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This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was another dense program filled with lots of new films in need of distribution. Fortunately, many of the highlights — from awards season heavyweights like “Jackie,” which went to Fox Searchlight, to smaller-scale crowdpleasers like “Tramps,” a Netflix acquisition — are guaranteed to find audiences beyond the Tiff arena. And most buyers agreed that this was, generally speaking, a pretty healthy year. Nevertheless, as the festival came to a conclusion, several great movies in the lineup remained homeless. Here are some of the ones that IndieWire wants to bring to the attention of all the buyers out there. We hope they’re paying attention.
With her underrated debut film “Sarah Prefers to Run,” Chloé Robichaud made one of the best coming-of-age stories in recent years. For her follow-up, the Québécois writer-director widened her focus, »
- Indiewire Staff
The life of rapper Tupac Shakur has come to the big screen before in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Tupac: Resurrection,” but like Biggie Smalls in “Notorious” and N.W.A. in last year’s breakout hit “Straight Outta Compton,” the rapper is finally getting the biopic treatment with the upcoming feature “All Eyez On Me.” A new trailer for the drama hit the web yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s death, and it features a great ensemble charting the rapper/actor’s rags-to-riches rise and fall.
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Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. steps into the lead role with uncanny resemblance as the film tracks Shakur’s rise to 1990s rap icon. Money, greedy producers and gang violence all pose threats on his way to the top, and one of the trailer’s most powerful moments comes from Tupac’s mother, »
- Zack Sharf
A vanity project on at least two levels, Nick Cannon’s “King of the Dancehall” sees the actor and TV host serve as star, director, screenwriter, producer, and executive producer on his maiden voyage behind the camera — which is certainly one way to make sure the extensive footage he’s shot of himself dancing shirtless in slow-motion, his image projected in triplicate across the screen, makes it past final cut. As an auteur, Cannon quickly ends up way over his head, unable to wrangle a film that careens off in a dozen directions at once. Yet the director makes two smart decisions that help turn what could have easily been an unwatchable mess into a hysterical, feverish, incredibly watchable one.
The first is his choice to shoot the film on location in Jamaica, deep in the country’s dancehall scene. Though the music itself is not entirely mainstream in the U. »
- Andrew Barker
One part treatise on the power of dance, one part paint-by-the-numbers rom-com, one part crime drama and entirely, unexpectedly bonkers, Nick Cannon’s latest directorial outing “King of the Dancehall” giddily and greedily blends tropes and tricks into an amusing if deeply uneven romp set to the throbbing tones of Jamaican dancehall music. Cannon pulls quadruple duty on the film, serving as director, screenwriter, producer and star in a feature that happily blends together plotting that wouldn’t be out of place in either a “Step Up” feature or a shoddy “Scarface” knockoff. And while the sum of its parts are never as energetic as its base components, there’s an unmistakable charm to whatever the hell it is Cannon is trying to do here.
As Tarzan Brixton (don’t worry about the name, it will be endlessly mocked and never explained), Cannon stars as a Brooklyn boy only recently »
- Kate Erbland
Few film festivals in the world double as an acquisitions marketplace quite like the Toronto International Film Festival, which will screen more than 300 movies between September 8 and September 18. Most of these films have yet to land a U.S. distributor, and only a select group of titles will secure a distribution deal before the end of the fest.
Which movies are likely to be swarmed by buyers at Tiff 2016? Here are nine hot titles from the lineup that could be prime targets for acquisition execs.
Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to her hit debut “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is billed as a “dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland.” The film follows a young girl named Samantha (Suki Waterhouse) who’s been banished from civilized society and ends up escaping from a community of cannibals. Produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the film stars Keanu Reeves, »
- Graham Winfrey
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off this week, and with it, the rest of a very busy fall festival season. In preparation for the Canadian festival, we’ll be rolling out a series of previews to point you in the direction of all the movies you have to see (or at least, all the movies you have to start anticipating right now). First up, we’re looking at all the up-and-coming talents who just might break through at this year’s festival. Keep your eyes peeled, this batch just might end up being the brightest one yet.
