A big part of being at the Toronto Film Festival is interviewing actors and directors about the films they are premiering here. So far, I have chatted with Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Clive Owen, David Schwimmer, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Hall. Norton and Jovovich are pushing the intense prison drama, "Stone;" Schwimmer directs Owen in the family drama "Trust;" and the remaining five star in the cops and robbers flick, "The Town," which Affleck also directs.
In general, after a brief mention of the festival and the great city of Toronto, the stars usually dig into their roles and the film's storyline before wrapping up with something a little lighthearted. Here are some fun tidbits I have learned from the stars at the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival.
– Jeremy Renner cross-dressed for Halloween last year. He was a "slutty bumble bee," complete with high heels.
My first screening at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was Charles Ferguson's "Inside Job." Like his first documentary, the Oscar-nominated "No End In Sight" about the war in Iraq, his second movie investigates an important and timely issue - the global economic meltdown. The film is narrated by Matt Damon and offers insight into the world's recent financial catastrophe through a series of high profile interviews.
For a film with this subject matter I anticipated a number of government officials and Wall Street executives to be named and blamed – and they were. But, what really surprised me was that Ferguson also points the finger at a few of the nation's high ranking scholars. In fact, it's not the suits from Washington or downtown Manhattan, but a couple of guys from Columbia University who end up squirming the most on the Ferguson's razor sharp hook. Glenn Hubbard, the Chief Economic Advisor during the Bush Administration and current Dean of Columbia University and Frederic Mishkin, a professor at Columbia Business School and member of the Board of Governors at the Federal Reserve from 2006 – 2008, are likely not going to be happy with the film.
Currently in Toronto, Canada, it's 66 degrees Fahrenheit and party cloudy with a 100 percent chance of major star power moving in, thanks to the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow.
It is widely considered one of the most influential film festivals in the world alongside Sundance and Cannes. Certainly, it is Canada's premiere festival, attracting 500,000 guests in 2009 alone.
Because of its timing (just before Hollywood's push toward awards season) the 10-day event has also become the destination for Oscar-hopeful films to make their debut. In recent years, best picture winners "No Country for Old Men" and "Slumdog Millionaire" both premiered at TIFF.
Even though the title of the film is “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” everything about the trailer screams the exact opposite.
Katie Holmes’ new horror flick is a reinterpretation of a 1973 movie in which a young girl is sent to live in an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like characters. The terrifying little boogers won’t rest until they’ve taken their new roommate in as one of their own.
If you’ve ever felt like something spooky was living under your bed, this movie just might give you a few more sleepless nights. One thing is for sure, little Suri won’t be watching mommy in this movie anytime soon. You can see all the spine-tingling action in January 2011.
Warner Bros. is doing their part to make sure a new generation also grows up with “Yogi Bear.”
The beloved animated mammal, originally created by Hanna-Barbera back in 1958, has received a live action, 3-D makeover, and will soon be chasing down a pic-a-nic basket on a big screen near you.
Dan Aykroyd lends his voice to “Yogi” while music sensation Justin Timberlake breathes life into Yogi’s loyal sidekick, “Boo-Boo.” As for the film’s live action stars, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller and Nathan Corddry lead the way. The unstoppable antics of the world’s least average bear hit theaters nationwide right in time for Christmas.
With the success of “Shrek Forever After,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Despicable Me,” most of the summer’s biggest blockbusters have been family films. But, things could be changing come this fall.
M. Night Shyamalan has teamed up with producer Sam Mercer to make “Devil,” a supernatural thriller about five people who get stuck in an elevator just to find out the devil is amongst them. The cast is filled almost entirely with unknown actors, with John Erick Dowdle directing. It's due to hit theaters on September 17th.
Also out in September is the latest installment of the “Resident Evil” franchise, “Resident Evil: Afterlife.”
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