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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) programmers have served up the first picks from what will be a typically daunting menu in September.Scroll down for full list of Galas, Special Presentations
The world premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will open the 41st Tiff on September 8. The western remake stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.
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Unveiling its first wave of titles, Tiff announced that world premieres in its Gala strand would include »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A selection of films from the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with films by Jim Jarmusch, Maren Ade, Tom Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Damien Chazelle, and many more.Opening NIGHTThe Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)GALASDeepwater HorizonArrival (Denis Villeneuve)Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)The Headhunter's Calling (Mark Williams)The Journey Is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)Jt + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)Lbj (Rob Reiner)Lion (Garth Davis)Loving (Jeff Nichols)A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)The Rolling Stones of Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)Snowden (Oliver Stone)Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)A United Kingdom (Amma Astante)Special PRESENTATIONSLa La LandThe Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)All I See Is You (Marc Forster)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)Asura: The City of »
Antoine Fuqua's western remake "The Magnificent Seven" will serve as the opening night film of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival which starts in early September. Additionally, the Hailee Steinfeld-led and Kelly Fremon Craig-directed "The Edge of Seventeen" will be the closing night film. Films set to premiere at the fest this year include:
Nate Parker's slave rebellion drama "The Birth of a Nation"
Werner Herzog's »
- Garth Franklin
The Toronto International Film Festival sounded the opening bell of Oscar season on Tuesday, unveiling a list of high profile films that will use the annual gathering to launch their awards campaigns. Major releases that will be looking to make a splash and score with critics include Denis Villeneuve’s alien invasion thriller “Arrival,” Peter Berg’s disaster drama “Deepwater Horizon,” and Rob Reiner’s historical biopic “Lbj.”
The film festival will kick off on Sept. 8 with the world premiere of “The Magnificent Seven,” a remake of the John Sturges classic that was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” It stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt as gunslingers who are enlisted to protect a small town, while marking director Antoine Fuqua’s third time at the festival. He previously screened “Training Day” and “The Equalizer” at Toronto. Sony and MGM will release the film stateside on Sept. »
- Brent Lang
The Toronto International Film Festival — aka Tiff — has announced its first round of picks for this year’s festival, including Galas and Special Presentations, along with the festival’s opening night selection, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” and their closing night pick, Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature directorial debut “The Edge of Seventeen.” Filled with early awards contenders, returning filmmakers and favorites from other festivals from around the globe, it’s a meaty selection of offerings that firmly announces the imminent arrival of the cinematic bonanza otherwise known as the fall festival season.
There are plenty of familiar faces here, including Denis Villeneuve, who will be bringing his “Arrival” to the same festival that has also screened his “Sicario” and “Prisoners” in previous years. The year after debuting his “Being Charlie” at Tiff, director Rob Reiner will return with his Woody Harrelson-starring biopic “Lbj.” Lone Scherfig, who has »
- Kate Erbland
London — The U.K. and South Africa have inked a new television co-production agreement, which will aim to strengthen ties between the two countries’ broadcast industries, it was announced Thursday.
Under the new agreement, which builds on an existing treaty, both territories will be encouraged to share knowledge, ideas and drive economic growth through television co-production.
Terms for the agreement were negotiated by the British government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Dcms) and the British Film Institute with the Department for Arts and Culture for the Republic of South Africa.
TV co-pros that will qualify under the terms will be able to access benefits from each territory, such as a higher production-rebate rate in South Africa, which can range from 20% to 25%, while in Britain, qualifying co-pros will be able to access the U.K.’s high-end television tax relief, the animation tax relief or the children’s television tax relief, all »
- Diana Lodderhose
A few days ago, the internet was ablaze- well, at least the portion of the internet used by the small, rabid fan base of Dredd- with word that a certain sequel was in development. See, actor Karl Urban was speaking at Denver Comic Con, and he apparently made a few comments pertaining to Dredd 2 being in some stage of development. He said he would definitely come back for it if he felt the project had "depth and substance," according to website Science Fiction.
