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)…
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…?
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.
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 🙂
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:
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.
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”
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:
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.
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.