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The 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its Tiff Docs lineup, and among the always impressive slate of high-profile films making their world premieres at the festival, are a few that we've been tracking on this blog, including the Kevin Costner/Octavia Spencer drama "Black And White." Anthony Mackie co-stars in the film, which is written and directed by actor Mike Binder, with Costner co-producing alongside Binder and Todd Lewis. The drama centers on Elliot Anderson (Costner) an attorney widowed after his wife dies in a car crash, and who also is raising his bi-racial granddaughter Eloise, since his »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Rooney Mara is set to replace Jessica Chastain in Jim Sheridan's drama "The Secret Scripture". Mara will play a young woman who survives a traumatic childhood only to see her life utterly changed by a vindictive Catholic priest.
Vanessa Redgrave will play the older version of the character who recounts her life in mental institutions in a secret memoir. Filming begins in September. [Source: CinEuropa]
Brooklyn Family Robinson
Steve Carell will star in and produce the family adventure comedy "Brooklyn Family Robinson" for Disney Pictures, Madeville Films and Carousel Productions.
David Reynolds penned the script which follow an urban dwelling father who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to a tiny island. All other story details are being kept under wraps. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Over the course of his dozen-plus films as a writer-director, Parisian auteur Luc Besson has become known for his stylish inversions of schlock genre fare and a certain, shall we call it, Vive la femme attitude toward women.
Time and again, his movies place emotionally fragile female characters in physically perilous situations: a conflicted hit-woman struggling with the perils of her job in 1990’s La Femme Nikita, 12-year old Natalie Portman on the run as an assassin-in-training in The Professional, and Milla Jovovich’s universe-saving alien Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) among them. Besson’s latest multiplex offering appears set to follow that template. »
- Chris Lee
The Ultimate Slumber Party
There are certain films that capture the zeitgeist of an era, and The Big Chill is definitely one of them. If a movie like, say, Annie Hall, hits the nail on the head of urban relationships in the late 70s, then Chill embraces the Baby Boomers’ angst of adulthood in the early 80s—a time when the partying and discoing Carter years were undoubtedly over and we, in the USA, were solidly entrenched in Reagan’s world of hippies-turned-yuppies. The Big Chill is a love letter to the Baby Boomers, as it explores themes of regret over wasted opportunities, friendship and camaraderie, nostalgia, and the eternal question of what-happens-next.
Director and co-writer Kasdan, in a recent video interview (included as an extra on the disk), states that one of his influences for the picture was Jean Renoir’s 1939 classic, The Rules of the Game, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Ariel Vromen's The Iceman is a solid film with an excellent performance by Michael Shannon, and the director will be working with some other fantastic actors for his next movie, Criminal. Gary Oldman and Kevin Costner were previously cast in Vromen's new film, and THR is reporting Tommy Lee Jones will be joining them for the thriller. The script for Criminal was written by The Rock and Double Jeopardy scribes Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. Criminal might have a generic »
- Jesse Giroux
• Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal. Ariel Vromen is directing the thriller from Millenium Films, which tells the story of a prison inmate who is implanted with a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills with the hope that he will stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants said intelligence. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, and Matt O’Toole will produce. [THR]
- C. Molly Smith
Set to close the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is the sophomore directorial effort of Alan Rickman who is best known for being the source of villainy in Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). “It is a great privilege for A Little Chaos to have its world premiere in Toronto and for it to be given the Festival’s closing night Gala, but it is also a very personal pleasure,” stated Rickman. “I have filmed in the city, visited often, and some of my closest friends live there. It will be like coming home.”
The historical drama stars Kate Winslet as Sabine De Barra an unconventional landscaper who is tasked with designing one of the fountains at The Palace of Versailles while contending with uncooperative weather, rivalries at the court of Louis Xiv and her own personal demons. Performing alongside Winslet are Stanley Tucci, Alan Rickman and Matthias Schoenaerts. »
- Trevor Hogg
The films centers on a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a prisoner to help him stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a doctor.
Producers are Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Jake Weiner and Matt O’Toole. Exec producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Christine Crowe and Jason Bloom.
- Dave McNary
Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal, a thriller from Millennium Films. Ariel Vromen, who wrote and directed The Iceman, is helming the project, which centers on a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a dangerous prison inmate in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants the memories. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Producing are Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Matt O'Toole. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill, John Thompson, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Christine Crowe,
- Borys Kit
Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones has signed on to join Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Ariel Vromen's thriller “Criminal,” an individual familiar with the Millennium Films project has told TheWrap. “Criminal” follows a dangerous prison inmate who has a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills implanted into him in hopes he'll stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a character named Dr. Frank. Vromen (“The Iceman”) will direct from a script by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are producing with Matt O'Toole, while executive producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, »
- Jeff Sneider
There's been a snafu with my Tiff credentials so I'm currently in limbo. Therefore today's listing is not an 'Omg Look What Prezzies I Get in September' humble brag, merely today's listing. Which of these 46 films hitting Toronto (not a complete list) are you most excited for? If I do go to Toronto I may well use you readers as film-picking guide.
