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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.
Check out all the announcements below…
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
Diane Keaton is to be honoured in this year’s Zurich International Film Festival by receiving the Golden Icon Award.
The American actress, producer and director is no stranger to accolades. She won a whole host of awards for Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, and in 2005 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. Keaton has appeared in many features during her career, but she’s perhaps best known for The Godfather Trilogy, Something’S Gotta Give, Marvin’S Room, Baby Boom and Manhattan. Oh, and Look Who’S Talking Now, obviously.
Keaton will receive her award on 1st October, and to celebrate her life’s work the festival is screening Keaton’s most recent romantic comedy, And So It Goes. Keaton herself will introduce the film, in which Michael Douglas also stars. It’s an interesting choice – we can’t say this movie has received the most positive of reviews. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Us star of Annie Hall to present new film And So It Goes at the festival.
Us actress Diane Keaton is to receive the Golden Icon Award at this year’s Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5).
The Oscar-winning star of Annie Hall, Manhattan and The Godfather trilogy will also present her latest film, And So It Goes, at the festival. The romantic comedy, directed by Rob Reiner and co-starring Michael Douglas, has been selected to screen in the Gala Premieres section of the Zff, which announced several other titles last week.
The award will be presented to Keaton at the Cinema Corso on Oct 1.
Keaton has starred in more than 60 features and won the Best Actress Oscar in 1978 for her role in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. She has since received three further Academy Award nominations for leading roles in Reds (1981), Marvin’s Room (1996) and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), winning a Golden Globe for the latter.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Cinematographers and additional members of the Hollywood community gathered Saturday to remember the life of legendary director of photography Gordon Willis, whose credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy and Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. Willis died May 18 in North Falmouth, Mass., due to complications from cancer. He was 82. Held at the American Society of Cinematographers Clubhouse in Hollywood, the memorial was attended by leading cinematographers including John Bailey, Caleb Deschanel and Haskell Wexler, as well as guests such as director Steven Soderbergh. “We all know about Gordon’s work, and you really can't have a serious conversation about cinematography without mentioning his name," said Asc president Richard Crudo.
- Carolyn Giardina
Chicago – “The Giver” must have seemed a lot newer back when it was written than it does now. The Newberry Medal winning, middle school staple predates many other Young Adult series about oppressive big brother-ish societies.
But its filmed adaptation, coming on the heels of “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games,” can’t help but feel like it’s riding their coattails.
The film follows a teenager named Jonas (Brendon Thwaites) in a seemingly perfect, peaceful society. The ruling elders have eliminated all war, pain, arguments and conflict – and wiped out free will, choice, art and emotions along with it. Children are assigned which families they will live with, then when they grow up to maturity they are assigned roles within the society, while old people are released to a magical retirement home known as “elsewhere.” However, Jonas is chosen to become the new receiver of memories, and learn from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With the passing of Robin Williams (see what we chose as his 10 Best Performances here), perhaps this is a good moment to reflect on actors who died unexpectedly. A documentary on the brief, tragic life of Montgomery Clift has surfaced, and today happens to the birthday of the great John Cazale, an immense talent who died too young, laid low by lung cancer at the age of 42. In 2009, HBO released "I Knew It Was You: Remembering John Cazale," a terrific 40-minute look at his life, career and legacy. Featuring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman and many more, produced by Brett Ratner (yup), and directed by Richard Shepherd ("The Matador," "Dom Hemingway") the doc takes a look at the man whose brief film career included the first two "The Godfather" films, "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The Deer Hunter." And he was fantastic in all of them. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
To recall the cinema of Charles Bronson, one can’t get far without referencing his sterling epoch in 1970s era American film, a period eclipsed mightily by the star’s work with director Michael Winner. Kino Lorber resurrects one of the star’s lesser remembered titles, Mr. Majestyk, a 1974 action flick written by the great Elmore Leonard and directed by the illustrious Richard Fleischer, known for a varied career that included a penchant for true crime related titles (Compulsion; The Boston Strangler; 10 Rillington Place), and famed adaptations of pulpy novels, like Soylent Green and the infamous Mandingo. Unfortunately, Fleisher’s title opened one week prior to the juggernaut known as Death Wish back in July of 1974, and has perhaps been unfairly overshadowed ever since.
