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Melfi, a longtime commercial director making his feature writing and directing debut, was certain Murray would be perfect for the title role in St. Vincent, his indie comedy about a rotten, miserable old man who reluctantly discovers he’s not so rotten and miserable after all.
“He finds everything he’s supposed to be »
- Anthony Breznican
Open Road Films will release Barry Levinson's "Rock the Kasbah" nationwide April 24, 2015. The comedy written by Mitch Glazer stars Bill Murray as washed-up rock manager Richie Vance, who takes his sole client (Bruce Willis) on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. Alone in Kabul without money or passport, Vance discovers a girl (Zooey Deschanel) with a great voice and manages her through "Afghan Star," the Afghan "American Idol." Levinson's latest film "The Humbling," adapted by Buck Henry from Philip Roth's novel, stars Al Pacino and will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Murray played supporting roles in Wes Anderson's 2014 hit "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Lisa Cholodenko's upcoming TV series "Olive Kitteridge." He also stars with Naomi Watts in Weinstein Co. fall comedy "St. Vincent." Willis currently stars in Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." »
- Anne Thompson
Bill Murray has been found! Deadline told you July 30 that the Toronto Film Festival angled to premiere Bill Murray’s new film St. Vincent and wanted to turn it into a big shebang for the great comic actor. The only trouble was, they were having trouble locating him to be sure he was going to be there to preside over the festivities. Well, today Toronto has announced that Murray will indeed get his day. Here’s the announcement:
Related: Paging Mr. Bill Murray: Toronto Wants To Honor You With ‘St Vincent’ Gala, But Cannot Find You
The Toronto International Film Festival has dedicated one day of its 2014 edition to a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray. September 5 is Bill Murray Day and includes free public screenings of three comedy classics — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — leading up to the world premiere of the latest Murray-starrer, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Opening Night – World Premiere
David Fincher, USA, 2014, Dcp, 150m
David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture, shifting gears as smoothly as a Maserati 250F. Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris is Amy’s old boyfriend Desi, Carrie Coon (who played Honey in Tracy Letts’s acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is Nick’s sister Margo, Kim Dickens (Treme, Friday Night Lights) is Detective Rhonda Boney, and Tyler Perry is Nick’s superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt. At once a grand panoramic vision of middle America, a uniquely disturbing exploration of the fault lines in a marriage, »
There was buzz late last month that both the Toronto International Film Festival and The Weinstein Company wanted to bring "St. Vincent," which stars Bill Murray, to the 2014 edition of the annual awards season kickoff. The problem was, reportedly, that no one could find him. Murray supposedly doesn't have a cell phone (or perhaps even E-mail?), but even though he continues to crash one party after another it looks like somebody tracked him down as Tiff announced today that "St. Vincent" is now a late addition to the festival. The feature directorial debut of Theodore (Ted) Melfi, "St. Vincent" is an original dramedy which finds Murray playing "St. Vincent de Van Nuys," a retired war veteran who becomes the mentor to a young boy played by Jaeden Lieberher. The cast also includes Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard and Selenis Leyva (Gloria from "Orange is the New Black"). With an Oct. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival.
With the added films, the festival’s entire slate is now a whopping 393 movies. Two hundred eighty-five of those movies are feature films, of which 143 are world premieres.
The Mavericks portion of the festival includes onstage discussions following the screening of each film. Do I Sound Gay? will be followed by a talk between director David Thorpe and sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Also premiering in that space is The 50 Year Argument, »
- Jacob Shamsian
Bill Murray is coming to Toronto folks. Actually, the film he stars in (Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent) is having its official World Premiere launch at the jaw-dropping 285 feature film 2014 Tiff line-up. In the final batch of items we finally get the confirmation that 2014′s Palme d’Or Winner Winter Sleep (which gets added along with a trio of others to the Masters Programme) will show, and Tomm Moore’s highly anticipated Song of the Sea (among the four item line-up for Tiff Kids) also lands. Worth mentioning are the sprinkling of add-ons to the various other sections (Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance preemed The Voices, Matt Shakman’s Cut Bank and the world preem of Danis Tanovic’s Tigers) with a Studio Ghibli docu item being fitted into the Tiff Docs, but it is the Discovery Programme that finally takes shape.
The “up-and-comers” include Berlin Film Fest (and future Nyff »
- Eric Lavallee
Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array of stars expected to alight on the red carpet of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
The fest today revealed an impressive roster of helmers and thesps planning to boost their latest work in Toronto next month. And with the critical four-day opening weekend packed exclusively — as per the new fest policy — with world premieres and North American premieres of studio awards contenders, buzzy acquisition titles, and hot U.S. and international arthouse fare, you can expect media frenzies, flash mobs of buyers, and intense afterparty rivalries like never before.
Slates for Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids were also unveiled today, as were a handful of late-breaking adds to other programs, bringing this year’s grand total to 393 films, »
- Jennie Punter
Melissa McCarthy's comedy St. Vincent and the Roger Waters concert documentary The Wall are to get world premieres at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. Bill Murray plays the eponymous Vincent opposite McCarthy in Theodore Melfi's comedy, with Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard and Chris O'Dowd co-starring in The Weinstein Co.'s release. Fest organizers, completing their full film lineup with Tuesday's announcements, will debut The Wall, filmed during Waters' 2010-2013 The Wall Live tour. The Special Presentations sidebar also booked a North American premiere after Venice for James Franco's adaptation of the William Faulkner novel The Sound and the Fury,
- Etan Vlessing
A talented filmmaker capable of delivering unconventional indies and riveting crowdpleasers without ever sacrificing a moment of genuine emotion, Gus Van Sant has more than proven throughout the years that his projects are worth keeping a close eye on. Van Sant’s next film, Sea of Trees, is no different – especially because it stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey.
