Toronto Correspondences #13: Whiplash

The Notebook is covering Tiff with an on-going correspondence between critics Fernando F. Croce, Kelley Dong, and editor Daniel Kasman.Crazy WorldDear Kelley and Fern,It's funny that you mention the pleasure of public screenings at Toronto, Kelley, as I was thinking about this separate experience quite a bit as my festival wound down. Most of the screenings I attended at Tiff this year were for the press and industry; frequently crowded, these showings are nevertheless intended for professionals and certainly have that tenor: more walkouts, more people checking their phones, less tolerance—frequently being an attendee’s third or more film that day—and almost always less fun than the energetically charged public screenings. But I still had one of my best theatrical experiences at such a press screening: Ugandan director Nabwana I.G.G.’s infectiously exuberant Crazy World, a comic child kidnapping action thriller running on sheer enthusiasm and ingenuity rather than budget.

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Justin Theroux To Star In ‘Mosquito Coast’ Series For Apple From Director Rupert Wyatt & The Creator Of ‘Luthor’

While many of you are probably not familiar with the 1986 film “Mosquito Coast,” actor Justin Theroux definitely is. You see, the actor’s uncle, Paul Theroux, is the author who penned the novel that the film is based on. And that’s why it’s so fitting that Justin is now attached to a new version of the project, coming to Apple TV+.

THR is reporting that Apple TV+ has ordered a TV series based on the novel and film, “Mosquito Coast.” Justin Theroux, who is best known for his roles in films like “American Psycho,” “The Girl on the Train,” and “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” as well as the recent series “The Leftovers” and “Maniac,” is set to star in the film about a married man that moves his wife and kids to a remote jungle in Central America.

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“If a Director Feels the Need to Move the Camera Simply to ‘Make It Interesting,’ It’s Likely an Indicator the Scene Itself Isn’t That Interesting”: Dp Erik Messerschmidt on Mindhunter, Season Two

When David Fincher transitioned from music videos to feature films in the 1990s, the descriptors “glossy,” “slick” and “stylized” were frequently affixed to his work. Those adjectives were often aimed as pejoratives, categorizing Fincher as a technical virtuoso who created shiny but hollow thrillers. Watching the second season of Netflix’s Mindhunter—executive produced and partially directed by Fincher—the evolution of the filmmaker’s aesthetic is striking. As FBI profilers Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) interview America’s most notorious serial killers, the camera rarely moves. Instead, it unobtrusively observes. What hasn’t changed over the years is Fincher’s unwavering exactitude, […]

“If a Director Feels the Need to Move the Camera Simply to ‘Make It Interesting,’ It’s Likely an Indicator the Scene Itself Isn’t That Interesting”: Dp Erik Messerschmidt on Mindhunter, Season Two

When David Fincher transitioned from music videos to feature films in the 1990s, the descriptors “glossy,” “slick” and “stylized” were frequently affixed to his work. Those adjectives were often aimed as pejoratives, categorizing Fincher as a technical virtuoso who created shiny but hollow thrillers. Watching the second season of Netflix’s Mindhunter—executive produced and partially directed by Fincher—the evolution of the filmmaker’s aesthetic is striking. As FBI profilers Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) interview America’s most notorious serial killers, the camera rarely moves. Instead, it unobtrusively observes. What hasn’t changed over the years is Fincher’s unwavering exactitude, […]

‘3 From Hell’: Rob Zombie Gives Fans Exactly What They Want In This Brutal, Offensive Finale [Review]

Do Rob Zombie movies have a place in our current era of arthouse horror? It’s tough to say, as Zombie is a director who has willfully chosen to stay in the grade-z grindhouse lane. The filmmaker has his supporters, and those people are going to be quite happy with his latest, “3 From Hell,” the third installment in the saga of the Firefly Family seen in the films “House of 1,000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects.”

Whereas many modern horror directors often make use of nightmare logic, patient slow-burn narratives, and shout-outs to the likes of Ingmar Bergman and Michael Haneke, Zombie prefers sociopathic clowns, lucha libre killing squads, scantily-clad women, and the kind of sadism usually reserved for slasher films of decades past.

