Honey Boy is the impressive screenwriting debut of Shia LaBeouf and is an autobiographical depiction of his relationship as a child actor with his emotionally and physically-abusive, alcoholic father.
This is an emotionally-driven film that features enormously-powerful, layered performances from its three leads. First and most memorable is LaBeouf in the role as his own father. He throws himself into this portrayal even further than his prior work making this standout. Then there is Noah Jupe, who plays LaBeouf as a 12-year-old child actor. Jupe’s performance is truly heartbreaking and his scenes with LeBeouf are raw. Finally, there is Lucas Hedges as LaBeouf in his 20s. Hedges becomes the PTSD effected Shia during his stay at a court-ordered rehab. There is no trace of Hedges because he captures LaBeouf stance, walk and voice inflections.
Honey Boy screens at Sundance on Jan 25 at 3:30PM AT Eccels PC, Jan 26 at 12:15PM at Grand SLC and 10PM at Redstone 2, Jan 27 at 9:15PM at Ray PC, and Feb 2 at 11:30AM at The MARC PC.
It was a star-studded second day at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and our Amanda Gilmore was out and about capturing all the excitement in between her screenings.
She tells us TROOP ZERO is the one to look out for next Awards Season as the feel-good Film produced by and starring Viola Davis premiered to rousing reception. Check out her Review here.
She also saw the Adaptation of popular Richard Wright Novel, NATIVE SON which sees Best Picture-winning Moonlight star Ashton Sanders back in the spotlight again. Her thoughts on the Film here.
Real-life couple Director Bart Freundlich and Oscar winner Julianne Moore team-up on a Remake of Danish film AFTER THE WEDDING, which also stars Michelle Williams. Amanda‘s review here.
Throughout the day there were second screenings from films that premiered last night and into the afternoon and evening their were new premieres to come. One of those premieres was Shia LaBeouf’s screenwriting debut Film, which is semi-autobiographical, Honey Boy. When the Film finished, there was a strong applause and since then it has been on our radar. Another Film that premiered tonight was Screenwriter and Actor Mindy Kaling’s Late Night. This Film follows a female Late Night Talk Show Host, which is definitely something topical right now. It is one of the hardest tickets to get at this year’s Festival. Kaling has been a steady force within the industry since her days on The Office. Now IMDb has given Kaling the STARMeterAward today.
Out on Main Street, many stars were found walking, doing press and hitting some parties. Some people spotted today were Mindy Kaling, Nick Robinson, Julianne Moore, Jada Pinkett Smith, Malin Åckerman, Billy Crudup and more.
A majority of these actors opted to walk down the street to each of their interviews rather than taking a vehicle. And a lot of them took their time to stop for fans on the street even though a lot were running around to their next interviews.
Tonight also was the Sundance KickoffParty that we were lucky enough to attend. The atmosphere was filled with high energy and conversations about the best films viewed so far. After overhearing conversations it is clear that many people loved Troop Zero, while others had a lot to say about Documentaries.
Check-out some of the awesome star sightings by Amanda in and around the hub of the Festival:
Ashton Sanders, Native Son
Sanaa Lathan, Native Son
Jada Pinkett Smith, Hala
Mindy Kaling, Late Night
Nick Robinson, Native Son
Malin Åkerman, To the Stars
Amy Ryan, Late Night
Abby Quinn, After the Wedding
Liana Liberato, To the Stars
There is still a lot of Festival left! Tomorrow Zac Efron will be in town to premiere his TedBundy Biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which just dropped its Trailer today. There is a lot of hype surrounding it so far at Sundance. There will be some star power hitting the Midnight Programme tomorrow night with Dakota Johnson and ArmieHammer’s new film Wounds. It is sure to be a day full of excitement and we look forward to bringing you all the latest, so stay tuned.
Opening Night Gala at TIFF ’17 is Tennis Drama BORG/McENROE. While its star Shia LaBeouf often is known for trouble in the news, he was all a gentleman for fans waiting for him at the Film’s Press Conference, walking the line signing autographs and doing photos-with. While it rained on his way out, he insisted on walking umbrella-free despite a Handler trying to keep him covered.
Later in the day, we spotted his iconic Co-Star Stellan Skarsgård, father of Alexander and Bill, the latter destined for Box Office glory starring in Stephen King’s IT this weekend. Opting to slip early out of his Premiere, he stopped for a quick Photo before heading out for a bite.
Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet are gaining huge Oscars momentum with their latest, an Adaptation of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by Director Luca Guadadigno (A Bigger Splash, I Am Love). The Trio walked the Red Carpet tonight for the Film at Ryerson Theatre and were amazing, causing quite a commotion!
It’s not every day we see Eminem in Toronto and today was supposed to be our lucky day! The Actor/Rapper produces BODIED from Music Video Auteur Joseph Kahn and was slated to appear at its Premiere at Ryerson tonight but cancelled late.
