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2014 Deauville Film Fest: Nathan Silver, Damien Chazelle, Mark Jackson & Ana Lily Amirpour Among In Comp Titles

20 August 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Deauville Film Festival heads have unveiled the make-up of the 40th edition of the fest, and naturally this coming September, we’ve got a Sundance-infused edition being readied for the North West coastal town. Celebrating several new American indie auteurs, noteworthy filmmakers from Park City include Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), A.J. Edwards (The Better Angels), Mark Jackson (War Story) and Damien Chazelle’s much acclaimed Whiplash. Also found in the 14 In Comp slate we find Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms — which our Nicholas Bell called “uneasy, uncomfortable, and certainly uncertain”. Also on tap: the French premieres of Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice. Here is the full selection and you can make a detour here to see who is being celebrated at the fest.

In Competition:

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour

I Origins, »

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‘The Good Lie’ and ‘A Most Wanted Man’ Set To Play at Deauville

20 August 2014 3:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haugesund, Norway– Deauville will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a strong competition lineup of U.S. indies, leading up with Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie.”

The Normandy-set festival will also play Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight alumni: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” as well as David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows,” a Critics’ Week competitor.  Other contenders include Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”

BeyondWhiplash,” which won Sundance’s grand jury prize, Deauville will play three other feature debuts: Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels” and Saar Klein’s “Things People Do.”

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks

19 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery.

The Discovery section includes the upcoming world premiere of Stories Of Our Lives, a portmanteau of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex testimonies by anonymous filmmakers from Kenya.

Selections include first-looks of Ross Katz’s Us comedy Adult Beginners, Sarah Leonor’s French Legion drama The Great Man, Isidora Marras’ Chile-Argentinian psychothriller I Am Not Lorena and UK drama X + Y.

Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Lynne Ramsay and David Gordon Green all presented their first features in our Discovery section,” said Tiff artistic director Cameron Bailey. “It’s a great place to spot new talent first.”

Besides St. Vincent, Festival Additions includes concert film cum road movie Roger Waters The Wall, while the world premiere of Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body takes its place among the Masters strand.

Tiff Docs arrivals »

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Kristen Wiig and Adam Sandler have late additions to the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

12 August 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »

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Tiff 2014: Sandler, Schwarzenegger, Liotta, Travolta and More Added to Toronto Lineup

12 August 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year, »

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2014 Tiff: McCarthy, Bettany, Girard, Fontaine, Barthes Among Several World Preem Add-Ons

12 August 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Just how much sway do Tiff programmers have? Looking at today’s Gala and Special Presentation add-ons, measurably, when it comes to films with star-wattage and acquisitions titles, the industry sides with high value world premiere slot in downtown Toronto. Complimenting Sundance (Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear and Lynn Shelton’s Laggies) and Cannes (Assayas, the Dardennes), the wide net includes Francois Girard’s Boychoir, Richard Loncraine’s Ruth & Alex, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights, Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, Shira Piven’s Welcome to Me, and in a very Gustave Flaubert type of year includes Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery and Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary. In directorial debuts, Henry Hobson presents Maggie, actor Paul Bettany presents Shelter (see pic of star and his wife above), Andrea Di Stefano’s Escobar: Paradise Lost and Philip Martin’s The Forger. Here are the additional items:

Galas

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Adam Sandler, Kristen Wiig, and Arnold Schwarzenegger bring films to Toronto

12 August 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Toronto to debut Maggie, Boychoir

12 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie drama Maggie, Dustin Hoffman drama Boychoir, Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me and Sophie BarthesMadame Bovary have landed world premieres, Tiff gala and special presentation slots.

Also in line to screen for the first time anywhere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14) are crime thriller The Forger starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan, thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro, Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler, and Paul Bettany’s directorial debut Shelter.

Tiff top brass also unveiled the Wavelengths, Future Projections, Tiff Cinematheque and shorts programmes.

Wp = World premiere / Nap = North American premiere / IP = International premiere / Cp = Canadian premiere.

