The selections include Xavier Dolan’s ‘It’s Only the End of the World’ and the Tatiana Maslany-starrer ‘Two Lovers and a Bear.’
The Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled the bulk of its Canadian movie lineup for its upcoming 41st edition.
The fest’s special presentations sidebar will feature North American premieres for Cannes titles like Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, starring Marion Cotillard; the Bill Paxton and Colm Feore-starring teen thriller Mean Dreams from director Nathan Morlando; and War Witch director Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear, which stars Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan.
Also booked into the special presentations program is a North American premiere for Ann Marie Fleming’s animated feature Window Horses, which bowed in Annecy and has Sandra Oh lending her voice, and world premieres for Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos and April Mullen’s lesbian romancer Below Her Mouth.
Other films getting world premieres at TIFF 2016 include Deepa Mehta’s Anatomy of Violence and Alanis Obomsawin’s We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice, in the masters sidebar, and Fred Peabody’s All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone, about U.S. journalists like Amy Goodman and Glenn Greenwald; Nicholas Pencier’s Black Code; and Oscar-winner Brigitte Berman’s The River of My Dreams, screening as part of TIFF’s documentary section.
The festival earlier revealed that it will screen Unless, a Canadian-Irish co-production, starring Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and Hannah Gross; Mark Williams’ The Headhunter’s Calling; and Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.
The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival will kick off Sept. 8 with Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, and end Sept. 18 with the Hailee Steinfeld-starrer The Edge of Seventeen.
After a promising initial line-up, the Toronto International Film Festival has delivered more titles with their full Canadian slate. Among the line-up is Xavier Dolan‘s It’s Only the End of the World, Bruce MacDonald‘s new feature Weirdos, Deepa Mehta‘s Anatomy of Violence, as well as Two Lovers and a Bear, starring Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan, which we have the first trailer for today.
We said in our review from Cannes, “Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear is a film that suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Like an indie playlist stuck on constant shuffle, unapologetically reveling in a sort of manic unclassifiable genre. This isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, but, for some reason, Nguyen’s scattershot tonal shifts — which hop between a romance on the rocks; a self-serious study of grieving; and a surreal buddy comedy — can prove quite jarring. The film is, at its core, a look at how we choose to deal with grief and past trauma. Whether that happens to be with booze, destroying an arctic outpost, or even talking to a deadpan polar bear is another matter.”
Check out the trailer below for the film.
It’s finally that time of the year — that time in late summer when it’s socially acceptable for us to gab about the Emmys. Though we’re over a month out from the actual ceremony (September 18, people. Mark your calendars), this year’s crop of Emmy nominations has already given us enough material to obsessively dissect for weeks. We’ve already told you who we thought should have gotten nominations and which snubs were most painful, but today we’re going to focus on one of the silver linings of 2016’s Emmys — Tatiana Maslany’s Outstanding Lead Actress nomination for Orphan Black.
If it wasn’t for Maslany’s jaw-dropping and nuanced performances as the series’ 11 clones, we wouldn’t be talking about Orphan Black. Graeme Manson’s sci-fi drama is smart and compelling all in its own right, but it’s honestly Maslany’s inspired performance that sells the series. Though the Emmys have just woken up to Maslany’s acting expertise, we’ve been her fan for a while now. Consider this your streaming “meet cute” to this incredible actress’ work. Depending on whether or not Maslany wins her much-deserved Emmy, this list will either leave you happily slow-clapping to her greatness or screaming at your TV come September.
Heartland (2008 – 2010)
Stop everything you’re doing. The acting goddess behind every clone from Sarah Manning to Helena starred in a tween drama about horses. Based on the book series of the same name, Heartland was a Canadian and U.S. series that followed Amy (Amber Marshall), a teenager who chooses to tame horses after the death of her mom. Maslany played Amy’s romantic rival-turned-friend Kit, a cowgirl who loves barrel racing.
Being Erica (2009 – 2011)
Anyone who’s seen Orphan Black knows that Maslany has no problem going dark, but the actress showed this ability early on in this Canadian dramedy. The series follows the titular Erica (Erin Karpluk), a woman who starts seeing a therapist with the ability to send her back in time. Trippy, right? Later in the series, Maslany plays Dr. Erica’s first official patient, the long-missing, heroin-addicted daughter of Erica’s therapist.
Picture Day (2012)
This is the indie dramedy that netted Maslany her first award for breakout performer. The dramedy has a pretty straightforward plot — a rebellious teen gets caught between adolescence and adulthood as two guys compete for her attention. However, it’s Maslany herself that carries this film.
