Correction: Film-Chalamet and Carell story
TORONTO (AP) — In a story Oct. 10 about the film "Beautiful Boy," The Associated Press erroneously attributed a quote about drug use by Timothee Chalamet's character to Steve Carell.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Carell and Chalamet on bonding for the film 'Beautiful Boy'
Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet both knew the addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" hinged on the father-son relationship
Steve McQueen’s thriller ‘Widows’ opens London Film Festival
LONDON (AP) — The London Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with the European premiere of British director Steve McQueen's whip-smart heist thriller "Widows."
Phoenix, Reilly bond as outlaw kin in ‘Sisters Brothers’
TORONTO (AP) — To play any brother, by blood or not, of John C. Reilly is an intimidating prospect given just how firmly entrenched Will Ferrell is as Reilly's on-screen sibling.
"Step Brothers," their 2008 comedy classic that took the adolescent adult to absurdist extremes, looms large. It did even for Joaquin Phoenix in deciding to play Reilly's brother in "The Sisters Brothers," Jacques Audiard's Western. Phoenix considers "Step Brothers" one of his all-time favorites.
From ‘Venom’ to ‘Roma,’ the movies coming this fall
NEW YORK (AP) — Here's a look at the films coming to theaters through December:
"The Nun" (Sept. 7) — A gothic supernatural horror film and spinoff in "The Conjuring" franchise.
"The Predator (Sept. 14) — Shane Black's fourth installment in "The Predator" films, with Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes and Jacob Tremblay.
"The Land of Steady Habits" (Sept. 14) — Ben Mendelsohn stars as a Connecticut divorcee in midlife crisis in Nicole Holofcener's adaptation of Ted Thompson's 2014 novel.
‘A Star Is Born’ mania sweeps over Toronto Film Festival
TORONTO (AP) — The response to Bradley Cooper's romantic saga "A Star Is Born" has been intense. Critics have boasted of crying uncontrollably. Fans outside theaters have swooned for its star, Lady Gaga. Words like "glorious," ''rapturous" and, of course, "gaga" are running rampant.
Barry Jenkins premieres ‘Beale Street’ to tears and applause
TORONTO (AP) — Of the many who were moved by Barry Jenkins' James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk," none was more shaken than the actor Brian Tyree Henry. "Get it together, Brian," he told himself on the stage of the Princess of Wales Theatre moments after the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival
Neeson: McQueen is ‘a big cuddly teddy-bear’
Matthew McConaughey launches ‘White Boy Rick’
Carrell, Chalamet premiere ‘Beautiful Boy’
Lady Gaga: ‘When I was younger I was so insecure’
Correction: Film-Toronto Film Festival-Critic Diversity
TORONTO (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about Toronto's program for increasing critic diversity, The Associated Press misspelled the name of writer Danielle Solzman. A corrected version of the story is below:
As curtain goes up in Toronto, new faces fill audiences
As the curtain goes up on the Toronto International Film Festival, a new media diversity program is filling audiences with new faces
Q&A: Steve McQueen on his ’12 Years’ follow-up, ‘Widows’
TORONTO (AP) — Lynda La Plante's 1980s British crime series "Widows" had a curious hold of filmmaker Steve McQueen as a 13-year-old boy.
The show was about a group of women who, after their criminal husbands are killed, band together to pull off the raid their dead spouses had planned. The women were, to young McQueen growing up in London, doing what they were deemed not to be capable of.
A year later, Timothee Chalamet is again turning heads
TORONTO (AP) — A year after his breakthrough performance in "Call Me By Your Name," Timothee Chalamet — now a seasoned veteran at the age of 22 — is again the toast of the fall film festival circuit.
Though there were few doubters after Chalamet became the youngest best-actor Oscar nominee in almost 80 years, the young actor's performance in the father-son addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" has resolutely confirmed Chalamet as one of the most talented actors of his generation.
Mexican director Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ wins top prize at Venice
ROME (AP) — "Roma," Alfonso Cuaron's intimate, black-and-white portrait of the women who raised him in Mexico City's turbulent 1970s, has won the top prize at the 75th Venice Film Festival.
Cuaron accepted the Leone d'Oro on Saturday, which he said was the birthday of the woman who inspired the lead character Cleo, a young domestic worker with her own troubles amid political strife in the city's Roma neighborhood.
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At the Toronto Film Festival, searing portraits of today
NEW YORK (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival is an overwhelming omnibus of moviegoing that every year, through an onslaught of Oscar contenders and cinematic feasts, reflects the world around us. But more than usual, this year's festival radiates with urgent topicality, both on screen and off.