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Tinder Is Making an Apocalyptic TV Show, As If Dating Isn’t Horrifying Enough

Tinder recently wrapped production on a secret TV series which will launch on the popular dating app as early as October. (Via Variety.) Set in a pre-apocalyptic world, the series will utilize the app’s famous swiping feature as part of a choose-your-own-adventure style narrative. Viewers will swipe left or right depending on which way they want the story to unfold, much like choosing potential matches. Production on the untitled six-episode show wrapped in Mexico City at the end of August, under the direction of rising music video director Karena Evans.

The project marks the app’s first foray into producing and distributing original content. Gay dating app Scruff recently launched an in-app game show called “Hosting,” modeled loosely after the wildly popular HQ Trivia game show.

While the show will first air on Tinder, sources close to the project told Variety that producers are eyeing a potential streaming deal after release.

‘The Wave’ Trailer: Justin Long Experiences A Bad Trip In The Psychedelic Film Coming To Fantastic Fest

Often, films will show that someone is high through the use of weird camera angles and perhaps a few odd blurring effects. However, in the upcoming Fantastic Fest film, “The Wave,” once our lead character gets high, the entire film changes into this psychedelic trip that aims to echo the weirdest dreams you’ve ever experienced.

In the new trailer for “The Wave,” we learn that the film follows a young lawyer named Frank that is peer-pressured into taking an illicit drug from a shady man wearing a fur coat.

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After 25 Years, These Are the ‘Friends’ Characters Critics Love the Most

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: In honor of the 25th anniversary of “Friends,” who is your favorite character on the show? Why?

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

For a TV critic with some, um, seniority, it is odd to go from covering Friends as a contemporary TV show to covering it as a nostalgia phenomenon. So my feelings about “Friends” characters have gone through an evolution. When the show started, I liked David Schwimmer’s Ross Geller the most. Hard to remember now, but he was the most established actor when the show started, particularly following a well-received guest role on “NYPD Blue,” and I felt his character on “Friends” was the most developed in the early days of the show.

Eventually, toward the end of the run, I came to like Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe more,

Brad Pitt Isn’t Interested In Campaigning For Awards This Year & Says It’s “A Shackling Thing To Focus On”

Normally, on any given year, an actor can only dream of having one, single role being discussed as a potential Oscar-worthy performance. However, in 2019, Brad Pitt has two of them. That doesn’t mean he’s expecting any awards or actively going to seek them out, though.

Speaking to EW, Pitt was asked about his awards season prospects and if he expects to campaign at all. You see, the actor not only is the lead in the critically-acclaimed space epic, “Ad Astra,” but he’s also the breakout performer (in a film filled with great actors) in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Either one could potentially see Pitt get nominations when the award shows start announcing such things later this year and in early 2020.

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Morgan Spurlock Had No Idea His #MeToo Confession Would ‘Decimate’ His Company and Work
Morgan Spurlock Had No Idea His #MeToo Confession Would ‘Decimate’ His Company and Work

In December 2017, deep in the early weeks of the #MeToo movement, documentarian Morgan Spurlock revealed in a confessional post that a woman he slept with in college “believed she was raped” and that he realized he was “part of the problem.” Within days, Spurlock had resigned from his Warrior Poets production company, his former partners pulled his sequel to his breakout doc “Supersize Me” from Sundance, and YouTube announced that it would not release the film, titled “Supersize Me 2: Holy Chicken!”

In a new interview with Business Insider, Spurlock discusses his experience over the past two years, including an attempt to contextualize his confession and its impact on his career. Despite his own post and an influx of followup stories that painted the environment at Warrior Poets as a “fratty boys’ club” and leveled new allegations at Spurlock’s partner Jeremy Chilnick (described as “a manager with inappropriate boundaries”), Spurlock is back.

