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Toronto’s 7 Biggest Career Reinventions

11 September 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Toronto has always been a place for reinvention — in 2008, Anne Hathaway came to the festival marred by her ex-boyfriend’s federal arrest, and left as an Oscar darling for “Rachel Getting Married.” And in 2013, Sandra Bullock launched as an astronaut in “Gravity,” and Jared Leto returned to acting with “Dallas Buyers Club.” But this year, especially, a handful of actors departed Canada with a new career jolt. Here are the biggest Toronto transformations.

1. Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”)

Redmayne delivered impressive supporting work in film like 2012’s “Les Miserables” and 2011’s “My Week With Marilyn.” But his magnificent performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” should land him on Hollywood’s leading man list, and get him his first Oscar nomination. In a physical transformation on par with Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Redmayne embodies Hawking to the point of convincing viewers they are watching a documentary. »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Craig Johnson’s Top Ten Films of All Time List

7 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read this September), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Craig Johnson (who sees his The Skeleton Twins receive its theatrical release on September 12th) put together this top 10 (as of September 2014).

Carrie - Brian De Palma (1976)

“Freaky, funny, arty, beautiful, … and fucking scary. Sissy Spacek breaks your heart. And that seventies split screen action? Badass. This movie delivers on all levels at all times.”

ElectionAlexander Payne (1999)

“Every moment of this movie rings true. Painfully funny, painfully smart and so perfectly constructed. My sister and I quote it whenever we see each other. Might be a perfect film.”

The GraduateMike Nichols (1967)

“The look on Mrs. Robinson’s face when Benjamin leaves her in the hallway. »

- Eric Lavallee

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HBO Will Serve Up a Second Season of 'The Leftovers'

13 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"The Leftovers" and its unique take on the Rapture is definitely not for everyone, but HBO has shown faith in the dark drama by renewing it for a second season. "The Leftovers" is based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, who also penned "Election," "Little Children," and "The Abstinence Teacher." Perrotta and Damon Lindelof created the series, and Lindelof serves as the show-runner.

The show, which takes place in the fictional New York town of Mapleton, examines the aftermath of a Rapture-like event that causes the disappearance of 140 million people. Everyone who is, well, left over gets pretty squirrelly about what happened; cults and craziness pop up all over the place, while characters like police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) try to keep from cracking.

Although it's definitely not an easy watch, "The Leftovers" has gotten some great reviews from critics. The A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff called it "bleak, »

- Jenni Miller

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15 MTV Films Every Millennial Should Watch

5 August 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

The word “millennial” has become a buzzy term over the past year thanks to online outlets that have supplied readers born between the ‘80s and early-‘00s with an endless supply of nostalgic content that has allowed them — or rather, us — to relive the good and bad of everyone’s younger years. (It’s not just BuzzFeed or Vulture. VH1 has also built a brand on nostalgia with I Love the… and our own online content that has us revisiting our favorite films and albums of a certain age.)

When it comes to one film studio (and brand) that has been a pivotal part of the millennial experience, it’s MTV Films. Founded in 1996, the studio was an offshoot of the music TV channel and has since produced the big screen versions of a number of MTV programs, such as Beavis and Butt-head and Jackass, as well as original hits, »

- Stacy Lambe

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Reese Witherspoon Walks 1,100 Miles For An Oscar In Trailer For Wild

10 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s a time-honored tradition of the Academy honoring A-list actors who put themselves through the mill with harrowing, stripped-down performances. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home trophies last year for playing individuals afflicted with AIDS in Dallas Buyers ClubJames Franco cut off his arm and got a nod for 127 Hours, and Naomi Watts took on a tsunami and came out with a nomination for The Impossible, to give some recent examples. I could go on, but I won’t. Suffice to say, Reese Witherspoon is undoubtedly gunning for some attention this year with Wild, in which she plays a woman who embarks on a 1,100-mile journey of self-discovery across America.

It’s perhaps a little cynical to dismiss this venture, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, as purely an awards hopeful, but the trailer certainly paints it in that light. However, whether Fox Searchlight and Witherspoon »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Critical Unfairness: Just When Do We Wave the White Flag?

