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As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
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13. Best Response: In case you were living under a rock, or, you know, watching something else on TV Monday night, Gwen Stefani took a page from John Travolta's book and totally mispronounced Stephen Colbert's last name when she presented at the Emmys. Even though Colbert had already pre-taped his Tuesday show last week, the host still gets in a small jab at the much-discussed gaffe in the blink-and-you'll-miss-it opening credits, in which "Colbore" comes across the screen next to other descriptive words like "honorable," "star-spangled" and...
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- Joyce Eng and Kate Stanhope
Stick around a Wyoming bankruptcy court long enough and you'll never know what you'll hear -- John Travolta signing up for a forthcoming Top Gun-type film, a lack of universal love for the acting chops of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and most especially, what in the world Die Hard director John McTiernan has been up to lately. Once the film world's top gun himself for such blockbusters as The Hunt for Red October and Predator, McTiernan spent 10 months in a South Dakota prison cell after pleading guilty to lying to law enforcement officers investigating him for hiring private eye Anthony Pellicano
- Eriq Gardner
Every now and then, there are two actors whose careers seem to circle around each other, covering similar ground and affording one actor opportunities when the other passes or drops out of a project. The most legendary pair of that sort is that of Richard Gere and John Travolta, as the latter has passed on films like An Officer And A Gentleman, American Gigolo, and most notably Chicago, leaving the former to be cast in his absence. If this recent casting news out of Guy Richie's King Arthur project is any indication, Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Dornan just might become that new pair of opportunists. Deadline was pleased to report that Pacific Rim actor Charlie Hunnam has signed on for the first of a planned six-picture franchise of King Arthur tales, which will have its first installment directed by Richie and is being aimed for a July 2016 release. This is »
A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.
See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race
Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on »
- Peter Debruge
Gwen Stefani had one job.
Though it's hard to believe that anyone would not know Stephen Colbert at this point -- he is, after all, taking over the Late Show next year -- Stefani managed to flub his last name when announcing The Colbert Report as the big winner.
She seemed to pronounce it like "Colboar." Of course, Twitter didn't let this slide, and it inevitably led to comparisons to when John Travolta butchered Idina Menzel's name at the 2014 Oscars, calling her Adele Dazeem.
Watch: The Best and Worst Emmy Moments
This wasn't the only name Stefani couldn't pronounce last night. While on the Emmy red carpet, the new Voice mentor also had trouble saying "Swarovski crystals" while describing her Versace dress.
While Stefani's »
Emil Kovac (Travolta) is a former Scorpions soldier based in Serbia on the assignment of his career: find and capture Colonel Benjamin Ford (De Niro). Wanted for being a former Nato operative, Ford has now retired from war and lives a reclusive lifestyle in the Appalachian mountains. Determined to finish what his people started, Kovac poses as a friendly European tourist and tracks Ford to his secret hideaway. As Kovac gets all the evidence he needs, he pursues Ford in a brutal game of cat and mouse, intent on bringing him to justice.
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- Phil Wheat
Is Gwen Stefani the new John Travolta?! While presenting at the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight, the 44-year-old No Doubt singer announced Stephen Colbert as the winner of Best Variety Series but mispronounced his name while trying to say his show "The Colbert Report" (à la the Adele Dazeem hiccup). While we're not exactly sure what word Stefani said, it sounded something like "Colbore" or "Colboar." Oops! Naturally, Twitter erupted with comments from viewers who caught the funny butchering of Colbert's name. Listen to the funny flub for yourself! »
Is Gwen Stefani the new John Travolta? The singer's slipup at the Emmys on Monday definitely puts her in "Adele Dazeem" territory. While presenting the award for outstanding variety series with her fellow The Voice coach Adam Levine, Gwen botched the name of host Stephen Colbert's show; after doing so, nominee Jimmy Fallon rushed the stage to grab the trophy away, saying, "This is unbelievable, she said it wrong, so there must be a mistake. It's just very interesting. I want to see the envelope." »
A happy 75th to John Badham, who broke through in 1977 with Saturday Night Fever and made a star out of John Travolta. Since his 1976 debut, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, featuring Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor, Badham's had his hits and misses. Today, we're remembering some of his best films, including WarGames (1983) with two young actors unknown at the time, Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. Plus clips, interviews and more. » - David Hudson »
Bart: Have you noticed, Mike, that the gamesmanship of pre-festival season is often more entertaining than the fest movies themselves? Toronto has slammed the door on distributors who were sneaking their films into Telluride, then billing Toronto screenings as World Premieres.
Fleming: Labor Day Weekend for me is about getting kids back to school and squeezing the last moments of a summer that has flown by. I have never been to Telluride because the last thing I want to do is spend that holiday weekend in a succession of dark rooms in Colorado. Toronto is my favorite festival. It’s a wonderful platform for distributors to acquire films after seeing how they play to an audience, and to launch »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Exclusive: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.
Screendaily has learned the move is being orchestrated to replicate the buoyant atmosphere of public screenings in an effort to stir up sales.
The timing of the move is dictated by a growing recognition that most decision-makers at distribution companies will have left town by the time these films officially premiere in the second week, despite Toronto’s efforts to spread its riches across the duration of the festival.
