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Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars, including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”), to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, and Marco Bellocchio, and plenty of other high-caliber international auteurs.
As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice Sept. 2, out-of-competition, a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.
With Toronto seemingly less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Annie Hall is headed to The Vatican.
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The Young Pope tells the controversial story of Pope Pius Xiii, formerly known as Lenny Belardo (played by Sherlock Holmes‘ Jude Law). Keaton will play Sister Mary, a nun from the United States who is now living in Vatican City.
The project, which begins production this week, will be Keaton’s first TV series gig since the 1977 mini The Godfather: A Novel for Television. »
Scott Foundas: Well, the cat is really out of the bag now. After weeks of intense blogosphere speculation about the fall festival season and palate-whetting gala announcements from the New York Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival kicked things into high gear this morning when it announced more than 40 titles that will comprise the festival’s Gala and Special Presentations categories come September. It’s a typically starry list, full of A-list names in front of and behind the camera, some very obvious Oscar bait, and a few Toronto stalwarts to satisfy the requisite quota of local Canadian talent, including Atom Egoyan, who makes a bid for a comeback (after the career-pummeling one-two of “Devil’s Knot” and “The Captive”) with “Remember,” starring Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor trying to track down the former Nazi guard responsible for murdering his family.
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- Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
A selection of films from the 2015 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival have been unveiled, with films by Terrence Davies, Pablo Larraín, Deepa Mehta, Charlie Kaufman, and many more!GalasBeeba Boys (Deepa Mehta, Canada)Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée, USA)The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia)Eye in the Sky (Gavin Hood, United Kingdom)Forsaken (Jon Cassar, Canada)Freeheld (Peter Sollett, USA)Hyena Road (Paul Gross, Canada)Legend (Brian Helgeland, United Kingdom)Lolo (Julie Delpy, France)The Man Who Knew Infinity (Matthew Brown, United Kingdom)The Martian (Ridley Scott, USA)The Program (Stephen Frears, United Kingdom)Remember (Atom Egoyan, Canada)Septembers of Shiraz (Wayne Blair, USA)Stonewall (Roland Emmerich, USA)Special PresentationsAnomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA)Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga, USA/Ghana)Black Mass (Scott Cooper, USA)Brooklyn (John Crowley, United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada)The Club (Pablo Larraín, Chile)Colonia (Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France)The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, »
This morning the first lineup of films were announced for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (see the lineup below and the write up here) and Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist joins me here to take a look at the film's announced in the Gala and Special Presentation selection. We start from the top and run down the list from top to bottom, pointing out highlights and surprises and end with a discussion about the films we're surprised that weren't announced. You can listen to the full episode in the player below, it runs just under 40 minutes long and you can find the complete lineup right here. You can subscribe to the RopeofSilicon Podcast on iTunes right here, find us on SoundCloud here as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Galas Beeba Boys (dir. Deepa Mehta) Demolitian (dir. Jean-Marc Vallee) *Opening Night Film* The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse) Eye in the Sky (dir. »
- Brad Brevet
In her long, varied, Oscar-winning career, one thing Diane Keaton hasn’t done is play a regular role on a TV series. She looks set to change all that, joining the cast of Paolo Sorrentino’s new show The Young Pope.Admittedly, it’s only an eight-episode commitment, a collaboration between Sky, HBO and Canal Plus, but it’s a new project for Keaton, who has appeared in miniseries, TV movies and guest roles before, but is here playing Sister Mary, an American nun living in Vatican City.And the show follows the early days of a fictional pope, played by Jude Law, who is born Lenny Belardo. He’s a complicated, conflicted guy, worried that his calling will mean losing those close to him and concerned about being abandoned by everyone, even God. But he’s committed to his mission of spreading the church’s word.According to Sorrentino, »
Oscar-winning star takes first-ever series regular television role in joint HBO, Sky and Canal+ production
The Annie Hall star will play Sister Mary, an American nun living in Vatican City, while Law is in the lead role as Pius Xiii, formerly known as Lenny Belardo – a fictional American pontiff.
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- Kevin Rawlinson
The 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will feature first looks for Jay Roach’s blacklisted screenwriter biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as well as Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama with Ben Foster.
Joining The Program on the roster of world premiere Gala screenings are Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure The Martian, Deepa Mehta’s gangster tale Beeba Boys and Kate Winslet Australian drama The Dressmaker.
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The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
Diane Keaton will star alongside Jude Law in director Paolo Sorrentino‘s eight-episode HBO drama series “The Young Pope,” the premium cable network announced Tuesday. Keaton will play Sister Mary, a nun from the United States who is now living in Vatican City. Law takes the lead as the fictional Pius Xiii, formerly known as Lenny Belardo. The series is a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal +, of which production will begin this week. All eight episodes are to be directed by Sorrentino, who is also known for directing the Academy Award-winning film, “The Great Beauty.” Also Read: Morgan Freeman, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The initial lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 10 to 20 this fall, has been revealed, with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s dramatic romance Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, having been selected to open the prestigious fest.
The first selections lineup reads like a who’s who list of Oscar contenders. Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program all have world premieres, and other huge titles screening include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of Nation, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Brian Helgeland’s Legend and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
Check out the full lineup below, and let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments section.
Opening Night Film.
In Demolition, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Diane Keaton will star in “The Young Pope,” Variety has learned. The eight-episode series is created by the Academy Award-winning Paolo Sorrentino and is produced jointly by Sky, HBO and France’s Canal Plus.
