Trumbo

LINEUP: Toronto International Film Festival 2015

by Arthur Vandelay on July 29, 2015

NE1X91StsfTQ4a_1_bThe lineup for TIFF 2015 has been announced! Opening the fest will be Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée’s film Demolition. Toronto will also feature the world premiere of Jay Roach’s Trumbo, the New Orleans-shot film that stars Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston as the titular writer, who was famously blacklisted for refusing to out communists in Hollywood in 1947. Trumbo was himself a member of the Communist Party.

OPENING NIGHT
Demolition, Jean-Marc Vallée, USA (World Premiere)

In Demolition, a successful investment banker, Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two strangers form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

GALAS
Beeba Boys, Deepa Mehta, Canada (World Premiere)

An adrenaline-charged violent Indo-Canadian gang war mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine, and betrayal. Gang boss Jeet Johar and his loyal, young crew are audaciously taking over the Vancouver drug and arms scene from an old-style crime syndicate. Hearts are broken and family bonds shattered when the Beeba Boys (known as the “nice boys”) do anything “to be seen and to be feared” — in a white world.

The Dressmaker, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia (World Premiere)

Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. After many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly Dunnage, a beautiful and talented misfit, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly, and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy, but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, Tilly sets out to right the wrongs of the past and transforms the women of the town but encounters unexpected romance along the way. Starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving.

Eye in the Sky, Gavin Hood, United Kingdom (World Premiere)

London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists at their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The mission suddenly escalates from a capture to a kill operation, when Powell realizes that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission. American drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is poised to destroy the safe-house when a nine-year-old-girl enters the kill zone just outside the walls of the house. With unforeseen collateral damage now entering the equation, the impossible decision of when to strike gets passed up the kill chain of politicians and lawyers as the seconds tick down. Also stars Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi and Iain Glen.

Forsaken, Jon Cassar, Canada (World Premiere)

Tormented by a dark secret, an aging gunfighter abandons a life of killing and returns home, only to discover his mother has died. He’s forced to confront his estranged father and the life he left behind. Starring Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland and Demi Moore.

Freeheld, Peter Sollett, USA (World Premiere)

Based on the Oscar-winning documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials — the Freeholders — conspire to prevent Laurel from doing so. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells and activist Steven Goldstein come together in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality. Starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon and Steve Carell.

Hyena Road (Hyena Road: Le Chemin du Combat), Paul Gross, Canada (World Premiere)

A sniper who has never allowed himself to think of his targets as humans becomes implicated in the life of one such target. An intelligence officer who has never contemplated killing becomes the engine of a plot to kill. And a legendary Mujahideen warrior who had put war behind him is now the centre of the battle zone. Three men, three worlds, three conflicts — all stand at the intersection of modern warfare, a murky world of fluid morality in which all is not as it seems.

Legend, Brian Helgeland, United Kingdom (International Premiere)

The true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, brothers Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance. LEGEND is a classic crime thriller that takes audiences into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.

Lolo, Julie Delpy, France (North American Premiere)

While on holiday in the south of France, Parisian sophisticate Violette falls in love with carefree geek Jean-René. As their relationship blossoms, Jean-René heads to Paris to spend more time with Violette but finds himself up against her possessive teenage son Lolo who is determined to sabotage their relationship by any means necessary. A razor-sharp comedy from Julie Delpy.

The Man Who Knew Infinity, Matthew Brown, United Kingdom (World Premiere)

A true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematics genius from India, travelled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he forged a bond with his mentor, the eccentric professor GH Hardy, and fought to show the world the magic of his mind. Starring Dev Patel and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons.

The Martian, Ridley Scott, USA (World Premiere)

During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, The Martian features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

The Program, Stephen Frears, United Kingdom (World Premiere)

From Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title (The Theory of Everything), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong. Starring Ben Foster, Dustin Hoffman, Chris O’Dowd and Guillaume Canet.

Remember, Atom Egoyan, Canada (North American Premiere)

Remember is the contemporary story of Zev, who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. Despite the obvious challenges, Zev sets out on a mission to deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand. What follows is a remarkable cross-continent road-trip with surprising consequences. Starring Academy Award winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.

Septembers of Shiraz, Wayne Blair, USA (World Premiere)

A thriller based on the New York Times bestseller, this is the true story of a secular Jewish family caught in the 1979 Iranian revolution and their heroic journey to overcome and ultimately escape from the deadly tyranny that swept their country and threatened to extinguish their lives at every turn. Starring Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody.

Stonewall, Roland Emmerich, USA (World Premiere)

This fictional drama inspired by true events follows a young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) finds himself alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, until he befriends a group of street kids who introduce him to the local watering hole, The Stonewall Inn — however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate Stonewall erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born. Starring Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Joey King.
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‘Hobbit’ Star To Portray Kirk Douglas in ‘Trumbo’

by Michelle Preau on September 23, 2014

tumblr_mx117hV7071s50nlpo2_1280-webThe Hobbit‘s Dean O’Gorman has been cast to play Kirk Douglas in the upcoming Dalton Trumbo biopic Trumbo. Douglas both starred in and acted as executive producer on Spartacus. His position gave him a say in hiring Trumbo to write the screenplay and later he also gave Trumbo credit. These actions aided in the declining of the Blacklist’s power.

The film stars Bryan Cranston as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, a man who became famous for his classics such as Spartacus and Roman Holiday. After refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, he was blacklisted bringing his career to a stop. Forcing to write under pseudonyms, he won two Oscars while still blacklisted and eventually returned to using his own name. The cast includes David James Elliot as John Wayne, Michael Stuhlbarg as Edward G. Robinson, Diane Lane as Trumbo’s wife, Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, John Goodman, Peter Mackenzie, Elle Fanning and Roger Bart.

O’Gorman can be seen in as Fili in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies when it hits theaters December 17. Trumbo is being filmed in New Orleans and is slated for a 2015 release.mv5bmtkwmdywnjq4nf5bml5banbnxkftztcwotg4mty0oa-_v1-_sx640_sy480_web

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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John Goodman Eyeing ‘Trumbo’ With Bryan Cranston

by Michelle Preau on July 31, 2014

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An Argo reunion of sorts is in the works as Emmy and Golden Globe winner John Goodman discusses joining four-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston in director Jay Roach’s Trumbo. The film is going to be shot in Louisiana.

Cranston will star as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, a man who became famous for his classics such as Spartacus and Roman Holiday. After refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, he was blacklisted bringing his career to a stop. Forcing to write under pseudonyms, he won two Oscars while still blacklisted and eventually returned to using his own name.

Goodman is expected to play Frank King, a film producer whose King Brothers Productions hired the blacklisted writer Trumbo. Trumbo ended up winning an Oscar for The Brave One which was produced by King. In Argo, which similarly involved actual film industry history, Goodman played legendary Hollywood makeup artist John Chambers.

Helen Mirren will star alongside Goodman and Cranston as the gossip columnist that supported Trumbo’s blacklisting.

Trumbo is prepping now in New Orleans for a September 15 start of principle photography. Goodman can next be seen in The Gambler alongside Mark Wahlberg. He’ll also be busy with the New Orleans Film Festival in October as public ambassador for the fest.

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