TIFF IS HAVING A BILL MURRAY DAY AND EVERYONE WHO DOESN'T LIVE IN TORONTO IS CRYING.
Getting to watching Stripes, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, and the world premiere of St. Vincent all in one day? With TIFF totally teasing that the legend himself may turn up for a post-screening Q&A? And, on an entirely selfish note, it's on my birthday? HOW MANY AND WHAT ORGANS DO I NEED TO SELL TO BE THERE?!?
SO....I'M GUESSING JASON REITMAN DOESN'T HAVE SNAPCHAT THEN?
With the film industry gearing up for this year's TIFF, there's been trailers and promo pics aplenty washing up on the shores of cinematic journalism. Perhaps one of the more interesting little preview offerings of the festival has been the first look at Reitman's newest work Men, Women & Children; an exploratory drama of the great irony of the isolating effect of social media across adult and teenage lives alike. A topic that hasn't really been explored to so much depth outside of PSAs about cyber-bullying.
STUDIO GHIBLI'S JUST QUIETLY REMINDING US IT'S NOT DEAD. YET.
Now that the rumour of its closing have been scoffed, does that make us more or less excited about the release of Studio Ghibli's new movie? Are we just more thankful now, or would we have treasured this like a last slice of pizza if we knew we were near the end? I'm not quite sure, but while you ponder over that question take a look at the trailer for The Tale of Princess Kaguya, whose American-dubbed release will feature the voice talents of Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Lucy Liu, and James Marsden. It's unsurprisingly beautiful, although I can't help but think that what I'm assuming is an attempt to evoke traditional Japanese watercolours looks a little tiny bit like they've accidentally released the storyboards instead of the actual movie?
DAVID GORDON GREEN IS PLAYING IN THE BIG LEAGUES NOW.
Just a brief reminder that Gordon Green went from directing a Seth Rogen stoner comedy to giving Nic Cage a platform for one of the best performances of his career to wrapping production on what might be a career turn-around for Al Pacino. And now he's just signed Sandra Bullock to star, sailing on the success of Gravity, in the political dramedy Our Brand is Crises with George Clooney producing. Dude is on his A-game, that's for sure.
WE REALLY NEEDED TWO ADAPTATIONS OF THE JUNGLE BOOK, OBVIOUSLY.
I have no idea why these things happen. Some argue it's studio vs. studio underhand tactics, others argue it's just one of those strange coincidental cases where original thoughts are triggered by the same sets of circumstances (basically that gritty adaptations of childhood teasures are a big hit). But, either way, we're going to be forced to watch two Jungle Book moves in the coming years, in the world's least interesting cinematic boxing match. In one corner we have Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, wielding punches he's nicknamed Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, and Lupita Nyong'o. In the other corner we have Andy Serkis' Jungle Book: Origins (origins to what exactly?), with his triple firsted hands Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Place your bets now, and then quickly forget that you placed bets because who really cares about this?
THE WETLANDS TRAILER IS NSFW AS IN 'NOT SUITABLE FOR THE WORLD', BUT STILL MANAGES TO LOOK AWESOME.
Yep, the US trailer for David Wnendt's adaptation of Charlotte Roche's partially autobiographical, best-selling novel has landed, and promises to be one of the most bold and memorable movies you're likely to see this year. Roche's career as a German television personality has always surrounded her advocacy for women to be more open about their sexual experiences, fantasies, and desires; and Wetlands' Helen Memel is her literary champion, fascinated by bodily fluids and disgusted by society's pressures of personal hygiene. Whatever happens, it's guaranteed to be one of the movies that tortures you by making you flinch yet refusing to let you take your eyes from the screen.
AND THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD OF YOUR NIGHTMARES...