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Toronto film festival 2015: full line-up

25 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.

Tiff will open on September 10 with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Tiff 40

Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.

GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPDisorder (Maryland) (France-Belgium), Alice Winocour NAPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPMan Down (Us), Dito Montiel NAPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPMiss You Already (UK), Catherine Hardwicke WPMississippi Grind (Us), Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden CPMr. Right (Us), Paco Cabezas WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall ([link »

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News Bits: Creed, Kursk, Jack, Libertine

18 August 2015 1:27 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


MGM has released a new photo from Ryan Coogler's "Creed," the upcoming "Rocky" spin-off film which launched a trailer to great fanfare a few weeks ago. Michael B. Jordan stars as the son of Apollo Creed in the film and seeks the help of his dad's former rival Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to train him. "Creed" opens November 25th. [Source: Collider]


Martin Zandvliet ("Land of Mine") has been set to direct the fact-based drama "Kursk" at EuropaCorp. Robert Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan") is penning the script based on Robert Moore's book "A Time To Die".

The true story follows the multi-national rescue attempt of the sunken K-141 Kursk - a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine that experienced a series of sudden explosions. [Source: Deadline]

Jack Goes Home

Rory Culkin ("Igby Goes Down") and Lin Shaye ("Insidious") are set to join the family drama/horror flick "Jack Goes Home" which marks »

- Garth Franklin

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Kursk Submarine Disaster Movie in the Works at Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp

17 August 2015 1:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is developing a “Kursk” movie based on the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster, in which 118 Russians perished.

EuropaCorp has hired Danish director Martin Zandvliet to direct “Kursk” from a script by “Saving Private Ryan” screenwriter Robert Rodat, based on Robert Moore’s book “A Time to Die.”

The Kursk sunk during a Russian naval exercise in the Barents Sea after explosions within the submarine. The Russian government refused help from foreign governments for five days before agreeing to aid from the British and Norwegian governments.

The Russian Navy initially asserted that the sinking had been caused by a collision with another vessel but the government eventually admitted that the cause was a torpedo explosion in the submarine.

EuropaCorp is developing “Valerian” with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne starring. Its slate includes “The Transporter Refueled,” the start of a new trilogy in the studio’s action franchise, debuting Sept. »

- Dave McNary

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EuropaCorp Sets Martin Zandvliet To Helm Sub Salvage Drama ‘Kursk’

17 August 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

EuropaCorp has set Land Of Mine helmer Martin Zandvliet to direct Kursk, a fact-based drama scripted by Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat based on the true story of a multi-national rescue attempt of the sunken K-141 Kursk. Kursk was a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine that experienced a series of sudden explosions. Rodat is writing the script based on Robert Moore's book A Time To Die. The deal comes as Zandvliet's film Land Of Mine premieres on the… »

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Looking for Grace to compete in Toronto

13 August 2015 2:58 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sue Brooks. Looking for Grace will screen in Platform, a new competitive section of the Toronto International Film Festival which showcases films that have a strong directorial vision. The road movie starring Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young and Terry Norris is the only Australian title in the running for the $C25,000 prize determined by the jury of filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. That strengthens Australia.s profile at the event which runs September 10-20. Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in Gala Presentations,. Simon Stone.s The Daughter will have its North American premiere in Special Presentations and Jennifer Peedom.s Sherpa and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed will compete in Tiff Docs.

Young, who also stars in The Daughter, plays 16-year-old Grace, who has run away from home. Her exasperated parents head to the West Australian wheat belt »

- Don Groves

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2015 Tiff: Wheatley, Trapero, Lafosse, Verbeek & Sue Brooks in Platform Comp