Colin Trevorrow Says He Met With Marvel About ‘Guardians’ But Didn’t Move Forward Because He Wasn’t “A Comic Book Kid”

After his breakout directorial effort, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” it appeared that Colin Trevorrow had his pick of future projects. And though he hadn’t previously worked on blockbusters, the filmmaker quickly landed “Jurassic World” and then “Star Wars: Episode IX.” But well before those massive franchise films, the director was approached by Marvel Studios for a now-famous superhero project.

According to an interview with the Empire Film podcast, Trevorrow revealed that well before he began work on “Jurassic World,” he actually had a meeting with Marvel Studios and its president Kevin Feige about one of the studios’ future projects, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Read More: The Full ‘Jurassic World’ Short ‘Battle At Big Rock’ Featuring Andre Holland Is Available Now

“I did,” Trevorrow revealed.

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Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, and More Comedians Defend Shane Gillis Against ‘SNL’ Firing
Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, and More Comedians Defend Shane Gillis Against ‘SNL’ Firing

Comedians such as Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, and Rob Schneider are sticking up for fired “Saturday Night Live” cast member Shane Gillis after controversial jokes from the past got the young comedian booted from the NBC sketch-comedy series. “SNL” issued a statement September 16 that it was parting ways with Gillis just days after announcing him as one of three new cast members for Season 45. Following Gillis’ hiring, racist and homophobic jokes he made in the past began circulating on social media and generating outrage.

Burr and Jefferies both appeared on the September 16 episode of David Spade’s Comedy Central talk show “Lights Out” (via The Wrap) and criticized “SNL” for making the decision to fire Gillis because of past jokes. “This is just cancel culture,” Jefferies said. “The guy shouldn’t have been fired. It was just a couple things back in his history. We’re gonna go through everyone’s history?

George R.R. Martin Says New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel Series Isn’t Titled ‘Fire & Blood’ But Will Have Plenty Of Dragons

It was bound to happen, right? Considering George R.R. Martin regularly finds time in his busy schedule to provide blog updates on his own website, it was only a matter of time before he commented on the recent rumors regarding his baby, “Game of Thrones.”

After it was reported that HBO is moving forward with yet another prequel series, joining the already-announced series starring Naomi Watts and co-created by Jane Goldman, fans had plenty of questions.

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‘In the Tall Grass’ Trailer: Patrick Wilson in Netflix’s Stephen King Thriller Adds to His Horror Bona Fides
‘In the Tall Grass’ Trailer: Patrick Wilson in Netflix’s Stephen King Thriller Adds to His Horror Bona Fides

Stephen King’s very good year is still in full swing. The master of horror’s oeuvre has been mined for countless screen adaptations over the years, to varying degrees of success. But these days, with horror more popular than ever, anything with King’s name on it is the closest thing to a surefire success Hollywood has. This month saw the release of “It: Chapter Two,” the sequel to last year’s surprise blockbuster “It.” November brings rising horror star Mike Flanagan’s “Doctor Sleep,” a sequel to “The Shining” which pulls from the eponymous 2013 King novel and sets Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Danny Torrance.

Smack in the middle of the two major theatrical releases, Netflix will premiere “In the Tall Grass,” based on a lesser-known novella written by King and Joe Hill. The newly released first trailer promises a setup ripe with tension as well as strong

Pretty When You Cry: Isabelle Adjani's Tragic Heroines

Camille ClaudelIt seems impossible to talk about Isabelle Adjani without mentioning her eyes. Round, blue, and prone to tears, Adjani’s eyes are filled with a heartbreaking expressiveness reminiscent of the actresses of the silent film era. A series collecting some of Adjani’s most memorable performances, now playing at New York’s French Institute Alliance Française, is titled (obviously) “Magnetic Gaze.” The 10-film series offers a sampling of her work, from her breakthrough as the title character in François Truffaut’s The Story of Adèle H. (1975), a haunting portrait of l’amour fou, to her most recent role in—of all things—an action comedy, Romain Gavras’s The World is Yours (2018). Adjani is extra. She works a close-up with an intensity few actresses can surpass. When she tears up, so do we. While “Magnetic Gaze” is missing some canonical Adjani films the collection here shows the actress at her most emotionally volatile.

