TIFF2015 :: 28 Hand Picked Films From A Toronto Film Festival Director

by Shannonn Kelly
September 10, 2015 03:25AM EST

 Colin Farrell,  John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw in "The Lobster" by Greek director  Yorgos Lanthimos
Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw in “The Lobster” by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos

360 days ago, I took a break from blogging, to focus on writing and editing my Screenplays and also work on a few documentary projects.

But alas, the big Monster is back that is the Toronto International Film Festival and it’s the 40th Anniversary. So It’s a little hard to ignore. And since last season I saw Justin Long turned into a Walrus, this year I want to see Colin Farrell turned into a *Lobster* (winky face)…

 

 

Here are my Picks for #TIFF15
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James Franco Wins GALECA ‘Wilde Artist of the Year’ Award

by Shannonn Kelly
07:05AM, EST, January 22, 2014

James Franco rapper, drug dealer 'Alien' in Spring Breakers, earns him  'Wilde Artist of the Year' from GALECA
“Spring Breakers”rapper, drug dealer ‘Alien‘, earns James Franco ‘Wilde Artist of the Year’ from GALECA

James Franco, Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey were singled out for their performances among others on Tuesday by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA). Garnering ‘Best Film of the Year’ was “12 Years a Slave” (2013) directed by .

These and other winners listed below will receive a ‘Dorian Award‘ from (GALECA), whose awards are based on the ‘Best’ in  TV and Film screened or broadcast in the USA. Continue reading “James Franco Wins GALECA ‘Wilde Artist of the Year’ Award”

Award Season :: Complete Nominee List :: 2014 Golden Globes :: Snubs ‘n’ Picks

by Shannonn Kelly
06:35AM, EST, January 11, 2014

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On the road to the coveted grand daddy Academy Award® extravaganza is the booze-filled Golden Globe® Ceremony. It’s one of my favorite award shows because presenters and nominees are not on their best behavior. And that’s always fun.

The Golden Globes will be broadcast tomorrow, Sunday January 12, 2014 on NBC at 5PM Pacific, 8PM, EST. This year’s hosts are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They did a spectacular job (imho) in 2013.

If you want to play along with me, you can download your ballot right Here. Let’s compare after the show if you want to email me your scanned ballot. I might even pick a Winner and mail you out a Starbucks card. Would you like that…?

Here are your nominees for the 71st Annual Golden Globes: Continue reading “Award Season :: Complete Nominee List :: 2014 Golden Globes :: Snubs ‘n’ Picks”

TIFF 2013 :: Day 5 :: What To See at TIFF Today –

by Shannonn Kelly
01:27 AM, EST, September 09, 2013

Sunday was a big Canadian film day at the Toronto International Film Festival – Snapped this picture of director Bruce McDonald for fun as we were crossing the street together.

Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald
Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald

I watched the premieres of 3 Canadian films on Sunday starting very early in the morning: Peter Stebbings “empire of Dirt”, documentary Burt’s Buzz and Don McKellar’s stellar debut of the English-speaking version of ‘Seducing Dr. Lewis called, “The Grand Seduction” starring Brendan Gleeson and Gordon Pinset.

My favorite films of the day were “Empire of Dirt”, where I tweeted: “Peter Stebbings gracefully directs a superbly realistic cast in @EODthemovie, proving again #FirstNations talent is sadly underused in #film“, “The Grand Seduction” for different reason’s maybe than critics might say, “Parkland” by Peter Landesman about the people behind the scenes of the day JFK was shot (superb cast) and the raw and under-doggish “FAT”, by Mark Phinney.

Today for Day 5, here are my picks for what to see. Happy TIFF-ing 🙂

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TIFF 2013 :: Day 1 :: What To See at TIFF Today “Cumberbitches!”

by Shannonn Kelly
05:43AM, EST, Thursday September 05, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate Opening Gala - TIFF 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate Opening Gala – TIFF 2013

Cumberbatch-Palooza‘ starts today at the 38th Annual Toronto International Film Festival.

Benedict Cumberbatch opens the festival in his biggest star-making role to date as Julian Assange, the founder of Wiki Leaks in director Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate“.

Cumberbatch also co-stars in two other highly anticipated films: “12 Years A Slave” and “August: Osage County”.  Best known for his “Hobbit” and Sherlock Holmes work, Cumberbatch also played Khan in “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013).  He’s also revered for his strong supporting roles in “War Horse” (2011) “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011) and The Whistleblower  (2010) as well as one of his most talked about roles playing theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama “Hawking” from 2004. Continue reading “TIFF 2013 :: Day 1 :: What To See at TIFF Today “Cumberbitches!””

TIFF 2013 :: Midnight Madness Serves Up Everything from Cannibalism to Supernatural Cheerleaders

by Shannonn Kelly
12:28PM, EST, July 31, 2013

The bloodsport of "All Cheerleaders Must Die", by co-directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson
The bloodsport of “All Cheerleaders Must Die”, by co-directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson

The 38th Annual Toronto Film Festival has finally announced its lineup for Midnight Madness program, which is the wild side of TIFF, screening genre films that include: Action, Horror, Shock and Fantasy film to a rabid nocturnal crowd. This year’s offerings so far include:

  1. Afflicted
  2. All Cheerleaders Must Die
  3. Almost Human
  4. The Green Inferno
  5. Oculus
  6. R100
  7. Rigor Mortis
  8. The Station
  9. Why Don’t You Play In Hell
  10. TBA

