Thursday, March 6, 2014
Director: Declan Lowney
Writers: Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons & Armando Iannucci
Featuring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney
Review by Allan Tong
Alan Partridge is British comedian Steve Coogan's alter ego: a wise-ass, self-absorbed radio and TV personality who has built a large following across the pond over the past 20 years. On these shores, however, Partridge is essentially the late, great music impresario, Tony Wilson, whom Coogan portrayed in the brilliantly anarchic 24 Hour Party People (2002).
Here, in his self-titled (of course) big screen debut, Alan Partridge is basically the same egotistical fellow. This time he's backstabbing a fellow DJ in Norwich, England when the greedy corporate owners decide to oust one of the veteran jocks.
In her opening remarks, Founder and Executive Director Actress Tonya Williams said: "We're bringing 25 features to screens in Toronto and Markham this year, along with 37 shorts, eight webisodes and nine music videos. Once again we're introducing audiences to new Canadian talent from the Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern and South Asian communities."
The 2014 ReelWorld Film Festival is showcasing 70% Canadian content, and presenting films from Australia, China, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Grenada, Guadeloupe, India, Iraq, Jamaica, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and the USA.
Posted by David Eng at 11:17 AM
17th Annual TIFF Kids Festival Targets Children Aged 3–13 and Runs from April 8–21, 2014
The TIFF Kids International Film Festival, one of the premier film festivals for children in North America, returns for its 17thyear with a slate full of premieres of some of the best films from around the world for children aged 3 to 13 that will inspire and delight children and their families alike. The TIFF Kids Festival kicks off on Opening Night with the Canadian premiere of Rio 2, the all-star sequel to the smash-hit 2011 animated adventure, reuniting audiences with Blu and Jewel, voiced by Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg and Oscar® winner Anne Hathaway, and wraps with the Closing Night Film The House of Magic, a gorgeously animated 3D feature from Belgium about a young abandoned cat who finds a new home in an enchanted mansion. All screenings and events take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto from April 8 to 21, 2014.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
“This year marks 65 years of celebrating extraordinary Canadian screen stars,” says Martin Katz, Academy Chair. “We are extremely proud to continue this legacy by presenting the biggest and brightest talent in Canada with Canadian Screen Awards tonight.”
“This evening’s winners add to the legacy that the Canadian Screen Awards have built after our inaugural year,” says Helga Stephenson, Academy CEO. “We congratulate all of the honourees tonight on their well-deserved successes.”
Writers: George Gatins (screenplay), George Gatins & John Gatins (story)
Featuring: Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Dominic Brewster & Michael Keaton
Review by Allan Tong
Need For Speed is a car racing flick based on a popular video game. That's no surprise to anyone watching the first two minutes of this movie. Need For Speed is an excuse to watch cars blaze down American highways, leap over freeway traffic, smash into cop cars, and hover in mid-air by helicopter. This is basically a racing game with intermittent dialogue.
The movie marks Aaron Paul's debut as a movie star. Paul, of course, was the co-star of (probably) the greatest television series ever, Breaking Bad. However, there's no trace of Jesse Pinkman in Need For Speed and unfortunately none of the depth of his character or of Paul's searing performance found in this movie. Paul plays Tobey, a master car racing mechanic and driver and generally nice guy. He holds a grudge against an old nemesis, Dino (Dominic Brewster), and takes the fall when a drag race between Tobey, Dino and Tobey's friend ends in Dino cutting off the buddy and killing him in a horrific crash. Tobey goes to prison for Dino's crime while Dino enjoys the life of a racing star.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
2014 Canadian Screen Awards for News & Sports, Documentary, Lifestyle, Reality and Digital Media – winners
“Since industry awards were initiated in this country 65 years ago, we have celebrated together,” says Martin Katz, Academy Chair. “Tonight the Academy is very proud to showcase Canada’s leading television and digital media programs this year.”
“Congratulations to all of this evening’s Canadian Screen Award winners and Academy Special Award winners,” says Helga Stephenson, Academy CEO. “Our industry has gone through massive changes, entering into an age of digital media and continues to evolve into a multi-platform universe, and the Academy is proud to recognize the talented Canadians delivering excellence in television and digital media.”
- Kim Adams, Sculptor, Toronto
- Sandra Brownlee, Weaver/notebook keeper (Saidye Bronfman Award), Dartmouth, N.S.
- Max Dean, Multidisciplinary visual artist, Toronto
- Raymond Gervais, Performance and installation artist, Montreal
- Angela Grauerholz, Photographer/visual artist, Montreal
- Jayce Salloum, Media artist, Vancouver
- Brydon Smith, Curator (Outstanding Contribution), Ottawa
- Carol Wainio, Painter, Ottawa
Monday, March 3, 2014
Position Type : Intern
Start Date : July-07-14
End Date : September-14-14
TIFF, a vibrant not-for-profit arts organization, is accepting applications for the
Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme
The Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme was established in memory of Toronto Star’s veteran entertainment journalist Sid Adilman. This programme will develop the journalistic skills of one emerging journalist who demonstrates a strong interest in film and the arts. The Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme is made possible through philanthropic donations to the Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme endowment fund.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Gravity by Alfonso Cuarón won more awards, however, with seven. It won Best Director and Best Original Score, as well as the technical categories of Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Alfonso Cuarón was himself a double winner for Directing and Editing, and becomes the first Latino to win Best Director.
Dallas Buyers Club by Montreal's Jean-Marc Vallée was another three-time winner. Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor and Jared Leto won Supporting Actor. In addition to the acting wins, the film also picked up the prize for Makeup and Hairstyling.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
With writer, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt hosting, highlights included the first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit's state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Patton also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Weird Al Yankovic and… his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton's newly developed app that turns any Hollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 29 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Artists who have received industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Scarlett Johansson, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams and many more.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Featuring selections from Cambodia, Tanzania, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, France, the United Kingdom and the USA, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox on February 27 with The Square (2013), director Jehane Noujaim’s (Control Room) thrilling documentary chronicle of activism, unrest and revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and closes on March 6 with the world premiere of Canadian director Matthew Smiley's hard-hitting documentary Highway of Tears (2013).
The Location Managers Guild of America is an organization of experienced career professionals in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries. The Guild promotes awareness of the goals and achievements of its members to the general public and within the industry through creative, educational, and philanthropic programs. LMGA members are dedicated to the establishment of professional standards of personal conduct and business ethics.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Craig Goodwill’s PATCH TOWN
Executive Director of the Canadian Film Fest (CFF), Bern Euler, today announced the lineup for the 8th edition of the CFF, which will open with Craig Goodwill’s PATCH TOWN and includes Michelle Ouellet’s AFTERPARTY as the Closing Night Film. This year’s festival will present six feature films and 14 short films over its three-day run. The CFF will take place at The Royal in Toronto from March 20-22. For more information, visit www.canfilmfest.ca.
“From dramas, to documentaries and genre films, this year’s lineup represents the diversity of work coming from the Canadian filmmaking community,” said Executive Director, Bern Euler, Canadian Film Festival. “It is an honour to present these films for Toronto audiences to enjoy and celebrate all of the talent in our own backyard.”
Monday, February 24, 2014
The presenters, including several past Oscar winners and nominees, will be:
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Other cinematographers with multiple nominations were Jon Castell, Allan Leader, Kirk Neff, Jeremy Benning, Benjamin Lichty and Daniel Grant.