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The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
The initial lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 10 to 20 this fall, has been revealed, with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s dramatic romance Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, having been selected to open the prestigious fest.
The first selections lineup reads like a who’s who list of Oscar contenders. Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program all have world premieres, and other huge titles screening include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of Nation, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Brian Helgeland’s Legend and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
Check out the full lineup below, and let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments section.
Opening Night Film.
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- Isaac Feldberg
2015’s Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 40th year, will kick off the fall festival season with their opening night film, Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. Over 350 films are among this year’s festival.
Tiff 15’s list of Special Presentation is an incredible list of new films from Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next), Charlie Kaufmann (Anomalisa), Scott Cooper (Black Mass), Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Cary Fukunaga (Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation), and Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). Several of the titles were among this year’s Cannes lineup, including The Lobster, Youth, and Louder than Bombs.
Deepa Meetha’s Beeba Boys, Stephen Frears’s Lance Armstrong movie The Program, Freeheld, starring last year’s Oscar winner Julianne Moore alongside Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and Brian Helgeland’s Tom Hardy »
- Brian Welk
Starring Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman, Emmerich’s film tells the story of the Stonewall riots of June 1969, a series of violent protests by members of the Lgbt community that were sparked by a police raid on a popular Greenwich Village gay bar, the Mafia-owned Stonewall Inn.
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- Henry Barnes
Emmerich directed from Jon Robin Baitz’s script. The story is set at a local watering hole, the Stonewall Inn, where a rage begins to build among gays, lesbians and drag queens over discrimination and repeated police harassment. Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Jonny Beauchamp star.
Producers are Emmerich, Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman and Carsten Lorenz, and executive producers are Kirstin Winkler, Adam Press and Michael Roban. The film also stars Joey King, Karl Glusman and Vladimir Alexis.
“I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now,” Emmerich said. “It was the first time gay people said ‘Enough!’ They didn’t do it with leaflets or meetings, they took beer bottles and threw them at cops. »
- Dave McNary
Get ready for the riots. Before Roland Emmerich brings us the new Independence Day: Resurgence sequel, the director will be releasing his indie drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots. Emmerich already shot the film, mostly around Montreal, and it's ready for release this September. Roadside Attractions announced a September 25th release date for Stonewall, starring Jeremy Irvine and newcomer Jonny Beauchamp, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman. Stonewall is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots, "which became the start of the Lgbt rights movement." More info below. Here's a quote in the press release that covers background on the Stonewall riots and Emmerich's interest: Emmerich, who also produced the film, says, "I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now." Less than 50 years ago, in 1969, being gay was considered »
- Alex Billington
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Emmerich, who also produced the film, says, “I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now.” Less than 50 years ago, in 1969, being gay was considered a mental illness; gay people could not be employed by the government; it was illegal for gay people to congregate, and police brutality against gays went unchecked. Today, thanks to the events set in motion by the Stonewall riots, the gay rights movement continues to make incredible strides towards equality. In the past several weeks alone, the »
- Michelle McCue
Roland Emmerich directed Stonewall from Jon Robin Baitz’s screenplay, which follows a fictional man caught up in the Greenwich Village riots sparked by ongoing police brutality at a mafia-run watering hole.
The riots triggered the Us Lgbt rights movement at a time when there was scant recognition of gay rights in the Us.
“I was always interested and passionate about telling this important story, but I feel it has never been more timely than right now,” said Emmerich, who also produced the film.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Roadside Attractions will release Roland Emmerich’s Lgbt rights drama “Stonewall” on Sept. 25, the company announced Tuesday. The film stars Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Caleb Landry Jones, Joey King, Ron Perlman, Matt Craven and newcomer Jonny Beauchamp. Written by Jon Robin Baitz, the story chronicles the 1969 Stonewall riots that started America’s Lgbt rights movement. Irvine plays Danny Winters, a fictional young man who’s forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street. »
- Jeff Sneider
Director Roland Emmerich took a break from otherwise high-octane action tentpoles to shoot "Stonewall," his labor-of-love set in the gay civil rights milieu of 1969. Adapted from Jon Robin Baitz's script, the film will be released on September 25, 2015 from Roadside Attractions. It stars Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman, alongside a cast of newcomers. Shot in and around Montreal and Quebec, "Stonewall" depicts the 1969 Stonewall riots, an Lgbt turning point that launched a fight for equality still waging today. Emmerich and his crew recreated the village in Manhattan circa 1969, including the Christopher Street neighborhood where the riots went down. Read More: Cast Shakes Out for Roland Emmerich's "Stonewall" The film finds Irvine, breakout star of "War Horse," playing Danny Winters, who's kicked out of his parents' home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Roadside Attractions has announced a September 25th release date for Roland Emmerich's Lgbt rights drama "Stonewall" which deals with the 1969 Stonewall riots. Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman star in the film
Irvine plays a young man living in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, who befriends a group of street kids. As he his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, rage begins to build and with the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born. [Source: Roadside Attractions]
Mexican filmmaker Luis Mandoki ("When a Man Loves a Woman") is set to direct the historical drama "Castro's Daughter" which John Martinez O'Felan and Joe Lamy are producing. Bobby Moresco and Nilo Cruz penned the script.
The story revolves around Alina Fernandez, Fidel Castro's love child with a wealthy socialite who co-financed Castro's »
- Garth Franklin
When Guillermo del Toro’s robots-vs-monsters extravaganza Pacific Rim first hit theaters, its somewhat disappointing grosses stateside seemed to hurt sequel talk, but when international audiences proved more amenable to the effects-heavy pic, Pacific Rim 2 was able to gather just enough steam behind it to get the green light, despite Legendary’s divorce from Warner Bros. and remarriage to Universal complicating matters further.
