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Tiff review roundup: Tom Hanks is the Mr. Rogers we need in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

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Tiff review roundup: Tom Hanks is the Mr. Rogers we need in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’
A kinder, gentler true-life fable, the Mr. Rogers-inspired “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend and critics in attendance mostly fell under its enchanting empathetic spell.

Directed by Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me”) and starring Tom Hanks as the beloved children’s TV host, the film is based on a true story, pairing him with Matthew Rhys as a sullen and bitter “Esquire” writer who is tasked with doing a profile of this upbeat icon and his sunny outlook on life. The movie itself is somewhat predictable but most credit goes the two stars for elevating the material.

Critic Eric Kohn of IndieWire warns that this is one of those films whose effect sneaks up on you without resorting to cheap, maudlin devices: “Marielle Heller … excels at pulling heartstrings from sturdy foundations, injecting smart and insightful details into material
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Tiff Review: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ is a Heartfelt Ode to the Impact of Mr. Rogers

It sounds almost too perfect: Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers, the beloved children’s entertainer. Of course, who else could it be, really? It is so seemingly predestined, in fact, that Hanks’s first onscreen appearance as Fred Rogers elicits knowing laughter from the audience. Yes, Tom Hanks playing Mr. Rogers looks and sounds exactly how you would imagine. Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, however, is much more than an obvious biopic. It’s not really a biopic at all. Nor is it a rehash of 2018’s much-heralded documentary profile of Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Instead, this 2019 Toronto International Film Festival world premiere is a deeply felt story of friendship and forgiveness. Truly, what makes Neighborhood such a tremendous success is that it is not a film about Mr. Rogers. Rather, it’s a film about the impact of Mr. Rogers.

The
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Tiff Audiences Fall for Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’: ‘Cinematic Therapy’

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Tiff Audiences Fall for Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’: ‘Cinematic Therapy’
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, indeed, for Toronto International Film Festival audiences who caught the world premiere of director Marielle Heller’s new film starring Tom Hanks as the beloved Mister Rogers.

Written by “Transparent” scribes Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” centers on the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (Hanks) and journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys). The cynical writer is forced to take an assignment from Esquire to write a profile on Rogers, but the job turns out to be a surprising one as Rogers’ perspective on life — sunnily documented in Morgan Neville’s 2018 doc “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” — begins to change Vogel. The supporting cast includes Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson, Enrico Colantoni, Maryann Plunkett, and Tammy Blanchard.

From Eric Kohn’s IndieWire review: “Director Marielle Heller… excels at pulling heartstrings from sturdy foundations, injecting smart and insightful
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Tom Hanks Spotlights “Honesty” Of Mister Rogers In ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’

Great news is coming from the Toronto Film Festival as A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is garnering excellent reviews. Tom Hanks plays Mister Rogers in the Marielle Heller directed feature, and Hanks might be slated for another Oscar nomination.

“He just wanted to make [...]

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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Review: Tom Hanks Was Born to Play Mister Rogers

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Review: Tom Hanks Was Born to Play Mister Rogers
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is designed to sneak up on you. In the hands of a lesser storyteller, the saga of a bitter reporter who learns to appreciate life after forging a friendship with Fred Rogers would resort to cheap, maudlin devices. With iconic everyman Tom Hanks as the smiling children’s television host, the formula writes itself, and most people will probably assume they know every beat of the movie sight unseen.

Director Marielle Heller, however, excels at pulling heartstrings from sturdy foundations, injecting smart and insightful details into material that could easily default to sentimentality. While her first big studio effort lacks the edginess of “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,”

Nearly two decades after his death, Rogers remains the great enigma of modern American media, an unassailable object of good intentions whose influence spanned generations. Rogers’ gentle tone and
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Top 10 early-bird Best Picture picks: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ deemed showbiz catnip for now

Top 10 early-bird Best Picture picks: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ deemed showbiz catnip for now
Frontrunners are already forming for Oscar’s Best Picture race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, enough teaser trailers are out there, ranging from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “The Irishman” to “Little Women” and “Ford v Ferrari” to provide some sense of what at least feels like a worthy contender. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. And once the fall film fests commence, the standings will likely rapidly shift.

Here are the current top 10 Best Picture picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Aug. 23:

1. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: Oscar voters love to look into a big-screen mirror and see their chosen profession reflected back at them. Sure, Quentin Tarantino‘s fairy-tale time capsule takes
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First Trailer for 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' with Tom Hanks

"Hello, neighbor." Sony Pictures has revealed the first full trailer for the highly anticipated A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as the beloved Fred Rogers from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". The film is directed by the wonderfully talented Marielle Heller and is a lovely follow-up to the excellent documentary about Mr. Rogers, titled Won't You Be My Neighbor?. The story focuses on Rogers' relationship with Tom Junod, played by Matthew Rhys, a jaded journalist who is assigned a profile of Fred and learns about empathy, kindness, and decency during his time with him. The cast includes Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Enrico Colantoni, Maryann Plunkett, Tammy Blanchard, Wendy Makkena, Sakina Jaffrey, & Carmen Cusack. Well, this looks absolutely wonderful! More than just a biopic, feels like it is even more profound. Here's the first trailer for Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, from YouTube: Two-time Academy
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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Makes a Perfect Mr. Rogers

