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Since “Crazy Heart” became a major hit with Oscars for lead actor Jeff Bridges and the song “The Weary Kind,” Cairo’s been able to keep Informant in the business — so much so that she’s making her third trip the Toronto film Festival following “Hysteria” in 2011 and “Stuck in Love” in 2012.
Cairo, Carol Baum and Jane Goldenring are at Tiff this year with another music-based drama, “Boychoir,” starring Dustin Hoffman with Francois Girard (“The Red Violin”) directing. Informant is financing and producing. CAA is handling domestic sales; Embankment has international.
“It does give you confidence as a producer to get chosen for Toronto,” Cairo said. “They are great tastemakers.”
The story centers on a troubled 11-year-old who finds himself at an East Coast school, »
- Dave McNary
Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, the wait for Starz’s small-screen adaptation of the time-travel/historical romance novels is nearly over. (And if Jamie could wait all that time for Claire, you’ll probably be Ok until Aug. 9, no?)
Still, we know how verra much you want behind-the-scenes details on the upcoming drama, so Michael Ausiello corralled executive producer Ron Moore, Gabaldon and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones), Lotte Verbeek (The Borgias) and Graham McTavish in TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con interview suite.
Video Outlander: Watch a New Trailer and Stunning Opening Credits
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An askew, bitter dramedy of artistic pretension and creative desperation that has something sneakily marvelous to say about what it takes — and what it doesn’t — to be an artist. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Look. You’re just gonna have to go with this.” So says Don (Scoot McNairy: Non-Stop, Promised Land) to Jon (Domhnall Gleeson: About Time, Anna Karenina), the latest member of the experimental band Soronprfbs. The weirdest thing about Soronprfbs isn’t their unpronouncable name. It isn’t that they have a Spinal Tap-esque problem keeping keyboard players (this is why keyboardist Jon has just joined). It’s that their leader, Frank (Michael Fassbender: The Counsellor, Prometheus), is never seen without his giant papier-mâché false head. Not onstage. Not backstage. Not in rehearsals. Not when just hanging out. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sure, August: Osage County has an A-list cast. But is the film itself as Oscar-worthy as its bevy of stars? Or a camp classic-to-be filled with quotable insults and dinner-table tirades? Plus: People's film critic gives you the rundown on The Invisible Woman and Jessica Biel's latest attempt at a stirring drama. Here's what to see and what to skip at the movies: See This:August: Osage County Take a breath, folks, because this is it: The last of the prestige pictures. Now, do yourself a favor and forget what I just called it. Because the way to enjoy August: Osage County, »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
It was three years ago to this month that Felicity Jones officially broke through. Back in 2011, Jones arrived in Park City for the annual Sundance Film Festival as a relative unknown. That all changed once critics caught her performance in Drake Doremus' "Like Crazy" which went on to the win the Grand Jury prize and snag the actress a slew of awards including the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actress and the National Board of Review's Best Breakthrough Performer trophy. She followed that up with strong supporting turns in "Hysteria" opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and Doremus' follow-up "Breathe In" (which premiered at Sundance last year and opens this spring). Her lead performance in Ralph Fiennes' heartbreaking period drama "The Invisible Woman" (out in select theaters now and opening in more this Friday) is no doubt her biggest on screen role yet, and proves she has what it takes to join the big leagues. »
- Nigel M Smith
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