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David Mandel (‘Veep’ showrunner): ‘I wanted to give Selina the ending she deserved!’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

David Mandel (‘Veep’ showrunner): ‘I wanted to give Selina the ending she deserved!’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“We just didn’t want it to end,” reflects showrunner David Mandel about saying goodbye to “Veep.” In our exclusive webchat (watch the video above), he adds, “We had all gotten so close, like a family. It was beautiful but so sad. We were not going to lose touch but we were not going to be together like this again.”

For seven seasons on HBO, “Veep” followed the rises and falls of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who started the series as Vice President. It provided dark political satire highlighting the convergence of selfish ambition and bungling incompetence in the beltway. The final season saw Meyer run for president (again). Mandel explains that in approaching the end of the series, “I wanted to give Selina the ending she deserved. But it took me a second to figure out what that would be.”

SEEKimberly Wannop, David Smith Interview: ‘Veep’ set decorators

The
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Toronto Film Festival Sets Sarah Gavron, Julie Delpy Films for Platform Section

Toronto Film Festival Sets Sarah Gavron, Julie Delpy Films for Platform Section
Sarah Gavron’s “Rocks,” Julie Delpy’s “My Zoe,” Alice Winocur’s “Proxima” and Darius Marder’s “Sound of Metal” are among the 10 films that will make up the competitive Platform section at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Wednesday.

Rocks,” a coming-of-age story of a teenage girl living alone with her younger brother in London, is the third feature from “Suffragette” and “Brick Lane” director Gavron, and will be the section’s opening-night film.

Italian director Pietro Marcello’s “Martin Eden,” an adaptation of the 1909 novel by Jack London, will close the section.

Also Read: Mister Rogers, the Joker and Judy Garland Are All Headed to Toronto Film Festival

Other films will include “My Zoe,” in which actress-director Delpy stars with Richard Armitage and Daniel Bruhl; “Promixa,” starring Eva Green and Matt Dillon; “Sound of Metal,” with Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke; “Wet Season,
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated August 6)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated August 6)
One of the big questions about the 2020 Oscars is whether or not there will be a split between the winners of Best Picture and Best Director, as we’ve seen in three of the last four years. Before the academy reintroduced the preferential ballot for Best Picture in 2010, such divides were fairly rare. Now, they are the rule rather than the exception at the Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Director.)

Why is this?

Unlike every other Oscar category, which are decided by a popular vote, the winner of the Best Picture award is determined by a weighted ballot. Voters rank their choices from first to last. If one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place vote, it automatically wins. If, however, no nominee can meet that threshold, the film with the fewest first place votes gets eliminated, with its ballot getting reapportioned to the second place choice.
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ to close 2019 BFI London Film Festival

Netflix mob drama starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will have international premiere on October 13.

The international premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman will close the BFI London Film Festival (Lff) on Sunday October 13.

There will also be simultaneous preview screenings of the Netflix mob drama taking place at cinemas across the UK.

The Irishman is world premiering at the New York Film Festival on September 27, and is expected on open on select theatres as well as on Netflix later this year, a similar release pattern to Roma in 2018.

The film is based on Charles Brandt
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Toronto unveils its first batch of selections - Toronto 2019 – Galas/Special Presentations

The new titles by Michael Winterbottom, Alejandro Amenábar, Małgorzata Szumowska, Armando Iannucci and Marjane Satrapi will world-premiere in Tiff’s Gala and Special Presentations strands. The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced the first batch of movies in its official selection, which comprises 18 Gala and 38 Special Presentations films. At the 44th edition of the Canadian gathering, which will unspool from 5-15 September, 29 of the selected titles will be having their world, six their international, 13 their North American and eight their Canadian premieres, Tiff co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente revealed. It’s worth noting that half of the Gala films are directed by women, which sets a new record for the section. Some of the highlights among the films set to be world-premiered are Alejandro Amenábar’s While at War, which follows the last six months of Spanish essayist Miguel de Unamuno and is the director’s first Spanish-language.
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Toronto sets out its stall as fall festival season approaches

Toronto sets out its stall as fall festival season approaches
Selections give clues to Venice, Telluride premieres.

