Update: Image removed at the request of The Weinstein Company.
One film that is pretty high on our must-see list at TIFF this year is "Butter," a film that boasts an outrageously good all-star cast -- Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Ty Burrell, Yara Shahidi -- in a high concept, Black List-approved comedy.
Directed by Jim Field Smith ("She's Out of My League") and written by Jason Micallef, the story follows Laura (Garner), the wife of a former butter sculpting champion Bob (Burrell) who tries to take the mantle from her husband only to be thwarted by a young adopted African American girl (Shahidi), who has discovered that she has a natural talent for making art out of butter. The offbeat story has a bit of edge to it as it's apparently an analogy for the 2008 Democratic primaries. In this political allegory, Laura and Bob are obviously Hillary and Bill Clinton, with the the young African girl playing the Barack Obama figure in the story. Whether or not that allusion is pushed hard or not, we'll soon see, but this has some great potential and well be eager to see how it turns out. Check out the official synopsis below. [TIFF]
Butter follows an ambitious woman (Jennifer Garner) who is married to Iowa’s reigning butter sculpting champ (Ty Burrell) but decides to enter the race on her own when he retires. She's the shoo-in until an adopted young black girl (Yara Shahidi) discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving and becomes a late-breaking favourite.
Well, you can't live on making indie comedies alone and you gotta make bank sometimes, and Garner is keeping the lights on with "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." The film, which co-stars Joel Edgerton, Ron Livingston, Dianne Wiest and Rosemarie DeWitt, is about a couple who can't conceive who then put their wishes for an ideal child in a box, bury it and then grow a kid. Seriously. If the trailer didn't make your stomach churn, these sunshine-y pictures will. The trailer is playing in front of audiences for "The Help" this weekend, which is the intended audience, but the crowd we watched it with were just as baffled as we were. The film opens on August 15, 2012.