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As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Heads up, aspiring actors: watch UK leading men Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Colin Farrell, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Dancy talk acting, fame, rejection, managing idiosyncratic directors and more in a special BAFTA video. With close-up commentary and amorous camerawork, the interviews are certainly easy on the eyes--especially in the case of recent "Sherlock" Emmy winner and Oscar hopeful Cumberbatch, star of The Weinstein Company's “The Imitation Game," which hits Telluride this weekend. McAvoy, meanwhile, will soon be seen in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them," the first in Ned Benson's three-part romantic epic costarring Jessica Chastain. »
- Elaina Patton
London-based Protagonist Pictures is restructuring as it stretches to fit increased ambitions. The company has had a strong year with Sundance and Berlin hits Frank and ’71, and a number of films in the pipeline. Part of the ramp up includes key appointments just ahead of bringing three titles to Toronto. 3311 Productions’ Eddie Vaisman is joining the company as head of production and acquisitions, U.S., kickstarting its U.S. business. He’ll look to strengthen Protagonist’s Stateside profile and build up its finance and production activities. Vaisman’s credits include producing In A World…, an exec producing Michael Polish’s Big Sur and the upcoming Ad Inexplorata with Mark Strong. He previously worked at Sony-based Avenue Pictures and in 2004 started out at Kathryn Bigelow’s Paramount-based First Light. In another hire, Vanessa Saal will join the company as head of sales. She’s moving over from Studiocanal where she was Svp of international sales. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The off-beat comedy, starring 2014 Screen International Star of Tomorrow Jamie Blackley, centres on one eventful night with three teenagers, set against the backdrop of the social and political turmoil of 1990 England. Producer is Alex Usborne.
The film has now clocked up eight territories in direct sales for 104 Films. It was released in the UK in April and has since been released on DVD and for download by UK distributor Metrodome.
In addition to the film’s cult following, Blackley has also seen his star rise. He appears in teen drama If I Stay with Chloe Grace Moretz, released in the Us last weekend, and will be seen in Yorgos Lanthimos’s upcoming feature The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Guy Ritchie has finally decided on an actor to play King Arthur for his upcoming Warner Bros. film. Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam will tackle the legendary leader in what's rumored to be a six-film series. Looks like turning down that Fifty Shades of Grey role wasn't so bad after all huh?
Hunnam is in final negotiations for the role of King Arthur. There's also rumors that Idris Elba–who co-starred with Hunnam in his other Warner Bros. franchise, Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim–is in talks to play Merlin. Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) is also being mentioned for the female lead.
It looks like this project is finally coming together for Ritchie. Warner Bros has tried a few »
- Laura Frances
Though Charlie Hunnam is about to ride off into the sunset with the final season of his FX series Sons of Anarchy this fall, the actor has emerged as director Guy Ritchie's top choice to play the title character in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. We reported last month that Idris Elba is playing Bedivere, the right-hand man of Arthur's father who teaches the young man how to fight and how to lead an army.
Charlie Hunnam is in final negotiations for the project, which will be the first in a series of six movies that we first reported on back in January. Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) wrote the script for the first movie, which lays the groundwork for this epic six-movie franchise. No story details have been released thus far.
As Sons of Anarchy enters its seventh and final season, star Charlie Hunnam continues to look towards the big screen to put himself on the map as a leading actor in Hollywood. After being courted for the role of Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, the Pacific Rim star is now being eyed to lead a very different project.
According to Deadline, Hunnam is Guy Ritchie’s top choice to play King Arthur in the Warner Bros. movie which is being developed by Joby Harold as a franchise which could be made up of as many as six movies. Harold penned the movie and Akiva Goldsman is set to produce. Hunnam meanwhile is in final negotiations for the role.
- Josh Wilding
Exclusive: Going into his seventh and final season as the prince of the motorcycle club in Sons Of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam will next have the opportunity to rise to king. Hunnam is director Guy Ritchie’s choice to play King Arthur in the epic Warner Bros project hatched by Joby Harold and intended to span six films. Harold wrote the first script and Akiva Goldsman is producing through Weed Road with Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures, and Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram. Hunnam is in final negotiations to play the man who pulls the sword from the stone.
If you ever doubted whether Hunnam made the right call passing on playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey, well, this story then is mean to convince you he is in pretty good shape. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
- Sasha Stone
UK industry representatives arrive in Sarajevo as part of CineLink Partner Country initiative
Sarajevo’s CineLink Partner Country Initiative has been running for more than a decade, systematically strengthening the working relationship between the Southeast European film industry and its international counterparts.
This year’s Partner Country is the UK, and a delegation of around 20 British producers, sales agents, distributors, agents and festival representatives will be present at CineLink for four intensive days of meeting regional film makers and promoting the possibilities of cooperation with the UK.
As an introduction for the producers from Southeast Europe attending the festival, Isabel Davis, the head of international film fund at the BFI, held a presentation of its recently established minority co-production fund.
“The UK has had a good, long-standing relationship with this festival and this region, and it felt very timely to come here as a partner country,” Davis said.
“While the UK is very talent-driven and actually getting »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vladan Petkovic)
Directed by legendary actress and Ingmar Bergman-collaborator Liv Ullmann, Miss Julie is a tale of desire, class, and power set in the late 1800s in Ireland. Based on the play by August Strindberg, Julie (Chastain) is a aristocrat who sets her sights on seducing her father’s valet John (Farrell). Her desire sets off a series of mind games which grow stronger as the night wears on. All of their flirtations are silently witnessed by Kathleen (Samantha Morton), a cook who just happens to be John’s betrothed.
The film is making its world premiere in Toronto during the eleven day festival but has yet to receive a theatrical release date in Canada.
