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There's been a snafu with my Tiff credentials so I'm currently in limbo. Therefore today's listing is not an 'Omg Look What Prezzies I Get in September' humble brag, merely today's listing. Which of these 46 films hitting Toronto (not a complete list) are you most excited for? If I do go to Toronto I may well use you readers as film-picking guide.
Tiff Lineup So Far
100s more films to come
(If we've already covered the film somehow, it's linked up)
I demand custody of... your Oscar!
Breakup Buddies (Ning Hao) - a "raunchy romantic comedy"
- NATHANIEL R
How do you play James Brown? I mean, how does one pretend to be the Godfather of Soul? After all, what made him James Brown was the very fact that nobody else could be James Brown. Inimitable. Nonpareil. An electric performer, dynamic personality, and a true American original.
Fortunately for the filmmakers behind Get On Up, the Brown biopic that open in theaters on Aug. 1, Chadwick Boseman knows a little something about playing an American legend. Boseman starred as Jackie Robinson in 42, and successfully captured the athlete’s grit and composure, his fire and ice. “He has such nobility, and »
- Jeff Labrecque
Universal Pictures' James Brown biopic, "Get on Up," begins with a 6-year-old James Brown, as he's abandoned by his mother (played by Viola Davis) and left to live with his Aunt Honey (played by Octavia Spencer), who runs a brothel. And the film ends in 1993 with a comeback concert, after Brown served prison time for aggravated assault and eluding the police in a wild car chase. So it's not quite a birth-to-death biopic. Brown would eventually die on Christmas Day in 2006 - 13 years after the movie's above ending. Directed by Tate Taylor ("The Help"), and produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, the film »
- Tambay A. Obenson
"Everything happens for a reason." Octavia Spencer told E! News she's a firm believer in that thinking. The Oscar winner was curled up on a couch at the Beverly Hilton next to her Red Band Society costar Dave Annable on Sunday, July 20, to promote their new Fox series, but this scenario was very close to not happening. Spencer was attached to star in the headline-grabbing NBC reboot of Murder, She Wrote as a hospital administrator and mystery writer. The project got a lot of attention, especially after original series star Angela Lansbury spoke out about the reboot and its eventual combustion. Spencer said she's "glad" things worked out the way they did. "You know, that would not »
The upcoming 2014 Toronto Film Festival has unveiled a starry slate of films hoping to make their way into the Oscar race this year. New photos from the fest's lineup have been released featuring Chris Evans -- also making his directorial debut -- in "Before I Go"; Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in "The Judge"; Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in "The Imitation Game"; Kate Winslet in Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos," and Al Pacino in "The Humbling." Plus, Julianne Moore, Chris Rock, Aubrey Plaza, Kevin Costner, Omar Sy, Ethan Hawke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jennifer Aniston, Octavia Spencer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Adam Driver, Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and many more. Related: 'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres The Toronto Film Festival runs September 4-14. Check out the new photos below. »
- Dave Lewis
Fox's freshman series Red Band Society is adding some muscle to the writers room. The hospital drama has enlisted Mistresses writer and executive producer Rina Mimoun, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Mimoun will serve in the same capacity and work alongside series creator Margaret Nagle. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows Red Band Society, from ABC Studios, focuses on the daily lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. The depth of the unexpected friendships allows them to survive the challenges of growing up under such challenging circumstances. Octavia Spencer stars as a
- Lesley Goldberg
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which runs from September 4 to 14 this year, has announced its initial lineup of films. This is the first of a handful of announcements for the festival, and as always, the first announcement focuses on its Galas and Special Presentations -- the films with the flashiest names.
The initial slate of fifty-nine films includes thirty-seven world premieres, boasting those from Noah Baumbach,Lone Scherfig, and Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock. Premieres have been a contentious subject this year on the film festival circuit, as Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Tiff, threw down the gauntlet, announcing that the festival would not play a film in the first four days of its schedule if it was also programmed concurrently for the Telluride festival.