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Back to One, Episode 75: Kaitlyn Dever

Kaitlyn Dever’s sophisticated comedic instincts were on full display throughout her teens in the sitcom Last Man Standing. This year she took it to another level, starring with Beanie Feldstein in the hit comedy sensation Booksmart. And now we get to marvel at another side of her incredible acting talent in the powerful new Netflix limited series Unbelievable. In this episode, she talks about how she dealt with the emotional weight of the material in that series, and one compelling monologue in particular where restraint was a key ingredient. Plus she explains how being a “moldy person” helps her work, […]

Back to One, Episode 75: Kaitlyn Dever

Kaitlyn Dever’s sophisticated comedic instincts were on full display throughout her teens in the sitcom Last Man Standing. This year she took it to another level, starring with Beanie Feldstein in the hit comedy sensation Booksmart. And now we get to marvel at another side of her incredible acting talent in the powerful new Netflix limited series Unbelievable. In this episode, she talks about how she dealt with the emotional weight of the material in that series, and one compelling monologue in particular where restraint was a key ingredient. Plus she explains how being a “moldy person” helps her work, […]

Peacock & Chill? NBCUniversal Unveils Streaming Lineup With Sam Esmail’s ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reboot, ‘Saved By The Bell’ Reboot & More

Are you ready to Peacock and Chill? Doesn’t really have the same ring to it, huh? But what if I were to tell you the new NBCUniversal streaming service that is coming in 2020 is going to be the home to a ton of new reboots, including a new “Battlestar Galactica?” Yeah, yeah, we’re all sick of reboots. But hey, Peacock is going to have “Parks and Rec” and “The Office.” Ah, see, that’s going to get a lot of attention.

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Justin Theroux to Star in Apple TV+ Series Based on His Uncle’s Novel
Justin Theroux to Star in Apple TV+ Series Based on His Uncle’s Novel

Following his first Emmy win, Justin Theroux is returning to serialized television. Never mind that he won the long overdue trophy as an executive producer on “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” — the Emmy-winning star of “The Leftovers” (doesn’t that just sound right?) has committed to his next TV series: “Mosquito Coast.”

Ties to the title run deep for Theroux: His uncle, Paul Theroux, wrote the novel on which the new series is based, about an inventor who moves his family to Latin America after getting fed up with American consumerism. But when the stubborn father’s behavior becomes unpredictable and belligerent, their new jungle paradise turns dark.

Neil Cross (“Luther”) is attached as the series’ showrunner, and he’ll write the first episode alongside Tom Bissell. Rupert Wyatt, Helen Mirren (as “Mother”), and River Phoenix as their son Charlie,

Todd Phillips Says No ‘Joker’ Sequels Are Forthcoming: “We Always Pitched It As One Movie And That’s It”

By most accounts, from those that have seen the film and those that are involved, “Joker” is not some chapter 1 in a potential franchise. But when director Todd Phillips teased that there could be more “Joker” films with Joaquin Phoenix as the star, people got all excited. But according to the filmmaker, that original comment was taken a bit out of context.

Speaking to GameSpot, Phillips explained his comments about a future “Joker” sequel and basically squashed the idea.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Next ‘Halloween’ Films Will Dig Deeper Into Laurie’s Trauma
Jamie Lee Curtis Says Next ‘Halloween’ Films Will Dig Deeper Into Laurie’s Trauma

Though masked killer Michael Myers will be sitting out this October 31, next year we’ll be getting “Halloween Kills” in the fall, followed by “Halloween Ends” in 2021. In a recent conversation with Collider, franchise star Jamie Lee Curtis, who will reprise her iconic role of Laurie Strode, spoke about what we can expect from the upcoming films, directed by David Gordon Green.

