Films adapted from novels are incredibly common. Nowadays, it is more likely to see an adapted film than a truly originally one. These novels often make it easier on the screenwriter and director, as the story is there, all that is left is figuring out how to make it into something visual. Sometimes, an incredible book comes along that seems impossible to adapt on to the screen without losing what makes it brilliant. Room was one of these books. Lenny Abrahamson did the impossible, and adapted it for the screen, creating a beautiful and poignant film. Keep reading ›
Jason Reitman’s Live Reads are events unlike any other. Once a month at LACMA in LA, Reitman brings together a group of actors, many of whom have never worked together or even met before the occasion, and has them read through a famous screenplay in front of an audience. A week before the show, Reitman will reveal the screenplay being read and part of the cast. Some of the cast remain a secret, only to be revealed at the show itself. The show is not filmed, which turns it into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as the experience will never be recreated and nobody will experience it other than the people in that room. I was lucky enough to be one of about 1200 people to see the live read that Jason Reitman put on at TIFF, a reading of the screenplay of The Princess Bride. Keep reading ›
To celebrate TIFF’s 40th year, artistic director Cameron Bailey selected Jean-Marc Vallée’s latest film Demolition to put an end to terrible movies opening this exhilarating, world-renowned festival.
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