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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
The Toronto International Film Festival made its final announcement this morning and so the fall film festival circuit geography is basically set, other than waiting for the day-of Telluride announcement, which has already been largely telegraphed by the status of Tiff and the New York Film Festival and whatever Fantastic Fest has left to offer, of course. It's a remarkably vast playing field, with hundreds of films to choose from. With that in mind, there's lots of smaller films that aren't as name brand as say, “The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington. So a few first looks and new photos have arrived from such films. But first, note a movie that surprisingly isn't at Tiff: "Kill The Messenger" starting Jeremy Renner. Directed by Michael Cuesta (a producer and director on “Homeland”), the dramatic thriller boasts quite a cast, including Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, »
- Edward Davis
Focus Features has just released five new pictures from Michael Cuesta's upcoming dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner. Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb (played by Renner), Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. - and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life. »
- Brad Brevet
Sigourney Weaver will join Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in Juan Antonio Bayona's film adaptation of Patrick Ness' award-winning children's fantasy novel "A Monster Calls" at Focus Features, River Road Entertainment, Participant Media and Lionsgate International.
The story follows a young boy who attempts to deal with bullying at the hands of his classmates, and the terminal illness of his mother (Jones), by escaping into a fantastical world through the guidance of a tree monster (Neeson). Weaver will play his grandmother. [Source: Heat Vision]
Wes Bentley ("The Hunger Games") will join Zac Efron in Max Joseph's drama "We Are Your Friends," the story of a troubled aspiring DJ named Cole who finds his place in the world of electronic dance music.
Bentley will play James, a wealthy, binge-drinking DJ who takes Cole under his wing and mentors him to success in the world of Edm. »
- Garth Franklin
Paradigm represents Us rights to the long-gestating 16th century action-adventure. Cookson plays a young woman who infiltrates the court of the embattled Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to avenge the death of her father.
Lee Tamahori remains at the helm and will commence principal photography on September 1 in the Czech Republic and Belgium.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Other cast members in “Emperor,” directed by Lee Tamahori, include Paz Vega (“Talk to Her”), Gotz Otto (“Cloud Atlas”) Bill Skarsgard (“Anna Karenina”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Valkyrie”), Oliver Platt and Rutger Hauer.
The project was announced at Cannes with Brody and Tamahori attached. Shooting starts Sept. 1 in Prague and Ghent.
- Dave McNary
After playing a Marvel superhero, Jeremy Renner is taking on a completely different type of crime fighter in Kill the Messenger. Starring as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb, Jeremy Renner takes on a crusade to track the crack epidemic in America and its very shady origins, which has ties to the CIA. The drama follows Gary's daunting task of investigating the U.S.'s war on drugs, despite threats from both drug kingpins and CIA operatives. We have 5 new photos of Jeremy Renner in action, as he hits the streets looking for answers.
London — Berlin-based international sales and production outfit Picture Tree Intl. has secured the global distribution rights for the Paulo Coelho biopic “The Pilgrim — the Best Story of Paulo Coelho” from Brazilian production house Cuatro Dama Filmes.
Coelho’s 30 novels — including “The Alchemist” and “Adultery” — have been translated into 80 languages, distributed in 224 countries and sold more than 165 million copies.
“The Pilgrim” retraces Coelho’s own story, which was the chief inspiration for his work. He flirted with death, escaped madness, experimented with drugs, overcame torture, made rock-and-roll history in Brazil, and found fame as a writer.
Julio Andrade (“Serra Pelada,” “Gonzaga de Pai Para Filho”) shares the role of the writer with his younger brother, newcomer Ravel Andrade. The cast also features Fabiana Gugli (“Blindness”) and Lucci Ferreira in the role of Coelho’s music partner Raul Seixas. Nancho Novo (“Lovers of the Arctic Circle”) and Paz Vega (“Spanglish,” “Sex and Lucia”) complete the cast. »
- Leo Barraclough
Beautiful and Twisted
Rob Lowe, Candice Bergen and Paz Vega have joined the cast of the Miami-set Lifetime true story telemovie "Beautiful and Twisted". Lowe plays Ben Novack Jr., the millionaire heir to the Fountainebleau Miami Beach hotel fortune who is found brutally murdered.