“The ass-kicking part is the fan-favorite part, but from my standpoint, I didn’t go into it because I got to kick Michael’s bottom. I was particularly drawn because it was a movie about trauma,” said Curtis. “We have horror movies that are horrific and we have these horrific events take place, but we leave the movie theater and then we complain that the dishwasher doesn’t work. The trauma that occurs for these character for forty years, I felt was very important that David understood that

‘Big Mouth’ Season 3 Trailer: Thandie Newton & Ali Wong Join Netflix’s Hilarious Animated Series

If you watched the first season of “Big Mouth,” you might wonder just how much story there is with an animated series about teens going through the trials and tribulations of puberty. Just how many sex jokes are there? Well, as we enter Season 3 of the series, it appears that “Big Mouth” isn’t slowing down anytime soon and there are still plenty of jokes to be had.

The new season of “Big Mouth” finds our characters back and ready for more awkward, hilarious situations where their hormones run crazy.

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Who Wants A Best Picture Nomination In This Economy? [Contender Countdown]

Welcome back to Oscar land, everyone. Hope you enjoyed the offseason. This year we’ve got a big surprise for you! The first three festivals – Venice, Toronto and Tiff – are finally over and we barely have a frontrunner. That’s right, it’s the third week of September and we can only crown Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” as a pseudo-frontrunner. If you’re a fan, don’t take that the wrong way. The Netflix film is phenomenal, but it’s simply not a slam dunk when it comes to taking the Best Picture Academy Award.

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‘In The Tall Grass’ Trailer: Netflix Brings Stephen King & Joe Hill’s Scary Story To Homes In October

Scary cornfields are a horror film trope, at this point. They’ve become such a fixture of the genre, every Halloween you can find “haunted” cornfields and mazes all around the country. Netflix, with the help of Stephen King and Joe Hill, is hoping to change the whole game by giving the world your first haunted grass. That’s right, in the new film “In the Tall Grass,” people don’t get lost and scared in cornfields.

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Todd Phillips Denies ‘Joker’ Sequel Plans: ‘We Always Pitched It As One Movie’
Todd Phillips Denies ‘Joker’ Sequel Plans: ‘We Always Pitched It As One Movie’

The buzz on “Joker” has skyrocketed so much following the fall film festivals that sequel talk has become inevitable, but director and co-writer Todd Phillips has come forward to shoot down the rumors. Phillips himself sparked “Joker” rumor buzz at the end of August when he told Total Film (via GamesRadar) that he would not be opposed to a follow-up movie if Joaquin Phoenix and Warner Bros. were interested. Phillips has now told IGN that comment was theoretical and there are no plans in place right not for a “Joker 2.”

“We have no plans for a sequel,” Phillips said bluntly. “The quote was, ‘I will do anything Joaquin wants to do.’ And I would. But the movie’s not set up to [have] a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.”

Phillips original quote to Total Film read: “One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with Joaquin Phoenix,

NBCUniversal Exec Says Reboot Of ‘The Office’ Is A “Goal” & Discussions Are Currently Happening To Make It A Reality

Today, NBCUniversal began its official marketing push for the upcoming streaming service Peacock. The studio unveiled its big lineup, with a ton of series coming to the streamer, including the entire runs of both “The Office” and “Parks and Rec.” And for many, those are possibly two of the biggest “gets” for Peacock. And the studio knows this.

In fact, the folks behind-the-scenes at Peacock understand the power of those two series, specifically “The Office,” and are looking to the future with a potential reboot.

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‘The Good Place: The Selection’ Is the Perfect Appetizer Before the NBC Show’s Final Season
‘The Good Place: The Selection’ Is the Perfect Appetizer Before the NBC Show’s Final Season

Over the course of its soon-to-be four-season run, “The Good Place” has notoriously avoided spoilers. Trailers have been sparse-to-nonexistent, teases have been oblique, and cast and crew have been visibly afraid to discuss unaired episodes for fear of giving away precious plot points.

So it’s at least a tiny bit shocking that “The Good Place: The Selection” exists. A series of a half-dozen two-minute shorts that serve as a thematic and narrative handshake between Seasons 3 and 4 of the show, all of these mini-episodes are set in The Bad Place. Following the compromise that bought Michael, Eleanor, and the rest of the crew one last chance to save themselves from an eternity of suffering, “The Selection” tracks the efforts of Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) and his Bad Place underlings to find people that will help their side emerge victorious.

