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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
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
99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani, USA)
Before We Go (Chris Evans, USA)
Breakup Buddies (Ning Hao, China)
Cake (Daniel Barnz, USA)
Coming Home (Zhang Yimou, China)
Dearest (Peter Ho-Sun Chan, China/Hong Kong)
The Drop (Michael R. Roskam, USA)
Eden (Mia Hansen-Love, »
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 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
Madrid – Denzel Washington will receive a career achievement 2014 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at September’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world.
Sony Pictures’ big-screen redo of the ‘80s hit TV show, with Washington playing McCall, a hero who helps the hopelessly helpless, “The Equalizer” is already being talked up as a potential awards contender, though it will not be seen until it world premieres at the Toronto Festival where, on paper at least it weighs in as on of the festival’s highlights and commercial heavyweights.
Oscar talk is a reflection, however, of the kudos trawl for “Training Day,” the first teaming of Fuqua and Washington which earned the U.S. actor his second Academy Award after a supporting actor nod for »
- John Hopewell
Furrowed brows, bad suits, worse haircuts—it can only mean one thing: chess. And that game of mental strategy is at the center of "Pawn Sacrifice," which heads to Toronto to make its World Premiere. Ed Zwick directs Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber in this true story star about a crucial chess game during a time of heightened tension. Here's the official synopsis: In this remarkable true story set in the height of the Cold War, chess legend Bobby Fischer is locked in a gripping championship clash with the Soviets as he struggles against his own psychological demons while the whole world anxiously awaits the outcome. Meanwhile, Hal Hartley completes the trilogy started with "Henry Fool" with "Ned Rifle." Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Liam Aiken, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak round out the ensemble. Here's the synopsis: Ned Rifle is the third and final chapter »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Seeing Edward Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice among the films listed for this year's Toronto Film Festival was a nice surprise as it seems the film has been in the works forever. Set during the height of the Cold War, this "based on a true story" feature centers on chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) as he's locked in a gripping championship clash with the Soviets, struggling against his own psychological demons while the whole world anxiously awaits the outcome. Liev Schrieber plays Boris Spassky and Peter Sarsgaard, Sophie Nelisse, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert, Michael Stuhlbarg and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick also star. Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises) wrote the screenplay and as of now the film does not have a distributor. We'll see if its Toronto world premiere changes that. pic via The Film Stage »
- Brad Brevet
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 Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American fest to announce the premiere of David Fincher’s Gone Girl, »
- Sasha Stone
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The world premieres of Jason Reitman‘s “Men, Women & Children,” James Marsh's “Theory of Everything,” Noah Baumbach‘s “While We're Young,” Ed Zwick's “Pawn Sacrifice,” Liv Ullman's “Miss Julie” and Oren Moverman's “Time Out of Mind” will be among the gala presentations and special screenings at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey announced on Tuesday morning. The fall's biggest festival will provide a showcase for such stars and awards hopefuls as Jessica Chastain, who plays the title role in “Miss Julie”; Denzel Washington, who takes the role played on TV. »
- Steve Pond
This morning the first wave of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup was announced and so far it's an impressive list of films including films from Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam, David Dobkin and many others. One surprising detail is there was no announcement of an opening film so along with everything below there is still at least one biggie on the way, and while they say it has nothing to do with their "premiere" mandate, I wouldn't be surprised if it might be Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman and they're waiting to see if it will be the North American premiere. Then again, could Birdman open both Toronto and Venicec But what else could it bec Maybe David Ayer's Furyc No chance for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar... or is therec Probably the films announced so far »
- Brad Brevet
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players. Toronto has long had to juggle landing the best premieres with Venice, but more recently has found their thunder stolen by a little festival in Colorado that actually has Academy members in attendance: Telluride. Tiff has reportedly threatened less-prestigious galas or slots after Wednesday (gasp! not after Wednesday!), but for the most part, Hollywood's studios seem to have taken it all with a collective yawn. Toronto is important, yes. What's best for each individual film's release and publicity campaign is slightly more important. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board.
The first-time governors are: Kate Amend, documentary branch; Daniel R Fellman, executives branch; Albert Berger, producers branch; Bob Rogers, short films and feature animation branch; and Mark Mangini, sound branch.
Re-elected governors are: Annette Bening, actors branch; Lora Kennedy, casting directors branch; Jeffrey Kurland, costume designers branch; Rick Carter, designers branch; Michael Tronick, film editors branch; Kathryn Blondell, make-up artists and hairstylists branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations branch; and Phil Robinson, writers branch.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.
Governors who were not up for re-election and who continue on the board are Ed Begley, Jr and [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Election results for the Academy's Board of Governors have been revealed for 2014-2015, yielding five first-timers and eight reelected incumbents. Additionally, four previous governors are returning to the Board. First-timers include Kate Amend (Documentary Branch), Daniel R. Fellman (Executives Branch), "Nebraska" producer Albert Berger (Producers Branch), Bob Rogers (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) and "Aladdin" and "The Fifth Element" sound editor Mark Mangini (Sound Branch). Reelected are actress Annette Bening (Actors Branch), Lora Kennedy (Casting Directors Branch), "Inception" costumer Jeffrey Kurland (Costume Designers Branch), "Green Hornet" and "2 Guns" editor Michael Tronick (Film Editors Branch), Leonardo DiCaprio's hair stylist Kathryn Blondell (Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch), Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Public Relations Branch) and "Field of Dreams" writer/director Phil Robinson (Writers Branch). Governors returning after a hiatus are "Passion of the Christ" director of photography Caleb Deschanel (Cinematographers Branch), "Glory" and "Blood Diamond" director Edward Zwick (Directors »
- Kristopher Tapley
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning to the Board.
The first-time governors are Kate Amend, Documentary Branch; Daniel R. Fellman, Executives Branch; Albert Berger, Producers Branch; Bob Rogers, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; and Mark Mangini, Sound Branch.
The reelected governors are Annette Bening, Actors Branch; Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch; Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers Branch; Rick Carter, Designers Branch; Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch; Kathryn Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations Branch; and Phil Robinson, Writers Branch.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. »
- Michelle McCue
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