The owner of the best name in show business, Benedict Cumberbatch has been a ubiquitous presence this year. Hell, he's a pretty ubiquitous presence simply at the Toronto Film Festival, which opens with his turn as Julian Assange in "The Fifth Estate" tonight. He'll also be at the fest with supporting roles in two very different awards hopefuls: "12 Years a Slave" and "August: Osage County."
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TORONTO - One of the things I've noticed when you're at a film festival is that, more often than not, when you ask someone what they're going to see, they will tell you by using the name of the director. "I'm seeing the Jason Reitman film." "I'm seeing the Cronenberg movie." "I'm seeing the Fincher." I think the reason for that is it's easier to remember whose film you're seeing instead of the title when you're going through roughly 300 titles or more. Many times, the reason I pick a film at a festival comes down to the director or the writer or the actors in it, and so that becomes what I remember about it as I'm looking at the schedule. Once I've seen a film, it becomes easier to talk about the movie, but you have to make a ton of choices at any festival, and that particular trick is the easiest way to keep the movies straight.
That's my long-winded way of saying I kicked off this year's Toronto International Film Festival with the new Jarmusch.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Kelly Clarkson. The “American Idol” winner’s first holiday-themed set, the previously announced “Wrapped In Red,” will come out Oct. 29 and today she announced the track listing.
Wrapped In Red” will include two new holiday-themed tracks, “Underneath the Tree” and “Wrapped In Red,” as well as Clarkson’s covers of such standards as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “Run Run Rudolph,” and “Please Come Home For Christmas.”
Plus, it turns out that photo that she posted awhile ago of a studio console with tracks marked for her, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood is a recording of “Silent Night.” Ronnie Dunn, formerly of Brooks & Dunn, also appears on a remake of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” It would also appear she is dedicating a song, "Winter's Song," to her fiance, Brandon Blackstock.
“Underneath The Tree,” written by Clarkson and Greg Kurstin, who also produced the track, will be the first single. The cover for "Wrapped In Red" features an elegant profile shot of Clarkson, wrapped, appropriately enough, in red.
"Wrapped In Red" track listing
Underneath The Tree
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Run Run Rudolph
Please Come Home For Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)
Baby, It's Cold Outside featuring Ronnie Dunn
Winter Dreams (Brandon's Song)
My Favorite Things
Just For Now
Silent Night featuring Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood
Katy Perry is definitely queen of the jungle in the new video for “Roar.”
The adorable clip follows Perry after a “Lost”-like plane crash leaves her and one other survivor, a self-obsessed bozo who quickly becomes a tiger’s dinner.
She makes friends with elephants, a monkey and even crocodiles as they all create a peaceable kingdom as she discovers her inner power and smarts (hey, creating a spear from your high heel is pretty clever, KP!)
Even though she seems to be alone in the jungle, without so much as a two coconuts to form a radio, she keeps coming up with one adorable outfit after the next.
She swings from vines, climbs waterfalls, and even tames tigers.
It’s a cute, very colorful, playful romp.
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Avril Lavigne’s eponymously-titled fifth album will come out Nov. 5.
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"Avril Lavigne" Tracklisting:
“Rock N Roll”
“Here's To Never Growing Up”
“Let Me Go” – feat. Chad Kroeger?
“Give You What You Like”?“Bad Girl” – feat. Marilyn Manson?
“You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet”?
“Sippin' On Sunshine”?
Noted over the weekend, Penn and Teller's "Tim's Vermeer" might be the breakout hit of this year's Telluride Film Festival. Talking to everyone from Oscar-nominated directors to casual movie-goers at the fest, it was clear to me that the film delighted just about everyone who managed to catch it, giving the film a nice boost into the Toronto Film Festival over the next week or so.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year's Honorary Oscar recipients, to be presented at the fifth annual Governors Awards in November.
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