7 July 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The contradiction in film criticism certainly does not go unnoticed. Sure, there are countless films that are praised and applauded for its excellence in quality and creativity. Unfortunately, the overlooked cinema fare that deserves just as much attention (more so than some of the recognized critically-acclaimed selections on an impressive selection of critics’ and moviegoers’ radars) get lost in the proverbial shuffle. It is simply the professional hazard of the movie industry because not every well-received and standout gem will get its rightful due come major awards season in Hollywood.

Just how many times have we as movie reviewers and/or movie fans become indignant when we realized that the special piece of entertainment we personally and critically cherished came up short and empty in expectations? Again, every smart kid in the classroom cannot get a gold star as we remain a competitive society in the world of celluloid superiority. »

- Frank Ochieng

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You Will Not Want to Binge Watch ‘The Leftovers’

30 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There shouldn’t be any question that HBO’s latest much-watch series, the Damon Lindelof- and Tom Perrotta-created The Leftovers, is a feel-good affair, but let’s clarify things, just for good measure: this is not a feel-good affair. Based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name, the series (which premiered last night on the cable channel) picks up three years after two percent of the world’s population went – poof – up in totally metaphorical smoke. Two percent of the world, just gone, vanished, vamoosed, missing, possibly raptured (though the first episode of the series does, quite memorably, include a talking head news program that features a host that refuses to acknowledge the possibility that this was “the Rapture” or in any way a religious act), leaving behind the vast majority of the human population, all damaged in their own way. No, really damaged. The whole thing is black as night – The Leftovers isn »

- Kate Erbland

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The Leftovers Author Tom Perrotta Breaks Down How He Went Hollywood

27 June 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Tom Perrotta, who helped adapt his pseudo-Rapture novel The Leftovers into HBO’s big summer series (premiering Sunday), joined the show as a writers’-room virgin but a veteran self-adapter. All six of his novels and one of his two story collections have been optioned, and Perrotta’s had a hand in every screenplay but one (Alexander Payne’s Election); he has also written a couple of original scripts. A rare sideline for a literary writer, it’s as instructive for its failures as its hits. On a recent visit to Perrotta’s home in the verdant Boston suburb of Belmont, Vulture asked the author to take us on a walk-through of what he calls “the systematic exploitation of my work.”Election (1998 novel)In 1995, the year after he published his debut story collection, Bad Haircut, Perrotta read at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference from a novel in progress called The Wishbones. »

- Boris Kachka

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TV Review: ‘The Leftovers’

25 June 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After all the psychic energy expended fretting about how Damon Lindelof’s last series, “Lost,” would end (a finish many found lacking), it’s perhaps understandable why he’d be drawn to “The Leftovers,” Tom Perrotta’s provocative book, where the big mystery involves the abrupt disappearance of 2% of the world’s population, and the fallout from that cataclysmic event. Those shock waves certainly provide fertile dramatic material, but the show somewhat unevenly mixes its universal theme — probing how people cope with grief and loss — with the particulars of its characters. What’s left is undoubtedly interesting; whether it’s worthy of rapturous praise is another matter.

The author of the books-turned-movies “Election” and “Little Children,” Perrotta’s concept here is constructed in an extremely clever way: The percentage of those who vanished (“the Sudden Departure,” it’s called) is enough to have touched virtually every life, without so devastating »

- Brian Lowry

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Expanded Synopsis & Episode Details for Damon Lindelof's Post-Apocalyptic HBO Series The Leftovers

24 June 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

When 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to come to terms with what happened. Three years later, The Leftovers is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut. Created by Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for “Lost”) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award® nominee for “Little Children”; “Election”), the new HBO drama series The Leftovers kicks off its ten-episode season Sunday, June 29 (10:00-11:15 p.m. Et/Pt), exclusively on HBO. Lindelof and Perrotta executive produce the series along with Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey; Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger co-executive produce; Lindelof serves as showrunner. The series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television. Based on Perrotta’s »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Film Review: ‘Jersey Boys’