It’s a natural premise for a show that often feels

Lee Daniels To Begin Work On Billie Holiday Biopic Next Month Starring Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes & More

Lee Daniels is about to begin work on his first film since 2013. And for his upcoming drama, it appears that he’s going to tackle one of the biggest names in music history.

Deadline is reporting that Daniels is set to begin filming of “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” soon, and he’s already lined up his cast for the film. As you might gather from the title, the new drama is about the life and career of music legend Billie Holiday.

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Toronto Correspondences #12: A Woman's Path

The Notebook is covering Tiff with an on-going correspondence between critics Fernando F. Croce Kelley Dong, and editor Daniel Kasman.Saint MaudDear Danny and Fern, The festival has come to an end and exhaustion has caught up to me. The end of press screenings and industry gatherings signals the start of sleep and, whenever awake, reading Jack London’s Martin Eden. Having seen so many films in a short timespan means that while I can enjoy a much-needed physical break, my mind is still racing with ideas on the verge of being unearthed. I benefit much from sorting through these and thinking with you, and as always, consider myself very lucky. You each mention being jolted and throttled, good news amid an assortment of lulls. I'd been searching for such ferocity all throughout the festival until finally I encountered Rose Glass’s Saint Maud, which left me so petrified and

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“Technology Has Come A Long Way”: Todd Douglas Miller And E. Chai Vasarhelyi On Going Big With Apollo 11 And Free Solo At Ifp Week 2019

Documentaries have been making bank at the box office the last couple years, which is heartening for anyone worried the blockbusters are the only game in town. Still, you don’t necessarily have to see small, intimate fare like Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Rbg and Three Identical Strangers on a giant screen. You can’t say the same about Free Solo and Apollo 11. One finds cutting-edge cameras hanging alongside mountain climber Alex Honnold; the other unearths 65mm footage of the eponymous spaceflight. Both played IMAX theaters, and they were an even better fit on the world’s biggest screens than the […]

“Just Keep Asking”: True Crime Filmmakers Talk About Pushing A Classic Genre In New And More Ethical Directions At Ifp Week 2019

True crime has been having a moment, as they say, for a while now. In a way it’s never not been having a moment, but the genre has rapidly evolved in the digital age, when more information is available to more people, when conspiracy theorists run wild on Reddit and 4chan, and when there’s simply more content being produced. All this means not only more crime content, but also shows and movies that are more thoughtful, more creative, and even more conscious of ethical or moral quandaries that may crop up in the process of covering true crimes. The panel […]

Adam McKay Reportedly Interested In New Project Focused On Jeffrey Epstein

After a string of comedy classics like “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights,” and “Step Brothers,” filmmaker Adam McKay has decided to take a bit of a left turn out of the realm of raunchy humor and into the world of political and financial dramas. He’s done this with equal success thanks to films like “Vice,” “The Big Short,” and his Showtime series “Succession.” So, while it would have been an odd match a decade ago, it’s completely unsurprising that McKay has his sights set on Jeffrey Epstein for a potential future project.

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Tiff 2019 Report Card: Critics Rank the Best Films and Performances
Tiff 2019 Report Card: Critics Rank the Best Films and Performances

Some movies launch their awards season buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival; others use it to pick up steam. On the final day of this year’s Tiff, the coveted People’s Choice Award went to Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” a week after its premiere. However, IndieWire’s annual Tiff Critics Survey of the best films and performances at the festival tells a different story, singling out a movie that has been generating acclaim for months.

Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” took the top spot for Best Narrative, marking the first time in several years that the survey winner isn’t a movie launching on the fall festival circuit. Meanwhile, Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” topped categories for Best Screenplay and Best Performance for Adam Driver. “Collective,” a Romanian documentary that has yet to secure North American distribution, topped the Best Documentary category.

The “Parasite” win is the latest