Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

Toronto

  • Thompson on Hollywood
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    Ten Questions for Bright Star's Jane Campion: "I've Never Made a Crap Film"

    Bright Star was brilliantly reviewed on the film fest circuit from Cannes to Toronto. But some critics praise its undeniable visual style and directorial panache (the film won a special cinematography prize from the National Board of Review) but find the 19th-century period drama lacking in deep emo...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Jews on Film: A Serious Man and An Education; Polanski, Sellers

    Jews are popping up all over. The Coens based A Serious Man, which is an affectionate yet scabrous portrait of Jewish suburban family life, on their 60s Minnesota upbringing. An Education's Nick Hornby relied on Lynn Barber's two-year old memoir and faithfully included the sleazy seducer played by Peter Sarsgaard, who is Jewish. Suffice it to say, he's a money-grubbing entrepreneur with less-than-impeccable values. Even Tim Blake Nelson includes the Jewish mafia in his midwestern comedy, Leaves of Grass, which recently played Toronto. And we must not leave out Quentin Tarantino's controversial contribution to Jewish cinema, the anti-Nazi Worl...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    9 comments
    tweet
    0

    Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Last Station

    Sony Pictures Classics has added Telluride Film Festival hit The Last Station to its burgeoning 2009 slate of possible Oscar contenders. (Here's my Telluride feature on the movie.) The studio specialty subsidiary, which acquired North And Latin American rights, will push for Helen Mirren, Christophe...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    14 comments
    tweet
    0

    Indie Fallout: Should Studio Specialty Units Change Focus?

    Ever since the Indie Summit last week, something has been nagging at me.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Fall Fest Update, Clooney, Burton, Von Trier, Weinsteins

    Festival News:The AFI Festival has selected as its opener Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl book. The fest takes place October 30 - November 7, 2009 in Hollywood. The movie is yet another George Clooney vehicle coming out this fall (along with Up in the Air and The Men Who St...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    Toronto Update, Awards, Auteurs, Moore, Coens, Beatles

    Toronto WatchHot off their fab launch of A Serious Man at Toronto, the Coens swear they have no interest in returning to The Big Lebowski, even if audiences do. A Serious Man won the updated IndieWIRE critics poll for 34 new Toronto films that did not play Sundance or Cannes. Magnolia has picked u...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Toronto Deals: Art of the Steal, Lebanon, Get Low

    The smaller Toronto deals are starting to flow. In addition to IFC's pick-up of Valhalla Rising and Sony Worldwide Acquisition Group's genre-film buy Defendor, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Samuel Maoz's Venice Golden Lion winner Lebanon, which is expected to be Israel's submission for the Oscars. The movie is based on Maoz's experience as a tank driver. (SPC acquired Israel's Waltz with Bashir last year.) And Sundance Selects, IFC-owner Rainbow Media's other theatrical and VOD label, acquired North American rights to Don Argott’s art-world documentary The Art of the Steal, set for 2010 theatrical release. Both films ar...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    17 comments
    tweet
    0

    Toronto Wrap: Indie Bloodbath

    If industry-watchers didn't see it coming, they figured it out at this year's Toronto Film Festival.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Oscar Talk, Episode 3

    Kris Tapley and I wrap up the Oscar changes post-Toronto Film Fest, from the Coens' A Serious Man to new Weinstein pick-up A Single Man.

    Read More »

Recent Posts


  • Liam Neeson-Walk Among The TombstonesA Walk Among The Tombstones—Movie R ...Leonard Maltin
  • Clark Terry's Hand-Justin KauflinKeep On Keepin’ On—Movie ReviewLeonard Maltin
  • Tracks-Mia Wasikowska-680Tracks—Movie ReviewLeonard Maltin