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2014 Proved to be the Year of the Actor at Toronto

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Unlike last year, Toronto didn’t seem to herald an Oscar best-pic frontrunner. But it was the Year of the Actor, as much of the awards talk focused on performers. Some saw career revitalizations, though Al Pacino’s two roles didn’t seem to draw as much awards buzz as some other thesps.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones

Both are likely nominees, and “The Theory of Everything” wowed folks in many different categories.

Bill Murray

His performance in “St. Vincent” lives up to the buzz. And the reclusive actor had fun promoting it.

Laura Dern

With two films at Toronto (“Wild,” “99 Homes”), she could win mom of the year — and best supporting actress.

Channing Tatum

By promoting “Foxcatcher,” he reminded folks that Steve Carell is not the film’s only lead-actor contender.

Julianne Moore and Jennifer Aniston

Still Alice” and “Cake” sought distribs, so buyers would need to mount a fast awards campaign. »

- Tim Gray

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Hollywood A-List Stars Share Annoying Things Fans Say to Them in Public (Video)

21 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ever wonder how stupid celebrities think you sound when you approach them in public? Perhaps hearing them reveal the most common lines strangers feed them on the street will make you think twice before asking, “Are you that guy from that movie?” Also read: 11 Breakout Stars of Fall TV Season 2014 Vanity Fair asked A-list Hollywood talent attending the Toronto International Film Festival what fans say to them when they happen to cross paths in real life, and Reese Witherspoon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell are among the movie stars who answered. See photos: 62 Fall TV Actors Ranked by. »

- Greg Gilman

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Tiff 2014: ‘Foxcatcher’ a dark spin on the American dream laced with engrossing uses of sound and performance

16 September 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye

Directed by Bennett Miller

USA, 2014

With Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) directs a tragic tale of American ambition gone awry. It’s a grave and stately undertaking that’s based on the real story of John du Pont, heir to one of the richest families in America, who dreamed of building a wrestling team around the talents of two gold medal wrestlers that came from modest means. The inequality of power pushes the tension between the three over the edge. Although the film isn’t an awe-inspiring achievement as a whole, the performances and atmosphere stimulate the senses and hold a firm grip on the viewer’s attention.

In the aftermath of Olympic glory, brothers David and Mark Schlutz are assessing their options. That David (Mark Ruffalo) is the more coveted, recognizable and talented of the pair causes a rift between the siblings. »

- Lane Scarberry

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Oscars Best Actor race led by Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch, ... (Photo Gallery)

16 September 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Steve Carell could never find a way to win an Emmy Award despite 10 attempts. Is he now in line to a victory at the Academy Awards for his murderous role in "Foxcatcher"? -Break- Take a tour through our new photo gallery below to see the top 15 contenders for the 2014 Best Actor race. The order of the photos is determined by the current Gold Derby rankings for this category (from Experts, Editors, and Users). Mostly known as a comic actor, Carell has a very dramatic and sinister role in the new Bennett Miller film. Because of that and great reviews, he is in our overall top spot with 3/1 odds. Michael Keaton has also made a career out of many comedy roles. He has never been nodded for an Oscar despite three decades on the big screen. For "Birdman," he currently has second place odds of 27/10. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the »

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Can TV Shows Survive After Losing a Main Character?

16 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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Shocking an audience is a difficult thing to do these days, so constantly titillated are our imaginations. But with so many series reinventing the traditional format, losing a main character is often a surefire way to leave audiences with mouths agape. Most recently, The Good Wife saw leading character Will Gardner (Josh Charles) die, and Homeland lost one of its main driving forces, maybe-terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis). While these unexpected character deaths rattled audiences, it’s yet to be seen how their respective shows will carry on without them.

In anticipation of the return of fall TV, we’re taking a look back at iconic shows that lost a main character and soldiered on (for better or for worse). Whether an unexpected death, like Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, or an actor simply leaving a show before it was over, like Steve Carell leaving The Office, »

- Kat George

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News Nuggets: The hottest fall movie for fans is 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

15 September 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Todd Cunningham reveals the top 10 most anticipated movies for the upcoming fall months. In the top spot is the red hot sequel "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. It arrives in theaters on November 21. The others on the "must see" list are: "Gone Girl" (Ben Affleck), "Interstellar" (Matthew McConaughey), "The Equalizer" (Denzel Washington), "Penguins of Madagascar" (Benedict Cumberbatch), "The Judge" (Robert Downey, Jr.), "Dumb and Dumber To" (Jim Carrey), "Fury" (Brad Pitt), "The Good Lie" (Reese Witherspoon), and "Foxcatcher" (Steve Carell). The Wrap -Break- A sizzling new full-length trailer for "The Hunger Games" new installment "Mockingjay" is finally available. It offers a look at the war-torn land Panem and a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), now acting as a mouthpiece to President Snow »

