A Week In Movies: Slavery drama wins in Toronto, Gordon-Levitt makes filmmaking debut, Diana hits UK
12 Years a Slave becomes Oscar frontrunner, Don Jon premieres in New York, Naomi and Nicole are princesses, Bruce Dern walks to Nebraska, and Rocky faces off against Raging Bull...
As the Toronto Film Festival wrapped up earlier this week, 12 Years a Slave, the new film from Steve McQueen (Shame), took home the top prize, which makes it the frontrunner for Oscar nominations. It stars Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more about the win here.
One of the festival's most talked-about films was Don Jon, the writing-directing debut of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays a womanising gym-obsessive who meets his match in the feisty Scarlett Johansson. Both actors were on hand for the film's gala New York premiere this week. Here's a video of Scarlett Johansson at the event and in this video you can see director/actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the event.
Meanwhile in Britain, the controversial film Diana, starring Naomi Watts as the People's Princess, has finally been released in cinemas. While not a masterpiece, the film isn't nearly as bad as the sniffy reviews it's been receiving from dismissive British newspaper critics. Read more of the Diana Movie Review here.
Watts' long-time pal Nicole Kidman also has a high-profile princess biopic on the way, and this week we got our first glimpse of Grace of Monaco. The teaser trailer promises a lush film about Grace Kelly's romance with Prince Rainier (Tim Roth) from director Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose). It opens in November. We have a teaser trailer of Grace of Monaco to watch here.
There was also a new trailer this week for Nebraska, Alexander Payne's new film for which Bruce Dern won the best actor prize at Cannes. Shot in striking black and white, the film follows Dern's old man as he walks from Montana to Nebraska, sure he's won a million-dollar prize. The film looks warm, funny and sharp. It opens in America in November and in Britain in December. You can watch the trailer for Nebraska here.
Oscar-winning veterans Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger and Alan Arkin star in Grudge Match, a comedy about two retired boxers who make a comeback to settle a 30-year-old rivalry. Yes, it's Raging Bull vs Rocky, for laughs. The film opens on Christmas Day in the US and in January in the UK. We have the Grudge Match trailer here.
And we also have a new trailer for Plush, the new drama from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. Emily Browning plays a rock star whose life unravels when her bandmate brother dies from a drug overdose. With a strong supporting cast including Cam Gigandet, Xavier Samuel and Thomas Dekker, the film looks dark, sleek and seductive. It opens in America next month. Watch the trailer for Plush, the new drama from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke here.