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Rome announces first English-language titles

16 September 2014 9:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Premieres include Time Out of Mind, Black and White, Love, Rosie.

The Rome Film Festival (Oct 16–25) has announced the first English-language titles for its ninth edition. They include:

Time Out of Mind, Oren MovermanTrash, Stephen DaldryLove, Rosie, Christian DitterBlack and White, Mike BinderStonehearst Asylum, Brad Anderson.

Time Out of Mind stars Richard Gere as a man in dire straits who is forced to find refuge in a homeless shelter. The European premiere will screen in the festival’s Cinema d’Oggi (Cinema Today) section.

Daldry’s anticipated drama Trash, which will have its European premiere in Rome, charts the story of three Brazilian children who make a discovery in a garbage dump that leads to a chase with the authorities. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star.

Love, Rosie, the adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s novel Where Rainbows End, will have its international premiere at the festival. Sam Claflin and Lily Collins star as two best friends since childhood »

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Variety Critics Pick the Best Films of Venice, Telluride and Toronto

15 September 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Justin Chang


Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)

“From What Is Before”

The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »

- Variety Staff

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Five Possible Oscar Nominees Awaiting Distribution Deals

15 September 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

With Oscar season in full swing, the race is on for Oscar hopefuls. U.S. distributors help push their films and actors involved toward Oscar nominations, and some acquisition titles managed to find distributors in Telluride and Toronto. Ethan Hawke’s Seymour: An Introduction was sold to Sundance Selects at Telluride. Toronto continued to be a hotspot for acquisition titles looking to secure deals. Some films that inked deals include Chris Rock’s Top Five (Paramount), Chris EvansBefore We Go (RADiUS), Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics) and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young (A24); there are still a number waiting in the wings, though. Here are five actors who could possibly score an Oscar nomination if their films are picked up by distributors:

Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner (Black and White)

Spencer hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar since her supporting actress »

- Anjelica Oswald

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'Imitation Game' takes top audience prize at Toronto Film Festival

15 September 2014 5:51 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician who cracked the Nazi Enigma code during World War II and was later ruined for being outed as a homosexual, was voted the favorite film by audiences at the Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Morten Tyldum and co-starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, The Imitation Game leaped into the Oscar race and was warmly embraced by audiences, who named it the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. It will open in theaters on Nov. 21.

The first runner-up was Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive, which stars Ben Kingsley »

- Jeff Labrecque

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The Imitation Game Takes Home Big Award At Toronto International Film Festival 2014

14 September 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Toronto International Film Festival today announced award winners from the 39th Festival which wraps up this evening.

This year marked the 37th year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favorite Festival film, with the GrolschPeople’s Choice Award.

This year’s award goes to Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game. The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Grolsch.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.

The Imitation Game is the type of film the awards season was made for. Look for it »

- Michelle McCue

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The Imitation Game Wins the People's Choice Award at Tiff '14

14 September 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With the 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) coming to an end today, winners were announced for the 2014 iteration of the popular Canadian film festival with the Weinstein Company taking their third win in this category over the past five years with The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

Directed by Scandinavian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, whose adaptation of the Jo Nesbo novel Headhunters appeared at Tiff in 2011, the drama tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who helped crack the Nazis' elusive Enigma code in order to help end World War II, saving the lives of millions. Turing was also a closeted homosexual whose secret was discovered nearly a decade after the war getting him arrested for indecency.

Oren Moverman's second film as a director Time Out of Mind, starring Richard Gere, received the coveted Fipresci award, handed out by a jury of international »

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Toronto: ‘Imitation Game’ Wins Festival’s People’s Choice Award

14 September 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game ” (TWC) has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The pic, which also screened at Telluride, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Cambridge mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who led the Enigma code-breaking operation during World War II.

The first runner-up for the overall aud award was Isabel Coixet’s “Learning to Drive,” and the second runner up was Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent.”

What We Do In The Shadows,” a mockumentary about a trio of vampires living in New Zealand co-directed by and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, nabbed the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. The film had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year.

The first runner-up for the Midnight aud award was Kevin Smith’s “Tusk,” and the second runner-up was Jalmari Helander’s “Big Game.”

People’s Choice Documentary »

- Jennie Punter

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Toronto: ‘The Imitation Game’ Named Festival’s People’s Choice Winner – Oscar Harbinger?

14 September 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Winner, Aka, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown.

The acclaimed film, which had its World Premiere at Telluride over Labor Day weekend and its unveiling at Tiff on Tuesday, also stars Keira Knightley and was directed by Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum.

