The 69th Festival de Cannes is just over a week away, running from May 11 to 22, and leading up to the big, international film festival, Telefilm Canada has put together a cheat sheet for the Canadian talent to watch this year, including directors Xavier Dolan, and Kim Nguyen; producers Nancy Grant, and Allison Black; and actors Tatiana Maslany, and Sophie Nélisse.
Sing Street is a smart, touching, and completely charming riff on youth, 80s music, love, passion, and dreaming big. The cast is wonderful, and the music--from the soundtrack to the original songs--is perfect. It's a film that needs to be seen, and reseen, and it will leave you smiling--I have no doubt about it.
Canadian filmmakers have a new resource to help hone their skills as the Toronto International Film Festival announced changes to their industry development program, Studio. Now in its fourth year, the programme has shifted away from developing producers to work exclusively with Canadian writer-directors.
Neel Sethi is a natural. In director Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, Sethi leaps off the screen, and he's got a lot of competition on that screen too.
"It's been an incredible journey," director Andrew Cividino admits. Ever since his film Sleeping Giant debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, it's been very well received everywhere its been, from the Toronto International Film Festival, to the 29 countries and 45 festivals where it screened around the world. Then, the indie success story topped itself thanks to Toronto audiences who recently helped the film earn North America's highest film per screen average during its opening weekend.
Joey King is busy, and she seems to be having a great time of it. In the coming year she has eight upcoming films, and that includes director Sean Garrity's Borealis, which opens today in Toronto, and also star...
Ernie Hudson is an icon, and one of the most compassionate people I've ever interviewed. He's smart and funny, and most of all, just an all around nice guy. Ahead of his appearance at Toronto ComiCon this weekend, I had the chance to speak to Hudson for half-an-hour about his incredible career, including standout films like Ghostbusters and The Crow, on top of his television career.
Once upon a time, Walt Disney had an idea to create a feature-length animated film that wouldn't just be for kids. It was a visionary dream that would help turn Walt Disney, and his fledgling studio, into a worldwide phenomenon, and dancer Marge Champion was there when Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was being made.
Happy New Year, movie fans. We're jumping back into Blu-ray reviews this week with a look at Sicario, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, End of the Tour, The Walk, and True Detective: The Complete Second Season.
Actor Byron Mann finished off 2015 in a big way, thanks to the critically-acclaimed comedy-drama, The Big Short, which also starred Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, and Brad Pitt.