That strategy was informed in part by the festival’s new and well documented policy of holding back until the second week premieres of anticipated films that will receive their actual world premiere in Telluride.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
There's a certain joy and sadness in revisiting films you remember enjoying as a kid. Some, because of their continued playback on cable or at your own home theater, seem to age with you so that their flaws become endearing while their wonders become treasures you hoard as if they were intended just for you. In this, films can be like old friends. Catching up with one you haven’t seen in over a decade can be a terrifying prospect. Have they aged well? Do you still share the same sense of humor? Will there be awkward silences where there were laughs before?
Much like its stock male lead, Look Who’s Talking is a flawed, sloppy, »
- Manuel Betancourt
Sure, it’s not as messy as pig’s blood, but ice water sends a temperature shock to the system that would still cause Carrie to unleash her telekinetic wrath at prom. Dared by Zac Brown to do the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, Dave Grohl and fellow Foo Fighters bandmates dump the bucket Carrie-style in a video inspired by Brian De Palma’s 1976 film, Carrie, based on the novel by Stephen King.
The video intercuts between reenactment scenes with Dave Grohl playing Carrie and his bandmates filling other key roles and footage of De Palma’s 1976 film. Before donning the prom queen tiara, Dave challenges Jack Black, John Travolta, and the master of macabre himself: Stephen King. For those unaware, Travolta played Chris Hargensen’s bad-to-the-bone boyfriend Billy Nolan in De Palma’s movie.
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- Derek Anderson
Foo Fighters are the latest stars to take part in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge.
Dave Grohl dons a tiara in the comedy clip, in which the band recreate the iconic prom scene from Carrie.
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The challenge aims to raise awareness for Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a terminal illness that weakens and stiffens muscles. The challenge involves people having a bucket of freezing water poured over them, while also nominating others to follow suit.
The Foo Fighters completed the Als Ice Bucket Challenge in an epic fashion Tuesday, when lead singer Dave Grohl put on a prom dress and acted out the climactic scene from “Carrie.” See video: ‘Batman’ Ben Affleck Steps Up to Als Ice Bucket Challenge “I'm accepting Zac Brown's Als Ice Bucket Challenge,” Grohl said. “Furthermore, I'm challenging Jack Black, John Travolta and Stephen King.” “You have 24 hours,” he added, slipping a tiara onto his head. Then came the downpour. In the horror flick, Sissy Spacek (and later Chloe Grace Moretz) get drenched in buckets of pig blood. This time, »
- Travis Reilly
Sooner or later, we.ll stop sharing all of these celebrity ice bucket challenges. I promise. But the trend won.t stop today, primarily because Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters took the Als charity event / viral-video bonanza to a new level. Watch what we believe is the best of the ice bucket challenges, to date: And with that, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters win the global ice bucket challenge, hands down. How do you top a brilliant Carrie homage? Grohl even calls out Carrie author Stephen King and original Carrie star John Travolta at the start of his clip. We can only hope that Travolta answers with an homage to one of his classic roles. Can he call out Olivia Newton-John before dumping a bucket of Grease over his head? Or maybe he can shout out to Nicolas Cage in a Face/Off-inspired challenge video? Knowing Travolta.s »
Quentin Tarantino is basically the Grim Reaper of movies; he's killed off so many characters, it's hard to count. (Vanity Fair once put it at 560 on-screen deaths in eight films.)
Vimeo user James R. Lloret has helpfully compiled all of them into one, very bloody four-minute supercut. It starts with 1992's "Reservoir Dogs" and goes through 2012's "Django Unchained," and is scored to The Delfonics' "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" from the "Jackie Brown Soundtrack."
As violent and disturbing as it is, you can help but feel a bit of nostalgia for some of the more memorable offings, like Bruce Willis machine-gunning John Travolta in "Pulp Fiction" or Uma Thurman slashing her way through a Yakuza army or Hitler receiving a shower of bullets in "Inglorious Bastards."
Awww, good times were had by all.
Quentin Tarantino // Every Death from Jaume R. Lloret on Vimeo. »
- Kelly Woo
Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array of stars expected to alight on the red carpet of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
The fest today revealed an impressive roster of helmers and thesps planning to boost their latest work in Toronto next month. And with the critical four-day opening weekend packed exclusively — as per the new fest policy — with world premieres and North American premieres of studio awards contenders, buzzy acquisition titles, and hot U.S. and international arthouse fare, you can expect media frenzies, flash mobs of buyers, and intense afterparty rivalries like never before.
Slates for Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids were also unveiled today, as were a handful of late-breaking adds to other programs, bringing this year’s grand total to 393 films, »
- Jennie Punter
Richard Ayoade is the UK's most cinephilic filmmaker. While he clearly possesses a raw talent for the craft as well, his playful early efforts in film make him something altogether more volatile and exciting. His second feature, The Double, sometimes loses itself in a world of references to other filmmakers, but it amounts to something gripping and unique enough to already have me eagerly anticipating the director's next film.
The Double is based on Fyodor Dostoyesky's novel of the same name. A lonely office worker Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), marooned in the same job in the same company for the past seven years, becomes infatuated with a pretty, equally lonely office worker, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), but is so socially inept that he's helpless to communicate with her, as he is with anyone else. »
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