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Morning Edition host George Prentice reports on the multiple world premieres from the 2019 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, including the much-anticipated "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" starring Tom Hanks, and "Just Mercy," starring Michael B. Jordan. The two films are among the more than 300 movies being showcased at this year's TIFF, which is expected to attract nearly 500,000 attendees.

TIFF 2019

It's been a banner year in film. From the Avengers to the Lion King, the movies have been non-stop. George Prentice takes a look back at the year in film. He'll also look forward, with a preview of the Toronto Film Festival.

Courtesy Boise State

Idaho native William von Tagen is a filmmaker and actor who’s worked on movies here in the U.S. and in Germany. A graduate of Boise High School, von Tagen knew a career in cinema was what he wanted to pursue after doing a school project for a German language class.


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It's the time of year where we start seeing ads about upcoming movies that might be Oscar contenders. Boise Weekly Film Critic George Prentice got a sneak peek of some of these films at the Toronto International Film Festival and fills us in on what's worth seeing at the theatre. Will "A Star Is Born" sweep the Oscars?

  • Animal hoarding case sparks discussion with Idaho Humane Society.
  • The Toronto International Film Festival in review. 

On The Friday, August 10, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Aug 9, 2018

  • Our team of Idaho reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • We look at how kids are focusing on playing just one sport.
  • The Boise Weekly's George Prentice reviews the summer's box office winners and losers.

- We review the week's headlines with a team of regional journalists.  This week we speak with the Nicole Foy from the Idaho Press and The Idaho Statesman's Cynthia Sewell.

Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart are beloved icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age, with careers that spanned decades and movies that still hold up today. They also were best friends who enjoyed spending time together, away from the glitter of their very public lives. With each other, they were simply Hank and Jim, two guys who flew kites, built model airplanes, played elaborate practical jokes on occasion, and didn’t find it necessary to talk about making movies, women, or the world war they both served in.


On The Thursday, July 5, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 5, 2018

  • Idaho Matters revisits a discussion about confronting opioid addiction.
  • A summer camp ... for adults.
  • George Prentice discusses the Golden Age of the Hollywood musical.

On The Thursday, June 14, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 13, 2018

  • Firework safety and legality ahead of the 4th of July
  • Valley officials discuss mass transit
  • A look at the physiology of the X-Gamer
  • Boise Weekly's George Prentice talks movies

- There's some confusion regarding the legality of aerial fireworks in the Gem State and on Thursday's Idaho Matters we parse out what you can buy.

George Prentice Talks About 2018 Summer Films

May 25, 2018
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The theaters will be filled with action movies this summer - 'Solo,' 'Deadpool 2,' 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' and 'Oceans 8' will keep the lucrative franchises alive for another year and on Friday's Idaho Matters we talk with Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice about which films to pick and which should get a pass.

On The Friday, May 25, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

May 24, 2018
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  • A round-up of the week's news.
  • Studying the carcinogenic effects of food.
  • A visit to the box office for this summer's blockbusters.

This encore program was originally broadcast in September, 2017.

Hollywood usually is viewed as a symbol of the American Dream. But in the 1930s and ’40s, it became a symbol of something much darker: the Communist threat to American values that must be publicly rooted out at all costs. 

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Casablanca, perhaps the most beloved of all Hollywood films. Somehow, this love story set in war time seems as relevant today as when it first lit up the silver screen back in 1942. People who’ve never even seen the movie still recognize its famous lines, and references to Casablanca abound in novels, plays, musicals, and other productions.

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Prior to showing 'A River Runs Through It' in 1992, The Flicks in downtown Boise wasn't making much of a profit.

Thanks to a chance meeting at the Morrison Center between The Flicks owner Carole Skinner and Robert Redford, the film's director, the theater was able to obtain permission from Columbia Pictures to show the film. The weekend premiere of the movie attracted a record-breaking audience and jump-started a loyal following The Flicks would carry on for years to come.

Photo provided by Reed Lindsay

Baseball is known as America’s pastime. But a short documentary by Idaho-born filmmaker Reed Lindsay might make you question if another country is more deserving of this title. 

 

'Almosting It'

Will von Tagen grew up in Boise, so it's not totally surprising that the 27-year-old would set his first feature film – called "Almosting It" – in the town. Boise moviegoers will get the first chance to see the film Wednesday at the Egyptian Theater.

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Boise filmmaker Zach Voss may be best known for his promotional videos for Boise's Treefort Music Festival. His 2013  Treefort work grabbed the attention of a northwest movie producer, and now Voss is preparing to make his feature-film directorial debut.

A new movie tells the story of two Mormon missionaries who were kidnapped and held for ransom in Saratov, Russia in 1998. 'The Saratov Approach' details what Andrew Propst and Travis Tuttle went through.

The film opened in theaters throughout the West this fall. Because of it’s success, managers at Boise’s Edwards 22 Theaters have extended the movie’s run until at least December 12.

Hollywood Comes To Sun Valley For Film Festival

Mar 15, 2013
Courtesy of the Sun Valley Film Festival

Sun Valley is no stranger to film. Several movies have been shot in the Wood River Valley, including 1985’s “Pale Rider” starring Clint Eastwood.  Last year, after finishing his latest story, screenwriter Ted Grennan came up with an idea that would add to the local film scene.    

“I really didn’t know what I was going to do next and a friend called and I said ‘What about a film festival in Sun Valley,’ and he said ‘there are film festivals everywhere.’ And I said ‘there is not one in Sun Valley’ and he said you might be on to something,” explains Grennan.