September 28, 2016

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Contenders from the Toronto Film Festival

Time is just flying on by, isn’t it folks? Over this past weekend, the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF) began to wrap up, giving out awards and setting up some potential contenders for the impending Oscar season. This came hot on the heels of the Venice Film Festival launching things like Arrival, Jackie, La La Land, and Nocturnal Animals into the race. Many of those then played at Toronto as well, further boosting their bonafides. With TIFF over and the New York Film Festival up next, I wanted to see what the big contenders are now, coming from up north. Knowledge is power, ladies and gentlemen, so let’s gain some today!
This year, TIFF managed to continue the buzz built at Venice for the aforementioned Arrival, Jackie, La La Land, and Nocturnal Animals, while putting out Lion and Moonlight into the world. Also of note was Loving, which is a veteran of the Cannes Film Festival, as well as a special presentation of some footage from Hidden Figures, which could turn out to be a player. Lion definitely got a big boost, as it was to that point only rumored as a push from The Weinstein Company. Moonlight probably got the best reviews overall, though La La Land continued its early dominance, especially when it took the Audience Award. As a reminder, TIFF gave that prize to the song and dance flick over Lion and the more fringe player Queen of Katwe. Keep that in mind, as it’s just the first of many huzzahs.

Looking at those specific eight titles, you see some definite potential with the Academy. If I had to guess, La La Land will fare better than any of the other big contenders so far. There doesn’t appear to be anything immediately in danger of being shut out, but it’s early. La La Land is the closest we have to a sure thing, due to its content and nature. The award was just another feather in its cap. One or two of these might suffer if an NYFF player like Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk supplants as a thing, but that remains to be seen. Right now, TIFF is still fresh in our minds.

As a quick reminder before we wrap up, here again are the awards that were given out at TIFF:
*Audience Award: La La Land (First Runner Up: Lion / Second Runner Up: Queen of Katwe)*
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“La La Land” takes the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival

Yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its awards for 2016, with Damien Chazelle’s La La Land taking the top prize. That distinction, the People’s Choice prize, also known as the Audience Award, puts it into some very strong company (for those wondering, the first runner up was Lion, while the second runner up was Queen Of Katwe). The original musical, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been winning over viewers for a few weeks now, starting out at the Venice Film Festival, continuing at the Telluride Film Festival, and now charming everyone at Toronto. At this point, it was already considered the frontrunner in Best Picture, but now, one can say it with more distinction. Frankly, it’s hard not to consider this the one to beat right now.
In terms of this particular award and its history, this is a somewhat reliable indicator of prestige. La La Land now joins a group that has five prior Best Picture winners, along with a whole host of nominees since the prize was introduced in the late 1970’s. Just look here at the list of what has won since the Audience Award was originally instituted:
1978 – Girlfriends
1979 – Best Boy
1980 – Bad Timing
1981 – Chariots of Fire
1982 – Tempest
1983 – The Big Chill
1984 – Places in the Heart
1985 – The Official Story
1986 – The Decline of the American Empire
1987 – The Princess Bride
1988 – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
1989 – Roger & Me
1990 – Cyrano de Bergerac
1991 – The Fisher King
1992 – Strictly Ballroom
1993 – The Snapper
1994 – Priest
1995 – Antonia
1996 – Shine
1997 – The Hanging Garden
1998 – Life Is Beautiful
1999 – American Beauty
2000 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2001 – Amélie
2002 – Whale Rider
2003 – Zatōichi
2004 – Hotel Rwanda
2005 – Tsotsi
2006 – Bella
2007 – Eastern Promises
2008 – Slumdog Millionaire
2009 – Precious
2010 – The King’s Speech
2011 – Where Do We Go Now?
2012 – Silver Linings Playbook
2013 – 12 Years a Slave
2014 – The Imitation Game
2015 – Room
2016 – La La Land

As you can see, getting the People’s Choice prize is a pretty big deal. Now, we don’t know if La La Land is going to follow in the footsteps of Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, and 12 Years a Slave, going the distance to an Oscar win in Best Picture, but the odds are certainly not bad. The Academy Award is a ways […]

James Franco interested in Kristen Stewart?

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Kristen Stewart may have found her rebound guy after her cheating scandal seems to have broken up her longtime relationship with Robert Pattinson.
It is being rumored that Stewart met James Franco while both were at the Toronto Film Festival, and he was a little smitten with her, states RadarOnline. The two were reportedly laughing and smiling while they briefly spoke. He even allegedly got her phone number after the exchange.
However, Stewart reportedly shot down dinner with him, but it is rumored that things might move forward with them if a reconciliation doesn’t happen with Pattinson.
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Kristen Stewart: all will be fine during ‘Twilight’ promotions with Robert Pattinson

