Michael Scott is not joking around anymore. The dunder-headed Dunder-Mifflin head has put aside his humour for TIFF — and he might even get an Oscar for it.
Actor Steve Carell, who is best known for starring as Michael Scott in “The Office” from 2005 to 2011, has shocked his fans this year in Toronto by seriously playing against type in “Foxcatcher.” In the film, Carell stars as millionaire John du Pont, who was convicted of murdering Olympic wrestler David Schultz in 1997.
"Very rarely did I look like myself during those months," Carell told The Wall Street Journal last week. “It was off-putting to people.”
But if you look closely at the 52-year-old actor’s career, he has been moving in the a more dramatic direction for some time. Here’s how the man who was once nominated as America’s funniest man could win an Oscar for not being funny at all.
Carell’s roots are in comedy. He started out in The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago which led to a role on the sketch comedy
- Soraya Roberts | Wide Screen – Sun, 7 Sep, 2014 3:07 PM EDT
Michael Scott is not joking around anymore. The dunder-headed Dunder-Mifflin head has put aside his humour for TIFF — and he might even get an Oscar for it.Read More »from TIFF 2014: How 'Office' star Steve Carell went from very funny to very serious for 'Foxcatcher'
TIFF 2014: Adam Driver and Corey Stoll explain what 'This Is Where I Leave You' has in common with 'Star Wars' and 'Ant-Man'By Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Sat, 6 Sep, 2014 7:34 PM EDT
At first glance the star-studded family dramedy “This Is Where I Leave You” bears little resemblance to future blockbusters like the upcoming Marvel superhero movie “Ant-Man” or the highly-anticipated “Star Wars Episode VII.” But at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, actors Adam Driver and Corey Stoll pointed out that their quirky family drama has more in common with their superhero movies than you might think.
Granted, on paper, it doesn't sound a whole lot like "Star Wars" or "Ant-Man." “This Is Where I Leave You” follows four siblings (played by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Driver, and Stoll) who return home to mourn their recently deceased father. A series of personal crises, combined with cramped quarters and their overbearing mother (Jane Fonda), quickly turns the house into an emotional powder keg that frequently explodes in hilarious, heartwarming, and sometimes violent ways.
So how, exactly, does the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel compare? After all, Driver is setRead More »from TIFF 2014: Adam Driver and Corey Stoll explain what 'This Is Where I Leave You' has in common with 'Star Wars' and 'Ant-Man'
- Soraya Roberts | Wide Screen – Sat, 6 Sep, 2014 1:48 PM EDT
It doesn't seem like 2004 was that long ago, but when you look at some of the up-and-coming stars of the Toronto International Film Festival of ten years ago, you realize how much difference a decade can make.
For instance, it's hard to believe that only 10 years we ago we had never heard of Emily Blunt. But in 2004, the actress was the big breakout star of TIFF, playing teen femme fatale Tamsin in Pawel Pawlikowski's "My Summer of Love." Only 21 at the time, Blunt had only appeared in two films before she took on the role of a boarding school girl who manipulates another girl during her summer at home.
Two years later, Blunt was supporting Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada," and now she's a star in her own right, having shared the marquee with Tom Cruise this year in "Edge of Tomorrow."
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Another actress who caught our attention at TIFF that year was "Sideways" star Virginia Madsen. Then 42 years old, the actress had largely starred in forgettable B-movies ("Candyman" was a
Vincent D'Onofrio debuts his 'Daredevil' Kingpin look at TIFF: His hair transformation throughout the yearsBy Soraya Roberts | Wide Screen – Fri, 5 Sep, 2014 12:43 PM EDT
In what could be described as a "daredevil" move (get it?), Vincent D'Onofrio debuted a cleanly shaven head at the TIFF Premiere of his new film, "The Judge," on Thursday. The 55-year-old actor stepped on to the Roy Thomson Hall red carpet in a blue suit and a very naked head.
It was announced in June that D'Onofrio would be joining the cast of Netflix/Marvel series "Daredevil" as the villainous Kingpin, who is known for his bald head (among other things).
D'Onofrio has gone through a variety of hair transformations in his three-decade career.
In 1987's "Full Metal Jacket" (only his third film), the young thespian had his head shaved on camera to play a bullied recruit.
That same year, the actor appeared as the real-life embodiment of Thor (aka garage hand Dawson) in "Adventures in Babysitting," complete with shoulder-length blond locks and some pretty impressive muscles.
By the turn of the century, D'Onofrio had dropped the hair dye to return to his roots. In the 2000 film "StealRead More »from Vincent D'Onofrio debuts his 'Daredevil' Kingpin look at TIFF: His hair transformation throughout the years
We're used to seeing these stars in front of the camera but for TIFF 2014, these guys have their director hats on. (No, really, why do they always seem to be wearing hats?)
Captain America makes his directorial debut in "Before We Go," a romance about two strangers (Evans and Alice Eve) who spend a long, wonderful night in NYC. Sounds very "Before Sunrise"-y, no? Evans and Eve were romantically linked during filming but we'd prefer if the rumours about him and Sandra Bullock are true.