Police ultimately untangled the sex, lies and payback behind Ben's marriage to his wife and former stripper Narcy (Vega), whom they identify as the prime suspect. Bergen will portray Ben's mother. [Source: The Live Feed]
The story chronicles a race against the clock to defeat an unseen enemy out to destroy the world by using the most unlikely and unsuspecting inhabitants on the planet: the children. Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster and Kylie Rogers also star. [Source: TV Line]
- Garth Franklin
Rob Lowe — or at very least, Rob Lowe's corpse! — is heading to Lifetime. Lowe will star in the network's new ripped-from-the-headlines film Beautiful and Twisted as Ben Novack Jr., the heir to Miami's luxury Fontainebleau hotel fortune who was found brutally murdered. Paz Vega will play his wife, Narcy, a prime suspect in his murder, while Candice Bergen plays his mom. Presumably he isn't murdered right away and/or the film relies heavily on flashbacks/ghosts, or else Lowe is just seriously trying to cut down on his work schedule these days. »
- Anna Silman
Rob Lowe is heading back to Lifetime. Again. The former “Parks and Recreation” star, who previously starred in Lifetime's ripped-from-the-headlines offerings “Drew Peterson: Untouchable” and “Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” is once again teaming with the network for “Beautiful and Twisted,” about convicted murderer Narcy Novack, who was found guilty of killing her husband, Fountainebleau Miami Beach hotel heir Ben Novack Jr. See video: Rob Lowe Flashes Ellen DeGeneres His Tattoo The cast also includes “Murphy Brown” alum Candice Bergen and Paz Vega (“Sex and Lucia”). Lowe will play the ill-fated hotel heir, while Vega will play Narcy. Bergen will play Ben Novack's mother Bernice. »
- Tim Kenneally
Lifetime is taking on another ripped-from-the-headlines story. The female-skewing cable network has tapped Rob Lowe, Candice Bergen and Paz Vega to star in Beautiful and Twisted, the murder story of the Fontainebleau hotel heir, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The story is set against a blue-sky Miami world of money, hotels and excess and begins when the millionaire heir to the Fountainebleau Miami Beach hotel fortune, Ben Novack Jr. (Lowe), is found brutally murdered. It shakes the city's elite society to the core. Police ultimately untangled the sex, lies and payback behind Ben's marriage to
- Lesley Goldberg
If you should have the good fortune to visit Sicily in June, the last thing you want to do is sit inside and watch movies. That’s just as well for the Taormina Film Festival, since half the movies are shown outdoors in the Teatro Antico, and the other half no one wants to see anyway.
Taormina is the first film festival I’ve attended where film seems to be the least important thing going on. Three years ago, the event was on the brink of bankruptcy when Tiziana Rocca took the reins and rescued it. One thing I’ve learned about Southern Italy this week: When life gives them lemons, they make limoncello.
A publicity maven from Rome, Rocca instinctively understood that glamour would be the way to bring attention back to Taormina. And so, for eight nights in the middle of June, the city becomes the backdrop for starry awards shows, »
- Peter Debruge
As part of the Roman Empire, Taormina was renowned for its fine wine and high-quality marble. Today the picturesque Sicilian town, with its sweeping view over the Strait of Messina, is best known for the film festival that bears its name — Italy’s oldest — that over the years has attracted such cinema legends as Marcello Mastroianni, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and John Huston.
This month the Taormina Film Festival celebrates its 60th anni by honoring the work of women in the movies, and female movie stars will play a prominent role in the festivities. The fest’s subtitle for 2014 is “60 years of women and their impact.”
“Women have contributed a lot to the movie business, and sometimes they are not as appreciated as men, and festivals forget to celebrate them,” says Tiziana Rocca, Taormina fest’s general manager.
Among the actresses who will be accepting honors at Taormina: Claudia Cardinale, »
- Peter Caranicas
There are countless missed opportunities in Grace of Monaco, a sponsorship deal with Ferrero Rocher being chief among them. Like the choccies doled out by that cheapnik ambassador, this portrait of Grace Kelly 'the royal years' aspires to refinement and class when, in reality, it's just an afternoon sugar buzz for bored housewives. No wonder the Cannes glitterati turned up their noses, but you don't have to be a connoisseur to know this is a pile of Nutella.
What was Nicole Kidman thinking? For one thing she is two decades too old to be playing Grace Kelly from the late '50s to early '60s (the star was only 26 when she went from Hollywood's High Society to the House of Grimaldi). Kidman does »
(Cbr) Jeremy Renner has battled everything from aliens to witches in his films, but in his next project, "Kill the Messenger," he tackles something much more sinister: the connection between the U.S. government and the crack epidemic of the 1980s. "The Avengers" star plays San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb, who wrote a series of articles that brought to light certain connections between the Reagan administration and the Contras in Nicaragua, who were supposedly working together to funnel drugs into the United States. "Dexter" and "Homeland" director Michael Cuesta helmed the film, which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Robert Partrick, Ray Liotta, Oliver Platt, Barry Pepper and Andy Garcia. "Kill the Messenger" opens Oct. 10. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Ladies and gentlemen, I do believe that we’ve just gotten our first look at one of this fall’s biggest awards contenders. Kill The Messenger, from director Michael Cuesta (Showtime’s Homeland and Dexter), first piqued our interest back in July of 2013 when Michael Sheen, Bary Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson and Andy Garcia joined the cast, and we started to realize just how talented an ensemble Cuesta was working with. Now, a first trailer for the Jeremy Renner-led film has hit the web, and it’s definitely a must-see.
Renner stars as Gary Webb, an American journalist who, in 1996, uncovered that the CIA had ties to a major crack cocaine smuggling operation in California and was using the profits from that operation to funnel arms to rebel fighters in Nicaragua. Webb’s investigation puts him and his family at risk, but he continues to dig, determined to bring »
- Isaac Feldberg
Focus Features’ upcoming film, Kill The Messenger. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (‘The Bourne Legacy’) leads an all-star cast (Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia) in a dramatic thriller, based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. See official trailer below: Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (‘The Bourne Legacy?) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets, and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins »
Today we have the trailer for "Kill the Messenger" starring Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael K. Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Andy Garcia. Check it out below. Plot: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The new movie is directed by Michael Cuesta ("True Blood," "Homeland") and is set to hit theaters on October 10th. Trailer: »
Webb exposed evidence of the CIA's involvement with the spread of cocaine in Los Angeles.
Kill the Messenger will be released on October 10 in the Us and November 28 in the UK. »
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