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Boychoir (Us), François Girard Wp

The Connection (La French) (France-Belgium), Cédric Jimenez Wp

Escobar: Paradise Lost (France), Andrea Di Stefano Wp  

The Forger (Us), Philip Martin Wp

Infinitely Polar Bear (Us), Maya Forbes Cp

Laggies (Us), Lynn Shelton IP

Ruth & Alex »

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Toronto to premiere Maggie, Forger

12 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie drama Maggie, Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me and Sophie BarthesMadame Bovary have landed world premieres, Tiff gala and special presentation slots.

Also in line to screen for the first time anywhere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14) are crime thriller The Forger starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan, thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro, Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler, and Paul Bettany’s directorial debut Shelter.

Tiff top brass also unveiled the Wavelength, Future Projections, Tiff Cinematheque and shorts programmes.

Wp = World premiere / Nap = North American premiere / IP = International premiere / Cp = Canadian premiere.

Galas

Boychoir (Us), François Girard Wp

The Connection (La French) (France-Belgium), Cédric Jimenez Wp

Escobar: Paradise Lost (France), Andrea Di Stefano Wp  

The Forger (Us), Philip Martin Wp

Infinitely Polar Bear (Us), Maya Forbes Cp

Laggies (Us), Lynn Shelton IP

Ruth & Alex (Us), Richard Loncraine Wp

Special »

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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) Adds More Premieres

12 August 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.

Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »

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Toronto Beefs Up Premieres; Expect Arnold, Travolta, Adam Sandler, Dujardin, Neil Young, Binoche On Red Carpet

12 August 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival added another seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its September fest lineup running September 4 to 14. Here are the newcomers:

Galas

Boychoir François Girard, USA World Premiere

An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school’s relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy’s extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing.

The Connection (La French) Cédric Jimenez, France/Belgium World Premiere

Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel, a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city’s organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. »

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Toronto Film Festival Adds Sandler’s ‘Cobbler,’ Wiig’s ‘Welcome to Me,’ Schwarzenegger’s ‘Maggie’ and More

12 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.

Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.

Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.

Philip Martin’s “The Forger,” starring Travolta and Christopher Plummer in a tale of an artistically gifted petty thief who must aid his ailing father in one last job, »

- Jennie Punter

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Top 10 Directors Who Made it Big at Sundance

28 February 2014 4:45 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Celebrating its thirtieth year back in January, the success of Sundance is perhaps most impressively illustrated in its ability to cross the Atlantic for the third year running, bringing Sundance London to our shores once more next month.

This morning Sundance London announced there were screening a series of films from the Sundance Collection, details of which can be found here. Showing films which were discovered at the festival, and those films including the early work of Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino among others, is testament to the importance of the festival – both for audiences and directors.

Every year it’s easy to mark out the filmmakers who have gone above and beyond their peers in bringing some of the finest work to the festival, but it’s not always quite so easy to see who among them will continue to tell greater and greater stories. This year, for example, »

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2014′s Top 20 New Voices (10-1)

4 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Continued from yesterday’s countdown….

20. Tessa Louise-Salome (Mr. Leos Carax)

19. Janicza Bravo (Gregory Goes Boom)

18. Michael Rossato-Bennett (Alive Inside)

17. Andrew Droz Palermo & Tracy Droz Tragos (Rich Hill)

16. Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth)

15. Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear)

14. David Cross (Hits)

13. Justin Simien (Dear White People)

12. Kat Candler (Hellion)

11. Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest)

#10. Peter Sattler (Camp X-Ray)

After working as a graphic artist and designer for the past decade, Peter Sattler makes a remarkable screenwriting and directorial debut with Camp X-Ray. Even with some dubious reservations after the announcement of Kristen Stewart being cast as a Guantanamo Bay guard, the role isn’t an ungainly fit, and Sattler has created a genuinely moving and captivating feature. Stewart’s name will attract a whole audience of people potentially unaware of the controversial subject matter, making this an excellent conversation starter. But beyond all that, Sattler gets an amazing performance from Peyman Mooadi, »

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Sundance 2014: Photoset

4 February 2014 7:06 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Actor/Director Richard Ayoade on his film “The Double” with John Slattery and director Maya Forbes (“Infinitely Polar Bear”) at Sundance’s Cinema Cafe to discuss adaptations

Read Sound on Sight’s review of The Double.

