Al Yankovic’s (Daniel Radcliffe – yes, him) ambition in life is to make parody songs scored to the beat and style of existing hits. Fame will not come easy for Al though, and neither will the drugs, alcohol and excess that come with it.
If you know anything about Yankovic’s history as a performer, forget all of it before you sit down to watch WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY. Rather than being a conventional biopic that goes through the tumultuous ups and downs of a performer’s career, Co-Writer/Director Eric Appel and Yankovic himself turn the entire genre upside down and inject as much ridiculousness and timeline perversion into the Film as they could. It sends up every convention we know and understand from decades of biopics and exposes them for the by-the-numbers, stereotypically fluffy nonsense that we all know them to be. Others have already favourly compared the Film to the cult classic Walk Hard, yet WEIRD feels more disjointed, more outrageous and more weird than it does anything else.
How else to explain Al needing to rescue his girlfriend Madonna (an uproarious Evan Rachel Wood) from Pablo Escobar (Arturo Castro)? Or Michael Jackson copying the beat from Yankovic’s “Eat It” when he wrote and recorded “Beat It”, rather than the other way around? Or well, just about anything else that happens in this outrageous movie?
I laughed as hard as I could throughout WEIRD, even if the seams of the Film being based off a three-minute fake trailer sketch start showing far too early. There are some incredible cameos and sight gags littered throughout, and this is easily (though you might not believe me) Radcliffe’s best performance this side of Harry Potter. He commits willingly to every outlandish thing Appel and Yankovic throw at him, commands the screen at every turn and does an incredible job depicting the Hard Rock lifestyle the Film purports actually happened to the real Weird Al. Hysterical stuff. And God willing, Yankovic himself will be nominated for an Oscar for that end credits song that is…brilliant?
WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY screens as follows at TIFF ’22:
Thu, Sep 8 IN-PERSON Royal Alexandra Theatre 11:59pm
TIFF ’22’s DISCOVERY, WAVELENGTH and MIDNIGHT MADNESS Programme selections were announced earlier today and among the titles to premiere at the Festival this year are Weird Al Yankovic Biopic WEIRD, starring Daniel Radcliffe! While these are only some of the titles, more announcements are coming! The Festival runs September 8-18, 2022.
“TIFF’s Discovery programme is a showcase of cinema and talent from around the world — a place to unearth work that is bold, distinctive, and, above all, passionate,” said Dorota Lech, Discovery Lead and International Programmer, TIFF. “The section has a rich history of championing the first and second features of visionary filmmakers such as Chantal Akerman, Julie Dash, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ildikó Enyedi, Jafar Panahi, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Steve McQueen, Michael Haneke, Christopher Nolan, Lav Diaz, Barry Jenkins, Alfonso Cuarón, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Warwick Thornton, Maren Ade, Joachim Trier, David Gordon Green, Pablo Larraín, Valeska Grisebach, and Jean-Marc Vallée, to name just a handful. This year’s robust programme offers 24 films that shook us to the core, filled us with joy, broke our hearts, and, most importantly, reminded us that the future is bright.”
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Aitch Alberto | USA World Premiere
Baby Ruby Bess Wohl | USA World Premiere
Carmen Benjamin Millepied | Australia, France World Premiere
Daughter of Rage (La Hija de todas las Rabias) Laura Baumeister | Nicaragua World Premiere
A Gaza Weekend Basil Khalil | United Kingdom, Palestine World Premiere
I Like Movies Chandler Levack | Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
Discovery Opening Night Film The Inspection Elegance Bratton | USA World Premiere
A Long Break Davit Pirtskhalava | Georgia World Premiere
Pussy Joseph Amenta | Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
Return to Seoul Davy Chou | South Korea, France, Germany, Belgium International Premiere
ROSIE Gail Maurice | Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
Runner Marian Mathias | USA, France, Germany World Premiere
SHIMONI Angela Wanjiku Wamai | Kenya World Premiere
Snow and the Bear Selcen Ergun | Turkey, Germany, Serbia World Premiere
Something You Said Last Night Luis De Filippis | Canada, Switzerland 🇨🇦 World Premiere
Susie Searches Sophie Kargman | USA World Premiere
Sweet As Jub Clerc | Australia International Premiere
The Taste of Apples is Red Ehab Tarabieh | Israel, Germany World Premiere
This Place V.T. Nayani | Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
Unruly (Ustyrlig) Malou Reymann | Denmark World Premiere
Until Branches Bend Sophie Jarvis | Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
When Morning Comes Kelly Fyffe-Marshall | Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
The Young Arsonists Sheila Pye | Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
*** An additional title to be confirmed at a later date.
“I am thrilled to announce that Midnight Madness has returned to its traditional 10-film configuration and has a new home at the Royal Alexandra Theatre,” said section curator Peter Kuplowsky. “I also couldn’t have hoped for a more appropriate Opening Night film than Weird: The Al Yankovic Story — a beautifully deranged ‘biopic’ made in the great Midnight movie tradition of challenging conventions and forging one’s own path, no matter how weird.”
