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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Award Season :: 2014 Golden Globes :: Winners List :: ReCap

by Shannonn Kelly
03:51AM, EST, January 13, 2014

Updated 06:43PM, EST, January 13, 2014

Winners of "12 Years A Slave", "Dallas Buyers Club", "American Hustle"

Just 10 minutes into last night’s (okay, 3 hours ago) Golden Globes,  I tweeted #TamyFoehler ( they are a couple aren’t they 😉 ) are already killing with the laughs at the #GoldenGlobes.

I wasn’t drinking. Had no fancy dinner. Was sitting in my ‘schooshy pants’ in my Italian recliner, but Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made me feel like I was right there with them at the boozey Golden Globe® Ceremony.

The Academy Award® extravaganza is the Grand Daddy of all the award shows, but I relish presenters and nominees half in the bag on live broadcasts. Sometimes a little sloppy – – but always fun.

There’s an English saying, “Start as you mean to go on”, and that’s exactly what Fey and Poehler did. Their almost 10 minute opening monologue was hilarious. Continue reading “Award Season :: 2014 Golden Globes :: Winners List :: ReCap”

Award Season :: Full Presenter List :: 2014 Golden Globes

by Shannonn Kelly
07:05AM, EST, January 12, 2014

Longtime Pals Matt Damon and Ben Affleck confirmed among Presenters at the 71st Annual Golden Globes, 8PM on NBC Sunday January 12, 2014 (photo credit: Eric Charbonneau)
Longtime Pals Matt Damon and Ben Affleck confirmed among Presenters at the 71st Annual Golden Globes, 8PM on NBC Sunday January 12, 2014
(photo credit: Eric Charbonneau)

Co-Hosts Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler will have a star studded line-up of presenters to join in the fun for the 71st Annual Golden Globes tonight. With a special shout-out to Deadline.com – Here is the full list of presenters:

Just Confirmed:
Ben Affleck (2013 and 1998 Golden Globe Award winner; 2007 Golden Globe Award nominee), Drew Barrymore (2010 Golden Globe Award winner; 1993 and 1985 Golden Globe Award nominee), Kate Beckinsale, Orlando Bloom, Sandra Bullock (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama; 2010 Golden Globe Award winner; 2001 and 1996 Golden Globe Award nominee), Jim Carrey (2000 and 1999 Golden Globe Award winner; 2005, 2001, 1998 and 1995 Golden Globe Award nominee), Jessica Chastain (2013 Golden Globe Award winner; 2012 Golden Globe Award nominee), Emilia Clarke, Sean Combs, Matt Damon (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television; 1998 Golden Globe Award winner; 2010 and 2000 Golden Globe Award nominee), Leonardo DiCaprio (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical; 2005 Golden Globe Award winner; 2013, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1998, 1994 Golden Globe Award nominee), Aaron Eckhart (2007 Golden Globe Award nominee), Chris Evans, Amber Heard, Jonah Hill (2012 Golden Globe Award nominee), Taylor Kinney, Niki Lauda, Paula Patton, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Jesse Spencer, Emma Stone (2011 Golden Globe Award nominee), Emma Thompson (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama; 1996 and 1993 Golden Globe Award winner; 2009, 2002, 1995 and 1994 Golden Globe Award nominee), Usher, and Christoph Waltz (2013 and 1910 Golden Globe Award winner) are the final round of presenters announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

2014 Golden Globes Co-Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
2014 Golden Globes Co-Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey

Previously Announced: Kevin Bacon (2010 Golden Globe Award winner; 1995,1997 Golden Globe Award nominee), Julie Bowen, Laura Dern (2012, 2009, 1993 Golden Globe Award winner; 1999, 1992 Golden Globe Award nominee; 1982 Miss. Golden Globe), Robert Downey Jr. (2010, 2001, 1994 Golden Globe winner; 2009, 1993 Golden Globe Award nominee), Jimmy Fallon, Colin Farrell (2009 Golden Globe Award winner), Tom Hanks (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama; 2001, 1995, 1994, 1989 Golden Globe Award winner; 2008, 1999 Golden Globe Award nominee), Chris Hemsworth, Mila Kunis (2011 Golden Globe Award nominee), Jennifer Lawrence (2014 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture; 2013 Golden Globe Award winner; 2011 Golden Globe Award nominee), Melissa McCarthy, Seth Meyers, Liam Neeson (2005, 1997, 1994 Golden Globe Award nominee), Chris O’Donnell (1992 Golden Globe Award nominee), Margot Robbie, Mark Ruffalo, Kyra Sedgwick (2007 Golden Globe winner; 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 1996, 1993 Golden Globe nominee), Channing Tatum, Uma Thurman (2003 Golden Globe Award winner; 2005, 2004, 1995 Golden Globe Award nominee), Emma Watson, Naomi Watts (2013 Golden Globe Award nominee), Olivia Wilde, and Reese Witherspoon (2006 Golden Globe Award winner; 2002, 2000 Golden Globe Award nominee).

