"The Shape of Water's" Guillermo del Toro and Michael Shannon on taking a big risk by flipping the hero on the monster movie and asking, "What if the creature got the girl?"
Monster movie maker Guillermo del Toro has been cheering on his favorite creatures since he was a little boy.
“When I was about 6 I watched ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon,'" the director said. "I saw Julie Adams and the Gill-man swimming underneath her. At that age all I thought is, 'I hope they end up together'... they didn’t."
Determined to reset the scales in favor of the freaks, Del Toro made "The Shape of Water." Set during the Cold War, the love story actively roots for the star-crossed lovers separated by species, water and the American government.
"Disobedience" cast members Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola and director Sebastian Lelio discuss the existential themes explored in the film and share their experiences learning about Orthodox Jewish communities.
The film also features Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola as Esti and Dovid, Ronit's childhood friends whom she discovers are married upon her return. During the course of the movie, it is revealed that Ronit and Esti share a passionate, unresolved romantic past.
But "Disobedience" is about more than these characters' romantic relationships.
Actor Sam Rockwell and writer-director Martin McDonagh sat down with the L.A. Times to discuss "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at the Toronto International Film Festival. The quirky drama, which takes a look at contemporary life in America through the lens of a grieving mother (Frances McDormand) and her frustrations with local law enforcement, won a screenplay prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Writer-director Martin McDonagh's newest film, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," won best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival before arriving this week to play at the Toronto International Film Festival as well.
In the film, Frances McDormand plays a small-town woman who becomes frustrated when no one is brought to justice after the rape and murder of her daughter. So she sets up three billboards outside of town criticizing the local sheriff.
McDonagh and Sam Rockwell, who plays a police officer, sat down to talk about the film at the Los Angeles Times studio at TIFF.
A glimpse behind the scenes at The Times' 2017 Toronto International Film Festival photo studio with photographer Jay L. Clendenin.
Margot Robbie, Octavia Spencer, Tatiana Maslany, Jessica Chastain, André Leon Talley, Joseph Kahn and more stars of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival have stopped by the Los Angeles Times studio to pose for photos and discuss their projects in video interviews. Take a tour behind the scenes with Times photographer Jay L. Clendenin.
"Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" director Angela Robinson and stars Luke Evans and Bella Heathcote sat down with the L.A. Times at the Toronto International Film Festival to discuss the little known -- and more than a little kinky -- back story of the creator of Wonder Woman.
"Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" tells the story of William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth Marston and the woman they both fell in love with, Olive Byrne. Their relationship would be deeply influential to William Marston creating the character of Wonder Woman.
Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the movie stars Luke Evans as Marston, Rebecca Hall as Elizabeth and Bella Heathcote as Byrne.
"I came at this from the starting point of being a Wonder Woman fan," said Robinson. "It was really important for me to tell the story of the Marstons and also honor and respect the character that they actually created."
“When I was growing up, a lot of dudes of that [older] generation had teenage girlfriends,” Louis C.K., 49, said in an interview with several of his actors Sunday, a day after the premiere of his new film, 'I Love You, Daddy,' at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“You’d see pictures of them at Studio 54, and they would have a girl on their lap who was obviously a teenager. And people would say” — he waves aside his hand — “'Oh, that guy just likes that.’”
Such taboos are at the center of C.K.’s film. The comedian has made a movie that will at once delight some fans with its audacity and embolden his fair share of critics, what with its talk of sexual politics and parenting in ways that are rarely put on the table.
Los Angeles Times critic Justin Chang on the double-Rachel feature (Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz) "Disobedience" and how TIFF 2017 has been a showcase of acting talent for the actress leads.
Sebastián Lelio’s somber and passionate new drama, “Disobedience,” begins with the death of a celebrated Orthodox rabbi in North London — a loss that brings his only child, Ronit (Rachel Weisz), back home from New York to settle her father’s estate.
Received with frosty politeness by the community she fled years ago for a life of secular freedom, Ronit gradually rekindles her friendship with Esti (Rachel McAdams), whom she is surprised to learn is now the wife of Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), a spiritual disciple of Ronit’s father.
