CATEGORIES Festival Reports, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Cinematical
Above is a peek of Megan Fox on the red carpet for 'Passion Play.' Over at HitFix's gallery, you can also check out everyone from Blake Lively to Jeremy Renner. Andrew Garfield arrived for Never Let Me Go, and there was no web in sight. Toronto photographer Sam Javanrough captures a red carpet moment with Milla Jovovich and Edward Norton. The 'Easy A' crew introduce their film. If you were eager for a peek at Martin Sheen on strike, look no further than this link. And if you're a stalker, think twice about a cozy TIFF snuggle. Security teams are watching you!
Perri Nemiroff caught 'Easy A' and was completely charmed with star Emma Stone: "Watch out boys because Emma Stone is in charge here and she doesn't need dirty jokes, farces or a cliché shtick to get the job done; she's just a natural."
Scott Weinberg did not find the comedy in 'It's Kind of a Funny Story,' stating that it's "not a funny movie. Nor is it a sincere, compelling, or interesting one. That a pair of indie-favorite filmmakers would attempt a teenager's version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is not a big shock; that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, co-directors of the very fine films Half Nelson and Sugar, would turn in such a mawkish, cloying, and uncomfortable film absolutely is."
Meanwhile, I caught three TIFF features:
'Barney's Version' -- "Though we're no stranger to Paul Giamatti's often harsh and combative characters, such as Miles in Sideways, this film offers him the chance to embark on a rollercoaster of emotions, and it's never been more fun to see his talents stretched on the screen.
'Daydream Nation' -- "...it should be cinematic crack to the youthfully disenfranchised -- teens behaving badly in a small and sketchy town. But unlike the creations it's similar to, Daydream Nation is a messy tale over-saturated with side plots, flat characters, and a bipolar tone."
'Passion Play' -- "There isn't always a direct path between the director's vision and the viewer's visceral reaction, and one man's passion play can be another man's misfire. Thus is the strength and weakness of 'Scrooged' scribe Mitch Glazer's directorial debut, 'Passion Play' – a film that adeptly conveys his passion for the material (twenty years in the making), yet fails to hit the audience in that same engaging way."
Deadline's revealed two more TIFF deals, but states that the deal climate is "gloomy."
Kevin Spacey's 'Casino Jack' has been grabbed by ATO pictures after Metropolitan failed to meet distribution commitments. The film will hit theaters this December.
Sony Pictures Classics has grabbed 'Barney's Version,' but no release date or period has been released.
Toronto Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.
James Franco chats about '127 Hours,' while David Schwimmer and Clive Owen dish about 'Trust.'
iW's festival reviews rank in at 25 and counting, from Mike Leigh's 'Another Year,' to Woody Allen's 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.'
Peter Knegt shares a video of TIFF wishing Colin Firth a happy birthday.
TWEETS, BUZZ & OTHER NEWS
Steven Zeitchik tweets: "Robert Redford's The Conspirator: Dead Man Walking for The History Channel set."
Though the Weinsteins have had their share of problems this year, Risky Business says they've picked well with 'The King's Speech.'
K'naan helps open TIFF's new Bell Lightbox, while Roger Ebert prepares to check it out and shares thoughts on a few TIFF films.
Ebert also kicks off a tweet showdown.
Macleans tries to hobnob with Hollywood types at TIFF parties.
The Stream gets into Midnight Madness and shares Collin Geddes' introduction to James Gunn's 'Super,' with some movie geek chatter for good measure.
And finally, Guy Maddin helped out for TIFF again this year (last year was NFB's 'Night Mayor') with a series called 'Hauntings', debuting tomorrow, and participant and film critic Kim Morgan shares a peek.