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After highlighting 50 titles confirmed to arrive this fall, we now turn our attention to the festival-bound films either without distribution or awaiting a release date. Looking over Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival titles, we’ve rounded up 25 movies — most of which we’ll be checking out over the next few weeks — that we can’t wait to see.
Check out our 25 most-anticipated festival premieres below, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.
The Age of Shadows (Kim Ji-woon)
Returning to South Korea after his foray into Hollywood action with the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led The Last Stand, Kim Ji-woon‘s next feature is The Age of Shadows, which marks WB’s first-ever produced feature in the country. Led by Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host), this ’20s-set thriller follows the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that existed under the »
- The Film Stage
Elle Fanning got her start in the business — and her SAG card — before the age of 3, when Jessie Nelson, the director of “I Am Sam,” starring 7-year-old Dakota Fanning and Sean Penn, needed someone to play Dakota’s sister in a flashback. Recruiting Elle for that role was a no-brainer. Fifteen years later, she’s emerged as one of the most exciting and consistently compelling actors of her generation, tackling indie dramas (“Somewhere,” “Ginger & Rosa”), blockbusters (“Maleficent”) … and whatever the heck “The Neon Demon” was.
Mark Williams & Sara Hirakawa for Variety
Fanning was only 16 when she shot that twisted, lurid film from Nicolas Winding Refn. If fact, she was too young to see it in theaters. “The Neon Demon” caused a divisive reaction from audiences when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Fanning, now 18, is taking the response to the film with grace. “Some amazing movies have been torn apart [in Cannes],” she notes. »
- Jenelle Riley
20th Century Fox’s upcoming historical drama “Hidden Figures,” about three African-American women working at Nasa in the 1960’s, looks primed for takeoff in 2017. The true story starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe has crowdpleaser written all over it, so much so that it’s a wonder the film has taken this long to get made. The movie hits theaters in January.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Hidden Figures” is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at Nasa, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, »
- Graham Winfrey
Though latest superhero film “Suicide Squad” has garnered mostly mixed-to-negative reviews, it’s nevertheless sweeping the nation as well as the Internet. But while fans of the film or the DC Comics Universe might be sharing memes to express their adoration or displeasure, one actress in particular shared a clever meme that harkened back to a film that was released 20 years ago.
On her Instagram, Kirsten Dunst shared a picture of herself and the cast of Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides,” and proclaimed that there’s “only one Real Suicide Squad.” The meme was originally created by Twitter user Carter Nixon. Check it out below.
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A photo posted by Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) on Aug 9, 2016 at 6:42am Pdt
- Vikram Murthi
Heralded as one of the greatest American novels of the last half-century, it was only a matter of time before Philip Roth’s “American Pastoral” made its way to the silver screen. And now that it finally has, the film looks like it offers some awards-worthy performances from its main trio of stars: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning. Set against the backdrop of race relations and other social tensions in the 1960s, the novel-turned-feature film is the story of Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor) and his wife Dawn (Connelly), as they grapple with their teenage daughter Merry (Fanning) and her new political affiliations—affiliations that threaten to tear their seemingly perfect world and lives apart. Things come to a head when Fanning’s Merry detonates a bomb in protest of the Vietnam War and accidentally kills a bystander. Per the hints given in the first official trailer, the world »
Any serious horror movie fan worships at the altar of Dario Argento. The Italian giallo legend has been directing gorgeous, haunting films for nearly 50 years, starting with 1970’s “The Bird With the Crystal Plumage” and continuing with such frightening achievements as “Inferno,” “Phenomena,” and perhaps his most famous work, “Suspiria.” That movie, the eerie tale of a ballet student who attends a haunted school, has been set up for a remake for close to a decade. Originally in the hands of David Gordon Green, “Suspiria” was briefly considered as a TV series before it fell to director Luca Guadagnino, who recently said that Tilda Swinton and Dakota Fanning had been cast in the film.
All of this is news to the 75-year-old Argento, who’s currently watching movies as the president of the “Filmmakers of the Present” jury at the Locarno Film Festival. The director took a break from his »
- Eric Kohn
The film will have its European premiere in competition at the September festival.
An adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel about an American family being torn apart by political and social upheaval in the 1960s, McGregor also stars alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.
The Lincoln Lawyer scribe John Romano adapted Roth’s novel. Producers are Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg of Lakeshore Entertainment. Oscar-winning Alexandre Desplat composed the film’s score.
Lakeshore are handling international sales. Lionsgate has Us rights and Entertainment One will distribute in Canada.
The film will play in competition in San Sebastian’s official selection, with further titles yet to be revealed. As previously announced, the European premiere of Oliver Stone’s Snowden will play out of competition.
McGregor attended »
Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s 73rd edition will feature a batch of star-studded English-language dramas directed by Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Pablo Larrain, Antoine Fuqua and Damian Chazelle, as well as promising new titles by big-name international auteurs such as Emir Kusturica, Francois Ozon, and Wim Wenders, plus plenty of potential discoveries.
This year’s selections look likely to reinforce the Lido’s status as a discerning and effective awards-season platform. Last year, the festival launched “Spotlight,” and, before that, “Birdman” and “Gravity” — all of which went on to win multiple Oscars.
The Gibson-directed “Hacksaw Ridge” stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss, an army medic who never carried a gun during World War II. Doss was the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The topical drama, which is screening out-of-competition, is slated for a Nov. 4 U.S. release via Lionsgate. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Tiff 2016: Our top 10 most anticipated films from today's first announcementTIFF 2016: Our top 10 most anticipated films from today's first announcementAdriana Floridia7/26/2016 11:04:00 Am
It's our favourite time of year!
If you live in Toronto, you know that the Toronto International Film Festival makes for the most exciting time to be in the city. Celebrities wander the streets alongside us normal folk, red carpet premieres are happening everywhere, and some of the best new films see their first light of day to eager audiences who've waited for hours in line for a good seat. Yes, festival season is nearly upon us, and we could not be more excited.
This morning Cameron Bailey, the artistic director, and Piers Handling, the CEO, of Tiff, made the first announcement as to what films will be playing this year's edition of the festival, which we'll further refer to as #TIFF16. It was a giant announcement, »
- Adriana Floridia
Alicia Silverstone is joining the “Real Housewives” world — kind of. Also in today’s TV news roundup, a “Nashville” alum has booked a role on Fox’s “Rosewood.”
Alicia Silverstone has been tapped to star in the TV Land comedy pilot “American Woman,” which is based of the life of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards. The “Clueless” alum will star as Bonnie Nolan, a mother with two daughters who finds herself facing an entirely new world after she leaves her husband. The single-camera comedy is set in the 1970s amid the sexual revolution and the rise of feminism.
Scout Taylor-Compton, who recently had an arc in ABC’s “Nashville,” has booked a major recurring role on Fox’s “Rosewood,” Variety has learned exclusively. She will play Christa, the receptionist at Magic City Lab, who is described as a young Kat Von D type.
Prior to “Nashville,” Taylor-Compton »
- Lamarco McClendon
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- NATHANIEL R
Having worked with Sofia Coppola, Lars von Trier, Michel Gondry, Jeff Nichols, Sam Raimi, Joe Dante, Cameron Crowe, and a number of other accomplished directors, Kirsten Dunst is now set to step behind the camera for her directorial debut. She let it slip earlier this year while on the press tour for Midnight Special, but now it’s confirmed she has set her sights on an adaptation of Sylvia Plath‘s landmark 1963 novel The Bell Jar.
Deadline reports that Dakota Fanning will take the lead role of Esther Greenwood in the film, which follows her character, who suffers from a mental illness upon returning to her Boston home after interning at a magazine in New York City. It’s set to begin production early next year, and we’re looking forward to seeing Dunst taking on something quite ambitious and widely praised for her debut. As we await more details, »
- Jordan Raup
The Lego Batman Movie: Our first look at Joker (above left, voiced by Zach Galifianakis) and Robin (above right, voiced by Michael Cera) in The Lego Batman Movie presents a different appearance for both characters. In the movie, which will open in theaters on February 10, 2017, Batman (Will Arnett) insults the Joker, prompting the criminal to start a crime spree. [USA Today] The Bell Jar: Dakota Fanning will star in a new version of The Bell Jar. Published in 1963, Sylvia Plath's acclaimed novel follows a young woman as she becomes mentally unstable. Kirsten Dunst will make her directorial debut; she cowrote the screenplay with Nellie Kim. The book was previously adapted into a 1979 movie starring Marilyn Hassett. [Deadline] Queen of Katwe...