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8 important awards season revelations after Venice, Telluride and Toronto

15 September 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The race for Oscar is akin to a political campaign, and the first three Fall film festivals have made a significant impact on all the major races. Consider that Venice, Telluride and Toronto take place within three weeks of each other and you have a huge indicator of how the season will progress. With that in mind, here are eight major takeaways that are still buzzing in our heads as the Oscar race begins. "The Imitation Game" just got a huge head start. Harvey's had a tough year at the box office. He isn't going to have a tough year with Oscar. "The Imitation Game" was the hit of Telluride and took the People's Choice Award at Toronto (something The Weinstein Company movies seem to have an awful amount of luck with). It's not quite the slam dunk that "The King's Speech" or "The Artist" were because it "appears »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Re-ranking the contenders in Best Picture

15 September 2014 5:18 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With the festival season well underway and a good portion of the contenders for Best Picture having screened or about to screen, now seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the category and see what’s what in an expanded fashion. I did this with the major categories a few months back, but that was when almost everything was still speculation. We have some facts to go on now, so while much of this is still just an educated guess, I’m not completely relying on hunches this time around. It’s more of an even mix, depending on the film in question, of course. Here now are ten movies that are sitting the prettiest in my mind right now for Best Picture: 1. Gone Girl – The highest profile unseen player gets my number one spot at this point and time. If it hits during »

- Joey Magidson

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2015 Oscar Predictions and Other Things We Learned at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

15 September 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Did you miss the Toronto Film Festival? Or maybe you wouldn't touch a film festival with a ten-foot pole. In any case, we've got you covered -- we saw a lot of movies at Tiff this year, and several of them will be Oscar contenders.

If you want a leg up on your friends, we've got the 10 things you need to know that came out of this year's Tiff. Blow your friends' minds with your vast knowledge, even if you didn't pay one iota of attention during the actual festival.


"The Guest" is awesome. And Dan Stevens (formerly of "Downton Abbey" fame) is so great as a horror-movie lead/raging psychopath it will blow your mind.

Eddie Redmayne -- yes, Eddie Redmayne from "Les Miserables" -- will get an Oscar nomination for playing physician Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."

Similarly, Benedict Cumberbatch will get an Oscar nomination »

- Chris Jancelewicz

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Oscars predictions update: J.K. Simmons & Edward Norton up, Mark Ruffalo down

14 September 2014 5:36 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

At first, this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar looked like a race between J.K. Simmons as a monstrous music teacher in "Whiplash" and Mark Ruffalo as a tragic Olympian in "Foxcatcher," but now Edward Norton just surged up our charts for portraying a rowdy stage actor in "Birdman." At this point all three films have been seen by most of our Experts, who increasingly favor Simmons. See their latest rankings. -Break- Michael Keaton soars ahead of Steve Carell in Oscar Best Actor race In late August, Norton was in sixth place in our experts' predictions with 16/1 odds as a movie star who clashes with Michael Keaton in a stage adaptation of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." But Norton has leapt forward since then. Only two experts are currently predicting Norton to win, compared to five for Ruffalo, but our other experts are ranking Norton so high »

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Nyff ’14: Kyle’s 5 Most Anticipated Films

14 September 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Though I did get to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival earlier this year (which was an amazing experience, and well worth your time), the New York Film Festival, in its 52nd year this time around, will be the first time I will have attended a festival as press. So, I’m very giddy about it. I’m excited to hobnob with other writers, get up at unfathomable times to catch screenings of films in languages I don’t often hear, and write like the wind. So, without further ado, here are my top five anticipated films of Nyff.

-        Goodbye to Language 3D | Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Though I’ve never felt much warmth towards the iconoclastic Godard (save for Vivre sa Vie), I found myself realizing, as word came from Cannes, that I was incredibly eager to test out his newest film Goodbye to Language. Intellectually stimulating, supposedly playful, »

- Kyle Turner

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Toronto International Film Festival Standout Films, Performances

14 September 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Not everyone can make it all the way to Toronto to experience the best in the future of film. Thankfully, Us Weekly's Film Critic and Deputy Editor Mara Reinstein hit up the Toronto International Film Festival for you, to select some of the standout performances from this year's batch. Here are Us Weekly's picks:  Foxcatcher In a word, gut-wrenching. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo are Olympic wrestlers whose brotherly bond is severed by their abusive, eccentric benefactor (an unrecognizable, hypnotic Steve Carell). Director Bennett Miller (Moneyball) builds his [...] »

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Tiff 2014: From Redmayne to Gyllenhaal, 8 most buzzed-about actors at Tiff

13 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

This year's Toronto International Film Festival belonged to the actors.

Among the 300-plus films premiering at the annual movie feast - the north star to much of Hollywood's fall season and the continent's largest film fest - there were, of course, many terrific movies and a theater's worth of fine filmmakers. But nothing captured the spotlight of this year's Toronto, which wraps up on Sunday, like the performances.

