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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
Lionsgate has announced plans for a re-release of the original 2004 franchise launching horror film "Saw" in a limited nationwide run this Halloween.
"Saw" will open for a one week 10th anniversary engagement on Friday, October 31st with Thursday midnights in select locations. The micro budget serial killer film spawned a seven film franchise that has grossed $874 million worldwide. [Source: Lionsgate]
Open Road Films has announced a September 11th 2015 release for John Hillcoat's heist thriller "Triple Nine". Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Godot and Norman Reedus star.
The story centers on a crew of crooked cops executing a heist during which they must manufacture a 999 call, police code for "officer down". The plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
It’s been more than a year since we heard about Departure, but it appears as though a lot has happened in that time. Billy Ray is no longer attached to direct the film (though his screenwriting credit remains intact), instead David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me) will take the helm. The story for this one sounds kind of spooky and cool, almost like a Twilight Zone episode, and concerns aviation anomalies. Ray will also produce the film alongside Joe Drake, Nathan Kahane, John Middleton and Roy Lee for Good Universe. The film is said to be a sci-fi romance, but I’m hoping it leans more on the former genre with this concept. Hit the jump for more on Departure. Here's the official synopsis for Departure: Based on true stories of documented but never-explained avionic phenomenon, Departure follows a brilliant man in 1973 Miami investigating how »
- Evan Dickson
Deadline is reporting that The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel will helm Departure for Good Universe. The sci-fi romance has a Billy Ray-penned script and tells the story of a “brilliant Faa investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to occur with increasing frequency in the skies over Miami, the investigation becomes personal when the employee’s beloved wife is on one of the planes affected.”
The film, though not a true story, is inspired by one. Or several, actually, as it takes its cues from the novel Ghosts of the Air, which “contains real accounts from pilots who have been through such strange anomalies” as the one described above. So ya, apparently this kind of thing actually happens.
While I’ve never cared much for any of Frankel’s work, »
- Matt Joseph
He’s directed rom-coms and dog-coms, films about birders and movies about fashion fiends. But now David Frankel appears ready to take on the sci-fi genre, albeit blending in a little romance for good measure, with Departure.Captain Phillips’ Billy Ray wrote the script, which draws on a real-life mid-air mystery. The film will be set in Miami in 1973 and finds a genius investigating how a 727 disappeared into thin air, only to reappear in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As the phenomenon spreads to other planes in the sky, our hero’s world is thrown into chaos and he’s given extra drive when someone he loves is on one of the craft affected.The screenplay is partly inspired by Martin Caidin’s book Ghosts Of The Air, which contains real accounts from pilots who have been through such strange anomalies. Production company Good Universe is backing this one, »
The story follows a brilliant man in 1973 Miami who is investigating how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot 10 minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to transpire with increasing frequency in the skies, the investigation becomes personal when the love of his life is on one of the planes affected.
Frankel last directed “One Chance” with James Corbin. He is repped by Wme and Anonymous Content.
- Justin Kroll
David Frankel will direct sci-fi romantic drama “Departure” for Good Universe, the company announced on Wednesday. The “Devil Wears Prada” director is helming from a script by Billy Ray, (“The Hunger Games,” “Captain Phillips”) about a man investigating how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to transpire with increasing frequency in the skies, the investigation becomes personal when the love of his life is on one of the planes affected. Also read: David Frankel to Direct Comedy About Opera Singer Paul Potts The story is. »
- Linda Ge
The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel has taken over the directing reins of Good Universe’s sci-fi romance Departure. Oscar-nominated Billy Ray penned the script and was previously set to direct the tale of a brilliant Faa investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to occur with increasing frequency in the skies over Miami, the investigation becomes personal when the employee’s beloved wife is on one of the planes affected.
Jim Whitaker and Ray will produce. Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce alongside John Middleton and Roy Lee. Spencer Wong is overseeing for Good Universe with Adam Borba for Whitaker Entertainment. Project was inspired by the book Ghosts Of The Air by Martin Caidin. Frankel is repped by Wme and managed by Anonymous Content. Bill P. »
- Jen Yamato
David Frankel is not exactly known for his genre work unless that genre is romantic comedies and dramas. The director of The Devil Wears Prada, Marley And Me, and the birdwatching comedy The Big Year will stretch his filmmaking skills by helming a scifi...romance. Frankel will direct Departure for production company Good Universe from a screenplay by Captain Phillips' Billy Ray. The original screenplay is inspired by a true story from the book Ghosts Of The Air which follows supernatural »
- Alex Maidy
James Corden is the frontrunner to take over CBS’ The Late Late Show when current host Craig Ferguson steps down later this year, sources confirm to EW. (CBS has declined to comment.) When the news broke Tuesday, the revelation caused some confusion among Americans who haven’t heard of the comedian (example: One tweeter posted, “*Googles James Corden*”). But over in England, Corden is known for his roles in everything from sitcoms to theater—and even has multiple awards to prove it.
