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On a day chock full of World Premieres here in Telluride , The Weinstein Company which has used this festival for North American launches of The King’s Speech and The Artist and saw both go on to win Best Picture Oscars, just might be on to another major Best Picture contender after its first public screening of the Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game. Of course it is easy this time of year to go into just about every film that hits the Fall Festival circuit as a potential awards player after a large drought of Oscar- quality films for the first eight months of the year, but this one just has Academy Award nominations written all over it. Not just in the Best Picture race where a slot seems likely, but also directing for Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), debuting screenwriter Graham Moore, and certainly the stunning lead actor »
- Pete Hammond
“The Imitation Game” is clearly an awards contender: Complex, impeccably executed and unique. The film’s offbeat approach to an oddball character will be its greatest strength — and its challenge.
A historical drama about WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, “The Imitation Game” is a kudos candidate in multiple categories, including the superb performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley (lead or supporting? She could go either way). Artisan contributions seem like shoo-in contenders. And the film, direction and screenplay are clearly in the Fyc category.
The big challenge to both mainstream audiences and awards voters: selling it. Based on Andrew Hodges’ biography on Turing, the British mathematician who cracked the Nazi’s code, “Imitation Game” demands that the audience work to keep up. When awards voters have a stack of DVDs and invitations to screenings, they’ll need a lot of buzz to lure them to a film about a WWII-era »
- Tim Gray
Opening day at Telluride brought a sunny Rocky Mountain brunch attended by the talent who will be introducing a roster of anticipated films over Labor Day Weekend. "Rosewater" rookie director Jon Stewart withstood well-wishers who know him from their living rooms, while his Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal explained that it was impossible to cast the film about an imprisoned Iranian journalist in Iran. Open Road, which won the bidding on "Rosewater" after it screened for distributors last April, screened "Rosewater" to mixed reviews ahead of the festival, where it debuts Friday night. The reason? Producer Scott Rudin, who hand-picked the attendees himself. Also debuting Friday is Weinstein's Workd War II code-cracking thriller "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Thursday night Telluride screened Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman" for the festival staff, as well as Roger Ebert documentary »
- Anne Thompson
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
Can you believe that it’s the end of August already? Yes, by the time this weekend comes to a close, it’ll be September and two thirds of the year will be gone. As such, I figured I would do something you won’t see many other places…an article on the best of the first two thirds of 2014. Eight months have passed in the year and we’ve only got the top tier Oscar contenders left to see, so it felt natural to run down what’s been top drawer from the rest of the bunch. I’ll be giving you a look at what my current top ten of the year so far looks like, as well as what my own personal awards ballot at this juncture would look like. Hopefully it’s something fun that you enjoy reading…I know it’s the sort of thing that I enjoy writing! »
- Joey Magidson
Adam Levine of Maroon 5 sings a haunting acoustic version of his son “Lost Stars” in a new video released today (Aug. 29) ahead of his upcoming album. The song is also featured on the soundtrack of his movie, “Begin Again.” Levine appeared in the music drama about musicians struggling to make it in the East Village of New York City. He plays Dave Kohl the long-time boyfriend of a fiercely independent singer-songwriter named Gretta played by Keira Knightley. ...Read More »
Keira Knightley doesn’t leave anything to the imagination, Joan Rivers remains in a stable state after being hospitalized, Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut with Rosewater and more of today’s First Dibs.
Keira Knightley lets it all hand out for the September issue of Interview magazine. [Hollywood Life] Since her hospital scare yesterday morning, Joan Rivers remains in a medically induced coma. [CBS] Adam Brody says kissing Rachel Bilson back in the day was “one of the all time greats.” Seth + Summer = 4 ever. [Us Weekly] The Walking Dead cast dishes on how they would like their characters to die. [EW] We finally get a peak of Jon Stewart’s directorial debut with the Rosewater trailer. [MTV] Blake Lively was attacked by bees when celebrating her 27th birthday. [Gossip Cop] Ghostbusters will return to theaters for its 30th anniversary. [USA] Abercrombie & Fitch ditches the iconic moose logo from its clothing. [Cs Monitor] Netflix paid $44 million to pick up The Blacklist. [E!]
