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As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto’s 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for Afm, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn’t make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto.
The other intriguing development came on the fest’s biggest deal, when Paramount Pictures swooped into the auction of the Chris Rock-directed comedy Top Five, and blew buyers out of the water by paying $12.5 million for worldwide rights. It was the second straight fest where Paramount did this, after the studio made a precedent-setting pre-buy Cannes deal for the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams sci-fi film Story Of Your Life. Some established indie »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Within days of the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, FilmNation has closed deals for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young in virtually every international territory. The dramedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. While We're Young also stars Charles Grodin, Adam Horovitz, Maria Dizzia and Ryan Serhant. “It is fantastic to see the distributor response match all the critical praise that Noah’s film has received,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. During Toronto, While We're Young sold
- Pamela McClintock
Hipsters: you love to hate them and hate to love them. These uber-chic, urban-dwelling, subclass of twenty-somethings are usually defined by their originality through unoriginality, absurd style of fashion, “meta” sense of humor, and pop culture-referencing like there is no tomorrow. Hipsters’ unabashed preciousness and self-awareness rub many the wrong way to the point where anything with the slightest whiff of Hipster-ism is like presenting garlic to vampires, but for those with enough patience to swallow the twee self-indulgence prevalent in all hipster culture, often there is something of substance beneath all the excessive posturing.
Case in point, director Noah Baumbach. Whether Baumbach regards himself as a hipster or not, Baumbach, along with his friend and sometimes writing partner Wes Anderson, are associated with cinematic Hipster-ism. This makes Baumbach’s newest feature, While We’re Young, a very interesting film indeed, for the movie is essentially a satire of Hipster culture. »
- Christopher Lominac
Noah Baumbach’s newest film While We’re Young will be screened in theaters all around the world following a very well-received reception at Tiff.
While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple who struggle with the idea that their big moments in life are behind them, and their lackluster life gets a boost when they become intertwined with a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Driver plays Jamie, a young, hipster documentarian, while Stiller’s Josh is a washed up documentary filmmaker, and the film plays on a conflict between the generations..
The film premiered in Toronto to rave reviews, and was quickly bought for Us distribution by A24. A24 reportedly paid around $4 million for the rights, giving While We’re Young one of the highest price tags at Tiff.
“We are enormous fans of Noah’s and were completely »
Like wild geese in reverse, movie lovers and the press corps head to the Great White North in early September— specifically, to the Toronto International Film Festival, which ended yesterday — for any number of reasons: to catch up with some of the best movies of the previous Sundance and Cannes as the flicks make one last fest-circuit stop; to see stars in their natural habitat, i.e. on a red carpet with microphone shoved in their faces; to stumble across something weird, wild or off-the-world-cinema grid that may not be coming soon, »
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
By Anjelica Oswald
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 Evans’ Before 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:
Spencer hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar since her supporting actress »
- Anjelica Oswald
★★★★☆Malaise of various kinds has manifested itself in the work of American director Noah Baumbach. In 2012, the much adored Frances Ha saw the director chronicle the ailing dance career and resultant ennui of an arrested development twenty-something whilst gently ribbing consciously cool New Yorkers. His new picture, While We're Young (2014), explores both professional stagnation and sends up trendy hipster culture through a more traditional mid-life crisis narrative. Providing a further through line between the films is Adam Driver who stars alongside Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in a film that talks about getting old and artistic integrity while keeping the laughs plentiful.
- CineVue UK
It pains me to give a Noah Baumbach film anything less than a glowing review, especially considering there is so much that works about his new film, While We're Young. The premise is his most appealing to date, which, at a glance, involves a couple named Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts), struggling to come to terms with their mid-life status -- a most vexing topic indeed, and one surely perfect for Baumbach's sensibilities. But somehow, this intriguing follow-up to revelations like Francis Ha and Greenberg, despite its top-shelf story, left me with a mind less than blown.Josh and Cornelia's status-quo is rocked when a free spirited mid-20s couple, named Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried), approach Josh after one of his university...
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Confessions of an Aging Artist: Baumbach Humorously Reflects on Filmmaking Ethics and Middle Age
In some ways the complimentary antithesis to his last work of whimsy, Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach’s latest film, While We’re Young, clamps the cantankerous jaws of midlife crisis around hollow hipster nostalgia, inevitably asking where the importance of authenticity remains in our current media savvy culture and why we often seem to socially settle in and close up with age, ultimately losing touch with the contagious excitement of free flowing youthful creative energy. Likely the creative result of Baumbach’s relationship with his significantly younger significant other, Greta Gerwig, the notoriously bitter filmmaker seems to be grappling with his own gradual aging and inevitable disconnection from youth. Filmmaking may be a medium of immortality, but both he and his documentarian protagonist are beginning to realize that they are feeling their age, no longer relating »
- Jordan M. Smith
One of the final movies to debut at this year's Toronto International Film Festival comes courtesy of filmmakerAdam Wingard. You may remember his name from the credits of the fantastic horror deconstruction You're Next from 2011. His follow-up, The Guest, wraps up the Midnight Madness programme Saturday night and, like it's predecessor, the hugely enjoyable flick comes complete with a kick-ass '80s soundtrack - this time full of heavy '80s synth-pop classics which bring to mind the slasher pics of yore.
