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Oscar buzz hovering over TIFF

Yearning for first Oscar love at the Toronto International Film Festival is a tradition.

Brad Pitt’s Moneyball and George Clooney’s The Descendants began their journeys to the Academy Awards at last year’s festival.

So did The King’s Speech and The Hurt Locker before that. Juno, No Country for Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, Michael Clayton, Atonement and Eastern Promises, and many more, got their Oscar mojo working at the Toronto festival.

At the 2012 edition, Ben Affleck’s Argo is attracting the most awards talk as the film builds toward the Academy Awards night next year.

The film’s uncanny mix of thrills and laughs in the profiling of a real-life escape escapade during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis has won lots of praise. In fact, the film seems bound to get a best picture nod, a nomination for Affleck’s solid directing and another nomination for Chris Terrio’s script.

Alan Arkin, who plays a sarcastic old-school movie producer in Argo, will most assuredly pick up a supporting actor nod, as well.

During an interview, Affleck said that Oscar attention would be nice, but he was more interested in getting the movie released with a sound sendoff when it arrives in theatres Oct. 12.

In other film festival Oscar-wannabe news, both Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are getting lots of attention for their roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Phoenix plays a dysfunctional Second World War veteran trying to cope, while Hoffman portrays a charismatic 1950s self-help guru exploiting the weakness around him. Both are likely candidates.

Keira Knightley is getting raves for her Anna Karenina, and possibly headed to Oscar night with her director, Joe Wright (who collaborated on Atonement with her). The film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic love story might be a tougher sell.

John Hawkes won’t be. He came to prominence with his Oscar-honoured role in Winter’s Bone, and does it again with The Sessions at this year’s festival. In the film, he plays a man stricken with polio and surviving in an iron lung. To lose his virginity, he hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt), and complications ensue. A second Oscar nod for Hawkes is a sure thing.

In the maybe-and-might department, consider these two winning types. Marion Cotillard’s portrayal of a whale trainer in the romantic drama Rust & Bone is up to her high standards. Jim Broadbent gets to exercise his acting instrument with multiple personality definitions in Cloud Atlas. Both are close to getting nods, depending on the whims of the season.

ACHY-BREAKY CLOUD ATLAS: Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski and Tom Tykwer had the unenviable task of filming the complex David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas, which covers centuries, multiple characters and demanding philosophical points of view.

The three who dared said they ended up first taking their screenplay ambitions to Costa Rica for the writing sessions. They figured their job was to distil the book’s ideas without losing the narrative impact. For the most part, they feel they succeeded, but the threesome admit some days their minds boggled. “There were moments when our brains just ached,” said Lana, who now identifies as a woman.

THE LARRY-BECAME-LANA STORY: Relaxing at the swanky Shangri-La Hotel, Lana Wachowski said the gender transition began right about the time The Matrix was being released 12 years ago. The Wachowski brothers did press for the sci-fi sleeper hit but begged off promotional duties for the subsequent sequels, and then Speed Racer in 2008.

Both knew Cloud Atlas would require some Wachowski explanations, however, so Lana said it was time to say ‘Hello’. Not coincidentally, the film, Lana said, is about “the transcending of fears and boundaries.”

WAKE UP CALL: As the ladies and gentlemen of the press were sorting out their night-before thoughts in a very passive way, Adam Sandler seemed more disturbed than usual at a weekend gathering for his animated movie Hotel Transylvania.

Instead of a smarmy greeting, Sandler said, “What did you just see The Master? Wake up.”

They did, and fun was had by all — or most — during the Q&A with the cast, which included asking pop star Selena Gomez this: What was your first movie experience? “Seed of Chucky,” Gomez replied without a hint of put-on. Hmm.

Eventually, Andy Samberg couldn’t resist. “Mine was Seed of Chucky, too,” he said.

AFFECTING AFFLECK: Affleck is usually gracious when promoting his movies, including the festival’s Argo. But he did get a little prickly during a chat after his very successful Argo news conference. The subject was paparazzi picking on his three little kids.

“I don’t read a lot of the stuff that is written about me or my wife,” said Affleck referring to Jennifer Garner. “Unfortunately, there are photographers who have turned their sights on kids. I think it’s pernicious and vile.”

On a lighter note, actor-director Affleck responded to Argo co-star Bryan Cranston calling him the next Clint Eastwood. “He just means I am an unpredictable public speaker,” Affleck said smiling.