As will soon come to light, in a series of erotic encounters that are at once tasteful and unusually candid for a prestige drama, Ronit and Esti carry a torch for one another that years apart has failed to extinguish. That more or less explains why Ronit left, but the film, adapted from Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel, is equally curious about why Esti stayed.
Guillermo Del Toro's beauty-and-the-beast love story "The Shape of Water" had its Toronto premiere Monday at the city's historic Elgin Theater -- the same venue featured in a couple key scenes in the film.
Here are five takeaways from the evening:
Toronto's top prize -- the People's Choice Award -- isn't given by a jury but by audience members dropping their tickets in boxes held by volunteers at the exits. I've never seen the bins as stuffed as they were Monday night. Of course, Del Toro's strong presence in the city -- he has lived here off and on for the last few years -- might have a little something to do with that. "I identify with Canada," Del Toro said, introducing the movie. "I identify with Canadian bacon."
"The Shape of Water" -- a lush romantic fantasy about the relationship between a mute cleaning woman (Sally Hawkins) and creature straight out of a B-movie -- won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival. Its Toronto reception proved equally rapturous. Ticket holders began lining up hours before the movie's late-evening screening time.
When asked about the film's modern-day resonance, Del Toro pointed to its Cold War setting and elaborated: "When people say 'Let's make America great again,' they're dreaming of that era. Everything was great if you were white Anglo Saxon and Protestant. If you were anything else, you were [screwed]. So it's a false memory of that time."
Del Toro trumpeted the film's Canadian credentials, noting that nearly every production head hailed from the country. "We're not just here for the rebate," he said. He added "Shape" was a $60-million movie made for $19.5 million. "It's as close to an indie movie as you could get with a Mexican in the middle," Del Toro said.
The festival's ultimate souvenir, a signed "Shape of Water" poster, went to two lucky audience members sitting in the exact seats in the Elgin where major moments in the movie occurred.
Cult filmmaker Tommy Wiseau ("The Room") critiques what actor-director James Franco got right -- and wrong -- in "The Disaster Artist," based on Wiseau's own legendary experience making the best-worst movie of all time. The pair stopped by the L.A. Times studio at the Toronto International Film Festival, along with Franco's brother Dave, who plays Wiseau's real life friend and "Room" co-star Greg Sestero.
When James Franco set out to make "The Disaster Artist" -- the behind the scenes story of the making of cult classic "The Room" -- he knew he'd have a tough critic in "The Room" director Tommy Wiseau.
When the pair stopped by the L.A. Times studio at the Toronto International Film Festival, Wiseau revealed what he really thinks about the movie and about Franco's performance as Tommy Wiseau.
He also revealed the unexpected role Nicolas Cage played in making the project happen.
Quoting Truman Capote, "Style helps you get upstairs and down," fashion icon and former "Vogue" editor André Leon Talley discusses his documentary "The Gospel According to André." Joined by director Kate Novack and producer Andrew Rossi, the trio dive into the early days of Talley growing up in Durham, N.C.
It's not everyday that one — especially as young, black and fabulous as myself — is able to look in the proverbial mirror and see what life could look like if racism, femme-phobia and other ills of the world fail to win. But that's exactly what took place Saturday as I interviewed fashion icon André Leon Talley (and director Kate Novack and producer Andrew Rossi) a day after his film, "The Gospel According to André," premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
I first encountered Talley through the modeling competition reality show "America's Next Top Model." As a judge for four seasons, he commanded attention. With a deep yet feminine tremble in his voice paired with a towering 6-foot-6 frame cloaked in the finest custom capes and caftans, he was undeniable. But while Talley was, and is, legendary in his own right for breaking glass ceilings during his multi-decade stint at Vogue magazine, I was swept up in his presentation of self. The bombast, the grandeur, the unbridled audacity had my inner gender-bender clamoring for liberation from the traditional conceptions of black masculinity I grew up with.
So, as he masterfully took over our festival photo studio, draped in a golden yellow caftan, I was in awe. My hands moist with excitement, I teetered on my 3-inch heels trying to grab a quick Snapchat video to document the moment. And then it hit me: This, at 67 years old, is what possibility looks like.