World Without End (2012)
Maslany proved that she could handle real horror in this medieval mini-series. A semi-continuation set 150 years after The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End takes place in England during the 1300s, chronicling the lives of ordinary citizens as they suffer through the Hundred Years’ War, the Black Death, and all other terrors. Maslany plays Sister Meir, a nun who witnesses something very scandalous.
Orphan Black (2013 – 2016)
It’s insane that Orphan Black has been on the air for three years now, and Maslany is just now getting her Emmy nod. The stellar sci-fi series follows con artist Sarah Manning (Maslany, of course), a con artist who slowly learns that she’s one of several clones. It’s a creepy and compelling feminist masterpiece that shows off just how incredible Maslany is. We bow down to you, queen.
Last week the Emmy nominations came and went with barely any surprises. “#Game of Thrones” was nominated for Best Drama, “Modern Family” was nominated for Best Comedy, and we’ll see the normal faces grace the stage once again. There were no mobs yelling “snub!” on Twitter and there wasn’t a hashtag like #OscarsSoWhite, so maybe this year will go over smoothly.
Being under-prepared for the Emmy’s is pretty embarrassing. You’re caught whispering, “Who’s that?” as Tatiana Maslany’s characters flash across the screen or even why everyone is obsessed with a show about O.J. Simpson. Nominations are announced a little over two months ahead of time so you have the opportunity to catch up on the entire season (10 whole episodes!) of “Game of Thrones” or binge watch Aziz’ Ansari’s “Master of None.”
Five best shows from the Emmy’s
To not be that guy on Twitter asking about every actor and show, here are the five best shows to watch to prepare for the Emmys:
Mr. Robot: USA’s new drama won at the Golden Globes, but people are still wary whether the hacker drama can stack up against the likes of “House of Cards”, “Game of Thrones”, and “Homeland.” Rami Malek, the lead anti-social computer programmer, also got a nod for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
Black-ish: Up for Outstanding Comedy Series, this ABC show isn’t necessarily all comedic. The episode that gave “Black-ish” the boost it needed to be nominated was one in which family members watch the news about the killing of an unarmed black man by the police.
Orphan Black: By now, Tatiana Maslany’s name should be a household name. In its fourth season, this BBC America show has Maslany playing more than 6 characters at a time, all individualized to make you forget that this is the same woman. The show almost feels like a conspiracy theorist documentary and a questioning movie about scientific ethics all rolled into one neat little drama series.
Master of None: Seriously, there’s only ten episodes of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix original series.
The People v O.J. Simpson: High expectations were placed on FX’s miniseries from the get go and it surpassed them with six acting and three writing nominations.
“Orphan Black” will wrap up after its fifth season. While the news is saddening for fans, the people behind the hit BBC America series assures that the end will be satisfying.
Reiterating the reason they decided to end the series after the upcoming season, series co-creator Graeme Manson said, as quoted by CBS8: “We had five seasons in mind. The thing we don’t want to do is get soft in the middle. We really think it’s cooler to cancel yourself or peter out.”
Speaking of what fans can expect to see when the new season starts, Manson told Entertainment Weekly that it will continue immediately where the previous season left.
“It’s gonna be another fast-paced pick-up,” the executive producer added.
Tatiana Maslany, who’s the lead star of the show, also shared a few details about one of her characters, Rachel.
The actress said that playing the character has been “so fun” in the sense that Rachel has changed a lot since the first season. Maslany, however, did not reveal where the character will go in the upcoming season.
“I don’t know where she’s headed,” the actress said. “I don’t know what’s next for her – if she does ultimately gain the power that she so desires or if she will find something different – but I think [there’s] a lot of change that we’re gonna see.”
There is also a chance that fans will see more of Krystal (Maslany), since she has become quite a favorite for them.
“We all love Krystal and she’s become an audience favorite so we certainly want to bring her back next year,” Manson said. “And her character hangs on this great question of, do we or don’t we tell her she’s a clone? Or will she or won’t she figure out she’s a clone? And that’s a question for us to keep asking next year.”
“Orphan Black” season 5 has not been given a premiere date.
I’ve completed adding all the missing photos of Tatiana from San Diego Comic Con (over 1000 photos!) as well as her recent interviews and portraits. Sorry for the delay. I’ve been busy working on a new fansite Frequency-Fan.com for the new upcoming TV series Frequency on the CW network.
Anyhow check out all the new additions and enjoy! Big thanks to my friends AliKat and Victoria for some of the appearance photos.
It’s the first show from SDCC 2016 at the Balboa Theater! First Tatiana Maslany talks to Chris, Matt and Jonah about being on Orphan Black and what shows she likes, and she takes some questions from the audience. Then Danny McBride, Walton Goggins and Jody Hill chat with the guys about their new show Vice Principals and having southern accents, and they take some questions from the audience as well!