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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
Following its recent theatrical and VOD release, Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer will be heading to Blu-ray & DVD in October. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this extraordinary sci-fi movie, starring Chris Evans, I highly recommend it and we have release details, a look at the cover art, and a list of bonus features:
“Beverly Hills, CA – Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS are proud to announce the home entertainment release of the post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer. Chris Evans leads the all-star cast of Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, and Ed Harris. Visionary director Bong Joon Ho’s “enormously ambitious and visually stunning,” (Scott Foundas, Variety) film has been widely praised as “a superb masterpiece of science fiction” (MTV). RADiUS released the film theatrically on June 27, 2014. A box office success, the film has amassed $4.4 million to date, making it one »
- Jonathan James
Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS are proud to announce the home entertainment release of the post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer. Chris Evans leads the all-star cast of Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, and Ed Harris. Visionary director Bong Joon Ho’s “enormously ambitious and visually stunning,” (Scott Foundas, Variety) film has been widely praised as “a superb masterpiece of science fiction” (MTV). RADiUS released the film theatrically on June 27, 2014. A box office success, the film has amassed $4.4 million to date, making it one of the top ten highest grossing independent films of the year. The sci-fi epic, hailed as “a singular and breathtaking cinematic experience,” (TwitchFilm.com) will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 21, 2014.
Read Jim Batts review Here
After a failed global-warming experiment, a post-apocalyptic Ice Age has killed off nearly all life on the planet. All that remains of humanity are »
- Michelle McCue
After a whole lot of pre-release drama, Bong Joon Ho's critically acclaimed Snowpiercer finally made landfall in America last month, hitting limited theaters and seeing release through VOD outlets. Now it's headed to home video, and we've got all the details for ya today!
From the Press Release
Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS are proud to announce the home entertainment release of the post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer. Chris Evans leads the all-star cast of Song Kang Ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, and Ed Harris.
Visionary director Bong Joon Ho’s “enormously ambitious and visually stunning,” (Scott Foundas, Variety) film has been widely praised as “a superb masterpiece of science fiction” (MTV). RADiUS released the film theatrically on June 27, 2014. A box office success, »
- John Squires
Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has been bestowing since 1998.
Past honorees include many future Oscar-winners and nominees such as Adrien Brody, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Melissa Leo.
This year’s honorees will be featured in the Oct. 7 issue of Variety and for the third year, several of the honorees will participate in Variety Ten to Watch activities at the Hamptons Film Festival, which runs Oct. 9-13.
This year’s 10 Actors to Watch are:
Dakota Johnson, star of the upcoming »
- Jenelle Riley
Boasting a 95% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer has become one of the most critically heralded films of the year. And now it's the first to be sent to the Academy of Arts and Sciences for consideration for awards season. Deadline dropped the news that a DVD of Snowpiercer has been sent out to Academy members, who could receive the sci-fi drama as early as today. It's a bold move by RADiUS, a distribution division of The Weinstein Company that's been shaking up the standard release model, and is now kicking off the push for Oscar season. Starring an international cast that includes Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremmer, and Ko Ah-Sung, Snowpiercer found inspiration in the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. Its story centers on a titular train that houses the last dregs of humanity following a »
What do you suppose Sarah Silverman meant by the bizarre remark in her Emmy acceptance speech Sunday night that we're all made of molecules hurtling through space? Maybe it was an oblique reference to television itself, which is now less a medium than a disembodied signal that we watch at a time and place of our own choosing. On some level, the creators of TV seem to realize that their medium is heading into a future that's even less shackled to the living room screen and the three hours after dinner than ever. And yet, watching last night's 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, one felt a sense of déjà vu, of watching a medium celebrate its ties to its own past. We'd seen many of the honorees picking up trophies before, and maybe we'd even heard the same jokes and patter before.
Seth Meyers could win the Emmy for Best Awards »
- Gary Susman
It’s no longer even an open secret that celebs don’t pick their own clothes for red carpet events, or any events really. They hire stylists, stylists have relationships with fashion houses, and fashion houses make strategic moves to have them aligned with the stars of the moment.