Director Alex Lehmann cut his teeth as a cinematographer on short films and horror movies before landing his feature film directorial debut, “Blue Jay.” A comedic drama starring Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, “Blue Jay” centers on a pair »
- Kate Erbland, Steve Greene, Graham Winfrey, Chris O'Falt and David Ehrlich
Queen Latifah is producing through her Flavor Unit Entertainment company with partner Shakim Compere. Epps is producing via his Naptown Productions with partner Niles Kirchner and Harris will produce under his Grand Hustle Films company with partner Brian Sher.
Robinson is also producing and Jesse Collins will executive produce. Producers are planning to begin shooting in the fall.
“The Trap” is based on a story by Epps and Nile Evans, who is writing the script about Harris’ character returning home to Atlanta help save the dilapidated restaurant run by his brother (Epps) and mother. A change in the chicken recipe revives the location.
- Dave McNary
They're leaving the room where it happens. On July 9, Lin-Manuel Miranda will depart his Tony-winning, history-making musical Hamilton and the title role he originated on the page and the stage. He's not the only one going. Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. and Tony nominee Phillipa Soo will also exit the production. The actors - who play vice president Aaron Burr and Hamilton's wife Eliza Schuyler, respectively - have both been with the production since its premiere at New York's Public Theatre in the fall of 2015. So what's going to change now that the O.G.'s of Hamilton won't be around? »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
When you’ve been working together as long as Samuel Frisch and Jean Paul and Alexander Makhlouf of Cash Cash have, the release of a new album makes for a momentous occasion indeed. After weathering the ebbs and flows of the ever-changing electronic music industry for the past few years, the trio have finally released the culmination of their efforts this week in the form of Blood, Sweat & 3 Years.
While Cash Cash had not quite established a strong identity for themselves as an electronic music act up until recently, a brief conversation with them reveals that in person, at least, they’ve got more than enough personality to accompany the studio-length effort.
Sam, Jp and Alex were nice enough to squeeze in a quick interview with us before their performance at Marquee Dayclub last weekend in Las Vegas. Being that their album release is today, we felt that it would »
- John Cameron
[[tmz:video id="0_c66w9bhg"]] Here's the summary of this video -- Busta Rhymes Loves Derrick Rose. He Loves Carmelo Anthony. Porzingis?? Not so much. Busta is a huuuuge NY Knicks fan -- and says the combination of D-Rose and 'Melo is a major step in the right direction for his beloved squad. But when we brought the other star on the team -- Kristaps Porzingis -- Mr. Rhymes didn't seem too enthused about the Latvian sensation. "Carmelo and Derrick »
- TMZ Staff
Blood, Sweat & 3 Years is the fourth studio album by Edm trio Cash Cash, and their first full length record on Atlantic Records and Big Beat Records after a string of EPs and singles. The new album’s title offers a little insight into its collection of songs, which reach back as early as three years ago. Though its not the most cohesive album around, Cash Cash’s latest offering has plenty of excellent tracks that all retain their signature brand of accessible dance pop.
Jam packed with sixteen songs, the music on Blood, Sweat & 3 Years is often better than the sum of its parts with a number of top notch productions holding the songs together. For their new album, Cash Cash enlisted the help of a vocal collaborator for nearly every track, hitting the studio with major talent like Nelly, Busta Rhymes and John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls. »
- Connor Jones
The last time Lin-Manuel Miranda attended the Tony Awards, he was nervous because “In the Heights” needed to win in order to lure audiences. It won best new musical.
That’s not a problem for his ticket-scalpers’ delight, “Hamilton,” his second Broadway musical. He stars in the production, wrote the book, music, and lyrics, and it scored a record-breaking 16 nominations. It swept the Tonys Sunday night with 11 awards including best new musical, and could eventually earn over $1 billion worldwide, according to The New York Times.
“Hamilton” also won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Because Miranda won an Emmy for writing Neil Patrick Harris’s closing rap at the 2014 Tonys, all he needs is an Oscar to become a member of the Egot club.
That’s not an impossibility, as Miranda’s moving his star to Hollywood—more specifically, Disney. J.J. Abrams »
- Anne Thompson
Cash Cash and Digital Farm Animals scored a major collab on their new single “Millionaire,” enlisting rapper Nelly to provide vocals for the upbeat summer dance anthem. Reviving the classic refrain “Hey, must be the money!” on the track, the musical forces behind “Millionaire” deliver a strong release with expert production values and a catchy sound.
