JFL42 Interview: Comic, actor, children's author, and podcaster Seán Cullen

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  September 26, 2019 @ 11:51am

Seán Cullen is one of those rare Canadian performers who has fans across any age group. People were excited to shake his hand and give him a hug as he sauntered to the stage at one of his recent JFL42 shows.

For followers of the comedian's long career, this was a decidedly deeper and more intimate evening.

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JFL42 Reviews: Kate Berlant, Seán Cullen, and Jon Dore

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  //  September 26, 2019 @ 11:42am

Kate Berlant

September 24, 2019 • 9:00 PM @ The Royal

Reviewed by: Paul Little

Kate Berlant is an absolute joy to watch.

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JFL42 Reviews: Gettin' Better with Ron Funches, Chanty Marostica, and Seán Cullen

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  September 24, 2019 @ 8:18pm

Getting Better with Ron Funches

September 22, 2019 • 5:30 PM @ TIFF Bell Lighthouse

Conditions were perfect for the kind of mellow gold that only Ron Funches can deliver. The seats were comfy, my herbal tea quietly steeping in the cup holder, my hair being gently tussled by the air conditioning. I was ready for essentially what was a meditation session with jokes.

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JFL42 Reviews: Between Two Ferns, Broad City, and Nick Kroll

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  September 21, 2019 @ 4:06pm

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

September 20, 2019 • 2:00 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

"How do I turn a five minute sketch into a feature length film?" is the age-old question that I'm sure keeps Lorne Michaels up at night.

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JFL42 Reviews: Marc Maron and Jonathan Van Ness

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  //  September 20, 2019 @ 1:19pm

Marc Maron

September 19, 2019 • 7:00 PM @ Meridian Hall

Reviewed by: Andrew Lizotte

I love it when a performer is a journey and not a destination. In our era, no performer fits that description more than Marc Maron.

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TIFF 2019: Red Carpet Remnants

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 16, 2019 @ 5:40am

The 2019 edition of TIFF is officially over, but we have plenty more to show you. Here's more highlights from the red carpet arrivals last week, featuring Ellen Page, Antonio Bandaras, Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, and Bruce Springsteen.

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TIFF Review: Honey Boy

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 15, 2019 @ 6:19pm

Shia LaBeouf used his own experience as an emotionally abused child actor to write and star in Honey Boy, one of the standouts of this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Like LaBeouf, Otis (played by the phenomenal Noah Jupe) is a young star in the 1990s who is coached, supervised, and controlled by his ex-rodeo clown father, James (LaBeouf).

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TIFF Review: Dads

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 15, 2019 @ 5:39pm

Bryce Dallas Howard -- daughter of Ron Howard -- makes her directorial debut with Dads, a documentary that celebrates what it is to be a father.

Three streams of content are woven throughout: celebrities, her own family, and unconventional dads around the world.

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TIFF Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 15, 2019 @ 5:00pm

If you're expecting a Mr. Rogers biopic, turn back now, and re-watch the 2018 documentary Won't You Be My Neighbour.

In A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) isn't the protagonist. That honour goes to the character of Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), who's based on the real life journalist behind a 1998 Esquire profile of Rogers.

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TIFF Review: The Capote Tapes

Posted by: Sharilyn Johnson  //  September 15, 2019 @ 4:36pm

The selling point of The Capote Tapes is the recent discovery of interviews with members of Capote's inner circle, conducted by journalist George Plimpton.

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