Take the impressive host of Lebanese designers: Elie Saab who dressed Julia Roberts in a short beaded frock, Nicholas Jebran who dressed Allison Janney in a long red velvet knotted dress and Zuhair Murad who dressed Camila Alves and Taylor Schilling. Some are up and comers, others, established designers, but would those actors have come upon these notable designers without the help of their stylists?
Matthew McConaughey has long been aligned with Dolce & Gabbana, and stuck with the label Monday night in a dashing navy tuxedo that recalled the ones he’s worn at other awards shows. Likewise, Octavia Spencer and Tadashi Shoji continued their relationship, »
- Alexandra Cheney
Never again, TV Academy. Never again. I don't care if NBC has to do the Emmys in August because of football and if NBC is scared of going head-to-head with a competing award show. Doing the Emmys on Monday is just wrong. But we shall trudge on! Seth Meyers is hosting. Some fantastic TV shows and actors are nominated. Follow along. Comment below. Join the fun. Make the fun. 8:00 p.m. Et. That was some of the worst Red Carpet pre-show I've ever watched between E! and NBC. I never thought I'd miss Ryan Seacrest, but there ya go! 8:00 p.m. Seth Meyers was just outside being interviewed by Billy Bush just two minutes ago. How will he make it inside? How?!?!? 8:00 p.m. A countdown! 20 seconds to go. 8:00 p.m. And now Seth is inside on-stage. How Is That Possible, Billy Bush?!? 8:01 p.m. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Watch Red Band Society Pilot. Fox‘s Red Band Society: Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Griffin Dunne, Ciara Bravo, and Thomas Ian Nicholas. Red Band Society‘s plot synopsis: “Red Band Society is a provocative, inspiring and, at times, comedic young ensemble drama told through the eyes of a [...]
Continue reading: Watch: Red Band Society (2014) Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot [Fox] »
- Rollo Tomasi
The Emmy Awards are on NBC at 5 p.m. Monday, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Sunday, Aug. 24:
11:55 a.m. ICM Partners’ annual brunch has become a welcome respite from the swirl of nighttime events on Emmy weekend. Waiters with cups of Sangria spiked with apple slices and grapes greeted guests on the steps of Chris Silbermann’s Santa Monica home. The brunch was fantastic — fresh crepes made on the spot, blintzes, all manner of egg dishes and fruit. There’s a reason we skipped breakfast.
- Cynthia Littleton, Malina Saval and Laura Prudom
Fox has released the pilot episode for a new series that's scheduled to debut this fall, during its 2014/2015 TV season, co-starring Octavia Spencer, which is a remake of a lauded Spanish drama titled "Pulseras Rojas" (known in English as "Red Band Society"). The Catalan television show that first aired in 2011, was created by Albert Espinosa, and draws on his childhood experiences as a hospital patient. It tells the story of a group of Catalan children and teenagers who meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital. Told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who meet as patients in a hospital pediatric ward, the drama stars, in »
- Tambay A. Obenson
After fans of Fox’s upcoming series Red Band Society donated $100,000 to charity, the network has officially unlocked the show’s pilot, which means fans can watch the first episode starting now on Hulu.com, fox.com, Fox Now, and more. The episode is also available on Fox On Demand.
Red Band Society tells the story of the patients and doctors at Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital, where a group of kids and teens come together to face their problems and live their lives to the fullest within the four walls of a hospital (with occasional roof access). Octavia Spencer stars in the new drama, »
- Samantha Highfill
Fox has debuted the pilot of its new dramedy “Red Band Society” online ahead of its official broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The first episode will be available online until Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. Et via Hulu, Fox.com, Fox On Demand and the Fox Now app.
