By Star staff, wire services
Wed., Sept. 16, 2020timer3 min. read
Toronto’s Inside Out film festival, championing LGBT filmmakers and themes, announced Wednesday that it will open this year’s event with a drive-in premiere screening of “Stardust,” a David Bowie biopic starring Johnny Flynn (who co-starred with Anya Taylor-Joy in this year’s “Emma”) as the charismatic late rock ‘n’ roller.
“Stardust,” directed by Gabriel Range, co-stars Marc Maron and was filmed in and around Toronto last year. It takes place during the 24-year-old Bowie’s first road trip to America in 1971, with publicist Ron Oberman (Maron) in tow, as they face a world not yet ready for the budding pop superstar. Jena Malone also stars in the film.
The film will open the fest’s 30th year with a drive-in screening event on Oct. 1 at Ontario Place. This year’s festival will take place strictly online and with drive-in events.
Inside Out also announced two additional titles that will screen online, “Monsoon” from director Hong Khaou, which stars Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”), and “Through The Glass Darkly,” a new thriller from director Lauren Fash, starring Robyn Lively.
Inside Out says its digital platform will be available for anyone in Ontario via insideout.ca, and through the fest’s new AppleTV and Roku apps, launching Oct. 1. Audiences will be able to customize their own watch lists and schedule from their comfort of their own homes, using their home entertainment systems.
Tickets for all three drive-in events are on sale now at insideout.ca.
Madonna directs personal biopic
A biopic about Madonna has found a uniquely qualified director: Madonna, herself.
Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the studio is developing a film about the pop star that Madonna will direct and co-write with “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody. Madonna said she wants the film to convey “the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer — a human being, trying to make her way in this world.”
“The focus of this film will always be music,” she said. “Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”
The film will be produced by Amy Pascal, who produced “A League of their Own.”
Berry’s Oscar win ‘heartbreaking’
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Halle Berry is opening up about “heartbreaking” feelings that have followed her historic Oscar win almost 20 years ago.
The actress brought her directorial debut “Bruised,” in which she stars as an MMA fighter, to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and opened up about her awards milestone during a virtual conversation Friday with moderator Amanda Parris.
Berry, who appeared on the festival’s video conference in a flowy black printed top, her hair up and seated on a white couch against a grey brick wall, reflected on the moment her name was called in 2002 for the best actress Oscar for “Monster’s Ball.”
“It was one of these out-of-body experiences,” said Berry. “I had really no real belief that I would win. … So when my name got called, I really didn’t have a speech.”
During her Oscar speech, Berry was overcome with emotion, calling the moment “so much bigger” than her and dedicated her Oscar to “every nameless, faceless woman of colour that now has a chance.”
But to date, Berry remains the only Black woman to have won the best actress Oscar., despite strong performances from stars such as Cynthia Erivo, who was nominated this year for “Harriet,” or Ruth Negga
“The heartbreak I have is because I really thought that night meant that very soon after that, other women of colour, Black women, would stand beside me,” she said. “So now it’s been 20 years and no one has … It has become heartbreaking that no one else has stood there.”
King earns raves for director debut
Even in a pandemic, Regina King is ruling the festival circuit.
The Oscar-winning actress brought her feature directorial debut “One Night in Miami” to the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, where it swiftly collected raves and a 100 per cent fresh rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes.
The film imagines a night in 1964 when real-life friends Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) gather to celebrate the soon-to-be-known-as Muhammad Ali’s crowning as heavyweight champion of the world.
The audience lives vicariously through the four famous men depicted onscreen as they let their guard down behind closed doors and begin to challenge each other’s responsibility to take on racial injustice.
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