13 August 2015 11:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Tiff folks have unveiled their slated dozen features for their spanking brand new competitive section and they’ve managed to lasso some high profile world preems that will compete alongside Int. and Na premieres. Claire DenisAgnieszka Holland and Jia Zhang-ke for which the name of the programme section is named after (Tiff referenced his 2000 film), will see a class comprised of the likes Joachim Lafosse and his piping hot The White Knights, David Verbeek (Full Contact starring Grégoire Colin – see pic above), Fabienne Berthaud and yet again actress Diane Kruger with Sky and Ben Wheatley‘s highly anticipated High Rise. Also included in the comp we find Pablo Trapero‘s Venice-bound The Clan, Eva Husson‘s hotly tipped directorial debut Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) and a docu entry that sounds absolutely brutal true story from Alan Zweig in Hurt. The winner will be announced on »

- Eric Lavallee

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Tiff 2015 announces its Platform programme lineup

13 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has, through its run, divided the films into numerous programmes to better identify and group together like-minded features. One of the new additions to the programme in 2015 will be the Platform selection, which will showcase films with a strong directorial vision. What is unique about this programme is that the selected films, twelve in total, will be judged by a three-person jury during the event, with the top film taking home a $25,000 prize. The first ever group of judges at the 2015 event will be comprised of filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke, whose 2000 film Platform was cited as the inspiration for the programme, alongside filmmakers Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. The lineup for the Platform was announced today, and can be seen below, alongside their official synopses.

Bang Gang, directed by Eva Husson, making its World Premiere

Biarritz. Sixteen-year-old George, a beautiful high-school student, falls in love with Alex. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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'High-Rise' to premiere in first Toronto Platform competition

13 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Twelve titles also include films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.Scroll down for full list

The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has unveiled the 12 titles that will comprise the inaugural line-up for Platform - the new juried programme that champions director-led cinema from around the world.

The competitive strand includes the world premiere of Ben Wheatley’s highly-anticipated High-Rise, a dystopic depiction of a society that starts a class war in a high-rise apartment. The adaptation of Jg Ballard’s 1975 novel stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss.

Also receiving its world premiere is Fabienne Berthaud’s Sky, a France-Germany co-production that star Diane Kruger, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Girls star Lena Dunham.

Kruger plays Romy, a married woman on holiday in the Us who storms out on her French husband (Gilles Lellouche) after an argument and wanders into the desert outside of Las »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Toronto Film Festival Announces Inaugural Platform Slate

13 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kill List” helmer Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise,” the hotly anticipated adaptation of the 1975 J. G. Ballard novel starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss, will receive its world premiere in Platform, the Toronto International Film Festival’s new juried program, which unveiled its 12-pic slate on Thursday.

The program, which spotlights cinema from international directors, will also screen the world premiere of Fabienne Berthaud’s “Sky,” in which a vacationing woman (Diane Kruger) ditches her husband and embarks on a solo journey in the American west. Pic also stars Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Lena Dunham, Gilles Lellouche and Q’orianka Kilcher.

Other world premieres include: Alan Zweig’s “Hurt” (one-legged cancer survivor Steve Fonyo raised $13 million on a 1985 cross-Canada run before his life went seriously downhill); Eve Husson’s coming-of-ager “Bang Gang” (a teenager initiates a group game that pushes the limits of players »

- Jennie Punter

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Open Road acquires ‘A Willing Patriot’

4 June 2015 11:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has picked up Us rights to the Liam Neeson thriller from Marc Butan’s fledgling MadRiver Pictures, Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller.

Production is set for South Africa, Morrocco and Tunisia on the story of a CIA agent on the trail of a terrorist.

MadRiver Pictures will also finance A Willing Patriot and Open Road has earmarked a wide release in 2016. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales, as it will on all titles that originate at MadRiver.

Martin Zandvliet directs from a screenplay by Keller, who will produce alongside Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman and Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari.

Film 360’s Ben Forkner, Hollywood Gang’s Shannon Gaulding and MadRiver’s Ed Fee will oversee the project.

CAA packaged and arranged financing and represented MadRiver in the deal with Open Road.


- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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News Bits: X-Men, Girl, Huntsman, Patriot, Spies

4 June 2015 10:39 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

X-Men: Apocalypse

Filmmaker Bryan Singer has posted a photo of himself on the under construction Cerebro set during filming of "X-Men: Apocalypse" in Montreal. Singer previously confirmed that the character of Caliban will appear in the film, but casting of the character has still not been confirmed. [Source: Twitter]

The Girl on the Train

Emily Blunt is in early talks for the lead role in Tate Taylor's adaptation of “The Girl on the Train” at DreamWorks Pictures. Erin Cressida Wilson adapted the script from Paula Hawkins' novel.

The story follows a lonely, alcoholic divorcee as she fantasizes during her daily commute about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One morning, sees something shocking happen and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. [Source: The Wrap]

The Huntsman

Filming has begun on "The Huntsman," the prequel follow-up to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman," with »

- Garth Franklin

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Liam Neeson’s ‘A Willing Patriot’ Bought by Open Road for U.S.

4 June 2015 10:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Liam Neeson’s upcoming thriller “A Willing Patriot” and plans a wide release next year.

The film will be financed and produced by MadRiver Pictures, along with Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller. CAA packaged and arranged financing for the film.

Neeson will play a CIA agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist who’s planning an imminent attack. Martin Zandvliet (“Land Of Mine”) will direct from a script by Jason Keller, who will produce along with Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman, as well as Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari.

The film will shoot on location in South Africa, Morrocco and Tunisia. The project re-teams Neeson with Open Road following their 2011 collaboration on “The Grey.”

Sierra/Affinity sold multiple markets for “A Willing Patriot” at Cannes, including Eagle Pictures for Italy, Freeman »

- Dave McNary

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Sierra/Affinity hails best Cannes market

18 May 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sierra/Affinity chief Nick Meyer has hailed the company’s best market ever after completing key sales on Shot Caller, A Willing Patriot and Comancheria, among others.

“We have been strategically building our company and platform in order to capitalise on these kinds of moments,” said Meyer.

Rights to thriller All I See Is You have gone to Eagle Pictures in Italy and Main Title Pictures in South Korea.

Marc Forster will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sean Conway. Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly, Wes Chatham, Miguel Fernandez and Danny Huston star and Sc International Pictures, Link Entertainment, 2Dux2 and Wing And A Prayer Pictures produce.

The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron will open in the Us via Focus Features. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct the spy thriller from Denver and Delilah Productions, Oni Press, Sierra Pictures drama from Kurt Johnstad’s screenplay.

Universal Pictures International Productions has picked up the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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New Projects: Anne Hathaway to star opposite a giant lizard

14 May 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This week’s biggest upcoming project was one so weird that we needed a few days to process it. It has been called Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (possibly even Lost in Translation for good measure), and if it seems like those two titles don’t add up in anyway whatsoever, you’re not far off.

The movie is Colossal, and THR reports is set to star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman returning to her hometown from New York after losing her job. Upon returning home, she discovers that a giant lizard is attacking Tokyo, and she feels strangely connected to the incident via her mind.

Colossal isn’t even some tongue-in-cheek Spike Jonze project but coming from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and aiming to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. »

- Brian Welk

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Movie News: See 'Deadpool' Jump Over a Car in New Image; Liam Neeson Will Return to Action

12 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Deadpool: Ryan Reynolds shared a new photo from Deadpool with the caption, "Stuck the landing. With my mouth." Reynolds is starring as the "Merc with a Mouth," a former special forces operative who becomes a mercenary with special powers; the movie is heading for release on February 12, 2016. [Instagram]   A Willing Patriot: Liam Neeson (above in Run All Night) is returning to the action-movie well. He's in final negotiations to star in A Willing Patriot, described as an "action cat-and-mouse thriller," in which he would play a CIA agent who seeks to stop a terrorist. Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet will direct. [Deadline]   The Devil Wears Prada: Lauren Weisberg's 2003 bestseller The Devil Wears Prada was turned into...

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Liam Neeson joining new thriller, A Willing Patriot

11 May 2015 10:28 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It's Liam Neeson on the trail of a terrorist in upcoming thriller, A Willing Patriot...

