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Set to close the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is the sophomore directorial effort of Alan Rickman who is best known for being the source of villainy in Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). “It is a great privilege for A Little Chaos to have its world premiere in Toronto and for it to be given the Festival’s closing night Gala, but it is also a very personal pleasure,” stated Rickman. “I have filmed in the city, visited often, and some of my closest friends live there. It will be like coming home.”
The historical drama stars Kate Winslet as Sabine De Barra an unconventional landscaper who is tasked with designing one of the fountains at The Palace of Versailles while contending with uncooperative weather, rivalries at the court of Louis Xiv and her own personal demons. Performing alongside Winslet are Stanley Tucci, Alan Rickman and Matthias Schoenaerts. »
- Trevor Hogg
What's All This Then? It's a weekly column where I - Dave "Da7e" Gonzales, a man with many opinions - dissect and report on the news and rumors surrounding superhero megafranchises.
This Week: It's Comic Con Week. Let's look at our superhero megafranchise future. There May Be Spoilers! Just Don't Yell At Me!
Good non-Thanos Lord!
It’s pre-Comic Con and honestly there’s so many little bits and pieces about all our superhero movie franchises that it’s been a full reading schedule of stuff and not a lot of time to focus on what we will or will not be seeing this weekend.
First up, happy National Batman Day.
Ok, there’s a lot of superhero movies on the horizon. A lot. As all the pieces start falling into place over the weekend, we’ll get a clearer picture of the ones we’re closest to and »
I thought this *contest* was long dead. You'll recall the very public gentrification debate that Spike Lee found himself at the center of, earlier this year, when he faced push-back from other Brooklynites in the film industry, like Anthony Mackie and Michael Rapaport. I must have missed the moment when things got this personal. It's been about 5 months since the first alarm went off, but, obviously, punches are still being thrown, as the debate seemingly moves beyond the original gentrification topic, and into filmmaking prowess, celebrity crowdfunding campaigns, with some name-calling (Rapaport calls Spike a "shit stain" for example) to pepper things up even »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which runs from September 4 to 14 this year, has announced its initial lineup of films. This is the first of a handful of announcements for the festival, and as always, the first announcement focuses on its Galas and Special Presentations -- the films with the flashiest names.
The initial slate of fifty-nine films includes thirty-seven world premieres, boasting those from Noah Baumbach,Lone Scherfig, and Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock. Premieres have been a contentious subject this year on the film festival circuit, as Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Tiff, threw down the gauntlet, announcing that the festival would not play a film in the first four days of its schedule if it was also programmed concurrently for the Telluride festival.
- Sasha James
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
Week in Review rounds up the best of the rest of film and TV news hitting the web this week. Check out the rest of the Sos Blog for more news updates.
When Tommy Wiseau, the director of self-proclaimed masterpiece The Room (i.e. one of the best worst cult movies ever made), isn’t touring around college campuses and dodging chucked spoons at midnight screenings of his own film, or better yet, trying to play a video game, he’s presumably still out there being the auteur he thinks he is. Those desperate to know what he’d be up to next need wait no longer, as Wiseau has shared a clip from an upcoming sitcom he’s made called The Neighbors. Naturally, it looks awesome.
The clip for the show, as well as the show’s website, says it will premier on “Comedy.TV” this September. Except that might be a total lie, »
- Brian Welk
Check out who got nominated for a 2014 Teen Choice Award.
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards nominees were announced today, with a massively long list of contenders in a number of theme categories including movies, television, music, fashion, and sports.
You can see the full list of nominees from all 65 categories below, and see who wins when the Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, August 10 on Fox.
Choice Movie: Action
Choice Movie Actor: Action
Choice Movie Actress: Action
The changes are coming thick and fast in the Marvel Universe right now – it’s like a cabinet reshuffle, except with characters who want to save the world instead of destroying it – as the announcement that Thor was to become a woman later in the year was followed by a promise of similar changes for Captain America. Steve Rogers has been going through some interesting developments during Jonathan Hickman’s run on Avengers; namely, being drained of the super soldier serum that made him into a hero in the first place – as well as keeping him spry for almost a century. That means somebody else needs to step up to the plate and take up the Cap mantle.
- Tom Baker
Step aside, Steve Rogers -- there’s a new Captain America in town!Marvel Comics announced Tuesday that a female Thor will appear in "Thor: God of Thunder" beginning in October, and on Wednesday, the publisher revealed on "The Colbert Report" that Sam Wilson -- a.k.a. The Falcon -- will be the new Captain.Wilson was one of the first black superheros in mainstream comics, originally appearing in the late 1960's.Actor Anthony Mackie famously played the Falcon in this year's blockbuster movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Wilson takes on Cap’s stars, stripes and shield in the pages of "All-New Captain America #1" and will become the seventh Captain to wear the coveted uniform. The exact specifics behind Falcon’s promotion aren’t yet known, but one thing is already clear: The only thing better than a shield-slinging superhero is a shield-slinging superhero with wings. "Historically, Falcon »
- tooFab Staff
Jeremy Irons will also feature in the film.
James will play Us sprinter Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, humiliating Adolf Hitler and his claims of Aryan racial superiority.
Hitler had attempted to ban black and Jewish athletes from the games, but backed down in the face of a threatened boycott. Owens also faced prejudice in his home country.
