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I fully expect Xavier Dolan's Mommy to be announced on August 6th so you can go ahead and add that one to my "Must Sees" list below, but as of right now my list of films I consider absolute "musts" sits at 17 movies with another nine I'll make top priority after I schedule those and then another nine that will be dependent on my screening schedule because conflicts due arise meaning any of these may be on or off the table... schedule depending. I'm going to be in Toronto from September 3-10, which means six full screening days, which means seeing 18 films will be pushing it, which also means I'm going to miss a lot of movies I would really like to see... Hell, it might even end up being worth it to skip films with already established release dates -- Foxcatcher, The Judge, Wild, The Drop, Mr. Turner, »
- Brad Brevet
The announcements have begun rolling in for this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Watch this page for updates.
Black and White (Mike Binder, USA)
The Equalizer (Antoine Fuqua, USA)
Haemoo (Shim Sung-bo, South Korea)
The Riot Club (Lone Sherfig, UK)
Closing Night Film
1001 Grams (Bent Hamer, Norway/Germany/France)
A Pigeon Sat on a Bench Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany)
The Face of an Angel (Michael Winterbottom, UK)
The Golden Era (Ann Hui, China/Hong Kong)
Goodbye to Language 3D (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, »
With today’s announcement that David Dobkin’s film The Judge will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, I figured that it was a good time to talk about the Tiff lineup. That Robert Downey Jr. vehicle will seek to become an awards player, and it’s not alone. Each year, scores of titles descend on Toronto in order to distinguish themselves to Academy members and various precursor voters everywhere. The festival has a solid history of producing Oscar nominees, though the big time competition this year from the New York Film Festival will certainly shine a light on just how essential a stop this fest still is. For now though, it’s a big one, and well worth a bit of discussion. As mentioned above, the opening film is The Judge, which could be a Best Actor player for Downey Jr. or perhaps even a Best Picture contender if it’s better than expected. »
- Joey Magidson
It's Friday so that means movie reviews and this week we're reviewing Hercules, Lucy and Magic in the Moonlight and while we're saving Guardians of the Galaxy for next weekend we do talk about it briefly before getting into your questions and a series of games. We also discuss "The Leftovers", movies that make us emotional and much, much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a »
- Brad Brevet
The Toronto International Film Festival's announcement this week of a chunk of its 2014 lineup was the first demonstrable proof that distributors -- and major filmmakers -- are taking sides in an ugly dispute between Toronto and the Telluride Film Festival. Tuesday's announcement indicates -- and multiple sources confirm -- that Jason Reitman and Noah Baumbach, who both have histories of debuting films at Telluride, are abandoning that event and will be taking their new films -- Reitman's Men, Women and Children (Paramount) and Baumbach's While We're Young (still seeking a U.S. distributor) -- exclusively to Toronto. Meanwhile, Telluride has snagged the world premiere of Wild, the
- Scott Feinberg
Rome – Venice topper Alberto Barbera has unveiled a promising lineup of fresh fare from around the world set to unspool at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with a rigorous focus on quality, discovery and diversity, likely to reveal some under-the-radar awards-season contenders and also bolster the Lido’s status as a global launching pad for prime auteur pics.
The robust U.S. contingent, largely from the indies, comprises new works from David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Joe Dante, James Franco, Barry Levinson, Michael Almereyda, and Ami Canaan Mann.
As is customary at Venice, new works from name global auteurs, including Fatih Akin, Xavier Beauvois, Abel Ferrara, Andrei Konchalovsky, Shinya Tsukamoto, Amos Gitai, and Moshen Makhmalbaf, will play alongside pics by lesser-known helmers.
At a packed presser at Rome’s Hotel St.Regis Venice topper Alberto Barbera noted that “our job is more complex, more painful, because »
- Nick Vivarelli
Set to close the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is the sophomore directorial effort of Alan Rickman who is best known for being the source of villainy in Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). “It is a great privilege for A Little Chaos to have its world premiere in Toronto and for it to be given the Festival’s closing night Gala, but it is also a very personal pleasure,” stated Rickman. “I have filmed in the city, visited often, and some of my closest friends live there. It will be like coming home.”
The historical drama stars Kate Winslet as Sabine De Barra an unconventional landscaper who is tasked with designing one of the fountains at The Palace of Versailles while contending with uncooperative weather, rivalries at the court of Louis Xiv and her own personal demons. Performing alongside Winslet are Stanley Tucci, Alan Rickman and Matthias Schoenaerts. »
- Trevor Hogg
The line-up for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival has been announced, and as usual, that means news of other creative types involved in some of your most anticipated films of the year. And usually, the reveals are music related. Yesterday’s announcements were not much different and unveiled a plethora of good talent involved in upcoming Tiff pictures. According to the Tiff site, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has scored Noah Baumbach’s upcoming dramedy “While We’re Young” starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts among others (first look photos are here). This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise for fans of the filmmaker or Murphy. The musician scored the director’s 2010 comedy “Greenberg” and even had a little walk-on blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. In case you’ve forgotten, that score was the opposite of Murphy's electronic/dance music work and more in the vein of Baumbach’s beloved Ram album by Paul McCartney. »
- Edward Davis
The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the first wave of its lineup this morning. Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam and David Dobkin are just a few of the directors we’re anticipating work from. An opening film hasn’t been announced yet, so we still have something to look forward to, but Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet as a female architect in the court of King Louis Xiv, will close the festival. The tragic story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, Foxcatcher, which saw tons of buzz at Cannes, is part of the Gala repertoire, but we’re still wondering if...