Source: Canada.com

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Front Page, Industry News

Oscar buzz hovering over TIFF

Yearning for first Oscar love at the Toronto International Film Festival is a tradition.

Brad Pitt’s Moneyball and George Clooney’s The Descendants began their journeys to the Academy Awards at last year’s festival.

So did The King’s Speech and The Hurt Locker before that. Juno, No Country for Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, Michael Clayton, Atonement and Eastern Promises, and many more, got their Oscar mojo working at the Toronto festival.

At the 2012 edition, Ben Affleck’s Argo is attracting the most awards talk as the film builds toward the Academy Awards night next year.

The film’s uncanny mix of thrills and laughs in the profiling of a real-life escape escapade during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis has won lots of praise. In fact, the film seems bound to get a best picture nod, a nomination for Affleck’s solid directing and another nomination for Chris Terrio’s script.

Alan Arkin, who plays a sarcastic old-school movie producer in Argo, will most assuredly pick up a supporting actor nod, as well.

During an interview, Affleck said that Oscar attention would be nice, but he was more interested in getting the movie released with a sound sendoff when it arrives in theatres Oct. 12.

In other film festival Oscar-wannabe news, both Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are getting lots of attention for their roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Phoenix plays a dysfunctional Second World War veteran trying to cope, while Hoffman portrays a charismatic 1950s self-help guru exploiting the weakness around him. Both are likely candidates.

Keira Knightley is getting raves for her Anna Karenina, and possibly headed to Oscar night with her director, Joe Wright (who collaborated on Atonement with her). The film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic love story might be a tougher sell.

John Hawkes won’t be. He came to prominence with his Oscar-honoured role in Winter’s Bone, and does it again with The Sessions at this year’s festival. In the film, he plays a man stricken with polio and surviving in an iron lung. To lose his virginity, he hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt), and complications ensue. A second Oscar nod for Hawkes is a sure thing.

In the maybe-and-might department, consider these two winning types. Marion Cotillard’s portrayal of a whale trainer in the romantic drama Rust & Bone is up to her high standards. Jim Broadbent gets to exercise his acting instrument with multiple personality definitions in Cloud Atlas. Both are close to getting nods, depending on the whims of the season.

ACHY-BREAKY CLOUD ATLAS: Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski and Tom Tykwer had the unenviable task of filming the complex David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas, which covers centuries, multiple characters and demanding philosophical points of view.

The three who dared said they ended up first taking their screenplay ambitions to Costa Rica for the writing sessions. They figured their job was to distil the book’s ideas without losing the narrative impact. For the most part, they feel they succeeded, but the threesome admit some days their minds boggled. “There were moments when our brains just ached,” said Lana, who now identifies as a woman.

THE LARRY-BECAME-LANA STORY: Relaxing at the swanky Shangri-La Hotel, Lana Wachowski said the gender transition began right about the time The Matrix was being released 12 years ago. The Wachowski brothers did press for the sci-fi sleeper hit but begged off promotional duties for the subsequent sequels, and then Speed Racer in 2008.

Both knew Cloud Atlas would require some Wachowski explanations, however, so Lana said it was time to say ‘Hello’. Not coincidentally, the film, Lana said, is about “the transcending of fears and boundaries.”

WAKE UP CALL: As the ladies and gentlemen of the press were sorting out their night-before thoughts in a very passive way, Adam Sandler seemed more disturbed than usual at a weekend gathering for his animated movie Hotel Transylvania.

Instead of a smarmy greeting, Sandler said, “What did you just see The Master? Wake up.”

They did, and fun was had by all — or most — during the Q&A with the cast, which included asking pop star Selena Gomez this: What was your first movie experience? “Seed of Chucky,” Gomez replied without a hint of put-on. Hmm.

Eventually, Andy Samberg couldn’t resist. “Mine was Seed of Chucky, too,” he said.

AFFECTING AFFLECK: Affleck is usually gracious when promoting his movies, including the festival’s Argo. But he did get a little prickly during a chat after his very successful Argo news conference. The subject was paparazzi picking on his three little kids.

“I don’t read a lot of the stuff that is written about me or my wife,” said Affleck referring to Jennifer Garner. “Unfortunately, there are photographers who have turned their sights on kids. I think it’s pernicious and vile.”

On a lighter note, actor-director Affleck responded to Argo co-star Bryan Cranston calling him the next Clint Eastwood. “He just means I am an unpredictable public speaker,” Affleck said smiling.

