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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 Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.Scroll down for full list
Not to be outdone by the New York Film Festival, which has staked a claim to the world premieres of Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, and Venice, which will open with Birdman, artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team announced on Tuesday (22) close to 50 galas and special presentations.
Two factors are certain to ratchet up the sense of anticipation heading into September. Most of these titles are without Us distribution and that said, it remains to be seen which films will qualify for a coveted first-weekend slot.
Tiff top brass made it clear earlier this year that any title that sneaks into Telluride will be forced to screen after the first four days of the festival. Tiff runs from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Abel Ferrara's Pasolini with Willem Dafoe, Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden with Greta Gerwig, Liv Ullmann's Miss Julie with Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain, Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner, David Dobkin's The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell and Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild with Reese Witherspoon are among the films lined up for Toronto's Gala and Special Presentations this year. » - David Hudson »
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. While Tiff somewhat oddly did not reveal its opening night film, the closing night selection is Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos" starring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts and Stanley Tucci, as well as Rickman himself. In a release from the festival, Rickman noted, "It is a great privilege for 'A Little Chaos' to have its world »
- Gregory Ellwood
True Detective was a series which took everyone by surprise earlier this year. Created and written by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, it was a fascinating character study and a gripping crime thriller which had everyone talking and coming up with their own theories, and even theories on those theories.
The first season of True Detective (which consisted of eight episodes) was directed solely by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and while the Jane Eyre director seemed like an odd choice, there’s no doubting the fact that he did an incredible job. However, a commitment to adapting Stephen King’s It means that he will likely be too busy to return to direct so much as a single episode for the highly anticipated second season.
Since that was revealed, there has been some talk of hiring a number of different directors – similar to Game of Thrones and »
- Josh Wilding
This was a "Tbd" panel on FX's TCA schedule and, given the opinions, my guesses were down to either a "Partners" panel with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence or a "Fargo" renewal panel. Since "Partners" premieres early next month and Grammer and possibly Lawrence (I didn't see him, so I don't know) were at last night's Fox/FX party, that wouldn't have seemed to require "Tbd" mystery. And, indeed, FX began the morning by announcing a "Fargo" renewal and John Landgraf demurred on several questions about Season 2 specifics, saying that Noah Hawley and Warren Littlefield would have more details later. Don't expect That many details, but follow along... 4:45 p.m. This is our panel of the day. "Sons of Anarchy" had a fine panel previously that Geoff Berkshire will be writing up for us and, in fact, he's probably doing that as I type. 4:50 p.m. The second »
- Daniel Fienberg
This should take some of the sting out of that Emmy snub.
Related Emmys 2014: The Complete Nominations List
Breaking Bad, however, did not go home empty-handed; the TCA honored the show’s final eight-episode run with the Program of the Year prize (the second consecutive year it won the top award).
Colin Farrell put his impressive physique on display in a black Speedo while relaxing in Stromboli, Italy, on Friday. The actor lounged by the pool after shooting a new Dolce & Gabbana campaign with Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino. Colin was surrounded by a bevy of beautiful ladies on a yacht earlier in the day, so this is likely a nice working trip for him. Before heading overseas, Colin made headlines when it was revealed that he is being considered as one of four leads for the second season of HBO's True Detective. Along with Colin, it was reported that Taylor Kitsch is also in talks to star in the show. It could be a while before we find out if Colin will be suiting up and solving crimes, so in the meantime, just enjoy him stripping down and showing off his body. »
- Brittney Stephens
Akiva Goldsman wrote, directed and produced Winter's Tale for Warner Bros this year and I haven't seen it, but it has been described to me as laughably bad. Something about Colin Farrell pulling off someone's face? I imagine I'll get to it.
On the other side of this story coin is a game called Space Invaders. I'm not sure how ever-present it is in the current generation, but it's that 1980s video game where you're shooting slowly advancing aliens from behind some destructible obstacles. It's kind of like a stationary Galaga.
I bet Taylor Kitsch could star in it. »
Season 2 of HBO's critically-acclaimed True Detective is starting to turn into the TV version of Star Wars: Episode VII, with more rumors and unconfirmed details circulating than actual facts. HBO hasn't even officially issued a Season 2 renewal yet, but that is merely a foregone conclusion at this point, since we have known for months that series creator Nic Pizzolatto has been working on the scripts. Today, we have even more unconfirmed information from Film Divider, which reveals the season will deal with corruption and addiction, centering on the California transportation system.
Nic Pizzolatto wouldn't confirm whether or not Season 2 centers on the secret occult history tied to California's transportation system last week, but this new report reveals the season centers on a corrupt scheme to link Northern and Southern California together through a high-speed train, which ties into land ownership and state grants. The plot has been compared to the film classic Chinatown, »
We’ve been hearing more and more about the upcoming second season of HBO’s tremendous crime anthology series True Detective as the weeks have ticked by, with word that Colin Farrell is set to take on a lead role and that Taylor Kitsch is also in talks. But in terms of what exactly the second season is going to focus on, we had previously been drawing from comments creator Nic Pizzolatto made back in May about the second season involing the “psychosphere ambience” of California, “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” Now, however, we may have a better idea of what to expect from the new episodes of True Detective.