The solid roster of world premieres announced by Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) top brass punctuated by several must-haves has set the stage for a competitive fall film festival season as all eyes turn to Venice’s line-up announcement on Thursday.

Taika Waititi’s satire Jojo Rabbit at Fox Searchlight, Donna Tartt adaptation The Goldfinch directed by John Crowley at Warner Bros in the Us and select territories, and Big Beach’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood at TriStar and directed by Marianne Heller with Tom Hanks in the lead as Us
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‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’, ‘Radioactive’ among world premieres at Toronto

‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’, ‘Radioactive’ among world premieres at Toronto
Marjane Satrapi’s ‘Radioactive’ will close the festival.

New Zealander Taika Waititi’s Hitler satire Jojo Rabbit, Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? follow-up A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks as Us children’s TV host Fred Rogers, Marjane Satrapi’s Radioactive and Rian Johnson’s star-studded murder mystery Knives Out are among the world premieres set to screen at Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which runs September 5-15.

Tiff co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente announced selections from Galas and Special Presentations today (July 23). Satrapi’s drama Radioactive starring Rosamund Pike as the pioneering
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Tiff Announces First Batch Of Movies For 44th Festival

The Two Popes – Image Credit: Netflix

The Toronto International Film Festival programmers have announced their first batch of galas and premieres for this year’s 44th edition.

Films by Taika Waititi, Marielle Heller, James Mangold, Rian Johnson, Marjane Satrapi, John Crowley, Alejandro Amenábar, Thom Zimny & Bruce Springsteen, Atom Egoyan, Chinonye Chukwu, Kasi Lemmons, Noah Baumbach, Craig Brewer, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Destin Daniel Cretton, Michael Winterbottom, Armando Iannucci, Steven Soderbergh, Todd Phillips, Lorene Scafaria, Fernando Meirelles, and Roger Michell are amongst the impressive line-up for 2019.

Of the Gala films announced so far, 50% of titles are directed or co-directed by women — a record number for the programme. This year’s selection also includes 29 World Premieres, six International Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, and eight Canadian Premieres.

Here are the announced films so far:

Galas 2019

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Marielle Heller | USA

World Premiere

Abominable Jill Culton | USA

World Premiere

American Woman Semi
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Toronto premieres for ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ and ‘I Am Woman’

‘True History of the Kelly Gang.’ (Photo: Ben King)

Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang and Unjoo Moon’s I Am Woman will have their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 5-15.

Scripted by Shaun Grant and starring George Mackay, Russell Crowe, Charlie Hunnam, Nicholas Hoult, Essie Davis and Harry Greenwood, the saga of the Australian bush-ranger and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s will be among the gala premieres.

Moon’s biopic of the fiercely ambitious Australian singer Helen Reddy whose 1971 hit became the rallying cry of the women’s liberation movement, starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Evan Peters, Matty Cardarople and Danielle Macdonald, will open the special presentations section.

In addition, The Other Lamb, the first English-language feature by Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska, scripted by Australian Catherine Smyth-McMullen, will screen in special presentations.

The Belgian-Irish co-production is
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Oscars: Toronto Film Festival Gives Big Clues To This Year’s Race – Who Is Out Front?

With today’s initial announcement of Gala and Special Presentations at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we get the first major burst of clues to the race for the 92nd annual Academy Awards. On paper, and mostly sight unseen, I spot at least 20 films that might be considered hopefuls for the Oscar race among the many world premieres, international, Canadian, and North American premieres in Tiff’s lineup — always the biggest of any festival. Inevitably there will more added, but this is the bulk of it.

