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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced a first round of lineups for its 40th edition, running from September 10 through 20. Among the highlights are the world premieres of Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next, Ridley Scott's The Martian with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig, Brian Helgeland’s Legend with Tom Hardy and Peter Sollett’s Freeheld with Julianne Moore, Ellen Page and Steve Carrell. The Opening Night Film will be Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. We've got details on today's announcement. » - David Hudson »
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
The initial lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 10 to 20 this fall, has been revealed, with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s dramatic romance Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, having been selected to open the prestigious fest.
The first selections lineup reads like a who’s who list of Oscar contenders. Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program all have world premieres, and other huge titles screening include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of Nation, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Brian Helgeland’s Legend and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
Check out the full lineup below, and let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments section.
Opening Night Film.
In Demolition, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Issue driven films with a ton of heart usually find their way into the awards season one way or another. Hopefully, it’s because they’re good movies and legitimately important, either for the culture or the world in general. Sometimes though, it’s just due to how shamelessly manipulative they can be on an emotional level. Hopefully, one new entry into the former category will be Freeheld, which is hitting the awards season at a very timely moment in history. A Trailer hit last week (which you can see below) and it appears to be hitting all of the right notes in order to appeal to Oscar in a potentially significant way come its October theatrical release. The film is about same sex marriage and centers on two women fighting for the benefits that straight couples take for granted. Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) is a Lieutenant in the New »
- Joey Magidson
2015’s Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 40th year, will kick off the fall festival season with their opening night film, Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. Over 350 films are among this year’s festival.
Tiff 15’s list of Special Presentation is an incredible list of new films from Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next), Charlie Kaufmann (Anomalisa), Scott Cooper (Black Mass), Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Cary Fukunaga (Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation), and Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). Several of the titles were among this year’s Cannes lineup, including The Lobster, Youth, and Louder than Bombs.
Deepa Meetha’s Beeba Boys, Stephen Frears’s Lance Armstrong movie The Program, Freeheld, starring last year’s Oscar winner Julianne Moore alongside Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and Brian Helgeland’s Tom Hardy »
- Brian Welk
If Kristen Wiig's appearance in that Lifetime melodrama "A Deadly Adoption" is any indication, she'll be weirding us out for years to come. Fortunately, we think we can single out her weirdest moment on film so far. It's coming to Netflix in August. "Welcome to Me" (August 6) In the short time since Kristen Wiig left "SNL" in 2012, she's starred in a host of movies. Some are quaint indies (like "The Skeleton Twins") and some were heartfelt farces ("Bridesmaids"), but "Welcome to Me" is perhaps her most provocative and strange feature. Wiig plays a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who uses a financial windfall to pay for her own talk show. Is it her finest hour? No, but it sees her costarring with the formidable Linda Cardellini, which is a treat. "Two Days, One Night" (August 11) The surprise Best Actress nomination of 2014 that devastated the Jennifer Aniston fan community. Yes to Marion Cotillard! »
- Louis VIrtel
Austin Mahone is getting down to business for his just dropped "Dirty Work" music video. Complete with a Steve Carell look-alike boss and hilarious behind-the-scenes interviews with Mahone's "co-workers," the awesome vid is one part The Office, one part hot and heavy cubicle romance and one part epic dance party. After his boss tells the 19-year-old he'll have to stay overnight to finish a project, Mahone takes full advantage of working overtime by showing a sexy new hire around the office while the entire staff watches the two get their flirt on. Mahone and the video vixen then sizzle during a steamy make-out sesh in the boss's office before the entire staff forgo all »
It’s a good time for the movie industry as it continues to expand beyond the usual and true-life inspired stories are definitely in favour. Up next in that genre is Freeheld, the story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) and their fight for justice.
The film is based on the Oscar-winning short documentary and has been adapted for the big screen by Ron Nyswaner, writer of Philadelphia (1993). It follows Laurel, who is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However county officials, or Freeholders, continue to prevent them from doing so.
Check out the great trailer and some character posters below:
- Dan Bullock
Following up her Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice, Julianne Moore is doing it tough again in Freeheld. This time it's cancer rather than early-onset Alzheimer’s that her character, a New Jersey police ’tec, is confronted with, but the consequences are no less severe. Take a look at the film’s new trailer to see what’s at stake.Moore’s isn’t the only Oscar pedigree at work on this drama. Freeheld is based on Cynthia Wade’s 2007 Oscar-winning short documentary of the same name. Both films tell the true-life story of police officer Laurel Hester (Moore), whose world was shattered when she became terminally ill. Prevented from leaving her pension to her partner, mechanic Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), she enlists the support and help of equality activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell, a late stand-in for Zach Galifianakis) and an initially disapproving friend at the department, Dane Wells (Michael Shannon »
A trailer for the new drama Freeheld tells the love story of one couple who helped guarantee that #LoveWins.
Director Peter Sollett's movie is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name, which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.