- Sasha James
The early line-up of premieres and gala screenings for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is out and it features typically eclectic offerings including new films starring Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Octavia Spencer.This year’s crop of films includes The Equalizer, Mike Binder’s Black And White, David Dobkin’s The Judge (starring Robert Downey Jr.) and Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, which stars Kate Winslet and Stanley Tucci and is set to close the festival.While the opening film is yet to be confirmed, other offerings include Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, Michaël Roskam's The Drop, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s first film Rosewater and Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle, the final chapter in his Henry Fool trilogy.Other films on display? The Last Five Years, Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, »
The low key release of Snowpiercer is finding a pretty decent size audience after getting a release in limited theaters two weeks later, followed by a wide release and availability on nearly all VOD platforms last weekend. It's turned out to be a pretty big hit with Thompson on Hollywood learning from Harvey Weinstein, who battled with Bong Joon-ho over the final cut, that the film has pulled in $2 million in just one week from VOD releases. That's the kind of stuff that keeps changing the face of distribution. Now to explore the film and see what everyone is talking about, here's a video essay analyzing the film very well. Here's the 10-minute video essay on Snowpiercer from Press Play (via The Film Stage): The cast for Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer includes Chris Evans with Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Oscar winners Tilda Swinton & Octavia Spencer, »
- Ethan Anderton
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
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Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods oF Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
Universal Pictures has released several new images for Get on Up, the James Brown biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help). 42 star Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul in the film. I’m not sure what kind of role there is for these kinds of films in the post Walk Hard universe. Ever since that parody so thoroughly nailed the biopic genre the standard structure for these things has become so transparent. It could very well be that this movie breaks out of the rather constraining narrative box, though most of the elements I’ve seen don’t indicate that it will. Still, it could be a nice treat for Brown fans and the new images look handsome enough. Brown didn't live a boring life by any means, so I'm sure hitting those required bases will provide some kind of enjoyment. The film also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, »
- Evan Dickson
Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for her role in The Help and who will next appear in Fox's Red Band Society, could soon be involved in a unique showdown spotlighting exactly how sponsors expect celebrities to use social media. The dispute concerns a $1.25 million deal the actress made to endorse the Sensa Weight Loss System. The relationship didn't work out, and now the parties are on the verge of a trial that will determine who is at fault. Photos Hollywood's Most Fascinating Legal Sagas, From Casey Kasem to Michael Jackson Spencer is suing Sensa for allegedly scheming its
- Eriq Gardner
While the premise of Fox’s “Red Band Society” might seem depressing on the surface — the Octavia Spencer dramedy is set in the pediatric ward of a hospital — the show’s producers are aiming for a show that will make you laugh just as much as it makes you cry, treating the hospital as “high school, boarding school and summer camp rolled into one.”
The series focuses on the lives of the hospital’s young inhabitants and the staff members who often serve as their teachers, mentors and surrogate parents in addition to overseeing their medical care.
“Pediatrics goes through age 24 and 85 percent of all kids with any one of these diseases recover,” executive producer Margaret Nagle pointed out at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour on Sunday. “It’s really about that time you spend in the hospital, how it changes you and what you learn… there are »
- Laura Prudom
Fox wanted to clear up a misconception about upcoming Red Band Society, which is a series that follows the lives of kids in the kids ward. With so many books and movies about kids’ death, it seemed like Fox wanted a piece of that pie. Now the network is clearing up that Octavia Spencer’s series is not about death. Executive producer Margaret Nagle opened up about the series at the Television Critics Association with the following comments on the show.
Yes, there are serious things that these kids are going to have to face. But it’s not a show that has a body count, Eighty-five percent of all kids that go to the hospital with any of the diseases in this situation recover,It’s really about that time that you spend in the hospital and how you learn…when you’re old enough to do something about it. »
- Sarah Peel
Fox held their Television Critics Association presentation this Sunday and we were right there to get all the latest details on the network's fall lineup. We already filled you in on what NBC and ABC had to offer this past week, but let's get down to business with new news from shows like "Gotham," "Sleepy Hollow," "The Mindy Project," and more.
1. Will this be "Bones" final season?
Fox CEO Peter Rice has high hopes for the long-running procedural: "I hope it's not the last year." He also admitted it's Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz (um, the show's leads) last year contractually and they haven't had that conversation yet.
2. "24" may live another day.
Rice loved this year's season and said the show "has many more stories to tell." So, more Jack Bauer then?
3. The new Batman prequel, "Gotham," will stay true to the comics. In a way.
Showrunner Bruno Heller revealed »
- Alana Altmann
The most promising and inspiring new show coming to TV this fall is about sick kids in a hospital. No, really. Fox's Red Band Society took center stage today at the TCA Press Tour and we have to admit, we are more excited for this series than any other show coming out this fall. Not only does it feature a stellar cast (Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, and a handful of breakout stars), but the premise, which centers around teens inside the pediatric ward of a hospital, has the exact opposite effect of what you might assume: It makes you feel like living every single moment of your life to the fullest. In the current landscape of so many thoroughly depressing TV shows, Red Band is a lightning bolt of fresh »
Although Fox's hospital-set dramedy "Red Band Society" is one of the few network series launching this fall that could reasonably be described as unique, showrunner Margaret Nagle spent a lot of time discussing influences at the TCA 2014 summer press tour. For one, the series is based on a successful Spanish drama called "Polseres Vermelles" that launched in 2011. Steven Spielberg snagged the remake rights for DreamWorks the same year and an American adaptation has been in the works ever since. Just like the original, the show follows six teens of various backgrounds united by the fact they're all facing long-term hospital stays for rare diseases. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays the lead nurse in their ward, equal parts bossy and nurturing. If the premise sounds a bit like "The Breakfast Club," with a hospital filling in for detention, the cast and crew agree it's not far off. "That's what I thought »
- Geoff Berkshire
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