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Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons on 'Whiplash,' Drumming and Stoking Passion

Posted By Jason Gorber on Oct 24th 2014 3:59PM
Much of the power of the extraordinary film "Whiplash" comes from the interaction between two remarkable performers. This is a star-making role for Miles Teller, an actor who has previously appeared in films like "Rabbit Hole" and the "Footloose" remake, and he's soon to make a further splash in the big-budget "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Divergent" sequel. J.K. Simmons may be known to most as... read more

'Whiplash' Director Damien Chazelle on His Film's Success and the Burdens of Drumming

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
Since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last January, "Whiplash" has been on a bit of a tear. Winning both the audience and jury prizes in Park City, the film has gone on to screen at numerous festivals all over the world, gaining further acclaim at Cannes, winning best film at Deauville, and playing to rapturous applause at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The film is a...

'Birdman' Review: Madness Meets Artistry in This Ambitious Movie

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
"Birdman" is the latest film from "21 Grams" and "Babel" director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Actually, that might not be the real title of the movie, as journalists received the following message prior to the screening: "Please use the film's full title, "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," the first time the film is mentioned in an article. " Meanwhile, on...

Keanu Reeves Completely, Totally Loves 'John Wick' (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
Forget Sad Keanu, at least for the time being. Keanu Reeves is very happy about his latest film, the action movie "John Wick," because it combines everything: martial arts, gunplay, stunt driving and some kick-ass dialogue. Reeves is the titular Wick, who's out for vengeance after his puppy is brutally killed by a Russian gang (yes, that's exactly what happens). The group of thugs had...

Sam Rockwell on 'Laggies,' Dancing in Movies, and Playing More Subdued Roles

Posted By Rick Mele on October 10, 2014
When you think of Sam Rockwell, the word "subdued" isn't necessarily the first thing to come to mind. Manic maybe, or hyper. An unexpectedly good dancer. But seeing him play a world-weary single dad in the upcoming romantic comedy "Laggies" opposite Keira Knightley feels like a bit of a departure for the actor. According to Rockwell, his character Craig comes a lot closer to his actual...

Ian McKellen Has Some Great Advice for Young Students

Posted By Jesse Ferreras on October 10, 2014
"The Lord of the Rings" star Ian McKellen stopped by the Chew Valley School, a performing arts college near Bristol, U.K. on Friday and dispensed some very helpful advice to students who stood outside its library. We could tell you what it is, but we think "Gandalf" says it better than anyone could describe. For all two of you who haven't seen "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the...

'The Book of Life' Review: Macabre Cartoon Almost Gets There

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
"The Book of Life" is a colourful, slightly macabre animated story that draws from Mexican culture and aesthetic style. Told as a story-within-a-story, this is a straight-up fairy tale that sees the protagonist go on a traditional heroic quest, with visits to the underworld, battles with raging beasts, and overcoming family expectations. For a film that has significant events that take place...

Bill Murray and the 'St. Vincent' Cast Talk Russian Strip Clubs and Cracking Each Other Up

Posted By Rick Mele on October 10, 2014
Whenever you get Bill Murray in a room, you can expect to see a pretty good performance. But add in his "St. Vincent" co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd, and the one-liners were flying fast during a press conference held at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, where the film came in as a second runner-up for the fest's People's Choice Award. "If I can be very serious for a...

Aaron Paul, Kat Candler and Josh Wiggins Talk 'Hellion'

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
After the huge success of "Breaking Bad," many were very interested in seeing which direction Aaron Paul would take his career. His big studio film was "Need For Speed," but before that smash-em-up film played there was a smaller, more intimate tale of a father trying to do right by his young, rebellious son. Kat Candler's "Hellion" played well at Sundance, and this stark independent film is...

Michael Moore on 'Roger & Me' and the Demise of the Modern Documentary

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
It's been 25 years -- yes, 25 years -- since documentary filmmaker/overall s**t-disturber Michael Moore came out with his seminal doc "Roger & Me," which took a look at the United States' precarious dependence on the auto industry and the crumbling city of Flint, Michigan (his hometown). Since that film, we all know the story: Moore shot to super-stardom and essentially became the face of...

5 Things We Learned About 'Men, Women & Children' From Jason Reitman

Posted By Rick Mele on October 10, 2014
According to Jason Reitman, his new film "Men, Women & Children" is about the Internet as much as "Juno" was about teen pregnancy, or "Thank You For Smoking" was about cigarettes; really, he's interested in exploring people, not timely issues. Adapted from Chad Kultgen's 2011 novel, the movie follows a group of Texas high schoolers and their parents, focusing on the many ways the...

