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After this morning’s announcement of the line-up for the upcoming Venice Film Festival, news has also arrived about the schedule for the Toronto International Film Festival, which begins on September 10th.
While the full line-up is available on the festival website, Tiff will play host to several films hoping to make a splash come awards season: Eddie Redmayne-starrer The Danish Girl will feature as well as world premieres of Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic The Martian, and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program, starring Ben Foster as the disgraced cyclist.
Cary Fukunaga’s Netflix film Beasts of No Nation will also be screened, as well as Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams; Johnny Depp’s Black Mass, and Jean-Marc Vallee’s drama Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, which is set to open the festival on »
- Scott J. Davis
About once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of David Cronenberg as director.
Cronenberg first became interested in film during college, where he self-taught himself the art before establishing a co-op to produce films. His first feature length films were art-house movies, Stereo (1969) and Crimes of the Future (1970). Shivers (1975) was his breakthrough. That film received a lot of attention because although people were talking about it, they were divided in regards to its vulgarity, especially considering the fact that it was funded by the Canadian government. Still, it was the most profitable film funded by the Canadian government up to that point. His follow up was Rancid (1977) which was commercially successful. His next movie took a break from body horror to explore his love of cars and racing. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off once again in September, and has now announced a batch of the films that will premiere or screen there. Among this year’s crop? Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolition, Ridley Scott’s The Martian and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Demolition, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, is scheduled to open the event, and we can also expect the likes of Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong biopic The Program, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, which features Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, and Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation, which stars Idris Elba, was bought by Netflix and will show there once its festival run is complete. Films scoring galas including Kray twins drama Legend, which has Tom Hardy playing both lead roles and Jay Roach’s Trumbo, featuring Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted writer. Denis Villeneuve’s drug war thriller Sicario will follow »
Universal Pictures is going young with their Jem and the Holograms feature film as the small-town girl-turned-superstar will hit theaters in October with a PG rating for, among other reasons, some "reckless behavior". Oh my! Also in today's rating we have a couple 2016 releases, the first one is Ride Along 2 featuring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart back together for another PG-13 rated romp. The first one made $153 million worldwide on a $25 million budget, but I didn't find it all that funny. Will be interesting if the sequel can find the same kind of success. And finally, we have an R-rating for the Naomi Watts thriller Shut In. The complete bulletin is listed below. Ashby Rated R For language, some sexual material and violence. Jem and the Holograms Rated PG For thematic material including reckless behavior, brief suggestive content and some language. Release Date: October 23, 2015 Murder In The Dark Rated »
- Brad Brevet
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced its first slate of films heading to the Festival this year. And, boy, are we excited!
Some of the year’s most hotly-anticipated films will play the festival including Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne’s taking on a transgender role in the biopic The Danish Girl, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario with Emily Blunt andBenicio del Toro, Cannes’ favourite The Lobster with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, and Ridley Scott’s The Martian starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars, and the Johnny Depp gangster thriller Black Mass co-starring the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch.
Canadians are well represented in the first selection of films revealed in the Gala and Special Presentations categories with films including Deepa Mehta’s Vancouver-set Beeba Boys, Atom Egoyan’s Remember starringChristopher Plummer, and the team-up for father-son acting team Donald and Kiefer Sutherland in Forskaen. The full »
- Rachel West
The 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will feature first looks for Jay Roach’s blacklisted screenwriter biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as well as Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama with Ben Foster.
Joining The Program on the roster of world premiere Gala screenings are Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure The Martian, Deepa Mehta’s gangster tale Beeba Boys and Kate Winslet Australian drama The Dressmaker.
Click here for Tiff film trailers
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced a first round of lineups for its 40th edition, running from September 10 through 20. Among the highlights are the world premieres of Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next, Ridley Scott's The Martian with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig, Brian Helgeland’s Legend with Tom Hardy and Peter Sollett’s Freeheld with Julianne Moore, Ellen Page and Steve Carrell. The Opening Night Film will be Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. We've got details on today's announcement. » - David Hudson »
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
Just this morning we got a bit of a shock when it was announced Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts would be opening the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. Of course, a month or so ago it wouldn't have been a surprise, but then Fox Searchlight announced the film wouldn't be hitting theaters until April 8, 2016. As I speculated in my TIFF lineup piece, these could mean they've reconsidered that date and done so for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they are planning on gauging the reception at Toronto to see if it's worth opening this year in hopes of Oscars. Or it could have had something to do with the tepid response to the release of Southpaw, which was previously assumed to be where Gyllenhaal could get a nomination. He's good in the movie, but the film has landed with something of a thud and a nomination for Jake is unlikely. »
- Brad Brevet
The initial lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 10 to 20 this fall, has been revealed, with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s dramatic romance Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, having been selected to open the prestigious fest.
The first selections lineup reads like a who’s who list of Oscar contenders. Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall and Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic The Program all have world premieres, and other huge titles screening include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of Nation, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Brian Helgeland’s Legend and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
Check out the full lineup below, and let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments section.
Opening Night Film.
