TIFF 2017: 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' wins the prestigious People's Choice Award
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TIFF 2017: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ wins the prestigious People’s Choice Award

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Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey announced the winners of the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday where Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the prestigious People’s Choice Award, an honor that has been bestowed to films such as 12 Years A Slave and Slumdog Millionaire in the past, both of which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand as an angry mother who goes to war with her local police department after months go by without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case. The black comedy also stars Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Lucas Hedges. The second runner-up for the People’s Choice Award was Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, while Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya was the first runner-up.

While many were expecting James Franco’s The Disaster Artist to leave the festival with the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award, the prize ultimately went to Joseph Kahn’s Bodied, with Franco’s biopic about the making of The Room being the first runner-up and Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99 coming in behind it at second.

You can check out the complete list of winners from the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival below:

IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film: Pre-Drink, directed by Marc-Antoine Lemire

IWC Short Cuts Award for Best International Short Film: Min Börda (The Burden), directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr

City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film: Luk’ Luk’l, directed by Wayne Wapeemukwa

Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Les Affamés, directed by Robin Aubert

The International Federation of Film Critics — Discovery prize: Ava, directed by Sadaf Foroughi

The International Federation of Film Critics — Special Presentations: The Motive (El Autor), directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca

NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere: The Great Buddha+, directed by Huang Hsin-Yao

Toronto Platform Prize: Sweet Country, directed by Warwick Thornton

Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: Bodied, directed by Joseph Kahn

Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award: Faces Places, directed by Agnès Varda

Grolsch People’s Choice Award: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, directed by Martin McDonagh

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‘Big Little Lies’ star Zoe Kravitz to take on the role of Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Zoe Kravitz is headed to Gotham as the Big Little Lies star has been set to play the iconic role of Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Kravitz joins a cast that already includes the likes of Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, and Jonah Hill as the yet-to-be-named villain. Reeves is expected to round out the rest of the cast before the year’s end in anticipation of an early 2020 production start.

Other actresses including Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, and Eiza Gonzalez went through what was described as a “rigorous testing process,” for the role of Catwoman last month, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but it was ultimately Kravitz — who read opposite Pattinson — that was seen as the right fit for the job.

Reeves, who first boarded The Batman in early 2017 following the unsurprising departure of Ben Affleck, is directing the film from a script he wrote, in addition to producing along with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

Kravitz, still riding high off a well-reviewed performance in HBO’s second season of the star-studded drama Big Little Lies this past summer, can be seen next in Hulu’s High Fidelity, which is due out later this year.

The Batman is slated to be released by Warner Bros. June 25, 2021.

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Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt set sail on an Amazonian adventure in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ trailer

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Disney has released the first trailer for Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt‘s Jungle Cruise, which finds the beloved Disneyland ride of the same name brought to life in the vein of such films as Indiana Jones and The African Queen.

The film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, follows a charismatic riverboat captain (Johnson) and a determined explorer on a research mission (Blunt) as they set sail on an adventure-filled expedition through the Amazon-jungle in hopes of finding a tree that is believed to possess healing powers.

“We were just so moved, so honored to be in a movie like this because we both grew up just madly in love with Indiana Jones and obsessed with those kinds of movies,” Blunt said at the D23 Expo in August. “To be part of something like this, with this same spirit, makes my heart race.”

Added Johnson, “We wanted to make a movie that was big, that was epic, that had romance, big comedy, big action. But most important; it’s got me.”

In addition to Johnson and Blunt, the film’s ensemble cast also includes Jack Whitehall, Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.

John Davis, John Fox, Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, and Beau Flynn produced the film, with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer.

Jungle Cruise will sail into theaters on July 24, 2020.

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Disney-Pixar’s ‘Onward’ trailer finds Tom Holland, Chris Pratt summoning their dead father’s legs

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Disney and Pixar have released a new trailer for Onward, the upcoming animated feature starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic out there.

And by magic, we’re talking like actual, literal magic. Set in a suburban fantasy world, Onward follows Ian and Barley as they try to summon their dead father back to life. Having never encountered magic before, though, the spell doesn’t completely work and only summons half their father — the bottom half, that is.

So, with their dad’s legs in tow, the boys set out on a road trip to try to find out how to bring the rest of him back to life, encountering all sorts of creatures, magical spells, and mysterious lands along the way.

The film, which was directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, features a star-studded voice cast that also includes the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barely’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore.

Onward will hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

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