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.
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.
Tonight’s a big night in Toronto for film and television as the gala for the Canadian Screen Awards brings Canada’s stars and filmmakers together at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Awards have been handed out throughout the week, but tonight’s trophies cover the big categories, including Best Performances for film and television, Fan Choice awards, and Best Dramatic and Comedy Series.
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.
Anthony Daniels may not be a household name, but he plays one in Star Wars. Daniels is the man behind the legend that is C-3PO–the golden, jabbering robot who so often provides comic relief in the massive Star Wars franchise–and he’s been doing it for nearly 40 years.
If you notice a strange sensation while walking along Queen Street in Toronto this month, don’t be alarmed, it’s probably just The Force.
Cinema is moving, dynamic, and it’s ultimately about great storytelling, and the best of film finds a way to mirror elements of the story. That’s what makes a project like The Start of an Ending by Miguel Faus, and First and Final Frames by Jacob T. Swinney, such an incredible experience.
For Canadian actor, writer, director, and producer Paul Gross, the term “daunting task” doesn’t seem to exist anywhere in his common lexicon. Previous to this hugely-scaled film on the Canadian campaign in the Afghanistan war, Hyena Road, he tackled Canada’s role in The Great War in Passchendaele, so when the opportunity presented itself to hang out with Paul Gross for a morning’s worth of Hyena Road conversation, I had to find out what his definition of a daunting task meant.