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Tiff 2014. Official Lineup

24 July 2014 2:48 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The announcements have begun rolling in for this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Watch this page for updates.

Galas

Black and White (Mike Binder, USA)

The Equalizer (Antoine Fuqua, USA)

Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, USA)

Haemoo (Shim Sung-bo, South Korea)

The Judge (David Dobkin, USA)

Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, Canada/Germany)

The New Girlfriend (François Ozon, France)

Pawn Sacrifice (Ed Zwick, USA)

The Riot Club (Lone Sherfig, UK)

Samba (Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, France)

This is Where I Leave You (Shawn Levy, USA)

Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée, USA)

Closing Night Film

A Little Chaos (Alan Rickman, UK)

Special Presentations

99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani, USA)

American Heist (Sarik Andreasyan, USA)

Before We Go (Chris Evans, USA)

Breakup Buddies (Ning Hao, China)

Cake (Daniel Barnz, USA)

Coming Home (Zhang Yimou, China)

The Dead Lands (Toa Fraser, New Zealand/UK)

Dearest (Peter Ho-Sun Chan, China/Hong Kong)

The Drop (Michael R. Roskam, USA)

Eden (Mia Hansen-Love, »

- Notebook

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Tiff 14 Preview: Omar Sy Teams Up w/ His 'Intouchables' Directors For 'Samba'

22 July 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has announced its closing night gala selection, along with 59 other feature films that were officially named today, Tuesday.  Among the always impressive slate of high-profile films making their world premieres at the festival, are a few that we've been tracking on this blog, including Omar Sy's reteaming with his "Intouchables" directors - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - for a drama titled "Samba," which Sy of course stars in, alongside Charlotte GainsbourgTahar Rahim and Izya Higelin.  Plot details on »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Latest From Ozon, Bahrani, Baumbach, Gordon Green, Petzold & Hansen-Løve Heading to Tiff…Telluride & Venice

22 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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Toronto 2014 unveils first wave

22 July 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto Film Festival lineup announced -- Breaking

22 July 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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.

Also noteworthy: James Gandolfini’s final film, The Drop, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace; another Jason Reitman Toronto world premiere, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer,’ Kate Winslet’s ‘A Little Chaos’

22 July 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Tiff 2014: Complete 2014 Toronto Film Festival Lineup Announced

22 July 2014 7:32 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres

22 July 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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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Indian ‘Intouchables’ Remake Sets Mohit Suri as Director

5 June 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Mohit Suri has been set as director of the Indian remake of French hit “The Intouchables.”

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment are to produce the Hindi-language retread, licensed in February from France’s Gaumont.

Johar announced the appointment of Suri via his Twitter account.

Suri is best known for his suspense thrillers, including the upcoming “Ek Villain,” but will turn his hand for the first time to comedy. He hails from the Bhatt film Bollywood dynasty and counts Mahesh Bhatt as an uncle and rising acting talent Emraan Hashmi as a cousin.

The 2011 original French pic was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and has grossed over $427 million worldwide.

With credits ranging from Anurag Kashyap’s “Gangs of Wasseypur” to Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna,” Monga has achieved the status of India’s leading independent producer. She produced last year’s Cannes sensation “Lunchbox, »

- Patrick Frater

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Cannes: France’s Quad Films, Canada’s Caramel Team Up for ‘Volcano’ Remake (Exclusive)

17 May 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a cross-pond comedy pact, France’s Quad Films (“The Intouchables”) and Canada’s Caramel (“Starbuck”) are teaming to produce an English-language remake of Dany Boon-starrer “The Volcano” (Eyjafjallajokull).

Michael Dowse, who last directed “The F Word” with Daniel Radcliffe and Adam Driver, is on board to pen and direct the remake.

At $27 million, the big-budget comedy “The Volcano” cast Boon (“Welcome to the Sticks”) and Valerie Bonneton as a long-divorced couple who embark on the same flight to attend their daughter’s wedding in Greece. When the plane is grounded because of the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the pair is forced to embark on a long trip across Europe to make it to the wedding on time.