Freeheld bows on October 2 in the Us in limited release. »
Based on the Oscar-winning short documentary by Cynthia Wade (80th Academy Awards), and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia (Ron Nyswaner), Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester (Moore) and Stacie Andree (Page) and their fight for justice.
A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this.
Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells (Michael Shannon), and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
Ellen Page is one of the producers on the film.
Opening on October 2nd (limited) & October 16th (wide), this emotional and compelling film »
- Michelle McCue
Hope you have a bunch of tears saved up, because you're about to cry them all watching the trailer for Freeheld. Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in the film, based on the 2007 documentary of the same name, about police lieutenant Laurel Hester and her partner, Stacie Andree. Once Laurel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she begins to face the reality that the state doesn't allow for pension benefits to be passed along to same-sex domestic partners. Rather than die knowing her loved one won't be taken care of, Laurel fights the system. Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, and Josh Charles also star in the film, out on Oct. 2. »
Ellen Page and Julianne Moore have, over the courses of their career, received critical acclaim for numerous dramatic performances, with Moore’s filmography including the likes of films such as Safe, Boogie Nights, Far From Heaven, and I’m Not There, among others, culminating in an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress for her role in 2014’s Still Alice. Page, meanwhile, has been seen in Whip It, Inception, and The East. The two performers, however, have yet to work together, a fact that is poised to change with their upcoming feature Freeheld. The film’s synopsis is below.
New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Lionsgate released the first trailer for their upcoming drama “Freeheld” on Thursday. Based on a true story, the film follows New Jersey police lieutenant Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and her registered domestic partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) as they battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The film also stars Michael Shannon as Hester’s partner and Steve Carell as a gay lawyer who helps Hester and Andree rally support for their cause. The film was written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Peter Sollett. Also Read: Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore Reverse Oscars' Trend of Rewarding Older Actors, »
- Joe Otterson
Hollywood is renowned for the waves and phases of its output, and in terms of reflecting current social issues, it is generally always trying to catch up. The current flurry of movie projects that suddenly seek to address the life-long fight for equality for same-sex couples is one for which we can be grateful, however, as studios finally appear to be widening their historically narrow view of who can be represented onscreen in lead roles, and in what context. Each wave of thematically related movies must have one that leads the charge, of course, and in this case, that movie is Freeheld – for which we finally have a trailer.
Freeheld has been in development for over six years, and is based upon the Academy-Award winning short documentary of the same name, made by Cynthia Wade in 2007. It tells the true story of Stacie Andree, whose domestic partner – New Jersey police »
- Sarah Myles
It's magical sometimes when films come by just at the right moment to touch viewers, make a statement, and perhaps change lives.
The first trailer for "Freeheld" is here, and this might be one of those cases now that the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage to be legal in all states. Based on the 2007 Oscar-winning documentary short of the same title, "Freeheld" tells the story of New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and her fight to leave her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page).
From the trailer, the movie looks to be part love story between Laurel and Stacie, and part political fight after Laurel is diagnosed with lung cancer. She wants her benefits to go to her partner, just as all the other cops' benefits go to their spouses in case of death.
It's a stirring story, and a stark reminder of how »
- Kelly Woo
Less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal in the United States, the first trailer for Julianne Moore and Ellen Page’s gay rights drama Freeheld has been released by Buzzfeed. Watch it below…
The film tells the real-life story of Laurel Hester (Moore), a woman who fought for the right to pass on her pension benefits to Stacie Andree, her girlfriend (Page), after she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
Freeheld tells the story of fearless Police Detective Laurel Hester, working to bust New Jersey drug dealers with her long-term partner and mentor, Detective Dane Wells. Though close, Laurel has never been honest with Dane about her sexual orientation »
- Justin Cook
"If you could have anything, what would it be? What's your dream?" Lionsgate has debuted the official trailer for Peter Sollett's new film Freeheld, a moving drama starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as domestic partners. The story focuses on their struggle to keep a pension intact when Laurel Hester, played by Julianne Moore, is diagnosed with cancer. The supporting cast includes Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles and Luke Grimes. This has one of those very inspirational, hopeful, powerful messages of "change the world" at the end, complete with pop song. But it also looks really good, especially the two lead performances. Ellen Page looks to be at her best, and Moore is always at her best. #loveislove Here's the first official trailer for Peter Sollett's Freeheld, originally from Buzzfeed: New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page »
- Alex Billington
One of the films you'll find on my Oscar predictions lists for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor is Peter Sollett's upcoming film Freeheld and today the first trailer for the potential Oscar contender in those categories and more has arrived. Starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, the film centers on New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree (Page) and her police detective girlfriend Laurel Hester (Moore) as they battle to secure Hester's pension benefits after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Steve Carell, Luke Grimes, Michael Shannon and Mary Birdsong co-star. Lionsgate is targeting an Oct. 2 release date and I fully expect this one to be at the Toronto Film Festival and most likely Telluride and New York. We'll know soon enough, but for now give the trailer a watch and see what you think. yt id="FX9KLZlE344" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
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