It’s still far too early for Oscar pools, but now that the big TIFF movies have screened, it’s high time to get in on the nomination prediction game. Festival buzz, of course, is often the most reliable forecast for Academy Award nominations: Monsieur Lazhar, Slumdog Millionaire and American Beauty are just a few of the films that made a big impression in Toronto before going on to collect Oscar gold. We break down which of the fest’s buzziest films seem bound for a nod come January.
Hyde Park on Hudson
It’s pretty much a given that anything involving Bill Murray—onscreen but especially off—is going to be awesome. But we were floored by the former Ghostbuster’s accessorizing abilities on the red carpet. In lieu of a pocket square, the actor filled his suit pocket with red licorice (which is both convenient and colourful) for the premiere of Hyde Park on Hudson. Murray plays Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film that traces the president’s fling with his distant cousin and eventual mistress Margaret Suckley over a weekend in 1939. Laura Linney, who plays Suckley, rocked a black and navy ensemble with a modest peplum. Also on hand were producer Kevin Loader, director Roger Michell and screenwriter Richard Nelson. The other adventurous accessory on the carpet belonged to Olivia Williams, who plays Eleanor Roosevelt in the historical film: her fiery red dress was topped with a big, black boa (sadly, no candy was involved). Read the rest of this entry »
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It is difficult for me to judge how absorbing Hyde Park on Hudson will be to those who are not aficionados of the era or personalities involved, but I enjoyed it.
–Former media mogul and rookie movie critic Conrad Black on Hyde Park on Hudson, in which Bill Murray plays FDR and which premiered at TIFF yesterday. [National Post]
The award for the best accessory at TIFF goes to legendary (and legendarily kooky) funnyman Bill Murray, who eschewed the oh-so-boring pocket square in favour of a few Twizzlers at the Hyde Park on Hudson red carpet. Murray earns style points both for originality and for introducing colour to his outfit (plus, they could serve as a snack if the evening runs long).
Our daily roundup of opening galas, parties, screenings and more.
• 10 a.m. Alternative Africa: Filmmakers in Markets Without Infrastructure industry dialogue at the Filmmakers’ Lounge
• 11 a.m. Thanks for Sharing special presentation at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre)
• 11:15 a.m. The Company You Keep gala presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
• 12 p.m. At Any Price special presentation at Ryerson Theatre
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Single tickets for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival go on sale this Sunday, September 2. And with a record 372 films being screened (146 of them world premieres), it can be daunting trying to figure out which ones are actually worth the $20 (or $40, for galas and special presentations) and hours in line. The solution: our guide to the 50 most talked-about movies at the festival this year, in which we scrutinize the advance hype (and the buzz from Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Venice) to separate the must-sees from the flicks that only a mother could love.
The Act of Killing, 9:00 a.m. at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (116 minutes)
Midnight’s Children, 9:00 a.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 (148 minutes)
The Girl from the South, 10:30 a.m. at Jackman Hall (Art Gallery of Ontario) (93 minutes)
Thanks for Sharing, 11:00 a.m. at Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre) (110 minutes)
The Company You Keep, 11:15 a.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 (125 minutes)
The Tortoise, An Incarnation, 9:30 a.m. at Jackman Hall (Art Gallery of Ontario) (125 minutes)
Byzantium, 11:00 a.m. at Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre) (118 minutes)
The Iceman, 12:00 p.m. at Ryerson Theatre (103 minutes)
Greetings from Tim Buckley, 12:00 p.m. at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (99 minutes)
Short Cuts Canada: Programme #3, 12:15 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 (79 minutes)
Comedian, actor and irrefutably cool dude Bill Murray will be in Toronto to promote his new film Hyde Park on Hudson at TIFF this September. Murray takes on the role of former U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (no, really), who develops a special kind of relationship (wink) with his distant cousin, Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (played by Laura Linney, also coming). Given the man’s reputation, it would be wise to keep your eyes peeled for potential Murray appearances at karaoke bars, frat parties and construction sites around town.