The Toronto International Film Festival released its schedule yesterday and, as usual, most of the major titles and, therefore, the big celebrities, are heavily stacked on the first weekend. Saturday night is the one everyone is marking on their calendars though. That’s the night that A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, starring Tom Hanks as Mr Rogers, will make its world premiere. And, around the same time, just across the street, Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson, with an ensemble cast led by Daniel Craig and Jamie Lee Curtis, featuring Chris Evans, among others, will also be world premiering.
But then… the sun goes down. And there will only be ONE thing happening: Hustlers. Also a world premiere in Toronto. Nobody wants to miss that carpet: JLo, Lizzo, Cardi B, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer. I can’t f-cking wait to see this movie, especially now that TIFF has the synopsis posted– and beyond the “sizzle” of the story, this is what I can’t wait to get into: Hustlers is an “exploration of how male power shapes women’s work. Until it doesn’t.” I’m already standing outside the theatre.
For TwiHards, however, Saturday night might look different, because over at the Ryerson, Seberg, starring Kristen Stewart screens at 6pm. Three hours later, at 9pm, it’s The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson. You can imagine what the Robsten truthers are doing with that hilarious scheduling decision.
So get ready. We’re almost at fall movie season, prestige movie season. Trailers are coming at us from everywhere, including the first two trailers for Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story for Netflix, which will also be making its way through the festivals. Marriage Story is a “love story that reveals itself within the breakdown”. And since there’s more than one side to the story, each trailer shows a different perspective. Reminds me a little of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her/Him/Them, with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Marriage Story stars Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, and Alan Alda. Here’s what Alan said of working with Adam:
All my scenes in this movie are with Adam Driver, which were among my happiest experiences ever. He's amazing, and so is this movie. I feel lucky to be in it with these extraordinary artists. https://t.co/xN3Pxc1sG7— Alan Alda (@alanalda) August 20, 2019
We’re going to have to start talking soon about when Adam Driver is going to win an Oscar. It might not be for this movie but he has been steadily building a case for being one of the most versatile, electrifying, understated performers of his cohort.
Yours in gossip,