Some will be seen first at Venice (which announces its schedule on Thursday), with likely titles such as James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari, pitting Matt Damon v Christian Bale; Todd Phillip’s Joker, with what looks like a ripe performance from Joaquin Phoenix; Steven Soderbergh’s politically charged Laundromat; and Noah Baumbach’s highly personal Marriage Story, At least two of
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The New Classics - In the Loop

Michael Cusumano here to mark the 10th anniversary of one of the great political satires.

Scene: The Meditation Room

The political operators of Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop live in a world where issues don’t matter and the halls of power are filled with bureaucrats who would gleefully sell out their principles were they not held back by their own incompetence. In this universe, those sad few officials who do manage to take a moral stand are not merely defeated but negated entirely, their feeble protests turned into absurd jokes and swept away in a sea of media noise.

I should add that In the Loop is one of the funniest movies of the 21st Century, but then it would have to be to get away with painting a picture so grim...
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2019 Tiff: Fest Lands World Preems to Cretton, Crowley, Finley, Heller, Kurzel, Iannucci, Waititi & Winterbottom

Confirming what will show at Telluride and Venice, the 2019 edition of the Toronto Intl.Film Festival has managed to land several World Preem and acquisitions titles packing the Galas and Special Presentations sections with a heavy English language presence. Here are the announced titles with plenty more being announced over the next couple of weeks.

Galas 2019

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood / Marielle Heller | USA – World Preem

Abominable / Jill Culton | USA – World Preem

American Woman / Semi Chellas | Canada – Canadian Preem

Blackbird / Roger Michell | United Kingdom – World Preem

Clemency / Chinonye Chukwu | USA – Intl.…
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Tiff 2019 Lineup Includes ‘Uncut Gems,’ ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Marriage Story,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari’ & More

44th Toronto International Film Festival have announced the first round-up of premieres for the Gala and Special Presentations programmes. Highlights include Josh and Benny Safdies’ Good Time follow-up Uncut Gems, Rian Johnson’s star-studded Knives Out, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari, as well as the Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker, and much, much more–and it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Check out the lineup below with more to come.

Galas 2019

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Marielle Heller | USA

World Premiere

Abominable Jill Culton | USA

World Premiere

American Woman Semi Chellas | Canada

Canadian Premiere

Blackbird Roger Michell | United Kingdom

World Premiere

Clemency Chinonye Chukwu | USA

International Premiere

Ford v Ferrari James Mangold | USA

Canadian Premiere

The Goldfinch John Crowley | USA

World Premiere

Harriet Kasi Lemmons | USA

World Premiere

Hustlers Lorene Scafaria | USA

World Premiere

Joker Todd Phillips
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Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2019 Films, Including ‘Joker,’ ‘Uncut Gems,’ ‘Knives Out,’ and More

Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2019 Films, Including ‘Joker,’ ‘Uncut Gems,’ ‘Knives Out,’ and More
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its first official slate, with titles in its Gala and Special Presentations program, including some of the most anticipated movies of the year. The 2019 edition will premiere much-anticipated titles like Todd PhillipsJoaquin Phoenix-starring “Joker,” Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” the Safdie brothers’ Adam Sandler-starring “Uncut Gems,” Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars” followup “Knives Out,” James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari,” Destin Daniel Cretton’s Michael B. Jordan vehicle “Just Mercy,” Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” John Crowley’s “The Goldfinch,” Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” and Lorene Scafaria’s true-life “Hustlers.”

The lineup is rife with still more major names jockeying for early awards season attention, including Noah Baumbach (who will show his Netflix drama “Marriage Story”), Kasi Lemmons (showing her Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet”), Rupert Goold (with his Judy Garland biopic “Judy”), and Edward Norton
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Mister Rogers, the Joker and Judy Garland Are All Headed to Toronto Film Festival

Mister Rogers, the Joker and Judy Garland Are All Headed to Toronto Film Festival
Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers and Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland are among the actors who will appear on screen at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Tuesday.

For its first large batch of programming announcements, Tiff unveiled a star-studded slate of more than 50 films, many of them highly anticipated works from such celebrated directors as Noah Baumbach, Steven Soderbergh, Taika Waititi, Armando Iannucci, James Mangold, Fernando Meirelles, Pablo Larrain, Rian Johnson and the Safdie brothers.