15 June 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though based on a smash-hit jukebox tuner that won four Tonys, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of “Jersey Boys” can’t properly be described as a full-on musical. It does often hint at becoming one, just as it hints at becoming a “La Bamba”-esque early rock study, a cautionary tale about organized crime, and a sort of “Rashomon”-influenced take on the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. But by the time it hits its first real Broadway-style production number over the closing credits, “Jersey Boys” doesn’t seem to have gotten any closer to deciding what kind of movie it wants to be. Embracing neither the fizzy energy of a Vegas-ready tuner, nor the grit of a warts-and-all biopic, the film nonetheless has its own peculiar charms, and should be able to capitalize on the source material’s enduring popularity for a respectable if modest B.O. »

- Andrew Barker

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‘Too Cool for School’: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade

6 June 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

June 2014. So what does the month of June usually remind one of during this time of year? Well, besides Father’s Day and possible scheduled weddings this sixth month in the calendar year marks the celebrated occasion for the ending of the school semester. Whether students are simply looking forward to their summer vacation or managed to complete a milestone in graduating from said grammar school, middle school, high school or college the month of June is closely identified with the school season coming to a close (unless one can escape the doldrums of a summer school session).

So to mark this auspicious occasion we should take a look at some random films with an educational theme. Hence, “Too Cool for School: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade” will briefly examine a selection of higher education ditties that taught us something (or perhaps nothing) during our heyday of cramming for tests. »

- Frank Ochieng

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Skydance Television Taps Jake Rose As Evp Production

20 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Skydance Television has hired former Sony Pictures TV exec Jake Rose as Evp Production. Rose will oversee all television production including comedies, dramas, limited series and mini-series in the newly created post, and will report to Marcy Ross, President of Skydance Television. Rose is coming off a a ten-year stint as head of production for Sony Pictures Television Movies, Mini and Limited-Series Division where he oversaw projects such as Hatfields & McCoys, Coma, and The Company. Before Sony, Rose led Skylark Entertainment, an independent film and television production company in Los Angeles where he produced films including Jim Carrey starrer Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Street Fighter, Election, and several television mini-series including Blonde, about the life of Marilyn Monroe based upon the Joyce Carol Oates novel. Rose previously held executive positions at Walt Disney Studios and motion picture finance and bond company CBC. “We are thrilled to have Jake Rose joining the Skydance family, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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The Last Light Poster Shines Blood Red

14 May 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Just yesterday we told you that Gravitas and Fox Hill Productions have acquired the rights to the horror flick The Last Light, and today we have a look at the flick's sales art! Check it out!

From the Press Release

Fox Hill Productions is pleased to announce that Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the horror/thriller The Last Light.

Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt (The Frozen), the film stars Ed Quinn ("Eureka"), Edward Furlong (American History X), Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror), Tahyna Tozzi (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Molly Hagan (Election), and Yvonne Zima (Iron Man 3). Produced by Fox Hill ProductionsSeth David Mitchell and Samantha Lusk, The Last Light will be available on VOD and iTunes on June 3, 2014.

“We’re excited to partner with Gravitas Ventures in bringing The Last Light to horror/thriller enthusiasts,” said Mitchell. “They are great partners, and they have the »

- Steve Barton

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Gravitas Ventures Acquires The Last Light

14 May 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In The Last Light, a group of strangers must ride out an apocalyptic event, their own grief, and creatures looking to take them down. After playing at Shriekfest last year, The Last Light has now been picked up by Gravitas Ventures. The company will distribute the horror film on VOD and iTunes this summer.

“Los Angeles, May 14, 2014 – Fox Hill Productions is pleased to announce that Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the horror/thriller The Last Light. Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt (The Frozen), the film stars Ed Quinn (Eureka), Edward Furlong (American History X), Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror), Tahyna Tozzi (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Molly Hagan (Election), and Yvonne Zima (Iron Man 3). Produced by Fox Hill ProductionsSeth David Mitchell and Samantha Lusk, The Last Light will be available on VOD and iTunes on June 3, 2014.

