Hot Docs Guest List Welcomes Everyone from George A. Romero to Miss Cleo

Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero will attend Hot Docs for Doc of the Dead

Hot Docs released the list of special guests expected to attend the 2014 festival. Hot Docs, which begins next Thursday, anticipates the appearance of a record number of 186 filmmakers in addition to a range of high profile guests ranging from rocker Alice Cooper to filmmaker George A. Romero to TV psychic Miss Cleo. Yes, Miss Cleo will be at Hot Docs! Guests usually appear at one or more screenings (usually the first two depending on scheduling), while other guests like George Takei and Caroll Spinney will appear in extended Q&A sessions in the Scotiabank Big Ideas Series. (Check the schedule for time and information.) Plan accordingly because the interactive Q&A sessions are what the festival’s all about!

The list of guests expected to attend Hot Docs includes:

Contest: Win Tickets to See 'The Railway Man' in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg!

Star power doesn't come much bigger than it does in The Railway Man. Oscar winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman share the screen in this powerful story of love and forgiveness that had audiences on their feet when it premiered at TIFF last year. (Review here.) The Railway Man opens in theatres April 25 from eOne Films, but viewers in select cites across Canada can win tickets to see the film before it hits theatres. Answer the trivia below for your chance to win!


Afflicted by Tired Trends

(Canada/USA, 85 min.)
Written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse
Starring: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
Photo: eOne Films.
Vampire movies and found footage films might be two of the most tired offerings on the current film scene. Put them together to make a found footage vampire movie and the result doesn't play like fresh revisionism. It still feels tired.

Trailers for David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars' and Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' (feat. Meryl Streep)!

A trailer has landed for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon. It looks very promising, especially on the performance front. Maps seems inevitable for a Cannes premiere, so will Canada have two major directors in competition for the Palme, assuming that Denys Arcand will be heading there as well with The Reign of Beauty?



Dom Hemingway
(UK, 93 min.)
Written and directed by Richard Shepard
Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Kerry Condon, Emilia Clarke.
Jude Law (left) and Richard E. Grant (right) in Dom Hemingway
Now here’s the Jude Law who fucked the nanny! The usually dapper Brit blows the lid off his suave screen persona with a giant F-bomb and the result is fucking brilliant. Law immerses himself deeply within the grotesque, yet charming, and profanity-spewing thug Dom Hemingway. Dom Hemingway is a coarse and stylish boor with a sinful swagger. He’s Jude Law like you’ve never seen him before on film: the bad boy, the debauched debonair, the poetic poondog. Dom Hemingway offers Law’s best performance in over a decade.


LAFF Review: 'Heart of a Lion (Corazón de León)'

Heart of a Lion (Corazón de León)
(Argentina/Brazil, 109 min.)
Written and directed by Marcos Carnevale
Starring: Julieta Díaz, Guillermo Francella
The tall and the short of it is that opposites attract. The physically mismatched couple in Argentina’s Heart of a Lion (Corazón de León), which screens in Ottawa on Saturday as part of the ongoing Latin American Film Festival, is a sweet little tale about embracing opposites. Physical dissimilarities shouldn't hide a person’s inner beauty, as tells the courtship between Ivana (Julieta Díaz, who won Best Actress and Argentina’s Academy Awards for her performance) and León (Guillermo Francella), and the same goes for the film itself.


Contest: Win Tickets to See 'That Burning Feeling' in Toronto!

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Flash Contest! Win tickets to see 'The Raid 2: Berendal' in Ottawa, Edmonton, Halifax, Vancouver, and Victoria!

Act quickly! A few tickets have freed up for sneak peeks of eOne Films’ The Raid: Berendal in Ottawa, Edmonton, Halifax, Vancouver, and Victoria. Use the PIN below to redeem your tickets. These tickets could go FAST so act now!


Misc. Canadian Film Awards News: CCE Nominees and Peabody win for 'Highrise'

The Ghosts in Our Machine
Sorry, it’s been one of those weeks. I missed a few snippets of Canadian awards news over the past few days starting with the nominations for the Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE) awards honouring the best editing in film, TV, and media. “Degrassi” and “Orphan Black” lead the television nominations, while the film honourees include strong picks like The Husband and The Ghosts in Our Machine, which were both underrepresented in Canuck awards this year.

The film nominees are as follows:


The Rising Star & The Veteran

Cas & Dylan
(Canada, 90 min.)
Dir. Jason Priestly, Writ. Jessie Gabe
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Richard Dreyfuss
Tatiana Maslany is quickly becoming Canada’s rising star. Maslany, who is everywhere on film and television nowadays and was recently a Screenie nominee her performance in Cas & Dylan, is an actress of impeccable range. Her larger-than-life turn as the free-spirited Dylan makes for an amiable odd couple with the stuffy Cas Pepper played by Richard Dreyfuss. The pairing of the rising star and the veteran actor lets Cas & Dylan rise above road trip familiarity.


LAFF Review: 'In the Name of the Girl'

In the Name of the Girl (En el nombre de la hija)
(Ecuador, 108 min.)
Written and directed by Tania Hermida
Starring: Eva Mayu Mecham Benavides, Markus Mecham Benavides, Martina León, Sebastián Hormachea, Francisco Jaramillo, Paul Curillo, Juana Estrella, Pancho Aguirre.
The future looks bright according to In the Name of the Girl (En el nombre de la hija). Girl, which screens in Ottawa on Friday as part of the ongoing Latin American Film Festival, offers a tale of tomorrow's leaders with its sweet story about a young girl empowered by a critical mind. Girl is really a take on today's leaders, for the film takes place in a fateful summer of 1976 Ecuador and looks to the future. The film, like the festival's recent screening of Habanaststion, foresees a world in which kids learn from the mistakes of past generations and work together to make a better tomorrow.


LAFF Capsule Review: 'Solo'

(Uruguay, 87 min.)
Dir. Guillermo Rocamora, Writ. Javier Palleiro, Guillermo Rocamora
Starring: Enrique Bastos
Solo holds a nice middle-of-the-scale note for eighty-seven minutes. This Uruguayan offering at Ottawa’s Latin American Film Festival plays it safe with subtle humour and slice-of-life realism, but it’s consistently likable and enjoyable if only for its digestible midrange-ness. The film might ultimately be memorable mostly for providing the sole trip to Antarctica during the Latin American Film Festival. (There’s no escaping the snow, folks!)