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Andrew Garfield And Claire Foy ‘Breathe’ Deep For History [Review]

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Toronto – Imagine performing a scene without moving anything but your lips, eyes and maybe your neck.  And the neck can move, but just slightly. Everything else has to stay completely immobile.  That includes your hands and legs. No, you can’t even shift your weight an iota. Sounds easy, right? Test it out for a minute. Maybe five. Dare you to try 10 minutes. It’s O.K., we’ll wait.

Harder than you thought, wasn’t it?

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Tom Hanks Starring In Remake Of Oscar-Nominated ‘A Man Called Ove’

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There’s nothing Hollywood likes more than taking a foreign hit and trying to duplicate it with Hollywood success. The Weinstein Company are trying to make that alchemy happen with “The Upside” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, their redo of the 2012 French smash hit “Intouchables.” Now, Tom Hanks is going to see if his charm can turn a Swedish sensation into stateside business.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Force Is Not Strong With Paramount Over J.J. Abrams Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

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He’s back! After the fallout with Colin Trevorrow and “Star Wars: Episode IX,” Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy needed to a director that ensure the world that the final movie in the latest trilogy would be in dependable hands. So, she turned J.J. Abrams, who got the ball rolling with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and pilot “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

Kathleen Kennedy to Jj Abrams pic.twitter.com/AD9B5CYMvX

— Prequel Memes (@PrequelMemesBot) September 13, 2017

It might be a safe choice, but there will be no surprises about the kind of movie he will deliver, and fans are generally okay with it.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Darren Aronofsky Reacts To ‘F’ CinemaScore For ‘mother!’

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History will ultimately determine the merits of Darren Aronofsky‘s divisive “mother!,” but among the many things it will be remembered for, is being one of only 19 movies in history receive an F-grade CinemaScore. Determined by exit polls of moviegoers’ opinions of films on opening night, the movies that have been deemed as failures include terrific pictures like William Friedkin‘s “Bug” and Andrew Dominik‘s “Killing Them Softly,” and interesting efforts like Steven Soderbergh‘s “Solaris.” But yes, there is also trash on there too like the Lindsay Lohan flick “I Know Who Killed Me” and the parody flick “Disaster Movie.” However, Aronofsky believes there’s no way his “mother!” could’ve received any other score.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mike White on ‘Brad’s Status,’ Ben Stiller & Mid-Life Crises

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Writer and director Mike White has built a career out of the eccentric neurosis that has been part of his persona since childhood. The 47-year-old filmmaker has a unique voice which can be seen and heard in HBO’s “Enlightened,” 2000’s indie sensation “Chuck and Buck, the screenplay for “The School of Rock” and just this month in a film he both wrote and directed entitled “Brad’s Status.”

In the latter, Ben Stiller plays Brad a middle-aged man going through a mid-life crisis as he tours his son (Austin Abrams) around prospective colleges in “Brad’s Status.” Narrating the film, Brad overthinks his status in life in comparison to those he went to college with.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Isle Of Dogs’ Trailer: Wes Anderson Goes To Japan

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If you want to know how strong the goodwill that Wes Anderson carries around is, all you have to do is look at the absolutely great and kinda bonkers cast for his new movie, “Isle Of Dogs.” In no particular orderF. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama and Frank Wood, all lend their voices to what is hopefully another winning picture from the filmmaker.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jordan Peele Is On ‘The Hunt’ For Nazis

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Thanks to the huge success of “Get Out,” Jordan Peele has quickly established himself as one of this year’s biggest movers and shakers in the film world. The actor and director certainly conquered television thanks to “Key and Peele,” but his breakout horror hit showed he had a lot more gifts to share. And while his next feature isn’t due in cinemas until 2019, he’s flexing the creative clout he has in Hollywood.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer: Domhnall Gleeson Has Hare Raising Trouble

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Domhnall Gleeson certainly seems to be covering the “movies based on childhood favorites” bases pretty well. Next month, he’ll get dramatic telling the story behind the creation of Winnie The Pooh in “Goodbye Christopher Robin.” And after he goose steps around in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the actor will hop over to “Peter Rabbit,” where he’ll get into all kinds of hare raising trouble.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO Orders Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’

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Redemption must’ve tasted pretty sweet for Damon Lindelof. After being kicked around for the diminishing returns of “Lost,” he hit a homerun with “The Leftovers,” not only delivering three excellent seasons, but helping to create a finale that will go down as one of the all-timers. That should hopefully ease the wariness some “Watchmen” fans have been feeling ever since it was announced that Lindelof would be adapting the iconic graphic novel for HBO.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Murder On The Orient Express’ Trailer: All Aboard For Star-Studded Mystery

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A lot of movie stars are on a train. Someone gets murdered. The natural question: Whodunit?

Probably Willem Dafoe.

Esteemed actor-director Kenneth Branagh revives yet another long-forgotten piece of IP with the upcoming Agatha Christie adaptation, “Murder on the Orient Express.” No, I don’t know why either. Here’s the official synopsis for “Murder on the Orient Express”:

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told.

