Following its rousing reception at TIFF ’18,Universal Pictures x Mr. Will want to give Readers in Toronto, Vancouver + Montreal a chance to attend an Advance Screening of Joel Edgerton‘s BOY ERASED. Screenings take place Thursday, November 1, 2018.
“Boy Erased” tells the story of Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
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Universal Pictures Canada release BOY ERASEDFriday, November 9, 2018.
Boy Erased follows Jared (Lucas Hedges) who is a son of a Baptist Pastor (Russell Crowe) in a small town. When Jared gets ousted to his parents his father tells him he can either attend a gay Conversion Therapy Program or be exiled from their family. Boy Erased is the second Feature for Actor-Director JoelEdgerton and will have its World Premiere TIFF ‘18 in the Special Presentations Programme.
Lucas Hedges lands a career-defining role as Jared as he displays a wide range of emotion in his often subtle performance. Nicole Kidman, who plays Jared’s mother, gives a complex and perfect performance. With Boy Erased, it is obvious that Edgerton has clear vision and message when he makes his Films, and we need more of them.
Boy Erased screens Tuesday, September 11 at 9 PM at Princess Of Wales, Wednesday, September 12 at 2:30 PM at Princess Of Wales and Saturday, September 15 at 12 PM at Roy Thompson Hall.
Not a dry eye in the house. See the new Trailer for BOY ERASED starring Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea, Lady Bird), Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. Joel Edgerton directs.
Synopsis: Jared (Lucas Hedges) is the teenage son of a Baptist minister (Russell Crowe) in a small American town. Although his mother (Nicole Kidman) loves him unconditionally, his father tells Jared he’ll have to disown him when the teen admits he’s attracted to men.
His mother takes him to a church-run gay conversion program, where they teach the patients that no one is born a homosexual, that it’s a choice. He’s told that God will not love him the way that he is. However, Jared has a hard time trying to wrap his head around these ideas.
See the Trailer:
Universal Pictures Canada release BOY ERASEDFriday, November 2, 2018.
This actually looks amazing. This new Trailer for Spy-Action-Thriller RED SPARROW sees Jennifer Lawrence reuniting with The Hunger Games Director Francis Lawrence.
Young Russian “Sparrow” Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a spy and trained seductress. She is assigned to a first-tour CIA agent (Joel Edgerton) who handles the organization’s most important Russian mole. But when Dominika meets the agent and sees past her mission, she begins to fall for him and suddenly considers becoming a double agent in order to act on her passion. Their lives are put in jeopardy, and consequently their affair puts others in danger as well.
See the Trailer:
20th Century Fox Canada release RED SPARROW Friday, March 9, 2018.
A new Trailer has surfaced for this Holiday’s must-see Action Flick BRIGHT teaming again Director David Ayer and Will Smith after their smashing success with Suicide Squad.
Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.
The Netflix film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi.
See the Trailer:
Netflix Canada release BRIGHTFriday, December 22, 2017. It will play also in select theatres.
levelFILM + Mr. Will want to take Readers in Toronto to an Advance Screening of EDGE OF WINTER, filmed right here in Canada! The screening takes place Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
EDGE OF WINTER stars Tom Holland, (Captain America: Civil War), Joel Kinnaman, (Suicide Squad, House of Cards),Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight) and Rossif Sutherland (River, Hyena Road).
Although we’re at the half-way mark at TIFF ’15, we’re nowhere near done! The Town is set to be electrified at Princess of Wales Theatre as the eagerly-awaited Premiere for BLACK MASS shuts down a portion of Entertainment District with Johnny Depp making his way to the Red Carpet.
See some of the stars we spotted today!
Kevin Bacon. The veteran actor was amazing today at the Press Conference for Black Mass, quite literally stopping for every single Fan in-waiting. There’s a reason why he’s adored and we saw it today.