"Top Five," which Rock also wrote, is the third fiction film the comedian has directed (after "Head of State" and "I Think I Love My Wife"). It follows a comedian-turned-film star (Rock) who wants to take his career down a more serious avenue. Hmm, true to life? Rock amassed quite a cast for the movie, including Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan.
Ethan HawkeRead More »from Big stars coming to TIFF 2014 -- as directors
Hawke, who has previously directed "Chelsea Walls," "The Hottest State" and the short film
- Soraya Roberts | Wide Screen – Fri, 5 Sep, 2014 10:58 AM EDT
On Thursday, Robert Downey Jr. may have been promoting his new legal drama "The Judge" at the Toronto International Film Festival but one of his young fans couldn't get Iron Man out of his mind -- or his wardrobe.
A little blond boy caught the 49-year-old star's attention at Roy Thomson Hall by appearing as an Iron Man mini me. The boy wore a padded version of the costume Downey Jr. wore as the super hero in five features, including the "Iron Man" trilogy and "Avengers." The actor shook hands with the little boy, who even sported some false facial hair, and posed for a photograph with him on the first day of the film fest.
Downey Jr. also sat down with "ET Canada" to reminisce about his 2004 appearance at TIFF to promote "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang":
Thursday wasn't the first time Downey has encountered some tiny copy-cats.
In April 2013, Downey Jr. traveled to Asia, where he first showed how adept he is at playing with his Iron Man mini me. In South Korea, he celebrated his 48th birthday Read More »from Robert Downey Jr. meets his Iron Man mini-me at TIFF 2014
The Toronto International Film Festival first started way back in 1976, and believe it or not, some of the stars who are attending this year may have made the rounds then, too. You might be surprised by the ages of some of your favourite stars coming to TIFF 2014.
Fonda became a household name in the '60s with "Cat Ballou," "Barefoot in the Park" and "Barbarella." Here she is now, at the age of 76, and she's not only headlining one of the most anticipated ensemble pieces this year, "This is Where I Leave You," but she's barely looking old enough to play the mom of co-stars Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll. Stunning.
There's something about a man with a rich, smooth voice, right? The Toronto-born actor, who turns 85 in December, continues to keep plugging away and stars in both "The Forger" (with John Travolta and Abigail Spencer) and "Hector and the Search for Happiness" (alongside Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette and StellanRead More »from Surprising ages of stars at TIFF 2014
- Soraya Roberts | Wide Screen – Thu, 4 Sep, 2014 10:37 AM EDT
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today, and while celebrities will be heading to T.O. in droves over the next week, they might not all be happy to see each other.
Read More »from TIFF 2014: Potentially awkward celebrity run-ins to look out for at this year's festival
Mark Ruffalo should probably watch his back this year, because one of his former friends will be circulating at the same parties. In town to promote "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Foxcatcher," Ruffalo recently claimed that his relationship with Jennifer Garner (which formed when they starred together in the 2004 rom-com "13 Going on 30") was nixed by her husband, Ben Affleck.
"We have a great time together," Ruffalo said on "Watch What Happens Live" in June. "But then Ben came on the scene." (When host Andy Cohen said, "I heard he doesn't allow her to have male friends," Ruffalo simply shrugged.)
With Garner planning to attend the fest to promote Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children," it's possible that her hubby will be joining her. We imagine Ruffalo will be on the other side of town the night Affleck
Canadian photographer matches famous movie scenes with the real-life locations where they were filmedBy Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Wed, 3 Sep, 2014 2:54 PM EDT
There’s something magical about visiting the spot where your favourite movie scene was filmed. It gives you a direct connection to a film and its characters and somehow makes the movie seem more real.
That’s part of the idea behind FILMography, on ongoing art project by Canadian photographer and movie fan Christopher Moloney. The Brampton, Ont., native recreates famous film scenes by matching stills with the real-life locations where they were shot.Read More »from Canadian photographer matches famous movie scenes with the real-life locations where they were filmed
- Soraya Roberts | Wide Screen – Tue, 2 Sep, 2014 11:57 AM EDT
What better way to arrive at the premiere of “Dr. Cabbie” than in a cab?Read More »from Stars arrive at Toronto 'Dr. Cabbie' premiere in taxi, and other weird movie arrivals
On Sunday, the cast of the Canadian comedy pulled up to the film’s Scotiabank Theatre premiere in Toronto in a local red and yellow taxi. Actors Kunal Nayyar, Isabel Kaif and Vinay Virmani all emerged from the cab to greet the fans of the movie about an Indian doctor who is forced to drive a cab in Toronto because he can’t find a job.
"Everyone feels like a fish out of water at some point in their life," "Big Bang Theory" star Nayyar, who plays the cabbie’s friend, told CP24. “It doesn’t have to be just moving from a different country. It could be socially you feel a fish out of water.”
Particularly if you choose to show up to your movie premiere on something other than a red carpet. Here are some other films whose stars, like the “Dr Cabbie” cast, turned up to their premiere in weird modes of transport:
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