After winning the Jury Prize in Cannes earlier this year and premiering at TIFF ’16, this is your chance to attend an Advance Screening of AMERICAN HONEY. Screenings take place in Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg the following dates:
Toronto – Oct. 12th, 2016, 7:30PM
Yonge & Dundas (10 Dundas St E #402, Toronto, ON M5B 2G9)
Winnipeg – October 12th, 2016, 7PM
Grant Park (1120 Grant Ave Unit 127, Winnipeg, MB R3M 2A6)
Ottawa– October 12th, 2016, 7:30PM
Scotiabank Ottawa (2385 City Park Dr, Gloucester, ON K1J 1G1)
Synopsis: Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl from a troubled home runs away with a travelling sales crew that drives across the American mid-west selling Magazine subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard partying, law-bending and young love.
It wouldn’t be TIFF if it weren’t divisive, right? Andrea Arnold’s American Honey should play well to the Arthouse-craving Festival crowd, although we’re unsure how the mainstream might perceive it.
American Honey starts off by introducing us to our main character Star (Sasha Lane) and how fed-up she is with the daily grind. Whether that be her abusive and less than caring boyfriend or it be her sister’s children that she took upon herself to watch, there are things that she just wants to escape. Fast-forward a few days where Star, her niece and nephew are searching for food inside the local K-Mart and she meets Jake (Shia LaBeouf).Jake teases Star by trying to get her to join his band of misfits who sell magazines across the country. Star sees this as an opportunity to create a name for herself and she decidedly goes for it.
Both Lane and LaBeouf give incredible performances here. American Honey‘s main flaw is that the Movie itself never really gives enough insight to why Star continues down her path in order to keep us invested at two hours and forty-five minutes.
AMERICAN HONEY screens at TIFFSunday, September 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM at Ryerson Theatre and again on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 9 PM at Scotiabank Theatre.
Running from April 28 – May 8, 2016, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has become a public staple annually. Hot Docs boasts over 200 Films this year from all around the world and over 200k are expected to attend.
We’d love to give away tickets to some of the Festival’s more high-profile Films and there is a Hollywood tie-in even! We have passes available for the following:
A brilliant piece on the infamous, iconoclast Hollywood director Brian De Palma, who is the man behind Carrie, Scarface and the original Mission: Impossible.
May 2, 6:15PM
Isabel Bader Theatre
A stunning art-film on love and heartbreak produced by Shia LaBeouf.
May 4, 9:00PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox
A moving documentary on transgender men finding the right fit in a Brooklyn suit shop produced by the lovely Lena Dunham.
TIFF ’15 is starting to wind its way down and although the star power might not be where it was this past weekend, there still is plenty to be excited about. Today we caught-up with the casts of Man Down, Room and Anomalisa.
David Thewlis. The English actor gained much popularity with a younger generation for his work on the Harry Potter franchise as Remus Lupin. He is at TIFF ’15 with Anomalisa, a stop-motion animated feature directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. The Film won a Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival recently.
Brie Larson. This talented young actress this past weekend at TIFF ’15 was honoured with the IMDB Star Meter Award, normally given to an actor who shows a lot of promise and buzz. She is garnering tons of acclaim for her breakout role in Room. We loved her Red Carpet look tonight and are even thrilled after many tries, finally getting that Selfie moment with her!
What would you do if Brad Pitt walked into your local Movie Theatre to introduce your Screening? Fans in New York who attended a Screening of upcoming World War II Drama FURY Tuesday night got exactly that!
Watch the Fandemonium inside the theatre at AMC LOEWS Lincoln Square as Cast Members Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Joe Bernthal came out to introduce the Screening! The Fans had the distinction of being the first Audience in the World to see the Film.
See the Footage below:
How is one to react even?!
And did you see Logan Lerman‘s most epic Selfie, taken moments just before the Cast hopped on-stage?
April, 1945. During the last months of WWII, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) takes command of a five-man team who pilot a Sherman tank named Fury on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, they have to defeat all odds in an attempt to strike down Nazi Germany.
We’ve waited a long time to see this!
Sony Pictures Canada release FURY on Friday, October 17, 2014.
Fans of 2012’s END OF WATCH and TRAINING DAY likely will love FURY, the latest from Screenwriter/Director David Ayer. The WWII Action-Drama marks Brad Pitt‘s long-awaited return to the big screen! Shia LaBeouf and brilliant Logan Lerman, whom we loved in The Perks of Being a Wallflower also star. Hotly-buzzed Scott Eastwood, son of Clint also graces the screen.
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
See the Trailer below:
Sony Pictures release FURY on Friday, October 17, 2014.
One of the most controversial and daring Films of 2014 certainly is Lars Von Trier‘s NYMPHOMANIAC and now is your chance to own a copy of the fast-selling DVD!
Recounting the erotic journey of self-diagnosed Nymphomaniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). After being rescued by a stranger following a beating in an abandoned alley, Joe shares her unlikely stories with her charming savior.
NYMPHOMANIAC stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Sophie Kenney Clark, Connie Nielsen, Udo Kier, Jens Albinus and Nicolas Bro.
Watch the Trailer:
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Mongrel Media releases NYMPHOMANIAC on DVD, Blu-ray (also available on iTunes, Digital & Video-On-Demand) Tuesday, July 8, 2014.