THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday finalized the lineup for its 41st edition, adding onstage conversations with Deepwater Horizon star Mark Wahlberg and Chinese star Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as well as 35 films from first- and second-time directors, more docs and virtual reality fare.
Toronto’s Discovery sidebar will feature world premieres of Wayne Roberts’ Katie Says Goodbye, starring Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and The Killing star Mireille Enos; Scottish director Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling, starring Game of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick; and Rachel Lambert’s In the Radiant City, produced by Jeff Nichols.
Cooke stars opposite Christopher Abbott in writer-director Wayne Roberts’ feature debut.
Olivia Cooke gained attention for her performance in the Sundance stand-out, 2015’s Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. From there, the Bates Motel actress landed the female lead in Steven Spielberg’s tentpole adaptation of Ready Player One, but first she will be back on the fall festival circuit with the indie Katie Says Goodbye.
The coming-of-age drama centers on a young waitress (Cooke) in the American Southwest who is working towards moving to San Francisco, but her plans and hard work are derailed when she falls in love with an ex-convict, played by Girls actor Christopher Abbott.
Katie Says Goodbye is feature directorial debut for writer-director Wayne Roberts, who first envisioned Katie’s story as a novel but was was encouraged to make the movie by Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin, who both attended NYU film school.
With Durkin on board as an exec producer, Roberts went looking for his Katie.
“When I saw Olivia’s headshot I knew that she was Katie,” said Roberts who hadn’t seen any of Cooke’s past work before he cast her in his project. “I don’t watch TV, so I was unaware of her [television] work beforehand and I had never seen Me, Earl and the Dying Girl.”
He continued: “We sat down for a meeting and hit it off and both knew it was meant to be.”
Katie Says Goodbye, which also stars Jim Belushi and Mireille Enos, shot over six weeks during in the winter in New Mexico, in the outskirts of Albuquerque. On what he is most looking forward to about the upcoming film festivals, Roberts said, “I am most excited to just watch the film with an actual audience full of people I don’t know. I am excited for people to finally see Olivia’s performance.”
See the first image for Katie Says Goodbye below.
Hi! It was announced today that The Limehouse Golem will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in september. I have added 2 new HQ stills from the film to the gallery
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Producers made the announcement Friday during the show’s annual Comic-Con panel.
It’s the end of the road for A&E’s Bates Motel.
Producers announced Friday at Comic-Con that the show’s previously announced fifth season of the Psycho prequel will be its last.
— Bates Motel on A&E (@InsideBates) July 22, 2016
VARIETY – “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star Olivia Cooke has signed with CAA.
Cooke’s breakout role came last year with the Sundance film “Me and Earl,” which follows two friends who connect with a girl dying of cancer, while make a film revolving around her life. The movie went on to win the festival’s grand jury and audience awards, and quickly turned Cooke into one of Hollywood’s hottest new stars.
After testing dozens of young actors and actresses, Cooke was tapped to star in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” which begins filming this fall and also stars Tye Sheridan and Ben Mendelsohn.
She is currently shooting the indie “Thoroughbred” opposite Anya Taylor-Joy. She will next be seen in “Katie Says Goodbye,” in which she plays the title character, and “The Limehouse Golem” with Bill Nighy.
She is managed by Josh Glick of Grandview and by Christina Shepherd of Shepherd Management in the U.K. Her attorney is Gretchen Rush of Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush and Kaller.
Screencaptures from episodes 4×08 and 4×09 of Bates Motel have been added to the gallery.