In Demolition, »
- Isaac Feldberg
A couple of weeks back, it looked like bad news for Jean-Marc Valleé's "Demolition" — it was officially slated to be released on April 8, 2016, effectively taking it out of the Oscar season, and presumably, out of the fall festival season. However, it looks like Fox Searchlight still has a lot of confidence in the movie. This morning, Tiff announced the drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts as their opening film and the first image from the movie has arrived. The drama follows an investment banker on downward spiral who makes a connection with a pot smoking, single mother. Here's the official synopsis: Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” with Matt Damon, and Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” were among the world premieres unveiled Tuesday during the Festival’s first major announcement.
In addition to more than a dozen Gala titles, more than 30 Special Presentations films were also revealed, with world premieres including Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” and Nicolas Hytner’s “The Lady In The Van.”
With the bulk of Toronto’s slate still under wraps, this first blast reflects the fest’s high-street persona in its mix of awards-season contenders (world-premiering pics alongside Sundance, Cannes and other fest-circuit notables), hot-topic cinema, high-profile Canadian titles, foreign pics likely to connect with North American audiences and star power.
- Jennie Punter
Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper, will open the 40th edition of the Toronto Film Festival. The fest announced its first titles today at a news conference presided over by Tiff director and chief executive Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey. The 40th edition of the festival kicks runs September 10-20 and will include a host of special events marking the four decades of the festival. Dem… »
The first films selected for the 2015 Toronto Film Festival have been announced in the Gala and Special Presentation selections as well as the opening night film, which just so happens to be Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolitian starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, which Fox Searchlight recently dated for an April 8, 2016 release date. Have they reconsideredc Are they planning on gauging the reception at Toronto to see if it's worth opening this year in hopes of Oscarsc Might it have had something to do with the tepid response to the release of Southpawc As for the films announced today, and there are many more announcements to come, I'll begin with the Special Presentations, which include several highly anticipated titles as well as many that played to acclaim earlier this year, either in Sundance or at Cannes. New to the festival circuit include Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, »
- Brad Brevet
The Toronto Film Festival unveiled its first selections Tuesday, with Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee's romance drama Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, set to open the event on Sept. 10. The 2015 edition of the festival will also host world premieres for Ridley Scott's The Martian, Roland Emmerich's Stonewall and Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong biopic The Program, starring Ben Foster as the disgraced cyclist. Those titles are among the first 13 features tapped to receive gala treatment at Roy Thomson Hall, with Matt Damon, Liam Hemsworth, Salma Hayek, Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Donald Sutherland and son Kiefer Sutherland,
- Etan Vlessing
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip (Rihanna), who is on a quest of her own, in this DreamWorks Animation family film. If you bring "Home" into your home, it'll bring a ton of extras with it. The DVD and Blu-ray editions both include long lists of special features, with the Blu-ray offering a cute new animated short created for the home entertainment release called "This is Being Boov."
Here's an exclusive look at "This Is Being Boov": "The Water Diviner"
Russell Crowe both stars and makes his directorial debut in this drama about an Australian farmer who goes in search of this three missing sons, »
- Gina Carbone
Exclusive: Universal exec Dave Jarmain joins UK outfit Icon Film Distribution.
Starting at Universal in 2006, Jarmain most recently served as senior sales manager for the UK.
During his tenure at Universal he worked on titles including Jurassic World, Minions, the Fast & Furious franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mamma Mia!, as well as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Asif Kapadia’s Senna.
Jarmain replaces Jeremy Baum who has joined StudioCanal.
Jarmain said: “At Universal I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work on such a varied and successful slate of films. Icon has an enviable line-up for the rest of 2015, into 2016 and beyond. It’s an exciting time to be joining them.”
Icon’s slate »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Long considered to be one of British auteur Tony Richardson’s greatest miscalculations is his 1970 film Ned Kelly, certainly the most notable but arguably the definitive version as concerns one of Australia’s most infamous outlaws. Arriving on Blu-ray for the first time, the title remains a curious novelty, one of a handful of on-screen appearances featuring The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger in a high-profile role. As many of these once-reviled titles go, the history behind the making of the film tends to overshadow the compromised product, and Richardson’s failed period piece is no exception.
In the late 1800s Outback, horse thief and aspiring bank robber Ned Kelly (Jagger) is released after serving a three year prison sentence. Harassed by the law and his angry neighbors, the ornery bushranger is forced into action when his mother (Clarissa Kaye) is unjustly accused of murder and sentenced to prison. His resulting »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Noah Baumbach
Running Time: 94 minutes
Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young bridges the gap between the 20-something movies where people try and find ‘themselves’ and wraps it into the world of Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 but, saying that, still holds all the unique quirks and intelligence of Baumbach’s previous work. With a smart cast of Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin, here you find an honest and entertaining exploration of what it feels like to grow older without dragging its desires in cliché.
Josh (Stiller) and Cornelia (Watts) are our happy middle-aged couple, whatever that age is, who have noticed everyone around them is settling down, having kids and they »
- Dan Bullock
Salazar, who played Lynn in the second instalment of the young adult series, shared the news at Comic Con.
In contrast to the books, Lynn is still alive at the end of the movie version of Insurgent, and the character only featured in a small role.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 1 is scheduled to open on March 18, 2016, with its second part debuting a year later on March »
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