Film Divider, which is relatively new but gaining a good reputation for scoops, recently reported what it has been hearing about the second season, giving us an exciting glimpse into »
- Isaac Feldberg
While Colin Farrell is in talks to become the first official cast member of the second season "True Detective," there is still lots of speculation regarding the plot and character design of the show. Recently, writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto amended previous comments, saying that season two will actually have "four central characters," while he declined to comment on the "transportation" element of the plot he earlier teased. But has the cat now come out of the bag? Over at Film Divider (new on the block, but quickly gaining a good rep), they've shared the rumblings they've heard about the narrative thrust for next iteration of "True Detective" and it's fascinating stuff. This is definitely different territory and we'll excerpt the significant portion of the plot details below. And in case it isn't plainly obvious, potential spoilers ahead: The new mystery is to be kickstarted by the murder of Ray Caspar, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
You might have thought you were done discussing these but I'm just getting around to posting about them, so don't shut your trap just yet. Here's five stories that we didn't get to in anything like a timely fashion but so what? Time is a flat circle.
Story 1 Colin In Talks
I was going to wait to post about this until it was official and not just "in talks" but since the internet moves with the speed of everything casually mentioned as fact that everyone is aware of and will be old tomorrow, it should be noted that it looks like Colin Farrell will be the leading man of True Detective Season 2 (possibly Taylor Kitsch beside him). Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey will be tough shoes to fill but as I relayed on twitter, he's a smart idea because people will be surprised when he's great because they haven't noticed that he often is. »
- NATHANIEL R
The casting of True Detective season two is ongoing, with the latest reports being that Colin Farrell has been targeted for one of the leads roles this time around. One person who won't be taking the project on is Christian Bale though, who has reportedly turned down the show.
Instead, he's gravitating towards starring in the long-in-gestation film adaptation of John D MacDonald's novel, The Deep Blue Good-by. The novel, which centres on the character of Travis McGee as he comes to the aid of a friend in need - and in the path of an unpleasant man named Junior - has been targeted for a film for some time. Directors such as Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone have been mooted in the past, with James Mangold currently in the director's chair. »
The film adaption of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By has taken a rather convoluted path towards the silver screen. Fox got close to deals with both Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to direct the film before going after James Mangold (hot off saving The Wolverine from disaster). Initially Leonardo DiCaprio intended to play the part of Travis McGee in the intended franchise but had to pull out for scheduling reasons. He remains onboard as a producer, but now reports have Christian Bale eyeing the lead role (though a formal offer has yet to be made). Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time a film has flirted with both Stone and DiCaprio before moving on to Bale (an early version of American Psycho had the pair attached). Now, apparently having passed on True Detective Season 2, Bale is keen on this project as well. Hit the jump »
- Evan Dickson
Fans of serial-killer cinema have clamored for a sequel to David Fincher’s Se7en for years – and now they might be getting it, albeit in a completely unofficial capacity. Back in 2011, Moviehole reported that the Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins film Solace was at one time contorted into a sequel to the wildly popular 1995 film starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Originally, the movie was about a psychic/former doctor who joins the FBI to track down a killer. However, Warner Bros. saw more potential in the idea as a sequel and changed the doctor/psychic character into Freeman’s William Somerset in a new draft. They were even calling it Se7en 2 internally. For whatever reason, the project never got off the ground in that form – and it was...
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The theatrical poster for “Winter’s Tale,” after promising that “It’s not a true story, it’s a love story,” made a large demand from its viewers at the bottom: “This Valentine’s Day, Believe In Miracles.” While there is indeed a difference between filmmaking and marketing, it is hard to not imagine writer/director Akiva Goldsman whispering “believe in miracles” into the ear of every executive who helped “Winter’s Tale” come to life, immediately after throwing glitter on them.
The catch with miracles in movies is not whether we believe in miracles, but if we trust, or more directly, buy them. Do we buy the miraculous magic of Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale”? Not at all. You can’t believe a miracle if you don’t buy the story behind it.
Their characters may be goofy beings who speak weepy lines with stubborn accents, but Colin Farrell »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Fans of serial-killer cinema have clamored for a sequel to David Fincher’s Se7en for years – and now they might be getting it, albeit in a completely unofficial capacity. Back in 2011, Moviehole reported that the Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins film Solace was at one time contorted into a sequel to the wildly popular 1995 film starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Originally, the movie was about a psychic/former doctor who joins the FBI to track down a killer. However, Warner Bros. execs saw more potential in the idea as a sequel and changed the doctor/psychic character into Freeman’s William Somerset in a new draft. They were even calling it Se7en 2 internally. For whatever reason, the project never got off the ground in that form – and it was...
- Mike Bracken
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