Last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) included some Twilight cast representation, and this year’s will be the same.
Several of the Twilight Saga‘s castmates have films which will be featured at the festival – four, in fact. Here are the details.
- Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard‘s 50/50
I saw this movie in June, and it is that rare breed of funny and very touching at the same time. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, and Bryce Dallas Howard, and it centers on a moment when the main character “Adam” getting a rather serious form of cancer out of nowhere and meeting the title-reflective odds of survival. There was a moment where I had to really choke back some tears, and there were others where I was about to fall out of my seat. This will be a great addition to the festival, especially since it will be the world premiere for the film. Here’s the official description:
Inspired by personal experiences, 50/50 is a funny, touching and original story of friendship, love, and survival starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston.
- Ashley Greene‘s Butter
This film stars Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, and Ashley Greene and centers on a woman’s quest to keep her family’s honor in the butter-carving regime. Sounds a little hokey, yes, but oftentimes, these silly plots involve a lot of great dialogue. Here’s the official description:
Set in the highly competitive world of championship butter carving, Butter blends social commentary, outrageous comedy and heartfelt drama in telling the story of the ambitious Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the self-anointed First Lady of Butter Carving. Refusing to accept that her husband (Ty Burrell) wants to step down after his 15-year run as the “Iowa State Butter Carving Champion,” and therefore end the Pickler family‟s reign in the spotlight, Laura takes a stab at the title herself. But her bid for glory is complicated when two unlikely contestants enter the race – one, her husband‟s hard-living mistress (Olivia Wilde), and the other a 10-year-old foster child named Destiny (Yara Shahidi). Enlisting the help of her high school sweetheart, Boyd (Hugh Jackman), Laura will stop at nothing to be crowned champion, even if it means resorting to sabotage. Part political satire, part Capra-esque comedy, Butter is a story about what it means to win at all costs and against all odds.
- Charlie Bewley‘s Like Crazy
Like Crazy was featured at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and actually took home the Grand Jury Prize at the festival. Its international premiere will be at TIFF. The film stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, and Charlie Bewley. Here’s the official description:
Like Crazy is a film from and about the heart. Jacob, an American, and Anna, who is British, meet at college in Los Angeles and fall madly in love. It’s the purest kind of romance – they’re each other’s first significant attachment. When Anna returns to London, the couple is forced into a long-distance relationship. Their perfect love is tested, and youth, trust, and geography become their biggest enemies. Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones star as the young couple. An original, contemplative look at first love, Like Crazy strikes a universal chord as it explores the bittersweet beauty and impermanence of relationships.
- Jamie Campbell Bower and Xavier Samuel‘s Anonymous
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m excited to see these two team up. Ha. Anyhow, this movie centers on the drama surrounding a ghostwriter for Shakespeare. The film stars Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Xavier Samuel. TIFF will mark Anonymous‘ world premiere. Here’s the description:
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds, namely: who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when scandalous political intrigue, illicit romances in Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne were brought to light in the most unlikely of places: the London stage. Starring David Thewlis, Vanessa Redgrave, and Xavier Samuel.
I’m attaching the trailers for 50/50 and Anonymous, since those two have been released, in the video sidebar section. The full list of films being featured at TIFF can be found here. Think you’ll check out any of these films? Their involvement with TIFF means that we’ll be seeing some of the Twilight cast at the event! As of now, it is expected that Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Xavier Samuel will show up, but the list is far from final.
Thanks: Team Twilight
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