“We’re excited to partner with Gravitas Ventures in bringing »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror-Thriller The Last Light Heading For Release In June

14 May 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Winner of the Best Thriller Feature Film Award at Shriekfest 2013, Andrew Hyatt's horror/thriller, The Last Light, has been picked up for North American distribution by Gravitas Ventures. They plan to release the film on VOD and iTunes on June 3. From the official press release:Los Angeles, May 14, 2014 - Fox Hill Productions is pleased to announce that Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the horror/thriller The Last Light. Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt (The Frozen), the film stars Ed Quinn (Eureka), Edward Furlong (American History X), Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror), Tahyna Tozzi (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Molly Hagan (Election), and Yvonne Zima (Iron Man 3).  Produced by Fox Hill Productions' Seth David Mitchell and Samantha Lusk, The Last Light will be...

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Gravitas Ventures and Fox Hill Productions See The Last Light

13 May 2014 4:33 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

More distribution news has come our way out of the Cannes Film Market as Gravitas and Fox Hill Productions have acquired the rights to the horror flick The Last Light, and we have all the details you need to stay ahead of the game!

From the Press Release

Fox Hill Productions is pleased to announce that Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the horror/thriller The Last Light.

Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt (The Frozen), the film stars Ed Quinn ("Eureka"), Edward Furlong (American History X), Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror), Tahyna Tozzi (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Molly Hagan (Election), and Yvonne Zima (Iron Man 3). Produced by Fox Hill ProductionsSeth David Mitchell and Samantha Lusk, The Last Light will be available on VOD and iTunes on June 3, 2014.

“We’re excited to partner with Gravitas Ventures in bringing The Last Light to horror/thriller enthusiasts,” said Mitchell. »

- Steve Barton

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Gravitas to Release The Last Light in June

13 May 2014 2:52 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

​Fox Hill Productions is pleased to announce that Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American rights to the horror/thriller The Last Light. Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt (The Frozen), the film stars Ed Quinn (Eureka), Edward Furlong (Night of the Demons), Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror), Tahyna Tozzi (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Molly Hagan (Election), and Yvonne Zima (Iron Man 3). Produced by Fox Hill ProductionsSeth David Mitchell and Samantha Lusk, The Last Light will be available on VOD and iTunes on June 3rd.

The post Gravitas to Release The Last Light in June appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Watch: Director Alexander Payne's Bizarre 1985 Silent Short 'Carmen'

21 April 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

From "Citizen Ruth" and "Election" to "About Schmidt," "The Descendents" and "Nebraska," two-time Oscar winner and auteur Alexander Payne has gone from indie to mainstream and back again. Get a sense of his indie roots by watching his 1985 student short "Carmen," a silent film he made at the UCLA Film School. (Hat tip: Screencraft.) Deeply rooted in Americana, Payne's films toe the line between comedy and tragedy and while "Carmen" veers mostly on the side of comedy, there is some tragedy in the odd protagonist, much like the sad sacks in "Schmidt," "Sideways" and "Nebraska." Man, has he come a long way. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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‘The Leftovers’ Teaser Trailer #2: The Departed Are the Lucky Ones

14 April 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Writer/producer Damon Lindelof isn’t known for backing down from a challenge, be it trying to weave together the convoluted mythology on Lost, pontificating on the nature of creation in Prometheus, or re-introducing an iconic Star Trek villain in Star Trek Into Darkness.

His next trick? A series about the Rapture titled The Leftovers, based on the popular award-winning novel written by Tom Perrotta (author of such books-turned film adaptations as Election and Little Children). The first teaser trailer released for HBO’s Leftovers TV show (created by Lindelof) hints at how the remaining people on Earth respond in different ways, after millions of their fellow humans from around the world vanish simultaneously.

The second Leftovers teaser (see above) is more on the nose, revealing that although a number of the folk left behind seek to deal with their pain and ...

Click to continue reading ‘The Leftovers’ Teaser Trailer »

- Sandy Schaefer

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