitable “The Shape of Water,” but many others found themselves in the doghouse, or worse, utterly ignored.
Buyers were unhappy that there wasn’t much to choose from at this sellers’ market, because many distributors cherry-picked the more promising titles ahead of time — which is its own risk, as when The Orchard’s La riot drama “Kings” didn’t meet high expectations.
Here’s how the festival shook out.
Best of the Fest
Top Tier Oscar Contenders
- Anne Thompson
— Today (@TODAYshow) September 15, 2017
“It was alright,” teased Bauman of Gyllenhaal’s articulation during a joint appearance on Today, Friday.
Gyllenhaal laughed in response, “That’s actually a compliment, so I’ll take that… He’s like, ‘Eh, two out of five stars.’ ”
In Stronger, Gyllenhaal portrays Bauman – who lost both his legs during the bomb attack during »
- Lindsay Kimble
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new film “Stronger” starring Jake Gyllenhaal based on the inspiring true story of the Boston Marathon bombing!
“Stronger,” which opens on Sept. 22, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown and Lenny Clarke from director David Gordon Green and writer John Pollono based on the book of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free passes to “Stronger” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Jake Gyllenhaal is already getting a bit of award show buzz for his emotional performance in Stronger, which tells the true story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, but the movie appears to have already given Jake something much more valuable than a statue: it's given him friendship. The actor attended the New York City premiere of the film on Thursday night with Jeff, who lost both of his legs when the bomb went off at the finish line of the race in 2013. Both Jake and Jeff have talked about the close bond they formed while filming the movie, and they showed that off while laughing together on the red carpet. They were also joined by Jake's costar Tatiana Maslany, who plays Jeff's girlfriend, Erin Hurley, in the film. See all the sweet photos before the movie hits theaters on Sept. 22. Related44 Pictures of Jake That Will Have You Saying "Gyllenhaal-alujah! »
- Caitlin Hacker
Variety has confirmed that Keke Palmer is set to star in Season 3 of MTV’s “Scream.” Season 3 revolves around Deion Elliot (Rj Cyler), a local star running back whose tragic past comes back to haunt him at the worst time, threatening his hard-earned plans for his future — and the lives of his unlikely group of friends. Palmer will play Kym, a bold and beautiful social activist with a big heart and zero patience for suffering fools. Joining her on Season 3 are Giorgia Whigham, Jessica Sula, and Giullian Yao Gioiello, as well as previously announced Tyga and C.J. Wallace. Brett Matthews serves as the franchise’s third showrunner and executive produces alongside Queen Latifah, Shakim Conpere and Yaneley Arty for Flavor Unit Entertainment. They join original exec producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein for Dimension »
- Erin Nyren
The 2016 Emmy red carpet was a rainbow of primary colors: first-time winner Sarah Paulson glistened in an embroidered emerald Prada dress; Priyanka Chopra took to twirling in her red one-shouldered Jason Wu gown; and Taraji P. Henson caught eyes in an electric-yellow Vera Wang number. Other leading ladies, from Tracee Ellis Ross to Keri Russell, kept it classic in white, and a pregnant Kerry Washington had a moment in a black Brandon Maxwell dress with cutouts, another of the night’s themes. How will some of this year’s riskier styles impact red carpet choices? Here, top celebrity stylists weigh in on which runway trends will translate into epic Emmy photo ops.
“This glittery trend has been on the runways from Oscar de la Renta to Chanel,” says Micaela Erlanger, who dresses Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany, Michelle Dockery, and “Five Came Back’s” narrator nominee Meryl Streep. “Last year I think we saw a lot of »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
Update: Additional presenters, including James Corden, Dave Chappelle, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, have been added to the 69th Emmy Awards September 17. The latest presenters, in addition to Corden, Chappelle, Fonda and Tomlin, are: Iain Armitage, Alexis Bledel, Rachel Bloom, Matt Bomer, Carol Burnett, Priyanka Chopra, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Mark Feuerstein, Jermaine Fowler, Chris Hardwick, Zoe Kravitz, Norman Lear, LL Cool J, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tatiana Maslany… »
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