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By Anjelica Oswald
Offering us glimpses into new worlds and stories, movie trailers have just a few minutes to show the premise of a film and what viewers can expect to see. Teasers are often a minute or less. These minutes have the potential to create or destroy excitement surrounding a film. Potential Oscar contenders, such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, still haven’t released trailers to the public. As of right now, the only glimpse of Anderson’s anticipated film is in a minute long preview for the 52nd New York Film Festival. Many of the projected contenders have released their trailers or teasers, though. Here are some of the best trailers/teasers available:
- Anjelica Oswald
Begin Again has grossed over $18.1 million in the South Korean box office, surpassing the cumulative $16.1 million that the music drama has earned back home as of Monday. The film starring Keira Knightley as a heartbroken singer-songwriter took second place in the box office for the second consecutive week, accounting for 21.9 percent of the market share from Sept. 19-21. In terms of admissions, which is the primary measure used by local offices, Begin Again has drawn nearly 2.5 million viewers. Pancinema handles distribution for the film. Once, the previous film by director
- Lee Hyo-won
And so it ends…
Sunday marked the close of the 15th annual Port Townsend Film Festival. As Annie Hall slouched across the massive outdoor theater screen, citizens and visitors adjourned for another year, sated on film, food and abundant sunshine. Whether there will be a breakout film from this year’s line-up remains to be seen, but Amira & Sam (which won the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature), Laggies and Life Inside Out appear to be the likeliest candidates. Each is smartly written, confidently directed and wears its unapologetic heart on its tear-stained sleeve.
Several films distinguished themselves by taking home Festival honors, as well. The Best Feature Documentary Awards went to Return of the River (Audience Choice) and The Ballad of Shovels and Rope (Festival Choice). The Invisible Collection also claimed top honors as the Festival’s Best Narrative Feature. The Festival selection committee is to be commended »
- J.R. Kinnard
Based on the incredible true story that blends high stakes espionage and futurist science during the height of World War II, The Imitation Game is scheduled for release this November. In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal. Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew »
- Pietro Filipponi
A24 has slotted a December 31 release date for J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. The pic will open in NYC and Los Angeles on that date, then expand nationally. Chandor is currently completing the film starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain for A24, FilmNation and Participant Media. A Most Violent Year, co-financed by Participant and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, takes place in New York in 1981, a year in which the city had one of its highest tallies of violent crime. An immigrant and his family are trying to grow a business and their ambition collides with the crime element. Check out the trailer:
A24 made its biggest purchase to date with the pickup of A Most Violent Year at Sundance, where it acquired domestic distribution rights from Participant Media ahead of its production start. The plan even then was to release the film wide during 2014’s awards season, as »
- The Deadline Team
It's looking like "The Imitation Game" and star Benedict Cumberbatch are the ones to beat so far in the Oscar race (and here are eight reasons why). Morten Tyldum's powerfully acted espionage drama, which also stars Keira Knightley and Rory Kinnear, covers Turing's days as Enigma codebreaker to the Allies, and as a closeted homosexual prosecuted by the UK government. Behold the new poster below. (And here's why the film's Tiff win matters to the Oscar race.) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
- Nicole Sperling
John Curran's astute and tender Tracks stars Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson with Adam Driver as photographer Rick Smolan and Rainer Bock as camel rancher Kurt Posel. Bock miraculously combines his roles in Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Christian Petzold's Dreileben: Beats Being Dead and Barbara, into an Outback brute able to compete in attention with the growling beasts.
In New York, Curran and I discussed Wasikowska coming to him after Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive "in a state she needed to work through", an unrealised F Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful And The Damned project with Keira Knightley, The Wizard Of Oz, Stardust Memories, basic survival and basic relationships.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
In The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, a British mathematician who worked to break the Nazi Enigma code in World War II. The film, directed by Morten Tyldum, also stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode.
Tiff’s People’s Choice Award is commonly used as an indicator of the Best Picture winner at the Oscars. 12 Years A Slave, which Cumberbatch also appeared in, won the award last year before taking home the Best Picture Oscar, and other winners include The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire.
The Imitation Game screened at Tiff, inspiring glowing reviews and earning buzz for its lead actor Cumberbatch, who appears to be an early favorite for a Best Actor nominee.
“Dominating it all is Cumberbatch, whose charisma – tellingly »
Anne Thompson reminds that the Oscar Best Picture winner is often the same as Toronto's People's Choice Award champ. If that is the case this time, could we already crown "The Imitation Game" with Benedict Cumberbatch? Other recent films that accomplished the double victories were "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," and "American Beauty." Watch a new video interview with Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, and director Morten Tyldum as they promote the film at the festival. The film opens nationwide in the United States on November 21. Thompson on Hollywood -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Jordan Ruimy offers up his "best of the fest" from Toronto. The top lead performers were Julianne Moore ("Still Alice" and "Maps to the Stars") and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"). The best supporting players were...' »
The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician who cracked the Nazi Enigma code during World War II and was later ruined for being outed as a homosexual, was voted the favorite film by audiences at the Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Morten Tyldum and co-starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, The Imitation Game leaped into the Oscar race and was warmly embraced by audiences, who named it the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. It will open in theaters on Nov. 21.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Imitation Game leads this year's winners at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch won the People's Choice Award, which was announced at the Festival's annual awards brunch on Sunday (September 14).
