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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

17 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Pawn Sacrifice Review [Tiff 2014]

15 September 2014 7:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Edward Zwick is a great filmmaker, but he rarely gives you subtlety. Some have criticized his medium-to-large-budget action films – titles that include Glory, Defiance and Blood Diamond – as too simplistic, which would have stained those efforts more if they were not so compelling and exciting. So, to hear that the director was behind a film about the introspective game of chess and its most famous player, the complex and controversial Bobby Fischer, was nerve-wracking. Would the film skimp on the nuances of the New York chess sensation? Could the Last Samurai director figure out a way to depict the game in an inventive way onscreen?

Well, although Zwick has still not managed to find a way to visually communicate the game of wits and cunning, he has still made a biopic and thriller that should entertain those who do not even know how to play chess. Pawn Sacrifice is a »

- Jordan Adler

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Reginald Hudlin To Produce 6th Annual Governors Awards For The Academy

15 September 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Reginald Hudlin will produce the 6th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today.

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harry Belafonte, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“With Reggie’s experience, unique vision and immense creativity, the evening celebrating those who have given so much to our industry is certain to be a memorable one,” said Boone Isaacs.

“I’m honored to be working with the Academy again,” said Hudlin. “The collective impact of this year’s Governors Awards recipients on the evolution of cinema is immeasurable. I’m a fan of all four of these legends, so producing a celebration of Ms. O’Hara’s performances, Mr. Carrière’s storytelling, »

- Michelle McCue

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Toronto: Smaller Deals Show Tough Market for Indie Film Business

12 September 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Review: Despite Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber's efforts, 'Pawn Sacrifice' is a draw

12 September 2014 12:52 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto — It’s quite remarkable that up until now there has never been a biopic on the life of Bobby Fischer, arguably the greatest chess player of the 20th Century. Yes, his name was used in the acclaimed 1993 film “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” but that referenced his potential successor. Fisher’s life and his greatest moment, a dramatic match against his Russian counterpart, are finally depicted in the new drama “Pawn Sacrifice,” which screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Fisher’s genius as a chess player first manifested at the age of 12 and by 13 he had become the youngest winner of the U.S. Junior Chess Championships. He enjoyed a spectacular rise as a master chess player and by 1957 he won the first of eight U.S. Championships (a competition he never lost). The world stage, on the other hand, was different. Rising to prominence at the height of the Cold War, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Tiff: Tobey Maguire's Bobby Fischer movie sells for low seven figures

11 September 2014 5:29 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In advance of its world premiere tonight in Toronto, Pawn Sacrifice, Ed Zwick’s movie about erratic chess genius Bobby Fischer and his 1972 matchup with Soviet champion Boris Spassky, was picked up by Bleecker Street for a low seven figures price. Tobey Maguire, who stars as Fischer, worked for a decade to get the story on film, and Steven Knight, who recently wrote and directed the Tom Hardy drive-and-talk drama, Locke, wrote the script.

Fischer was a child prodigy who was also combustable, paranoid, rude, and antagonistic. He raged against Jews and Communists, and accused the Soviet and the international chess cabal, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Toronto: Tobey Maguire’s Chess Movie ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Sells for U.S.

10 September 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pawn Sacrifice,” the chess drama starring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber as Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, has found a U.S. home.

Andrew Karpen’s newly minted distribution company Bleecker Street has  acquired the domestic rights to the movie, which is directed by Ed Zwick from Steven Knight’s screenplay about the 1972 iconic Fischer-Spassky match in Iceland. Peter Sarsgaard also stars.

The deal closed Wednesday at the Toronto Film Festival, a day before the  world premiere of “Pawn Sacrifice.”

It’s the first deal for Bleecker Street, which former Focus Features executive Karpen launched in August.

Producers are Zwick, Gail Katz and Maguire.

CAA and Wme Global repped the filmmakers. Lionsgate is handling international sales.

News was first reported by Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood.

