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Here’s nine things you probably don’t know about the Toronto Film Festival, which starts Sept. 5:
1. Glam Slam
Gone are the days when the party grid was lean until the weekend. The glam hits the fan festival eve (Sept. 3) with Tiff Gala — a $1,500-per-ticket charity event supporting the fest’s education and philanthropic activities — where Al Pacino (who’s in Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” both at Tiff) shares insights during an onstage conversation.
2. Opening Night
The Gala world preem of “The Judge” kicks off the fest, with the D-List (director David Dobkin, stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall) hitting the red carpet. But opening-night thrills no longer revolve around one film. “Tokyo Tribe” from Sion Sono (helmer of 2013 Midnight aud award winner “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?”) and Marah Strauch’s feature bow, “Sunshine Superman,” launch, respectively, Midnight and Tiff Doc sidebars. »
- Jennie Punter
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
When it comes screen legends Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon) does not appear to be slowing down as he appears as an aging stage actor in The Humbling directed by Barry Levinson (Men in Black) and as a heartbroken small town locksmith in Manglehorn helmed by David Gordon Green (Joe); both dramas will be getting a North American Premiere at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.
The Oscar-winning thespian will also kicking off the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival by having an on-stage conversation about his career at the Tiff Bell Lightbox on September 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.. “We’re thrilled to have Al Pacino participate in our third annual Tiff Gala,” stated Maxine Bailey, VP of Advancement at Tiff. “This important event raises much-needed funds that allow Tiff to continue our free year-round activities like Reel Comfort, a programme that brings films and special guests to mental health patients at Toronto hospitals, »
- Trevor Hogg
The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled a strong lineup of Canadian films including new works by acclaimed Canadian filmmakers Xavier Dolan, Sturla Gunnarsson, Ruba Nadda, Jacob Tierney and Denys Arcand, and an impressive number of first-time feature filmmakers. Jam-packed with compelling works ranging from thrillers and comedies to romances and musicals, this year's Canadian offerings promise to entertain, inspire and move audiences.
"These are filmmakers at the top of their craft, bringing fresh perspectives to traditional genres like comedies and less traditionally Canadian genres, such as musicals," said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Tiff. "This year's slate truly showcases the diversity of talent in our country, featuring films from coast to coast."
Here's a selection of some of the Canadian films on offer at this year's film festival:
"We are inspired by the number of exceptional debut features from Canadian directors, reflecting the depth of talent in this country," said Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, »
- Chris Jancelewicz
The luxurious banquet hall in Toronto’s Royal York hotel was electric with excitement as Tiff senior programmers including Steve Gravestock and Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo announced the robust lineup of Canadian films (several world preems) at this year’s Tiff plus the 40+ short titles (out of an astounding 840 short films — an increase of over 200 titles from last year) that will screen at the prestigious festival. With features populating almost every section at the fest, among the headliner items from English Canada, Cairo Time‘s Ruba Nadda returns to the fest with October Gale, while also world preeming is Bang Bang Baby — Jeffrey St. Jules marks his feature film debut with a film that is equal parts Rocky Horror Picture Show and early Cronenberg. Starring Jane Levy of the recent About Alex, it revolves around a small-town teenager in the ’60s whose dream of becoming a famous singer is dashed »
- Leora Heilbronn
The Toronto Int'l Film Fest announcements keep coming. This week the fest has dropped a bevy of new features that all come from native daughters and sons of Canada. The films are slotted in among a number of programs and include the 10th Midnighter The Editor directed by Manborg himself Matthew Kennedy and Father's Day co-director Adam Brooks (remember this?). Also on the list are new films by Xavier Dolan, Ruba Nadda, and Jacob Tierney. Here's the full list. Special Presentations An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) Denys Arcand, Canada - Toronto Premiere Luc, a talented young architect, lives a peaceful life with his wife Stephanie in the stunning area of Charlevoix. He has a beautiful house, a pretty wife, dines often...
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Films by Xavier Dolan, Sturla Gunnarsson, Ruba Nadda, Jacob Tierney, Denys Arcand and other Canadian filmmakers have been added to the lineup of the Toronto International Film Festival, running this year from September 4 through 14. What's more, Ramin Bahrani, Claire Denis, Sandra Oh and Jim Stark "will guide 20 emerging filmmakers in group discussions that focus on creativity, the artistic process and independent voices." And four actors will be participating in the Rising Stars program: Sophie Desmarais, Shannon Kook, Alexandre Landry and Julia Sarah Stone. » - David Hudson »
“These are filmmakers at the top of their craft, bringing fresh perspectives to traditional genres like comedies and less traditionally Canadian genres, such as musicals,” said Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) senior programmer Steve Gravestock. “This year’s slate truly showcases the diversity of talent in our country, featuring films from coast to coast.”
“We are inspired by the number of exceptional debut features from Canadian directors, reflecting the depth of talent in this country,” said Tiff’s Canadian features programmer Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo.
“Extremely exciting is also the fact that female-driven narratives play a significant part in this year’s programming, highlighting the strong, rich tapestry of our storytelling.”
The Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film is up for grabs, as is the »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto Film Festival unveiled its diverse Canadian slate today, adding 37 features across various programs, including Xavier Dolan’s 2014 Cannes jury prize-winning “Mommy” (Roadside Attractions) and Denys Arcand’s “An Eye for Beauty” in Special Presentations.
Dolan also stars as a mind-game-playing psychiatric patient in veteran TV helmer Charles Binane’s return to the bigscreen, “The Elephant Song,” which world preems in Special Presentations, as does Ruba Nadda’s “October Gale,” starring Patricia Clarkson as a grieving widow who saves a mysterious man (Scott Speedman) from a gunshot wound, and Jacob Tierney’s expectant-mom comedy “Preggoland,” starring Sonja Bennett and James Caan.
Besides “Mommy,” the festival will screen other pics from acclaimed Quebec directors: As previously announced, Jean-Marc Vallee’s likely Telluride-bound “Wild” and Philippe Falardeau’s world-preeming “The Good Lie,” both starring Reese Witherspoon, will be in the mix. Other selections from the province’s talent pool include Maxime Giroux »
- Jennie Punter
Xavier Dolan's “Mommy,” which won the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, will be among the Canadian features screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Wednesday. “Mommy” was one of more than two dozen features and 46 short films from Canada announced at a press conference in Toronto. The films are spread out across many different sections of the festival, and include work from such celebrated Canadian directors as Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan and Ruba Nadda. In addition to directing “Mommy,” the 25-year-old Dolan stars as a disturbed young man alongside Bruce Greenwood and. »
- Steve Pond
Toronto - The Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday revealed its Canadian lineup, including world premieres for homegrown films by Ruba Nadda, Sturla Gunnarsson and Kyle Thomas. Away from its Hollywood star-making machine, the September event will debut Nadda's October Gale, which stars Patricia Clarkson and Tim Roth, Gunnarsson's long-awaited feature documentary Monsoon, about India's monsoon season, and Kyle Thomas' The Valley Below, an Alberta badlands drama that stars Stephen Bogaert, Kris Demeanor and Alejandro Rae. The Special Presentations sidebar also booked world premieres for Charles Binane's The Elephant Song, which stars Xavier Dolan and Bruce Greenwood, and Jacob
- Etan Vlessing
Writer/director Ruba Nadda has found her mysterious stranger to star opposite Patricia Clarkson in their upcoming project, October Gale. Scott Speedman will take the role, in what is shaping up to be a potentially nail-biting drama.
Speedman – perhaps best known for his supporting turns in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution – will play William, who washes up on the shore of a remote island cottage owned by Helen Matthews (Clarkson), during a heavy storm. He is unconscious and bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound but, lucky for him, Matthews is a doctor. She takes him in to tend his injuries, but they soon realize the would-be assassin – possibly Tim Roth – is returning to finish what he started. To make matters worse, the inclement weather has cut them off from the mainland, and they must face the threat alone.
While elements of the plot may sound somewhat contrived – if you’re going »
- Sarah Myles
• 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Avengers’s Scarlett Johansson are both in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s upcoming live-action/CG adaption of The Jungle Book. Nyong’o is currently in talks to play Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson is in early negotiations to lend her voice to the character of Kaa, a python who eats its victims by hypnotizing them. Iron Man’s Jon Favreau is set to direct the film based on the classic novel by Rudyard Kipling which will also star Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Exclusive: Scott Speedman is set to star opposite Patricia Clarkson in October Gale, the drama written and directed by Ruba Nadda. She also wrote and directed Cairo Time, which starred Clarkson. Speedman plays a mysterious man who, during a violent October storm, washes up on the shore of Helen Matthews’ remote island cottage, unconscious and bleeding from a gunshot wound. Clarkson plays the recently widowed doctor who takes him in, only to find that the shooter is coming back to finish the job and that the storm has cut them off from the mainland. Daniel Iron will produce through Foundry Films, and Christine Vachon will be exec producer through Killer Films. The film shoots in Canada in five weeks. This comes as the Atom Egoyan-directed The Captive – a film Speedman stars in with Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson and Mireielle Enos — was selected as a Competition title at Cannes next month. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Scott Speedman is set to star opposite Patricia Clarkson in Ruba Nadda's "October Gale". Speedman plays a mysterious man who, during a violent October storm, washes up on a remote island cottage, unconscious and bleeding from a gunshot wound.
Clarkson plays a recently widowed doctor who takes him in, only to find that the shooter is coming back to finish the job, and that the storm has cut them off from the mainland. [Source: Deadline]
Goosebumps: The Movie
Dylan Minnette plays a young man who must team with a horror author (Jack Black) and his niece (Amy Rush) to stop the demons of the author's mind which have been set free by a demonic ventriloquist's dummy. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Kirk D’Amico’s company has secured world sales on the Canadian thriller and has been introducing to buyers at the Efm.
October Gale centres on a woman who gets involved in a deadly struggle for survival as she spends time at her island cabin home putting her late husband’s affairs in order.
“We are very happy to be working with Ruba and Danny again,” said D’Amico, whose company handled sales on Nadda’s most recent film, Inescapable. “Ruba has written a taught, suspenseful script »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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