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Top Movies To Catch At TIFF 2019

If you are in Toronto and happen to spot a celebrity, or two, or three in the downtown core over the next couple of weeks, you don’t have to wonder why. TIFF 2019 is right around the corner, and all eyes will be on the city as hundreds of films will be screening. Some films will be hitting regular theaters within the next couple of months (and in some cases a week or two), and some of them may take a couple of years. If you are looking to catch a couple of them during the festival though it can be tough making a decision on what to see, but we’re here to help. Here are the top films you may want to see.

Joker: Enough really can’t be said about this film that retells the Batman nemesis’ origin. Joaquin Phoenix has put on a performance of a lifetime playing the character, and after the ovation it got during the Venice Film Festival the buzz has only grown stronger. It’s not a comic book movie either, even though the character came from the medium. It’s more of a dramatic story that shows a slow descent into madness.

Judy: Renée Zellweger plays the iconic Judy Garland in this biopic that focuses on Garland’s trip to England where she tries to restart her career. Zellweger sings, dances, and puts on a performance that might just earn her another Oscar. 

Hustlers: Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B, Keke Palmer, and Julia Stiles star as exotic dancers who rip off  their Wall Street clients. The film is based on a true story and looks to be a crowd pleaser.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood: As usual, Tiff has plenty of biopics to choose from, and in this one Tom Hanks plays Mr. Rogers. The film has been highly anticipated since its announcement a couple of years back, and it tells the story of the children’s TV host’s friendship with a reporter. 

Knives Out: With a cast that includes Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, and LaKeith Stanfield, you know this murder mystery is sure to be a hit. With a wide release in November, you know the studio is hoping for a blockbuster as well. 

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Zoe Kravitz Set To Star As Catwoman in The Batman

One of the stars of Big Little Lies, Zoe Kravitz, has signed on to play Catwoman in the upcoming The Batman film alongside Robert Pattinson. At this point it’s not known if she will play the main antagonist, or if she will be the love interest of Batman. In the comics, and the films, Catwoman has played both roles. 

Rumour has it that over the last few weeks the role has come down to Joker’s Zazie Beetz, Eiza Gonzalez of Baby Driver, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Kravitz. Kravitz managed to snag the roll, even though there is a little concern with her scheduling since she is due to start filming the next installment of Fantastic Beasts soon. 

Filming for The Batman is expected to start sometime soon, either this fall or early in 2020, so the movie will be ready for it’s June 25, 2021 release date. 

As much as fans are excited for the new Batman film, Aquaman star Jason Mamoa is even more so. He is of course the stepfather of Kravitz, and shortly after the news broke he took to social media to let everyone know how proud he is of her.

“I’m so proud of u zozo bear. On and off screen OHANA,” he wrote on Instagram. “DC WB ohana Lola and Wolfies big sister is CAT WOMAN. Unbelievable so freaking stoked. Your going to have so much fun Aloha P bear.”

Kravitz responded to the post, saying  “LOVE YOU PAPABEAR! love that aquaman and catwomen spend the holidays together from now on.” 

Unfortunately odds of a crossover between the two characters is slim. Even though they are both DC comics properties, The Batman film is said to be separate the most current DC Films. 

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Drew Barrymore To Host A Daytime Talk Show

Back in August Drew Barrymore shot a pilot for a daytime television talk show, but none of the major networks were biting to pick it up. That all changed yesterday though when CBS Television Distribution made it official, they would air and produce Barrymore’s show starting in Fall 2020.

In a released statement Barrymore said “It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show. I’m truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS.”

Barrymore of course was introduced at a very young age when she was one of the stars of E.T., and since then she has gone on to star in such films as The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Never Been Kissed, Ever After and more. She also has some television credits to her name as well, including the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, Family Guy, and The World’s Best talent competition on which she served as a judge. 

Steve LoCascio, chief operating and financial officer of CBS Global Distribution Group, said in a statement that “Drew is a huge star and a breath of fresh air — her show will energize any station’s lineup.”

At this point very little else is known about the new show, including what format it will take, but it was announced that Barrymore will also be an executive-producer for it.

Photo by Saeed Adyani / Netflix

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Gwen Stefani To Be Replaced By Nick Jonas On The Voice

When Gwen Stefani decided to return to The Voice for Season 17 after Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine announced his departure, fans were excited. Their excitement didn’t last long however, as NBC announced late Monday night that the singer would be departing once again at the end of the current season. They also quickly announced her replacement though, Nick Jonas. Jonas will be joining the returning coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, all of whom took to social media to congratulate him. 

“As a member of one of the hottest pop groups, Nick’s success in navigating all aspects of the music industry is exceptional,” Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “We were so impressed by his innate musicality, technical aptitude and passion that he brought to Songland earlier this year and know he will be an incredible fit as a coach on ‘The Voice.’ We are excited to see Nick lend his mentorship, relatability and breadth of knowledge to a new crop of artists.”

Jonas also added a statement of his own, saying “I’m so excited to be a part of The Voice family. It’s such an awesome group of individuals, and I can’t wait to help these artists really build and hone in to find their unique voices.”

Jonas will be taking the red chair over for the 18th season in 2020. The 27 year old has quite the year, from being a part of Songland, to marrying Priyanka Chopra, reuniting with his brothers and now a coach on The Voice, his career continues to push him forward. The Jonas Brothers also have a memoir coming out next month. 

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