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Makes a Perfect Mr. Rogers
The idea of Tom Hanks playing American television icon Fred Rogers sounds like a perfect match on paper, and it truly is a dream come true in the first trailer for Sony’s fall awards hopeful “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The biographical drama is the latest from Marielle Heller, the indie wunderkind behind “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, centers on the unexpected (and true) friendship between Rogers and the award-winning journalist Lloyd Vogel (“The Americans” Emmy winner Matthew Rhys). The cynical writer is forced to take an assignment from Esquire to write a profile on Rogers, but the job turns out to be a surprising one as Rogers’ perspective on life begins to change Vogel. The supporting cast includes Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson, Enrico Colantoni, Maryann Plunkett,
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Tom Hanks is Mr. Rogers in First Trailer for ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

Although we were firmly in the minority when it comes to Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (along with the Academy), audiences clearly felt differently, leading to last year’s biggest documentary hit. It makes the proposition of an awards season biopic, featuring the perfectly-cast Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, an easy sell and consider our attention piqued when it comes from Marielle Heller, who last helmed the excellent Can You Ever Forgive Me? and The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Ahead of a November release, Sony has now unveiled the first trailer for the drama, which tells the story of acclaimed journalist, Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), who embarks on an Esquire profile piece that will change his life.

“We filmed it in the actual studio where they filmed the show, we found the original cameras they filmed the show with and imported them from England so we could film on them,
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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Director on Bringing Mr. Rogers’ World to Life

Director Marielle Heller will deliver a different take on the biopic this fall with A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The film follows Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) a cynical magazine journalist who travels to Pittsburgh to profile the iconic children's TV show host, Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks). Lloyd, who struggles with his own family problems, finds that Rogers' compassion and optimism doesn't reach the hearts of just the children in his audience but everyone he meets along the way. Heller sat down with EW to talk about …
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Podtalk: Director Miranda Bailey Feature Film Debut is ‘Being Frank’

Chicago – Miranda Bailey has a proven track record as a film producer of big title independent films, and has worked as a writer and actor. She has now conquered the creative side, as she makes her debut as a feature film director with “Being Frank.” The film features comedian Jim Gaffigan in the title role, and also features Anna Gunn, Samantha Mathis and Alex Karpovsky.

Being Frank” has Jim G. as a father, which he also famously is in real life, but this Dad has a twist. Somehow, someway Frank has managed to maintain two families, and take them to maturation. This bigamist jig is slowly coming apart as the film begins, when Phillip (Logan Miller), the son of the Mom portrayed by Anna Gunn, begins to suspect that something is amiss. Meanwhile, in Frank’s second family (where the Mom is played by Samantha Mathis), his daughter Allison (Danielle Campbell
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‘Being Frank’ Film Review: Jim Gaffigan Plays a Bigamist — But Is This a Comedy or a Drama?

‘Being Frank’ Film Review: Jim Gaffigan Plays a Bigamist — But Is This a Comedy or a Drama?
Miranda Bailey’s narrative directorial debut “Being Frank” is a comedy about male hypocrisy set in 1992 that dives into many intriguing ideas and issues and gives us a lot to consider. This is commendable — given that many commercial comedies give us nothing to consider at all — but there is a tug-of-war here between her attempt to explore her characters in a very serious way with a consistent emotional basis and the demands of the material as written by Glen Lakin, which is clearly meant to be played as farce most of the time, particularly towards the end.

The first moments of “Being Frank” show high school senior Philip (Logan Miller) doing a practice job interview with his father Frank (Jim Gaffigan), and the way the shots are composed makes us feel Frank’s bullying control over his son; the effect is oppressive and even alienating at first, but to a point.
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‘Being Frank’ Review: Jim Gaffigan Stars as a Dad with Two Families in Honest But Unfunny Comedy

‘Being Frank’ Review: Jim Gaffigan Stars as a Dad with Two Families in Honest But Unfunny Comedy
Over the last few years, the likes of “Swiss Army Man,” “Time Out of Mind,” and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” have established Miranda Bailey as one of the boldest and most forward-thinking producers in contemporary indie cinema. The films that she’s helped shepherd into the world run the gamut from deranged fart comedies to unflinching social dramas, but all of them are bound together by a radical sense of empathy and a refusal to judge their characters (that latter treat being especially appreciated at a time when many viewers approach movies as though everyone in them were on trial).

A sweet if styleless throwback that tries to milk a few sad laughs from the story of a teenager who discovers that his dad is parenting a second family on the side, Bailey’s narrative feature debut may not hold a candle to the work that she’s produced for other directors,
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Win Can You Ever Forgive Me? DVD and book

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is available on Digital Download 27th May and on DVD & VOD 3rd June and to celebrate we are giving 3 lucky winners the chance to win a special bundle prize of the DVD and a copy of Lee Israel’s memoir in which the film is based on.