The latest release from Cash Cash and Digital Farm Animals is the perfect blend of uplifting dance beats, sunny vibes and catchy vocal hooks. The two outfits bring a unique production style to the table, elevated by the star studded guest vocalist. Indian chants and an upbeat melody take over after the choruses, establishing the song as a dance pop anthem fit for your summer soundtrack.
“Millionaire” is set to be featured on Cash Cash‘s upcoming studio album Blood, Sweat & 3 Years. The trio’s fourth full length LP will be released on June 24 via Big Beat Records, »
- Connor Jones
Hamilton star Daveed Diggs has come a long way from his days as a struggling artist, when he first arrived in New York almost 12 years ago. Long before his Flash-like rhyming as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned Broadway sensation earned him a Tony Award nod, Diggs was semi-homeless in New York. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in theater in 2004, the Oakland-born rapper-thespian, 34, moved to New York. By day, he would go on every audition he could find, and at night, he would couch-surf among his friends' apartments or sleep on the subway. »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs ruffled feathers when he excluded some of his own label's bands from the Bad Boy Reunion Tour. Of course ... Mase, Busta Rhymes, Faith Evans and 112 will all be hitting the stage. However, Da Band, B5, Day 26 and Diddy Dirty Money will all be at home -- or, at best, in the audience -- and there are some hurt feelings. B5's Dustin Michael tells TMZ ... "We just felt like our relationship [with Diddy] was better than that. »
- TMZ Staff
[[tmz:video id="0_46j7aumj"]] Diddy was feeling generous in Brooklyn Friday night ... tossing what is surely a super expensive, diamond-encrusted chain into the crowd. The rapper was headlining the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour at the Barclays Center when he hurled the bling. The concert looks awesome ... Jay Z, Nas, Rick Ross, Mary J Blige, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Usher and French Montana all performed. Btw ... it's Puff Daddy now. Epic night! 4 hour #badboyreunion #firstnight #barclayscenter #epic #jayz #puffdaddy »
- TMZ Staff
[[tmz:video id="0_pzp5893c"]] Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and the Bad Boy family are back with Mase, Busta Rhymes, 112 and new backup dancer ... Hoda Kotb! Yes, Hoda. Puffy pumped up this summer's Bad Boy Reunion Tour on the 'Today' Show Friday morning ... and while the stage was packed with superstar singers and rappers -- Kathie Lee's partner in crime stole the show. Check out her super close, semi-grinding moves on P. Diddy. The crew performed a bunch of hits, »
- TMZ Staff
Rick Ross was like a loud fart in a quiet room when his ankle bracelet went off over the weekend at the White House. Ross was there along with a bunch of other rappers -- Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, J. Cole, Wale and DJ Khaled -- to support Obama's Brother's Keeper youth initiative, ironically to keep men of color out of trouble. It was a serious and fancy affair ... enough to get Ross in a suit, »
- TMZ Staff
Kanye West paid tribute to Phife Dawg at a memorial service for the A Tribe Called Quest rapper. Hundreds gathered at New York City's Apollo Theater Tuesday to pay their respects to the musician (born Malik Taylor), who died from diabetes-related complications last month at age 45. Stars including Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J and L.A. Reid were seen in the crowd. In addition to West, André 3000, Chuck D, Michael Rapaport and Busta Rhymes addressed the audience, while D'Angelo, Grandmaster Flash, The Roots and others performed. A Tribe Called Quest's Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammad Q-Tip eulogized Taylor at the end of the four-hour service. West spoke for eight minutes, saying he owed his career to »
[[tmz:video id="0_ocip590b"]] Busta Rhymes is hot as fish grease over long prison sentences handed down to non-violent criminals ... so he's become an activist, fighting to change "mandatory minimums." Busta spoke to TMZ inside his NYC music studio and says after a close friend got 20 years for a marijuana charge ... he had to get involved and help change the justice system and the use of elevated punishments. The hip-hop legend says he teamed up with Famm (Families Against »
- TMZ Staff
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