We have yet to find out what the 10h film might be. It’s very possible they are looking for another star studded feature such as 2012’s “Seven Psychopaths” which became such a media frenzy hype-fest, that the films screened 1 1/2 hours late and the Q&A went until well past 3AM.  (My review is Here.) Continue reading “TIFF 2013 :: Midnight Madness Serves Up Everything from Cannibalism to Supernatural Cheerleaders”

Twitter, FaceBook Goes GREEN For Unpaid ‘Life of Pi’ Visual Effects Artists

by Shannonn Kelly
04:08AM, EST, February 28, 2013

Bringing Color and Hue to Life of Pi at the Expense of the Visual Artists
Bringing Color and Hue to Life of Pi at the Expense of the Visual Artists

A couple of days ago, you might have noticed some of your friends changed their avatar to a plain green block on FaceBook and Twitter.

Th green block represents the Hollywood Green Screen (or Chroma Key Compositing) and the issue  behind it was alluded to on Oscar night.

Since then Filmgoers, and Filmmakers have been showing their solidarity by replacing their profile pics with a green block to support approximately 250 Visual Effects Artists who worked on “Life of Pi” but were laid off without pay.

Due to these very same artists, “Life of Pi” won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but up many of the artists responsible for creating those gorgeous effects were laid off when their employer Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy, resulting in those Visual Artists not being paid for five weeks.

Known for known for its work on “Babe” and also the Oscar nominated “Snow White And The Huntsman“, Rhythm & Hues was the studio that breathed life into “Life of Pi” on the big screen.

About 600 artists alone, were on staff to animate the Bengal tiger, Richard Parker. Without these artists you’d get scenes like the one at the right with just a boat and an actor on a sound stage. Continue reading “Twitter, FaceBook Goes GREEN For Unpaid ‘Life of Pi’ Visual Effects Artists”

Oscar News :: Seth MacFarlane Did Great But, I Nominate Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Oscar 2014 Host

by Shannonn Kelly
05:18AM, EST, February 27, 2013

Oscar host Seth McFarlane flys in to pay tribute to Sally Field
Oscar host Seth McFarlane flys in to pay tribute to Sally Field

As a big Family Guy fan from day one, I was not at all disappointed by Academy Award® host Seth McFarlane this past Sunday.

In fact I posted on my FaceBook page with the first 20 minutes:

William Shatner, Los Angeles Gay Men’s Choir, Charlize Theron + Channing Tatum ballroom dancing, Sock Puppet re-enactment of Flight and #JGL! And making out with Sally Field — Already up there with the Best AcademyAwards Ever 😀

Seth must get a lot of humor from his dad Ronald, who outfitted in a kilt said on the red carpet, “Seth must be the only straight man in the world who loves show tunes”. From Seth’s opening line, “”The quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh starts now.” (which Jones did) to the William Shatner bit which was hilarious and the Flying Nun sketch showing how game Sally Field is for a well written joke as she finally gives in to Seth’s advances: “Oh, who am I kidding? They’re going to give it to Anne.” Continue reading “Oscar News :: Seth MacFarlane Did Great But, I Nominate Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Oscar 2014 Host”

Oscar News :: Daniel Day-Lewis Makes Academy Award History With Three-Peat

by Shannonn Kelly
04:56AM, EST, February 25, 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis is Oscar's Triple Threat
Daniel Day-Lewis is Oscar’s Triple Threat

It was a lock for me the moment I witnessed immersible character actor Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis on the big screen as Lincoln.

There was really no other male performance in a leading role that did on screen what Daniel Day-Lewis did with his astonishing embodiment of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.

Day-Lewis made Lincoln relevant and to say the least, compelling. Day-Lewis deserved his Best Actor In a Leading Role Oscar and he deserved to make Oscar history and standout in front of the other great actors who’ve received the award 2 times each. They are:

  • Marlon Brando
  • Gary Cooper
  • Tom Hanks
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Fredric March
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Sean Penn
  • Spencer Tracy

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The Independent Spirit Awards – Honoring the Best in *Independent Film*

by Shannonn Kelly
05:26AM, EST, February 23, 2013

Anybody that knows me, knows this is where my HeART is at. Independent Film. It’s the branch of filmmaking where movies get made on (hopefully) a great screenplay, NO budget and and very little involvement from Hollywood until after the festival circuit. I always try to see every movie on Spirit Award list and this year has some imaginative, original screenplays produced into films and some truly spectacular performances.

SNL's Andy Samberg is gonna let it rip at the Independent Spirit Awards
SNL’s Andy Samberg is gonna let it rip at the Independent Spirit Awards

Hosted by film school grad himself, Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg, today’s Independent Spirit Awards and ceremony are also co-chaired by actress Salma Hayek and actor Jeremy Renner.

According to Samberg On His Hosting Duties:

I have some writer friends lending a hand, and we’re doing some pretaped segments too. Whenever I explain what I’m planning to do, people say, “That sounds terrible.” Then we shoot it, and it works. So we’re letting it rip!

Today is the last big North American Award day before tomorrow’s Academy Award® ceremony. To get into the ‘Spirit‘ you can watch the two promo spots Samberg did for tonight’s awards Here and Here.

The Award show will be broadcast on the IFC Channel at 10PM, EST, tonight Saturday February 23rd.

Below are the Nominees for the 2013 Spirit Awards. I’ll update this post with the Winners later: Continue reading “The Independent Spirit Awards – Honoring the Best in *Independent Film*”