It’s officially TIFF ’19 and what a day it’s been. We’ve been up and on our feet having a blast. See what we were up to!
A highlight every year is attending NKPR’s IT Lounge, which also is brought to us by the Producer’s Ball. Tons of amazing goodies which will be enjoyed by several stars TIFF ’19 and this is where Rolling Stone Magazine portraits will be shot during the Festival.
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VVS Films x Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to win Advance Passes to see the riveting HOTEL MUMBAI in Toronto and Vancouver on March 29, 2019.
On November 26, 2008, Arjun (Dev Patel) leaves his wife and child as he makes his way to Mumbai, where he works at the majestic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Soon after, the Indian city is rocked by a wave of devastating terror attacks, throwing the bustling metropolis into chaos.
In the heart of the city’s tourist district, Jihadist terrorists are responsible for multiple bombings as armed gunmen make their way through the city, destroying everything in sight and shooting down innocent people. They force their way into the prestigious Mumbai hotel, where up to 1,000 guests and 500 staff members are taken hostage.
With local police unprepared for such a threat, the only hope the hostages have is in themselves. They must work together to escape the terrorists, and survive a desperate struggle for their lives.
Hotel Mumbai depicts the terrorist attack that happened at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai in 2008, and the victims and survivors of that attack. This is the feature directorial debut for Anthony Maras and it will have its World Premiere at TIFF ’18.
The Film has an impressive ensemble cast consisting of Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi to name a few. Then there is the skillful Director from Maras who brings an equal amount of love and hate to the Film. There are tender scenes are love and devotion between family, friends, co-workers and even strangers. Then there are the violent and often hard-to-watch moments of terror.
Hotel Mumbai screens on Friday, September 7 at 6 PM at Princess Of Wales, Sunday, September 9 at 9:45 PM and 10 PM at Scotiabank, and Saturday,September 15 at 9:30 PM at Winter Garden Theatre.
Hotel Mumbai had its Press Conference at the TIFF Bell Lightbox today. The Film depicts the terrorist attack that happened in Mumbai in 2008 and follows the victims and those who survived. Actors Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Jason Isaacs, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Anupam Kher were on hand along with Director Anthony Maras to talk about the film.
When asked about what the actors think the main takeaway from the Film is they all concluded that it was the message of inclusivity. Jason Issacs said “we are told we are divided by race and so on…but when the extential threat happens, the divides don’t exist.”.
Armie Hammer continued on with the theme of people coming together no matter how different they are. He also spoke to how the men who carried out the attack weren’t two dimensional in the Film, which was something that drew in to the Film. “The Script was dripping with humanity,” he said.
Hotel Mumbai screens at TIFF on Friday, September 7 at 6 PM at Princess Of Wales Theatre, Sunday, September 9 at 10 PM at Scotiabank 1 and Saturday, September 15 at 9:30 PM at Winter Garden Theatre.
Day two of TIFF ’18 has gone exceedingly-well and we’re happy to deliver you some of that starpower we witnessed around the City! While stars of breakout hit CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, were busy promoting their latest projects around town, one thing’s clear – fans still very much are in love with these two actors. Everywhere I went, new faces were asking where they could find Chalamet, walking around proudly displaying their memorabilia from the Film.
While we caught wind of BEAUTIFUL BOY stars Steve Carell and quietly entering and exiting their hotel, followed by a dinner at Sotto Sotto Thursday night, they were out in full force today and we’re thrilled to have snapped them, taking-in that adoration and excitement for the Drama based on a true story and memoirs from a father and son who went through the rigors of addiction and rose above. Fans not only queued hours on the Red Carpets at the Elgin and Roy Thomson Hall to see them, they also waited at the back of the theatre for a chance to see them exit too.
We once again were blessed by Queen Julia Roberts‘ presence this year, promoting not one but two projects – a new Amazon Series titled HOMECOMING and her latest Film, BEN IS BACK which is said to place her in prime contention for an Oscar as a mother who must stop her family from falling into shambles after her son (Lucas Hedges) resurfaces and she realizes he’s still in harm’s way. Fans queued hours to see her at Ryerson Theatre and got exactly what they asked for as she graced the Red Carpet, signing several autographs.
We still remember fondly the last time Dev Patel was at TIFF with LION and we loved that Film so much. Excitement is just as high for his two TIFF ’18 Films, HOTEL MUMBAI and THE WEDDING GUEST. We spotted his MUMBAI Co-Stars Armie Hammer and JasonIsaacs out too!
DONNYBROOK premiered at Winter Garden Theatre tonight and stars Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell and up-and-comer Margaret Qualley (daughter of Andie McDowell). It centers on two men from very different worlds, competing in a bare-knuckle brawl.
Others we spotted around town, including Jude Law at TIFF ’18 for VOX LUX, which saw Natalie Portman arriving a bit late for, plus legend Danny Glover, who is at the Festival with The Old Man & The Gun, plus up-and-comer RJ Cyler (Power Rangers):
We were up and at ’em early and so honoured to appear on Breakfast Television with Winston Sih! In case you missed it, you can watch it again here:
eOne Films x Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to see acclaimed Drama, LION. Screenings take place in the following:
Vancouver – Wednesday December 14th – 7:00 PM at Fifth Avenue
Calgary – Wednesday December 14th – 7:00 PM at Eau Claire
Edmonton – Wednesday December 14th – 7:00 PM at South Edmonton
Winnipeg – Wednesday December 14th – 7:00 PM at Landmark Grant Park
Halifax – Wednesday December 14th – 7:00 PM at Park Lane
Victoria – Wednesday December 14th – 7:00 PM at Silvercity Victoria
A five-year-old Indian boy, Saroo, lives with his single mother and siblings in poverty. He and his brothers often beg for food and money at the train station. When his older brother, Guddu, tells Saroo that he’s going to take the train to another city, Saroo asks if he can come. Guddu agrees and when they reach their destination, he tells Saroo to wait for him on the platform.
When Guddu doesn’t come back, Saroo hops on another train in search of his brother and winds up many miles away from his home. The little boy is unable to tell the police exactly where he’s from and is eventually declared an abandoned child. He winds up at the Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption, where he’s soon adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham).
Saroo grows up as a typical Australian boy, learning English and eventually forgetting his native tongue, Hindi. Meanwhile, his mother endlessly searches for her son.
Premiering at TIFF ’16, a brand new Trailer has just surfaced for what looks like an emotional ride, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Just two days left of TIFF ’15, it’s only midday and we’re shocked how many stars still are milling about doing press. See who we’ve spotted this afternoon!
Keith Richards.The Rolling Stones rock legend made a spirited entrance at his Press Conference for Documentary Underthe Influence, drawing lots of cheers. He’s got a jam-packed day with his Premiere tailgating the conference!
Jeremy Irons always has been a goal of ours to meet and today he was kind to do a roll down of his window for Photos. Note, the legend doesn’t do Selfies, so he made a bit of an exception. He also is here for The Man Who Knew Infinity.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Canada and Mr. Will want to give Canadian Readers a chance to win a copy of Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPIE, starring Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman, on DVD!
In the near future, the streets are patrolled by police robots. One such robot is captured and reprogrammed to be the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. Named Chappie, his programmer Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) tries to teach the childlike robot about books and art.
However, Australian engineer Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) is very opposed to the idea of artificial intelligence and wants to destroy Chappie.
See the Trailer:
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Canada release CHAPPIE on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
(Photo/video credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Canada)