CATEGORIES Festival Reports, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Cinematical
It's good to see Nicole Kidman (above) not looking like a toothpick, but she's still scarier than ever at the 'Rabbit-Hole' press conference. Winona Ryder showed up to the 'Black Swan' press conference in a suit and tie, to the excitement of crushing journalists. For the same event, Natalie Portman forgot to wear pants. Rachel Weisz mixed it up between premieres for 'Black Swan' and her own film, 'The Whistleblower,' wearing a dress for the former and pants at the latter. Bruce Springsteen was in town wearing dark colors for his Darkness at the Edge of Town making-of doc 'The Promise.' Director Danny Boyle and actress Freida Pinto, each here with their respective 'Slumdog Millionaire' follow-ups, had a reunion. And two ladies who will always look amazing no matter how old they get: Helen Mirren and Catherine Deneuve.
Eric D. Snider had a pleasure spending a couple hours with 'Another Year,' which he says is typical Mike Leigh, "light on plot but heavy on characterization, full of effortlessly funny dialogue." He adds that it "comes across like an exceedingly well-acted stage play. Each performance is richly detailed, even when the character appears in only a few scenes."
Monika Bartyzel looked at Dan Rush's comedy-drama 'Everything Must Go': "This isn't a blockbuster film sure to bring in the masses. But it is a sweet -- and often very honest -- look at life, and another example of how criminally underused Will Ferrell's talents are."
Anchor Bay Films just picked up rights to the Tribeca Film Festival selection 'Meet Monica Velour,' which our Scott Weinberg called "quite a little winner."
Additionally, The Weinstein Co. picked up festival favorite 'Submarine' after a major bidding war. From the press release: "SUBMARINE follows 15 year old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) through the impending break-up of his parents' marriage and his first relationship. Its screening in Toronto was introduced to the audience by Ben Stiller, who with Red Hour Films has an executive producer credit on the film."
Toronto Day 6 recaps such things as Peter Knegt's list of best quotes from the 'Black Swan' press conference (also see Knegt's Winona Ryder shots in the celeb sightings section above) and coverage of press conferences for 'Barney's Version," featuring Paul Giamatti, and Francois Ozon's 'Potiche.' featuring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu.
Anne Thompson interviewed 'Somewhere' filmmaker Sofia Coppola.
indieWIRE has also partnered with Hulu as curator of the site's documentaries page, selecting a number of past TIFF films or works related to this year's fest.
TWEETS, BUZZ & OTHER NEWS
kateyrich (of Cinema Blend): "First time at the Lightbox. Tell me this doesn't look like the beginning of a David Lynch movie."
MattDentler: "I'm at a film festival full of great work, but I'm dying to see "The Social Network," which is not here."
mattsinger (of IFC): "I'm not usually one for consensus, but man, you guys up in Toronto can't agree on ANYTHING."
scott_tobias (of AV Club): "On Eastern spirituality: Uncle Boonmee > Julia Roberts petting an elephant."
Roger Ebert actually praises a 3D film! "There are occasions when 3D is appropriate, and [Werner Herzog's 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams'] is one of them."
The Big Picture crowns Sally Hawkins, at TIFF with three praised films, the "belle of the ball."
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter calls Andrea Riseborough, a regular co-star of Hawkins' (including two out of her three films at TIFF), the fest's "It Girl."
The opposite, Hilary Swank is a letdown at TIFF for the second year in a row, according to The Wrap.