By Mr. Will Wong
Based on true events, Hulu Series THE GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE dramatizes the events leading to Michelle Carter’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter of boyfriend Conrad Roy. The Screenplay by Liz Hannah and Patrick Macmanus is inspired by the Esquire article of the same name by Jesse Barron. The then-18-year-old had been struggling with his mental health and commit suicide in 2014 after it was learned that Carter had encouraged him to do so.
In the lead role is the talented Elle Fanning as Carter and the eight-episode Series introduces us to her reacting to news of Roy‘s (Colton Ryan) death. She overreacts, as if to mask her guilt, and is eager to make it known that she is grieving whether it be to her own parents, or Roy‘s mother Lynn (Chloë Sevigny), whom had never met nor heard of Carter through her son. The two maintained a relationship via their phones, only having met in-person a few times. We get a glimpse of Roy, who is seeking professional help and move our way backwards as we understand Carter and Roy‘s connection and how it leads to ill-fated consequences.
Over-compensating and hyper-concerned about her perception, Fanning taps into Carter‘s desire for sympathy and need for others to know how much she loved Roy. One chilling scene in the first episode has her reciting verbatim a scene from “Glee” where Lea Michele‘s Rachel is paying tribute to Finn (Cory Monteith), deeply-haunting. The Series sets this all up perfectly for us to want to unravel the-troubling relationship between Carter and Roy and its consequences. In addition to some fine work from Fanning, Sevigny also disappears completely into Roy’s mother as she navigates her grief and her life intersecting with the young woman responsible for her son’s death.
The Series will be available in Canada on W Network and also STACKTV on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 9 PM ET/PT. It screens at SXSW ’22 as follows:
Mar 12, 202212:00pm—12:48pm
Mar 13, 9:00am CDT – Mar 15, 9:00am CDT 9:00am—9:48am
Premiering at SXSW as part of their Episodic lineup, here is a first look at THE GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE starring Elle Fanning. The Series will be available in Canada on W Network and also STACKTV on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 9 PM ET/PT.
The Girl From Plainville is inspired by the true story of Michelle Carter’s unprecedented “texting-suicide” case. Based on the Esquire article of the same name by Jesse Barron, the limited series explores Carter’s relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events that led to his death and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter. The series stars Elle Fanning as Michelle Carter, Chloë Sevigny as Lynn Roy, Colton Ryan as Conrad ‘Coco’ Roy III, Cara Buono as Gail Carter, Kai Lennox as David Carter, and Norbert Leo Butz as Conrad ‘Co’ Roy II. From UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, the limited series is written and executive produced by co-showrunners Liz Hannah ( The Post,The Dropout, Mindhunter) and Patrick Macmanus ( Dr. Death), and also executive produced by Fanning and Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward. Consulting producers include Barron and Erin Lee Carr ( I Love You, Now Die). Kelly Funke oversees for Macmanus’ Littleton Road Productions.
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Check-out this brand-new Trailer for ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith!
Based on the internationally bestselling novel by Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places tells the story of Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they come together, discovering that even the smallest places and moments can mean something. This compelling drama provides a refreshing and human take on the experience of mental illness, its impact on relationships, as well as the beauty and lasting impact of young love.
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES streams Friday, February 28, 2020.
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Walt Disney Studios Canada x Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to win Advance Passes to see Disney’s MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL as follows:
Toronto: October 16th, 7pm, at Yonge + Dundas Theatre
Vancouver is: Oct. 16th at 7pm, Scotiabank Vancouver
Montreal: Oct.16th at 7pm, English – Forum, French – Starcite Montreal
Calgary: Oct 16th at 7pm, Scotiabank Chinook
Edmonton: Oct 16th at 7pm, South Edmonton Theatre
The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family.
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Disney’s MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL is in theatres, Thursday, October 17, 2019.
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Following the international success of 2014’s Maleficent comes the long-awaited followup, MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL!
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, the film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Michael Vieira serving as executive producers.
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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada release MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Friday, October 18, 2019.
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Revjew by Amanda Gilmore for Mr. Will Wong
When Violet (Elle Fanning) hears about an international singing competition that’s holding auditions in her hometown, Isle of Wright, she takes it as her ticket to escape from her family life and the small town. Teen Spirit is actor Max Minghella’s first Feature and will have its World Premiere at TIFF in the Special Presentations Programme.