Phoenix stars in Todd PhillipsBatman” spinoff “Joker” alongside Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy. Hanks plays Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a film from “Can You Ever Forgive Me” director Marielle Heller based on an Esquire profile of Rogers by writer Tom Junod, who is portrayed by Matthew Rhys. And Zellweger plays Garland in “Judy,” a biographical drama adapted
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‘Fast & Furious 9’ Production Halted After Stuntman Injury On UK Set

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An injury to a stuntman on the set of Universal’s Fast & Furious 9 at Leavesden studios in the UK halted production Monday. A studio spokesperson confirmed the news.

“We had an injury on the set of Fast 9 today in Leavesden with one of our stuntmen,” the studio said. “We have halted production for the day to focus on this situation.”

No other details were available.

Justin Lin has returned to direct the latest installment in the franchise. Dan Casey wrote the screenplay from a story by Lin and Alfredo Botello. Vin Diesel returns for the latest sequel along with The Fate of the FuriousCharlize Theron and Helen Mirren, as well as franchise newcomer John Cena.

The news today comes after a fire broke out earlier this month at the historic Leavesden studios just outside London. The blaze took 15 hours to extinguish and damaged the the set of
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What a state: how Veep went from clever to crude

After Armando Iannucci’s exit, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-starring comedy took a turn for the worse

In 2012, with Obama a shoo-in for a second term and the era of concentration camps on American soil safely behind us, the time was ripe for a sitcom about a vain, venal politician with an office in the West Wing. As Veep’s central character, Julia Louis-Dreyfus imbued vice-president Selina Meyer with a convincing mix of charm and barely concealed rage, and the show’s sharp dialogue and keen observations of Washington DC hypocrisy made it a must-watch.

It wrung much of its humour from the impotence of the VP position, as in the pilot episode, where Selina’s speech about clean energy is censored by the president so it that won’t alienate any of his benefactors, leaving her with just “Hello … ” and prepositions.
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UK box office preview: how loud can ‘The Lion King’ roar?

UK box office preview: how loud can ‘The Lion King’ roar?
Other openers include cricket doc ‘The Edge’ and ‘Tell It To The Bees’.

CGI animation The Lion King is the latest Disney remake to hit UK cinemas, and will look to challenge the highest openings of the year on its first weekend.

Its target will be the £31.4m three-day gross of Avengers: Endgame in April this year – by some distance the record opening weekend for a film in the UK.

The presence of several other blockbuster titles still in cinemas – Toy Story 4 and Aladdin from Disney, plus Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home – make this a lofty goal.

However
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Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid’

Harry Styles seems to have left behind his days in ‘One Direction’ in favour of the movies after getting a taster in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’. Styles has now entered into negotiations to play the character of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’.

Mary Poppins Returns’ helmer Rob Marshall is in the director’s chair for the live-action re-imagining. Disney and the production team behind it are looking to make contemporary and compelling casting choices, while still paying homage to the beloved animated original.

Melissa McCarthy is currently in talks to play Ursula while Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina have already joined the cast in undisclosed roles. R&b singer Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel.

Also in news – Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ to open 63rd BFI London Film Festival

The film will use some of the original songs from
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Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ to open 63rd BFI London Film Festival

Multi-award-winning writer, filmmaker and broadcaster Armando Iannucci’s next feature, ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ will open the 63rd BFI London Festival.

The film, which is directed by Iannucci, an avid Dickens fan, will receive its European Premiere on Wednesday 2nd October at Odeon Luxe as the opening night gala screening of the festival.

The fresh take on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, boasts a stellar British cast, led by Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse and Gwendoline Christie; many of whom are expected on the red carpet in Leicester Square.

Armando Iannucci, director, producer and co-writer, commented “It’s a huge thrill and honour to be asked to open the fantastic BFI London Film Festival. ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it.
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