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- Dave McNary

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Checkmate: Tobey Maguire's Chess Drama ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Heads to Bleecker Street

10 September 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Andrew Karpen's Bleecker Street has made its first move at the Toronto International Film Festival, picking up Ed Zwick's chess drama “Pawn Sacrifice,” which stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as his rival, Boris Spassky. An individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap that Bleecker Street and others buyers were given an early look at the film on Sept. 5, since it doesn't officially debut until Thursday, Sept. 11. Also read: Tobey Maguire on Fighting to Play Chess Champion Bobby Fischer in ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (Video) Steven Knight wrote the script, which chronicles 1972's Match of the Century, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Toronto: Bleecker Street Makes First Big Deal For Chess Match Pic ‘Pawn Sacrifice’

10 September 2014 4:41 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: In a low-seven-figure deal, Andrew Karpen’s Bleecker Street has acquired North American rights to Pawn Sacrifice, the Ed Zwick-directed drama that stars Tobey Maguire as enigmatic U.S. champion Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as the Russian champion Boris Spassky, whom Fischer challenged in a historic match that captured the world’s attention in 1972. The Steven Knight-scripted drama covers Fischer’s rise leading up to the historic match. Peter Sarsgaard also stars and Maguire, Gail Katz and Zwick produced. The film was one of the highest profile titles and it premieres tomorrow night in Toronto’s Gala premiere section. CAA repped the film with Wme Global.

This is a big deal for Karpen, the longtime former co-head of Focus Features who launched Bleecker Street, putting back together a lot of his old team. They were expected to make a splashy buy, and they have. The film will be released next year. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Chris Rock's 'Top Five,' other Toronto films land distribution deals (Updated)

10 September 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Paramount buys Chris Rock's Top Five

10 September 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

The studio reportedly paid in the region of $12.5m for the film, the only available title at the festival to earn near unanimous acclaim and create buzz in what has been a low-key Toronto for acquisitions.

Review: Top Five

Top Five also stars Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J B Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.  

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produced and Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s Iacf financed. Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter and Kanye West are co-producers and Questlove is the executive music producer. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the Iacf and the filmmakers.

Elsewhere, Saban Films acquired its third film since launching prior to Cannes. The distributor »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Par buys Chris Rock's Top Five

10 September 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

The studio reportedly paid in the region of $12.5m for the film, the only available title at the festival to earn near unanimous acclaim and create buzz in what has been a low-key Toronto for acquisitions.

Review: Top Five

Top Five also stars Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J B Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.  

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush produced and Barry Diller and Scott Rudin’s Iacf financed. Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter and Kanye West are co-producers and Questlove is the executive music producer. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the Iacf and the filmmakers.

Elsewhere, Saban Films acquired its third film since launching prior to Cannes. The distributor »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Tobey Maguire on Fighting to Play Chess Champion Bobby Fischer in ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (Video)

9 September 2014 8:22 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bobby Fischer captured the world's imagination in the middle of the Cold War with his 1972 victory over the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky to capture the World Chess Championship. His story also captured the imagination of Tobey Maguire, who spent a decade bringing it to the big screen with “Pawn Sacrifice.” Maguire joined the film's director Edward Zwick in the latest edition of “Drinking With the Stars.” The pair sat down with Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap, to talk about what drew them to Fischer's story. See photos: The Scene at TheWrap's Toronto Film Fest Video Lounge They were fascinated. »

- Sharon Waxman

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Toronto: Tobey Maguire and Edward Zwick on Studios’ Lack of Adult Dramas

9 September 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For Tobey Maguire, it was a 10-year-journey to get his drama about chess player Bobby Fischer on the big screen. After many false starts, he finally secured enough financing for the $16 million picture, “Pawn Sacrifice,” which premieres at Toronto on Thursday night. Director Edward Zwick shot the film in 40 days in Montreal starting last fall.

Both Maguire (who plays Fischer) and Zwick sat down with Variety to talk about the project, and why they think studios aren’t interested in serious dramas anymore.

Tobey, what made you want to be a producer?

Maguire: I had some time on my hands.

Why?

