Monthly Archives: September 2015

Truth Trailer: Robert Redford Stars as Dan Rather in Upcoming Film

Based upon the book Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power, by Mary Mapes (portrayed by Cate Blanchett in the film), Truth suggests that the world has begun looking at the minute details instead of the bigger picture.

Is that really all there was to the scandal that erupted around Dan Rather? No, but it's worth a shot, right?

The cast is worth talking about, for sure. It's large and prestigious, featuring Blanchett, Robert Redford (All is Lost) as Dan Rather, Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Topher Grace (Spider Man 3), Dennis Quaid (Footloose), Bruce Greenwood (Endless Love), David Lyons (Revolution) and John Benjamin Hickey (Manhattan) among others. 

Check out the trailer and see it in theaters in limited release on Oct. 16.

Truth trailer robert redford stars as dan rather in upcoming fil

Fast & Furious to End Franchise with Trilogy

It’s so hard to say goodbye!

Vin Diesel (Guardians of the Galaxy) promised fans on Sunday that he plans to produce a final trilogy of the Fast & Furious franchise. 

“Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision…they have been like family…I promised the studio I would deliver one last trilogy to end the sage,” he wrote.

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According to Variety, Diesel’s post is interesting because it comes at a time when Furious 8, which is slated for release April 14, 2017, still hasn’t found a director.

“My producing partner Neal [Moritz] would love for me to sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be verry carefully handled. To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to help Fast 8 yet…let alone seen a script,” Diesel wrote. 

Furious 7 still ranks as the fifth highest-grossing film of all time, having earned $1.5 billion worldwide. 

Creed: A Touching New Movie Poster Released

If you were watching the Season 2 Premiere of Empire last night (and why wouldn’t you have been?), then you saw the first television spot for Creed. That was some smart marketing right there.

I’d be surprised if we don’t see Creed star Michael B Jordan (Fantastic Four) popping up on Empire at some point, to be honest. Even if it’s to tie-in with the movie, that would be pretty fabulous.

Regardless, there was a new promo and today a new poster was unveiled. 

I really like what they’re doing with it, especially because I really didn’t like what they did with Rocky’s own son in Rocky Balboa. It always felt like an opportunity wasted to examine the relationship more deeply between father and son.

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Instead, with the introduction of Adonis Creed and his own franchise (because, let’s face it, this is going to be a huge movie), Rocky gets a chance to father Adonis in Apollo’s absence. It feels very right. The father/son bond that is bound to come through in this film is fully related in this poster. 

So what do you think? Getting more excited as time goes on? Take a look at the first trailer now for a reminder of what lies ahead.

A TIFF 2015 Sampler: One Movie Fanatic’s Experience at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival

In recent years, the Toronto International Film Festival has become widely-known as a great indicator of what the upcoming year’s awards circuit is going to look like. This year, Toronto’s fortieth instance of the event, was no different. I can say with all certainty that many of the films that had their North American or Worldwide debuts at this festival will certainly be on the Oscar ballots early next year!

In the spirit of planning ahead, here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from this particular film festival, as a non-industry attendee, if you plan on attending next year. Bear in mind that your mileage may vary!

TIFF 2015 Logo

1. Book your tickets asap, and if possible, snag a ticket package.

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This one is pretty self-explanatory, I think. Tickets went on sale promptly at 9am Eastern on September 6th. I logged in promptly at 9am Eastern on September 6th, and was number 513 in the queue. Essentially every movie that had been remotely buzzed about was sold out (“off-sale,” as the TIFF folks term it). Since I don’t think it was physically possible for me to have accessed the queue earlier, next year’s plan will be to cough up enough for a ticket package. This is particularly important if you’re not local to Toronto (as I was not) and want to get the most out of your TIFF experience. I’ve been told that in years passed the online ticket-buying experience was not as traumatic, that there’d been more availability, and that the likely reason for the whiplash-fast selling out was due to this year’s event being the festival’s 40th anniversary. One fellow TIFF attendee told me that she’d been able to get tickets to eleven major releases the previous year, just by queuing up online.

2. If you can’t, or choose not to, get a package, don’t sweat it. You can still go online at 7am each morning of the festival and get newly released tickets.

File this one under “supposedly.” This method did not work for us either. Again, your mileage may have varied, or the 40th anniversary may have just been much more crowded than in prior years. Our best option was rushing.

3. If all else fails, rush the films that are must-sees for you.

Bring comfortable footwear! You’ll be standing for a while. And bring an umbrella – Toronto can be quite rainy, as many a destroyed shoe can attest. We managed to rush The Danish Girl, and got to see the post-film Q&A – totally worth it. We were waiting for about two hours, and when we got there, there was already a crowd of about 75 people ahead of us (some who had brought their own folding chairs and hot soup – clearly these people were TIFF professionals). Just note that the rush tickets are cash only, and that rushing premium showings comes at a higher ticket price (double the standard pricing – 40 Canadian Dollars for premium this year versus 20 Canadian Dollars for regular screenings). Have plenty of cash on you!

4. Look closely at your map of the venues. Learn the map. Internalize the map.

Most importantly, don’t rely on the TIFF-provided map of the theaters. There are many, many theaters screening TIFF films, and they are spread out across Toronto. The map is most definitely not to scale. This led to an apparent 20 minute walk quickly being revealed as a 45 minute walk more than once, and cost us the opportunity to successfully rush a few different films. We missed out on The Lobster, which had a much larger rush line than we would have anticipated – and they wound up only letting in about 10 people from the 150+ rush line!

5. It is surprisingly easy to get up close and personal with your favorite celebs.

The red carpets for various films were astonishingly not packed, which I wouldn’t have expected given how difficult purchasing tickets was this year. There was ample opportunity to see Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston walking in for the I Saw The Light premiere, in particular. At the back exits of certain venues, it’s also likely you’ll see a star or two exiting after their movie finishes airing. We saw Elle Fanning leaving Princess of Wales theater immediately before a showing of The Danish Girl.

6. Stay for the Q&A’s!

Particularly if you have a question – you actually have a good chance of being able to ask your question. More often than not, at least one person will ask a noteworthy/interesting question and you’ll be glad you stayed to hear the response.

All in all, I highly recommend attending TIFF at least once in your movie-loving lifetime. You will certainly get into at least a handful of films, and even if you are relegated to what you consider “back-up” movies, the quality of the films at this festival is high enough that you won’t be disappointed by most films that you see. The vibe is also fantastic: you are surrounded by a large group of fans who love movies as much as you do! Don’t miss it!

The Angry Birds Movie – Official Teaser Trailer

You knew it was coming the moment you put Angry Birds on your cell phone and your happy little fingers wouldn't stop plucking along at the keys. A movie version. It was inevitable!

Well, we can finally see what they look like in full form, and they're definitely angry birds. Will we find out why they're such a mess? That's the idea! And no, it's not the arrival of he green piggies, because these birds are already in anger management classes and practicing breathing exercises long before they show up.

Nothing really stands out in the teaser, but the cast is pretty good, so I'm not worried. I'm sure it will be cute. Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) stars as Red, along with Josh Gad (The Internship), Danny McBride (This is the End), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Bill Hader (Trainwreck), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) and others who will lend their comedic chops to the production.

Waddya think? 

The angry birds movie official teaser trailer