After taking a deeper look at Noah Baumbach's latest soundtrack for While We're Young, and now having looked over The Guest's stellar songlist, it got us harking back to all of the fantastic uses of music we've seen/heard over the course of Tiff 2014. From Bowie to The Beach Boys to Bahamas, the films of the festival have seen some impressive aural accompaniments.
So take a trip »
- Emma Badame
Noah Baumbach unveiled his latest offering – While We’re Young – this week in a Toronto International Film Fest world premiere. In keeping with Baumbach’s cinematic output to date, his latest leans on a carefully selected soundtrack as a key storytelling tool.
This time out Baumbach looks at the divide between the current crop of 40-somethings (personified by the lead couple, Josh and Cornelia, portrayed by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) and their millennial 20-something counterparts (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried).
The premise may seem to write itself: The older generation fears and disavows the music of the one that follows it and makes endless cracks about “back in the day.” Baumbach, however, doesn’t take the bait. Instead, he uses the music to cleverly differentiate each generation’s relationship to music. »
- Shane McNeil
For a few hours over the weekend, the Toronto Film Festival looked like its old self — a wild game of “Let’s Make a Deal.” After Chris Rock’s “Top Five” premiered on Saturday night to ecstatic reviews, at least three studios entered a horse race to scoop up the comedy. The bidding ballooned to $12.5 million for worldwide distribution, and Paramount Pictures landed the prize. But after the dust settled, Toronto went back to business as usual: small deals where the studios kicked tires and looked more like picky homebuyers in a slow economic market.
In the process, the festival illustrated just how difficult the indie business has become in a blockbuster-obsessed Hollywood. Being gunshy may turn out to make more financial sense. Last year’s cluster of big deals, a group that included “Begin Again” with Keira Knightley and “What If” with Daniel Radcliffe, never fully ignited at the »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Plot: A middle-aged documentarian (Ben Stiller) and his producer wife (Naomi Watts) make friends with a young couple (Adam Driver & Amanda Seyfried) although the generation gap proves to be harder to navigate than they assumed. Review: Now here's a movie that totally took me by surprise. Obviously I wouldn't ever walk into a Noah Baumbach movie expecting anything other than a good movie. His body of work speaks for itself. But, his serio-comic dramas are an acquired taste, with »
- Chris Bumbray
By Anjelica Oswald
As films make the festival circuit this fall, some of the cast and crew members are busy traveling with the movies, attending premieres and promoting their work. A number of actors visiting Toronto this year are there with multiple films, and this isn’t an uncommon occurrence.
- Anjelica Oswald
Hollywood is notoriously phobic of technology — many A-list actors and directors routinely admitted how infrequently they check their email– but this year’s Toronto Film Festival suggests that Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media are starting to land supporting roles at the movies. In “St. Vincent,” the Weinstein Co.’s upcoming comedy starring Bill Murray, a struggling mom (Melissa McCarthy) asks her son (Jaeden Lieberher) how she knows that his father cheated on her. He shoots back that it was her Facebook status update, a joke that landed an eruption of laughs at he film’s premiere on Saturday night.
Call it the “Her” effect. In 2013, the Spike Jonze drama about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his operating system, served as a commentary on the way in which all modern interactions are now shaped by technology. That theme resurfaced this year at Toronto. Noah Baumbach »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Following his astute tale of drugs and a man battling against the odds, Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée is gearing up for his next project, Demolition. And according to a recent report by Deadline, the film has cast The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Chris Cooper.
Cooper will now join Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts for the movie, which is set to orbit around Gyllenhaal’s young investment banker shortly after the sudden death of his wife. After a desperate and ultimately fruitless bid to root out the cause of his partner’s passing, our protagonist then meets Watts’ character in a chance encounter — an encounter that looks set to offer him a shot at redemption.
Initial reports haven’t detailed exactly how Cooper will be written into the storyline, though his addition to Demolition’s cast is certainly good news indeed. Although, Jean-Marc Vallée’s forthcoming drama isn’t »
- Michael Briers
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 is also producing and »
- Dave McNary
While We’re Young
Written and directed by Noah Baumback
Written and directed by Saverio Costanzo
Since 2009, Adam Driver has infiltrated indie cinema and Hollywood alike. Starting off with small, independent shorts and bit parts on Television, he parlayed himself into bit parts in major Hollywood pictures like J. Edgar, and Lincoln. He then broke into mainstream cred as Adam Sackler on Lena Dunham’s Girls. Oh, he’s also going to be in the new Star Wars installment.
He’s no stranger to the festival circuit, either, least of all Tiff. In 2012 he co-starred alongside Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach’s magnificent Frances Ha at Toronto’s festival. The following year, he starred in Australian drama Tracks alongside Mia Wasikowska, and appeared in the Zoe Kazan, Daniel Radcliffe starrer What If (known at Tiff ’13 as The F Word.) This year, he’s front and center »
- Ariel Fisher
Exclusive: Chris Cooper has just been set to star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in Demolition, the next film by Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee, whose new film Wild with Reese Witherspoon debuted at Toronto. Deadline revealed back in June that Gyllenhaal would star in and Vallee would helm Demolition, based on the Black List script by Bryan Sipe about a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional unraveling after the tragic death of his wife, when, suddenly a woman he meets in a chance encounter changes his life forever.
Black Label and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment are co-financing, with Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill producing with Kimmel and Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith. Thad Luckinbill, Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook, John Malkovich, Nathan Ross, Ellen Schwartz and Ske’s Carla Hacken are exec producing. Shooting begins »
- Mike Fleming Jr
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