Genesis Rodriguez Talks 'Tusk,' and Has Some Choice Words for the Naysayers

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
"Tusk" is all sorts of f**ked up. The latest from the mind of director Kevin Smith ("Mallrats," "Red State") promises to challenge your assumptions about his filmmaking, and that's putting it lightly. The lone female in the leading ensemble, Genesis Rodriguez, is as gung-ho about the movie as an actor can be, even though she's a self-professed "scaredy cat." Since the movie is nearly...

The Trailer For 'Tak3n' (AKA: Taken 3) Has Arrived (VIDEO)

Posted By Brian Trinh on October 10, 2014
The trailer for Taken 3 err... "Tak3n", is out and it looks like Liam Neeson is back to his old ways of kicking ass and taking names. After two successful movies featuring a weary Bryan Mills traveling around the world killing criminals to protect his family, "Tak3n" looks to inject a few twists in what could be the final film of the franchise. Based on the trailer, it looks like...

Netflix's First Original Movie Will Be A Sequel

Posted By Brian Trinh on October 10, 2014
Michelle Yeoh returns as Yu Shu-Lien in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend". Netflix has found plenty of success with "Orange Is The New Black" but it looks like the online video-streaming service is experimenting with a new colour: green. The company announced on Tuesday that it will be releasing "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend", its first original movie...

Andrew Scott on 'Pride,' Meeting Imelda Staunton and 'Playing Gay'

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on September 09, 2014
Sometimes a movie takes an obscure event and really breathes life into it. "Pride" is one such movie, and Andrew Scott -- the 37-year-old Irish actor who you may know better as Moriarty from TV's "Sherlock" -- nails his understated role. Scott plays Gethin, boyfriend to Dominic West's Jonathan, and owner of Gay's the Word bookshop. As the only gay person in his village, Gethin is forced to leave...

Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike on 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
Some critics have been describing "Hector and the Search for Happiness" as "Eat, Pray, Love" for men. While it's not exactly like that, "Hector" does share the same elements of finding happiness within one's life, and title character Hector (Simon Pegg) travels around the world on his journey. We've all been there; as we grow older we question if we've ever truly discovered what it...

'Django Unchained' Actress Daniele Watts Detained After Cops Investigate 'Sexual Act'

Posted By Jesse Ferreras on September 09, 2014
An actress who starred in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," along with her boyfriend, have gone public after Los Angeles police officers detained them last Thursday. Daniele Watts, who played Coco in the 2012 film, posted on her Facebook that she was talking to her father on a cell phone near the CBS Studio Center when an officer approached her. She claimed that she walked away...

2015 Oscar Predictions and Other Things We Learned at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on September 09, 2014
Did you miss the Toronto Film Festival? Or maybe you wouldn't touch a film festival with a ten-foot pole. In any case, we've got you covered -- we saw a lot of movies at TIFF this year, and several of them will be Oscar contenders. If you want a leg up on your friends, we've got the 10 things you need to know that came out of this year's TIFF. Blow your friends' minds with your vast...

Nick Kroll, Joel McHale on 'Adult Beginners' and Doing Each Other Favours

Posted By Rick Mele on September 09, 2014
According to Nick Kroll, the initial inspiration for "Adult Beginners," his debut feature as a leading man, came from a botched diaper change after babysitting his sister's young nephew. From there, the comedian brought the idea for a movie about a man-child nanny to his "League" co-star Mark Duplass, who came on-board as a producer, then teamed up with writers Jeff Cox and Liz Flahive (parents...

What Aboot If Yer Favourite Movies Were Canadian, Eh?

Posted By Jesse Ferreras on September 09, 2014
How many book lovers would line up to see "The Great Gretzky?" How might "Men in Plaid" do at the box office? And what would the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences think of the suburban drama "Canadian Beauty"? These questions arose after Twitter users altered the titles of famous films under the #MakeamovieCanadian hashtag over the past couple of days. The trend gave rise to some...

Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy on 'The Drop' and Their Unusual Bond

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on September 09, 2014
Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy like each other. They really, really like each other. That's never more apparent than in "The Drop," a gangster crime thriller starring the two intense young actors, as well as the late James Gandolfini (his last film). Rapace and Hardy ooze chemistry on-screen, and apparently it translates into real life as well. Moviefone Canada spoke to them at the Toronto...

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