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Justin Chang: How was your Telluride, Scott? Mine was terrific — though I should note that I don’t really have a frame of reference, being a first-timer at this annual mountainside mecca for movie lovers. Still, I’m happy to report that just about everything I’ve heard is true: the unbeatable backdrop, the near-unbeatable films, above all that wondrous sense that the usual barriers separating filmmakers, journalists and audiences have magically melted away for one long weekend, uniting us all in one collective cinephile bliss-out. This is a festival where you’re as likely to pass Alexander Payne, Mike Leigh or the Dardenne brothers in the street as you are to make it into your next screening, and where a Megan Ellison sighting can send a momentary hush through a screening queue. (“You’re a rock star,” someone told her as we waited in line for Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater, »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater, »
- Brad Brevet
By Anjelica Oswald
With the conclusion of the 41st Telluride Film Festival today, and the commencement of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 4 (which runs through Sept. 14), the impetus of Oscar season is upon us.
Though Telluride is known for being a more intimate and low-key festival, it has become a frontrunner in debuting Oscar contenders and winners in recent years. In the past six years, four of the Best Picture winners have premiered at Telluride: 12 Years a Slave (2013), Argo (2012), The King’s Speech (2010) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Gravity (2013), winner of seven Academy Awards, made its North American debut at Telluride last year. Academy Award winners Capote (2005), Juno (2007) and The Descendants (2011) all bowed at the festival. Countless Academy Award nominees, including Amélie (2001; North American premiere), Little Children (2006) and Up in the Air (2009), were introduced in the small Colorado town.
Telluride’s debuting prowess has been recognized by filmmakers and film buffs alike, »
- Anjelica Oswald
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
Thirty-two years after They All Laughed opened the Venice Film Fesitval, Peter Bogdanovich is back on the Lido with screwball comedy She’s Funny That Way. He spoke to the press this afternoon about the star-studded project coming together and noted that today, the kinds of smaller films he likes can only be made independently. “I don’t want to bite the hand that doesn’t feed me,” he said to much laughter, “but unfortunately, Hollywood has gone in the wrong direction.”
The out of competition She’s Funny That Way itself got a lot of laughs when it screened this morning. It stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Imogen Poots, Rhys Ifans, and Will Forte — along with blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos from Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon star Tatum O’Neal, as well as a longer turn by a very famous director. The »
- Nancy Tartaglione
There's a lot of star wattage in Peter Bogdanovich's new screwball comedy (which premiered out of competition in Venice on Friday) but none of it shines very brightly. The film, executive produced by Bogdanovich's admirers Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, is closer to a Ray Cooney bedroom farce than it is to the great Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s that it self-consciously invokes. Bogdanovich elicits a fair amount of laughs along the way. »
Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has been bestowing since 1998.
Past honorees include many future Oscar-winners and nominees such as Adrien Brody, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Melissa Leo.
This year’s honorees will be featured in the Oct. 7 issue of Variety and for the third year, several of the honorees will participate in Variety Ten to Watch activities at the Hamptons Film Festival, which runs Oct. 9-13.
This year’s 10 Actors to Watch are:
Dakota Johnson, star of the upcoming »
- Jenelle Riley
If you haven't taken the time to seek out the impressive indie comedy In a World, directed by and starring "Children's Hospital" regular Lake Bell, then you should try to rectify that as soon as you can. In the meantime, THR reports Bell has lined up her sophomore directing effort in the form of an adaptation of Claire Messud's 2007 novel The Emperor's Children. Imagine Entertainment is producing the film with a script coming from Noah Baumbach, writer/director of Frances Ha and Greenberg, who was previously attached to direct the story of the lives of three friends near their thirties, barely making their way in NYC. More specifically, the book follows three entitled but unsuccessful characters who orbit the life of a famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11, that is until two new people enter their social group and threaten to throw everything into upheaval. »
- Ethan Anderton
Following the well-deserved critical and financial success of her feature-length directorial debut In A World…, it seems that multi-hyphenate Lake Bell has joined the ranks of in-demand directors. She will next step behind the camera for The Emperor’s Children – an adaptation of the 2006 novel of the same name, by American author Claire Messud.
The book, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2006, follows three privileged and educated friends living in Manhattan in the months before the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Despite their advantageous positions, each of them struggles to achieve in the face of the excessive expectations placed upon them. The book is being adapted for the screen by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) and, though Baumbach was once rumoured to be taking the director’s chair as well, that seat will now be filled by Bell.