Now, del Toro is focusing all his efforts on the follow-up, and if a report from Canada’s Global News is to be believed, Pacific Rim 2 is actually shooting this November at Toronto’s Pinewood Studios. The sequel recently made headlines again when it was suggested as the reason del Toro dropped out of Justice League Dark, and news of Pacific Rim 2‘s schedule would suggest that WB and DC Comics had wanted the director to start on that superhero project immediately (not out of the question, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Murmurings of a third "Hellboy" movie have been running around online for a few months now, with last week's Comic-Con only acting as a booster for the talk. Those involved from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to actor Ron Perlman want to do it, the trouble is there isn't many people ready to offer them the financing for it.
Explaining the situation in a new interview with The Daily Beast, Del Toro cools down fan expectation with some straightforward facts:
"The hard fact is that the movie's going to need about $120 million and there's nobody knocking down our doors to give it to us. It's a little beyond Kickstarter. It would be great to complete the trilogy, but in a way I don't see the world - the industry - supporting that idea."
- Garth Franklin
A week on from Comic-Con and the news is still coming. We brought you a report from Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak panel, but of course, behind the scenes, people continued to ask the director about the possibility of Hellboy 3.“The hard fact is that the movie’s going to need about $120 million and there’s nobody knocking down our doors to give it to us,” he told The Daily Beast. "It’s a little beyond Kickstarter. It would be great to complete the trilogy, but in a way I don’t see the world — the industry — supporting that idea.”Spanners in the Hellboy works have been reported before, with del Toro blaming tough production and writing processes, and Big Red himself Ron Perlman: "He's doing Sons Of Anarchy without make-up. He's spoiled!"The key statement was probably the director's heartfelt "I know how it ends and »
Ever since the Hellboy sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army came out in 2008, fans have been impatiently awaiting any sort of formal announcement on Hellboy 3, which director Guillermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman have been trying to get off the ground. We haven't heard any updates on the long-gestating sequel since last October, when Hellboy sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army star Jeffrey Tambor claimed that Hellboy 3 may still be happening. Of course, we haven't heard anything about the project since, but director Guillermo del Toro offered an update to The Daily Beast, stating that the sequel will cost $120 million, which most studios aren't eager to hand out.
"The hard fact is that the movie's going to need about $120 million and there's nobody knocking down our doors to give it to us. It's a little beyond Kickstarter. It would be great to complete the trilogy. But in »
Back at the end of June, it was revealed that Guillermo del Toro is no longer attached to his long-gestating Justice League Dark adaptation at Warner Bros., and speaking to The Daily Beast, the filmmaker has revealed that he was forced to make a choice between the supernatural DC project and his upcoming sequel Pacific Rim 2.
“Warners liked the script, they were very enthusiastic and wanted to green-light it but they wanted it to coincide with the shoot of Pacific Rim 2,” said del Toro. “I was put in a very difficult place facing a difficult choice, and I chose to do Pacific Rim 2.”
Given that del Toro revealed earlier this month that Pacific Rim 2 will shoot in November, it would seem that Warner Bros.’ DC movie plans through to 2020 are far from set in stone, seeing as Justice League Dark was absent from the list of announced movies. »
- Gary Collinson
The Important News First Look: Apocalypse, Storm and Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse. New Directors/New Films: Andy Muschietti will direct It. Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence will star in The Rosie Project. Franchise Fever: The next Green Lantern movie will be called Green Lantern Corps. Ron Perlman insists there be a Hellboy 3. Hannibal could resume on the big screen. Updates came for sequels to Wreck-It Ralph, Pacific Rim and Kill Bill. Disney is doing a live-action Aladdin prequel. The next Spider-Man will be written by the duo behind Vacation. The entire Back to the Future trilogy will be re-released this fall. Score Board: Ennio...
- Christopher Campbell
Hey, Lucious — I think I found your “Get out of jail free” card.
The Wire‘s Andre Royo has been cast on Fox’s mega-hit Empire in the recurring role of Thirsty Rawlings, a sharp lawyer with a charming disposition who impresses the currently-incarcerated Lucious with his unethical moves and equally shady past.
PhotosEmpire First Look: The Claws Are Out In Official Season 2 Poster
Royo, whose recent credits include Showtime’s Happyish and Amazon’s upcoming Hand of God, joins a Season 2 guest cast that also includes Marisa Tomei (as a billionaire venture capitalist) and Kelly Rowland (as Lucious mom »
In what promises to be a contentious contest, SAG-aftra’s national board election has drawn an array of high-profile candidates including Amy Aquino, Ed Asner, Ellen Crawford, Frances Fisher, Diane Ladd and Lisa Vidal.
The union, which reps about 160,000 performers disclosed its official candidates list Thursday night. Ballots go out July 21 to dues-current members and will be counted on Aug. 20.
Patricia Richardson is challenging Ken Howard for the presidency of SAG-aftra as the head of the progressive-leaning Membership First slate. Howard is heading the moderate Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates, which controlled SAG starting 2009 and have dominated SAG-aftra politics since the 2012 merger.
Howard touted his accomplishments in his statement: “With your support, I will continue fighting relentlessly to protect us– it is my passion and mission. Since I’ve been president,members have approved contracts that putover $800 million of increased wages in performers’ pockets, organized new »
- Dave McNary
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Watch what a Star Wars movie may look like from a Jedi's perspective, Fantastic Four gets a Hanna-Barbera mashup and Ron Perlman endorses a fan's Hellboy 3 artwork. But wait, there's more! We also have a Marvel movie infographic and a humorous weatherman who keeps using Taylor Swift puns. But we kick it all off with a wrestling match between R2-D2 and C-3Po. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Fantastic Four Gets Hanna-Barbera Trailer Mashup
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