That's unlike many previous years where the loudest buzz from Toronto rang out for a freshly proclaimed masterpiece like 12 Years a Slave or a stunning cinematic event like Gravity, both of which left last year's festival hoisted upon the shoulders of enthusiastic Oscar prognosticators and awed moviegoers.

While likely best-picture nominees certainly played at Toronto, no movie quite stood out like those heavyweights or previous Tiff sensations like the Academy Award-winners Slumdog Millionaire or The King's Speech.  Instead, the applause was thickest for its stars, »

- and contributors

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All the Oscar Buzz (Reese! Eddie! Jen?) from Toronto

12 September 2014 5:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I survived the Toronto International Film Festival! Official tally: 15 movies watched, a dozen photo shoots pulled off, 7,800 hors d'oeuvres consumed in the company of famous people. (Oh, and about a gallon of Runts candies, scored from the glamorous Hollywood Foreign Press Association & In Style party's glorious all-you-can scoop candy station and scarfed under cover of darkness at screenings.) But we risk exhaustion and malnutrition for a reason: Good movies. Some of them great. And after a promising first half, the second half of the festival delivered big-time, adding powerhouse performances and major A-list Oscar buzz to the mix. Here's some »

- Samantha Miller, @smillerpeople

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All the Oscar Buzz (Reese! Eddie! Jen?) from Toronto

12 September 2014 5:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I survived the Toronto International Film Festival! Official tally: 15 movies watched, a dozen photo shoots pulled off, 7,800 hors d'oeuvres consumed in the company of famous people. (Oh, and about a gallon of Runts candies, scored from the glamorous Hollywood Foreign Press Association & In Style party's glorious all-you-can scoop candy station and scarfed under cover of darkness at screenings.) But we risk exhaustion and malnutrition for a reason: Good movies. Some of them great. And after a promising first half, the second half of the festival delivered big-time, adding powerhouse performances and major A-list Oscar buzz to the mix. Here's some »

- Samantha Miller, @smillerpeople

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Toronto: The Top 10 Films to Generate Buzz

12 September 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald 

Managing Editor 

The Toronto International Film Festival ends Sunday and hundreds of films have been screened since the 11-day festival began. Throughout the years, Toronto has featured a number of Oscar hopefuls that have gone on to Oscar success. Just last year, best picture 12 Years a Slave (2013) was shown at Toronto (along with a number of other nominees). Hoping for the same success, some Tiff films have been met with instant Oscar chatter this year. Here are the top 10 films to generate buzz coming out of Tiff:

10. Maps to the StarsJulianne Moore’s role in David Cronenberg’s dark satire of life in Hollywood won her the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, but it doesn’t look like the role is being pushed towards an Oscar nomination. Though the film might not be heading to the Academy Awards, it has generated quite the »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Felicity Jones: Oscar newbies hoping for a first citation this year

12 September 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Much like I took a look yesterday at veterans in contention for Oscar love the year, today I’m going to be turning my attention to the newbies who hope to receive some awards love. As I mentioned in the last piece, this is leading up to me doing a re-ranking of the contenders in all of the major categories beginning next week, but right now it’s just going to be a preview of which rookies to the Oscar season are gearing up to hopefully make their big debuts on the awards circuit. Some are even in a position to win Academy Awards. First up is Best Actor. In this race, the highest profile would be first time nominee would be either Steve Carell for Foxcatcher or Michael Keaton for Birdman. They’ve been frontrunners to many for basically this entire season. A tiny level down are more recent »

- Joey Magidson

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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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Who got Best Actor Oscars boost from Tiff: Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, ...?

12 September 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Toronto film festival winds up on the weekend. While no film broke out like last year's triple whammy of "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "Dallas Buyers Club," six showcase fellows in leading roles that could contend at the Oscars. And our Best Actor chart is beginning to reflect the shifts in this race as our experts, editors and readers like you weigh in with their predictions.  -Break- Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher") He is a revelation as the schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont who mentors Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and murders his older brother Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). Carell's comic persona is completely submerged into this complex character. Beyond his physical transformation, including a prominent proboscis, the actor's stillness conveys the disturbed nature of the man.  Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") This newly crowned ...' »

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So, How's Channing? What People Are Saying About the Foxcatcher Performances

11 September 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Foxcatcher is already getting Oscar buzz since its debut at the Cannes film festival and, recently, at Toronto's, where we saw the film as well. The movie is directed by Moneyball's Bennett Miller, but unlike that film, which was also based on a true story and set in the world of a certain sport, Foxcatcher is not lighthearted in any way (blame the terrifying true tale). What stands out in the wrestling drama are its performances from the three leads: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. Here's what you need to know about their performances, what people are saying, and what their early Oscar chances are. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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