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Megan Fox ‘Passion Play’ fails to move critics

HollywoodNews.com: After biting the dust in “Jonah Hex” and getting fired from “Transformers 3,” Megan Fox isn’t looking at a string of good luck yet after her film “Passion Play” was panned by critics at the Toronto Film Festival. In Contention rounds up all the critics’ nails for the Mitch[...]

TIFF ’10: Vicious early reviews for Clint Eastwood’s ‘Hereafter’

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Clint Eastwood’s supernatural “Hereafter” had its world premiere in Toronto tonight at a jam-packed Elgin Theatre, but reaction from the masses so far has not been kind. One hour after the film began, noted film scribe James Rocchi reported via his Twitter feed, “Walked out; Shabby, cliche, manipulative[...]

TIFF ’10: Mark Romanek and Carey Mulligan talk ‘Never Let Me Go’

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Early last year, as Mark Romanek was busy mounting his adaptation of Kazou Ishiguro’s beloved novel “Never Let Me Go,” the director received a four-word text informing him who would headline his film. “We had trouble finding a Kathy. And Peter Rice, who was running [Fox] at[...]

TIFF ’10: Keira Knightley’s marriage on the rocks in ‘Last Night’

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Toronto closes this year with “Last Night,” a dark relationship drama penned and directed by “The Jacket” screenwriter Massy Tadjedin. The finished film is elegant, honest, and sexually charged. Too bad I hated every main character save for the dog. The film opens with newlyweds Joanna (Keira[...]

TIFF ’10: Andrew Garfield talks ‘Never Let Me Go’ and his approach to ‘Spider-Man’

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Andrew Garfield is having a moment. For those of you living under a rock (and lacking a decent wireless signal beneath said rock), the British actor has been chosen to don the iconic Spider-Man costume in Marc Webb’s reboot of Marvel’s superhero film franchise. Later this fall,[...]

TIFF ’10: Robert Redford’s ‘The Conspirator’ a compelling slice of American history

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: A last-minute invitation to Roy Thompson Hall had me sitting down for the Gala premiere of Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” Saturday evening instead of heading back to the hotel room to write a longer “127 Hours” review. Last-minute schedule changes have been the norm at Toronto this[...]

TIFF ’10: Lengthy delay almost derails Danny Boyle’s stunning ‘127 Hours’

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Danny Boyle handled the situation about as well as he possibly could. “I have to stand before you and apologize for the delay,” the Oscar-winning director told a disgruntled crowd who’d gathered in the Scotiabank Saturday afternoon to watch Boyle’s latest, “127 Hours.” More than an hour after[...]

Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” wins top prize at Venice Film Festival

HollywoodNews.com: Venice Film Festival president Quentin Tarantino has just announced that the jury has unanimously crowned Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” with the Golden Lion prize at the festival. Tarantino commented at the festival, “This was a film that enchanted us from our first screening. Yet from that first enchanting screening, it grew[...]

TIFF ’10: Sinking my teeth into ‘Let Me In’

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Matt Reeves’ “Let Me In” will divide audiences. Not between the “haves” and the “have nots,” but the “seen” and the “not yet seen.” Even this morning, Reeves’ remake of “Let the Right One In” sparked a fierce debate in the press lounge of the Park Hyatt as[...]

TIFF ’10: Tom Hooper’s ‘King’s Speech’ declared an Oscar lock

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Strong buzz for Tom Hooper’s film created massive lines, and those hoping to rush the theater were left out in the cold. But plenty of others filled the seats at Roy Thompson Hall last night, and reaction to “King’s Speech” this morning is very strong … especially[...]
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