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Xavier Dolan Names ‘It’ His Favorite Movie of the Century: ‘This is What Entertainment Should Always Be’

Xavier Dolan Names ‘It’ His Favorite Movie of the Century: ‘This is What Entertainment Should Always Be’
“It” was destined to be a box office hit, but even Warner Brothers has to be shocked at the Stephen King adaptation’s record-breaking success over it first three days. The Andy Muschietti-directed movie opened to a monstrous $123 million, making it one of the biggest debuts for an R-rated movie and the absolute biggest horror opening weekend in history. The film has revived the box office after a historically low summer, but it’s also making admirers out of industry heavyweights, none more so than Xavier Dolan.

Read More:‘It’: The Six Most Important Differences Between the Film and Stephen King’s Book

The Cannes-winning director, who is currently in post-production on “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” took some time this weekend to see “It,” and to say he adored it would be a massive understatement. Dolan quickly took to Twitter, where he proclaimed “It
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New posters for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Four new character teaser posters have debuted for director Xavier Dolan’s upcoming drama The Death and Life of John F. Donovan featuring Kit Harington, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, and Thandie Newton; check it out here…

A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan features a cast that includes Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Jared Keeso, Susie Almgren, Thandie Newton, Bella Thorne, Sarah Gadon, Michael Gambon, and Ben Schnetzer. It is expected for release in 2018.
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Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’ Won’t Be Ready For TIFF

Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’ Won’t Be Ready For TIFF
For much of the spring and summer, Xavier Dolan has been teasing his forthcoming film, “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan.” Official images and new posters arrived for the movie, along with an early report that the director was aiming to have his latest effort finished in time for the fall festival season. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening.

Films Séville, the official distributor for ‘Donovan’ in Canada, confirmed today that Dolan’s picture won’t be ready in time to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Toronto Film Fest Adds Sarah Polley & Mary Harron’s ‘Alias Grace’; More

The Toronto International Film Festival is now less than a month away, but the festival that might well be the world’s biggest, at least in terms of sheer volume, is continuing to add to its line-up. It already has a formidable selection announced, and today added to that with its selection of Canadian programming.

Speculation that Xavier Dolan’s “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan” might premiere in the sidebar ultimately came to naught, but there’s still at least one major treat, with the first screening of Netflix and CBC’s upcoming miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace,” from writer Sarah Polley and director Mary Harron, and starring Sarah Gadon and Anna Paquin.

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Kathy Bates Offers ‘Free Joints for Everybody’ in Trailer for Netflix Comedy ‘Disjointed’

Kathy Bates Offers ‘Free Joints for Everybody’ in Trailer for Netflix Comedy ‘Disjointed’
Netflix is ramping up its sitcom slate with its new original series “Disjointed,” starring Kathy Bates as Ruth Feldman, a lifelong marijuana legalization advocate and new dispensary proprietor.

The trailer shows Bates with long, wavy gray hair — à la Lily Tomlin in “Grace & Frankie” — wearing colorful, pot leaf-adorned hippie garb as she finds her footing as the proud new owner of Ruth’s Alternative Living, accompanied by her three “budtenders,” her twenty-something-year-old son, and a troubled security guard. The trailer promises some PG-13, if not R-rated, content: “What the f—, it’s cool,” Ruth says nonchalantly at the end.

From Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum, the 30-minute show will also star Tone Bell, Aaron Moten, Elizabeth Alderfer, Dougie Baldwin, and Elizabeth Ho.

Disjointed” marks one of the first original sitcoms to come from Netflix, whose previous forays into the genre include “Fuller House,” a sequel series to the original ABC hit; Ashton Kutcher-starrer “The Ranch,” currently
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Jessica Chastain Throws Major Side Eye at CBS for Male Heavy Fall Lineup

Jessica Chastain Throws Major Side Eye at CBS for Male Heavy Fall Lineup
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain raised her voice once again in support of women’s stories, this time directing her criticism at the abundance of male-centric television shows in CBS’ fall programming.

“I’ll just Netflix and chill. Or some HBO greatness. Or anything by Ryan Murphy,” Chastain wrote on Twitter. “There’s so many incredible options that don’t include CBS.”

Read MoreJessica Chastain Blasts Portrayal Of Women In This Year’s Cannes Films As ‘Quite Disturbing’

Chastain was reacting to comments made by CBS executive Thom Sherman in response to a question about lack of diversity in the network’s fall lineup. “We had six pilots with female leads and the way things turned out those pilots were not deemed to be as good as the pilots that were picked up,” said Sherman at a Television Critics Association panel. Chastain linked to a story on the panel in her tweet.
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Jessica Chastain Throws Major Side Eye at CBS for Male Heavy Fall Lineup

Jessica Chastain Throws Major Side Eye at CBS for Male Heavy Fall Lineup
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain raised her voice once again in support of women’s stories, this time directing her criticism at the abundance of male-centric television shows in CBS’ fall programming.