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- Eli Fine

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‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Rides Into Danger

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“They’re still throwing serious money at me to do [action movies]. I’m like: ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-f******-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on,’ ” Liam Neeson recently said about his late-career resurgence as a man with a very special set of skills. Whether or not that means he’s going to punch his ticket on action flicks remains to be seen, he’s got at least one more coming with “The Commuter.”

Co-starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, and directed by Neeson’s go-to action dude Jaume Collet-Serra (“Unknown,” “Non-Stop,” “Run All Night“), this actually plays like “Non-Stop” but on a train, with the story centering around a mild-mannered dude who gets caught up in a criminal’s complex plans.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Superb Venice & Tiff-Winning Aussie Western ‘Sweet Country’ With Sam Neill [Review]

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There are few more charged, more disturbingly redolent images than that of a black man in shackles. And so when Australian director Warwick Thornton, winner of the Venice Special Jury Prize and the Toronto Platform Best Film opens his outback western with just such an image (after an enigmatic prologue of offscreen violence which is gradually explained) it’s like he is drawing a line in the sand — that reddish dust that turns the parched ground round here the color of old blood.

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- Jessica Kiang

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There Are So Many ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoffs In The Works We’re Losing Count

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If you’re losing track of how many “Game Of Thrones” spinoff/successor series are in the works, that’s okay, so are we. That said, it’s understandable that HBO is putting as many options on the table as possible when it comes to figuring out how they’re going to keep their most lucrative brand going. Now, they’ve got another spinning plate to consider.

Way back in the spring, George R.R.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fox Chief Talks Rebooting Wolverine & Superhero Fatigue

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Hugh Jackman finally said goodbye to Wolverine this year with “Logan,” which is trying to earn some Oscar love (more on that in a second), and for now the character is in the movie vault. But in today’s climate, no character is truly gone, and if you look over at Warner Bros., they’re more than happy to have two actors play the same role in different projects (a situation that has left Jared Leto not too pleased about someone else playing Joker in a developing spinoff).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Matthew Vaughn Talks ‘X-Men’ Movie He Wanted To Make, Redoing ‘Fantastic Four’

20 September 2017 11:23 AM, PDT

Director Matthew Vaughn is quickly coming into his own as a filmmaker with the blockbuster touch. This week he continues the franchise world of irreverent super spies with “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” he was one of the producers on the unfortunate “Fantastic Four” reboot, and it’s easy forget he was behind the camera for “X-Men: First Class.” Whether you enjoy his brand of spectacle or not, Vaughn knows how to sell popcorn, and has his own storytelling vision.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Judi Dench Is Sbiff’s 2017 Kirk Douglas Award Winner

20 September 2017 10:42 AM, PDT

The awards machine is in full effect and that means a slew of new lifetime achievement awards are on the horizon.  The latest honoree?  None other than Dame Judi Dench who will be awarded the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award in Excellence on Nov. 30th.

The 100-year-old Douglas, who attended the annual ceremony up until just a few years ago, said in a statement, “I am especially delighted to learn that Dame Judi Dench will accept the award that bears my name.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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“I Wouldn’t Be Able To Do It Again”: Jennifer Lawrence Talks Making ‘mother!’

20 September 2017 10:36 AM, PDT

The unpacking of “mother!” continues, as fans and foes continue to discuss the film’s biblical and environmental themes. Darren Aronofsky‘s movie is a molotov cocktail to the standard fare at the multiplex, and an undeniably intense cinematic experience, no matter where you opinion ultimately falls on the picture. And as you might guess, making it was no walk in the park, and for Jennifer Lawrence, once was enough.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Stephen Frears Talks ‘Victoria & Abdul,’ Working With The “Brilliant” Judi Dench

20 September 2017 10:24 AM, PDT

For all the gentility and good natured humor in the work of filmmaker Stephen Frears the 76-year-old director was a bit more reserved in our interview during the Toronto International Film Festival for the debut of his new movie “Victoria And Abdul.” Set in the late 1800s “Victoria & Abdul,” centers on the untold story of the hush-hushed relationship and special bond between an aged Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her Indian servant, Abdul Kareem (Ali Fazal).

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV

20 September 2017 9:21 AM, PDT

We haven’t seen much from Sean Penn lately. The actor’s last big screen role was in 2015’s “Taken“-esque “The Gunman,” and his last project, the directorial effort “The Last Face,” was a disastrous flop. Everyone’s gotta eat, and it’s been a while since Penn has been involved in something worth his talents, so he’s gonna kill two birds with one stone by following the growing herd to Peak TV.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Trailer: Time To Meet The Dysfunctional Family

20 September 2017 9:16 AM, PDT

The narrative that we paint each and every time Adam Sandler deems us worthy to experience a “serious” (re: not terrible) performance from him needs to die. When there are so many talented and versatile performers in the world who would love to hold the clout Sandler does in Hollywood, the idea that we clamor to enthusiastically support Sandler’s non-just for the paycheck/only ever for the paycheck roles is embarrassing. Not pushing out trash on a consistent basis (with seemingly the knowledge of what it is) isn’t anything commendable.

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- Ally Johnson

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