In Venice hit ‘First Man,’ another day of sun for Chazelle
NEW YORK (AP) — Damien Chazelle's last movie, "La La Land," was about a man clinging to nostalgia. His new one, "First Man," doesn't merely flirt with the past. It throttles back in time.
But Chazelle's reason for revisiting NASA's 1969 mission to the moon isn't to polish the shining legend of Neil Armstrong. It's to jolt our collective memory of it — to rip it out of the history books and plunge us back into the harsh, anxious reality of what at the time was far from a fait accompli.
Fall Film Preview: A prestige movie wave from Netflix
NEW YORK (AP) — The frustratingly long wait for Tamara Jenkins' follow-up to her 2007 Oscar-nominated film, "The Savages," seemed to finally be coming to end. She had spent two years on the script to "Private Life," and secured Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti to star as a middle-aged New York couple navigating the medical and emotional gauntlet of assisted reproduction. But just when the production was ready to go, the company that had developed it, Amazon Studios, stepped back, leaving Jenkins in the lurch.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Films starring Timothee Chalamet and Hugh Jackman as well as Bradley Cooper's directorial debut "A Star Is Born" with Lady Gaga are among the selections announced Tuesday for this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
"Beautiful Boy" stars Chalamet and Steve Carell and will be one of several films having their world premiere at the festival, a launching pad for Hollywood's awards season.
Liam Neeson sees parallels between Trump, Nixon eras
TORONTO (AP) — Liam Neeson's latest film takes viewers into the life of a key player in the Watergate scandal, and he says there are clear parallels between presidents then-and-now.
Review: In ‘American Made,’ a new (but the same) Tom Cruise
There are basically two kinds of Tom Cruise performances, and both can look pretty similar on the surface. Each likes sunglasses, going fast and smiling big.
Q&A: ‘American Made’ director on hustlers and Tom Cruise
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Doug Liman loves spy stories and antiheroes, but he didn't anticipate having such a personal connection to the little-known story of TWA Pilot turned Medellin Cartel friend, drug smuggler and Drug Enforcement Agency informant Barry Seal, who became a central figure in the Reagan Administration's Iran-Contra scandal.
Liman's late father, Arthur Liman, served as chief counsel to the Senate committee investigating the affair.
‘Mark Felt’ film prompts questions of Deep Throat’s role
NEW YORK (AP) — More than four decades after Hal Holbrook stood smoking in a darkened parking lot, urging Robert Redford's Bob Woodward to "follow the money," the famed Watergate source "Deep Throat" is, in cinematic terms, finally stepping out of the shadows.
Review: ‘Victoria & Abdul’ illuminates only half the title
Stop us if this sounds familiar: A tall, dark, bearded servant of rough breeding comes from far away to suddenly charm a grumpy, widowed Queen Victoria and thus upend Britain's royal court at the turn of the 20th century.
Neeson: ‘similarities’ between Watergate and Russia scandal
At 82, Judi Dench’s mission remains the same: ‘To learn’
TORONTO (AP) — Judi Dench is not tired.
"I've had one of those pep-up drinks," Dench, beaming as she sits down for a recent interview. "I feel rather sparky."
Caffeinated or not, Dench, 82, remains fully energized. As Stephen Frears, the director of her latest film, "Victoria & Abdul," marvels: "She's the biggest female star in Britain" — a statement that takes a moment to realize how true it is. "It's phenomenal at her age."
Review: ‘Stronger’ tells a survivor’s heart-wrenching story
"Stronger " is about a survivor but it is not a feel-good movie.
In 2013, 27-year-old Jeff Bauman went to watch his ex-girlfriend, Erin Hurley, run the Boston Marathon. He was there when the bombs went off and lost both of his legs as a result. An Associated Press photograph of Bauman, bloodied and gravely injured, being wheeled away from the site by a man in a cowboy hat became an instant icon of that terrorist attack.
Review: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ serves up a too-timely story
Can an inspirational movie also be a drag?
That's the distinct feeling one can't shake walking out of "Battle of the Sexes ," a fictionalized rendering of the 1973 tennis match between 29-year-old Billie Jean King and 55-year-old hustler Bobby Riggs and the circumstances surrounding it.
‘Stronger’ spawns a friendship for Gyllenhaal and Bauman
TORONTO (AP) — As the cast and makers of "Stronger" collectively rose to take a bow after the film's Toronto International Film Festival premiere, Jake Gyllenhaal realized that Jeff Bauman, whom he plays in the film and who wears prosthetic legs, was still sitting, overwhelmed with emotion.
"Jake was like, 'Get up!'" Bauman said. "And I stood up."
In ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ King passes a baton to Emma Stone
TORONTO (AP) — Walking through a tunnel alongside Billie Jean King at the grounds of the U.S. Open, Emma Stone gasped at the size of its main court.
