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TIFF Review: I Saw The Light

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 14, 2015 16:01:53 September 14, 2015 16:01:53
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I had high hopes for the Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, because Hank Williams’s life is inherently cinematic—gifted musician with a meteoric rise, tragic death, and a drama-ridden life in between—and also because Tom Hiddleston plays Williams. Hiddleston is a brilliant mimic and a good actor, a combination that makes him ideal for casting in biopics. Full Story

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Wet Tom Hardy

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 14, 2015 15:36:22 September 14, 2015 15:36:22
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It was pouring on Saturday night for the Legend premiere at TIFF. And the fans, they stood out there in the rain, waiting patiently for Tom Hardy. Meanwhile, I was under the red carpet awning, waiting impatiently for an interview. It didn’t happen. The film was supposed to start at 9:30pm. Full Story

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TIFF Review: About Ray

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 14, 2015 15:10:12 September 14, 2015 15:10:12
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I feel bad sh*tting on About Ray, but…I’m going to sh*t on it—it’s not very good. Starring Elle Fanning as transgender teen Ray and directed by Gaby Dellal (Looking), About Ray is more about everyone else talking about Ray than Ray himself. It’s a standard wacky family coming of age story, except the quirk is that Ray is transitioning from female to male, which sends his flighty mom into a panic as he needs both parents signatures before beginning the medical process of transitioning, and they haven’t seen or heard from Ray’s dad in a decade because of something his mother did. Full Story

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Jake & Dakota in Toronto

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 14, 2015 14:47:49 September 14, 2015 14:47:49
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Jake Gyllenhaal opened TIFF on Thursday. On Friday he was in New York participating in the Cantor Fitzgerald annual charity day. Last night however he was back in Toronto, hanging out at the Shangri-La lobby with his brother-in-law, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joel Edgerton who are here for Black Mass. Then Dakota Johnson came to join them. Full Story

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TIFF Review: The Danish Girl

Joanna Posted by Joanna at September 14, 2015 14:03:37 September 14, 2015 14:03:37
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Josh Brolin snuck into the premiere of The Danish Girl on Saturday night. This is unusual for a star at a film festival to do, to make time in their busy interview and party schedule to check out another movie. But when asked about it the next day by etalk host Ben Mulroney, Josh said, "I'm a fan, man!" and explained that he had a "chemical need" to see the movie as soon as possible. Full Story

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Johnny’s late night meeting

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 14, 2015 13:37:53 September 14, 2015 13:37:53

Black Mass premieres at TIFF tonight. On Saturday though, Johnny Depp showed up at The Danish Girl gala to support Amber Heard. These photos? Trust me, it’s worse in person. And it’s even worse than that at 2am. Saturday was my friend Traci’s birthday. I worked until around 10pm and we went out for dinner. Full Story

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TIFF Review: The Martian

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 14, 2015 13:19:59 September 14, 2015 13:19:59
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The last time I outright enjoyed a Ridley Scott movie, no reservations, no qualifications or conditions, was American Gangster in 2007. Since then he’s given us Grimdark Robin Hood, the space-magic bullsh*t of Prometheus, and the super messy but ambitious The Counselor, plus some other stuff no one cares about (AHEM EXODUS). Full Story

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TIFF Review: Our Brand Is Crisis

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 14, 2015 12:13:50 September 14, 2015 12:13:50
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This f*cking movie. I hate this movie. It’s cynical garbage motivated solely by Sandra Bullock’s desire to win another Oscar. You know she’s in Oscar-mode because she’s gone blonde, just like she did for The Blind Side. I have a high threshold of pain when it comes to bad movies, and even a bad movie can be entertaining, but there is nothing entertaining about watching a movie so devoid of personality as this. Full Story

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Dear Gossips,

The Program, about Lance Armstrong, played by Ben Foster, is one of the films screening here at TIFF. Ben is so method, he revealed in an interview with The Guardian that he, like Lance, took performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to prepare for the role.  Read Full Intro

TIFF Review: Jake G in Demolition

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 11, 2015 19:34:09 September 11, 2015 19:34:09
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Jake Gyllenhaal has been on a TREMENDOUS run these last few years, throwing down ace performance after ace performance, including a Hall of Fame-level Cinematic Weirdo in Nightcrawler’s Lou Bloom. In Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition he offers another take on the Cinematic Weirdo, this time starring as Davis, a repressed, buttoned-up financier whose life implodes after his wife dies. Full Story

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Matt’s in town

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 11, 2015 19:04:23 September 11, 2015 19:04:23
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The Martian premieres tonight at TIFF. Sarah saw it today but she’s got four films on her schedule so her review for it will be posted on Monday. Her review for Jake Gyllenhaal’s Demolition is coming up soon. Ahead of the gala, Matt Damon and the cast of The Martian were at the Lightbox for the press conference this afternoon. Full Story

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