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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are: My Old Lady (Directed by Israel Horovitz) starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott Thomas. Ned Rifle (Directed by Hal Hartley) starring Aubrey Plaza. The Riot Club (Directed by Lone Scherfig) starring Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Douglas Booth. Still Alice (Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland) starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Julianne Moore. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 - 14th. Via Tiff. My Old Lady A down-and-out New Yorker inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father and is stunned to find a refined old lady living there with her protective daughter. Ned Rifle Ned Rifle is the third and »
- Matt Goldberg
Denzel Washington will open this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival with the European premiere of his latest movie, The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua, festival organizers said Wednesday. The American star will also receive the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the fest held Sept. 19-27 in the northern Spanish seaside resort city. Photos Cannes Stars 2014: Kristen Stewart, Channing Tatum and Others Fuqua directed Training Day, for which Washington received the Oscar for best actor in 2002. In The Equalizer, based on a 1980s TV series, Washington plays a former intelligence officer drawn out of retirement to
- Ben Jones
An incendiary radio show causes quite a stir in the first full trailer for racially charged satire Dear White People. Photos Sundance 2014: Exclusive Portraits of Aaron Paul, Kristen Stewart, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana and More in Park City The film centers on four black students at an elite university where riots have broken out in response to the campus' African American-themed party. The trailer proves that not everyone is pleased when the host of a college radio show called Dear White People then decides to run for student-body president and "bring black back." Tessa Thompson (Copper, Veronica Mars),
- Ryan Gajewski
New York City's Museum of Modern Art was the setting of celebration on Tuesday night — and while art patrons feted the opening of a new exhibit with cocktails in the courtyard, film fans headed one flight downstairs for the premiere screening of A Most Wanted Man, featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last major role. Photos Sundance 2014: Exclusive Portraits of Aaron Paul, Kristen Stewart, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana and More in Park City "The quality of the performance keeps surprising you — you know he's good, but you never realize he's that good," director Anton Corbijn told The
- Ashley Lee
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
Looks like we weren’t the only ones impressed by Edge of Tomorrow. Recently, it was revealed that Dante Harper, the first screenwriter to work on the Tom Cruise sci-fi action-adventure, has been hired by Warner Bros. to pen the script for a live-action Akira adaptation.
The troubled project currently has Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra set to helm, who previously said he’d backed away from the adaptation over concerns with the script. Evidently, Warner Bros. is still invested in moving Akira forward, and the studio has opted to stump up the cash to hire a red-hot writer to do just that. Edge of Tomorrow was a terrific, extremely well-written film, so I’m hopeful that Harper has what it takes to finally get this project off the ground.
- Isaac Feldberg
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
Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players. Toronto has long had to juggle landing the best premieres with Venice, but more recently has found their thunder stolen by a little festival in Colorado that actually has Academy members in attendance: Telluride. Tiff has reportedly threatened less-prestigious galas or slots after Wednesday (gasp! not after Wednesday!), but for the most part, Hollywood's studios seem to have taken it all with a collective yawn. Toronto is important, yes. What's best for each individual film's release and publicity campaign is slightly more important. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Anghus Houvouras on what we can expect from a shared Universal Monsters universe…
The franchise wars continue. Every studio is rummaging through their intellectual property library looking for anything they can turn into a multi-picture franchise or a shared cinematic universe. Enter Universal Studios with their announcement this week that their most famous Monsters will be rolled out into new movies and the potential is there for them to cross over into one another’s stories, like the Monster version of The Avengers or the X-Men.
Pro: It’s a fun concept
The Universal Monsters have always been a favorite of mine, so the idea of seeing them paired together cinematically is an interesting one. There are some potentially excellent movies that could come out of this financially motivated manuever. My first thoughts harkened back to great, old black and white Universal Monster movies like The Wolfman vs. Dracula. Old »
- Anghus Houvouras
Dante Harper, who wrote the early drafts of the screenplay for "Edge of Tomorrow," has been hired to work on the latest draft for the long gestating live-action adaptation of the anime and manga classic "Akira".
This marks the first movement on the project in almost a year when Jaume Collet-Serra was in talks to direct. The "Akira" job is just one of two new projects for Harper who is also set to pen "The Secret of the Temple" script for Fox 2000. That story deals with the race to secure a $20 billion treasure vault under a temple in India.
