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The Australian comedy “The Little Death” begins with a shot of a woman in bed asking her boyfriend a startling question. “I want you to rape me,” she says. He’s horrified, but she explains that it’s a fantasy she’s long harbored and outlines specific instructions for him. This leads to a scene later in the story that’s so alarming it caused audiences to walk out of the movie’s premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June.
The film’s writer-director-star Josh Lawson is prepared for a similar response when “The Little Death” screens at the Toronto Film Festival this week. Lawson, the actor who plays Doug on Showtime’s “House of Lies,” got the idea for his movie — a series of six vignettes (a la “Love Actually”) about couples with various sexual fetishes — from a dinner party conversation several years ago.
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- Ramin Setoodeh
Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) and Paul Mayhew-Archer (“The Vicar of Dibley”) adapted Roald Dahl’s story, which centers on Mr. Hoppy (Hoffman) and his ingenious plot to win the heart of his neighbor, Mrs. Silver (Dench), involving a cryptic riddle and more than a hundred tortoises.
TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein commented: “Roald Dahl is one of the most revered children’s authors in history, so needless to say we’re delighted to be on board with this project. Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will »
- Leo Barraclough
If your film is named Trash, it better be pretty great, or it will instantly be fodder for reviewers upon release. The good news is that Stephen Daldry’s latest effort, starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and three newcomers who could have a bright future in Hollywood, looks terrific, a mix of gritty slum story and inspirational drama. In other words, this could be the new Slumdog Millionaire and it already comes from a director who has danced with Oscar nominations before.
Trash could also easily be up for foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards, since 80 percent of it is in Portuguese (the rest is in English). The film is based off a best-selling novel by Andy Mulligan, which follows three kids living in a Rio slum who find a wallet filled with money and valuables connecting to officials in power. When the police show up to »
- Jordan Adler
Coming from director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader), I have a strong feeling Trash is going to feature heavily when the upcoming Oscar race goes into full swing. Adapted from Andy Mulligan's novel of the same name by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), the movie follows three boys (Rickson Tevez, Luis Eduardo, and Gabriel Weinstein) who survive in the slums of Rio picking through trash. When they find a wallet sought after by some very bad man, they are propelled on the adventure of their young lives, uncovering a dangerous conspiracy along the way. Also starring Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, Trash does show the promise of a compelling, and the young actors at the heart of the story will no doubt tug at audiences heart strings. Released: 30th January 2015 (Irl/U.K.)/ ? (U.S.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
“It’s a country I feel in love with, they believe in change…and they believe in their country,” Stephen Daldry told Screen Daily about Brazil, the setting of his upcoming "Trash." And certainly, the filmmaker rolled up his sleeves and dove right in, casting three kids —Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein— who had never been on camera before to star in his film alongside Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura. A new international trailer has arrived for the picture, indicating a sun-baked, uplifting, and energetic drama. Penned by Richard Curtis ("War Horse," "Love Actually"), and based on the novel by Andy Mulligan, the story follows two boys living in the slums who stumble across a wallet full of cash while trash-picking in the local dump. With a reward out for its return, the pair team up with a friend to discover why the wallet is so important, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After a subtitle-free look at the next film from Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), today we have a new trailer that will give one a much better sense of what’s in store for Trash. Based on the novel of the same name by Andy Mulligan and scripted by Love Actually’s Richard Curtis, the film tracks three […] »
- Jordan Raup
Bart: Have you noticed, Mike, that the gamesmanship of pre-festival season is often more entertaining than the fest movies themselves? Toronto has slammed the door on distributors who were sneaking their films into Telluride, then billing Toronto screenings as World Premieres.