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson will soon be reuniting for the first time since her cheating scandal broke in order to complete ‘Twilight’ promotions.
And while many think that this could be horribly awkward, Stewart isn’t worried in the least, states UsMagazine.com. “We’re going to be fine. We’re totally fine,” Stewart said about doing interviews and red carpet events together for ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2.’
Stewart recently stepped out publicly for the first time since the news broke as she was promoting ‘On The Road’ at the Toronto Film Festival.
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Kristen Stewart allegedly boo’d at MTV VMAs

HollywoodNews.com: It seems that most people out there are Team Robert Pattinson after Kristen Stewart allegedly cheated on him with her director.
And the allegiance was reportedly never more noticeable than at the MTV Video Music Awards when a brand new clip of ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2’ was played, states Hollyscoop. While Pattinson was there to present the clip, it is reported that as soon as Stewart’s character came on the screen, fans began to boo.
Luckily, Stewart didn’t have to sit through that as she was at the Toronto Film Festival promoting ‘On The Road.’
Whose side are you on?
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Kristen Stewart steps out at Toronto Film Festival

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Stewart has finally made her first public appearance since her cheating scandal broke, and it was a big moment as it was at the Toronto Film Festival.
Stewart stepped out with a glamorous look at the red carpet event where she was promoting ‘On The Road,’ states RadarOnline. Stewart wore a floral, sequined dress at the red carpet premiere.
Stewart did keep a low-profile at the event, but did comment that she was pleased “to know that everyone is here.”
Do you think she handled her first event back out well?
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Robert Pattinson reportedly appearing at MTV VMAs tonight

HollywoodNews.com: Robert Pattinson has stepped back into the public after Kristen Stewart cheated on him with her director, and now he will be attending the MTV Video Music Awards tonight.
Pattinson will reportedly be there with Taylor Lautner to introduce a 90-second clip of never-before-seen footage from ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 2,’ states People. It was allegedly originally planned for him to attend the show to introduce the clip.
Stewart will be making her first public appearance tonight as she is set to attend the Toronto Film Festival to promote ‘On The Road.’
Will you tune in tonight?
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Kristen Stewart heads to Toronto in Robert Pattinson’s clothes

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Stewart will be walking the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival tonight, but first it seems that she wanted to send a message.
While going to the Los Angeles airport for her flight, Stewart was spotted wearing one of Robert Pattinson’s shirts, states TooFab. The shirt in question says Irie on it which is a Jamaican phrase meaning one is at peace or feeling great.
This brings up the question of the status of their relationship. As they haven’t confirmed a split, although Pattinson has hinted at problems in recent interviews, the shirt makes fans wonder if they are still together.
On the other side, Stewart could just be wearing it in order to appeal to Pattinson since rumors are also out that he won’t talk to her since the cheating scandal broke.
What do you think is going on here?
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Kristen Stewart: Why is “On the Road” opening everywhere but the U.S.A.?

HollywoodNews.com: By the time the film version of the quintessential American novel, “On the Road,” opens in America, it will be the movie’s very last stop. The Walter Salles directed adaptation of the famed Jack Kerouac classic has already opened in four countries. It will open in two dozen more before it finally hits American theaters on December 21, 2012. A movie about being lost in America is lost in distribution.
Indeed, “On the Road” is so screwed up at this point that it had its UK premiere in London three days ago. But it doesn’t actually open there until October 12th. Neither of its big stars–Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund–even showed up for that premiere. It’s not clear what the point was at all.
The movie had its worldwide debut back in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Critics were lukewarm. Rottentomatoes.com has given it a 40% score, with pretty much everyone checking in. In the four countries where it has played to audiences, “On the Road” has a total box office of just over $4.2 million.
Now it will roll out in spurts around the world. In early September, “On the Road” will get a premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. It almost seems like an afterthought since it won’t be released in the U.S. for three more months. There’s no momentum whatsoever marketing wise.
What a shame. “On the Road” was published in 1957. The saga of its journey to film is a long, storied one. Francis Ford Coppola tried to do in the 1990s. Casts came and went. Salles, a very good director, made such a success of “The Motorcycle Diaries,” that he seemed like a good choice. But something went wrong in the translation.
“On the Road” also now comes with a little unwanted baggage. Kristen Stewart, who’s a minor part of the film, has been played up as one its stars. But this summer she earned a scarlet “A” for her affair with the married director of her “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Rarher than be stoned in public, Stewart skipped the throwaway UK premiere. Her level of promo participation in the future is unknown.
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Kristen Stewart allegedly hoping to avoid Robert Pattinson questions

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Stewart will soon be promoting ‘On The Road,’ but it seems she is hoping to do so while avoiding all personal questions.
She will reportedly do promotions for the film at the Toronto Film Festival, but allegedly doesn’t want to do any interviews, states RadarOnline. While Robert has been promoting his work and dealing with the personal issues in public, she is reportedly not as comfortable having to do that.
It is rumored that her friends are encouraging her to just face the music and get it over with. However, she is allegedly worried about doing so because she thinks it will be too harsh.
Do you think she will address the cheating scandal?
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