The project marks Keaton’s first-ever series regular television role.
The Oscar-winning actress joins the previously cast Jude Law in the drama, which goes into production this week. She will play Sister Mary, a nun from America living in Vatican City.
The series tells the story of the beginning of Pontificate of Pius Xiii, born Lenny Belardo (played by Law). A complex and conflicted character with great power, Belardo will face losing those closest to him and the fear of being abandoned, even by his God. However, he is not afraid of undertaking the millennial mission of defending that same God and the world representing him.
Sorrentino, who will direct all episodes, describes the series as »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Diane Keaton is set to star opposite Jude Law in Paolo Sorrentino-directed series The Young Pope, a joint production of HBO, Sky and Canal +. Filming begins this week on the eight-episode series, which tells the fictional story of the beginning of the Pontificate of Pius Xiii (Law), born Lenny Belardo. He is a man of great power who's stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications for his authority. Keaton plays Sister Mary, a nun from… »
Diane Keaton is the latest big name to join the cast of The Young Pope.
The Godfather actress will play an American nun living in Vatican City in the new television drama from Sky, HBO and Canal+.
She joins Jude Law in the series, who leads the cast as fictional pope Lenny Belardo, the first Italian-American leader of the Catholic church.
Belardo, a conservative American pontiff, is recruited for the role by a Vatican fed up with liberal Popes.
Belardo is described as "a complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor".
The eight-part drama will be directed by Paolo Sorrentino, and will enter production later this summer in Italy, Africa, Puerto Rico and the Us. »
The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” with Matt Damon, and Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” were among the world premieres unveiled Tuesday during the Festival’s first major announcement.
In addition to more than a dozen Gala titles, more than 30 Special Presentations films were also revealed, with world premieres including Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” and Nicolas Hytner’s “The Lady In The Van.”
With the bulk of Toronto’s slate still under wraps, this first blast reflects the fest’s high-street persona in its mix of awards-season contenders (world-premiering pics alongside Sundance, Cannes and other fest-circuit notables), hot-topic cinema, high-profile Canadian titles, foreign pics likely to connect with North American audiences and star power.
- Jennie Punter
2015’s Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 40th year, will kick off the fall festival season with their opening night film, Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. Over 350 films are among this year’s festival.
Tiff 15’s list of Special Presentation is an incredible list of new films from Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next), Charlie Kaufmann (Anomalisa), Scott Cooper (Black Mass), Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Cary Fukunaga (Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation), and Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). Several of the titles were among this year’s Cannes lineup, including The Lobster, Youth, and Louder than Bombs.
Deepa Meetha’s Beeba Boys, Stephen Frears’s Lance Armstrong movie The Program, Freeheld, starring last year’s Oscar winner Julianne Moore alongside Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and Brian Helgeland’s Tom Hardy »
- Brian Welk
The first films selected for the 2015 Toronto Film Festival have been announced in the Gala and Special Presentation selections as well as the opening night film, which just so happens to be Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolitian starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, which Fox Searchlight recently dated for an April 8, 2016 release date. Have they reconsideredc Are they planning on gauging the reception at Toronto to see if it's worth opening this year in hopes of Oscarsc Might it have had something to do with the tepid response to the release of Southpawc As for the films announced today, and there are many more announcements to come, I'll begin with the Special Presentations, which include several highly anticipated titles as well as many that played to acclaim earlier this year, either in Sundance or at Cannes. New to the festival circuit include Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, »
- Brad Brevet
Law will play Pius Xiii who is a fictional American pope who becomes the most conservative leader the Catholic Church has ever seen.
Stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers yet full of compassion toward the weak and poor, he faces the prospect of losing those closest to him - even his God.
Keaton will play Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City. The project marks the first-ever TV series from Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino who will co-write all the episodes with Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli.
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- Garth Franklin
Diane Keaton has found Jesus - in HBO's upcoming "The Young Pope."
The cable network announced that the Oscar-winning actress is joining the cast of the drama as Sister Mary, an American nun living in the Vatican City. She'll star opposite Jude Law, who plays Pius Xiii, born Lenny Belardo, who is the first American to be elected pope and who becomes the most conservative leader the Catholic Church has ever seen.
Sister Mary raised Lenny, helped him get elected, and continues to have power over him. Pius Xiii is also described as "a man of great power who's stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications for his authority."
This marks Keaton's first-ever series regular television role. Creator and Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino ("Great Beauty") will direct all eight episodes of "The Young Pope," which begins filming soon.
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- Kelly Woo
Rome – With less than ten days to go before the Venice Film festival reveals its lineup, several high-profile U.S. studio/specialty titles appear to be secured, including Scott Cooper-directed Johnny Depp gangster drama “Black Mass,” from Warner Bros., and Luca Guadagnino’s Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton-starrer “A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight is releasing stateside.
Also likely to be Lido-bound are Charlie Kaufman’s stop motion animation “Anomalisa” and new works from international heavyweight auteurs Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, and Marco Bellocchio, as well as younger directors like Argentinian Pablo Trapero’s hot crimer “The Clan,” which Fox will release in Latin America.
Word on what pics will surface at Venice is more muted than usual this year, with artistic director Alberto Barbera believed to be making down to the wire decisions and several potential contenders, including Sean Penn-directed Liberia-set romance “The Last Face,” thought instead not to be ready. »
- Nick Vivarelli
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