From the director of The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller, comes Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a true-life comedic drama that sees Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I) come together as terrific partners-in-crime. Both McCarthy and Grant received a BAFTA®, Academy Award® and Golden Globe nomination for Leading Actress and Supporting Actor respectively for their incredible performances in this fascinating & captivating biopic.

McCarthy portrays Lee Israel, a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New York. Desperate for money, Israel soon hatches a scheme to
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Bel Powley to Star in Pete Davidson’s Comedy Biopic

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Bel Powley to Star in Pete Davidson’s Comedy Biopic
British actress Bel Powley has signed on to play the female lead in Pete Davidson’s untitled comedy from director Judd Apatow.

Universal has given the project a prime summer release date of June 19, 2020. The film, described as “semi-autobigraphical,” is written by Apatow, Davidson, and Dave Sirus.

Davidson, who grew up in Staten Island, lost his firefighter father in the Sept. 11 attacks, started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 16, and joined the cast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in 2014 at age 20. Davidson’s coming-of-age film “Big Time Adolescence” premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

Apatow will produce the pic for his Apatow Productions alongside Barry Mendel. They share producing credits on “The Big Sick,” “Bridesmaids,” “This Is 40,” “Trainwreck,” and “Funny People.” Production will be starting this summer in New York City.

Powley won a Gotham Award for her feature debut in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
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Bel Powley to Star With Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy at Universal

Bel Powley to Star With Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy at Universal
Bel Powley, the star of “Diary of a Teenage Girl” and “White Boy Rick,” is set to star as the female lead opposite Pete Davidson in an untitled comedy Davidson co-wrote with director Judd Apatow at Universal, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

It was also recently announced that comedian Bill Burr would also star in the film, which will begin production this summer in New York City.

Apatow, Davidson and Dave Sirus co-wrote the film, which will be Apatow’s sixth feature. Apatow will also produce for his Apatow Productions alongside Barry Mendel. Universal senior executive vice president of production Erik Baiers will oversee production on behalf of the studio.

Universal has set a release date for June 19, 2020.

Powley most recently starred in “White Boy Rick” with Matthew McConaughey and the drama “Ashes in the Snow.
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Bel Powley Joins Judd Apatow-Pete Davidson Comedy At Universal

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Bel Powley Joins Judd Apatow-Pete Davidson Comedy At Universal
Exclusive: White Boy Rick and The Diary of a Teenage Girl actress Bel Powley has landed the female lead in the Judd Apatow directed Pete Davidson comedy at Universal. Powley can next be seen opposite Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in Apple’s The Morning Show. Airing in the UK this month, she’s part of an all-star cast that also includes Kate Winslet, Taron Egerton and Rosamund Pike , Powley voices “Little My” in Sky One’s animated series “Moominvalley.” This past year, Powley starred as Dawn Wershe, the drug-addled sister of Rick Weshe Jr., opposite Matthew McConaughey in Studio 8’s. Powley also stars opposite Paddy Considine in the BBC/Amazon spy series Informer and opposite Chris Evans, Brian Tyree Henry and Michael Cera in Kenneth Lonergan’s Tony-nominated Lobby Hero on Broadway. Her feature debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl earned Powley a 2015 Gotham Best Actress award as well as BAFTA,
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Home Release Details Revealed For ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Twentieth Century Fox has revealed some of the home release info for the award-winning Can You Ever Forgive Me? which makes its way to digital, DVD, Blu-ray etc. in June.

Here’s the official synopsis and expected bonus material.

From the director of The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller, comes Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a true-life comedic drama that sees Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I) come together as terrific partners-in-crime. Both McCarthy and Grant received a BAFTA®, Academy Award® and Golden Globe nomination for Leading Actress and Supporting Actor respectively for their incredible performances in this fascinating & captivating biopic.

McCarthy portrays Lee Israel, a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New York. Desperate for money, Israel soon hatches a scheme to forge letters by famous writers and sell them to bookstores and collectors. When
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Nicole Holofcener: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Was Cheated Out of an Oscar Nomination

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Nicole Holofcener: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Was Cheated Out of an Oscar Nomination
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” screenwriter Nicole Holofcener offered a blunt assessment of the lack of Academy Awards recognition for director Marielle Heller, and women directors everywhere.

“I feel Marielle was cheated and I feel badly about that,” Holofcener said backstage after winning a Spirit Award for screenplay with Jeff Whitty.

Holofcener was originally attached to direct the project eight years earlier but decided that she could not do so when the film was being greenlit due to her commitment to direct “The Land of Steady Habits.” She knew that Heller would be the right choice, thanks to her work on “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”

Holofcener and Whitty won the Writers Guild Award for adapted screenplay for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and are up for an Academy Award. She also gave credit Saturday to the late Lee Israel for the memoir of the same name about being
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Win Can You Ever Forgive Me? signed poster and book

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? is in UK cinemas nationwide and to celebrate we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a poster signed by the film’s multi-award nominated stars, Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, and a copy of Lee Israel’s memoir in which the film is based on.

Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant stars in the adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel (McCarthy) who made her living in the 70’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen.

When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Grant).

Directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl
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