- Peter Martin
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present and future.
In the spring of 1999, Sofia Coppola’s feature directorial debut, a big screen version of Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel “The Virgin Suicides,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. A delicate, deeply feeling and achingly human portrait of suburban ennui and teenage depression, the film was anchored by a performance by a then-17-year-old Kirsten Dunst. As Lux Lisbon, the prettiest and wildest and most broken of the five Lisbon sisters that the film so intimately chronicles, Dunst was tasked with straddling the gap between deep pain and flickering hope.
The film follows the Lisbons after their youngest sister, Cecilia, twice attempts suicide, completing the act on her second try, all during party thrown by her terrified parents in hopes of cheering her up enough to keep her alive. The Lisbons, by and large, are suffocated by their »
- Kate Erbland
Dakota Fanning has been announced in the lead role of Esther Greenwood, a young woman who takes an internship at a magazine in New York before suffering a breakdown and returning home to Boston.
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- Catherine Shoard
The Lego Batman Movie: Our first look at Joker (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) and Robin (voiced by Michael Cera) in The Lego Batman Movie presents a different appearance for both characters. In the movie, which will open in theaters on February 10, 2017, Batman (Will Arnett) insults the Joker, prompting the criminal to start a crime spree. [USA Today] The Bell Jar: Dakota Fanning will star in a new version of The Bell Jar. Published in 1963, Sylvia Plath's acclaimed novel...
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Deadline brings word that Kirsten Dunst is set to make her first foray behind the camera with The Bell Jar, a new adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name that has already secured Dakota Fanning to headline.
Johnson, who has lined up roles in Brimstone and Ewan McGregor’s crime drama American Pastoral (which, incidentally, also marks McGregor’s directorial debut), will lead the feature film as Esther Greenwood. Nellie Kim, meanwhile, penned the script opposite Dunst.
For those unfamiliar with Plath’s source material, The Bell Jar is set against a post-war 1950s, where Greenwood secures an internship with a high-profile magazine in New York City. However, a crippling mental illness begins to take hold as Greenwood returns home to Boston.
- Michael Briers
Kirsten Dunst is going to chase that (well-deserved) Emmy nomination high by tackling her first feature film in the director’s chair. The Fargo actress has a couple of shorts under her belt—Welcome and Bastard, which screened at Sundance and Cannes, respectively—but now Deadline reports that she’ll helm an adaptation of The Bell Jar. And with that, a collective, not-quite-contented sigh just went up across English literature classrooms everywhere, or at least the ones that are in summer session.
Dunst and co-writer Nellie Kim (no, not the Russian Olympic athlete, though that was our guess, too) have already adapted Sylvia Plath’s powerful novel into a script. Dunst has also landed Dakota Fanning in the lead role of Esther Greenwood, the novel’s protagonist who descends into madness following an internship in New York. Esther chafes at the idea of marriage, an aversion that helps get her »
- Danette Chavez
Kirsten Dunst is set to make her feature film directorial debut with an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar.” Dakota Fanning will star in the independent drama with plans for a first-quarter start of production.
Fanning will play the lead role of Esther Greenwood in the pic, based on Plath’s 1963 novel. Dunst has adapted the script with Nellie Kim.
Priority Pictures optioned remake rights from Studio Canal. “The Bell Jar” was made into a feature film in 1979.
In the book, Greenwood takes an internship at a magazine in New York City, and then begins to suffer a mental breakdown when she returns home to Boston.
The novel is the only book ever published by Plath, who committed suicide in 1963.
Dunst directed a pair of short films — “Welcome, »
- Dave McNary
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