Now we're back to finish up the job with all the latest reviews, celeb sightings and sound bites from the fest's second half. This time around, Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page 'Whip It' real good, 'Youth in Revolt' heralds the dawn of the age of a new Michael Cera, and Keanu Reeves reminisces about Patrick Swayze. Read all about it after the jump. Earlier in the week, Moviefone laid out the highlights from the first half of the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, including a pair of Oscar-worthy performances from George Clooney, a monstrous turn from Megan Fox in 'Jennifer's Body' and awards buzz for Clooney's good pal Matt Damon.
Now we're back to finish up the job with all the latest reviews, celeb sightings and sound bites from the fest's second half. This time around, Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page 'Whip It' real good, 'Youth in Revolt' heralds the dawn of the age of a new Michael Cera, and Keanu Reeves reminisces about Patrick Swayze.
Looking for a hearty dose of good old-fashioned grrrl power this fall? Drew Barrymore's directorial debut 'Whip It' is the answer to your prayers. The Hollywood Reporter calls Drew's direction "remarkable," while Variety says that Ellen Page, who whips it, um, real good as a wannabe roller-derby chick with a kickass nickname (Babe Ruthless), "finally has a role worthy of her star-making turn in 'Juno.'" Bring it on, bi***!
'Whip It' review on the Hollywood Reporter
'Whip It' review on Variety
We share that look of surprise on Michael Cera's face. The same week that his dark comedy 'Youth in Revolt' debuted to killer reviews in Toronto -- IndieWire said that the film "hints at Cera's versatility" AND called it "'Superbad' meets 'Fight Club,'" for crying out loud -- the Weinstein Co. pushed the movie's release from Oct. 30 to Jan. 15, 2010. Say it ain't so, Harvey.
'Youth in Revolt' review on IndieWire
'Youth in Revolt' review on Cinematical
In perhaps one of the festival's most touching moments, the 'Private Lives of Pippa Lee' press conference saw Keanu Reeves fondly reminisce about old pal and 'Point Break' co-star Patrick Swayze, who lost a brave 20-month battle with cancer earlier this week. Smiling warmly as he shared anecdotes from the 'Point Break' set, Reeves called Swayze a "beautiful person" with a "lust for life."
Watch video of the press conference on Empire Movies
George Clooney isn't the only one getting buzz for director Jason Reitman's 'Juno' follow-up 'Up in the Air.' 'Twilight' alum Anna Kendrick, who plays the wingwoman to Clooney's "career transition" exec (aka corporate downsizer), is drawing raves for holding her own opposite -- and even stealing a couple scenes from -- the seasoned vet. The actress claims she was "really nervous about having to go toe to toe with George Clooney"; if that's true, nervousness is her new best friend.
Anna Kendrick interview on IndieWire
While we don't feel the need to ever justify including a gorgeous photo of Natalie Portman (seen here lighting up the Toronto red carpet) in any of our posts, this time there's good reason for it. Nat is earning some of her most solid notices in quite some time for playing a home-wrecking law clerk in the visceral drama 'Love and Other Impossible Pursuits' -- with Variety calling her performance "utterly fearless."
'Love and Other Impossible Pursuits' review on Variety
Everyone knows that Tom Ford is a skilled fashion designer, and now he's proving that he's equally adept at designing a compelling movie. His directorial debut 'A Single Man,' a '60s-set film that stars Colin Firth as a gay man grappling with the tragic death of his partner, sold to the Weinstein Co. just one day after premiering at Toronto. It'll be released later this year and should get a box-office boost thanks to Firth's performance, which is already generating considerable Oscar chit-chat.
'A Single Man' scoop on IndieWire
Whenever hot-button filmmaker Michael Moore brings a documentary to a film festival, it's sure to cause a stir -- and his debut of 'Capitalism: A Love Story' at Toronto this year has been no different. But don't look for the film, which insinuates that our country's economic institutions foster poverty, to be all cynical. According to Cinemtical, 'Capitalism' "redeems itself because it possesses the same quality that has inspired our country in the last year – hope." Word.
'Capitalism: A Love Story' review on Cinematical
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