Tiff Lineup So Far
100s more films to come
(If we've already covered the film somehow, it's linked up)
I demand custody of... your Oscar!
Breakup Buddies (Ning Hao) - a "raunchy romantic comedy"
- NATHANIEL R
The upcoming 2014 Toronto Film Festival has unveiled a starry slate of films hoping to make their way into the Oscar race this year. New photos from the fest's lineup have been released featuring Chris Evans -- also making his directorial debut -- in "Before I Go"; Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in "The Judge"; Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in "The Imitation Game"; Kate Winslet in Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos," and Al Pacino in "The Humbling." Plus, Julianne Moore, Chris Rock, Aubrey Plaza, Kevin Costner, Omar Sy, Ethan Hawke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jennifer Aniston, Octavia Spencer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Adam Driver, Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and many more. Related: 'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres The Toronto Film Festival runs September 4-14. Check out the new photos below. »
- Dave Lewis
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which runs from September 4 to 14 this year, has announced its initial lineup of films. This is the first of a handful of announcements for the festival, and as always, the first announcement focuses on its Galas and Special Presentations -- the films with the flashiest names.
The initial slate of fifty-nine films includes thirty-seven world premieres, boasting those from Noah Baumbach,Lone Scherfig, and Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock. Premieres have been a contentious subject this year on the film festival circuit, as Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Tiff, threw down the gauntlet, announcing that the festival would not play a film in the first four days of its schedule if it was also programmed concurrently for the Telluride festival.
- Sasha James
All right, all right, all right. We get it: Matthew McConaughey has had a year that most actors could only dream of. He wins the Best Actor Oscar in a competitive category for his stunning turn in Dallas Buyers Club. He is predicted to be a major contender in the Best Actor – Drama category at next month’s Emmys, for his tour de force performance in HBO’s True Detective. And he keeps attracting good work, such as the Gus Van Sant drama Sea of Trees. Now, the Oscar-winning actor is circling a hot Black List screenplay, The Company Man, which has the potential to continue his McConaissance.
The Company Man (not to be confused with The Company Men, a 2010 drama with Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner) is based on a true story about CIA agent Edwin Wilson, who had a meteoric rise in the agency until some of his »
- Jordan Adler
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.Scroll down for full list
Not to be outdone by the New York Film Festival, which has staked a claim to the world premieres of Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, and Venice, which will open with Birdman, artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team announced on Tuesday (22) close to 50 galas and special presentations.
Two factors are certain to ratchet up the sense of anticipation heading into September. Most of these titles are without Us distribution and that said, it remains to be seen which films will qualify for a coveted first-weekend slot.
Tiff top brass made it clear earlier this year that any title that sneaks into Telluride will be forced to screen after the first four days of the festival. Tiff runs from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
There is an unfathomable amount of money resting on movies. Studios throw money at films like currency is going out of fashion and hope what their assembled crew produces will be enticing enough for us to help them make the money back. And wouldn’t you know it, sometimes they end up losing out.
Sometimes they can sink so much into a film that the only possible outcome is that it will, well, sink. Kevin Costner vehicle Waterworld is the epitome of this over spending. Its $264 million box office may have covered the then-outrageous $172 million budget, but barely scratched the surface of the film’s marketing, which included everything from the usual posters and trailers to three theme park rides. The film actually isn’t terrible, but on that budget it would have had to have beaten the biggest film of the year (Die Hard: With A Vengeance, »
- Alex Leadbeater
The cycling movie is an expansive genre, covering everything from sports documentaries like the recent Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist to quirky comedies such as Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and fondly remembered children's adventure movies, like the oh-so-1980s BMX Bandits.
Cycling as a professional sport is also well represented on screen, whether it's the Indiana University Little 500 race in classic comedy-drama Breaking Away, an animated Tour de France in Belleville Rendez-vous or the Paris–Roubaix in Jørgen Leth's stunning documentary A Sunday in Hell.
With the Tour de France about to enter its final week, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best cycling movies.
1) Breaking Away (1979)
Peter Yates' wonderful small town comedy-drama won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture. Dennis Christopher stars as Dave Stoller, an Indiana teenager obsessed with the Italian cycling team, who gets »
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