Sudeikis will play Owens's coach and mentor Larry Snyder, with Irons as head of the Olympic Committee that supported hosting the games in Nazi Germany.
Anthony Mackie is seeking to produce and star in a separate Owens biopic.
Sudeikis will next be seen reprising his role as Kurt Buckman in Horrible Bosses 2.
Race will begin filming in Montreal this month. »
A little over a day after they used "The View" to announce that comic superhero "Thor" will become a woman in future issues, Marvel Entertainment used last night's "The Colbert Report" to announced that the character of Sam Wilson (aka. The Falcon) will be taking over the role of Captain America in the comics starting this October
While yesterday's female Thor announcement caught many off guard, this change has long been rumored and is less of a surprise. Wilson debuted in 1969 and was the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics (Black Panther, who debut a few years before, was an African character).
He now marks the seventh character to use the 'Captain America' name in Marvel continuity, and the second of Captain America’s former sidekicks to take the identity on in the last decade. Anthony Mackie scored good notices playing Sam Wilson in this year's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
- Garth Franklin
Last night on The Colbert Report, Marvel made an announcement we were all expecting: the new Captain America in the comics would be the Falcon. This is a pretty neat change from the status quo, giving Sam Wilson a chance to shine after the character's appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This is progress, right? Well, we tried to talk ourselves into the idea, but it's probably wishful thinking. Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon in the movies, would be a Great Captain America, and it would be a nice surprise to see him take on the mantle when Chris Evans bows out. But as we mentioned in that original piece, it's probably not likely. And here are the main reasons why. The Falcon Has No Superpowers In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson is an everyday soldier who just happened to have developed fancy »
Hot off the news that Marvel will be shaking up their comic book universe by making Thor a female character, Cco Joe Quesada announced on the The Colbert Report last night that Sam Wilson (Aka, the Falcon) will be taking over the role of Captain America – making him the first African American to wear the stars and stripes.
Sam Wilson will take over the mantle in October.
The character first debuted in 1969′s Captain America #117 and was the first African-American superhero. By 1971, he had become a co-title holder in Captain America and the Falcon which lasted until 1978 when Cap went solo again. He has been a fixture of The Avengers and The Mighty Avengers and was recently portrayed by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Quesada’s appearance on »
- Luke Owen
Tonight on The Colbert Report, Marvel chief creative officer — and longtime writer/artist — Joe Quesada confirmed rumors that Cap's longtime ally Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, would be taking the adamantium shield from original Cap Steve Rogers. As of this fall, Captain America will be a man of color.Created in 1969, Wilson/Falcon was the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics, and has been a persistently important character in the Marvel universe. He first appeared in the pages of Captain America, and ever since, he’s been especially important in stories about the Star-Spangled Avenger — one need look no further than Falcon’s cinematic debut (as portrayed by Anthony Mackie) in this year’s box-office mega-hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The ins and outs of Steve Rogers’s abdication are a bit too complicated to bore you with here. But basically, he lost the power of his life-extending, »
- Anna Silman,Abraham Riesman
First Lady Thor and now Captain America?!
What's the big deal? Well, not only is a popular character changing hands, but Sam Wilson – who had long played Cap's friend and crime-fighting partner as the Falcon – is black.
It is a progressive move by Marvel, who recently announced that the mantle of Thor would be taken on by a woman in coming story lines.
Related: Thor Is A Woman Now!
Marvel revealed the news on The Colbert Report, and host Stephen Colbert has long been a Captain America fan, even having the hero's iconic shield hanging on the wall of his show's set since the supposed murder of Captain America in 2008.
The Marvel Comics universe has found yet another man to wear the mantle of Captain America. Somehow robbed of the powers provided to him by the super-soldier serum, Steve Rogers is taking a strategic role as his old buddy Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, becomes the new Captain America. Marvel made the long rumored announcement Wednesday night on The Colbert Show. The change will begin in All-new Captain America #1 which will be written by Rick Remender and drawn by Stuart Immonen and has a November street date. In an interview with Marvel.com, Remender reveals this change was in the works for some time and that Wilson is very much his own man. "This is the fireworks factory we’re arriving at, and now everything’s going to blow up and be very pretty and exciting to look at," Remeder says. "It leads into an evolution of Steve Rogers’ character »
- Gregory Ellwood
Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada appeared on The Colbert Report Wednesday to announce the news, and even jokingly named comedian/host Stephen Colbert the new Falcon. On the show, Quesada told Colbert that Sam Wilson is becoming the new Captain America and debut the first artwork showing Wilson in his new Captain America costume.
“Doesn’t that make him Captain African America,” joked Colbert after hearing the news.
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This historic move in comic-book history follows Marvel Comics’ diversification of superheroes: in 2011, the new Ultimate Spiderman was revealed to be Miles Morales, a biracial young man who was half-black and half-Latino. The »
Earlier this year we got our first big-screen rendition of Sam Wilson aka The Falcon (as played by Anthony Mackie) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and now the comics version of the character is about to take on an entirely new role; that of Captain America himself. The announcement was made by Marvel's Joe Quesada on The Colbert Report tonight and later released with more details by Marvel. There's a stark contrast between Marvel Comics world and the Marvel Cinematic »
- Paul Shirey
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