The mighty Liam Neeson has added another movie to his schedule, and this time, he's going to be taking the lead in the terrorist thriller, A Willing Patriot.

This one's being directed by Martin Zandvliet, and Neeson's taking on the role of a CIA agent, one who's trying to stop a terrorist who's planning an attack. Neeson's character puts everything on the line to stop said terrorist, and it sounds like he's got one or two secrets in his own past too.

Neeson is currently working on Martin Scorsese's upcoming movie, Silence, and once the deal is done, he'll likely move on to A Willing Patriot after that. The film is being sold to distributors at the Cannes Film Festival.

More on the movie as we hear it.


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Cannes: Buyers eye 'Willing Patriot,' 'Kaiser’s Last Kiss'

11 May 2015 3:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The stars have aligned on several late-breaking projects in Cannes as Sierra/Affinity brings a Liam Neeson spy thriller and Lotus Entertainment boards a WWII thriller with Lily James and Christopher Plummer.

Neeson is final negotiations to star in A Willing Patriot for MadRiver Pictures, which Martin Zandvliet will direct and centres on a CIA agent hunting a terrorist.

MadRiver fully finances and will produce while CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, expects to announce wide Us distribution during Cannes.

Jason Keller wrote the original script and will also produce alongside Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Darin Friedman and Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari.

Lotus Entertainment will commence talks with international buyers on The Kaiser’s Last Kiss from Film House Germany-owned Egoli Tossell Film starring James and Plummer.

Simon Burke adapted the screenplay from the novel by Alan Judd. The project is an Egoli Tossell Film and Ostar Enterprises production.

Judy Tossell and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Liam Neeson Signs Up for More Action in 'A Willing Patriot'

11 May 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Liam Neeson, as of late, is no stranger to hunting down people in movies, usually awkwardly running with a gun in his hand. I mean, good for Neeson for cashing checks and getting those last couple of years of physically being able to do action stuff. Well... almost physically being able to. Though he still finds time in his schedule to do dramas for Martin Scorsese like Silence, action is where he makes the doughnuts now. So, it should not come as a surprise Neeson is in final negotiations to star in A Willing Patriot. He would play a CIA agent trying to capture a terrorist in a cat-and-mouse style action thriller. Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet (Applause) will helm the film. I have never seen one of his pictures, so I don't really know what to make of that. Not much more is known about the film at this point. »

- Mike Shutt

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Liam Neeson Back In Action For A Willing Patriot

11 May 2015 1:11 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He may have been indicating that he was looking to throttle back on the action fare around the time of Run All Night’s release, but it appears the siren song of running and gunning is too much for Liam Neeson to ignore. He’s in negotiations to star in A Willing Patriot.Martin Zandvliet is in line to direct this one, based on Jason Keller’s script. The plot would find Neeson in familiar territory, playing a law enforcement official (in this case a CIA agent) that must outsmart and capture a terrorist who aims to carry out a devastating attack.The project was originally bubbling away in development at Warner Bros. but has since switched to indie outlet MadRiver. “Liam Neeson is one of the defining actors of our generation and audiences will love him in this role. After seeing Martin’s new film Land Of Mine, we »

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Liam Neeson Will Fight Terrorists in 'A Willing Patriot'

11 May 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in yet another cat-and-mouse action-thriller, A Willing Patriot. The actor will play an FBI agent who is trying to outwit a terrorist and capture him before he can carry out a deadly attack. No other cast members have been confirmed at this time, but with Liam Neeson on board, the supporting cast should fill up quickly.

Martin Zandvliet is directing from a screenplay by Jason Keller (Escape Plan, Machine Gun Preacher), which was originally developed at Warner Bros. before it was moved to MadRiver Entertainment, which is fully financing the movie. The project is being shopped to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, with a domestic distribution deal expected to be announced at the festival. Here's what producer Marc Butan had to say about Liam Neeson's casting in a statement.

"Liam Neeson is one of the defining actors of our generation »

- MovieWeb

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