“I’ll just Netflix and chill. Or some HBO greatness. Or anything by Ryan Murphy,” Chastain wrote on Twitter. “There’s so many incredible options that don’t include CBS.”

Read MoreJessica Chastain Blasts Portrayal Of Women In This Year’s Cannes Films As ‘Quite Disturbing’

Chastain was reacting to comments made by CBS executive Thom Sherman in response to a question about lack of diversity in the network’s fall lineup. “We had six pilots with female leads and the way things turned out those pilots were not deemed to be as good as the pilots that were picked up,” said Sherman at a Television Critics Association panel. Chastain linked to a story on the panel in her tweet.
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Natalie Portman and Jacob Tremblay featured on latest posters for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Director Xavier Dolan has taken to Twitter to share two new poster for his upcoming drama The Death and Life of John F. Donovan featuring Natalie Portman and Jacob Tremblay; take a look below…

Teaser poster for Natalie Portman in the Death and Life of John F. Donovan – Photo by Shayne Laverdière pic.twitter.com/Nh29sV6ksc

Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) August 2, 2017

And @JacobTremblay pic.twitter.com/WuDzcn6AH0

Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) August 2, 2017

A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan features a cast that includes Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Jared Keeso, Susie Almgren, Thandie Newton, Bella Thorne, Sarah Gadon, Michael Gambon, and Ben Schnetzer. It is
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New Posters For Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’ Revealed

The Toronto International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival have started rolling out their lineups, and there are plenty of big movies still to come. One picture that’s sure to rock the landscape should it be announced — and it’s starting to feel like it will be soon — is Xavier Dolan‘s “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan.” Some new posters have landed, and it certainly suggests this one might pop up on the radar sooner rather than later.

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'Elle' producer boards Karlovy Vary work in progress projects

Volcano, Brighton 4 are currently in post-production.

Michel Merkt has signed on as a producer on works in progress 2017 films Volcano and Brighton 4.

Volcano is directed by Roman Bondarchuk and produced by Olena Yershova. The film centres on Lukas, a translator working for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, who is left stranded in the southern Ukrainian town of Beryslaw after several strange coincidences.

As an involuntary guest, Lukas must confront a totally new world in which life seems to be completely detached from any kind of structure.

Brighton 4, directed by Levan Koguashvili and produced by Olena Yershova, centres on Kahi, a 65 year old Georgian ex-wrestler, who travels to Brooklyn, New York, in order to help his son escape a gambling debt.

The two film projects are currently in the post-production stage and were participants in the works in progress 2017 @Kviff programme.

Volcano and Brighton 4 were among the eight selected projects originating from Central and Eastern
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'Elle' producer acquires Karlovy Vary work in progress projects

Volcano, Brighton 4 are currently in post-production.

Swiss producer Michel Merkt has acquired Volcano and Brighton 4 at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Volcano is directed by Roman Bondarchuk and produced by Olena Yershova. The film centres on Lukas, a translator working for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, who is left stranded in the southern Ukrainian town of Beryslaw after several strange coincidences.

As an involuntary guest, Lukas must confront a totally new world in which life seems to be completely detached from any kind of structure.

Brighton 4, directed by Levan Koguashvili and produced by Olena Yershova, centres on Kahi, a 65 year old Georgian ex-wrestler, who travels to Brooklyn, New York, in order to help his son escape a gambling debt.

The two film projects are currently in the post-production stage and were participants in the works in progress 2017 @Kviff programme. Volcano and Brighton 4 are among the eight selected projects originating from Central and Eastern
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Jessica Chastain featured on first poster for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

The first official teaser poster has released for writer-director Xavier Dolan’s upcoming The Death and Life of John F. Donovan featuring Jessica Chastain; check it out here…

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A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan features a cast that also includes Kit Harington, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Jared Keeso, Susie Almgren, Thandie Newton, Bella Thorne, Sarah Gadon, Michael Gambon, and Ben Schnetzer. It is expected for release in 2018.
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First Poster For Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’ Features Jessica Chastain

Could Xavier Dolan be getting ready to leap into the fall film festival fray? The curtain is continuing to be lifted on the filmmakers’ “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan,” and following some first look photos this spring, the first poster has landed.

Featuring an ensemble cast including Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton, the story centers on the tribulations of an American TV star in his late 20s and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England.

