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An additional 7 galas and 17 special presentations will be taking place at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival which will include the latest cinematic efforts of Sophie Barthes, Thomas McCarthy, Johnnie To, Michel Hazanavicius, Olivier Assayas, Benoît Jacquot, Lynn Shelton, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Here are some World Premiere highlights:
A former art prodigy and second generation petty thief buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son. To do so, he must team up with his father for one last job to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release.
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- Trevor Hogg
When do you know a movie is happening? When a release date is announced? Or when the studio starts marketing it to Target audiences? Sony's got two years to get the audience acclimated to the idea of a Sinister Six movie, and their first approach is bundling a promotional item with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on DVD specifically to Target customers teasing the coming of Spidey's feared enemies. On August 19th, fans will be able to receive a special disc with their purchase called Something Sinister This Way Comes, spotlighting the bad guys of Spidey's world. Interestingly, the promotional clip online showcases villain footage from the earlier films . there's Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus, and Thomas Haden Church's Sandman and Topher Grace's Venom from Spider-Man 3. There are also peeks of the baddies we've already seen from the newer films, including Rhys Ifans' Lizard, »
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
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, »
- Brad Brevet
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
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
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.
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
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.
- Jennie Punter
Wonderful news! Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures confirmed to E! News Monday. It is a sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland and will shoot on location at Shepperton Studios in England. The film is slated for release on May 27, 2016. Several actors will reprise their roles in the movie, including Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth of Crims, the Red Queen; Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter; Anne Hathaway Mirana of Marmoreal, the White Queen; Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum; and Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh. The film features new faces, including Sacha Baron Cohen as Time, Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter's »
"Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass," is now shooting in England, and once again features Mia Wasikowska (Alice), Johnny Depp (the Mad Hatter), Helena Bonham Carter (the Red Queen), and Anne Hathaway (the White Queen), as well as the voices of Alan Rickman (the Blue Caterpillar), Stephen Fry (the Cheshire Cat), and Michael Sheen (the White Rabbit). Joining the ensemble are Rhys Ifans, playing the Mad Hatter's father, Zanik Hightopp, and Sacha Baron Cohen, who's playing a villain named Time.
An official press release from Disney notes that the film is "an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland-and back in Time," where Alice is on a quest to help the Mad Hatter.
- Katie Roberts
The newest story surrounding Ghostbusters 3 is an interesting one as it has Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) directing, but not the current script, but intead a completely new one from scratch, this one focusing on a female group of ghostbusters. There is no deal yet, but Feig is said to be interested and even tweeted recently, "Interesting how making a movie with men in the lead roles is normal but making a movie with women in the lead roles is a 'gimmick.'" Far from a commitment, but definitely showing a sign of interest. Considering Feig is again working with Melissa McCarthy on Spy, I think it goes without saying she'd be a top choice for the film should it come to pass and a few other great possibilities could include Rose Byrne, Emily Blunt and I'd love to see "SNL"'s Kate McKinnon get a movie role such as this. »
- Brad Brevet
Walt Disney Pictures has today announced that production is underway on the sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, with James Bobin (The Muppets) taking over the director’s chair for Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. According to the official press release, the “film revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”
Featuring in the all star cast of Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass are Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp (the Mad Hatter’s dad), Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Ed Speleers as James Harcourt and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. Meanwhile, lending their voice to the film are Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Toby Jones as Wilkins, Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, »
- Gary Collinson
Disney's Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass starts shooting this week with most of the original's film cast returning to reprise their roles under the direction of James Bobin (The Muppets, The Muppets Most Wanted). The sequel is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.
Leading the Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass cast in front of the camera are Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Rhys Ifans Zanik Hightop (the Hatter's father), Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Ed Speleers as James Harcourt, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time.
Adding their vocal talents to computer-animated characters are Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Toby Jones as Wilkins, Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit, Timothy Spall as Bayard, Paul Whitehouse as the March Hare, and Barbara Windsor as Dormouse. »
It’s really hard to kill a zombie, and even harder to kill a zombie movie. Occupant Entertainment and video game publisher Deep Silver will be collaborating to make a feature film of the popular game, Dead Island, which is about a group of vacationing survivors who fight off zombies on an island.
Dead Island gained a massive viral following after its 2011 release trailer, which involved an eerie retelling of a family getaway gone awry. The game was lauded for its cinematic approach to storytelling. A sequel will be hitting consoles next spring.
Lionsgate had previously acquired the rights to the game in 2011, but the project was stalled amidst a studio shake-up.
After years in gestation, the studio and publisher tandem are quickly looking to fill out a director and cast list, with hopes of fast tracking the production to begin in early 2015.
- Harrison Okin
Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble »
- Kellvin Chavez
At long last, the sequel to Disney’s massively successful, if narratively weak, Alice in Wonderland is starting to roll cameras, with James Bobin replacing Tim Burton in the director’s chair. It took a suprisingly long time for this next chapter of the planned franchise to get off the ground, considering the first film broke $1 billion at the box office, but a press release indicates that filming is now underway.
Officially titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up finds the original actors returning to their roles, with a bevy of new stars joining both the live-action and voice casts. What the sequel is exactly about is still foggy, but the story is said to “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”
Check out the official press release below:
Disney’S “Alice In Wonderland »
- Isaac Feldberg
Returning from the previous film are Mia Wasikowska (Alice), Johnny Depp (The Mad Hatter), Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen), Anne Hathaway (The White Queen), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee and Tweedledum), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), Alan Rickman (Alan Rickman), Michael Sheen (White Rabbit), Timothy Spall (Bayard), Paul Whitehouse (the March Hare) and Barbara Windsoe (Dormouse).
Much of the same production crew behind »
- Garth Franklin
Disney's Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll's beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland-and back in Time.
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland ) Jennifer Todd (Alice in Wonderland), Suzanne Todd ("Alice in Wonderland) and Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland). John G. Scotti (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) penned the screenplay.
Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble cast includes:
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen »
It's been over a decade since Peter Bogdanovich directed a feature film. Since "The Cat's Meow" in 2001, the filmmaker has helmed an episode of "The Sopranos," the TV sports drama "Hustle" and the documentary "Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down A Dream." Now, he's returned with a full length effort, "She's Funny That's Way" (formerly known as "Squirrel To The Nuts"). Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson provided financial support for the film, and the cast includes Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Tatum O'Neal, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte and Lucy Punch. It's a classic screwball yarn about a married Broadway producer (Wilson) who tries to convince a call-girl (Poots) to change her life. As Bogdanovich told us last year, he's kicked this screenplay around for a good long while. "We originally wrote the script back in 1998 around a difficult time in our lives »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Disney met with some success in their live-action version of Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), and since the film released, talk of a sequel has been on-going. Now, it's finally moved into production as the cast and crew have gathered together in anticipation of it's May 2016 release. Disney announced cameras have started rolling with a new cast list confirming both old and new members of the cast coming to the production.
I wasn't all that thrilled with Alice in Wonderland when it released. Not that it was a bad movie, I just didn't find it all that special or great. So it's tough to muster up much enthusiasm for this sequel, despite the impressive cast coming back for it. From the press release:
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