Afraid of doing nude sex scenes, actor Armie Hammer initially turned down the role of a lifetime in the now highly acclaimed drama, Call Me By Your Name.
Bruce Kirkland, Special to Postmedia Network
Bruce Kirkland has been a reporter with Sun Media for 31 years. He has worked the movies beat from 1980-2007, and still focuses on TIFF, Cannes, Oscars. Before taking a position at the Toronto Sun, he worked at the Ottawa Journal as entertainment editor and movie critic from 1979-80, and at Toronto Star as music critic and general-assignment news reporter from 1971-79.
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It is bittersweet to type these words: After 36 years and three months of service, I am now the retired film critic of the Toronto Sun and the former Sun Media chain across Canada.
Yeah, yeah, best of times, worst of times. But like most years onscreen, 2016 was mainly the “meh” of times.
Last-minute Blu-ray gift ideas: The Force Awakens, Suicide Squad and more
Assassin’s Creed slays me: I have rarely had so much fun watching something so stupid.
As he moves into the twilight of his life, and the final chapters of his directing career, 74-year-old Martin Scorsese is busier than ever with a clutch of major film projects in hand and in the planning stages.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story does exactly what it is supposed to do by incrementally expanding the Star Wars universe that we already know.
Actor Kirk Douglas, one of Hollywood’s few bona fide living legends, turns 100 years old today.
Allied, Robert Zemeckis’ World War II spy thriller and romance is a bitter disappointment. I blame Zemeckis, as the director, and Brad Pitt, as the leading man. Pitt is deadly dull as the hero and Zemeckis is under the misguided impression that Pitt does some of the finest work of his career.
Paying respect and homage to the Polynesian culture and its ancient mythology, the Walt Disney animation Moana is as culturally rich as it is entertaining.
I love the real people involved in Bad Santa 2, especially when Kathy Bates shows up as the tattooed biker broad who happens to be Billy Bob Thornton’s mega-mean mama.
Brad Pitt is nowhere to be seen at the press conference for his latest film, the World War II romance and spy thriller Allied.
Bad Santa 2, like its raunchy, profane and absolutely insane original from 13 years ago, puts the boots to political correctness. This disjointed movie franchise is the antidote to the idea of Christmas as a family-friendly time of celebration.
Nearly 20 years ago, the galleys of a still unpublished novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, arrived by request at the London offices of British film producer David Heyman.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is as close to a sure thing for the 2016 holiday movie season as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In the case of Fantastic Beasts, the reason is just as obvious: This is another wizarding world tale conjured by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, one of the planet’s most beloved novelists.
The holiday season is critical in North America, so Hollywood is happy to give audiences what filmmakers think they want. Here are the 10 biggest titles being offered from now through the end of December:
Just like hippies dropping tabs of LSD in the late 1960s and goovin’ on hallucinogenic images in their scrambled brains, the cinematic engineers behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe just went “far out, man” with Doctor Strange.
The imminent debut of a new fantasy film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, ushers in a new era for fans of Harry Potter and his wizarding world.
As both successor and prequel to Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is suddenly positioned to become one of the biggest film debuts of 2016.
The wizarding world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will now morph from a trilogy into a five-film franchise series.