Real-life road trip helped ‘Brad’s Status’ actors bond
TORONTO (AP) — Ben Stiller thought the best way to prepare for his role as a dad taking his son on a college tour in the film "Brad's Status" was to take the actor playing his son on an actual road trip.
So Stiller and Austin Abrams got in a car and took a drive from Montreal to New York, making stops along the way. "I feel like it really it helped because we're supposed to be like father and son," Abrams said.
Real-life road trip helped ‘Brad’s Status’ actors bond
Review: Jolie imbues Cambodia drama with skill, intelligence
By now, there should be no debating that Angelina Jolie is a talented director, capable of handling the most challenging subject matter with assurance and sensitivity. Those who continue to denigrate her skills because she's also a movie star and tabloid fixture are running out of ammunition.
‘A Fantastic Woman’ could lead to trans history at Oscars
TORONTO (AP) — A transgender Chilean actress has turned in one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year and some are hoping she could be the first trans actor to land an Oscar nomination.
Daniela Vega, 28, stars in Sebastian Lelio's "A Fantastic Woman." She plays Marina, a transgender woman whose partner (Francisco Reyes) dies, after which Marina is subjected to harsh treatment by the family of her deceased lover and by police investing the death.
Angelina Jolie on her Cambodian epic and the power of family
TORONTO (AP) — Angelina Jolie arrives for an interview with the familiar harried air of a parent who has just barely managed to withdraw from her children, all six of whom she's left having breakfast upstairs in their Toronto hotel suite.
"The reason I was a little late is they made me change," Jolie says, smiling. "They thought what I was wearing was too revealing."
Q&A: Del Toro on his festival sensation and love of monsters
TORONTO (AP) — If the Toronto International Film Festival has proven one thing, it's that Guillermo del Toro can work a room.
Review: Jennifer Lawrence stuns in the audacious ‘mother!’
Women give, men take and the Old Testament crashes into modern anxiety in director Darren Aronofsky's "mother! " It is an audacious, bold and fascinating fever dream of a film. It's allegory for, well, everything (the environment, marriage, art, spirituality, you name it!), that will challenge, distress and edify anyone who chooses to submit themselves to this creation for two hours.
Cult of ‘The Room’ cheers James Franco’s ‘Disaster Artist’
TORONTO (AP) — The spoon-throwing, football-tossing cult of "The Room" was out in full force at the premiere of James Franco's "The Disaster Artist," a making-of movie that earned the blessing of the notorious film's creator Tommy Wiseau.
Jolie’s kids steal the show at premiere
Liam Neeson says his days as an action hero are over
TORONTO (AP) — Special set of skills or not, Liam Neeson says he's finished making thrillers.
In an interview, Neeson said that he plans to stop even though it's hard to turn down the lucrative offers he gets thanks to his box-office success in the three "Taken" films, as well as other thrillers. Neeson believes he's simply getting too old to be an action hero.
‘Lady Bird’ leads another charge for ‘Moonlight’ maker A24
TORONTO (AP) — Greta Gerwig stood on the stage of the Ryerson Theatre at the Toronto International Film Festival, wiping back tears from the roaring standing ovation that greeted her directorial debut, "Lady Bird."
Gerwig was already a successful actress and a proven screenwriter, having co-written several films including two with Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha" and "Mistress America"). But her leap into directing, she said, took some gumption.
Clooney: Twins are “really good”
Toronto a coming out party for 21-year-old Timothee Chalamet
TORONTO (AP) — The kind of breakthrough performance where it's immediately apparent that an actor is going to be a star for years to come is a rarity in movies. Think of Emma Stone in "Easy A" or Jessica Chastain in "The Tree of Life."
Aaron Sorkin on directing: ‘I had the time of my life’
TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Sorkin was sitting in a restaurant with producers Amy Pascal and Mark Gordon, ticking off the names of top Hollywood directors who might be a good fit for the script Sorkin had just finished: "Molly's Game," a drama about the so-called "poker princess" Molly Bloom.
"When we got to the end, Mark and Amy said, 'But we think you should direct it,'" Sorkin recalled in an interview. "And I grabbed at the chance."
Lady Gaga clarifies ‘rest’ from her music comment at TIFF
Damon considers ‘Suburbicon’ similarities to Charlottesville
Matt Damon goes mini in Venice opener “Downsizing”
VENICE, Italy (AP) — "Downsizing" has generated jumbo-sized buzz at the Venice Film Festival — not least as viewers debate how to describe it.
Is it a science fiction film, a romantic comedy, a political parable, an apocalyptic thriller? Alexander Payne's movie mixes all those elements in its story of a man, played by Matt Damon, who tries to solve his problems by shrinking himself.