Project will mark Quad’s first English-language film. The shingle, topped by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, are best known for producing two of France’s recent »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes 2014 News - Omar Sy Teams Up w/ His 'Intouchables' Directors On 'Samba'

16 May 2014 11:07 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Omar Sy is teaming up again with his Intouchables directors - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - on their next film, another dramedy, this one titled Samba, which Sy will of course star in, alongside Charlotte GainsbourgTahar Rahim and Izya Higelin. Plot details on the Gaumont/Quad/Ten co-production are currently being kept under-wraps - other than the filmmakers calling it "a crowdpleaser, an ensemble comedy about friendship, solidarity and deals with current issues we can relate to in different parts of the world.”  The $20 million film, which is currently in post-production, is being screened to »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Cannes: Gaumont Turns Buyers’ Heads With Omar Sy’s ‘Samba’ (Exclusive)

15 May 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.”

The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), enlisted new buyers: Belga (Benelux), Italian Intl. Film/Rai (Italy) and Top Films (Russia). Gaumont’s head of international, Cecile Gaget, said her team was closing Canada, Latin America and Spain.

Samba” reunites Nakache and Toledano with their “Intouchables” star Sy and producers: Nicolas Duval Adassovsky , Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim and Izia Higelin complete the cast.

“As with Nakache/Toledano’s previous movies, ‘Samba’ is a crowdpleaser, an ensemble comedy about friendship, solidarity and deals with current issues we can relate to in different parts of the world,” Gaget said. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Intl. Film Award 2014: Gaumont Thrives With Local Talent and U.S. TV

14 May 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After losing itself for some time, the legendary 114-year-old French studio Gaumont bounced back to the top of the charts with the box office phenom “The Intouchables” in 2011. Three years later and with more French hits under its belt, the vertically integrated major headed by Sidonie Dumas has proven that the blockbuster laffer wasn’t just a lucky break. The company is thriving on all fronts — French distribution, international sales and TV biz — while keeping its focus on director-driven French films and banking on the next generation of talents.

Variety is honoring Gaumont with its Intl. Achievement in Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

While the market share of French films fell significantly in 2013, Gaumont rose as France’s No. 1 indie distributor of Gallic pics with 12.3 million admissions. Its revenue from theatrical distribution nearly doubled to $34 million.

In its post-“Intouchables” era, Gaumont’s annual revenues skyrocketed 60% to $235 million »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Intl. Film Award 2014: Gaumont Thrives With Local Talent and U.S. TV

14 May 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After losing itself for some time, the legendary 114-year-old French studio Gaumont bounced back to the top of the charts with the box office phenom “The Intouchables” in 2011. Three years later and with more French hits under its belt, the vertically integrated major headed by Sidonie Dumas has proven that the blockbuster laffer wasn’t just a lucky break. The company is thriving on all fronts — French distribution, international sales and TV biz — while keeping its focus on director-driven French films and banking on the next generation of talents.

Variety is honoring Gaumont with its Intl. Achievement in Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

While the market share of French films fell significantly in 2013, Gaumont rose as France’s No. 1 indie distributor of Gallic pics with 12.3 million admissions. Its revenue from theatrical distribution nearly doubled to $34 million.

In its post-“Intouchables” era, Gaumont’s annual revenues skyrocketed 60% to $235 million »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Dany Boon’s ‘Superchondriac’ Scores Boffo French Opening For Pathe

27 February 2014 10:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Following a roll of underwhelming film releases, Pathe could soon regain its mojo with Dany Boon’s latest comedy “Superchondriac,” which has gotten off a whammo start at the French B.O., racking up around a first-day €2.3 million ($3.2 million) on Feb. 26, per a Rentrak estimate.

Released on 854 screens by Pathe, the €31 million movie ($42.5 million) budgeted movie, which Boon helmed and toplines, had managed to lure half-a-million people in French theaters by late Thursday afternoon, proving the best opening for a French movie since June 2012′s “Would I Lie To You 3.”

“Superchondriac’s” bow was 25% up on Boon’s third film as a director, 2012′s “Nothing To Declare,” which opened on 200 screens more and went on to gross $74.5 million in France.

The comedy is tracking for a first-five day 1.5 million in tix sales,”  said Eric Marti, Rentrak general manager, France. That would be about $13 million in box office gross.

“’Superchondriac’ is a highly-anticipated movie, »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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Italy’s Notorious Pictures Hits a Home Run With Gaumont’s ‘Belle and Sebastien’

27 February 2014 5:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Tapping into the growing market for indie family entertainment fare and canine film lovers, Nicolas Vanier’s “Belle And Sebastien” has lured over one million moviegoers and scored an estimated 6.6 million Euros ($8.2 million) from 320 screens in Italy, where it’s being distributed by Notorious Pictures.

