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It is easy to predict who will prevail at the Oscars after the nominations are revealed next January. But can you forecast seven months out who will take to the stage of the Dolby Theater? Last year's 86th edition of the Academy Awards was historic as "12 Years a Slave" became the first film by a black director to win Best Picture. While Steve McQueen's biopic had been out front at the start of the derby, the lead changed hands throughout the season with the ascent and fall of, among others, "Gravity" and "American Hustle." Will this year's Oscars race be equally eventful? -Break- It is never too early to talk Oscars. Join our fierce fights in the fiery forums. Films inspired by true stories, such as "12 Years a Slave," are always popular with Oscar voters. Among this year's contenders are films from: Tim Burton ("Big Eyes"), Bennett Miller (& »
With today’s announcement that David Dobkin’s film The Judge will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, I figured that it was a good time to talk about the Tiff lineup. That Robert Downey Jr. vehicle will seek to become an awards player, and it’s not alone. Each year, scores of titles descend on Toronto in order to distinguish themselves to Academy members and various precursor voters everywhere. The festival has a solid history of producing Oscar nominees, though the big time competition this year from the New York Film Festival will certainly shine a light on just how essential a stop this fest still is. For now though, it’s a big one, and well worth a bit of discussion. As mentioned above, the opening film is The Judge, which could be a Best Actor player for Downey Jr. or perhaps even a Best Picture contender if it’s better than expected. »
- Joey Magidson
The announcements have begun rolling in for this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Watch this page for updates.
Black and White (Mike Binder, USA)
The Equalizer (Antoine Fuqua, USA)
Haemoo (Shim Sung-bo, South Korea)
The Riot Club (Lone Sherfig, UK)
Closing Night Film
99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani, USA)
Before We Go (Chris Evans, USA)
Breakup Buddies (Ning Hao, China)
Cake (Daniel Barnz, USA)
Coming Home (Zhang Yimou, China)
Dearest (Peter Ho-Sun Chan, China/Hong Kong)
The Drop (Michael R. Roskam, USA)
Eden (Mia Hansen-Love, »
I was originally planning on waiting to take another look at the Golden Globe awards and my predictions for that precursor until the summer was over, but with the festival announcements in full swing, it seems like a nice time to approach these again. Next week brings new Oscar predictions on my part (also informed by the New York and Toronto Film Festival announcements), so this is a good way to bide our time until then. There’s certainly a bit of a separation between the two, so it’s a far cry from the same sort of predictions, as you’ve probably already gathered by now. The Globes and the Oscars are very different animals, to say the least. You can argue about the actual impact that the former has on the latter, but at the very bare minimum, it influences perception, so it must be reckoned with to some degree. »
- Joey Magidson
Set to close the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is the sophomore directorial effort of Alan Rickman who is best known for being the source of villainy in Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). “It is a great privilege for A Little Chaos to have its world premiere in Toronto and for it to be given the Festival’s closing night Gala, but it is also a very personal pleasure,” stated Rickman. “I have filmed in the city, visited often, and some of my closest friends live there. It will be like coming home.”
The historical drama stars Kate Winslet as Sabine De Barra an unconventional landscaper who is tasked with designing one of the fountains at The Palace of Versailles while contending with uncooperative weather, rivalries at the court of Louis Xiv and her own personal demons. Performing alongside Winslet are Stanley Tucci, Alan Rickman and Matthias Schoenaerts. »
- Trevor Hogg
The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the first wave of its lineup this morning. Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam and David Dobkin are just a few of the directors we’re anticipating work from. An opening film hasn’t been announced yet, so we still have something to look forward to, but Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet as a female architect in the court of King Louis Xiv, will close the festival. The tragic story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, Foxcatcher, which saw tons of buzz at Cannes, is part of the Gala repertoire, but we’re still wondering if...
- Alison Nastasi
The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the first wave of its lineup this morning. Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam, and David Dobkin are just a few of the directors we’re anticipating work from. An opening film hasn’t been announced yet, so we still have something to look forward to, but Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet as a female architect in the court of King Louis Xiv, will close the festival. The tragic story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz, Foxcatcher, which saw tons of buzz at Cannes, is part of the Gala repertoire, but we’re still wondering if...
- Alison Nastasi
We may be within spitting distance of this year’s Comic-Con, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t spend some time getting excited about the next next big event: this September’s Toronto International Film Festival. The festival has now unleashed the first bit of its slate, and it’s already the kind of talent-packed, big name-crammed, jaw-dropping kind of thing we’ve long come to expect from the festival. Honestly? I’m sort of already packing my bags right now, because I don’t want anything slowing down my ability to see a whole mess of these films (even excessively and embarrassingly early preparations). This announcement includes thirteen Galas and forty-six Special Presentations — just a smidge of the festival’s full slate, really, but the one that’s the most glitzy and recognizable — which includes thirty-seven world premieres and plenty of films we’ve been waiting a long time to see. Eager »
- Kate Erbland
Jon Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater, Reese Witherspoon's naturalist weepie Wild and Jake Gyllenhaal's noirish character study Nightcrawler are among the big films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this year. The venerable festival, long considered a key stop for Oscar hopefuls, announced its Galas and Special Presentations lineup this morning, thus signaling the kick-off to this year's awards season.
