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In a 2011 Vulture article, we sized up the sparse field of young leading men in the movies and plaintively asked, “Where Are the New Leos, Tobeys, and Jakes?” Three years later, that drought has only gotten worse. While the movies can boast a plentiful array of bankable female superstars under 25, including Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, and Kristen Stewart, their male counterparts are meager, and there’s still no young man with an under-25 career comparable to the one had by Leonardo DiCaprio (who’d been Oscar-nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and toplined the then-biggest movie ever, Titanic, before turning 25), Tobey Maguire (who’d by that age starred in classics like The Ice Storm and The Cider House Rules), or Jake Gyllenhaal (who made Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko, and Jarhead before his 25th birthday).What gives? Vulture put the question to Tobey Maguire himself at the Toronto Film Festival, »
- Kyle Buchanan
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley will join Daniel Radcliffe in writer-director Doug McGrath's period drama “Brooklyn Bridge,” it was announced Tuesday by Goldcrest Films. Christine Vachon of Killer Films is producing with Rose Ganguzza, while Goldcrest's Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are executive producing with Jill Samuels. Also read: Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson Go Drag as Dirty, Mustached Men for Jenny Lewis Music Video Radcliffe stars as Washington Roebling, the brilliant but inexperienced engineer who's left to oversee the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when his father (Kingsley) dies. The young man becomes obsessed with completing his father's design for the. »
- Jeff Sneider
Based on a popular novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice is a weepy portrait of a linguistic professor, Dr. Alice Howland, battling early onset alzheimers shortly after turning 50 years old. Boasting a cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and the always electric Julianne Moore, above all else this is a film that leans on strong performances. This is not a film about script, ideas or even direction, it is about the intimacy of faces and the passion of performers.
Still Alice falls into the “social problem” genre, exploring the crippling and devastating effects that Alzheimer’s has. As North American society grows older, we have been told that Alzheimer’s will increasingly be a medical issue that needs to be addressed. Much like Cancer, nearly everyone is »
- Justine Smith
The final Tiff feature review. Whew, 25 films screened and written up. And all by closing night! Please give me a round of applause in the comments. I've never been this successful at managing a festival and comments are the only way I know you're appreciating it.
When we first meet Dr Alice Howland in this fine film adapated from the bestseller by Lisa Genova, she is celebrating her 50th birthday. She's happily married to Dr. John Howland (Alec Baldwin) with three grown children whom she adores though she isn't exactly a perfect mother or wife, at least as defined by your typical movie woman, in which case she'd be inordinately obsessed with her husband and children's particulars. In fact, she almost entirely defines herself by her own career and skills (imagine that!) as a respected linguistics professor. She values articulate communication and higher education and maybe she isn't super imaginative about other forms of expression. »
- NATHANIEL R
This year's Toronto International Film Festival belonged to the actors.
Among the 300-plus films premiering at the annual movie feast - the north star to much of Hollywood's fall season and the continent's largest film fest - there were, of course, many terrific movies and a theater's worth of fine filmmakers. But nothing captured the spotlight of this year's Toronto, which wraps up on Sunday, like the performances.
That's unlike many previous years where the loudest buzz from Toronto rang out for a freshly proclaimed masterpiece like 12 Years a Slave or a stunning cinematic event like Gravity, both of which left last year's festival hoisted upon the shoulders of enthusiastic Oscar prognosticators and awed moviegoers.
While likely best-picture nominees certainly played at Toronto, no movie quite stood out like those heavyweights or previous Tiff sensations like the Academy Award-winners Slumdog Millionaire or The King's Speech. Instead, the applause was thickest for its stars, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired North American rights to Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish. The film reunites Co-Directors and Co-Writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (The Last of Robin Hood) with Sony Pictures Classics, who worked together on Quinceañera. Still Alice, a Bsm Studio Presentation, is produced by Lex Lutzus, James Brown and Pamela Koffler and executive produced by Marie Savare, Christine Vachon of Killer Films, Maria Shriver, Emilie Georges, Nicholas Shumaker, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. This also marks a homecoming for Julianne Moore, who worked with the company on Vanya on 42nd Street, Safe and The Myth of Fingerprints.
The film has received much acclaim while debuting at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It had its world premiere on Thursday.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. »
There were a few films that played Toronto that I, regretfully, missed. One of which was Still Alice from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish. It appears, however, I won't have to wait long to see it for myself as Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to the film and it will see a fall 2014 release of some kind. It was previously assumed Maps to the Stars would serve as a possible Oscar bid for Julianne Moore after she won Best Actress at Cannes for her role in what is actually a terrible film, but with Focus World acquiring that film and pushing the release date to 2015 the chance for an Oscar nomination were dashed. Well, reviews for Still Alice out of the Toronto Film Festival were very good and with the Sony Classics acquisition a »
- Brad Brevet
Focus World's abrupt 2015 placement of Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars" isn't keeping Cannes Best Actress winner Julianne Moore out of the Oscar game. She's back in the races with "Still Alice," Sony Pictures Classics' first Tiff buy and an awards usher for Moore, who plays a professor beset by early onset Alzheimer's. "Still Alice" reunites writer-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland ("The Last of Robin Hood") and it costars Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish and Kristen Stewart, for whom word is also strong. Moore has been nominated for four Academy Awards for "Boogie Nights," "The End of the Affair," and both "The Hours" and "Far From Heaven" in 2003. In a not-so-competitive year entrance into the race is easier. She is ready to win her first Oscar. Spc plans an awards season release for "Still Alice." Reviews, and clip, below. Critics say this is a »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Update, 11:35 Am: Sony Classics just confirmed the North American rights deal for Still Alice, which officially makes star Julianne Moore an Oscar contender for her performance as a cognitive psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s. Check out Spc’s release after my original break.