Other winners at this year's awards include Beats of the Antonov and What We Do in the Shadows.
The full list of this year's Toronto International Film Festival winners is as follows:
People's Choice Award For Documentary - Beats of the Antonov, directed by Hajooj Kuka
The audience award-winner at the Toronto International Film Festival is often the best Picture Oscar winner as well. This year, "The Imitation Game" won the People's Choice Award won last year by "12 Years a Slave," and in prior years by several films directed by Brits, "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "American Beauty." (Other Tiff audience winners such as "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Precious" go on to win Oscars other than best Picture.) Very British "The Imitation Game" is directed by Norwegian Morten Tyldum ("Headhunters") and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as genius World War II code-cracker Alan Turing, who gets help from mathematicians played by Keira Knightley (indiewire interview here) and Matthew Goode. Oscar-savvy Weinstein Co. is backing the moving period drama, which opens November 21. Other awards this year are unlikely to have much impact »
- Anne Thompson
With the 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) coming to an end today, winners were announced for the 2014 iteration of the popular Canadian film festival with the Weinstein Company taking their third win in this category over the past five years with The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
Directed by Scandinavian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, whose adaptation of the Jo Nesbo novel Headhunters appeared at Tiff in 2011, the drama tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who helped crack the Nazis' elusive Enigma code in order to help end World War II, saving the lives of millions. Turing was also a closeted homosexual whose secret was discovered nearly a decade after the war getting him arrested for indecency.
The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Winner, Aka, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown.
The acclaimed film, which had its World Premiere at Telluride over Labor Day weekend and its unveiling at Tiff on Tuesday, also stars Keira Knightley and was directed by Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum.
Unlike other festivals that throw their weight behind juried prizes, Tiff prides itself on the fact that their most important honor is chosen by actual moviegoers (although they do hand out some juried awards in other categories).
At the beginning of each film, the audience is reminded that they can vote. »
- Pete Hammond
As awards season begins to pick up pace, certain films are starting to generate real buzz. Though awards at the Toronto International Film Festival are not always an indicator of future success, The Imitation Game certainly didn’t hurt its chances by picking up the People’s Choice Award at the festival.While it's not a guarantee of Oscar glory, the People's Choice Award has become a bit of an early indicator: in recent years 12 Years A Slave, The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire all saw their wins followed by a Best Picture prize. Expect, then, at least a few nominations for Morten Tyldum's film come January.The film, which tells the story of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s unsung heroes, questions how and why the man who contributed so greatly to his country’s war effort could end up vilified and hounded by its government. As the maths genius-turned-codebreaker, »
The stars looked super stylish this week! Megan Fox looked beyond beautiful at a photo call for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" in Sydney, Australia on Monday, rocking a black halter tank, a navy and white paneled pencil skirt and silver peep-toe stilettos. The actress paired her glamorous look with a necklace by Dana Rebecca Designs, Ef Collection earrings and a shorter, dark brown 'do. Keira Knightley stole the spotlight at the premiere of "The Imitation Game" at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, donning a stunning short sleeved, off-white Chanel neoprene embroidered dress with a silk tulle skirt. The sexy star completed her elegant ensemble with pale pink bow-accented peep-toe stilettos and tousled waves. Kate Bosworth looked red hot at the "Still Alice" premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, sporting a custom red, strapless Boss gown with a satin belt and sequin skirt details. The "Blue Crush »
- tooFab Staff
With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxcatcher could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?
Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming
But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus Features’ Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain »
- Pete Hammond
Orlando Bloom May Return For Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Kiera Knightley Won’t. According to ‘Yahoo!’, at Australia’s Oz-Con, Bloom mentioned the possibility of returning to feature in Capt. Sparrows latest adventure. He was last seen in the third part of the epic Disney franchise, portraying Will Turner, [...]
- Subhan Ghani
Lynn Shelton’s latest indie dramedy, Laggies, not only comes with the largest budget that the director’s ever worked with, but also the first script she did not pen herself (written instead by Andrea Seigel). Set on the outskirts of Seattle, the film tracks Megan (Keira Knightley), a young woman out of graduate school, working as the underemployed “sign girl” for her father’s tax firm and as she describes it, “floating,” through life. Still hanging out with the high school friends she went to prom with and dating the same high school sweetheart, Keira has a crisis of confidence when her boyfriend (Mark Webber) attempts to propose to her at a friend’s wedding.
The early representations of Megan friends paint the group as square and simple. A joke Megan makes a bout a Buddha statue’s nipples offends her one friend (portrayed effectively by the perpetually underused »
- Zachary Shevich
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