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Though I did get to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival earlier this year (which was an amazing experience, and well worth your time), the New York Film Festival, in its 52nd year this time around, will be the first time I will have attended a festival as press. So, I’m very giddy about it. I’m excited to hobnob with other writers, get up at unfathomable times to catch screenings of films in languages I don’t often hear, and write like the wind. So, without further ado, here are my top five anticipated films of Nyff.
- Goodbye to Language 3D | Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Though I’ve never felt much warmth towards the iconoclastic Godard (save for Vivre sa Vie), I found myself realizing, as word came from Cannes, that I was incredibly eager to test out his newest film Goodbye to Language. Intellectually stimulating, supposedly playful, »
- Kyle Turner
Not everyone can make it all the way to Toronto to experience the best in the future of film. Thankfully, Us Weekly's Film Critic and Deputy Editor Mara Reinstein hit up the Toronto International Film Festival for you, to select some of the standout performances from this year's batch. Here are Us Weekly's picks: Foxcatcher In a word, gut-wrenching. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo are Olympic wrestlers whose brotherly bond is severed by their abusive, eccentric benefactor (an unrecognizable, hypnotic Steve Carell). Director Bennett Miller (Moneyball) builds his [...] »
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
By Anjelica Oswald
The Toronto International Film Festival ends Sunday and hundreds of films have been screened since the 11-day festival began. Throughout the years, Toronto has featured a number of Oscar hopefuls that have gone on to Oscar success. Just last year, best picture 12 Years a Slave (2013) was shown at Toronto (along with a number of other nominees). Hoping for the same success, some Tiff films have been met with instant Oscar chatter this year. Here are the top 10 films to generate buzz coming out of Tiff:
10. Maps to the Stars — Julianne Moore’s role in David Cronenberg’s dark satire of life in Hollywood won her the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, but it doesn’t look like the role is being pushed towards an Oscar nomination. Though the film might not be heading to the Academy Awards, it has generated quite the »
- Anjelica Oswald
Top Five premiered at Tiff on Sept. 6, and was immediately courted by studio distributors, including CBS Films, Relativity Media, Lionsgate and Fox Searchlight. Paramount finally closed the deal, winning the rights to distribute Top Five for a reported $12.5 million. The deal also reportedly includes a $20 million marketing budget, making it one of the biggest financial winners at the festival.
Top Five is a pseudo-reality comedy, about a comedian (Rock) who is trying to be taken seriously as an actor while his fiancée, a reality star, convinces him to air their wedding on her show. And, in addition to sparking a bidding war, the film, which also stars Rosario Dawson and Kevin Hart, was well received by audiences and critics alike.
“It’s like watching a first-rate standup routine transformed into fiction, »
Foxcatcher is already getting Oscar buzz since its debut at the Cannes film festival and, recently, at Toronto's, where we saw the film as well. The movie is directed by Moneyball's Bennett Miller, but unlike that film, which was also based on a true story and set in the world of a certain sport, Foxcatcher is not lighthearted in any way (blame the terrifying true tale). What stands out in the wrestling drama are its performances from the three leads: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. Here's what you need to know about their performances, what people are saying, and what their early Oscar chances are. »
Toronto has always been a place for reinvention — in 2008, Anne Hathaway came to the festival marred by her ex-boyfriend’s federal arrest, and left as an Oscar darling for “Rachel Getting Married.” And in 2013, Sandra Bullock launched as an astronaut in “Gravity,” and Jared Leto returned to acting with “Dallas Buyers Club.” But this year, especially, a handful of actors departed Canada with a new career jolt. Here are the biggest Toronto transformations.
Redmayne delivered impressive supporting work in film like 2012’s “Les Miserables” and 2011’s “My Week With Marilyn.” But his magnificent performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” should land him on Hollywood’s leading man list, and get him his first Oscar nomination. In a physical transformation on par with Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Redmayne embodies Hawking to the point of convincing viewers they are watching a documentary. »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
The performances keep getting the attention at the fest. Last year “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” were Oscar bound the minute they got screened (and were declared as such by »
- Jordan Ruimy
The BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19) has added a Screen Talk with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart and political journalist Maziar Bahari discussing the important roles of journalism and satire in upholding freedom of speech.
