#TIFF16: DAY 3 SIGHTINGS – ROONEY MARA, OLIVER STONE, ZACHARY QUINTO, LIEV SCHREIBER, NAOMI WATTS, ELISABETH MOSS, MAHERSHALA ALI + MORE
TIFF ’16 officially is in high flight and we aren’t stopping! Around tonight will be the likes of Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp (daughter of Johnny) walking the Red Carpet for PLANETARIUM at Roy Thomson Hall. Down the road also will be real-life couple Naomi Watts and Liam Schreiber walking the Carpet at Princess of Wales Theatre for their Film, THE BLEEDER, set in the Boxing world. French Cinema also was front and center tonight at the annual UniFrance TIFF Bash as heavyweights including the likes of icons Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven came out to to celebrate. Tonight also is the biggest bash in the City, the In Style Magazine Party put-on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and it never is a disappointment!
See some of the names we saw out and about today, but stay tuned throughout the day for more sightings!
Liev Schreiber, THE BLEEDER
Naomi Watts, THE BLEEDER
Rooney Mara, UNA + LION
Dev Patel, LION
Elisabeth Moss, THE BLEEDER
Oliver Stone, SNOWDEN
Zachary Quinto, SNOWDEN
Mahershala Ali, MOONLIGHT
Bingbing Fan, I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY
Joel Edgerton, LOVING
Ruth Negga, LOVING
Ricky Whittle out enjoying TIFF
Kathryn Hahn out enjoying TIFF
Haley Bennett, The Magnificent Seven
Aaron Taylor Johnson, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Michael Shannon, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Uzo Aduba, AMERICAN PASTORAL
Colman Domingo, THE BIRTH OF A NATION
Nate Parker, THE BIRTH OF A NATION
Tom Felton, A UNITED KINGDOM
Nicole Kidman, LION
Pharrell, HIDDEN FIGURES
Octavia Spencer, HIDDEN FIGURES
Taraji P. Henson, HIDDEN FIGURES
Sasha Lane, AMERICAN HONEY
Timothy Spall, DENIAL
Ewan McGregor, AMERICAN PASTORAL
Jeffrey Tambor, TRANSPARENT
Isabelle Huppert + Paul Verhoeven
Jean-Paul Salomé, Isabelle Huppert + Piers Handling
Olivier Assayas + Isabelle Huppert
Karolina Gruszka, MARIE CURRIE, THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE
Kristian Bruun (3-WAY)
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
How do you make a story about the process behind the leaking of documents one that engages and rivets? Oliver Stone does just this, delivering perhaps his greatest work in quite some time in Snowden.
The story still fresh on our minds, Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets deep into the psyche of whistleblower/traitor (however you stand on the matter) Edward Snowden as we witness his rise as a young man within the Central Intelligence Agency, where he learns that the privacy and fundamental rights of Americans are threatened when he is made aware that the big eight telecommunication corporations in the U.S. store and make accessible the activities of Americans to the National Security Agency.
Despite the government denying this, Snowden struggles with himself in a battle between conscience and career before deciding famously to leak several highly-classified documents, which prove exactly what the U.S. government didn’t want the world to know.
Gordon-Levitt is front and center in a masterful performance where from certain angles and in certain frames, we truly feel we are witnessing the real Snowden. The story plays from several angles, looking at his struggle with health, love, the government and also himself and on most levels he nails this portrait of a man both revered and misunderstood.
SNOWDEN screens at TIFF Friday, September 9, 2016 at 9 PM Roy Thomson Hall, Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall and Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 9:45 AM Scotiabank Theatre.
Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
Where does one start with Oliver Stone? The man has made some incredible Films and fortunately hia newest effort, Snowden it falls in this category.
Joseph-Gordon Levitt stars as Edward Snowden the man who single-handedly took down the National Security Agency. Snowden was one of the youngest recruits to the NSA and took it upon himself to make it known through the leaking of highly-classified documents proving the government had access to our communication devices. However, how does Snowden go about his noble feat while protecting himself and the ones he loves, including Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) his girlfriend?
What makes Snowden so facinating is the amount of detail the Film reveals about Snowden’s journey, even if it feels disjointed at times with its non-linear approach. The Film falls flat slightly within the Third Act in what should be Snowden‘s intense escape from prosecution. However the performances from both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley are remarkable.
SNOWDEN screens Friday, September 9, 2016 at 9:30 PM at Roy Thomson Hall and Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM at Roy Thomson Hall.
#SPOTTED: STARS AT “THE GREAT GATSBY” ADVANCE SCREENING IN NEW YORK CITY
Just landed in New York City earlier today and what a night it’s been! And the Met Gala festivities haven’t even begun! I stumbled upon an Advance Screening for The Great Gatsby, held at the Museum of Modern Art and after sticking around for a bit, the Stars just poured out of the Venue unlike anything I’ve ever seen!
A merging of Fashion and Film Worlds collided tonight including the likes of: Vera Wang, Emma Roberts, Michael Shannon, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ezra Miller, Kylie Minogue, Aubrey Plaza, David Schwimmer, Dane DeHaan, Anna Wood, John Leguizamo, Meg Hilty, Piper Perabo, Oliver Stone, Katy Perry, Solange Knowles and of course Star Carey Mulligan. Unreal.
Stay tuned for more Stars as I capture Stars of the Met Gala tomorrow night. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)