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15 items from 2014


"Selma" to Open Palm Springs International Film Festival

17 December 2014 6:55 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Paramount's "Selma" from director Ava Duvernay is picking up steam this awards season. The Martin Luther King drama has been announced to be the opening night movie of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival will close on Sunday, January 11 with the Us premiere of "Boychoir" from director Francois Girard. David Oyelowo, who plays the beloved King in "Selma," is also being honored at the fest with Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor.

Here's the complete press release which includes the list of Easter European movies in a program titled Eastern Promises:

Palm Springs, CA (December 16, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will launch on Friday, January 2 with the opening night screening of the GoldenGlobe nominated Selma directed by Ava Duvernay. The Festival will wrap on Sunday, January 11 with the Us premiere of Boychoir directed by François Girard. New this year, the festival will focus on »

- Manny

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'Selma' Will Open Palm Springs Film Festival

16 December 2014 9:38 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will launch on Friday, January 2 with the opening night screening of the Golden Globe nominated "Selma," directed by Ava Duvernay and starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. Paramount has been quietly building a late awards season surge for the already revered biopic opening in select cities on December 25 ahead of a national rollout in January. Read More: David Oyelowo on How Late-Breaking "Selma" Found Its Time The Festival will wrap on Sunday, January 11 with the Us premiere of "Boychoir," directed by François Girard. New this year, the festival will focus on 20 films from Eastern Europe in a program titled Eastern Promises. The film is about a troubled 12-year-old from a disadvantaged background who gets accepted at an elite music school, The National Boychoir Academy. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing, Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard, Kevin McHale, Josh »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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‘Selma’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival

16 December 2014 8:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 26th Palm Springs Film Festival has set its opening program, with “Selma” launching the fest on Friday, Jan. 2. The U.S. premiere of “Boychoir” will wrap up the festival on Sunday, Jan. 11.

“We are thrilled to launch this year’s festival with Selma, Ava DuVernay’s deeply moving civil rights drama, featuring an Oscar-worthy performance by David Oyelowo in the role of Dr. Martin Luther King” said Helen du Toit, artistic director for the festival. “The timing could hardly be better with the upcoming 50-year anniversary of the historical voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery. On a personal note, it is heartening that for the second consecutive year our Opening Night film is directed by a black woman. That, surely, is a sign of progress and a reason for hope.”

“The opportunity to close this year’s Festival with a rapturous new work by acclaimed master of music »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Dubai sets ‘World’ lineup

12 November 2014 6:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Price of Fame, St Vincent among ‘Cinema of the World’ strand.

The Dubai International Film Festival (Dec 10 – 17) has finalised its ‘Cinema of the World’ section, with films including Xavier Beauvois’ comedy The Price of Fame, starring Benoît Poelvoorde, Roschdy Zem and Nadine Labaki, and Theodore Melfi’s St Vincent, starring Bill Murray.

Also among the lineup are Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, Danis Tanović’s Tigers and Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Chinese box office hit Dearest.

Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden also plays alongside Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary Maidan, François Girard’s Boychoir, Gabe Polsky’s doc Red Army and comedy Meet the Patels.

Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Diff artistic director, said: “The Cinema of the World section of Diff is one of the most popular programming segments, bringing directors, actors and writers from around the globe to the multicultural audience at the Festival.”

Nashen Moodley, head of the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Tiff Review: ‘Boychoir’ Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Debra Winger & Josh Lucas

12 September 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Screenwriter Ben Ripley has followed up his time-traveling thriller “Source Code” in a most unpredictable way. From an adrenaline-fueled terrorist atmosphere to the private confines of a boy’s choir school, Ripley’s rather plainly titled “Boychoir” bursts with harmony and euphoric melody thanks to a group of supernaturally talented boys. Unfortunately, Ripley’s talents for thrills don’t transition well into a coming-of-age story, unadventurous direction by François Girard provides no support, and the film’s voice is broken before it hits any soulful heights. Garrett Wareing plays Stet, a troubled junior whose attitude towards schoolwork and schoolmates is augmented by scorn and violent outbursts. Since he’s one of the brighter kids in his choir class, however, Stet follows the endless list of protagonists whose mischievous behavior is partly caused by being surrounded by inferiority. He comes home to a barely conscious, neglectful, boozing mother and proceeds to dump. »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Industry awaits Tiff deals

6 September 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Updated: A torpid start to the market coupled with concerns over the desirability of acquisition titles has left buyers looking expectantly towards reportedly a $10m-plus deal for Top Five.

By Sunday evening a growing number of buyers were circling Chris Rock’s adult comedy (pictured), arguably the only potentially commercial available title to earn universal praise.

Also drawing attention were François Girard’s Boychoir, Jalmari Helander’s Big Game, Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler and Ed Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice.

Acquisitions teams have also seen Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, Paul Bettany’s directorial debut Shelter, Michael Douglas starrer The Reach and Kristen Wiig starrer Welcome To Me. Contrary to reports Sophie BarthesMadame Bovary remains on the table and had not been sold at time of the updated report on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s offerings include Oren Moverman’s Time Out Of Mind, Bill Pohlad’s Love »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

29 August 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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.

Maps To The Stars – September 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September »

- Movie Geeks

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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, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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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.

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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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 »

- Isaac Feldberg

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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. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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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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Germany’s SquareOne acquires Cannes market titles

2 July 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films include Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Anton Corbijn’s Life, Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman and Spooks feature.

German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking rights to four upcoming films, which all generated major buzz at the Cannes Marché in May.

The titles include Knock Knock, Life, Boychoir and Spooks: The Greater Good, all of which SquareOne will release theatrically in 2015.

Knock Knock was acquired from Voltage Pictures. Eli Roth is currently filming the feature in Chile with stars Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo, of which the latter starred in Roth’s upcoming horror The Green Inferno.

The film tells the story of two young women, who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man (Reeves) where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his life.

The deal was negotiated by Al Munteanu on behalf of SquareOne Entertainment and by Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard on behalf of Voltage Pictures.

Life was acquired »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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