Bronson stars as Vince Majestyk, a humble melon farmer whose only desire is to harvest his crop of watermelons. A Vietnam veteran, Majestyk steps to in »
- Nicholas Bell
August is upon us, which invariably means withering heat and a hell of a lot of bad cinema. Worn out by the time the dog days hit, the studios enter hibernation mode, concerned mostly with counting their early summer blockbuster returns (or licking their wounds). There's hope around the corner — the fall festivals loom — but that moment isn't here yet. The last month of summer is usually barren.
Except when it isn't.
It certainly wasn't 35 years ago — August 15, 1979, to be exact, when Francis Ford Coppola »
While often viewed as the very definition of the derivative, repetitive and unimaginative, the much-maligned sequel has a long and illustrious history in Hollywood and beyond, with some prime specimens widely regarded as matching, or even bettering, their forebears.
On the occasion of the new 4K digital restoration of Francis Ford Coppola's lauded "The Godfather Part II," Tiff Bell Lightbox is looking back at some of the finest follow-ups in film history, paired with their predecessors in order to make the comparison complete -- from "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" to "Batman" and "Batman Returns."
Specific showtimes can be found in the slideshow below. Second Comings: Cinema's Greatest Sequels runs from August 8 to August 31 at Tiff Bell Lightbox. »
- Chris Jancelewicz
With John Wojtowicz, Liz Eden, Theresa Wojtowicz, Carmen Wojtowicz, Stan Thaler, Donnie Fazekas
Any movie geek who has been around for any length of time must have seen Dog Day Afternoon, one of the seminal movies from the 1970s, the movie that put Al Pacino in the top rung of movie actors and one of the classic movies on Sidney Lumet’s resume. Dog Day Afternoon is also one of the most loved and quoted from New York movies.
Movies filmed in New York City are their own special breed, especially crime movies, the French Connection, The Seven Ups, Prince of the City, King of New York, Crazy Joe, The Godfather franchise, a long and distinguished list. Dog Day Afternoon joined that line up in 1975 and recreated a media circus that surrounded a bank robbery that went very wrong on a hot summer day in Brooklyn. »
- Sam Moffitt
Britain's Got Talent's Jonathan Antoine has announced the release of his first solo album.
The singer and his former partner Charlotte Jaconelli both signed solo deals earlier this year, following the success of their two albums Together and Perhaps Love.
Antoine will release his first solo collection, Tenore, on October 13 via Sony Classical.
Speaking about his song selections for the record, Antoine said: "I have chosen 'La donna e mobile' from Verdi's Rigoletto as the opera is such huge fun! I was first introduced to it by Sara Reynolds, my teacher from The Junior Royal Academy Of Music, so it has wonderful associations for me.
"I have been singing 'Panis Angelicus' ever since the age of 13. I was taught it by Jenny Ewington, my very first singing teacher, so it has extra special meaning for me.
"Just to ring the changes, I have included 'Love Changes Everything' on »
Al Pacino will be the subject of a career retrospective at the third annual Tiff Gala in Toronto on September 3.
The on-stage conversation with Pacino, who stars in Toronto selections Manglehorn (pictured) and The Humbling, will be followed by a “cocktail dinatoire” (dinner), musical performances and live audition.
“We’re thrilled to have Al Pacino participate in our third annual Tiff Gala,” said Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) vp of advancement Maxine Bailey.
“This important event raises much-needed funds that allow Tiff to continue our free year-round activities like Reel Comfort, a programme that brings films and special guests to mental health patients at Toronto hospitals, and Pocket Fund, which provides subsidies for children and families who would otherwise be unable to participate in our educational and cultural programming.”
“This year’s event is sure to be a party like no other,” said Lisa de Wilde, Chair of Tiff’s board of directors. “In its first »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Over at The Telegraph, Robbie Collin has chosen to take on the impossible, he's set out to create a list of films that tells the story of Hollywood "in terms of how one picture or director led to the next." It's a daunting task that creates an interesting narrative and he prefaces his ten selections saying: ...none of the individual works is "great" or "important" enough to drown out the others. I've avoided films such as Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Singin' in the Rain, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather, not just because we already know they're great, but because their greatness might throw the story off-balance - although I wouldn't hesitate to describe any of the films that are on this list as a masterpiece. So how does his list shape outc Have a look: One Week (1920) - dir. Buster Keaton It Happened One Night (1934) - dir. »
- Brad Brevet
Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel will be honored at the annual Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Bydgoszcz, Poland, with the fest’s lifetime achievement award, which recognizes “exceptional filmmakers… who changed the way movies are made with their creativity, visual skills and passion for their craft.”
