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TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014 Award Winners

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TORONTO — After ten days and over 300 films several awards were passed out. Here are the highlights and the TIFF winners 2014. THE PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZES) The Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury for the 23rd year. The jury members consisted of jury president Dana Linssen (Netherlands), Marco Lombardi (Italy), Ola Salwa (Poland), Télesphore Mba Bizo (Cameroun), Jorge Gutman (Canada) and Thom Ernst (Canada). Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations was awarded to Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND. The jury remarked, “For Oren Moverman’s sensitive and human depiction of homelessness, and …Read On »

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2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 3 – The Cold List

Adam Sandler in THE COBBLER | ©2014 Image Entertainment

When they’re good they’re very good, when they’re bad, whew, stand back. Here’s the bottom of the barrel. PART 3: THE COLD LIST AMERICAN HEIST Not all the mannered acting of Adrien Brody can save this misfire that wants to be both MEAN STREETS and THE TOWN. A miscast Hayden Christensen co-stars as Brody’s step brother ex-con trying to go straight and fall back in love with his high school sweetheart (Jordana Brewster). Enter one dimensional bad guys to divide up the brothers and the girlfriend. The bank heist climax shows director Sarik Andreasyan has a certain amount of style, …Read On »

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The scoop on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Chloe Bennet, J.J. Britt and Clark Gregg in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD - Season 2 | ©2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

When MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, based in the Marvel comics universe, debuted on ABC last year, we followed a team of agents led by Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) on a series of adventures. Then the feature film CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER was released on April 4, 2014. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agency was attacked from within by the group Hydra, whose operatives turned out to have been inside S.H.I.E.L.D. since its inception in World War II. In the very next episode of AGENTS OF SHIELD, our heroes had to deal with the …Read On »

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GOTHAM creator Bruno Heller talks young Batman – Exclusive Interview

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Fox’s GOTHAM, premiering Monday, September 22 at 8 PM, depicts Bruce Wayne as a teen orphan played by David Mazouz, before he dons Batman’s cowl. This might draw comparisons to SMALLVILLE, which dramatized the early life of Superman, another DC Comics hero, but GOTHAM has a much more adult feel. Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) – who BATMAN fans know will one day become Gotham City’s police commissioner – is at the center of the action, surrounded by people who give indications that they will someday become iconic figures in this universe, including Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler. Thanks …Read On »

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2014 Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 2 – The Warm List

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING | ©2014 Focus Features

Killer cubs, hipsters, physicists and more constitute the good movies that fell short of great at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. PART 2: THE WARM WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Film festival favorite Noah Baumbach is admittedly an acquired taste (think Waspy Woody Allen), but there is no denying he gets some of the best work out of Ben Stiller. Four years ago they worked well in GREENBERG, this time it’s a tale of aging hipsters (Stiller and Naomi Watts) getting a young couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) to show them how to be relevant again. Funny, poignant and somewhat …Read On »

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THE STRAIN star Mia Maestro on the FX vampire series – Exclusive Interview

Mia Maestro in THE STRAIN - Season 1 - "The Third Rail" | ©2014 FX/Michael Gibson

In FX’s THE STRAIN, Sundays at 10 PM, a particularly vicious breed of vampires is overrunning New York City. The series is created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their trilogy of novels; both are executive producers, with del Toro directing some episodes and Hogan writing several segments. Among their main characters are a small band of humans combating the plague, including Centers for Disease Control doctors Ephraim Goodweather, played by Corey Stoll, and Nora Martinez, played by Mia Maestro. Maestro, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, first hit the U.S. TV radar as Nadia Santos, half-sister …Read On »

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The Scoop on BONES Season 10 – Exclusive Interview with Stephen Nathan and Jonathan Collier

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 10 | ©2014 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

BONES, Fox’s procedural adapted by Hart Hanson from Kathy Reichs’ novels, begins its tenth season on Thursday, September 25, at 8 PM. When last we saw our protagonists, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and her husband/partner FBI Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), they were in deep trouble. Their home was invaded and virtually destroyed by a special ops team intent on covering up a conspiracy. Brennan and Booth protected each other in the melee, but Booth not only got seriously wounded, he wound up arrested for murder. The outlook for BONES itself is much brighter. Fox Networks president and …Read On »

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Paris Barclay talks SONS OF ANARCHY Season 7 – Exclusive Interview

Charlie Hunnam as Jackson 'Jax' Teller in SONS OF ANARCHY - Season 7 | ©2014 FX/James Minchin

SONS OF ANARCHY, now in its seventh and final season on FX, Tuesdays at 10 PM, has its fans wondering when – on this show, it’s unlikely to be “if” – SAMCRO outlaw motorcycle and business club leader Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) will find out that his beloved mother Gemma (Katey Sagal) is the person who murdered his wife Tara (Maggie Siff), with a fork, no less. Executive producer Kurt Sutter created SONS and remains very hands-on with its writing. His fellow executive producer Paris Barclay is the executive producer involved in directing some episodes. At a panel held by …Read On »

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Carlton Cuse controls THE STRAIN – Exclusive Interview

Robert Maillet as The Master in THE STRAIN - Season 1 - "The Disappeared" | ©2014 FX/Michael Gibson

In FX’s THE STRAIN, Sundays at 10 PM, a plane lands in New York City with all but four people aboard inexplicably dead. When Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) from the Centers for Disease Control investigate, they soon find that both the survivors and the deceased all carry a blood-borne contagion that creates fast-moving, fast-breeding vampires. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who together wrote the trilogy of novels that are dramatized in THE STRAIN, serve as executive producers, with del Toro also directing some episodes and Hogan crafting some of the scripts. Their …Read On »

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BBC America executive Richard De Croce on DOCTOR WHO, ORPHAN BLACK and more – Exclusive Interview

Clara (Jenna Coleman), Robin (Tom Riley), and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Robot of Sherwood" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

BBC America’s senior vice-president of programming Richard De Croce has been with the network for nearly ten years. De Croce, who is American himself, is very upbeat about BBCA’s many recent successes, including the acclaim for and popularity of ORPHAN BLACK and the worldwide clamor for the new season of DOCTOR WHO. He’s also enthused about new series such as the science-fiction thriller INTRUDERS, currently airing Saturdays at 10 PM (just after DOCTOR WHO), and the upcoming spy thriller THE GAME. At a party thrown by BBC America for the Television Critics Association, De Croce talks about the whys and …Read On »

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