Maguire: Well, it wasn’t like I was acting in movie after movie. I just started going, “All right, let me find things that I want to develop or try to build into movies that I want to make, because I’m not seeing scripts I want to do. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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“Books First and Experience Second”: Edward Zwick’s Advice To Young Filmmakers

9 September 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Edward Zwick is at Tiff to premiere his chess drama Pawn Sacrifice, but over the weekend he spoke to young filmmakers from around the world at Films of City Frames. The Saturday morning event unveiled short films produced by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, London’s National Film and Television School, Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Paris’ Groupe Esra and the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts. The films featured the new line of sunglasses of sponsor Giorgio Armani, who presented the event with Rai Cinema and Luxottica in association […] »

- Allan Tong

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Tiff 2014: Mathematical minds multiply at Toronto International Film Festival

8 September 2014 9:54 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

In the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, two college girls rush into a '60s-era Cambridge party before the sight of the attendees stops them in their tracks.

"Oh, dear. Scientists."

So could the reaction be confronting this year's Toronto International Film Festival, where two of the most lauded and talked-about films are portraits of elite mathematical minds, courtesy of Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne. In The Theory of Everything, Redmayne plays theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking; in The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch plays British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing.

After glowing receptions in Toronto, both films are expected to be major players on Hollywood's awards circuit this fall following their theatrical openings. (Theory is due out Nov. 7. Imitation Game follows two weeks later.) Redmayne and Cumberbatch are already calculated by pundits to be favorites for a best-actor Oscar nomination.

"A lot of people talk about »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Tiff 2014: Edward Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' Reexamines Bobby Fischer

8 September 2014 7:13 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Ever since first seeing Searching for Bobby Fischer when I was a young kid, I've been intrigued by chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer and the very odd life he lived. While a few other films have been made about him, or the brilliant game(s) of chess he played, I haven't come across too much that has covered his life or dramatized it in a way that has provided this much depth. The latest film from Edward Zwick (of Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance), titled Pawn Sacrifice, was once in the works with David Fincher at the helm, and stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer telling his life story from young chess prodigy to grandmaster and world champion. It's a solid reexamination of an eccentric historic figure. Zwick's take on Fischer's life isn't straightforward or groundbreaking, but doesn't have any tricks up its sleeves either. Pawn Sacrifice »

- Alex Billington

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The Toronto Film Festival has crowded the Oscar field in a big way

8 September 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

If there’s one thing you can count on from the Toronto International Film Festival each and every single year, it’s that the fest is going to launch a ton of major Academy Award contenders. This year, that was no exception, as the race really has begun to take its initial shape in the wake of certain Toronto debuts. Much like with the recent Telluride Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, as well as the upcoming New York Film Festival, each major movie premiere changes the race a bit. It’s still early, but with the exception of the two major mysteries still to be revealed at Nyff in Gone Girl/Inherent Vice and titles that won’t really be making festival bows like Fury, Interstellar, Into the Woods, and Unbroken, we know who the players are. It’s just which flicks will be able to sustain buzz and begin winning precursor awards. »

- Joey Magidson

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Tiff 2014 Review – Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

7 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pawn Sacrifice, 2014.

Directed by Edward Zwick.

Starring Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Synopsis:

American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer squares off against his Russian rival Boris Spassky in the 1972 “Match of the Century” in Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

Archival news footage talks about the disappearance of Bobby Fischer who is competing for the World Championship of Chess against his Russian adversary Boris Spassky in Iceland.  A torn apart hotel room where everything from telephones and lamps have be disassembled appears with a figure staring out the window which then transitions to a young boy looking at person in car taking a picture of his home; he runs to his mother who plants the seeds of paranoia in him which will grow with age.

The child becomes a Brooklyn teenager who demands complete silence when he is studying resulting in his mother leaving with her boyfriend to California.  With every »

- Trevor Hogg

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Pawn Sacrifice Review | Tiff 2014

7 September 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After watching Liz Garbus’ documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World several years ago and now Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice, I’m learning towards the conclusion that Bobby Fischer wasn’t an incredibly interesting human being, but we continue to study him because he had a big personality and was arguably the best chess player who ever lived.   Many geniuses are labeled as “temperamental”, but sometimes their temperament leans towards some redeeming aspect of their personality.  Bobby Fischer, as far as we can tell, did not have any, and even in Zwick’s dramatic retelling of Fischer’s career leading up to his famous 1972 world championship, there’s no shading.  The Bobby Fischer of the popular conscious is still a mean guy who was phenomenal at chess, and Zwick has barely anything to add except some mildly interesting supporting characters and plenty of news clip montages. The film functions mostly »

- Matt Goldberg

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