Previous Exclusive, 6:14 Pm: Capping yet another busy day of Toronto deals, Sony Pictures Classics is closing a low-seven-figure deal for Still Alice, the pic written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. The label plans to release the film for Oscar season. It has gotten strong notices for Julianne Moore, who stars with Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth. She plays a cognitive psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Julianne Moore has been winning rave reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival for her performance in Still Alice, in which she plays a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. In this lovely, sad clip, Moore’s Alice talks to her daughter (played by Kristen Stewart) about the lifespan of butterflies. It’s understated, short, and moving; Stewart’s character tells her mother, “You are going to be around for a long time, Mom.”
It appears likely that Moore will be a competitor in the Best Actress race this year for the film, with Deadline reporting that Sony Pictures Classics »
- Esther Zuckerman
We tried to be a little diplomatic. With the release of “Maps To The Stars” being pushed to 2015 and likely getting a VOD release, Julianne Moore’s Oscar chances as such are less likely, even though she won Best Actress out of Cannes for the David Cronenberg film. Thompson on Hollywood was a little bit more blunt: “Julianne Moore can kiss goodbye to any hopes she was nursing for an Oscar campaign for…Cronenberg's… ‘Maps to the Stars.’” While a mooted awards season qualifying run would not matter much, things are looking up for Julianne Moore as of last night. Sony Picture Classics has picked up her Toronto International Film Festival film “Still Alice,” co-starring Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart, and will release the movie as an awards contender this fall. Based on the book by Lisa Genova, the film tells the story of an accomplished Columbia professor, mother and wife, »
- Edward Davis
Sony Classics is planning to release “Still Alice” during the upcoming awards season. CAA brokered the deal.
Moore portrays a linguistics professor who’s diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Production companies are Killer Films and Lutzus-Brown. Producers are Lex Lutzus, James Brown and Pamela Koffler; exec producers are Marie Savare, Christine Vachon, Maria Shriver, Emilie Georges, Nicholas Shumaker, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler.
It’s the second Toronto deal announced Thursday by Sony Classics. The distributor also bought North American rights to German historical drama “Labyrinth of Lies.”
News about “Still Alice” was first reported by Deadline. »
- Dave McNary
By Anjelica Oswald
As films make the festival circuit this fall, some of the cast and crew members are busy traveling with the movies, attending premieres and promoting their work. A number of actors visiting Toronto this year are there with multiple films, and this isn’t an uncommon occurrence.
- Anjelica Oswald
Several actors appeared in more than one movie at this year's Toronto International Film Festival: Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game” and “Laggies,” Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher” and “Infinitely Polar Bear,” Simon Pegg in “Kill Me Three Times” and “Horace and the Search for Happiness,” Patricia Clarkson in “October Gale” and “Learning to Drive” and Kristen Stewart in “Still Alice” and “Sils Maria,” among others. But Viggo Mortensen holds the unusual distinction of having two Tiff movies in which he speaks four different languages … none of which are English, the language that moviegoers are accustomed to hearing Mortensen speak. The. »
- Steve Pond
You just never know what will come out of Karl Lagerfeld's mouth! As the world-renowned fashion designer celebrates his 81st birthday Wednesday, fans are getting a taste of his outrageous quotes. "It's Karl time!" the birthday boy proclaimed on his Twitter earlier in the day. But before your mind begins to wander off in crazy places, we have the true meaning behind the tweet! He's simply promoting his new watch line. "New #Karllagerfeld #watches have arrived in stores," he added. The designer, who has recently worked with Kristen Stewart and Rita Ora, really is no stranger to speaking his mind. When asked about his favorite runway model, Cara Delevingne, »
For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.
“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. »
- Esther Zuckerman
As world-creation Ya pictures go, “The Maze Runner” feels refreshingly low-tech and properly story-driven, based on James Dashner’s popular 2009 fantasy novel. Much of the action unfolds in a large field, and the spidery thingies that crawl out of the woodwork to afflict a band of boys trying to escape a mysterious confinement have an old-fashioned, bio-mechanical charm. Though the pacing drags a bit in the first hour and there’s not much character development unless you count the cast’s bicep-building hours at the gym, . Though the addition of a lone girl feels tacked on, if the film doesn’t beef up the summer’s watery box office, it won’t be for lack of female bums in seats. Girls flock to action and horror these days, especially when they come plentifully stocked with the comely likes of “Teen Wolf’s” Dylan O’Brien and his band of muscled bros. »
- Ella Taylor
Taylor Swift has no shortage of celebrity gal pals - from her longtime relationships with Selena Gomez and Emma Stone to newfound companions like Jaime King and Lena Dunham, Taylor's roster of famous friends reads like a who's who of hot young stars. One name we probably won't find on that list, however, is Katy Perry; after Taylor revealed to Rolling Stone this week that one of the songs on her new album, titled "Bad Blood," was written about another famous pop star who is now her "straight-up enemy," Katy posted a telling tweet, saying, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing . . ." It has yet to be confirmed whether or not Katy's cryptic message was aimed at Taylor, but one thing's for sure: if Taylor Swift is Regina George, then she has a pretty large group of "Plastics" to call her own. Just this year, Taylor has partied »
Apple introduced the world to the Apple Watch and the iPhone 6 Plus, and Jimmy Fallon and Jt are already getting the word out. [Mashable/Apple] Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult further spark dating rumors after zip-lining and go-kart racing in Singapore. [Daily Mail] Ashley Tisdale secretly married her fiance Christoper French on Monday. [Us Weekly] Nicole Kidman is not fazed by the celebrity nude photo scandal. [Hollywood] Bill Murray suggests Melissa McCarthy and other female actresses for Ghostbusters 3. [Huffington Post] Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara will play Mrs. Darling in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! [Broadway]
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- Taylor Ferber
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