The pilot was unlocked via the efforts of fans — who also donated $100,000 to charity — by sharing “Red Band Society” content on social media. The money will be distributed to five charitable organizations: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Teen Cancer America and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The series stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable and a cast of young actors including Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, “X Factor” alum Astro, “Big Time Rush” star Ciara Bravo, Charlie Rowe and Zoe Levin. The show is a coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who »
- Laura Prudom
The sense of community on Fox’s upcoming drama Red Band Society has extended into the real world.
The fall pilot is now streaming on Hulu, as the result of a charity drive that has made the premiere available for 100 hours in return for reaching a $100,000 fundraising goal.
Related Fall TV First Impression: Fox’s Red Band Society
The drama, which stars Octavia Spencer (The Help) as a nurse overseeing the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital, will be available for viewing until Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 5 pm Est. It can also be seen on Fox.com, Fox Now and Fox »
Remember last year's Emmys, when "Nurse Jackie" co-star Merritt Wever won a stunning upset victory in the supporting actress category and delivered a flustered but delightfully human speech that lasted about 12 seconds? That's the sort of moment that Emmy viewers pray for, when spontaneity and real emotion break through the otherwise canned, tightly scripted ritual of a televised awards ceremony.
Turns out Emmycast producer Don Mischer prays for such moments as well. As he said in a recent Variety interview, such surprises drive Twitter traffic, which in turn drives viewership.
Of course, the problem with depending on such moments is that you can't plan them. All you can do is make room for them to happen. For the rest of the August 25 show, however, here's what you can expect to see, courtesy of Mischer and Emmy emcee Seth Meyers.
Gentle jabs. Meyers will open the show with a monologue in »
- Gary Susman
Inspired by a true story, Red Band Society is one of the most original series of the new Fall slate - it's also probably the most likely to make you cry. The drama takes place in the pediatric wing of a teaching hospital, and there's a colorful cast of kids to love. Octavia Spencer adds star power as a tough nurse caring for her brood, and Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) adds a little dose of eye candy. I caught the pilot already, so before you decide which new Fall shows you're going to watch, here's the scoop on the potentially heart-crushing (yet really fun) Red Band Society, which premieres at 9 p.m. on Sept. 17 on Fox. Read on to find out if you'll like it! »
The 66th Emmy Awards ceremony has added to its list of presenters, with latenight names signing on for the telecast.
Host Seth Meyers announced Tuesday morning via Twitter that his latenight contemporaries Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel will be on deck to present at the kudos, where all three of their programs are nominated for outstanding variety series.
On Monday's #Emmys my late night friends @JimmyKimmel, @Stephenathome & @JimmyFallon are all confirmed to present!—
Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) August 19, 2014
Colbert has already taken home a gong this year for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series for “The Colbert Report,” while Fallon won for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” during last week’s Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.
- Shelli Weinstein
Fox is teaming up with several charities leading up to the premiere of new drama “Red Band Society” and, depending on if the network reaches its goal, could make the show available before it’s September premiere.
The initiative, dubbed “Red Band Society: Banding Together for Good,” donates $1 to charity for each social media share of content from MyRedBandSociety.com, a special website created for the program. The content includes videos, photos, GIFs and more. If $100,000 is raised before Friday, Aug. 22, Fox will make the pilot of the drama available for 100 hours via Fox on Demand, Fox Now app, Fox.com and Hulu.
Additionally, each time a friend clicks on the social media link, a point is added to the profile who shared it, meaning another dollar. Prizes will be given out to those with the most points.
The charities benefited are the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, »
- Alex Stedman
“Red Band Society” and Fox have partnered to raise money for a multitude of charities, and allow viewers to possibly see the pilot of the new drama early. From now through Friday, Aug. 22, every time someone shares content from MyRedBandSociety.com via social media, Fox will donate $1 to charity. If donations reach $100,000 by the Aug. 22 deadline, Fox will make the pilot available for 100 hours. Also read: ‘Red Band Society’ Producer Talks the Lighter Side of Sick Kids Viewers will be able to catch a sneak peek at the premiere of the Octavia Spencer drama about sick kids living together »
- Jason Hughes
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