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This Labor Day weekend the 42nd Telluride Film Festival will host a crop of films and filmmakers that hope to be in the hunt for Oscar gold later this season. The most coveted slot in is the “Patron Preview”, a special screening open only to the festival’s biggest spenders who generally do not know which film will be shown until they have already taken their seats. Past success of films that have premiered to the patron crowd has made the slot a hot commodity and rumors and speculation as to what film will play this year are swirling about.
Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation, the studio’s first foray into feature films, stars Idris Elba, is directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, who helmed the critically acclaimed series’ first season, and is a possible strong contender for the patron slot. Another possibility is Steve Jobs, »
- Patrick Shanley
Many of the attractions at Disney theme parks are designed to transport riders to another time and place. And as rides are now totally acceptable fodder for movie ideas, the subsequent films based on them attempt to do the same thing. The Johnny Depp-fronted Pirates of the Caribbean franchise conveys viewers back to the mid-1700s, and when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tackles Disney’s Jungle Cruise, the production will follow suit. Fans will get to smell what The Rock is cooking in the 1920s. Pumped to kick off the writing for our Disney's Jungle Cruise. Great meeting w/ our writers Requa & Ficarra who last wrote and directed Focus w/ Will Smith and Bad Santa w/ Billy Bob Thornton. Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way. Johnny Depp raised the bar with Pirates Of The Caribbean.. »
Based on source material from Nate Blakeslee, a senior editor at Texas Monthly, the story follows a hunter in Yellowstone National Park who accidentally kills an endangered American wolf, and the unlikely friendship that forms between him and the wildlife researcher who works with wolves in the park.
- Justin Kroll
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
His latest film, real-life mobster drama Black Mass, brings us a terrifying Johnny Depp. But director Scott Cooper is now being courted to tackle a story that also features guns and death, albeit with a more empathic element: American Wolf.Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way company is part of the team trying to score Cooper’s services to direct this one for Warner Bros. It’ll be based on material from Texas Monthly senior editor Nate Blakeslee, who chronicled a hunter in Yellowstone National Park and his accidental killing of an endangered wolf.The animal, a female alpha who had been tagged and tracked by researchers in the park, was known as O-Six, or 832F. Despite the dystopian-sounding codename, she quickly became a star in the eyes of the scientists and an animal-loving public, and the outcry after her accidental shooting was so big, she received an obituary in The New York Times. »
“Black Mass” director Scott Cooper is in talks to direct “American Wolf” for Warner Bros., Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way and Kevin McCormick‘s Langley Park, TheWrap has learned. Based on source material from Nate Blakeslee, a senior editor at Texas Monthly, the story follows a hunter in Yellowstone National Park who accidentally kills an endangered American wolf, and the unlikely friendship that forms between him and the wildlife researcher who works with wolves in the park. A representative for Cooper did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Also Read: Johnny Depp Is Even More Dangerous in New »
- Jeff Sneider
Move over Reitmans. The father and son team who are usual home-country heroes at the Toronto Film Festival may have competition this year from fellow famous Canadians, the Sutherlands. Donald and Kiefer’s father-and-son Western “Forsaken” gets a top shelf timeslot, but it may be younger brother Rossif Sutherland who emerges as the festival darling. Rossif, a 36-year-old Princeton grad who does not do Cuervo commercials like his “24” actor sibling, stars in two exotic foreign locale thrillers, “Hyena Road” and “River.” Also Read: Toronto Film Festival Adds Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp Films In addition to the Sutherlands, »
- Mikey Glazer
Best Actor could once again (as it almost always is these days) be an ultra-competitive race full of some of major A-listers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper (going for his fourth nomination in a row), Robert Redford (who has never won for acting, and is coming off that "All Is Lost" snub) Michael Fassbender (with three juicy roles), Jake Gyllenhaal (with two, and coming off not being nominated for "Nightcrawler") and Don Cheadle -- all of whom have never won -- have films coming out this year that scream Oscar (at least on paper) and all of them are due. They might have to compete against someone who is definitely not due, though, as Eddie Redmayne could be in the running again for his role as a transgender artist in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl." Could Eddie Redmayne be the next Tom Hanks or Spencer Tracy, »
- Peter Knegt
The 72nd Venice Film Festival will run from the 2-12 September and promises one of the hottest line ups for years. The already announced opening film, Baltasar Kormákur's Everest, continues the start big philosophy of Gravity and Birdman of the previous two years. The Johnny Depp return to acting, Black Mass, has also already been announced as showing out of competition, seeing Depp don another physical transformation, but this time in the service of a more grown-up tale of real life gangster Whitey Bulger. In the main competition, the English language big hitters include Kirsten Stewart in science fiction thriller Equals, a post-True Detective project for Cary Fukunaga - Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba - and Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl starring an unrecognisable Eddie Redmayne.
- CineVue UK
When you first heard about Pirates of the Caribbean, you thought it was a pretty stupid idea to make a film based on a ride, and you were right. As bad as endless sequels and reboots might be, you thought we were really running out of ideas when Disney has to start kicking out films based on rides… because that doesn’t even make any sense.
It turned out to be a good film, but only because it actually had nothing to do with the ride at all, except that both feature pirates.
Of course, The Haunted Mansion came out at about the same time, just to prove that even Disney can’t win them all.
Now that we’ve heard that Jungle Cruise is going to get the film adaptation treatment, the exact same thought process has started whirring in the collective conscious, because it sounds stupid as well. »
- Marc Eastman
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. put “Black Mass” on top of the TV ad spending list. The Johnny Depp film, based on notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, replaces “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” which dropped to second after leading last week.