Source: Canada.com

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Front Page, Industry News

Oscar buzz hovering over TIFF

Yearning for first Oscar love at the Toronto International Film Festival is a tradition.

Brad Pitt’s Moneyball and George Clooney’s The Descendants began their journeys to the Academy Awards at last year’s festival.

So did The King’s Speech and The Hurt Locker before that. Juno, No Country for Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, Michael Clayton, Atonement and Eastern Promises, and many more, got their Oscar mojo working at the Toronto festival.

At the 2012 edition, Ben Affleck’s Argo is attracting the most awards talk as the film builds toward the Academy Awards night next year.

The film’s uncanny mix of thrills and laughs in the profiling of a real-life escape escapade during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis has won lots of praise. In fact, the film seems bound to get a best picture nod, a nomination for Affleck’s solid directing and another nomination for Chris Terrio’s script.

Alan Arkin, who plays a sarcastic old-school movie producer in Argo, will most assuredly pick up a supporting actor nod, as well.

During an interview, Affleck said that Oscar attention would be nice, but he was more interested in getting the movie released with a sound sendoff when it arrives in theatres Oct. 12.

In other film festival Oscar-wannabe news, both Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are getting lots of attention for their roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Phoenix plays a dysfunctional Second World War veteran trying to cope, while Hoffman portrays a charismatic 1950s self-help guru exploiting the weakness around him. Both are likely candidates.

Keira Knightley is getting raves for her Anna Karenina, and possibly headed to Oscar night with her director, Joe Wright (who collaborated on Atonement with her). The film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic love story might be a tougher sell.

John Hawkes won’t be. He came to prominence with his Oscar-honoured role in Winter’s Bone, and does it again with The Sessions at this year’s festival. In the film, he plays a man stricken with polio and surviving in an iron lung. To lose his virginity, he hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt), and complications ensue. A second Oscar nod for Hawkes is a sure thing.

In the maybe-and-might department, consider these two winning types. Marion Cotillard’s portrayal of a whale trainer in the romantic drama Rust & Bone is up to her high standards. Jim Broadbent gets to exercise his acting instrument with multiple personality definitions in Cloud Atlas. Both are close to getting nods, depending on the whims of the season.

ACHY-BREAKY CLOUD ATLAS: Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski and Tom Tykwer had the unenviable task of filming the complex David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas, which covers centuries, multiple characters and demanding philosophical points of view.

The three who dared said they ended up first taking their screenplay ambitions to Costa Rica for the writing sessions. They figured their job was to distil the book’s ideas without losing the narrative impact. For the most part, they feel they succeeded, but the threesome admit some days their minds boggled. “There were moments when our brains just ached,” said Lana, who now identifies as a woman.

THE LARRY-BECAME-LANA STORY: Relaxing at the swanky Shangri-La Hotel, Lana Wachowski said the gender transition began right about the time The Matrix was being released 12 years ago. The Wachowski brothers did press for the sci-fi sleeper hit but begged off promotional duties for the subsequent sequels, and then Speed Racer in 2008.

Both knew Cloud Atlas would require some Wachowski explanations, however, so Lana said it was time to say ‘Hello’. Not coincidentally, the film, Lana said, is about “the transcending of fears and boundaries.”

WAKE UP CALL: As the ladies and gentlemen of the press were sorting out their night-before thoughts in a very passive way, Adam Sandler seemed more disturbed than usual at a weekend gathering for his animated movie Hotel Transylvania.

Instead of a smarmy greeting, Sandler said, “What did you just see The Master? Wake up.”

They did, and fun was had by all — or most — during the Q&A with the cast, which included asking pop star Selena Gomez this: What was your first movie experience? “Seed of Chucky,” Gomez replied without a hint of put-on. Hmm.

Eventually, Andy Samberg couldn’t resist. “Mine was Seed of Chucky, too,” he said.

AFFECTING AFFLECK: Affleck is usually gracious when promoting his movies, including the festival’s Argo. But he did get a little prickly during a chat after his very successful Argo news conference. The subject was paparazzi picking on his three little kids.

“I don’t read a lot of the stuff that is written about me or my wife,” said Affleck referring to Jennifer Garner. “Unfortunately, there are photographers who have turned their sights on kids. I think it’s pernicious and vile.”

On a lighter note, actor-director Affleck responded to Argo co-star Bryan Cranston calling him the next Clint Eastwood. “He just means I am an unpredictable public speaker,” Affleck said smiling.

Source: Canada.com

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