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Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.
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 »
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]
- Garth Franklin
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
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… »
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
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 Denis, Agnieszka 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
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.
Biarritz. Sixteen-year-old George, a beautiful high-school student, falls in love with Alex. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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.
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“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
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.
CAA packaged and arranged financing and represented MadRiver in the deal with Open Road.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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
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]
- Garth Franklin
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.”
- Dave McNary
“We have been strategically building our company and platform in order to capitalise on these kinds of moments,” said Meyer.
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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
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...
- Peter Martin
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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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.
MadRiver fully finances and will produce while CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, expects to announce wide Us distribution during Cannes.
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.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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
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 »
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 »
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