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The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which runs from September 4 to 14 this year, has announced its initial lineup of films. This is the first of a handful of announcements for the festival, and as always, the first announcement focuses on its Galas and Special Presentations -- the films with the flashiest names.
The initial slate of fifty-nine films includes thirty-seven world premieres, boasting those from Noah Baumbach,Lone Scherfig, and Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock. Premieres have been a contentious subject this year on the film festival circuit, as Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Tiff, threw down the gauntlet, announcing that the festival would not play a film in the first four days of its schedule if it was also programmed concurrently for the Telluride festival.
- Sasha James
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
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- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
The new teaser trailer for the Conjuring spin-off, Annabelle, has arrived! The trailer certainly proves there is nothing more terrifying than a demonic doll.
The film centres on a creepy doll that played a supporting role in James Wan’s horror blockbuster The Conjuring, with Annabelle being set before the events of that film and set to reveal the origins of the evil doll. The creepy thing featured as part of the collection of paranormal objects owned by Lorraine and Ed Warren (played by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga).
Annabelle is directed by John Leonetti and written by Gary Dauberman. Plot details have yet to emerge, either way the teaser will definitely inspire some unwelcome nightmares. There’s just something rather unsettling about dolls and the eerie teaser doesn’t help those fears.
Check out the trailer below!
- Ciham Messouki
Annabelle, the creepiest doll to grace the silver screen since Chuckie in 1998's “Child's Play,” finally has herself a trailer. The teaser for “Annabelle,” a prequel and spinoff of ”The Conjuring,” shows us the blood-filled backstory of the lifelike figurine who haunted Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in James Wan‘s scary summer hit. It all starts when an unassuming husband brings home a neatly wrapped mystery package for his beautiful bride. Inside, of course, is Annabelle. Also read: How ‘The Conjuring,’ ‘We're the Millers’ Became New Line's Unlikely Summer Smashes “There,” says the blonde as she hangs the doll on the wall. »
- Travis Reilly
The film opens Oct. 3. The trailer offers a strange set-up — a husband presents his pregnant wife with a strange doll to apparently complete her collection.
Peter Safran and “The Conjuring” director James Wan are producing “Annabelle.” “The Conjuring” included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
- Dave McNary
She’s back and creepy girl is starring in her own movie.
New Line Cinema’s 2013 film drew from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Based on a true story, The Conjuring was the horrifying tale of how these world renowned paranormal investigators were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Confronted by a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens found themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Check out the first trailer for Annabelle below.
Last summer, James Wan’s terrifying supernatural horror thriller opened to rave reviews from critics and had a $41.9 million opening weekend at the domestic box office, »
- Michelle McCue
Remember that creepy little doll at the beginning of "The Conjuring"? Well, it's time to get to know her a little better. The first teaser for the period horror spin-off "Annabelle" examines the persuasive doll's "life" before the events in "The Conjuring." It's unknown if the film will lead directly into the beginning of "The Conjuring," in which Annabelle appeared alongside Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Produced by James Wan and directed by John R. Leonetti, "Annabelle" stars Annabelle Wallis (no relation to the doll), Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard. Leonetti was the cinematographer on "The Conjuring" as well as the "Insidious" films, although his filmography as a director -- which includes "The Butterfly Effect 2" and "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" -- doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Still, the teaser has the requisite chills and the doll herself is still just about the creepiest »
- Dave Lewis
"I like your dolls." Hot on the heels of yesterday's underwhelming trailer for the horror adventure Ouija, there's some much better terror on the way. Annabelle is a spin-off of James Wan's horror hit The Conjuring. The film focuses on the creepy doll featured as part of the collection of paranormal objects owned by Lorraine and Ed Warren (played by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga), but this tale takes place before the events of The Conjuring, showing more of the story behind this creepy, evil doll. However, beyond what's show in the trailer, we don't know what kind of story to expect in this spin-off. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for John Leonetti's Annabelle from Warner Bros. Pictures: Annabelle is directed by John Leonetti (the director of photography on The Conjuring making his feature directorial debut) and written by Gary Dauberman (Hell Hath No Fury, Swamp Devil), inspired »
- Ethan Anderton
Though fellow frightener Ouija beat The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle to the punch by releasing its horrifying first trailer yesterday, there’s just no way to tell which horror flick will be the most effective at earning filmgoers’ screams this October. Now, however, Annabelle has jumped back into the spotlight with its first preview, a very creepy but still mysterious look at the film.