To acquaint you with the latest potential late-night addition, we’ve made a timeline of the highlights of Corden’s career, »
- Ariana Bacle
The story of Carphone Warehouse manager turned international opera tenor Paul Potts is the subject of this feel-good drama from The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel. James Corden proves inspirational casting as Potts, delivering a poignant performance as the working class youngster who overcame crippling shyness - and the thumbs down from Pavarotti himself - to persevere with his dream. Scene-stealing support comes from Mackenzie Crook as his loyal boss and buddy while Colm Meaney is the disappointed father who wanted him to follow his footsteps into the local steelworks. »
The Weinstein Company’s experimental strategy behind Snowpiercer—which debuted VOD two weeks after opening in U.S. theaters—is still being debated, but TWC is quickly revisiting unconventional release models for One Chance, director David Frankel’s movie about Britain’s Got Talent’s unlikely opera singer Paul Potts.
The film, which stars James Corden (Begin Again) as the unassuming young man who became a YouTube sensation when he wowed Simon Cowell on British television, is scheduled to arrive in theaters this fall. But for 10 days before it opens, it will be available exclusively for free on Yahoo Screen. »
- Jeff Labrecque
On the night of June 9th 2007, a new television reality show called ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ went on air in the UK. On its first ever broadcast, a shy, unassuming man opened his mouth to sing the famous operatic aria ‘Nessun Dorma’, delivering a beautiful, stirring rendition that would change his life from that moment forward.
Swept up in the contagious emotion of Giacomo Puccini’s stunning aria, and the unlikely figure with crooked teeth and diluted confidence who had crooned it for them, the show’s three judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan – stared in awe at what they had just witnessed, while the audience of 2,000 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff erupted in a standing ovation.
Britain was instantly won over by Paul Potts, who was then working as a manager at the Port Talbot branch of The Carphone Warehouse, and followed him on his »
- Michelle McCue
Nearly a year after being released in the UK, the James Corden-starring film “One Chance” will finally hit American theaters at the end of August — a day after it premieres on the internet. In a first for the distributor, The Weinstein Company announced on Monday that it was partnering with Yahoo! Screen to post “One Chance” online before it hits theaters. Also read: Weinstein Company Considering Spinning TV Division Into Separate Company The David Frankel-direted film features Corden as Paul Potts, in the true story of Paul Potts, “a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur »
- Jordan Zakarin
One Chance, the David Frankel-directed film about opera singer Paul Potts, will make its first performance on Yahoo Screen, an advertiser-supported online service from Yahoo. In a new wrinkle about finding an audience for a crowd pleasing film with no big stars, Yahoo has made a deal with The Weinstein Company to air the film on its Yahoo Screen service ten days before it rolls out in theater this fall. The plan is different from the multi-platform strategy used by RADiUS-twc on films like Snowpiercer, which has broadened to 356 screens and grossed $3.5 million theatrically. Here, Yahoo will show […] »
Fresh off making waves with the VOD release of “Snowpiercer,” the Weinstein Company is toying with the distribution model once more by pre-releasing a film on the Internet. The indiedistrib will debut “One Chance,” the true story of a “Britain’s Got Talent” winner, exclusively on Yahoo Screen 10 days before releasing it theatrically.
It’s not clear what the reaction will be from exhibitors, but companies that release pictures simultaneously on demand and in theaters are sometimes banned from showing their film in certain theaters.
“One Chance” has already played musical chairs with release dates. It had originally been scheduled for release on Feb. 7 before being moved back to March 14 and pushed yet again to Aug. 29. A new date hasn’t been announced, but it will likely be in theaters in September or October.
Some films that have played around with their distribution model have been rewarded for their boldness. »
- Brent Lang
In a bold move, The Weinstein Co. and Yahoo are teaming to make the Simon Cowell-produced film One Chance available for streaming this fall on Yahoo Screen 10 days before it begins rolling out in theaters. The British independent film, directed by The Devil Wears Prada's David Frankel, is based on the real-life story of Paul Potts, a bullied shop assistant and amateur opera singer who became a YouTube phenomenon after being selected by Cowell to appear on Britain's Got Talent (Potts would go on to win). James Corden, who won the Tony for best actor in 2012
- Pamela McClintock
Tom Rothman’s TriStar has pre-emptively acquired What Alice Forgot, the 2011 novel from bestselling author Lianne Moriarty, with Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, Hope Springs) set to helm. Story tracks a woman who wakes up after a head injury with no memory of the last 15 years. She discovers her once-happy life is gone – she’s now a divorced single mother who must decide whether to start over or fix her relationships. Whip It‘s Shauna Cross has been tapped to script the adaptation, which will be produced by Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, and Rosalie Swedlin. […] »
TriStar, Sony’s film label run by Tom Rothman, has pre-emptively picked up What Alice Forgot, an adaptation of a Liane Moriarty novel that has Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel attached to direct. Shauna Cross, who wrote the comedic Whip It and the upcoming drama If I Stay, is attached to pen the project, which will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Rosalie Swedlin. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Alice tells the story of 29-year-old Alice, who is deeply in love and about to give birth to her first child. Then she
- Borys Kit
Sarah Jessica Parker could be making her first full-time return to the small screen since Sex and the City went off the air 10 years ago in a new crime drama from the producers of True Detective called Busted.
Sarah Jessica Parker Returning To TV In 'Busted'
Busted will be based on the non-fiction crime thriller Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, written by reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker about their mission to uncover a police corruption scandal in Philadelphia. The two ultimatly won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. It’s unknown which reporter Parker has signed on to play, according to Deadline.
David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Band of Brothers) will serve as an executive producer and will direct Busted’s pilot. Screenwriter Don Roos (Marley and Me, Web Therapy) will pen the pilot episode.
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