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Amara Karan Joins ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’; Luke Tennie To Star In Indie Drama ‘Vengeance’

Amara Karan Joins ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’; Luke Tennie To Star In Indie Drama ‘Vengeance’
Amara Karan has been cast in Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut drama The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan, joining an impressive ensemble that includes Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Thandie Newton, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Jacob Tremblay, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire. The film is set a decade after the death of American TV star John F. Donovan (Harington), as young actor Rupert Turner recollects his…
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Moody First Pics For The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan Cast Light On Xavier Dolan’s All-Star Drama

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Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Natalie Portman and the so-hot-right-now Jacob Tremblay all feature in the moody first pics for The Death and Life Of John F. Donovan, Xavier Dolan’s star-studded drama that’s eyeing a debut on fall’s festival circuit.

Coming to us by way of Collider, the striking, beautifully composed images also shine the spotlight on Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Nicholas Hoult, and Westworld‘s Thandie Newton. At the crux of John F. Donovan, though, is Kit Harington’s American TV star.

Riding high in his late 20s, Harington’s life and career are called into question amid allegations of his purported correspondence with Rupert Turner (Tremblay), an 11-year-old actor living with his mother on the other side of the pond. That saga begins in the early 2000s, though we understand The Death and Life Of John F. Donovan
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First images debut from Xavier Dolan’s latest, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Author: Scott Davis

While acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Dolan isn’t heading to next week’s Cannes Film Festival with his new film, the first slew of images for his latest effort, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, have arrived. Anticipation is already at fever pitch, though it may be a little while yet until we get to see the film.

Dolan’s previous films include I Killed My Mother, Mommy and, most recently last year, It’s Only The End of the World, which starred Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Lea Seydoux, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel. His new film features as impressive a cast.

See Also: Read our review of It’s Only The End of the World

A slew of A-list talent headline the film, including Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane, The Zookeeper’s Wife), Natalie Portman (Jackie, Song to Song), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Taylor Kitsch
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First-look images from Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Collider has revealed a batch of first look images for Xavier Dolan’s English language debut The Death and Life of John F. Donovan featuring Kit Harington, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Chastain, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Jared Keeso, Susie Almgren; take a look below…

Meanwhile, speaking to the site, the director discussed the themes of the upcoming drama and the effect of social media on modern society:

“When editing, [during a lengthier shooting break] it became clear that the heart of this film would be the mother-son relationships,” Dolan said. “And you, know that realization didn’t bother me. I could spend the rest of my life talking about mothers and sons and still be making a completely different movie than the last. It’s the story of a child who worships an actor, Kit’s the fictional hero, and my movie and [Hellsome] is built around specific tropes of American cinema, such as a superhero and a villain.
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First Images from Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’

Not employing a usual production schedule, Xavier Dolan has been shooting his English language debut The Death and Life of John F. Donovan on and off since last July, due to the schedules of his massive ensemble. With things finally wrapping up the first images have now arrived for the film starring Jessica Chastain, Kit Harrington, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Michael Gambon, and Sarah Gadon.

The set photos, shot by Shayne Laverdière, will look familiar to those who have seen Dolan’s past work, and it’s exciting to see the likes of Chastain and Bates glammed up in his style. For those unaware, the drama delves into themes of identity and fame in showbiz, and focuses on a young actor reminiscing on a past pen pal relationship with his American TV idol.

“When editing, [during a lengthier shooting break] it became clear that the heart of this film would be the mother-son relationships,
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‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ Photos: Kit Harington Leads an All-Star Cast in Xavier Dolan’s New Drama

‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ Photos: Kit Harington Leads an All-Star Cast in Xavier Dolan’s New Drama
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” marks the first English-language film from French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan, the 28-year-old filmmaker behind such films as “Mommy, “Laurence Anyways” and “Tom at the Farm.” The film is set for release in 2018, and now we have photos from the set, released exclusively by Collider.

Read More: ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ Behind The Scenes Video: Xavier Dolan and Kit Harington Discuss Upcoming Drama

10 years after the death of television star John F. Donovan (Kit Harington), a young actor opens up about the written correspondence they once shared. Susan Sarandon plays John’s mother, Grace Donovan. “When editing, [during a shooting break] it became clear that the heart of this film would be the mother-son relationships,” Dolan told Collider. “And you, know that realization didn’t bother me. I could spend the rest of my life talking about mothers and sons and still be
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First Look At Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman & More In Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death and Life Of John F. Donovan’

While Xavier Dolan won’t be at Cannes this year, the filmmaker isn’t waiting to give fans a glimpse of his next, and arguably most ambitious, picture yet. The first images from “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan” have landed, and they promise more distinct style and drama from the director.

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Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton are part of the star-studded ensemble in the movie, which takes place in the early 2000s and centers on the tribulations of an American TV star in his late 20s (Harington) and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England.

Continue reading First Look At Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman & More In Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death and Life Of John F. Donovan’ at The Playlist.
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