The adaptation will be produced by Brian Grazer and »
- Sarah Myles
Writer-actress-helmer Lake Bell is getting back into the director's chair. We need as many talented women directors as possible. So this is welcome news. Her follow-up to her debut "In a World" is "The "Emperor's Children," adapted by Noah Baumbach from Claire Messud's novel set around 9/11 among New York's young Liberal intelligentsia. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing; Baumbach was at one point going to direct. "In a World" won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Bell also earned a nomination for best first screenplay at the Indie Spirit Awards. Next up: Bell stars with Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in thriller "The Coup" for Weinstein Co., and co-stars with Simon Pegg in "Man Up." »
- Anne Thompson
This is dream team stuff, people. The Wrap reports that actress/writer/director Lake Bell has been tapped to direct the big screen adaptation of Claire Messud‘s Man Booker Prize listed bestselling novel “The Emperor’s Children.” Bell will direct from Noah Baumbach‘s script, which has basically just been sitting around for whole years waiting for someone to make it into a real movie. Set in New York City just before and after 9/11, the novel centers on a trio of Brown University pals (who maybe don’t like each other as much as they should) who are just trying to make their way (often, their very misguided way) around life in the big city. The events of 9/11 change that, of course, and the novel is an unsentimental look at how we experience tragedy, especially the wide-ranging and extremely unexpected kind (as the pages tick by and the days move forward and the inevitability of what »
- Kate Erbland
Lake Bell‘s debut directorial effort In a World… was a little indie gem, but it looks like she’s got her sights on something a bit higher profile for her follow up. She’s set to helm The Emperor’s Children, based on the 2006 novel by Claire Messud. Noah Baumbach wrote the script, and Brian Grazer is […]
- Angie Han
The Emperor's Children centres around three entitled but struggling young people orbiting the career of a successful journalist in the months surrounding the 9/11 attacks.
The introduction of two more members of their circle threatens their delicate equilibrium.
Baumbach wrote the screenplay and was formerly attached to direct the film.
Bell also wrote and starred in her 2013 directorial debut, voiceover comedy In a World...
Lake Bell broke out in a big way last year with her directorial debut “In A World…” in which she dealt with Hollywood sexism via the very small world of voiceover artists. It was very funny and we were big fans, calling it “a low key charmer” in our review. Now, Bell has chosen a followup that involves some serious pedigree. THR reports the actor-turned-director will direct an adaptation of Claire Messud’s “The Emperor’s Children.” If Messud’s novel, which focuses on “three entitled but unsuccessful late twentysomethings who orbit the life of a famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11,” sounds familiar, it’s because Noah Baumbach had penned a draft and was planning on directing an adaptation in the summer of 2010 with Keira Knightley, Eric Bana and Richard Gere attached to star. Unfortunately, financing didn't come through and in 2011, “Crazy Heart” director Scott Cooper jumped. »
- Cain Rodriguez
The original followed a detective who slowly falls in love and becomes obsessed with a well-heeled advertising exec over the course of investigating her murder. Ellroy also penned the scripts for "Street Kings" and "Rampart". [Source: THR]
The Emperor’s Children
- Garth Franklin
Actress Lake Bell, who made her directorial debut last year with the hit indie comedy In a World..., has signed on to direct The Emperor's Children for Imagine Entertainment. It isn't known if Lake Bell has plans on starring in the film as well.
The story is based on Claire Messud's novel that follows an educated but unsuccessful group of friends in their late 20s, who follow the life of a successful journalist, in the months leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The inclusion of two more members threatens the group's stability.
After making her directing debut with In A World, Lake Bell will take her sophomore turn behind the camera with The Emperor’s Children for Imagine Entertainment. Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud’s 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine. Bell wrote, directed, and starred in In A World, which nabbed her Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award along with an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. She stars in the upcoming The Coup for TWC and in Man Up opposite Simon Pegg.
Neophyte thesp Jack Kilmer will play one of a handful of infamous college research subjects in The Stanford Prison Experiment, now filming in L.A. The film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from Tim Talbott’s script chronicles the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, »
- Jen Yamato
Lake Bell has scored her second directing gig following “In a World,” signing on for New York City story “The Emperor’s Children.”
The novel, published in 2006, centers on a trio of entitled but unsuccessful NYC residents in their late 20s who orbit the life of a famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11.
“In A World,” which Bell wrote and starred in along with directing, premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. She was also nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for best first screenplay.
- Dave McNary
This is the kind of news that keeps me excited about movies. Lake Bell, who directed and starred in In a World last year (along with a litany of other impressive acting appearances) is set to direct Emperor's Children from a script by Greenberg and Frances Ha writer/director, Noah Baumbach. I love Baumbach's work and was quite impressed with In a World, so this project is already one of my most anticipated of next year. The story, adapted from the Claire Messud novel of the same name, sounds like it is very much in Baumbach's wheelhouse of smart, damaged characters. It takes place in the literary world in the months before and after 9/11. Baumbach spoke to us about the project a few months back, and I'm glad its finally moving forward. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins from Imagine are producing. Hit the jump for more on Emperor's Children. Here's »
- Evan Dickson
Lake Bell, who made her directorial debut with 2013's In a World..., has lined up a new directing project in The Emperor's Children, says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter. The film, based on the novel by Claire Messud, has been adapted for the screen by Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming, Frances Ha), who was previously planning to helm. »
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