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The impressive lineup announced for the upcoming 2014 Toronto International Film Festival includes a number of extremely promising films, and we’ve got some new images from four such features for your perusing pleasure. Briefly: A Little Chaos – (Directed by Alan Rickman) Starring Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman. Love & Mercy – (Directed by Bill Pohlad) Starring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, and Paul Giamatti. Miss Julie – (Directed by Liv Ullmann) Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton. Mr. Turner – (Directed by Mike Leigh) Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Joshua McGuire, Ruth Sheen, David Horovitch, and Karl Johnson. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, and click here to check out all of the Tiff images released thus far. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th. A Little Chaos A landscape gardener with a »
- Adam Chitwood
Tiff will close out the 2014 festival with "A Little Chaos." The period film is led by Kate Winslet, with Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts and Alan Rickman (who also directs) in support in this film that has a fairly unconventional plot. Here's the synopsis: A landscape gardener with a taste for the unconventional is invited to design one of the fountains at the Palace of Versailles. As she battles with the weather, the perilous rivalries at the court of Louis Xiv and her own private demons, she finds herself drawn closer to the formality and enigma of the architect who hired her. Moving a completely different direction, Paul Dano is channeling Brian Wilson in Bill Pohlad's "Love & Mercy." Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti make up the intriguing supporting cast. Here's the synopsis: Focusing on Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys, Love & Mercy paints an unconventional. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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 »
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Updated, 8:40 Am: The 39th Toronto Film Festival, running September 4-14, will close with the world premiere of Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet, Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts and Stanley Tucci. The opening-night film was not announced at this morning’s press conference. “A Little Chaos is the perfect closing-night film – it transports audiences to another time, another place, full of beauty, complexity, rivalry, politics and romance,” said Toronto artistic director Cameron Bailey. “Alan Rickman’s film will wind audiences up just as our festival is winding down.” In this sumptuous historical drama Sabine De Barra (Winslet) — a landscaper with a taste […] »
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
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
Universal has taken “The Loft” off its release calendar and replaced it with the horror movie “As Above, So Below” which is set in the Paris catacombs, the studio announced Thursday. “The Loft” stars James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Matthias Schoenaerts, Eric Stonestreet and Karl Urban as five friends who share the same apartment for their extramarital affairs. When the body of an unknown young woman shows up there, they begin to turn on each other. The film was directed by Erik Van Looy and had been set for release on Aug. 29, though a new date has not been announced. See also:. »
- Linda Ge
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Featuring a sprawling cast — Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia, Griffin Dunne, Jamie Hector, Yul Vazquez and James Caan — a gritty 1970's New York City (shot on location too), and co-written by James Gray, there are a lot of reasons to give Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" a look. And if you didn't get a chance to catch it in theatres, we've got a few copies for some lucky readers. But to recap, the film follows Frank (Crudup), a cop with an aspiring future, who has to toe the line between family and the badge, when his ex-con brother Chris (Owen) gets out of the jail. Will Chris fall back into his old ways? And if he does, can Frank look the other way? It's tale of sons and siblings, but it wasn't necessarily always an easy shoot. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tom Hardy also stars as ex-con Bob Saginowski, a bartender just trying to lead his life down the right path. However, he, along with his friends and family, is thrown into trouble after a robbery goes awry. Gandolfini plays Marv, Hardy’s character’s cousin. Noomi Rapace and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts also star.
“Are you doing something different?” asks Hardy’s character in the trailer. “Something that we can’t clean up this time?”
The Fox Searchlight crime drama is based on the short story “Animal Rescue” written by Dennis Lehana, who also wrote “Gone Baby Gone,” “Shutter Island” and “Mystic River.” “Bullhead” helmer Michael R. Roskam directs.
“The Drop” is set to hit theaters Sept. »
- Alex Stedman
The Drop comes out September 12. Check out the trailer below.
- Brian Welk
Fox Searchlight has premiered a new international trailer for The Drop, the new film from Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam, adapted from the short story by Dennis Lehane (the author of Shutter Island, Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ann Dowd and James Gandolfini in his final starring role. The story takes an inside look at Organized crime's use of local New York City bars as money-laundering 'drops'. When lonely Brooklyn bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) uncovers a drop of a different sort in the form of a battered pit bull puppy that he rescues from certain death, he comes into contact with Nadia (Noomi Rapace), a mysterious woman hiding a dark past. Searchlight has set a September 19 release date, which almost guarantees a Toronto Film Festival premiere and this is one I'm really looking forward to seeing. Just below is the new »
- Brad Brevet
Tom Hardy seems to do everything right at the moment and The Drop doesn’t look like an exception to the cause. This international trailer picks up the intensity and drives it into your head just within those two minutes. The film looks set to showcase not only Hardy’s talents but also the late-great James Gandolfini once again.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and based on a screenplay by Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island and Mystic River’S Dennis Lahane, The Drop centres around the life of bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy).