The event, now in its 22nd year, will be held on November 15 – 22.
Deschanel has been nominated for five Academy Awards over a career during which he helped shape the look of such films as Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff,: Barry Levinson’s “The Natural,” Carroll Ballard’s “Fly Away Home,” Roland Emmerich’s “The Patriot,” Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
In 2010, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the American Society of Cinematographers.
In a statement, Camerimage praised Deschanel for his pioneering work with the Steadicam, »
- Peter Caranicas
In 1995 and 1997, Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. had Heat and Jackie Brown released into cinemas. Not his best films or his best performances, perhaps, but mesmerising work in excellent pictures directed by master filmmakers: the former saw him convince for Michael Mann as the cool, meticulous leader of a gang of career criminals; the latter had Quentin Tarantino give viewers a dim crim whose uncontrollable anger contributes to the unravelling of a heist.
For a whole generation of moviegoers who have grown up since, however, the adulation that's universally showered upon De Niro must be perplexing. Occasionally he summons up a portion of his old intensity – his turns in What Just Happened, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are the (slim) picks of the last 15 years – but for anyone who got into movies from the late '90s on, he's the funny guy in Analyze This and Meet The Parents, »
Legendary Special Effects Make-Up master Dick Smith created the primordial transformations for 1981's Altered States and Altered States would be a fitting job title for the visionary craftsman who died this week at 92. Smith was responsible for the look of so many movie characters, from Brando's grizzled mob boss in The Godfather to The Exorcist's demon child to Taxi Driver's mohawked sociopath that it's safe to say he was the "face" of movies for over two decades. Here are a few Tfh commentaries featuring some of Smith's most enduring creations along with a tribute from Smith's most likely torchbearer, Rick Baker and a 1981 interview with those two great artists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5OGhAf8GI0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLixWET67NQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edc-OtblZus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b3xIh5rOzA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qVqGorIAG8 https://www. »
- TFH Team
Could the magic that has come from films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies be coming to an end? Thompson on Hollywood is reporting that Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli may be closing its doors because the cost of making hand-drawn animated films with the attention to detail they include might just be too cost prohibitive to continue.
Their source is a Japanese website that explains that the studio is considering becoming little more than a copyright management company, free of the obligation of actually making movies.
Toh! points out that Ghibli continues to experience high costs because they refuse to export their labor out to cheaper companies in pursuit of greater quality. More over, recent Ghibli films that have made huge amounts of money, like Miyazaki’s latest The Wind Rises, or Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya (which opens in America »
- Brian Welk
It is with great sadness for Thn to report that movie make-up master Dick Smith has died aged 92 years. Smith is most known for his groundbreaking old-age make-up techniques seen in many classics such as The Exorcist and The Hunger.
An inspiration to many artists including Rick Baker and Tom Savini, Smith’s techniques are still being used by artists today. He was the pioneer is using foam latex and plastics for effects as well as transitioning make-up from black and white to colour. His most famous technique is being the stretching the skin with latex to create the illusion of wrinkles.
- Lucinda Holt
This morning news broke of the death of Rick Smith, the famed makeup artist behind The Exorcist, Little Big Man, The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and Amadeus. We spoke to director Guillermo del Toro, a close friend and colleague of Smith's, and condensed and edited his comments into this as-told-to piece. Without Dick Smith, I would not be making movies. He was my mentor. The first time I came into contact with him was as a child. When The Exorcist came out, I bought his makeup kit (below) in a toy store. It came with gelatin and molds and colors, and I did my own makeup effects at a very young age. It wasn’t until later that I actually wrote to Dick, explaining to him how much I needed to take his makeup-effects course because no one in Mexico was going to help me do effects for my first feature, »
- Gilbert Cruz
Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup artist who turned teenaged Linda Blair into a possessed demon in The Exorcist and made special dentures to give Marlon Brando jowls in The Godfather, has died following a long illness. He was 92, USA Today reports.
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