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TIFF 2014: Your Guide to the Gala Presentations

10 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The festival's red carpet premieres include a vengeful Denzel Washington and an unhinged Steve Carell. “Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.” That’s TIFF’s curt and not especially illuminating introduction to its...Show More Summary

Leviathan

11 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Leave it to our trend-setting friends in Russia to make a movie about a boorish mayor before anyone in Toronto got the chance. Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia, Masters) Andrey Zvyagintsev won an award for screenwriting at Cannes for Leviathan,...Show More Summary

It Follows

11 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

An American indie filmmaker gets his John Carpenter on with this creepy tale of a sexually transmitted haunting. David Robert Mitchell (USA, Midnight Madness) Nothing in David Robert Mitchell’s tender debut The Myth of the American Sleepover...Show More Summary

TIFF 2014: Special Presentations

13 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A look at the fest's Special Presentations programme, from Kristen Stewart's finest performance to Xavier Dolan's latest hyperactive opus. Typically the bastion for holdovers from the main competition at Cannes and fresher awards hopefuls...Show More Summary

TIFF Survival Guide: Getting Celebrities on Camera

13 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

You're not a paparazzo, but you want some decent photos of famous people to liven up your Facebook wall. Here's how to get them. To capture the magic and misdeeds of TIFF, photographers on the red carpet and paparazzi in the streets arm themselves with some of the most expensive and advanced camera equipment available. Show More Summary

Televisualist: Man, Those Angels Are Testy

16 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist. Monday The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story is probably not safe for you to watch. It is, after all, unauthorized. This is a special that has […]

Newsstand: September 1, 2014

17 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Celebrate your day off by reading about the labour movement! Or is that not what most people consider a fun holiday? If that's not up your alley, take a look at the new streetcars or read about a local surgeon who may be on the cusp of revolutionizing the field. Show More Summary

6 Things You Need To Know About Toronto’s Version Of The Hamptons

17 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

On the shores of Lake Simcoe, 45 minutes outside the GTA, a new resort community is taking shape. At Friday Harbour, you can experience a day of golf and tennis, sandy beaches and nature trails, shopping, dining and more. 1. The Marina Village is the soul of this urban escape. Whether you’re looking for an […]

Four Fresh Toronto Faces at TIFF 2014

Toronto-based actors and filmmakers explain what TIFF means to them—and get out their pre-festival jitters. With all the hype and hysteria that accompanies the arrival of even the most marginal celebrities at TIFF (and I say this asShow More Summary

Why That TIFF Programmer May Not Look So Fresh on Day Six

Two of the festival's unsung heroes talk glamour, caffeine intake, and (literally) hitting the wall. Omnipresent at screenings and events, TIFF’s cadre of programmers gets more time in front of audiences than most of the celebs and luminaries. Show More Summary

How to Eat Cheap (But Well) at TIFF

The best places for frugal festival-goers to grab a quick bite between screenings. There’s a point at which the hardcore TIFF-goer’s regular diet of coffee and Clif bars just doesn’t cut it anymore. Sure, the toughest might make it to...Show More Summary

The Clouds of Sils Maria

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, actress, spar over Kristen Stewart, celebrity, in the latest from Olivier Assayas. Olivier Assayas (France/USA, Special Presentations) Dipping again into the metafictional waters of Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas delivers the ultimate in Kristen Stewart fan appreciation with The Clouds of Sils Maria. Show More Summary

Whiplash

Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons do some unconventional teacher-student bonding. Damien Chazelle (USA, Special Presentations) Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash made waves when it debuted earlier this year at Sundance, and despite its prickliness relative to the fest’s usual sunny hits, it’s not hard to see why. Show More Summary

Mommy

Xavier Dolan's film set in a post-apocalyptic Canada has a lot of bark and a little bite. Xavier Dolan (Canada, Special Presentations) Though great Canadian filmmaking hope Xavier Dolan seemed disappointed to have nabbed only a third-place...Show More Summary

Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall hems, haws, and grunts his way to genius as the British painter J.M.W. Turner. Mike Leigh (United Kingdom, Special Presentations) Timothy Spall deservedly nabbed the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his grunting, harumphing performance as famed English Romantic painter J.M.W. Show More Summary

Foxcatcher

Steve Carell does his best Mr. Burns in Bennett Miller's tense, airless true-crime thriller. Bennett Miller (USA, Gala Presentations) Bennett Miller returns to true crime with Foxcatcher, based on the eerie true story of multimillionaire...Show More Summary

Infinitely Polar Bear

Mark Ruffalo gets manic in this autobiographical feature debut from Maya Forbes. Maya Forbes (USA, Gala Presentations) Though it’s the weaker of TIFF’s two Mark Ruffalo mental-illness dramas (after Foxcatcher), Maya Forbes’s Infinitely Polar Bear can at least claim to be the more heartwarming. Show More Summary

Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg gets soapy with a star-studded black comedy about Hollywood ghosts and their wayward children. David Cronenberg (Canada/Germany, Gala Presentations) Between the incest, the ghostly parents, and the mad children, Bruce...Show More Summary

Historicist: Hans in the Kitchen

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Hans Fread, Canada's first celebrity television chef, rarely kept opinions to himself. “I am sometimes like a little boy with a big mouth—when I am angry, I talk too much and it comes back to hurt me,” admitted Hans Fread. While his opinionated nature could backfire on him, it also provoked admiration and amusement. Show More Summary

Weekend Newsstand: August 30, 2014

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This weekend is your last chance to head down to the Ex and gorge yourself on deep-fried treats. Go forth, and eat yourselves silly. In the news: Warren Kinsella issues a libel notice to a John Tory campaign strategist, a pitch to the province for more public transit funding, delays in the move of Captain John’s, and holiday road closures. Show More Summary

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