NEW YORK (AP) — Taika Waititi’s Nazi Germany-set satire “Jojo Rabbit” won the People’s Choice award Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival, a prize that has historically been one of the most ironclad predicators of Academy Awards chances. Because so many of the top fall movies play in Toronto, the festival’s audience award has often been almost prophetic. For more than a decade, every People’s Choice winner has gone on to score a best-picture Oscar nomination. Last year’s winner, “Green Book,” eventually won best picture. “Jojo Rabbit” is a coming-of-age comedy about a 10-year-old boy named Jojo growing up in World War II Germany. His imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler, played by Waititi, the New Zealand filmmaker of “Thor Ragnarok” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” The film earned mixed reviews in Toronto, with some critics calling it Waititi’s masterpiece and others — … [Read more...] about ‘Jojo Rabbit’ wins Toronto’s sought-after audience award
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So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every month, we’ll be previewing all the major movies coming to theaters (or laptops or gaming systems or Rokus) near you, helping narrow down these upcoming releases by making educated guesses on whether they’re worth your time and money. Playmobil: The Movie Theaters everywhere December 6 Like a beleaguered divorced dad bumbling through a Christmas list at the last minute, Playmobil: The Movie meets a market saturated with Lego movies (of varying but mostly decent quality) with a significantly less beloved batch of Europe-based living toys. It’s about a pair of siblings (Anya Taylor-Joy and Gabriel Bateman) who are somehow sent to the world … [Read more...] about A Skywalker will rise and awards contenders will compete this December at the movies
Farhan Akhtar & Shibani Dandekar enjoy romantic pool time in Thailand | FilmiBeat Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar are one of the cutest Bollywood couples right now. The adorable pictures that they post of themselves on their social media pages, constantly gives us relationship goals. Once in a while, the couple turn the heat up with sizzling pictures like the one Farhan just posted on his Instagram. Check it out! Turning on poolside glam, Farhan Akhtar posted this hot, yet romantic picture of himself and Shibani by the pool. He captioned it, "At, by and on your side," and added the hashtags #poolheads, #kosamui# and FarOutdoors to the post. Farhan looks like a total hunk in his swim shorts whereas Shibani is stunning as always in a strapless red bikini. The couple is currently out on a vacation as we can tell from their social media posts. Farhan and Shibani reportedly started dating last year, although neither of them have publicly confirmed that they are in a relationship. … [Read more...] about Farhan Akhtar & Shibani Dandekar’s Poolside Pic Is Sizzling, Yet Adorable! SEE PIC!
The new James Schamus-produced narrative feature told from the perspective of a long-tormented employee is one of three projects about the disgraced mogul being shopped at the fest. Harvey Weinstein once was one of the most active buyers on the indie film circuit. Nearly a year after his epic downfall, his presence is still being felt, albeit in a much different form. Three films are being shopped whose storylines are built around the disgraced mogul. On the narrative side, a secret script by Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet) is making the rounds and has Toronto buyers riveted. Currently untitled, the story is told from the perspective of a real-life Weinstein underling. James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain), who often competed with Weinstein for prestige movies when he ran Focus Features, is on board to produce alongside Scott Macaulay. “It’s sort of Devil Wears Prada-esque — a young girl begins working for a monster boss,” says an executive who landed a watermarked … [Read more...] about Secret Weinstein Assistant Film Script Being Shopped to Buyers (Exclusive)
Shia LaBeouf returns to the big screen in what could be an awards-season favorite with the gripping thriller Man Down, arriving in theaters December 2 from Lionsgate Premiere. The studio has released the first trailer, poster and a new photo for Man Down, which will go up against Relativity's thriller Kidnap and High Top Releasing's horror film Incarnate. It remains to be seen how wide a release Man Down will have when it opens, or if it will expand throughout the holiday season. When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend Devin Roberts (Jai Courtney), a hardnosed Marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, he searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son, Johnathan (Charlie Shotwell), and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara). In their search, the two intercept Charles … [Read more...] about Man Down Trailer Has Shia LaBeouf on the Front Lines of a Family War