Unlike other festivals that throw their weight behind juried prizes, Tiff prides itself on the fact that their most important honor is chosen by actual moviegoers (although they do hand out some juried awards in other categories).

At the beginning of each film, the audience is reminded that they can vote. »

- Pete Hammond

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Time Out Of Mind Review | Tiff 2014

12 September 2014 6:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Homeless people are cursed with invisibility.  We see them but don’t see them.  We know their behavior, but refuse to acknowledge these people for a variety of personal reasons.  Perhaps we ignore the homeless because they’re a direct look at human suffering on our streets, and we feel helpless to do anything substantial to change their circumstances.  Oren Moverman’s Time out of Mind is well intentioned in its desire to depict the daily life of a homeless person, but the director can’t develop this depiction as anything more than a distant, almost cold observation.  Additionally, Richard Gere is horribly miscast in the lead role, which further pushes us away from an issue we’d prefer to ignore in the first place. George (Gere) wakes up in a bathtub in an abandoned, run-down apartment and is told he has to leave.  With a suitcase and a garbage bag filled with various items, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Felicity Jones: Oscar newbies hoping for a first citation this year

12 September 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Much like I took a look yesterday at veterans in contention for Oscar love the year, today I’m going to be turning my attention to the newbies who hope to receive some awards love. As I mentioned in the last piece, this is leading up to me doing a re-ranking of the contenders in all of the major categories beginning next week, but right now it’s just going to be a preview of which rookies to the Oscar season are gearing up to hopefully make their big debuts on the awards circuit. Some are even in a position to win Academy Awards. First up is Best Actor. In this race, the highest profile would be first time nominee would be either Steve Carell for Foxcatcher or Michael Keaton for Birdman. They’ve been frontrunners to many for basically this entire season. A tiny level down are more recent »

- Joey Magidson

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Miranda Bailey launches Cold Iron Pictures

11 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The La-based producer and financier, In Toronto with Time Out Of Mind, has officially unveiled her new company and announced the upcoming feature Swiss Army Man.

Filmmaking duo The Daniels will direct and Bailey will produce with Cold Iron PicturesAmanda Marshall and Blackbird Films’ Lawrence Inglee and Jonathan Wang.

The privately backed Cold Iron Pictures will finance the film, a Sundance Lab project from the summer that has been scheduled to shoot in November. ICM Partners is handling Us sales.

Cold Iron Pictures has just premiered Oren Moverman’s Time Out Of Mind (pictured) starring Richard Gere in Toronto, on which it served as producer and financier.

Bailey, who previously ran Ambush Entertainment with Matt Leutwyler, is also lining up Diary Of A Teenage Girl starring Kristen Wiig and The Bitch Posse, which Catherine Hardwicke will direct. »

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Sundance Lab Project ‘Swiss Army Man’ Moving into Production

11 September 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Miranda Bailey’s Cold Iron Pictures has come on board to finance and produce the Sundance Lab project “Swiss Army Man,” written and directed by the filmmaking team the Daniels.

The duo — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — recently won the best direction award at the MTV Video Music Awards for “Turn Down for What.” Bailey and Amanda Marshall of Cold Iron Pictures will produce, alongside Blackbird Films’ Lawrence Inglee and Jonathan Wang.

The absurdist comedy, launched at the Sundance screenwriters lab, centers on a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness who befriends a dead body and together they go on a journey. It will shoot in November with ICM Partners handling sales.

Cold Iron Pictures produced and was a financer on Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” starring Richard Gere as a homeless man, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Cold Iron is also producing and »

- Dave McNary

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‘My Old Lady’ Review: Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline Dazzle as Light Comedy Gives Way to Drama

10 September 2014 5:51 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

To look at the poster for “My Old Lady,” or to hear its cast and plot synopsis, is to brace oneself for cuteness and whimsy. Kevin Kline as an American who inherits a beautiful old Paris apartment? Maggie Smith as the property's un-budging nonagenarian resident? Throw in Kristin Scott Thomas as Smith's brittle daughter, and you can already imagine the jokes, the arguments, the learning, the loving and the adorability heading your way by the end of 90 minutes. See video: Richard Gere Is a Dream Guest in First Trailer for ‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (Video) Except, it turns out, »

- Alonso Duralde

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Toronto Film Festival: Too Many Gems, No Sole Standout

