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TIFF 2015: In the Mouth of Midnight Madness

Jeremy Saulnier’s tense siege shocker Green Room opens this years Midnight Madness program

The Toronto International Film Festival just released their upcoming Midnight Madness roster. If your taste runs to horror, fantasy, shock and grand guignol with a capital jeezus this shit is intense, then boy has TIFF got the movies for you. Take it from Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Festival, “From adrenaline-filled action and untamed horror to twisted comedy and darkly blurred lines of reality, this year’s lineup welcomes back celebrated masters and fresh visionaries of renegade genre cinema.” The big nasty list after the jump!

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The Ten Percent – Sir Christopher Lee

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Hello, and welcome to another installment of “The Ten Percent,” a regular column where every other week Ensley F. Guffey and I look at the corollary of Sturgeon’s Law: the ten percent of everything is not crud. We often look at television and film here in “The Ten Percent” and we’ll continue to do so, but today we’re going to pay tribute to a person who, for reasons that will be explained, is part of the Ten Percent by virtue of breadth, depth, and length of his career – and probably for massively exceeding other dimensions of awesomeness as well.

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Trailer Time: Deadpool

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As the good and not so good reviews for the new Fantastic Four movie trickle in over the internet, we have here something that may in fact be the best part of that film, and it’s not even in it, it’s before it… the first full Deadpool trailer. Check it out after the jump…

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Actor Trading Cards: Joel Edgerton

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JOEL EDGERTON

Born: June 23, 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5’11

Personal Quote:

“Sometimes, the smaller roles in movies can be the most interesting. If you only take the stance that you’ll only play central characters in movies, you’ll find yourself not being able to indulge in that morally grey terrain that makes support characters so rich and interesting.”

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TIFF 2015 Marks Festival’s 40th Anniversary

First Festival of Festivals poster held by director Rosee Lacreta, 1976

It ain’t a mid-life crisis, that’s for sure. September’s just around the corner, and Torontonians know that means it’s time for another Toronto International Film Festival. This incarnation’s one of those zero-numbers people get so excited about, and at forty, TIFF’s getting downright venerable. What started out in 1975 as The Festival of Festivals (Toronto had big eyes back then, and not a whole lot else), has grown from a scrappy little fest in a half-dozen theatres around town to a massive media machine, with over 350 films appearing in its ten-day run. Start up the projector, let’s take a peak at a few treats that lie just ahead.

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The GAR! Podcast: Sex and Star Wars

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about Star Wars, cats, and yes, sex, not together, and not in that order, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Sizzle and Pop: The Brilliant Magic of Technicolor

Judy Garland glows as much as the landscape in the classic The Wizard of Oz

You know the moment. You’re stuck in Kansas with Dorothy and holy shit this place is boring. Yes there’s hogs and chicks and the local busybody who just wants to stuff Toto in a basket and ride away, and you can even sing if you want. But it’s all so drab, so mundane, so black-and-white. And then a tornado whips the house up into the air and plunks it back down again (and here’s to those old building standards for keeping that farmhouse intact) and BAM!, you and Dot are in a whole new magical realm. And what’s this? It’s in colour! Like the colour we see with our eyes. But better, vibrant, popping right off the screen. That magic was a film innovation, a little process called Technicolor. It brought heightened realism to the movies, and an iconic look to the films of the forties and fifties. TIFF’s halfway through a brilliant retrospective of Technicolor movies, and there’s still some gems to be seen.

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The Ten Percent – “Miss Jean Louise, Stand Up”

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Hello, and welcome to another installment of The Ten Percent, a regular column where every other week we’ll look at the corollary of Sturgeon’s Law: ten percent of everything is not crud. We often look at television and film here in The Ten Percent and we’ll continue to do so, but today we’re going to examine a two-fer; that rara avis even within the Ten Percent – an astonishingly good book that also made a fantastic movie.

Due to the recent – and controversial – publication of Go Set a Watchman, author Harper Lee is once again in the spotlight. Lee is known for writing the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird and has seldom granted interviews or written much more than a grocery list since 1964. Watchman was written prior to Mockingbird and her editors found the flashbacks to the experiences of a younger Scout more interesting. They persuaded her to focus on that story instead, and the result was Mockingbird. Whether Go Set a Watchman belongs in the Ten Percent is a question not yet answered, but I can enthusiastically champion Mockingbird for inclusion – both the novel and the film.

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Actor Trading Cards: Peter Dinklage

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PETER DINKLAGE

Born: June 11, 1969 in Morristown, New Jersey
Height: 4’5

Personal Quote:

“I’m on Game of Thrones, and every time we have someone new coming on our show, we welcome them with open arms and get revitalized by this new presence. Then we kill them off very quickly.”

Did You Know?

Dinklage is a vegetarian. Anytime you see him eating a meat product on screen, it is actually a tofu product.
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Mall Cop 2 and More: Interview with Director Andy Fickman

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I recently had a chance to spend a few moments with Andy Fickman, director of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Fickman has a long career of direction in the fields of film, television, and stage. His work includes The Game Plan and Race to Witch Mountain with The Rock, “Liv and Maddie” on The Disney Channel, and musical productions of Heathers and Reefer Madness!. Meet me after the jump to get to know him a bit better and learn more about Mall Cop 2.

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