Fleming: Labor Day Weekend for me is about getting kids back to school and squeezing the last moments of a summer that has flown by. I have never been to Telluride because the last thing I want to do is spend that holiday weekend in a succession of dark rooms in Colorado. Toronto is my favorite festival. It’s a wonderful platform for distributors to acquire films after seeing how they play to an audience, and to launch »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Poznan, Poland— Michael Price gets around. The British composer leaves Poznan today after being one of the featured speakers at the Transatlantyk Festival, a week-long event dedicated to film, music, and cuisine, to head straight to Los Angeles for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday (16). Price is nominated for the first time for Outstanding music composition for a miniseries, movie or a special (original dramatic score) for “Sherlock,” the BBC series he composes music for with David Arnold. Price apprenticed with a number of composers, but he also worked as a music editor for years, on such films as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Love Actually,” and “Nanny McPhee.” I hopped in a car with Price to interview him on our way to Transatlantyk’s closing gala. You started as an assistant for the late composer Michael Kamen ("Brazil,""Band Of Brothers," "Lethal Weapon," "Mr. Holland's Opus"), who »
- Melinda Newman
Billy Bob Thornton has strung together a career’s worth of memorable performances in films including Sling Blade, A Simple Plan, Primary Colors, Bad Santa, Monster’s Ball, Love Actually, Friday Night Lights, and the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed Intolerable Cruelty and The Man Who Wasn’t There. Has he ever played as riveting a character as his small screen turn as Lorne Malvo, the manipulative, malevolent murderous catalyst for the series transfer of the Coen Brothers film classic Fargo? Thornton is smack in the center of an Emmy category stacked with fellow movie stars lured by the superior writing and character development largely missing from features nowadays. Here, he tells Deadline why the small screen was the perfect forum for his resurgence, and what happens when an actor interprets a mortal character as something else.
Deadline: Lorne Malvo facilitated all the good and bad that happens in Fargo‘s snowy Minnesota town. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Nine times out of ten, supporting characters are little more than window dressing to make the leads look good.
Up until Captain America: The Winter Soldier, all Nick Fury really did was bring The Avengers together. Despite holding a position of power, Padmé is little more than a love interest for Anakin in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. And after The Curse of the Black Pearl, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley probably could have been dropped altogether and people still would have turned out to see Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.
In that last ten per cent, though, some great characters have emerged over the years. They come from writers wanting to go above and beyond to make use of more of the cast, using their supporting stars for more than just moving the plot in a certain direction, nudging those more central onto the right path. »
- Kenji Lloyd
This week was all about reliving our childhoods. Flip through our favorite ‘Got Milk’ ads to see young Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow wearing matching milk mustaches, read up on the 15 MTV movies all millennials must watch including Crossroads starring Britney Spears, get to know the actors who are playing our favorite childhood turtles in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more.
We presented the 15 MTV films you must watch right now if you are a millennial. [VH1] Remember when Kim Kardashian used to be Paris Hilton‘s side kick/employee? [VH1] Meet the men of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles without their shells on. [VH1] Have you watched Love Actually a million times? Check out our guide to the best romantic films on Netflix. [VH1] Reminisce about the days you used to collect ‘Got Milk‘ ads with your favorite celebrities in milk mustaches. [VH1]
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- Diane Cho
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We’re always looking for a good romantic comedy, be it for a movie night with friends or a rainy Sunday afternoon in solitude. In recent years the output has been bleak — will anyone admit to seeing Gigli, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, or The Ugly Truth? — but we can’t help but hope and pray that soon an adorable on-screen couple will whisk us away to a land of meet-cutes and apartment parties in a tidy 90 minutes.
What If seems like our best bet. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, it explores the timeless question of whether or not men and women can just be friends — thanks to Kazan’s significant other and DanRad’s unrequited love. The man formerly known as Harry Potter has proven himself through a variety of stage and screen roles, and Kazan has an innate likeability we kind of just want to ask her out to coffee. »
- Emily Exton
In summers past, Hollywood used to give audiences a break from all the action-packed sequels targeted to teenage boys. Usually, that came in the form of counterprogramming known as the romantic comedy. For most of the late ’90s, Julia Roberts carried the genre: she opened 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, against the disastrous “Batman and Robin.” She was also the star of such summertime hits as 1999’s “Notting Hill” ($364 million worldwide), “Runaway Bride” ($309 million) and 2001’s “America’s Sweethearts” ($138 million), which marked the end of her reign as the queen of romantic comedies.