Bennett Miller.s Foxcatcher is coming to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. What, you are still here? Starting booking plane tickets and planning your trip, people! One of the most anticipated movies of the remaining cinematic calendar has a screening date. Get going, already! Ok, as expected, Tiff (as Toronto.s summarily dubbed) unveiled a healthy slate of programming in its first initial announcement, part of the run up to this year.s robust film festival. (The dates of the 2014 Toronto Fest are Sept. 4 to 14, and we will be on the ground covering every inch of the festival, per usual.) Bennett Miller.s latest has us most excited, as the deliberate dramatist has impressed thoroughly with his exquisite debut features, Capote and Moneyball. The dark and brooding Foxcatcher earned raves in Cannes, where it held its world premiere earlier this year. Expect it to be a red hot ticket in »
Much like back to school sales in mid July, in our books, Tiff’s first announcement wave reminds us that the end of summer is upon us (we heart fall film festival bliss) and it also gets our team of journalists heading to Tiff in Charlie Foxtrot pickle of a situation as the Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard & Wavelengths get revealed in the weeks to come making for scheduling overload. Of star-struck, tickets sale friendly list of showy red carpet items mentioned today, we find our usual set of Oscar bait items (how odd that Quebecois helmers Jean-Marc Vallee and Philippe Falardeau both present tear-jerker items with Reese Witherspoon), acquisitions titles, and more importantly, our first look at items that are pretty much guaranteed a showing at this year’s Telluride and Venice Film Festivals. On tap, we have Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, Noah Baumbach’s While »
- Eric Lavallee
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.Scroll down for full list
Not to be outdone by the New York Film Festival, which has staked a claim to the world premieres of Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, and Venice, which will open with Birdman, artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team announced on Tuesday (22) close to 50 galas and special presentations.
Two factors are certain to ratchet up the sense of anticipation heading into September. Most of these titles are without Us distribution and that said, it remains to be seen which films will qualify for a coveted first-weekend slot.
Tiff top brass made it clear earlier this year that any title that sneaks into Telluride will be forced to screen after the first four days of the festival. Tiff runs from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto International Film Festival has made the initial announcement for its 2014 line-up. While there will be more films announced in the near future, we now know who many of the heavy hitters will be. While the opening night film has yet to be unveiled, the closing night film will be Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci. Bennett Miller’s much buzzed about Foxcatcher (featuring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in a great cast that includes Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave). Somewhat unexpected is the announcement of Antoine Fuqua’s 80’s show adaptation The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz. We’ll also see Adam Sandler trying his hand at another dramatic role (which he is often good at) in Men, Women and Children from director Jason Reitman. Another pleasant addition is Dan Gilroy’s The Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, »
- Evan Dickson
Every year, the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) foreshadows many of the big awards-season contenders. This year looks to be no exception, just looking at the first 59 films announced this morning. The lineup includes buzzed-about films such as Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, the Reese Witherspoon–starring Wild, and the Benedict Cumberbatch–starring The Imitation Game. Films making their world premieres include: Noah Baumbach's While We're Young; the Jason Bateman–, Tina Fey–, and Adam Driver–starring This Is Where I Leave You; the Denzel Washington–starring The Equalizer; the Chris Rock–directed Top Five; the Alan Rickman–directed A Little Chaos; Chris Evans's directorial debut Before We Go; the Tom Hardy–starring The Drop, which was James Gandolfini's last movie; and Jason Reitman's Men, Women and Children. Read the full lineup below from the festival's official press release, and then start looking for flights to Toronto. The festival »
- Jesse David Fox
The early line-up of premieres and gala screenings for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is out and it features typically eclectic offerings including new films starring Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Octavia Spencer.This year’s crop of films includes The Equalizer, Mike Binder’s Black And White, David Dobkin’s The Judge (starring Robert Downey Jr.) and Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, which stars Kate Winslet and Stanley Tucci and is set to close the festival.While the opening film is yet to be confirmed, other offerings include Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, Michaël Roskam's The Drop, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s first film Rosewater and Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle, the final chapter in his Henry Fool trilogy.Other films on display? The Last Five Years, Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, »
Abel Ferrara's Pasolini with Willem Dafoe, Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden with Greta Gerwig, Liv Ullmann's Miss Julie with Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain, Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner, David Dobkin's The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell and Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild with Reese Witherspoon are among the films lined up for Toronto's Gala and Special Presentations this year. » - David Hudson »
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
This morning the first wave of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup was announced and so far it's an impressive list of films including films from Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam, David Dobkin and many others. One surprising detail is there was no announcement of an opening film so along with everything below there is still at least one biggie on the way, and while they say it has nothing to do with their "premiere" mandate, I wouldn't be surprised if it might be Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman and they're waiting to see if it will be the North American premiere. Then again, could Birdman open both Toronto and Venicec But what else could it bec Maybe David Ayer's Furyc No chance for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar... or is therec Probably the films announced so far »
- Brad Brevet
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
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