- Alison Nastasi
The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the first wave of its lineup this morning. Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam, and David Dobkin are just a few of the directors we’re anticipating work from. An opening film hasn’t been announced yet, so we still have something to look forward to, but Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet as a female architect in the court of King Louis Xiv, will close the festival. The tragic story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz, Foxcatcher, which saw tons of buzz at Cannes, is part of the Gala repertoire, but we’re still wondering if...
- Alison Nastasi
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are: While We’re Young (Directed by Noah Baumbach) starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin. Force Majeure (Directed by Ruben Östlund) starring Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju and Fanni Metelius. Coming Home (Directed by Zhang Yimou) starring Chen Daoming and Gong Li. A Second Chance (Directed by Susanne Bier) starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th-14th. Via Tiff. While We're Young Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned »
- Evan Dickson
In a press conference this morning, Cameron Bailey and Co. released the Special Presentation and Gala selections for the upcoming edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Lots to parse through as the slate boasts world premieres from Christian Petzold, Mia Hansen-Løve, Noah Baumbach, David Gordon Green, Hal Hartley, Liv Ullman, Barry Levinson and several others. There are a few of the requisite Hollywood entries (Jason Reitman, Chris Evans’ directorial debut, two Reese Witherspoon vehicles, for starters), alongside Cannes entries Wild Tales, Force Majeure and Whiplash, but the festival looks to be off to an auspicious start. Let the Venice speculation begin. Special Presentations 99 Homes. Ramin Bahrani, USA, […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Jon Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater, Reese Witherspoon's naturalist weepie Wild and Jake Gyllenhaal's noirish character study Nightcrawler are among the big films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this year. The venerable festival, long considered a key stop for Oscar hopefuls, announced its Galas and Special Presentations lineup this morning, thus signaling the kick-off to this year's awards season.
Noah Baumbach's While We're Young was among the several films announced today that will be enjoying its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and now three pictures from the movie (via The Film Stage) have come online. The film explores themes of aging, ambition and success as it centers on a middle-aged couple (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz co-star. Two more pictures are featured below. »
- Brad Brevet
Something to remember: Noah Baumbach actually has two movies in the can. An untitled project with "Frances Ha" collaborator Greta Gerwig (which we bet hits Telluride) and "While We're Young," which goes to Toronto to make its World Premiere. Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver, this one follows two sets of couples who find their lives intertwined. Here's the official synopsis: Noah Baumbach's exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz co-star and there's no U.S. distributor for this one yet. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which runs from September 4 to 14 this year, has announced its initial lineup of films. This is the first of a handful of announcements for the festival, and as always, the first announcement focuses on its Galas and Special Presentations -- the films with the flashiest names.
The initial slate of fifty-nine films includes thirty-seven world premieres, boasting those from Noah Baumbach,Lone Scherfig, and Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock. Premieres have been a contentious subject this year on the film festival circuit, as Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Tiff, threw down the gauntlet, announcing that the festival would not play a film in the first four days of its schedule if it was also programmed concurrently for the Telluride festival.
- Sasha James
Much like back to school sales in mid July, in our books, Tiff’s first announcement wave reminds us that the end of summer is upon us (we heart fall film festival bliss) and it also gets our team of journalists heading to Tiff in Charlie Foxtrot pickle of a situation as the Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard & Wavelengths get revealed in the weeks to come making for scheduling overload. Of star-struck, tickets sale friendly list of showy red carpet items mentioned today, we find our usual set of Oscar bait items (how odd that Quebecois helmers Jean-Marc Vallee and Philippe Falardeau both present tear-jerker items with Reese Witherspoon), acquisitions titles, and more importantly, our first look at items that are pretty much guaranteed a showing at this year’s Telluride and Venice Film Festivals. On tap, we have Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, Noah Baumbach’s While »
- Eric Lavallee
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.Scroll down for full list
Not to be outdone by the New York Film Festival, which has staked a claim to the world premieres of Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, and Venice, which will open with Birdman, artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team announced on Tuesday (22) close to 50 galas and special presentations.
Two factors are certain to ratchet up the sense of anticipation heading into September. Most of these titles are without Us distribution and that said, it remains to be seen which films will qualify for a coveted first-weekend slot.
Tiff top brass made it clear earlier this year that any title that sneaks into Telluride will be forced to screen after the first four days of the festival. Tiff runs from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto International Film Festival has made the initial announcement for its 2014 line-up. While there will be more films announced in the near future, we now know who many of the heavy hitters will be. While the opening night film has yet to be unveiled, the closing night film will be Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci. Bennett Miller’s much buzzed about Foxcatcher (featuring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in a great cast that includes Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave). Somewhat unexpected is the announcement of Antoine Fuqua’s 80’s show adaptation The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz. We’ll also see Adam Sandler trying his hand at another dramatic role (which he is often good at) in Men, Women and Children from director Jason Reitman. Another pleasant addition is Dan Gilroy’s The Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, »
- Evan Dickson
Every year, the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) foreshadows many of the big awards-season contenders. This year looks to be no exception, just looking at the first 59 films announced this morning. The lineup includes buzzed-about films such as Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, the Reese Witherspoon–starring Wild, and the Benedict Cumberbatch–starring The Imitation Game. Films making their world premieres include: Noah Baumbach's While We're Young; the Jason Bateman–, Tina Fey–, and Adam Driver–starring This Is Where I Leave You; the Denzel Washington–starring The Equalizer; the Chris Rock–directed Top Five; the Alan Rickman–directed A Little Chaos; Chris Evans's directorial debut Before We Go; the Tom Hardy–starring The Drop, which was James Gandolfini's last movie; and Jason Reitman's Men, Women and Children. Read the full lineup below from the festival's official press release, and then start looking for flights to Toronto. The festival »
- Jesse David Fox
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