Dakota Johnson already has been catapulted to stardom in a big way starring in the Film Adaptations of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, but Black Mass is what will solidify her standing as a serious Actress. She was wonderful today stopping for Fans. A huge Fan of hers, I even slipped myself in for a Selfie amidst the commotion!
And of course, who doesn’t love Johnny Depp? After a late arrival, he delivered his promised and went around the lined circle of Friends, stopping for Autographs as security cautiously tossed any clipboards thrust towards his face. The cheers were deafening for the King of Cinema and the reviews are fantastic for his performance as gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.
Joan Allen is fantastic in Thriller, ROOM which premieres Tuesday night TIFF ’15. Here she is at a Press Conference earlier for the Film. Film star Brie Larson unfortunately has been v. private this entire trip not interacting at all with fans. What gives?
AP McCoy. The 20-time champion jockey in the UK, made a rare appearance here in Toronto for the first-ever screening of his BBC Documentary, Being AP. He revealed that he made the Documentary for his two-year-old son who will never know him as a jockey following his retirement earlier this year.
D Films + Mr. Will want to take Readers to see an Advance Screening of THE GIFT! All screenings take place in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Halifax on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?
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D Films release THE GIFT on Friday, August 5, 2015.
I arrive extremely early for my One-on-One with Baz Luhrmann, sitting at the Hospitality Suite with plenty of time to spare. You see, Toronto has a horrible issue with Punctuality and I am convinced that I am one of the reasons why. The bottomless Coffee makes me even more anxious than I already am. I nibble on some v. sharp cheese, but really am not hungry due to nerves. Ever since being invited earlier this week to interview the visionary Filmmaker, excitement and distraction had preoccupied much of my headspace. The thing is, I legitimately am a huge Fan of Luhrmann and quite literally I had to touch my neck to see if it still was sore (as has been the case for weeks) in search of evidence that I wasn’t dreaming after receiving the invitation. I’d close the e-mail, open it again repeatedly to ensure it wouldn’t disappear on me like a cruel prank, as if almost expecting that sobering “XX would like to recall this message” notification. It never came, thankfully.
Few Directors consistently have affected me viscerally as Luhrmann. His Films are a Spectacle – an Escape if you will – taking us away to a place where Love is magical, splendorous and truly romantic. His distinct sense of Tragic Romance almost has come define him, hence there could be no other as fitting as he to helm an Adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s bittersweet Classic, The Great Gatsby.
Luhrmann walks into the room as I sit there fidgeting with my pencil – double, triple, quadruple-checking to ensure my questions were of a standard fit for the Man from whom the likes of Claire Danes, Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio have taken direction. He is lovely Man, indeed. His hair a bit grayer than I’d seen in photos – not at all as imposing as I’d imagined for someone with such grand, extravagant vision; his demeanour personable. I felt right at ease, feeling rather foolish for all the hoo-ha I’d conjured in my mind. “I’ll just sit right here on the couch and you can direct me”, he says with a smile. Was he kidding me? The Man responsible for Films like Moulin Rouge, Australia and Romeo + Juliet telling me to direct him?
I asked Luhrmann the question on many of our minds after we so cruelly were made to endure a prolonged wait for The Great Gatsby‘s release, originally slated for December. Some cited Studio Conflict, while some cited Funding issues. Setting the record straight, he explains “We got rained-out five times – it wasn’t just once or twice. It put us into the following year. We had to shut down just because of the rain.”. After also being struck in the head by a crane during production, which resulted in stitches, he comes to the realization, “Now if there was no rain, it would’ve been the first time in my life I was on-time because we were very prepared in what we were doing.”.
Two ever-prevalent themes in Luhrmann‘s Films – particularly his Red Curtain Trilogy and consistently so again in The Great Gatsby – are Romance and Tragedy. “I keep saying to myself how I end up doing these things. If you look at any creative person – I suppose I’m old enough now to say ‘I am creative’, really we all do the same things over and over in different ways and different flavours”, he tells me. “Puccini basically does a lot of Tragic Romances. Shakespeare changes the genres but he always has some idea of Love or Anti-Love… I guess I’m some sort of Romantic. I suppose I have to say ‘yes’ to that now.”.