- Rachel West
Following his comments about sex and violence in the network's "Game of Thrones," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo also spoke at this week's Edinburgh International Television Festival about the upcoming second season of the network's critically acclaimed drama "True Detective".
First off he claims it won't be as dark as the first: "It's still dark. Nic [Pizzolatto, creator] explores the darkness in people's souls… It's not as dark, but it's not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul."
He confirms they start shooting in September with the program scheduled to air next Summer. As for the setting and characters: "It's set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that's probably all I'm allowed to say. We'll probably be announcing casting soon."
Pizzolatto will again script the new season, but three or four directors will tackle the assorted episodes. »
- Garth Franklin
As shrinking public funding makes for fewer French films, Cofiloisirs, one of Gaul’s top two lending institutions, is seeking to reach out to filmmakers beyond French borders.
In the past year, the two men behind the money — Herve Digne, who in 2012 was tapped president of Cofiloisirs at the same time that Jean-Baptiste Souchier was appointed managing director — have made a name for themselves in independent film circles, backing such upscale, cast-driven foreign productions as the Julianne Moore-Kristen Stewart starrer “Still Alice,” making its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in a few weeks; and Anton Corbijn’s spy thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams, which has grossed $10 million Stateside via Roadside Attractions.
- Elsa Keslassy
HBO programming head Michael Lombardo can’t stop talking about the upcoming season of True Detective, though we don’t have even so much as an official casting announcement from the network. With the first season going up against Emmy heavyweight Breaking Bad, which has the nostalgia vote boosting its already stellar chances at this year’s awards, True Detective likely needs all the buzz it can get – so Lombardo is likely doing anything he can to keep the good press coming.
Included in his recent discussion about the acclaimed detective series have been some interesting comments about season 2, which will arrive on HBO next year and is again written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto. At the Edinburgh TV Festival, Lombardo confirmed some details about the upcoming season, stating:
“We’re going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer. [It has] different characters, a different setting. It’s set in California, »
- Isaac Feldberg
As we start making our festival schedules, cross-checking them with movies we want to see versus what scheduling conflicts will allow, it can mean that sometimes we need to be reminded about many high-profile movies coming our way. One to look out for over the next few weeks is Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie." And the first two clips are here to give a taste of what the charged romance will be bringing to the cinematic table. Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell lead the adaptation of August Strindberg's acclaimed play, about the love that develops between a valet and a young aristocratic woman. So what's the big deal? Well, this was in an era where such a relationship across class lines was deemed unacceptable by most, but that won't stop the pair here. In these scenes, we see the tortured feelings erupt in intriguing ways between the couple, with one »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Although True Detective was a show that plumbed the depths of time, death, futility, and other fun topics, I never considered it a downer show. Russ' misanthropic observations were always balanced out by Marty's reactions and the sheer charisma of McConaughey's performance. Saying "Time is a flat circle," is more fun in a Texas drawl. But since True Detective is an anthology, season two will be a whole new ballgame. According to Variety, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told the audience at the Guardian International Television Festival in Edinburgh that the new season "won't be quite as dark as the first." But then he added, "It’s still dark. [Creator, writer, and executive producer Nic Pizzolatto] explores the darkness in people’s souls. … It’s not as dark, but it’s not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul." Hit the jump for more. Filming on True Detective season 2 is expected to begin next month in California, »
- Matt Goldberg
The Wrap are reporting this morning that the world of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report is coming to television. Spielberg is said to be developing the project through his Amblin Entertainment production house, and Max Borenstein, who wrote the recent Godzilla movie, is also on board.
Minority Report, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel ‘The Minority Report,’ was released as a Tom Cruise vehicle in 2002, and revolved around an elite team of law enforcement officers that could predict crime before it happened. Colin Farrell also appeared in the movie.
No word as to who will star in the lead in the series, but producers are said to be hunting down a name actor to topline. More news as we get it.
Source: The Wrap »
- Paul Heath
"Minority Report" may be coming to the small-screen. Steven Spielberg's blockbuster sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise is being developed as a TV series by the director's Amblin Television, according to Deadline, with "Godzilla" screenwriter Max Borenstein attached to pen the script. The project, which is still in the "very early stages," will take off from the film's near-future vision of a world in which a special police unit - aided by telepaths known as "precogs" - is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes. The premise is based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. No network is yet attached to the project. Released in the summer of 2002, "Minority Report" was met with critical acclaim and went on to gross over $350 million worldwide. It also starred Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Max von Sydow. Do you think a "Minority Report" TV series is a good idea? »
- Chris Eggertsen
While fans only have a few short days to find out if HBO's True Detective can take home the Best Drama Series award at the Emmys this Monday, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo confirmed at the Edinburgh TV Festival that Season 2 will start production in September for a Summer 2015 premiere, with casting to be announced shortly.
"We're going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer. [It has] different characters, a different setting. It's set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that's probably all I'm allowed to say. We'll probably be announcing casting soon."
There have been a number of actors rumored to be in contention for various roles this season, including Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund and Vince Vaughn. Elisabeth Moss was also reportedly approached for a role, but she denied any involvement with the show earlier this month. »
Season 2 of HBO’s critically acclaimed drama “True Detective” won’t be quite as dark as the first, according to HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, who spoke Thursday at the Guardian Intl, Television Festival in Edinburgh.
Again scripted by creator Nic Pizzolatto the season will feature a new story and cast of characters, led by three cops — a woman and two men, said Lombardo, according to HuffPost UK. But just because the new story isn’t necessarily as dark as the first, don’t expect it to be all sunshine and rainbows, either.
“It’s still dark,” Lombardo said at the festival. “Nic explores the darkness in people’s souls. … It’s not as dark, but it’s not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul.”
Filming is expected to begin in September in California, and while the first season’s episodes were directed exclusively »
- Kevin Noonan
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