Starring Daniel Radcliffe as music and comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic, the film leads a gonzo Midnight Madness lineup that includes a double dose of gore-filled action (Sisu and Project Wolf Hunting), two wildly surprising new instalments to iconic horror films (Pearl and V/H/S 99), some magnificently meta genre comedies (The Blackening, The People’s Joker, and Leonor Will Never Die), and a few killer creative horror team-ups (John Hyams and Kevin Williamson’s Sick, Jaume Balagueró and Álex de la Iglesia’s Venus).
Concluding, Kuplowsky added: “This year, fans of the weird and the wicked will be spending most of their TIFF living in a Midnight Madness paradise.”
The Blackening Tim Story | USA World Premiere
Midnight Madness Closing Night Film Leonor Will Never Die Martika Ramirez Escobar | Philippines Canadian Premiere
Pearl Ti West | USA North American Premiere
The People’s Joker Vera Drew | USA World Premiere
Project Wolf Hunting Kim Hongsun | South Korea World Premiere
Sick John Hyams | USA World Premiere
Sisu Jalmari Helander | Finland World Premiere
Venus Jaume Balagueró | Spain World Premiere
V/H/S 99 Flying Lotus, Johannes Roberts, Maggie Levin, Tyler MacIntyre, Vanessa & Joseph Winter | USA World Premiere
Midnight Madness Opening Night Film Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Eric Appel | USA World Premiere
“The selections in this year’s Wavelengths lineup reimagine the possibilities of cinema in ways both inspiring and rejuvenating,” said Senior Curator Andréa Picard. “The programme itself continues to champion film as art in a climate increasingly challenging for non-commercial and non-conforming work. The filmmakers and artists in this year’s edition expand the language of film and video, employing narrative, documentary, hybrid, and formalist approaches to assert film’s status as an autonomous art form and the cinema itself as an essential, communal experience.”
Showcasing a mix of established auteurs, celebrated visual artists, and emerging filmmakers, this year’s Wavelengths presents eight features, two shorts programmes, and an exhibition, placing timeless, durational works alongside projects of the utmost contemporary urgency — each political by nature of its very existence and, by extension, resistance. Additionally, we are honoured to present a number of important moving-image works from recent gallery and museum exhibitions in the cinema, including an exceptional theatrical screening of Tacita Dean’s latest 16mm film, Fata Morgana. Another of this year’s highlights includes the first Canadian solo exhibition of Brooklyn-based Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani in an exciting partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and The Vega Foundation. Meriem Bennani: Life on the CAPS will be exhibited free to the public at The Power Plant from September 9 through 18.
Concrete Valley Antoine Bourges | Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
De Humani Corporis Fabrica Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor | France, Switzerland North American Premiere
Dry Ground Burning (Mato Seco em Chamas) Joana Pimenta, Adirley Queirós | Portugal, Brazil North American Premiere
Horse Opera Moyra Davey | USA Festival Premiere
Pacifiction Albert Serra | France, Spain, Germany, Portugal North American Premiere
Queens of the Qing Dynasty Ashley McKenzie | Canada 🇨🇦 North American Premiere
Unrest (Unrueh) Cyril Schäublin | Switzerland North American Premiere
Will-o’-the-Wisp (Fogo-Fátuo) João Pedro Rodrigues | Portugal, France North American Premiere
After Work Céline Condorelli, Ben Rivers | United Kingdom North American Premiere
Bigger on the Inside Angelo Madsen Minax | USA World Premiere
EVENTIDE Sharon Lockhart | USA World Premiere
F1ghting Looks Different 2 Me Now Fox Maxy | Mesa Grande Reservation/USA Festival Premiere
Fata Morgana Tacita Dean | United Kingdom, USA Festival Premiere
Hors-titre Wiame Haddad | France North American Premiere
I Thought the World of You Kurt Walker | Canada 🇨🇦 North American Premiere
Moonrise Vincent Grenier | USA, Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
The Newest Olds Pablo Mazzolo | Argentina, Canada 🇨🇦 World Premiere
Puerta a Puerta Jessica Sarah Rinland, Luis Arnías | Mexico, USA, Venezuela International Premiere
The Time That Separates Us Parastoo Anoushahpour | Canada, Jordan, Palestine 🇨🇦 World Premiere
What Rules the Invisible Tiffany Sia | USA North American Premiere
Meriem Bennani: Life on the CAPS (2022) and 2 Lizards (2020) The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, September 9–18 Free Admission Presented in partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and The Vega Foundation.
Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Daniel Radcliffe all in one movie? What reason more do you need? Paramount Pictures Canada x Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to win Advance Passes to see THE LOST CITY!
Toronto – March 21st, 2022 – Scotiabank Theatre – 7:00PM
Montreal (English) – March 21st, 2022 – Scotiabank Theatre Montreal – 7:00PM
Montreal (French) – March 21st, 2022 – StarCite Cineplex – 7:00PM
Vancouver – March 21st, 2022 – Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver – 7:00PM
Brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.
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Adam and Aaron Nee‘s THE LOST CITY is set to make a splash during the Big Game this weekend. Check-out this brand-new TV spot to air during the game!
Synopsis: Brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.
Paramount Pictures Canada release THE LOST CITY March 25, 2022.
After internet troll Miles (Daniel Radcliffe) upsets the leader of the live-streamed death match game Skizm, he awakes to guns bolted to his hands and a battle against the undefeated Nix (Samara Weaving).
Guns Akimbo is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end. Director-Writer Jason Lei Howden brings action and hilarity to a wholly original Story and executes it perfectly. His Script, although incredibly-fun, dives deep into our technological society and how it’s changing humanity. Along with that the visual effects are top-notch, the stunts are remarkable and there is one hell of a killer Soundtrack. If that weren’t enough, there is Radcliffe and Weaving who both bring their best game.
Guns Akimbo screens at TIFF on Mon, Sep 9 at Ryerson Theatre at 9:15 PM, Tue, Sep 10 at Scotiabank Theatre at 8 PM, and Fri, Sep 13 at Ryerson Theatre at 9 PM.
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival officially is at its peak point and the starpower has lit-up Park City. Stars continue to pour-in to present their Films at the Festival and drawing the most fandemonium today was Zac Efron who stars as serial killer Ted Bundy in EXTREMELY WICKED,SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE. Debuting new bleach-blonde hair, Efron had security flanking him tight as fans tried getting close to him. Amanda Gilmore, who is at Sundance on assignment for us, tells us the commotion was so great that his Co-Star Lily Collins almost couldn’t get into her vehicle. Their Film premieres tonight.
Daniel Radcliffe is at Sundance to present TV Series MIRACLE WORKERS, which will air on TBS in the U.S.and has him starring as an angel alongside Steve Buscemi who most stop the world from destruction and make two people fall in love. Amanda reports Radcliffe was gracious with fans, stopping for selfies and autographs amidst the crowding.
We are hearing Writer/Director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) is coming back strong with Midnight Programme selection THE NIGHTINGALE about a young Irish woman (Aisling Franciosi) who chases after a British officer (Sam Claflin) after to exact revenge on a violent act he committed on her family. Review here.
See some of the talent Amanda spotted today:
Zac Efron, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Daniel Radcliffe (Miracle Workers)
Angela Sarafyan, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Milla Jovovich, Paradise Hills
Jennifer Ehle, The Wolf Hour
Lily Collins, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Stay tuned. We’ve got lots more to report and more reviews to come.
eOne Films + Mr. Will want to take Readers to see the eagerly-awaited sequel, NOW YOU SEE ME 2! Screenings takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax, Nanaimo, Winnipeg and Hamilton! One lucky entrant also will win an amazing Prize Pack including a Blu-ray of the first Film in the franchise, three pairs of colour-changing sunglasses, a deck of cards and four exclusive prints from the Movie!!!!
Synopsis: THE FOUR HORSEMEN[Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan] return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than WALTER MABRY [Daniel Radcliffe], a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.
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eOne Films release NOW YOU SEE ME 2 on Friday, June 10, 2016!
Filmed in Toronto over the Summer of 2012, a Red Carpet Premiere in the City only would be fitting as a proper homecoming for The F Word. The Romantic-Comedy directed by Michael Dowse (Goon, Take Me Home Tonight) comes well-regarded after a debut at TIFF last Fall, with multiple nominations including Best Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards. The Film which almost didn’t get made locally, now at last is primed for an international release. From humble beginnings, it received a significant boost in profile with Megastar Daniel Radcliffe signing-on as the Male Lead in a bit of a mold-breaking move which has him trying something completely different than what we’d expect of the Harry Potter Star.
Stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks),Megan Park (The Secret Life of an American Teenager), Meghan Heffern (Degrassi), Screenwriter Elan Mastai and Director Dowse all came out to support The F Word – the mysterious “f” of course standing for “friendship”. Also seen zipping through the Carpet was Kazan‘s longtime partner Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave, Prisoners), present but careful not to draw too much attention to himself.
The F Word, based on the Play Toothpaste and Cigarettes, centers around Wallace (Radcliffe), a Med School Dropout who falls hopelessly in love with an Animator named Chantry (Kazan). The only problem is however that she is in a long-term relationship with Ben (Rafe Spall). This poses the question what to do when the love of your life happens to be your Best Friend.
I had the pleasure of speaking with all in attendance tonight, the Group enthusiastic to promote what appears to be a labour of love for an endearing story about finding love when gray areas are involved.
Montreal’s Dowse tells us about how he came to be involved with The F Word and how the Toronto Story almost didn’t get made in the City. “I was only involved a year and a bit outside of shooting, but it took a while”, says the Director. “It went to a couple different Producers and almost got made in the States.”. “We got it to turn around and were able to make it and once we got Dan on it, it worked really quickly and went by smoothly.”.
We ask Matsai about the decision to brand the Film a tamer What If in other territories and the decision to keep its original Title here in Canada. “Actually, my Girlfriend at the time – who’s now my Wife – named it”, he reveals to us. “I’ve always loved the Title as I think it’s cheeky and tells you about the spirit of the Movie.”. “In the U.S., the ratings might find it a bit too cheeky and edgy, which is disappointing, but on one hand it’s like renaming your Child and I’m happy my Child gets to blossom.”.
Toronto’s Meghan Heffern tells us that she’s now based in Los Angeles and walks us through her casting process and the sacrifices she made for the role of Tabby. “I auditioned and it happened that all my auditions took place while I was outside the City. It was super-stressful because I really wanted it.”. “It was shot on the day of my Best Friend’s wedding, but she’s very understanding and happy. This is such a big deal for Canada.”.
Megan Park certainly is a familiar face, having starred in The Secert Life of an American Teenager alongside now-Superstar Shailene Woodley. Although she had read for another part originally, she landed the part of Dalia – Chantry‘s bubbly and sassy Sister. “I gave it a shot and really liked Michael as a person and was on the same page in what type of a Movie he wanted to make.”. As a Canadian, she finds it refreshing that The F Word portrays Toronto as itself. She states, “It’s the first time I’ve filmed here and it was supposed to be Toronto. It was nice not to hide my Canadian accent. I’m proud to be an honourary member of the Cast.”. Park can be seen currently in brand new Series, The Lottery.
Kazan has wowed Critics as both a Writer and an Actress, including 2012 Indie Darling Ruby Sparks which she penned and co-starred in along with Partner Dano. She lights-up the screen with a complex innocence to her in The F Word. Keeping busy much of late in New York starring in the Play When We Were Young and Unafraid, she calls working with Co-Star Radcliffe “a dream come true”. Dressed in a chic piece by New York Dressmaker Honor, she accepts a compliment how smart she has been in her output of work. On whether or not she feels it’s wise for Friends to date, she admits, “It’s better just to move on. Sometimes it’s actually better to be friends than romantically involved!”.
Always impeccably-dressed – we’ve met him a couple occasions now – Radcliffe is gracious in his interviews and when probed by Bloggers about his dating past, he defers with grace. Does he feel Men and Women can just be friends? The once-highest paid Actor in Hollywood replies, “I do, yes. If romantic and sexual attraction comes into it, then it’s a different question. But I think there’s plenty of people in the World who are just friends and it doesn’t go anywhere.”. I ask him about the most fun he had in Toronto since work has brought him to our City on multiple occasions over the past couple years. “I think it’s a great City to work in. The Crew on The F Word was awesome was really fun to hang with off-set as well.”. “One of the best things in the City to do was The Hockey Hall of Fame actually” he remembers. “If you’re not into Hockey you’ll hate it, but if you are into it, you’ll love it!”. We’re guessing he is a Fan of our National Sport?
Check-out some of our Chats with the Cast, Writer and Director of The F Word below:
eOne Films release THE F WORD across Canada on Friday, August 22, 2014.