McConaughey stars alongside Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) in the low-budgeted drama, about an American man who encounters a Japanese man in Japan’s infamous Suicide Forest, where many people go to end their lives. Bonding over their shared sadness, the two set out into the forest on a journey of self-reflection.
Recently, Katie Aselton, of FX’s comedy The League, joined Sea of Trees in a supporting role. She’ll play a woman who had an affair with McConaughey’s character. Naomi Watts is already set to play McConaughey’s on-screen wife. Both »
- Isaac Feldberg
• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will »
- Jake Perlman
The story centers on Arthur (Matthew McConaughey), an American man, and a Japanese man named Takumi (Ken Watanabe) who meet in an area of Japan known as the "Suicide Forest," where many go to end their own lives. Instead of killing each other, the two men go on a journey of self-reflection through the forest together. Katie Aselton is playing a woman who had an affair with Arthur. Naomi Watts is playing Arthur's wife Joan.
Katie Aselton, the female star of FX's comedy The League, is joining Gus Van Sant's drama Sea of Trees. Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe are starring in the indie, which tells of an American man (McConaughey) and a Japanese man (Watanabe) who meet in Japan's infamous "Suicide Forest," where people go to commit suicide. But instead of killing themselves, the duo embark on a reflective journey through the forest together. Asleton will play a woman who has an affair with McConaughey's character. Naomi Watts is already cast as McConaughey’s wife in the Chris Sparling-written project. Trees is the first
- Borys Kit, Tatiana Siegel
Exclusive: Glen Basner’s New York-based production, finance and sales company is handling international rights to Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young and Chris Rock comedy Top Five, both of which are set to premiere in Toronto next month.
UTA Independent Film Group represents the Us on both features and will be shopping rights to buyers during the festival.
While We’re Young follows a middle-aged couple whose lives are thrown through a loop when a young couple arrives on the scene.
Top Five is the story of a film star and former comedian who reappraises his career and life following an encounter with a journalist.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
UTA handles Us rights to the story about a film star and former comedian who reappraises his career and life following an encounter with a journalist.
The story follows a middle-aged couple whose lives are thrown through a loop when a young couple arrives on the scene. Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried star. UTA handles Us rights. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Fox Searchlight has released a new trailer for director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s (21 Grams, Biutiful) eagerly-anticipated new film Birdman, which sees Michael Keaton (Batman) leading a cast that also includes Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Part III), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
“Birdman is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.”
Check out the new trailer here…
Birdman is set for release in the States on October 17th and on January 2nd 2015.
- Gary Collinson
Sick of explosion-filled blockbusters and snoozy summer reality TV? Here’s a solution: Try looking to the Southern Hemisphere to fill your entertainment needs. Several EW staffers have fallen under the spell of Australian TV and music, especially Josh Thomas’s charming comedy Please Like Me (which returns to Pivot on Friday at 10:30 p.m. Et).
And it’s not just people who write about this stuff for a living: A friend of mine is obsessed with Dance Academy, a teen drama that’s exactly what it sounds like (and is available for streaming on Netflix). Another swears by Australia’s Next Top Model, »
- Hillary Busis
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser wed in a secret ceremony - Et Chloë Moretz opens up about her relationship with Brooklyn Beckham - Us Weekly This new mom gets a big makeover - HuffPost Celebrity Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson are still so cute together - Lainey Gossip Tyra Banks did an impression of Lindsay Lohan - Dlisted Emma Stone throws a fit on set - JustJared Miley Cyrus bares her midriff while chatting with fans - Hollywood Tuna Kanye West shares more thoughts on the paparazzi - Pink Is the New Blog Naomi Watts doesn't want to be a leading lady - I'm Not Obsessed Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon hits the beach - The Superficial Source: Getty / Gregg DeGuire »
Sometimes you have to wait a moment for your moment. For Naomi Watts her momentous big break into Hollywood didn't occur until she was 33 years old. As the cover girl for the September issue of Town & Country, the English actress is dishing on her journey to L.A. and the stardom struggles now that she's reached her destination. Prior to her breakout role in Mulholland Drive, the now 45-year-old thesp started as a small player in minor movies, but with upcoming roles like Evelyn—the mother of Theo James' Four in the Divergent franchise—the blonde beauty is definitely an A-lister, yet she admits to the mag her early days were "excruciating." Delving deeper into her first »
“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing (or in a couple of titles below have been shooting since July). This August we’ve got a good number of projects that will start surfacing as early as next year’s Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Fests. With Dakota Johnson having been just announced, we’ve got Luca Guadagnino’s long awaited (remake) A Bigger Splash, getting ready for a poolside shoot. Gus Van Sant comes out of the woodworks to move into the woods for Sea of Trees. Sundance alumni Rick Alverson is wrapping up Entertainment, Reed Morano is set to make her directorial debut this mid-August with Meadowland, while Douchebag, Like Crazy, Breathe In‘s Drake Doremus is stationed in Japan for a weighty cast and futuristic tale in Equals. Here are some »
- Eric Lavallee
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