Toronto: Jennifer Aniston Sparks Oscar Buzz With Game-Changing Drama ‘Cake’
Jennifer Aniston — Oscar contender? You better believe it after the tumultuous standing ovation she received at the Elgin Theatre on Monday afternoon for her potentially career-changing film Cake after the end credits had rolled. Sans makeup but for scars and other disfigurements, Aniston proved way beyond cosmetic changes that she is the real thing. She's heartbreakingly good, alternately bitingly dramatic and funny in this story of a woman suffering with chronic pain… Read
Deadline @ Toronto: Pete Hammond On A Grand ‘Theory’ And More (Video)
It looks like the Toronto Film Festival has unearthed another Oscar-caliber gem. Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond says the Stephen Hawking love story that just had its world premiere is a contender in both Best Picture and the acting categories. He also weighs in on Chris Rock's Top Five (amid an eight-figure bidding war for the pic), Reese Witherspoon's The Good Lie and This Is Where I Leave… Read
Toronto: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As TIFF World Premieres Keep On Coming
In terms of Oscar watching, the most anticipated World Premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival debuted Sunday night and it did not disappoint. Focus Features, as expected, has a major contender in The Theory Of Everything, its Stephen Hawking biopic that turns out to be a touching and unusual love story between the young Hawking and his wife Jane. The film is based on her memoir, and Anthony McCarten's adaptation and first-rate direction by Oscar… Read
Streamy Awards Name LGBT Activist Tyler Oakley Entertainer of the Year
It was a great night, and week, for Tyler Oakley, who not only picked up the Streamys Audience Choice Entertainer of the Year Award, but was also honored as one of the night's previously announced ICONS for his online activism and fundraising to prevent LGBT teen suicide. Oh, and his new audio podcast, Psychobabble, debuted on iTunes this week at No. 1.
“Thank you for letting me be part of this little fun group” of YouTube creators, said a flustered Oakley, who is… Read
DeadlineNow @ Toronto: Pete Hammond on ‘Nightcrawler’, ‘Black And White’ (Video)
Deadline's Pete Hammond takes time from his very busy screen schedule at the Toronto International Film Festival to report on the latest highlights, including Jake Gyllenhaal's smart and creepy performance in Nightcrawler and Kevin Costner's best work in years in Black and White. Pete also talks about Men, Women and Children. Here's the… Read
Toronto: Kevin Costner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman And A Very Hot Chris Rock Fill Busy Fest Weekend
Kevin Costner came into the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday for the world premiere of his powerful new drama, Black And White, a stirring story dealing with our racial divide, but mostly a riveting human tale from writer/director Mike Binder. It's unflinchingly honest and contains a crackerjack courtroom scene that's priceless. In that scene, Costner delivers perhaps the best performance of his career, or at least since the period of his career circa Field… Read
Deadline Launches ‘The Sunday Page’
Editor's Note: The weekday mission of Deadline Hollywood is to break as many stories as possible and provide real-time showbiz coverage. We've long wanted to colonize Sunday beyond weekend box office, creating a place where our readers could expect a presentation of more thoughtful stories that might drown in the river given our growing volume of weekday copy. Our ambition has outpaced the capabilities of our tech staff, which we worked like rented mules during the recent… Read
DeadlineNow @ Toronto: Hammond Praises ‘St. Vincent’, Touched By ‘The Drop’
Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond recounts his first full day at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. For Hammond, Weinstein Co.'s Bill Murray comedy St. Vincent has awards potential, while the premiere of James Gandolfini's last film The Drop from Fox Searchlight drew a moving reception. Here's Hammond's take on both… Read
Update: Venice Winners: ‘A Pigeon Sat On A Branch’ Takes Golden Lion; ‘Birdman’ Shut Out; Adam Driver Best Actor
UPDATE 12:20 PM PT: The Venice jury tonight gave its Golden Lion to a bird, but it wasn't the particular bird many were expecting. Alejandro G Inarritu's opening night hit Birdman was shut out of the awards. The Golden Lion instead went to Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence. The metaphysical film is the final leg of a trilogy about what it means to be a human being. It carries on from 2000's Songs From The Second Floor and 2007's You, The Livi… Read
Toronto: Bill Murray Wows At World Premiere Of ‘St. Vincent'; Will It Be A Stealth Awards Player?
Thunder and lightning and a sudden rainstorm couldn't dampen the spirits of moviegoers as the Toronto Film Festival provided a change of pace Friday night with the world premiere of The Weinstein Company's October release, St. Vincent. Starring Bill Murray in the best performance of his career and 11-year-old newcomer Jaeden Lieberher in the best kid role of the year, this pure family film (although rated PG-13) is about a young child of divorce who finds a companion in… Read
Toronto: Warner Bros Gets Thumbs-Up Verdict As ‘The Judge’ Opens TIFF With Emotion-Packed Drama
“I feel like I was sucker-punched, but it was a happy punch,” Robert Downey Jr. told me after the Toronto Film Festival's opening-night movie The Judge. At the Montecito restaurant after-party, the star and his wife Susan Downey, who was one of the producers of the project, admitted they had not seen the film before in such a large venue as Roy Thomson Hall, where the October 10th Warner Bros release had its world premiere Thursday night.
Downey admitted to tearing up at… Read
Streamy Award Round 1 Winners: ‘Epic Rap Battles Of History,’ ‘RWBY,’ Fallon, Seinfeld
The Streamys did their best Emmy-tation tonight, naming winners in 33 categories in a rapid-fire and boisterous event for what they term the “pre-live stream” awards, ahead of Sunday night's big Beverly Hilton shindig for 14 more.
Some Old Hollywood big names grabbed statues, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the online companion to Key & Peele, Jerry Seinfeld's Crackle show “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee,” and that very complicated face-off between Bara… Read