With an estimated $8.51 million spent on national TV ads, “Black Mass” added 1,265 national airings across 44 networks, to bring the total spent near $15 million going into the week. Trailing was Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” with an estimated $7.23 million spent, bringing its lifetime total through Sunday to the $12.8 million mark.
Debuting on the list in the third position this week was Warner Bros.’ “The Intern,” a Robert DeNiro driven comedy that saw an estimated $4.9 million spent on 562 national airings across 22 networks, led by MTV and Comedy Central. Dropping to the fourth spot this week was The Weinstein Company’s “No Escape, »
Abbolita Films has ramped up its nascent distribution partnership with Xyz Films, acquiring multiterritory rights to “Green Room,” “Brain on Fire,” “’71” and “Pilgrimage,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Abbolita and Xyz launched the alliance at Cannes, involving acquisition and distribution of films in Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
“Green Room,” which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, is directed by Jeremy Saulnier and stars Patrick Stewart as the leader of a white supremacist gang along with Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots. The film was acquired from WestEnd, and will be the opening night film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.
“Brain on Fire” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann and Jenny Slate and is currently in production in Vancouver. The film will be released in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, which will distribute it in the U. »
- Dave McNary
Baltasar Kormakur’s “Everest” kicked off the 72nd Venice Film Festival on an emotional note Wednesday as the mountain-climbing thriller, which had its world premiere out of competition, provided bursts of anxiety and cliff-hanging 3D drama, along with star power, to a Lido edition marked by many high-profile U.S. titles screening in the first few days alongside a robust representation of international auteurs.
Co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Emily Watson and producer Tim Bevan of Working Title strutted down the red carpet with the balmy lagoon in the backdrop, prior to the opening ceremony attended by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Also spotted: Netflix head of content acquisition Ted Sarandos, Cannes Film Festival topper Thierry Fremaux, jury member Diane Kruger, Luce Cinecitta president Roberto Cicutto, and the creme de la creme of Italy’s film industry.
“Everest” drew a muted response at the press screening, as »
- Nick Vivarelli
Jake Gyllenhaal climbs Mt. Everest, Ryan Reynolds spends a lot of time in casinos and Johnny Depp does his best Boston accent. These are just three of the hottest men who will are coming to a theater near you this fall. From adorable Andy Samberg in Hotel Transylvania 2 and an oversexed Jason Sudeikis in Sleeping With Other People to Bradley Cooper as a struggling master chef in Burnt to David Oyelowo going on a horrific killing spree in Captive and Andrew Garfield compromising his morals in 99 Homes, there's something for everyone starting this weekend. Here, we give you the hottest men of this year's fall movies. See you at the theater. Ps: Did we mention we're also giving you a sneak peek of »
The Venice Film Festival’s late-summer scheduling — a fixture since its inception 83 years ago — gives it sprocket-opera status it wouldn’t hold if it swapped places with, say, the Berlinale. (And not just because the skinny sandbar of the Lido is a lot less alluringly balmy in February.) As the American awards season has expanded, in the last couple of decades, into a six-month industry of promotion as restless as the speculation that surrounds it, this most venerably refined of festivals has become its near-accidental starting block.
Expense and distance protect it from the fever-pitch Oscar conversation that intensifies at Telluride and Toronto mere days after Venice raises its curtain, but these aren’t soundproof barriers: In an era when a film’s fate can be sealed on Twitter mere minutes after it first screens, contenders are swiftly anointed and annihilated in the Italian heat. Reigning Best Picture winner “Birdman »
- Guy Lodge
Damn, Johnny Depp! The sexy star appears in a new ad for Dior's "Sauvage" fragrance -- and he's never looked better. The commercial, which was directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino, definitely feels more like a mini-movie. The clip opens with the "Black Mass" star playing an electric guitar in a dimly-lit club before hitting the road to embark on a mysterious journey through the desert. "I gotta get out of here," Depp says as he vacates the city. "Which way? I don't know," he muses. "What am I looking for? Something I can't see," he says, just before stopping in the desert. "I can feel it." The actor's new campaign definitely feels reminiscent of Matthew McConaughey's ambiguous Lincoln commercials which first surfaced last year. Still, we don't mind seeing these A-listers on both the big and small screens! What do you think about Johnny's new commercial? Tell toofab in »
- tooFab Staff
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will be full of Hollywood names, starting with Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Demolition, which will open the festival on Thursday, Sept. 10. Gyllenhaal is just one of many Hollywood stars heading up to Toronto for Tiff this September. Many Hollywood actors, including Julianne Moore, Johnny Depp and Matt Damon, are starring in new films premiering at the festival. […]
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
The festival circuit is gearing up to start and London has added a handful of other prominent awards players for the year.
Among the new additions to the festival are Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role as the famed Apple head, which will be the festival’s closer. They have also announced that the premiere of Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, will happen at the festival.
Opening & Closing Night
Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. Director Sarah Gavron returns to the Festival for a third time with a film that tells the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote. Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle whose films Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010) previously closed the Festival. »
- Zach Dennis
The BFI has announced the full line-up for the 59th London Film Festival, which runs from October 7th until October 18th in Central London.
The festival will show a total of 238 films, including 16 world premieres, 40 European premiere and 8 international premieres, as well as 11 archival films that will be screened that include five world premieres of restored features. There will also be 182 short films including live-action and animation.
Previously, the festival announced it’s opening and closing galas in the form of Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, and Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, retrospectively, both of which receiving their European premieres.
Brooklyn – directed by John Crowley, »
- Scott J. Davis
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