The Debate Talk will take place on Oct 12 after the European premiere of Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater.
The film is based on the real-life ordeal of London-based journalist Bahari. In June 2009, Bahari - played by Gael Garcia Bernal - returned to his homeland of Iran to report for the BBC on the elections and to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the prime candidate running against Ahmadinejad.
Finding himself embroiled in the maelstrom of unrest that followed Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration, Bahari covered the action from the streets of Tehran, sending footage of the protests back to the BBC.
The morning »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
When you think of the word aristocracy, it’s most likely you think of the French aristocracy, or perhaps the British aristocracy, but one country that probably doesn’t come to mind is America. However, even the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” has its privileged families and few families’ histories go as far back or are as vaunted as the Du Ponts.
The Du Ponts were French immigrants who first came to America in 1800 and quickly built a business empire manufacturing gun powder. The Du Pont company today is a major corporation that employs thousands of people, but while the company itself may be thriving, the generations of wealth and power haven’t fared well on the psyche of the family’s descendants. Case in point: John Du Pont.
John Du Pont (Steve Carell) and his relationship with two Olympic wrestling brothers, Mark »
- Christopher Lominac
Power. Wealth. Corruption.
The film, which has been every film lovers most buzzed-about movie since it bowed at the Cannes Film Festival, follows the chilling true tale of eccentric billionaire John du Pont and his obsessive and fatal relationship with a pair of wrestling brothers.
Starring an unrecognizable Steve Carell as du Pont, and Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, Foxcatcher comes to us from Capote director Bennett Miller. A passion project for the director who approached a relatively-unknown Tatum for the part of Mark almost seven years ago, Foxcatcher is finally making its way to theatres, opening in Canada on November 14.
- Rachel West
Doing press for his first serious Oscar contender movie “Foxcatcher,” Channing Tatum found himself answering questions about a far lighter topic. Stopped on the red carpet, Tatum could only laugh when E! Online brought up that other buzzy movie getting attention — The Dick Graze. The digital short was released on Monday and has since racked up over a million views on YouTube. See video: Channing Tatum's Dick Graze Is America's Latest, Greatest Sensation “They had to let it come out today, which is great,” Tatum joked at the Toronto premiere of Bennett Miller‘s “Foxctacher,” a dark drama in which he stars opposite. »
- Linda Ge
The New York Film Festival does at least one thing better than every other festival out there. Each year they cut together a trailer highlighting their line-up, and it’s always a pretty enthralling watch. This year's trailer is no different, and Nyff's 2014 line-up is rather terrific. It’s chalk full of auteurs delivering their latest, including Mike Leigh (“Mr. Turner”), Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”), David Fincher (the world premiere of “Gone Girl”), Alejandor Innaritu (“Birdman”), Olivier Assayas (“Clouds Of Sils Maria”), David Cronenberg (“Maps To The Stars”) and many, many more. But of course, there’s also the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Benico del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin and others. We’re as excited as the next person, but man, if your Twitter feed is anything like ours, someone is asking, “So where’s the ‘Inherent Vice’ trailer already? »
- Edward Davis
This could be a historic year for women at the Oscars. For the first time ever, there could be two female nominees for Best Director, as opposed to the occasional one or the usual none. It's a bit dispiriting in 2014 to still be waiting for plural women to be recognized for their work behind the camera, but it would still be a marked improvement for the male-dominated academy. -Break- Users battle over Best Director Oscar: Bennett Miller ('Foxcatcher') vs. Richard Linklater ('Boyhood') Two women currently rank in the top 10 in our experts' racetrack odds: Angelina Jolie in fourth place with 15/2 odds for the World War II drama "Unbroken," and Ava DuVernay in ninth with 50/1 odds for "Selma," about Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for voting rights. DuVernay, it's also worth noting, would be the first black woman ever nominated for a directing Oscar. A full-length trailer for "Unbroken&qu. »