Fanning gives an energetic and powerful performance as the ever blooming Violet, and is able to showcase yet another one of her talents — her beautiful singing voice. This Film is an ambitious first Feature for Minghella and shows he’s not only has talented in front of the camera, but also behind. And pit together one killer Soundtrack.
Teen Spirit screens at TIFF on Friday, September 7 at 2:30 PM at Ryerson Theatre, Sunday, September 9 at 7:30 PM at Scotiabank 1, and Saturday, September 15 at 9:15 PM at Ryerson Theatre.
Review by Amanda Gilmore for Mr. Will Wong
I Think We’re Alone Now takes place after the apocalypse and follows recluse Del (Peter Dinklage) who believes he was the only survivor, until fiery Grace (Elle Fanning) bursts into his hometown.
Director Reed Morano crafts a captivating and character driven atmospheric survival tale. Morano’s use of setting to introduce her characters personality adds gives a special touch to this beautiful story. Dinklage is great as the man whose happier to be alone but has a change of heart when Grace comes along. And Fanning is spellbinding as the mysterious Grace whonis full of life. When they come together their chemistry is magnetic. Top that off with a shocking twist and this is an exceptional end-of-the-world Film.
I Think We’re Alone Now screens at Sundance on Jan. 21 at 12:15PM at Eccles PC, Jan. 22 at 9:30PM at Redstone 1 PC, Jan. 23 at 9:30PM at Rose Wagner SLC, Jan. 24 at 9:30AM at The Ray PC, and Jan. 26 at 11:45AM at The MARC PC.
Review by Siobhán Rich for Mr. Will Wong
Many people credit the birth of horror to the book Frankenstein. What is often forgotten, however, is the Author of that genre-defining Book: Mary Shelley. In this eponymously-titled Movie, modern audiences are given a brief look into the life of this important literary figure.
When Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) meets Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth) she has no idea the poet she has fallen in with is married, and by the time she does it is too late. Defying her father, she leaves with her lover in the middle of the night with only her beloved stepsister Claire (Claire Clairmont) by her side. The three live in poverty off Shelley’s earnings as a writer. A chance meeting with Lord John Byron (Tom Sturridge drowning in guyliner) eventually bring the trio to Geneva where Mary is inspired to write her first Book.
The formation of the ideas behind Frankenstein evolve on-screen in predictable fashion but the eventual discussion of the book in the Third Act will permanently alter how you see the doctor and his monster. Despite the rather florid dialogue, Saudi Arabian Filmmaker Haiffa Al-Mansour’s big budget debut is a solid Film. Led by Fanning, the strong cast makes Mary Shelley a must-see during the Festival.
Search Engine Pictures will screen Mary Shelley at the following times:
Saturday, September 09 6:30 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall
Sunday, September 10 1:30 p.m. Scotiabank Cinemas 2
Universal Pictures Canada x Mr. Will want to give Readers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver a chance to see Sofia Coppola‘s THE BEGUILED on Monday, June 26, 2017.
World-premiering at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival. “The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.
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Universal Pictures Canada release THE BEGUILED Friday, June 30, 2017.
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Fresh off its two Golden Globe nominations this morning for Best Actress, Comedy and Best Picture, Comedy or Musical, Elevation Pictures x Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to see 20th CENTURY WOMEN. Screenings take place as follows:
Toronto – Jan. 9th, 2017, 7PM
Cineplex Yonge-Dundas (10 Dundas St E #402, Toronto, ON M5B 2G9)
Vancouver – Jan 9th, 2017, 7PM
International Village (88 West Pender Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9)
Edmonton – Jan 11th, 2017, 7PM
Scotiabank Edmonton (West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 St NW #3030, Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2)
Calgary – Jan 11th, 2017, 7PM
Eau Claire (Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW #200, Calgary, AB T2P 4R5)
Winnipeg – Jan 11th, 2017, 7PM
Cineplex McGillvray (2190 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1S6)
Halifax – Jan 11th, 2017, 7PM
Park Lane (5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 3R4)
Ottawa – Jan 20th, 2017, 6:50PM
ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5Y4)
Starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup, 20th CENTURY WOMEN is about three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California in the late 1970s.
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