NEW YORK — David Fincher's "Gone Girl" had a triumphant debut at the 2014 New York Film Festival Friday night and the acclaimed filmmaker and his cast spent a good 30 minutes after the official press screening taking questions from the media the movie so deliciously skewers. Entertainment reporters may not be at the level of a Nancy Grace, but they will still spin what they can from a pull quote, including anything that relates to the fact that none other than the new Batman, Ben Affleck, was on stage. And, yes, even his co-stars wouldn't let him forget it.
TORONTO — You likely have no idea who Ben Schnetzer is. Even if you're one of the few moviegoers who saw the WWII drama "The Book Thief" in theaters last year you wouldn't know the name. You'd remember his performance as Max, the young Jewish man who hides in the family's basement, but you'd find yourself scratching your head as to who actually played him. Since finishing "Thief," the 24-year-old has shot three other movies: "The Riot Club," "Pride" and Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of the classic video game "Warcraft." Each project finds him playing widely different roles, but if you're looking for a true sign of his talent you must see his performance in the new drama "Pride."
There's been barely a moment to breathe since "The Imitation Game," "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything" showed their wares at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, but there's rarely any rest for the weary during awards season. Three films are making noise in the Best Picture rankings this week and all for different reasons.
Heads up everyone: Oscar Isaac's last day shooting "Star Wars: Episode VII" is this Friday, Sept. 26. The cast has another few weeks of filming, but Isaac is taking a well deserved four day vacation before moving on to his next project, David Simon's HBO mini-series "Show Me A Hero." Somewhere during that production Isaac will fit in press and, likely, some awards season events for his December thriller "A Most Violent Year." So anyone who was afraid Hollywood wouldn't find ways to utilize the "Inside Llewyn Davis" star needn't have worried. At this exact moment, however, Isaac is taking a few hours after a long day of shooting "Episode VII" to discuss a film he's quite proud of, Hossein Amini's "The Two Faces of January."
TORONTO - Chloe Grace Moretz has been working in the movie and TV business before she turned 7-years-old. She's played a Hit Girl, a vampire, a horror movie icon and, most recently, a young woman deciding whether to come out of a coma or not in "If I Stay." It's safe to say, however, that Moretz's role in Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" is her toughest yet. The again, most 16-year-olds aren't playing prostitutes in an R-rated action flick.
Warning: Read this article and story gallery at your peril if you have not seen the movie yet. Spoilers lie ahead...
After months of hype, another potential YA franchise has hit movie theaters, "The Maze Runner" (aka the Dylan O'Brien of "Teen Wolf" movie).
After Marvel's massive success with "Guardians of the Galaxy," is anyone surprised about the report that Warner Bros. is considering developing a "Legion of Superheroes" movie? We're certainly not. Granted, the two super teams have a lot in common, but thankfully, they also have some big differences.
The Oscar race has barely started, but there is already a laundry list of once-expected contenders that will not get released in 2014 and will try to be in the game next year.
TORONTO - When an actor wins an Academy Award he or she usually tries to work with the director who helped guide them to the top of the mountain again. Often, it has great results. After winning a best supporting Oscar for "Terms of Endearment" Jack Nicholson reunited with James L. Brooks on "As Good As It Gets" and won best actor. Jennifer Lawrence immediately worked with her "Silver Linings Playbook" maestro, David O. Russell, on "American Hustle" which resulted in back to back nominations. Diane Weist won her first Oscar for Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" and her second for his comedy "Bullets Over Broadway." That's just one reason it's somewhat surprising the prolific Denzel Washington took 12 years to reunite with his "Training Day" director, Antoine Fuqua for "The Equalizer."
The race for Oscar is akin to a political campaign, and the first three Fall film festivals have made a significant impact on all the major races. Consider that Venice, Telluride and Toronto take place within three weeks of each other and you have a huge indicator of how the season will progress. With that in mind, here are eight major takeaways that are still buzzing in our heads as the Oscar race begins.