Somber, dark, morose, slow, methodical and chillingly dry. These are the words that first come to mind when attempting to describe Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. Wholly atmospheric, relying so little on Rob Simonsen's elegiac score and more so on Greig Fraser's subdued cinematography, there is an alien, other-worldly feel to it. Environments typically captured on film, from a horse ranch to the USA Olympic wrestling trials, aren't presented in high contrast colors, but instead, all in a muted color palette, making sure you aren't distracted from the narrative at hand and the snarling undercurrent of tension that's building from the opening scene until the credits roll. With a screenplay from E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Capote) that took seven years to finally come together, Foxcatcher tells of John Eleuthere du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont family fortune, avid ornithologist, wrestling fanatic and a friendless »
- Brad Brevet
Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" continues to triumph at film festivals, with a sensational showing at Toronto coming on the heels of its acclaimed world premiere at Cannes and then a well-received sneak peek at Telluride. Miller, who claimed the Best Director prize at Cannes, is a strong contender in our Oscar odds. He is the pick of four of our 16 Experts and ranks third behind Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman") in our overall odds. -Break- It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now Steve Carell is a revelation as the schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont who mentors Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and murders his older brother Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). Carell's comic persona is completely submerged into this complex character. Beyond his physical transformation, including a »
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Here are a two films that I feel I should see again, primarily because they're ambitious works and I wonder if my response would change if I had more familiarity with their visual language. You know how that goes with more complicated art.
Bennett Miller, a remarkably consistent auteurial voice, once again demonstrates great aptitute at exploring masculine intimate true stories and mining them for larger weighty themes, without any of the glazy sentiment that tends to be slathered onto both sports movies and biopics. His best move here is to study the alien body language of wrestlers, like it's a foreign tongue for which close visual track is your only form of subtitles. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo speak this foreign tongue fluently. They play Mark and Dave Schultz, Olympic Gold Medalists in wrestling, "a low sport" (that's Mother DuPont's words as »
- NATHANIEL R
Many saw Foxcatcher when Bennett Miller and Sony Pictures Classics premiered it at Cannes. I saw it yesterday at Toronto, and the tale about two Olympic Gold Medalist brother wrestlers who get entwined with the bizarre Du Pont family scion John is just as soul crushing when it veers from a quirky character study to tragedy. The human need that gets twisted and corroded in the relationship between Mark and Dave Schultz with Du Pont is every bit as powerful as the strange bond between In Cold Blood killer Perry Smith and Truman Capote in Miller’s first narrative film. Capote got five Oscar noms and won Philip Seymour Hoffman his Best Actor Oscar, and Miller’s follow-up, Moneyball, got six Oscar noms including Best Picture. Foxcatcher’s had Oscar buzz on it since Cannes, where Miller was named Best Director and the film was a Palm d’Or nominee with praise for Steve Carell, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
There were many Toronto surprises this year: Bill Murray boogied all night long with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy following the raucous debut in his return-to-form role in St. Vincent; Chris Rock scored the biggest deal from Paramount, a reported $15 million, for his new comedic feature Top Five; and Oscar talk swirled for a dramatic turn for Jennifer Aniston in Cake.
But it was relative unknown Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) who truly astonished audiences at the 39th annual Toronto Film Festival with his mesmerizing performance as theoretical physicist and motor neuron-disease sufferer Stephen Hawking in James Marsh’s (Man on Wire »
- Nicole Sperling
Bennett Miller‘s “Foxcatcher” has now played three film festivals and at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday night, the reaction was the same as in Cannes and at Telluride: rave reviews, unqualified praise for the actors and big awards buzz. It started in May in Cannes, where the film premiered. Miller was named best director and Sasha Stone wrote for TheWrap, “Miller seems incapable of making a bad film.” Then it went to Telluride, where TheWrap's Chris Willman wrote that it left the audience “bowled over.” See video: Steve Carrell's Creepy, Violent Obsession Drives Latest ‘Foxcatcher’ Trailer (Video) In the vast. »
- Steve Pond
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