For those of you who didn’t see The Conjuring (and I can’t imagine there are many of you, considering that movie made over $315 million worldwide, exceptionally good for an R-rated horror film), Annabelle centers on the haunted doll who menaced The Conjuring‘s protagonists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), and eventually their young daughter. The spinoff’s trailer takes an interesting tack, however, showing the doll’s blood-soaked origins without revealing the main characters.
Regardless, the video is still a very creepy first look at the movie, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Alfre Woodard, and Ward Horton are starring in the film with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, and Brian Howe co-star.
The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
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- Debi Moore
Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's "Winter's Bone," including best picture, actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay. Clearly all the talent on display in 2004's "Down to the Bone," which boosted the career of Vera Farmiga, was not a flash in the pan. The question was what the deliberate New York filmmaker, who works closely with producer-writer Anne Rossellini, would do next. I sat down with Granik at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, which she attended for the first time along with the backers of "Winter's Bone," Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, to get her to take me through that decision-making process. What Granik did make was "Stray Dog," a documentary about U.S. war veterans, inspired by one of the actors in "Winter's Bone," which debuted at the Laff. (Review here.) Your documentary. »
- Anne Thompson
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Are you ready for San Diego Comic-Con?! The event is closing in on us really fast, and it's going to be so great to be in San Diego among hundreds of thousands of other like-minded geeky individuals. Every year I attend Comic-Con it's like coming home. It's my most anticipated event of the year. Comic-Con International has released the full event and panel schedule for Friday, July 25th that you can see in its entirety here. But I've provided a few of the most notable panels that will be taking place that day below. It's a big day for TV as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones panels will both be held in Hall H.
- Joey Paur
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!
What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's »
- Debi Moore
Friday, July 25 is going to be the busiest day ever for TV fans at the San Diego Comic-Con. After waiting in long lines, fighting through crowds and sitting patiently while waiting for panels to start, attendees will bask in the glory of hit shows like "Arrow," "The Walking Dead," "Sleepy Hollow," "Orphan Black," "Bones" "Bates Motel" and "Game of Thrones," plus get an early look at newbies such as "iZombie" "Outlander," "Intruders" and "Mike Tyson Mysteries." "iZombie" The new CW show -- based on the Vertigo comic -- makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the pilot episode, and a Q&A with the cast and crew. When: Friday July 25, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm Where: Room 6Bcf Who: Stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (newcomer from the UK), and Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), as well as executive producers Rob Thomas »
- Dave Lewis
“Game of Thrones” dominated this year’s Emmys with 19 nominations, including a supporting actor nod for Peter Dinklage and a nomination for Lena Headey, as well as one for casting director Robert Sterne; the series also landed an outstanding drama series nod. FX's “Fargo” followed with 18 nominations, including one in the miniseries category and four for actors Colin Hanks, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and new-comer Allison Tolman. “Fargo” is up against “American Horror Story: Coven” and “Luther,” starring nominee Idris Elba. “True Detective” successfully landed a nomination in the drama category (a controversial move) alongside “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” and “Downton Abbey.” Stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey both received nominations. Netflix proved its growth with shows like comedy series nominee “Orange is the New Black” and drama series nominee “House of Cards,” more than doubling the streaming services total nominations from last year. Surprise snubs »
The nominations for the 66th primetime Emmy Awards are in. The event will be hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on Monday, August 25 at 8pm Et / 5pm Pt) on NBC. And, holy crap, did they love American Horror Story: Coven. Granted, I love the series, I thought last season was good, but they went nuts with the nominations. I wouldn't mind this if the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences didn't shut out a lot of other great talent that brought horror to the small screen last season. For instance, where is Hannibal represented anywhere in these nominations? How about Vera Farmiga for her intense, colorful work on Bates Motel?
The post ‘American Horror Story’ Gets All the Emmy Nominations, ‘Hannibal’ Snubbed appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
How many different characters does Tatiana Maslany have to play to score an Emmy nomination?
The Orphan Black star’s absence from the 2014 Emmy nominations list was just one of the oversights that had fans howling Thursday morning.
And yet, overall, there were plenty of reasons for TV fans to get excited. HBO’s fan-favorite Game of Thrones led with 19 nominations, while FX’s outstanding newcomer Fargo was right behind with 18. HBO’s new comedy Silicon Valley broke into the best comedy ranks, while fellow HBO newcomer True Detective was honored for best drama. Plus there were first-time noms for »
- James Hibberd
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