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The Hollywood Reporter has released its second Toronto International Film Festival daily issue, which features a look at how Hurricane Irma is impacting festival events and travel, details on Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios’ acquisition of buzzy titles Replicas and Chappaquiddick, and a Q&A with Armando Iannucci about Death of Stalin‘s surprising relevance to present-day.
Hurricane Irma Causes Disruption
Though the eye of Hurricane Irma is some 1,300 miles away, the superstorm has already begun to disrupt the Toronto Film Festival. Contingents from the Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County film commissions have canceled their trips to the festival, as has actor Christopher Rivera, who was traveling from the Sunshine State to Toronto for Sunday’s premiere of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project. THR examines how canceled events and uncertain travel are affecting attendees en route from Florida and members of a Caribbean contingent already in Toronto.
Byron Allen’s Busy Day
Friday was a busy day in Toronto for Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios. The company picked up the North American rights to the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller Replicas, which takes place after a car accident kills the loving family of a daring neuroscientist, for $4 million. Entertainment Studios also landed Ted Kennedy film Chappaquiddick for the same amount. THR previously reported that Entertainment Studios made an aggressive bid on the film weeks before TIFF after being shown a print in Los Angeles, and the early interest appears to have paid off.
Armando Iannucci Talks Death of Stalin
In this “comedy of terrors,” Jeffrey Tambor plays the indecisive Georgy Malenkov, who stumbles into power as Stalin’s deputy only to find himself caught up in a deadly game of backstabbing and skulduggery between Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale) and Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi) over the keys to the Kremlin. Meanwhile, the lives of millions of Russians are at stake outside. Iannucci talked to THR about contemporary parallels with his latest political satire, keeping well away from Veep and what Stalin’s Twitter feed might look like.
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