Sagniowski is part of a covert scheme that funnels cash to gangsters in the underworld of Brooklyn bars and after a robbery goes wrong, he finds himself stuck under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), , plus deeply entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past.
It co-stars Noomi Rapace, »
- Dan Bullock
A bunch of new trailers have landed over the past day or so for all sorts of upcoming smaller films, but with a lot of them starring big names. The most high-profile would be "The Judge" which sees Robert Downey Jr. returning to drama for the story of a slick city lawyer who returns to his hometown after his mother's death and ends up having to defend his estranged father from being convicted for her apparent murder.
Tom Hardy stars in "The Drop" as a Brooklyn bartender who gets caught up in a robbery investigation that digs deep into his neighborhood's past. Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville and Matthias Schoenaerts also star, as does the late James Gandolfini in his final performance.
- Garth Franklin
The sudden death of the great James Gandolfini left a giant hole in Hollywood, and we’re all reminded with every film bearing his name that emerges that he was one of the finest actors of our times. His performance in romantic dramedy Enough Said was absolutely amazing, and of course his towering work on HBO’s The Sopranos may never be matched by any other actor. This fall, we’ll be treated to his last completed film, a crime drama titled The Drop.
Today, we have a new trailer and judging by the footage that’s on display here, Gandolfini seems likely to deliver a final performance that’s as powerful as his previous ones. It also looks like The Drop is going to be a surefire awards contender when it opens this Fall.
- Isaac Feldberg
Fox Searchlight has released a new poster and trailer for The Drop, the upcoming crime drama from Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone), which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) alongside the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) in his final screen role; check them out courtesy of Empire….
The Drop also stars Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black), Matthias Schoenaerts (Blood Ties), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and is set for release on September 12th in the States, before opening here in the UK on November 14th.
- Gary Collinson
A Brooklyn bartender gets caught up in a robbery investigation that threatens to expose his neighborhood's secrets in a new international trailer for The Drop, following the domestic trailer released in April.
The plot, which author Dennis Lehane adapted from his own short story Animal Rescue, follows Brooklyn bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), who works for Cousin Marv, played by James Gandolfini in his final performance. Aside from slinging drinks, Bob also leaves money drops for local gangsters, although when his bar is robbed, the investigation threatens to expose the neighborhood's hidden secrets. In addition, we also have a new poster and photos for director Michael R. Roskam's crime thriller, co-starring Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville and Matthias Schoenaerts, arriving in theaters September 19.
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The Drop is a new crime drama from Michael R. Roskam, the Academy Award-nominated director of Bullhead. Based on »
Fox Searchlight has released a new The Drop trailer along with a new poster and images. Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld. Unlike the U.S. trailer, this international trailer features the excellent Matthias Schoenaerts, who is reteaming with his Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam for the film. It looks like a solid crime drama, and if anything, it will be worth watching for Gandolfini's final big screen performance. Hit the jump to check out The Drop trailer, poster, and images. The film opens September 12th, and also stars Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville. Click over to Empire to check out the trailer. We'll »
- Matt Goldberg
"Me? I just tend the bar." Wow. Empire has debuted a brand new UK trailer for Michaël R. Roskam's The Drop, a crime thriller starring Tom Hardy as a bartender and loving dog caretaker. We already featured the first trailer for this quiet, mysterious thriller with a "killer twist" (or so the quote exclaims). It's one of James Gandolfini's last films, and also features Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville and Bullhead star Matthias Schoenaerts. The cinematography looks fantastic, I love the music (anyone know the song?), and the story looks intriguing. I'm totally sold, very much looking forward to watching this. Fire it up below. Here's the latest full UK trailer for Michaël R. Roskam's The Drop, originally from Empire: The Drop (formerly Animal Rescue) is directed by Michaël R. Roskam and written by Dennis Lehane (based on his short story of the same name). The story focuses »
- Alex Billington
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