One key line in The Great Gatsby has Nick Caraway (Tobey Maguire) telling Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), “The past cannot be repeated”. Reliving the past becomes somewhat of a fixation for Gatsby in his limitless ambition to win back the love of his life in Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), who so happens to be married to Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) after he goes off to war, coming back re-incarnated as a wealthy, dashing Playboy. I am curious whether or not repeating the past – a largely successful one I might add – is something of which Luhrmann is conscious. “I always think this is it. This is the last Movie I’m making… I may just go into Architecture or Diving”, he says perhaps half-joking. “I think I’ve gone through the Catharsis of Gatsby. I think I’ve gone into this period where I actually am who I am – that I sorta am stuck being this Guy making those Movies.”. “I want to do it now so that it enriches life and that it’s a Circle – the give and take is there.”.
Several are excited about DiCaprio‘s Gatsby Reunion with Luhrmann, last having worked together over 17 years ago on Romeo + Juliet, but the name on everybody’s lips is Elizabeth Debicki – an unknown entity in an Ensemble of familiarity, winning the Plum Role of observant and gossipy Jordan Baker. “This is the first Movie she’s ever done – she was in Drama School. My Casting Director Ronna Kress and I heard about Elizabeth – this Girl who’s so tall and gorgeous – she’s a bit like Cate Blanchett meets Nicole (Kidman). I flew her to Los Angeles and she was such a strong choice.”. As numerical proof to what a role in a Baz Luhrmann Film can do for one’s Career, he notes, “They put a picture of her on the Website the other day… and within an hour there were 150,000 hits. She’s making an impression.”. On Mulligan, he has nothing but praise for her stating, “She’s just absolutely lovely inside and out!”.
In a Career which already has seen its share of pinnacles, one must wonder just what Luhrmann considers a success. He replies, “That it pays its bill, first of all. People come up to me and they go, ‘I bet you’re sick of hearing this’ – and they can be entirely mature Human Beings – or ‘You probably don’t want to hear this but I just loved blah blah blah‘ and I just go, ‘Are you kidding me?’.”. Luhrmann adds, “My Movies don’t get banged-out once a year. I make them every five or ten years, so if one person goes ‘Gee, that did something for my life, that was beautiful…’, he pauses. “That sorta stuff that will be good enough for me.”.
Enjoy my Interview in full with Baz Luhrmann below:
Fans have every reason to be excited about The Great Gatsby and after having witnessed its magic in 3D, I eagerly am awaiting another go at it. Warner Bros. releases on Friday, May 10, 2013.
Luhrmann was amazingly gracious to sign a Photo for my Readers and one of you will be lucky enough to own it! Simply click “like” on this Post at Mr. Will Wong on Facebook before June 1, 2013. Double your chances by sharing this Post on Facebook with your Friends!
Tell me, who isn’t excited for The Great Gatsby 3-D? These scintillating new Art Deco-inspired Posters have just been released and as usual, this Baz Luhrmann Film looks to delight visually.
See the Posters below:
Watch the brand Trailer in full below featuring Music from the Jay-Z-produced Soundtrack:
And yes, that was Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey and Florence + The Machine you heard.
Tracklisting as follows:
100$ Bill – Jay-Z Back to Black – Beyoncé and André 3000 Bang Bang – will.i.am A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey Love Is the Drug – Bryan Ferry with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra Over the Love – Florence + The Machine Where the Wind Blows – Coco O. of Quadron Crazy in Love – Emeli Sandé and the Bryan Ferry Orchestra Together – The xx Hearts a Mess – Gotye Love Is Blindness – Jack White Into the Past – Nero Kill and Run – Sia
Warner Bros. releases The Great Gatsby 3-D on Friday, May 10, 2013, preceeded by the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.