One of the reasons that the summer of 2014 has been so catastrophic, with box office grosses down 18 percent, is the glut of indistinguishable product. Every movie, from “Transformers 4” to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” feels like a photocopy of something that came before it. But the biggest profit margins aren’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, “Game of Thrones”) and Will Poulter(The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) star as three “Gladers,” teenagers who have been mysteriously stranded in the centre of an enormous maze in the upcoming The Maze Runner. The film, based on the best-selling Ya novel by James Dashner looks to be the male-leaning answer to The Hunger Games.
Why exactly were the boys abducted and left in the Glade? Why does Thomas (O’Brien) keep having dreams about an organization called W.C.K.D.? What exactly is in the maze? We will have to wait until September 19 to find out.
Check out the newest trailer and San Diego Comic-Con poster for The Maze Runner below! »
- Sasha James
It’s a thought that has persisted in cinema for well over a century. Love is what motivates characters; it’s a dream they want to realize, a reality they have to face, the content of their musings in their nightly diary entries.
Decades of cinema have seen the nature of other genres completely overturned. More and more, horrors are gearing towards high-concept supernatural thrillers over human killers; comedies are willing to get raunchier, with a whole lot more swearing; action movies are only too eager to show off brutal set-pieces; and comic book movies and sci-fi films have the effects capable of making the unreal real.
But romance? How much has that changed? And how much do we really want it to? »
- Kenji Lloyd
Working with Colin Firth has its perks. Working with Emma Stone has its drawbacks. In a joint interview to promote Woody Allen's movie Magic in the Moonlight, Stone revealed that she pestered her colleague about his prior work. "I've seen Love Actually about 18 times," the 25-year-old actress told The Daily Beast. "I've seen Bridget Jones too many times now. You were so upset with me! I live-texted Colin the plot of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason a few months back while I was watching it. You were very upset with me, if I remember correctly. I talked him through what he was doing." Stone's unfiltered access to Firth became a bit irksome. "She's talking through my back »
Here's the deal: if you see a trailer this week for a prestige, awards contender-seeming movie, the chances are you'll likely see it somewhere on the fall festival slate. And so, even though we weren't quite sure where Stephen Daldry's "Trash" would fit on the calendar, it's done, in the can, a trailer is here, and now you can see if the Oscar race is being shaken up. Based on the book by Andy Mulligan, with a script from Richard Curtis ("Love Actually," "About Time") and starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura along with newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein, the story concerns three street kids who survive by picking through a mostly human waste-filled garbage dump on the outskirts of a large city. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After a string of “prestige” (i.e. Oscar bait) features, director Stephen Daldry looks to be going off the beaten path a bit with his latest drama, Trash. Based on the novel of the same name by Andy Mulligan and scripted by Love Actually’s Richard Curtis, he shot fairly under-the-radar, on location in Brazil. Ahead of an international release this fall, the […] »
- Jordan Raup
Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes. Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince. The Walking Dead stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, »
I’ll be honest: whenever I see the name “Keira Knightley” attached to a film, I usually run screaming in the other direction. I don’t know why the Love Actually actress rubs me the wrong way, but she really does. So it comes as a great shock to me that after watching the trailer for her latest film, Laggies, I actually want to see the movie.
Then again, maybe it’s not such a shock. Laggies also stars Sam Rockwell and Chloe Grace Moretz and was directed by Humpday writer/director Lynn Shelton, so it’s already rising in my estimation. The plot itself sounds like something Zack Braff would come up with, only without the hipster-angst.
Knightly is Megan, a 28 year old young woman in the midst of an early-life crisis. Following an unwanted proposal from her boyfriend, she gives herself a week to try and figure things out, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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