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Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Wins Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2013 1:58 PM
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While not always an accurate prediction of future awards season success (2011 winner "Where Do We Go Now?" basically was never heard from again), the Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award has more often than not been early augur of a film's potential. Previous winners including "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire" point toward a specific kind of crowdpleaser that tends to gain traction among audiences, though tougher films like "Precious" have also won the hearts of the TIFF moviegoing public that vote on the winner. But certainly, we weren't expecting this.

Venice Review: Sono Sion's Bonkers Midnight Movie 'Why Don't You Play In Hell?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2013 10:01 AM
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"Crowd-pleasing" is not an adjective typically associated with Japanese director Sono Sion. For a decade or so, he's been celebrated among cinephiles for his abrasive, challenging films like the four-hour long "Love Exposure" and the post-2011-tsunami "Himizu," which was something of a favourite here in Venice two years ago. But his latest, " Why Don't You Play In Hell?," is something of a departure — an ambivalently loving tribute to both the action movie and filmmaking in general, not so much blood-splattered as blood-drenched. It seems destined to be a midnight movie cult hit, but still feels very much a Sono film.

Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' & More Unveiled For TIFF's 25th Anniversary Midnight Madness Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 7:49 AM
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It isn't all high-falutin' Oscar contenders headed to TIFF in September. Their famed Midnight Madness lineup, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, provides attendees a chance to kick back and enjoy some good old fashioned thrills. And this morning, organizers have pulled back the curtain on the bloody, pulse-pounding delights they'll have in store.

Sion Sono To Direct 'Kill Bill'-Esque 'Why Don't You Play In Hell?'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 21, 2012 2:19 PM
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Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” already had it’s share of Eastern references, but now Japanese director Sion Sono is planning a picture which by his own admission has an “accidental resemblance to 'Kill Bill.' ” Sono’s a fairly prolific director and has helmed seven films since 2008 including “Love Exposure,” “The Land of Hope” and “Cold Fish” -- all works that have earned him a rather strong cult following.

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