TIFF Special Presentations and Midnight Madness Line-Up Includes Heavy Hitters

by Shannonn Kelly
11:23AM, EST, August 17, 2010

Toronto International Film Festival brings heavyweight fare (and some of their old faves) to mark it’s 35th year . Old favorite 2002 cult comedy Fubar comes back to TIFF in a sequel. Canadian director, Michael Dowse and his comedy ‘Fubar II’ opens TIFF Midnight Madness 2010 with 6 films of the 10 nights coming from the USA.

The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman
The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman

Wu Ershan directs a story is about a butcher in a brothel who is in love with a courtesan. When he suffers a humiliating rejection, he decides to become a swordsman and wanders around the city of Jianghu bringing the hurt. Its a martial-arts comedy called, ‘The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman‘ and is the first film from mainland China to ever have a world premiere at TIFFs Midnight Madness.

Dante Lam brings his explosive urban action flick ‘Fire of Conscience‘ to close Midnight Madness. To purchase tickets online please click here.

Special Presentation and Galas at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is code for ‘high profile’ films. Among them are: Philip Seymour Hoffman with his first directorial effort the unconventional set in new York city romantic dramedy ‘Jack Goes Boating‘. Other special presentation premieres are:

Dan Rush’s ‘Everything Must Go’, starring Will Ferrell as a motivational speaker who turns a lawn sale into a new life strategy. Closing the London Film Festival on Thursday October 28 is Danny Boyle’s new movie, ‘127 Hours’ starring Golden Globe winner James Franco (Milk) as mountain climber Aron Ralston. Danny Boyle brought us hits ’28 Weeks Later’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

Ralson, an American mountain climber became famous in 2003, when he was forced to amputate his lower right arm with a dull knife in order to free himself after his arm became trapped by a boulder for 5 days with no help in sight.

Just announced to close the New York Film Festival is Clint Eastwood’s morality tale ‘Hereafter’ (Matt Damon, Cecile De France, Derek Jacobi) will also be at TIFF, as well as Matt Reeves’ ‘Let Me In’, based on the acclaimed Swedish novel and film ‘Let The Right One In’. Can any film match up to the Norwegian masterpiece by Tomas Alfredson and writer of both novel and screenplay John Ajvide Lindqvist’s original? I think it’s an impossible task. See the trailer here and tell me what you think.

Casey Affleck brings his much awaited doc ‘I’m Still Here‘, that follows actor Joaquin Phoenix in his pursuit of a hip-hop career. You do remember Joaquin’s Andy Kaufman-like David Letterman appearance don’t you…?

Also programmed is Benoit Jacquot’s 1865-set vagabond tale ‘Deep In The Woods’, Milcho Manchevski’s investigative chiller ‘Mothers’, Christ Kraus’ World War 1-era family drama ‘The Poll Diaries’ and 2008 GLBT voice of the year, Oscar winning screenwriter (Milk) Dustin Lance Black and his small-town psychological film ‘What’s Wrong With Virginia’.

The 35th International Toronto International Film Festival runs September 09-19, 2010. To purchase tickets online please click here.

TIFF – Day 2

by Shannonn Kelly
2:02PM, EST, Friday September 11, 2009
Updated 6:14PM, EST

When I woke up this morning, and switched on the TV to MSNBC, little did I know I’d be greeted with a horrific, chilling re-broadcast of original footage that fateful day 8 years ago. MSNBC bills the footage as a “living history event”.

To say the least, it made me sad. That last thing I wanted to do was blog about film.

Then I remembered that many of my US friends hid in a dark movie theater to ‘escape’ once they knew their friends and family were safe. Continue reading “TIFF – Day 2”