10 September 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As this year’s Toronto Film Festival hits its midpoint, the headlines are that sales have been slow and that Oscar prognosticators are still looking for The One — that mythical, anointed cinematic being that will appear before them (like Neo in “The Matrix” or the giant mechanical claw in “Toy Story”) and reveal itself to be this year’s odds-on best picture favorite. Meanwhile, for those of us who care more about the art of movies than the hype and the business, this over-programmed, over-scheduled but nonetheless essential festival of festivals has (as usual) been an embarrassment of riches. Of course, those who stick to Toronto’s starry, red-carpeted world premieres (here, as at most North American fests, milquetoast sops to the deep-pocketed donor-sponsor crowd) are bound to go home disappointed, though at least one of those much-buzzed titles, Chris Rock’s outrageously funny “Top Five,” was »

- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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The New York Film Festival now has a trailer

10 September 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

With the Toronto International Film Festival winding down, it’s time to get excited for the next one. So here’s a trailer for the 52nd New York Film Festival. The festival will open this year with the world premiere of David Fincher’s Gone Girl and will also feature the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, Inherent Vice, as its Centerpiece selection. You can catch glimpses of those films along with others—including closing night selection Birdman—in the blood-pumping montage.

“We have a great line-up this year filled with soaring cinematic visions, concentrated meditations and wild inventions, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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New York Film Festival to honor Ethan Hawke and Richard Gere by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2014-09-10 12:25:04

10 September 2014 4:25 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

52nd New York Film Festival honoree Ethan Hawke at Boyhood premiere Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will honor Ethan Hawke on September 30 and Richard Gere on October 8 during the 52nd New York Film Festival with a dinner and conversation with Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. Gere is starring in Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind and Hawke's documentary Seymour: An Introduction will be screened during the festival.

51st New York Film Festival honoree The Invisible Woman director Ralph Fiennes Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Ethan Hawke is currently starring in Richard Linklater's Boyhood with Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. At the New York premiere Hawke told me "I think the movie feels nostalgic for people like us because we remember being a kid. If you're a kid in the first person, I don't think it's about memory."

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Richard Gere & Ethan Hawke Will Be Feted At New York Film Festival’s ‘An Evening With…’ Tributes

9 September 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Ethan Hawke and Richard Gere will hold pride of place at the 52nd New York Film Festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host Hawke on September 30 and Gere on October 8 for “An Evening With…” Updating the tribute format from previous years, the evenings will include an intimate dinner and a conversation between the guest of honor and Nyff Director Kent Jones, as fundraisers for the Society. Hawke will be attending the festival as a director, on behalf of his documentary Seymour: An Introduction. Gere stars in Time Out of Mind, a Main Slate selection from director Oren Moverman.

“An Evening With…” recognizes the work of individuals who have made significant artistic contributions to film culture, per the society. Past honorees include Pedro Almodóvar, David Cronenberg, Nicole Kidman, Richard Peña, and last year’s guests, Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes. Regarding the selection of Hawke and Gere, Fslc’s Executive Director Lesli Klainberg said, »

- Jeremy Gerard

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News Nuggets: Power of Women honorees are Viola Davis, Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon

9 September 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

This year's Power of Women honorees will be Viola Davis, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, and Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley. They will be saluted on October 10 at a sixth annual luncheon as Lifetime Impact Honorees for their humanitarian efforts. The event is co-sponsored by Lifetime Television and Variety. The luncheon will host 500 Hollywood insiders with a VIP cocktail reception before and after. Variety -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube The two main guests of honor at this year's New York Film Festival will be actors Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke. They will each be hosted as part of the festival's "An Evening with..." series. Hawke will be honored on September 30 and currently has the documentary "Seymour: An Introduction" and the film "Boyhood." Gere's tribute will be on October 8, and he currently stars in the film "Tim..." »

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New York Film Festival to honor Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke

9 September 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is set to honor two actors during this year’s New York Film Festival. First up, Ethan Hawke will sit down for “An Evening With” segment on September 30, during which he will participate in an “intimate dinner and a conversation between the guests and Nyff Director Kent Jones,” according to a press release.

Then, on Oct. 8, Richard Gere will do the same. For the festival, which is in its 52nd year, the “An Evening With” segment is meant to recognize “the work of individuals who have made significant artistic contributions to film culture, and »

- Samantha Highfill

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Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere to Get Gala Tributes at New York Film Festival

9 September 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This year's guests of honor at the New York Film Festival are Ethan Hawke and Richard Gere, The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Tuesday. The actors will each be hosted as part of the fest's "An Evening With..." series. The evening will include an intimate dinner at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center and a conversation with fest director Kent Jones. Both events will benefit The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Hawke's tribute will take place on Sept. 30. Gere's honor is set for Oct. 8, presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre. At the fest, Hawke directed the Spotlight on

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