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Film fanatics and star gazers, your time is now. Well...almost now. More precisely, your time Will be September 4 - 14. That's when the A-list glitterati, with their films in tow, descend on downtown Hogtown as they flock to the Toronto International Film Festival.
As has become the norm, the list of Tiff-bound talent is both long and impressive. From movie stars to rock royalty, there'll be no shortage of bold-faced names to look out for. On the movie side of things, some big stars set to attend this year include Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Reynolds, Kate Winslet, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Robert Pattinson and Bill Murray.
As if those weren't enough names to keep you busy, let's not forget the masses of talented filmmakers making Toronto their temporary home during the festival. Among the big-named directors set to make an appearance are David Cronenberg, »
- Emma Badame
• Sigourney Weaver has signed on for A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ children’s fantasy novel. Weaver joins Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. In the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed film, a boy retreats to a fantastical world through a tree monster, attempting to escape from bullies and his mother’s terminal illness. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother, while Jones will play the mother and Neeson the monster. River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger will executive produce the film, »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Hot off his turn as the bounty hunter Yondu in Marvel’s hit Guardians Of The Galaxy, Michael Rooker is returning to Bolden. After starting production seven years ago and doing reshoots in 2009, the film’s writer, director, and financier Dan Pritzker lost key stars to scheduling including lead Anthony Mackie, who went on to superhero heights in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now filming is set to start again this fall with Downton Abbey‘s Gary Carr in the title role as New Orleans cornet player Buddy Bolden. Rooker will resume the role of Pat McMurphy, sidekick to Bolden’s nemesis Judge Perry, when production kicks off in North Carolina.
The third time’s the charm for Pritzker’s passion project about the ragtime musician many consider to be the father of jazz. Rooker had filmed scenes before Bolden reset, »
- Jen Yamato
Back in July we shared the announcement by Marvel Comics that Sam Wilson, also known as the Falcon, and played by Anthony Mackie would be picking up the shield of Captain America for the upcoming comics storyline. So with that news, a lot of us assumed or hoped, or feared, or just shrugged that the film franchise would eventually pick up on that story. Chris Evans can’t do it forever right? Contract season is coming up again and some guys would rather pass the torch than stay on as »
- Graham McMorrow
According to the official synopsis, Hannah (Connelly) and Tahir (Mackie) come from two different worlds. But when their lives intersect, they’re at the same place: homeless on the streets of New York. How did they get there? As we learn about their past, we begin to understand that to have a future, they need each other. There are more than 50,000 homeless people living on the streets and in the shelters of New York City. To most of us they are nameless and faceless, and occasionally a nuisance. But every single person has a story. And Hannah and Tahir are no different. And theirs is a story of loss, love, hope and redemption.
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- Michelle McCue
Recently, Marvel announced that in the comics, Steve Rogers would lose the power of the Super Soldier Serum and The Falcon would take over as Captain America giving us our first (comic readers would say 2nd and be technically correct, but that's a debate about how comic book storylines work, not for here) Black Captain America.
SFX: We’ve just heard that the Falcon is taking over Cap’s role in the comic books. Do you think the movies can accommodate these kind of shake-ups or do they need to stay faithful to the big, »
It was announced last month that Steve Rogers would again be stepping down as Captain America and his old colleague Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, would be taking over the mantle. There have been rumours circling the future of the movie version of Captain America when Chris Evans’ contract runs out after Avengers 3.
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, spoke with SFX about the possibility of the movies reflecting the comics.
“We tend to stay on the sidelines when it comes to the comics,” McFeely said. “We wait and see what we’ll steal from in three or four years from now!”
“I think the movies can accommodate almost anything, if there’s a need,” Markus added. “I think there is a much greater »
- Luke Owen
Running Time: 130 Minutes
Special Features: Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Blooper Reel, Audio Commentary, Making-of Featurettes
2014 has secured Marvel as one of the most bankable film studios on the planet, with the immense success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the current attention Guardians Of The Galaxy is enjoying in multiplexes as we speak. As the ninth endeavour for Marvel Studios, Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a lot to live up to. However I can safely say that, not only did the film exceed expectations, but Marvel have revolutionized the genre once again. The narrative utilizes that trademark comedic style to compliment the scripts more dramatic beats, but it also tells a contemporary, relevant and most importantly believable story. This is something that the »
- Ben Read
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier. Captain America: The Winter Soldier features: Directors Anthony and Joe Russo Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America »
The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »
- Gregory Ellwood
This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year, »
- Brad Brevet
We’ve already brought you images from Boychoir, The Connection, Escobar: Paradise Lost, The Forger and The Cobbler, but with the Toronto International Festival’s September 4th start date fast approaching, there are even more brand new stills from the official selections hitting the web. Here’s what we got for you now: Cake (Directed by Daniel Barnz) starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Sam Worthington. Black and White (Directed by Mike Binder) starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Ehle. Bang Bang Baby (Directed by Jeffrey St. Jules) starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare and David Reale Shelter (Directed by Paul Bettany) starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th. Cake While struggling with her own trauma, a woman in a chronic-pain support group »
- Perri Nemiroff
The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.
Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »
- Isaac Feldberg
An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school’s relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy’s extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing.
Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel, a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city’s organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy — the Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp »
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the historic Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Here's a complete list of all the nominees and winners as they were announced. Movies Choice Movie: Action "Divergent" - Winner "Edge of Tomorrow" "Godzilla" "Maleficent" "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Choice Movie Actor: Action Jamie Campbell Bower, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules" Mark Wahlberg, "Lone Survivor" Theo James, "Divergent" - Winner Tom Cruise, "Edge of Tomorrow" Choice Movie Actress: Action Emily Blunt, "Edge of Tomorrow" Lily Collins, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Elle Fanning, "Maleficent" Angelina Jolie, "Maleficent" Shailene Woodley, "Divergent" - Winner Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "X-Men: Days of Future Past" "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Winner "Thor: The Dark World" Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Chris Evans, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Andrew Garfield, »
- HitFix Staff
Jonathan Levine’s Christmas-set comedy reunion with 50/50 stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt still does not have a title. But it at least has just received an infusion of funny females, with Lizzy Caplan and Jillian Bell aboard.The film finds Rogen, Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie as three childhood friends who have for years enjoyed a tradition of going out on Christmas Eve. This time, however, things will be more eventful than usual.Caplan, who is also part of Rogen’s latest James Franco comedy The Interview, will be a woman who catches Gordon-Levitt’s eye. Bell, who stole scenes in 22 Jump Street (no easy task given the overall quality of that cast), is set as Rogen’s wife. Levine wrote the new film, which Sony will produce alongside the Good Universe team that helped make 50/50.In related Caplan/Rogen/The Interview news, that film – which finds Franco as the »
Caplan will portray Gordon-Levitt's on-screen romantic interest Diana.
This will be a reunion for Caplan and Rogen, who will soon star together in the controversial Christmas Day release The Interview.
Jonathan Levine is directing the upcoming holiday film, having previously worked with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt on the critically-acclaimed drama 50/50.
The untitled Christmas comedy is scheduled to open on December 11, 2015, with production expected to begin later this month. »
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