Actor John Slattery (Roger Sterling on “Mad Men”) talks about his first directorial effort “God’s Pocket”

Journalist Evan Ratliff (CEO, Atavist), Chet Kanojia (CEO, Aereo), Bob Moczydlowsky (head of music, Twitter), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Hitrecord On TV) discuss the new frontier of creative collaboration driven by social media.

Director Maya Forbes at the premiere of “Infinitely Polar Bear” with her cast: Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Ashley Aufderheide and Imogene Wolodarsky

Read our Sundance review of Infinitely Polar Bear

Director Justin Simien and the cast of his film “Dear White People

Present “Dear White People” cast included Brandon P Bell, Malcolm Barrett, Teyonah Parris, and Justin Dobies

Ten unacquired Sundance 2014 films we hope to see someday. »

- Lane Scarberry

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Sundance Buys: 'Infinitely Polar Bear, 'Killers' & 'Ping Pong Summer'

3 February 2014 4:22 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we rounded up a list of all the films that had been picked up for distribution after premiering at the festival. Now three more films have been acquired, likely for release later this year. THR reports Sony Pictures Classics has acquire Infinitely Polar Bear starring Mark Ruffalo while Gravitas Ventures and Millennium Entertainment have picked up the 80s love letter Ping Pong Summer. And finally, The Wrap reports Well Go USA, which picked up Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, has landed themselves another bloody horror film with the intense, violent Japanese flick Killers. Here's the brief Sundance synopses of all three films from the festival: Infinitely Polar Bear (Director & Screenwriter: Maya Forbes) — A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2014′s Top 20 New Voices (20-11)

3 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Commonly known as a lieu that breeds new filmmaking talents, Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and I had the pleasure of uncovering/discovering a new batch of filmmaker talents (here is last year’s list). Here are our Top 20 New Voices countdown:

#20. Tessa Louise-Salome (Mr. Leos Carax)

Described as a work in progress, documentarian Tessa Louise-Salome continues her fascination with Leos Carax in this debut. A look at the mysterious and alluring director, we are guided through his scant but magnificent filmography with snippets and clips, while she interviews several cast members of his works, including Denis Lavant and Kylie Minogue, as well as Harmony Korine, who had cast Carax in his 2007 film, Mister Lonely. While we never quite get to learn anything more about the man known as Leos Carax, it’s a welcome substitute for the aficionados and fans that wish he would work more frequently. »

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New Bits: Taken 3, Hot Tub 2, Polar, True

3 February 2014 7:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Taken 3

Turns out no-one will be 'taken' as such in the upcoming sequel. Star Liam Neeson spoke with UK radio and TV host Jonathan Ross and said the upcoming film has a "really, really good story". The catch? No kidnapping.

"They called me up and I said I’ll do it… but only as long as nobody gets taken" he says, and added that there's a big new fist on the formula. The film aims to begin production later this year. [Source: Bleeding Cool]

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Paramount has announced a Christmas Day release this year for the upcoming sequel to the 2010 comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine". Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke reprise their roles in the follow-up, Adam Scott will play a new character taking over for the absent John Cusack. [Source: THR]

Infinitely Polar Bear

Sony Pictures Classics has finalised a deal for North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, »

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Infinitely Polar Bear

2 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes' directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear . Also written by Forbes, the film stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. Infinitely Polar Bear is produced by Paper Street Films and Park Pictures Features, in association with Bad Robot and Kgb Media. Wally Wolodarsky, Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Sam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer produced the film with Executive Producers J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Austin Stark, Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Mark Ruffalo, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Danny Rifkin, Tom Valerio and Richard Rifkin. Set in the late '70s, an eccentric mess of a »

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Spc acquires Polar Bear

1 February 2014 12:25 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Classics (Spc) has finalised its deal for North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes’ directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear following the recent world premiere in Sundance.

The Solution Entertainment Group holds international rights to the Paper Street Films and Park Pictures Features drama.

Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana star in the story of an eccentric father who takes charge of his daughters while the mother goes to university.

Wally Wolodarsky produced with Paper Street FilmsBenji Kohn and Bingo Gubelmann and Park PicturesSam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer.

Bad Robot’s Jj Abrams and Bryan Burk are the executive producers with Paper Street FilmsAustin Stark, Soaring Flight ProductionsRuth Mutch and Park PicturesJackie Kelman Bisbee.

Spc negotiated the deal with ICM Partners. »

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