So reports began to spring up like wildfire, as they tend to do, because the few people that saw Dredd loved it. It didn't do so hot in wide release, but had stellar numbers once it was released for home distribution. Murmurs of a sequel have popped up before, and the latest chatter included the idea that it could come to a streaming service like Netflix- »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
"We have no control of time. Except, of course, you're a filmmaker." There's an excellent new video essay made by Julian Palmer to check out, this one all about the use of slow motion. The video examines the slow motion work in films ranging from Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957) to many of Scorsese's films including Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976) to recent films like Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009), Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (2008), Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (2011) and Pete Travis' Dredd (2012), which had a crazy cool slo-mo storyline. Of course there's the scene in The Matrix, because it's so iconic. There's plenty to admire and plenty to learn in this video essay on slow motion, so check it out. Here's the video essay from Julian Palmer titled "The Art of Slow Motion" (thanks to Tfs for the tip): In addition, check out this older video »
- Alex Billington
Friday sees the release in the U.K. of a documentary celebrating the 50-year career of British director Ken Loach, whose 80th birthday is this month and whose social-realist drama “I, Daniel Blake” recently won Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Variety spoke to Loach’s long-time producer Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films about the director’s work, their filmmaking partnership spanning almost 30 years, and the impact that winning the Palme d’Or could have on “I, Daniel Blake.”
Loach has had 13 films in competition at Cannes, all but one of them produced by O’Brien, starting with 1990’s Jury Prize winner “Hidden Agenda” and including 2006 Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.” When O’Brien first started to work with Loach in 1987, he was finding it almost impossible to attract backing for his feature films and documentaries as his radical left-wing perspective fell out »
- Leo Barraclough
Alex Garland and Pete Travis’ rendition of Mega-City One’s Judge, Jury and Executioner may have struck a chord with fans four years ago, but a lowly box office performance effectively deemed Dredd to be a one-hit wonder.
That hasn’t quelled reports of a sequel battling against the odds to enter production, particularly in recent weeks with lead star Karl Urban entertaining the possibility of Dredd 2 setting up shop via online streaming (read: Amazon Prime or Netflix) in a move that would welcome the actor’s return in the famous armored suit.
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- Michael Briers
Of all the very many movies that have been spun out into TV series – think 12 Monkeys, 24: Legacy and, er, Minority Report – over the past two years or so, one project that appears ripe for the seralized treatment is Dredd.
Granted, Pete Travis’ high-octane reboot was considered a financial dud when it launched into theaters four years ago, but thanks to an impassioned fanbase and strong home video sales, there remains a flicker of hope that the Karl Urban-led action series could carve out a future of its own. Indeed, just last week the actor himself stoked the embers of excitement by pledging his support, revealing that he’d be willing to don the iconic suit and helmet as Mega-City One’s judge, jury and executioner.
There’s a new wrinkle to the tale, though, now that Urban has teased that “conversations are happening” regarding the possibility of either »
- Michael Briers
Last week actor Karl Urban got fans of 2012's "Dredd" film excited with a tweet saying he'd love to return to the Judge Dredd role for a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon as "there's a gold mine of awesome Mega City One stories" from the original comics that could still be used as source material.
Cut to a week and a half later and Urban was a guest at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. The film and his comment came up during his panel on Saturday afternoon. Urban was asked about it and, according to one tweeter in attendance, said that "conversations are happening" regarding the film.
Hardly anything approaching a confirmation, but it's arguably the best indicator so far that a follow-up might be more than just a pipe dream. The fan base for the film has been vocal about their desire for a sequel to the »
- Garth Franklin
The fan movement for more live-action Dredd is being reborn as "Bring Back Dredd". The 2012 live-action Dredd film from director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) and written by Alex Garland (Ex Machina) was praised by critics and fans alike but earned $45 M Usd at the global box office from a budget of $41 M Usd. This time, the call is going out for fans to grab the attention of streaming platforms like Hulu, Amazon or Netflix (along with HBO) in hopes that a sequel to the film can come in the form of a TV series. The petition is already at 136,000 signatures. Click the link to add your name to the list. Instead calling on fans to sign a petition, would 2000 Ad be better off going the kickstarter route and asking for donations? A character as popular as Judge Dredd should be able to drum up a couple million dollars »
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