Harper penned 'Edge' based on the Japanese young adult novel "All You Need is Kill". His work was then re-written by several others. It's not known how much of an overhaul he's intending to give the "Akira" script or how loyal it will be to Katsuhiro Otomo's 1980s manga and its subsequent film. »
- Garth Franklin
A big screen live-action adaptation of Akira has been languishing at Warner Bros. for years now. We haven't heard about the project since August 2013, when Jaume Collet-Serra was in talks to direct. Now, buried in a Deadline article that reveals Dante Harper is set to write The Secret of the Temple for Fox 2000, is also the news that he is penning the latest draft of the iconic Akira anime.
The film will be based on Katsuhiro Ôtomo's 1988 manga of the same name. Warner Bros. had shut down production on the adaptation back in January 2012, due to its ballooning budget. The film had already lined up a cast that included Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Ken Watanabe. The fact that its leading man wasn't Japanese didn't help matters either, as fans rallied against the casting.
Buried in a Deadline article about Dante Harper signing on Fox 2000's The Secret of the Temple, is an aside that Harper is also working on Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of the Katsuhiro Otomo's manga and 1988 anime, Akira. Yes, that on again, off again film just won't die. Back in January 2012, Warner Bros. shutdown production on the live-action Akira film, despite securing the talented cast of Garret Hedlund, Ken Watanabe, Helena Bonham Carter and Kristen Stewart. Now, it seems Serra is back at work and the studio has turned to Harper to craft the script for another tricky, Eastern intellectual property. Harper wrote the very first draft of All You Need Is Kill, the spec script which resulted in a bidding war that saw the studio purchase the script for $3 million dollars (however, the numerous changes to the script after the purchase resulted in Harper not being credited »
Welcome to this week's Friday episode of the podcast where Laremy and I review Sex Tape and The Purge: Anarchy, take a look at what films may be hitting the upcoming Fall film festival circuit, discuss the future of film thanks to a listener voicemail, answer your questions and play some games. There are a couple weird tangents in there, but for the most part I think it was a successful episode. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »
- Brad Brevet
Amy Adams, best known for her comedic skills on the big screen, takes a more dramatic turn as the new face of Max Mara accessories. She goes high glam in the brand’s fall and spring campaign. Adams was a standout in the David O. Russell-directed comedy-drama “American Hustle,” and earned a best supporting actress nomination at the Oscars. Other Hollywood actresses such as Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Kristen Stewart have all landed major campaigns for fashion brands. [...] »
These days, almost every major Hollywood release is designed with franchise potential in mind. Release dates are locked in years in advance and writers are often hired before the first movie even hits theaters. With blockbuster cinema increasingly built around the brand recognition and established fan-bases that come with franchises, these big-budget features basically market themselves and are almost guaranteed to do solid box office business. However, commercial success isn’t exactly a guaranteed mark of quality anymore.
In some cases, lackluster sequels are churned out every couple of years in order to strike the iron while its hot and generate the maximum amount of income. In other cases, a lengthy gap between installments builds anticipation to fever pitch by the time the release date rolls around, all-but-guaranteeing a surefire hit. And of course, if a franchise stumbles at the box office, then there’s a high possibility »
- Scott Campbell
He's back! Doctor Who returns to BBC1 screens on 23 August with Peter Capaldi taking the leading role. To get you in the mood for some time travel we've got the full length official trailer and a 50th anniversary tribute by Lego.
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- Janette Owen
Joss Whedon spoke about Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is still filming in London, firstly discussing Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, saying: "They're on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they're dealing with powers that they're not used to... With the first Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody, and now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot Ultron who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it's a darker, weirder, tougher world that they're living in." Taylor-Johnson chimed in adding, "There's a lot of clashing. He's quick tempered. He gets agitated. He's impatient. But he's super protective... They're very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, »
- Brad Brevet
Drake Doremus got our attention with his bittersweet romance Like Crazy back in 2011, and his follow-up Breathe In didn’t give us any reason to take our eyes off the talented writer-director. Now, he’s gearing up to shoot what just may be his most exciting project yet – a sci-fi romance titled Equals, set in a dystopian future where emotions have been eradicated and the new breed of unfeeling human beings are all called Equals.
The cast for the film, led by Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart and Guy Pearce, was already promising, but now we’re hearing that two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver is also in negotiations to join the cast, which just increases our anticipation for this movie. Equals centers on Silas (Hoult), who falls victim to what is called Switched-On Syndrome, beginning to feel for the first time, and is ostracized and targeted by the government. Soon, he »
- Isaac Feldberg
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