Based on Cecile Aubry’s children’s TV classic, the well-polished movie takes place in the French Alps, amid WWII, and follows the adventures of a six-year-old motherless boy and his friend, a big white dog, as they thwart Nazi attempts to capture French Resistance fighters.

Released in Italy on Jan. 30, “‘Belle And Sebastien’ has joined the handful of majority-French productions that have sold over one million admissions in Italy,” said Adeline Falampin, Gaumont’s international sales manager who inked the deal with Notorious.

Italy’s top-grossing French-language film remains Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s “Intouchables” (2.5 million tickets sold), followed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Guneet Monga and Karan Johar to remake French comedy “Intouchables”

8 February 2014 11:50 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Continuing their partnership that began with Ritesh Batra’s “Lunchbox” Guneet Monga and Karan Johar have teamed up again to remake French comedy “Intouchables,” reports Variety.

Intouchables”  directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano which won Omar Sy the César Award for Best Actor was released in India on July 13, 2012 by Tanweer Group. The  film grossed $426.6 million worldwide.

The Intouchables also won the Grand Prix award for Best Film and the Award for Best Actor to both Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2011.

“After a paragliding accident, when Philippe, a rich Parisian aristocrat, needs a live-in caretaker, he encounters many clones of qualified people in an interview. Driss, a strapping inner-city crook, shows up for this interview with the intention of being rejected. However, impressed with his irreverence, Philippe hires him. What follows is the formation of a great bond between the two, as they »

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Guneet Monga and Karan Johar Team-Up On ‘Intouchables’ Indian Makeover (Exclusive)

8 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin– Guneet Monga and Karan Johar, the Indian power duo behind Cannes sensation “The Lunchbox,” are set to team up on the local remake Gaumont’s “Intouchables,” the French comedy  blockbuster which grossed $426.6 million worldwide.

While negotiations on the U.S. remake are still being finalized with The Weinstein Co., Gaumont has moved forward on green-lighting international makeovers of the 2011′s French blockbuster, which was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

“From ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ to ‘The Lunchbox,’ I’ve always believed that Guneet’s company was by far the most creative and trustworthy producer when it comes to delivering crowd-pleasing Indian films with a strong identity that can play well at festivals and beyond,” said Gaumont’s deputy head of sales Yohann Comte, who handled the negotiation.

Monga, the winner of last year’s Industry leadership Award at the L.A.-set Indian Film Festival, is a power »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Kinology Takes Intl’ Sales Rights to Tahar Rahim’s ‘Pere Noel’

7 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gregoire Melin’s Kinology has taken international sales rights to “Pere Noel,” a family comedy starring Tahar Rahim and produced by the team behind “The Intouchables.” Kinology is also co-producing the film.

In “Noel,” Rahim stars as a robber dressed as Santa Claus who is followed by a 6-year-old boy convinced he’s the real St. Nick.

“It’s a tender comedy,” Melin said.

Stephane Celerier’s Mars Distribution will release the film in France. Commercial net M6 and pay TV Orange have pre-bought the $14.5 million pic.

Rahim, who broke through with Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” recently wrapped the shoot of “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s followup to “The Intouchables.”

Pic started shooting Monday in Paris.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget: ‘We Don’t Want Labels’

13 January 2014 9:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Attending the UniFrance Rendez-Vous market in Paris, Cecile Gaget, the head Gaumont International since 2010, took the time to comment on the company’s standing within the French industry, its acquisition strategy and evolving business model.

Closely collaborating with Gaumont’s chair Sidonie Dumas, Gaget has been a driving force behind the company’s financial success and global outreach. Last year, Gaumont replaced Pathe as France’s n.1 indie distributor.

Considered one of France’s top sales exec, along with Wild Bunch’s co-founder Vincent Maraval, Gaget is being credited for forging ties with Gaul’s top producers as well as international filmmakers and distributors. She’s also participated in the financing of some of Gaumont’s most internationally driven films, including Fred Cavaye’s $21 million “Mea Culpa,” a Fox pickup; and $32 million toonpic “Ballerina,” from “Intouchables” production shingle Quad.

Variety: How does 2014 look like for Gaumont and what are »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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