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- Taylor Ferber
Keira Knightley is going topless for a super high fashion photo shoot! In a gorgeous new black and white spread for Interview magazine, the 29-year-old actress bares her breasts while striking a stunning pose in only high-waisted black pants and black lace gloves. Knightley pouts her lips with her long wet hair cascading down her head and face. In another shot from the spread, Knightley wears a beautiful black dress while lying on her back. The gown features intricate embroidery of suns and birds. Also visible in the pic is Knightley's wedding ring. In a third photo, Knightley wears a similar black gown. In the accompanying article, Knightley interviews famed fashion photographer Patrick »
Keira Knightley isn't afraid to bare it all!The "Atonement" star is gracing the pages of the latest issue of Interview Magazine, where she poses topless in an artistic black and white photo shoot snapped by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier.In one pic, the 29-year-old beauty sports nothing but lace opera gloves and black pants. Click Here to see the uncensored, Nsfw photo!When the actress wasn't half-naked, she was lounging around in gorgeous black evening gowns, which looked stunning against her porcelain skin. The "Begin Again" starlet recently opened up about the pressure of growing up in the public eye. The actress told Elle UK that if she had a daughter, she would discourage her from going into the acting business. "Oh, 100 percent, I'd absolutely tell her not to," she said. "I would 150 million trillion percent be totally discouraging of [her] doing anything like that." "Teenage years should be done privately, »
- tooFab Staff
As Adam pointed out in Oscar Beat yesterday, four out of the last five Best Picture winners screened at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival. If that trend continues, we can really narrow down the Best Picture contenders now because the Telluride main program lineup was just announced. This year’s Toronto and Telluride crossovers (not including the documentaries and foreign language selections) are the Jack O’Connell-starrer ’71, Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Madame Bovary with Mia Wasikowska, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Rosewater starring Gael García Bernal and Wild with Reese Witherspoon. Hit the jump for more on what’s to come at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival. Here’s the full Main Program lineup for the event: The 50 Year Argument (d. Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi, U.K.-U.S., 2014) '71 (d. Yann Demange, »
- Perri Nemiroff
The 41st Telluride Film Festival, which has become a harbinger of heavyweight Oscar contenders over the past few years, has announced its schedule for the fest – which opens Friday and runs through Labor Day — just as a charter planeload of industry festgoers departs Lax. Despite a well-publicized battle with the upcoming Toronto Film Festival over Oscar-buzzed movies, Telluride honchos Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger have some pretty impressive contenders in the mix. Of course, film-freak paradise that it is, Telluride is not all about hot awards titles but a mix of programming that always whets the appetite of movie lovers who flock here each Labor Day weekend.
That said, Oscar watchers will be eagerly lining up for Fox Searchlight and New Regency’s Birdman, which is coming directly from its opening-night slot at the Venice Film Festival where it received rapturous reviews — not only for star Michael Keaton »
- Pete Hammond
Disney released “King Arthur” in 2004 starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Warners had been developing an “Arthur and Lancelot” project with David Dobkin directing and Kit Harington starring, but the project never made it into production.
Hunnam is repped by CAA and Brillstein.
The Deadline.com site first reported the news about Hunnam.
- Dave McNary and Justin Kroll
Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has been bestowing since 1998.
Past honorees include many future Oscar-winners and nominees such as Adrien Brody, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Melissa Leo.
This year’s honorees will be featured in the Oct. 7 issue of Variety and for the third year, several of the honorees will participate in Variety Ten to Watch activities at the Hamptons Film Festival, which runs Oct. 9-13.
This year’s 10 Actors to Watch are:
Dakota Johnson, star of the upcoming »
- Jenelle Riley
Following the well-deserved critical and financial success of her feature-length directorial debut In A World…, it seems that multi-hyphenate Lake Bell has joined the ranks of in-demand directors. She will next step behind the camera for The Emperor’s Children – an adaptation of the 2006 novel of the same name, by American author Claire Messud.
The book, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2006, follows three privileged and educated friends living in Manhattan in the months before the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Despite their advantageous positions, each of them struggles to achieve in the face of the excessive expectations placed upon them. The book is being adapted for the screen by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) and, though Baumbach was once rumoured to be taking the director’s chair as well, that seat will now be filled by Bell.
