1010 WINS - 'Entertainment Tonight' Presents: 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

David Caplan
September 05, 2019 - 2:54 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A slew of stars will descend upon the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival, which kicked off its 11-day run on Thursday.

Meryl Streep will be all over the festival: She's receiving TIFF's first-ever Tribute Actor Award and her film "The Laundromat" will be screened.

The head of TIFF said Streep is the award's recipient because she "is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation."

"The Laundromat" is a film made for Netflix, directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starring Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman. The film is loosely based on the "Panama Papers" scandal. Streep plays a widow investigating insurance fraud. 

Speaking of powerful women in Hollywood, half of all of the movie on the festival's gala slate have female directors, which is a record for the festival.

One of the female-helmed movies is "Hustlers," directed by Lorene Scafaria. 

"Hustlers" stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu as strippers at Scores in Manhattan. Also in it are Cardi B., Lizzo, Julia Stiles and "Riverdale" star Lili Reinhart.

In the film, Lopez and Wu are the ringleaders of a group of strippers who come up with a plan to scam Wall Street execs. 

Another film directed by a woman, Marielle Heller, is "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," the biopic about Fred Rogers -- aka Mr. Rogers, played by Tom Hanks. The movie tracks Rogers' friendship with an Esquire magazine journalist, played by Matthew Rhys. 

Another film directed by a woman, Amy Jo Johnson, is "Tammy's Always Dying," a dark comedy starring Felicity Huffman.

While it's uncertain the toll of the college cheating admission scandal on Huffman getting future roles, this film was already in pre-production when the scandal broke. 

It's unlikely Huffman will attend TIFF, as a judge has limited her travel to the continental U.S.

Other TIFF films that critics are buzzing about are:

--"Ad Astra" starring Brad Pitt, as an astronaut heading into space to find his lost father

--"Judy," the biopic about Judy Garland starring Renee Zellweger

--The art forgery drama "The Goldfinch," starring Nicole Kidman

--"Lucy in the Sky," starring Natalie Portman as an astronaut who has trouble adjusting to life on earth after returning to space 

1010 WINS' David Caplan and "Entertainment Tonight" host Kevin Frazier break down what to expect from the Toronto International Film Festival in the video above. 

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