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Week of September 9th to September 15th 2013 - Volume One, Issue Thirty.
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Dear Movie Lover,
THEY OPENED IN VENICE --- IT'S ON TO TORONTO!
 
Yes, Film Festival Season is in Full Swing.
 
While they're rolling up the red carpet on the 70th Annual Film Festival in Venice, four thousand miles west,  the carpet is unfurling. Toronto is hosting the 37th year for their film festival that just might outshine Venice and Telluride.
 
In fact, many critics are touting it as the finest film festival lineup in history---less a program than a dry run for Oscars Night.
 
The Toronto Film Festival began Thursday evening September 5th with the world premiere of the Wikileaks drama, The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbach. He's also featured in August: Osage County with Meryl Streep as a formidable
Midwest mother to a large warring clan that includes Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor.
 
Other big premieres include biopics of Jimi Hendrix and Nelson Mandela as well as returns to the big screen for Kate Winslet in the Jason Reitman weepie Labor Day and Keira Knightly in the music biz romance Can A Song Save Your Life?
 
Plus, showings of second outings as director for the British actor Ralph  Fiennes who plays Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman and Richard Avoade with a modern-day take on Dostoevskly's The Double.
 
Keanu Reeves, Mike Myers and Jason Bateman are among American stars screening their directorial debuts. Woody Allen turns pimp in Fading Gigolo, hiring out John Turturro to Sharon Stone.
 
Here's a wrap-up of the Toronto Ten must-sees coming to US big screens starting this Fall:
August: Osage County      
Can A Song Save Your Life?
Dallas Buyers Club
Fifth Estate
Horns
Invisible Woman
Labor Day
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom      
Railway Man
Twelve Years A Slave
 
Next, it's off to Telluride, called lovingly the rogue boutique film festival. High in the Colorado Mountains, Telluride may trump both Venice and Toronto with keynote premieres up its glamorous-as-all outdoors sleeve. Stay tuned!
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Movie Watch

Monday, September 09, 2013

12:00 am Absolute Fear (Drama)
01:34 am Bingo Confidential (Comedy)
03:03 am Pajama Game (Comedy)
04:44 am Secret at Arrow Lake (Drama)
06:08 am McLintock (Western)
08:16 am Absolute Fear (Drama)
09:50 am Absolute Fear (Drama)
11:25 am Clipping Adam (Drama)
12:51 pm Hannibal Brooks (Comedy)
02:33 pm Absolute Fear (Drama)
04:07 pm Absolute Fear (Drama)
05:42 pm How To Marry A Millionaire (Romance)
07:17 pm Embryo (Sci-Fi)
09:02 pm Bill Collector (Drama)
10:39 pm House Under Seige (Drama)

Click here for the complete schedule
Star Turn: Tom Hanks ---
Present and Future Perfect 
Movie-goers can never get enough of Tom Hanks. 
And from the looks of things to come, Mr. Hanks won't disappoint.
 
Tom Hanks' Saving Mr. Banks will launch the American Film Institute Festival in Hollywood on November 7th. And that's not all...
 
The North American premiere of Disney's Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks will open the
festival in Los Angeles on November 7th at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
 
Saving Mr. Banks, also starring Emma Thompson, centers on how Walt Disney decided to make Mary Poppins---which had its world premiere at the same theatre in 1964 on its way to winning
five Oscars including Best Picture.
 
If that's not enough, Tom Hanks has announced he will reprise the voice of Woody in Toy Story 4, play Robert Langdon in The Lost Symbol, William Dodd In The Garden of the Beasts and Captain Richard Phillips in the biopic Captain Phillips.
 
And there's more. Announced on the opening day of Toronto Film Festival---Tom Hanks will star in the movie version of the David Eggers' novel Hologram for the King. Slated to start production in early 2014, the story is set in an emerging Saudi Arabian city where a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition and do something great.
 
Tom Hanks is a veteran of seventy-three films. He's a winner of two Oscars, another sixty-seven wins and sixty-two nominations. And we can't get enough of his talent.
Did You Know?
Fifty Shades of Grey A Casting Controversy
Fifty Shades of Grey Causing Many Shades of Controversy
How many variations of this stuff have we seen before?
 
Although the outcry is not nearly as loud as it as been with Ben Affleck's casting as Batman,
fans of the novel  Fifty Shades of Grey aren't jumping with joy now that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) have been chosen to star in the screen adaptation.
 
Oh, come on, what does it matter? Hunnam is a talented actor. Both are attractive. In the end, this will be a 21st century 9 1/2 Weeks. In that 1986 film, Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger put kinky sex on the big screen in a very seductive way. Also adapted from a book said to be a memoir of a love affair, the movie wasn't a success in the US but it did make a bundle overseas and became a hot item on video and DVD.
 
Maybe 50 Shades of Grey will fare better. Although the book was a success---it's one of the ten books most frequently left behind in hotel and motel rooms --- casting the leads was another story altogether. Swoon-worthy Ryan Gosling turned down the chance to play S&M enthusiast Christian Grey. Perhaps the topic is still too taboo for Hollywood A-listers to attach their names to the project.
 
Armie Hammer, a fan favorite to play the lead, said "No one actually offered me that movie. My agent brought up the possibility and I said nope. Come on, it's just mommy-porn. I'm not interested in appearing in scenes like the one sitting on a laundry machine in the spin cycle reading about how to put a gag in someone's mouth. That just doesn't do it for me."
 
Fan reactions to the casting of lesser-knowns Hunnam and Johnson have been somewhat negative
with a petition on Change.com to re-cast the film. Producer Dana Brunetti responded to the petition saying "There's a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actors etc. So if your favorite wasn't cast, then it's most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind and reserve judgment."
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