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Hair back

September 10, 2014 16:12:31 Posted at September 10, 2014 16:12:31
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Jason Merritt/ Getty

Robert Pattison looked good last night. I think the hair has a lot to do with it. This hair reminds me of the early days of Twilight. Here he is at the premiere of Maps To The Stars which was the gala at Roy Thomson Hall. I was across the street at the Mommy screening at Princess of Wales. For what it’s worth, the hysteria over Benedict Cumberbatch was a lot louder a couple of hours before. Full Story

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Maps To The Stars: TIFF Review

September 10, 2014 15:50:39 Posted at September 10, 2014 15:50:39
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Jason Merritt/ Getty Images

Maps to the Stars is arguably the most polarizing film of the year, but it's one you should see, if you can stomach it. David Cronenberg’s provocative portrayal of Hollywood chronicles the lives of two dysfunctional families and their encounters with sex, violence and incest. But, according to Cronenberg, it's not satirical, and is about more than celebrity culture. Full Story

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Ethan’s shiny suit

September 10, 2014 15:05:46 Posted at September 10, 2014 15:05:46
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Ethan Hawke was on my list for TIFF. It’s a Reality Bites thing. I had to see him. Last night was the premiere of Good Kill. After the screening, Ethan, Jake Abel, and director Andrew Niccol were at Storys for the afterparty. The suit was shiny in person but in pictures, that’s extra. Ethan was chatty. Full Story

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Foxcatcher: TIFF Review

September 10, 2014 13:26:18 Posted at September 10, 2014 13:26:18
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Nobody's saying Channing Tatum can't pull his weight. But with Foxcatcher, in walks a real contender: an all-around movie star and actor. Tatum plays Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz, who walks into a room, shoulders first, with his jaw always clenched. Naive and living a mostly solitary life, he trains with his brother, a fellow celebrated wrestler, Dave (Mark Ruffalo), then comes home to a bowl of Ramen. Full Story

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Julianne Moore in Still Alice: TIFF review

September 9, 2014 19:13:04 Posted at September 9, 2014 19:13:04
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Philip Cheung/ Jason Merritt/ Getty

Julianne Moore’s unrelenting commitment to her characters and epic crying face merits a thousand viral video super-cuts. Critically appreciated, but woefully under-awarded, 2014 could be the year she receives her fifth (or sixth) Oscar nomination with her prodigious turns in both Still Alice, and Maps to the Stars. Full Story

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RDJ: Cars and cheeseburgers

September 9, 2014 18:02:12 Posted at September 9, 2014 18:02:12
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Jonathan Leibson/ Jason Merritt/ Getty

RDJ covers the new issue of Vanity Fair in advance of the Team Downey release of The Judge. It's a standard RDJ interview, which means he's forthcoming, if not always comprehensible, and generous, and unapologetic without sounding defensive. As always, RDJ speaks openly about his addiction and while I wondered at a point when/if we would ever get to a point where that wouldn't be a story, he is still living with it -- it's a disease, like cancer, like ALS -- so why wouldn't he continue to talk about it? Especially since he believes he's passed it on to his son. Full Story

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Miles Teller gets a star

September 9, 2014 16:54:33 Posted at September 9, 2014 16:54:33
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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IMDB presented Miles Teller with the STARmeter award yesterday in Toronto where he was also premiering his film Whiplash. Whiplash was a big hit at Sundance and both Miles and JK Simmons have been receiving high praise for their performances. They celebrated last night at the Thompson Hotel rooftop. Full Story

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Reese Witherspoon in Wild: TIFF Review

September 9, 2014 15:41:55 Posted at September 9, 2014 15:41:55
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Jason Kempin/ Jonathan Leibson/ Jason Merritt/ Getty

Can you picture the perfectly perky Reese Witherspoon hiking through 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to search for herself? She couldn't either -- at first. "I had never seen myself in a movie like that before," said Witherspoon, at the Wild press conference in Toronto. But, Witherspoon's role in Wild is one every actress would salivate over, and is her best performance in nearly a decade. Full Story

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Eddie supports Andrew right back

September 9, 2014 15:16:22 Posted at September 9, 2014 15:16:22
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Splash, Grey Goose/ Jonathan Leibson/ Tommaso Boddi/ Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty

I interviewed Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones yesterday at the junket for The Theory Of Everything. As already mentioned, the film is SOOOOOOO good. And their performances are …well…everything. The key here is that the story is told from her perspective. So it’s not really a biopic but a film about partnership. Full Story

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Everyone loves Chris Rock

September 9, 2014 14:31:25 Posted at September 9, 2014 14:31:25
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Jonathan Leibson/ Michael Buckner/ Getty

In the last six years—ever since the economy took a sh*t in the world’s bed—the markets at film festivals have drawn down. Deals still get made at a comparable rate to pre-economy-sucking-it-hard days, but where once distributors were willing to throw money around to make a statement, expenditures on acquisitions have gone down, and now it’s not uncommon for even well-regarded films to sell for “paltry” sums in the low six figures. Full Story

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“It got pretty wet here”

September 9, 2014 13:57:43 Posted at September 9, 2014 13:57:43
Lainey Posted by Lainey

A trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s new movie The Boy Next Door was released yesterday. It comes out in January, not exactly a month for quality pictures. But…I’m totally seeing this. And to all my friends out there, I know what you’re thinking and SHUT UP, this is not my life. Full Story

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Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux at TIFF 2014

September 8, 2014 22:54:59 Posted at September 8, 2014 22:54:59
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Michael Buckner/ Jason Merritt/ Getty

Justin Theroux joined Jennifer Aniston this afternoon for the premiere of her new film Cake at TIFF. He’s actually been here a couple of days. Was photographed at the Warner Bros party on Saturday night without her. Today they did not walk the carpet together but agreed to a shot inside. As for Cake…well… You’ve heard it before: get ugly for Oscar. Full Story

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James Franco’s The Sound And The Fury: TIFF Review

September 8, 2014 20:43:25 Posted at September 8, 2014 20:43:25
Joanna Posted by Joanna
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Leonard Adam/ Getty

Full disclosure: I have a thing for James Franco. He's on my list - usually at the top. Lainey may call him the "Artist," and think he can be insufferable, but in my mind, he's a phenomenal talent. I respect his creative flexibility, his academic pursuits, acting skills and Seth Rogen obsession. Full Story

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Andrew supporting Eddie

September 8, 2014 18:25:15 Posted at September 8, 2014 18:25:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey

I covered The Theory Of Everything carpet last night for etalk. More on the film and Eddie Redmayne later, promise. Right now I just want to tell you about a really cute moment that happened at the premiere. We were second position on the press line. Which means that I was finished with my interviews early. Full Story