The adaptation will be produced by Brian Grazer and »
- Sarah Myles
This is dream team stuff, people. The Wrap reports that actress/writer/director Lake Bell has been tapped to direct the big screen adaptation of Claire Messud‘s Man Booker Prize listed bestselling novel “The Emperor’s Children.” Bell will direct from Noah Baumbach‘s script, which has basically just been sitting around for whole years waiting for someone to make it into a real movie. Set in New York City just before and after 9/11, the novel centers on a trio of Brown University pals (who maybe don’t like each other as much as they should) who are just trying to make their way (often, their very misguided way) around life in the big city. The events of 9/11 change that, of course, and the novel is an unsentimental look at how we experience tragedy, especially the wide-ranging and extremely unexpected kind (as the pages tick by and the days move forward and the inevitability of what »
- Kate Erbland
Lake Bell broke out in a big way last year with her directorial debut “In A World…” in which she dealt with Hollywood sexism via the very small world of voiceover artists. It was very funny and we were big fans, calling it “a low key charmer” in our review. Now, Bell has chosen a followup that involves some serious pedigree. THR reports the actor-turned-director will direct an adaptation of Claire Messud’s “The Emperor’s Children.” If Messud’s novel, which focuses on “three entitled but unsuccessful late twentysomethings who orbit the life of a famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11,” sounds familiar, it’s because Noah Baumbach had penned a draft and was planning on directing an adaptation in the summer of 2010 with Keira Knightley, Eric Bana and Richard Gere attached to star. Unfortunately, financing didn't come through and in 2011, “Crazy Heart” director Scott Cooper jumped. »
- Cain Rodriguez
After making a successful move into directing with voice-over comedy In A World… Lake Bell has tracked down a follow-up. She’s now on board to make the adaptation of Claire Messud’s novel The Emperor’s Children for Imagine.Messud’s book, unusually for a title in development, hit shelves way back in 2007. The story follows three Brown College graduates in their late 20s looking ahead to their lives with no little trepidation. The story takes place a few months before and then a few months after 9/11 in New York.Noah Baumbach was attached back in 2010, wrote a script and was in the process of looking for a cast, with Keira Knightley, Richard Gere and Eric Bana all mooted. Bell may give the screenplay her own spin, or she may decide to direct it as is, but it remains to be seen if she’ll push it closer to the screen than Baumbach managed. »
Begin Again is about to, well, begin again.
In a strategic move capitalizing on the upcoming awards season, the Weinstein Company announced that Begin Again will be re-released in theaters nationwide on Friday, Aug. 29. The folksy, feel-good film depicts a patron-muse relationship between down-and-out music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) and under-the-radar singer Gretta (Keira Knightley), freshly dumped by her newly famous rock-star boyfriend (Adam Levine). Dan and Gretta traipse along New York City recording an album that Dan hopes will revitalize his fledgling career and life despite Gretta’s inclinations to stay true to her indie roots.
Writer and director »
- Teresa Jue
Looking for a second act, “Begin Again” will, well, begin again, with a return to theaters on Friday. The theatrical return of the John Carney-directed musical dramedy — which stars Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley and Adam Levine — was announced by its distributor, The Weinstein Company, on Monday afternoon. The company told TheWrap that the movie will be in 350-400 theaters nationwide over the weekend, likely for a one-week engagement. Also read: Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo's ‘Begin Again’ Hits High Notes in Specialty Box-Office Debut Pitching it as a bid for attention as awards season ramps up, TWC distribution president Erik Lomis said, »
- Jordan Zakarin
The Weinstein Company, which is looking at a lean Oscar season this year--unless they add some late-breaking contenders--announced today the re-release of their summer hit "Begin Again" ($14.5 million domestic). The movie heads back to theaters nationwide starting Friday, August 29th. Written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine (making his film acting debut), scene-stealer and future talk show host James Corden and Catherine Keener, "Begin Again" looks to follow in the footsteps of "Once," which won the Best Song Oscar for “Falling Slowly” in 2007. Carney again has crafted a genuine and organic romance with music that is thankfully not about bringing the two leads together as lovers. Songwriter Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are splitting up as he becomes a superstar. When she performs in a music club, Dan, a jaded and depressed veteran »
- Anne Thompson
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