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Relativity’s ‘Beyond The Lights’ To Open 18th Urbanworld Fest

20 August 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The latest film from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees) will open the 18th annual Urbanworld Film Festival, organizers of the largest competitive multicultural fest said today. Beyond the Lights stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Larry Crowne), Nate Parker (Red Tails, The Great Debaters), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) and Emmy Award nominee Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon) in the tale of a rising musician struggling with the pressures of superstardom. Bet Networks and founding sponsor HBO are backers of the fest which will take place September 17-21 in New York. Over 70 films are set to screen this year. Beyond The Lights will screen on September 18 ahead of its November 14 wide release via Relativity, which produced alongside Relativity Sports, Undisputed Cinema and Homegrown Pictures in association with Bet Films. Other highlights of the 2014 slate include a screening of HBO Latino’s Habla Men and »

- The Deadline Team

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UrbanWorld Film Festival to Open with ‘Beyond the Lights’

20 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2014 UrbanWorld Film Festival, the 18th annual fest presented by Bet and sponsored by HBO, has set a lineup of 70 films including opener “Beyond the Lights” from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love and Basketball,” “The Secret Life of Bees”).

Spotlight events during the fest include a 30th anniversary sing-along screening of “Purple Rain” and an HBO Latino screening of “Habla Men,” as well as a transmedia lineup grouped under the heading UrbanWorld Underground.

The roster of shorts and feature films also includes a dozen world premieres, with narrative features such as Kiara Jones’ “Christmas Wedding Baby,” Nefertite Nguvu’s “In the Morning” and Justin Foran and Jason Sokoloff’s “Love Magical,” as well as docs like Marquis Smalls’ “Hating Obama.”

Relativity’s “Beyond the Lights,” about an up and coming musician struggling with the pressures of fame, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”), Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover. After its world premiere at Toronto, »

- Gordon Cox

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Toronto Fest Adds to Sprawling Program: Highlights

12 August 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Toronto International Film Festival is adding scads of movies to its sprawling 11-day program of 300-plus selections which launches September 4 with the world premiere of David Dobkin’s “The Judge," starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall. It's a lot to absorb: we list the individual Wavelengths, Cinematheque, Gala adds and Tiff director Cameron Bailey's Spotlight on Seoul programs below; Indiewire breaks down the full seven-part program here; and we highlight a few titles that pop out: “Beyond the Lights” (world premiere) writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Love and Basketball") ditched studio controls to go indie in order to hang onto her casting of British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a rising musician who has a relationship with a policeman. Mbatha-Raw subsequently starred in Fox Searchlight's summer hit "Belle" ($10.6 million domestic). Relativity Media is releasing November 14. “Boychoir" (world »

- Anne Thompson

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Kristen Wiig and Adam Sandler have late additions to the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

12 August 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Relativity forms diversity division

12 August 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer Matt Alvarez has been brought in as evp of production and president of Relativity Studios’ new division.

Alvarez will develop Relativity Studios’ slate with a focus on projects by diverse filmmakers. He commences work this month.

The new venture launches with Beyond The Lights, on which Alvarez served as executive producer. The film follows the story of award-winning artist Noni Jean and opens on November 14.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson Mgk Baker and Danny Glover star and Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed.

Stephanie Allain, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Amar’e Stoudemire produced and Relativity president Tucker Tooley is executive producer alongside Alvarez.

Matt Alvarez is one of the most creative and successful executives in our industry and is the perfect person to build out our new multicultural division,” said Tooley. “He has a keen eye, remarkable relationships and an incredible track-record. We have had a great experience working with him on »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tiff 2014: Sandler, Schwarzenegger, Liotta, Travolta and More Added to Toronto Lineup

12 August 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Relativity Taps ‘Ride Along’ Producer To Head New Multicultural Division

12 August 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The producer of hits such as Ride Along, the Barbershop franchise and the upcoming Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton has been tapped as Evp Production and President of Relativity Media‘s newly formed multicultural division. Matt Alvarez will be tasked with building out Relativity’s slate with an emphasis on projects driven by diverse filmmakers, beginning this month. The first film to fall under the new division is Relativity’s upcoming Beyond the Lights from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as a hot new recording artist primed for superstardom in the November 14 release, also starring Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “Machine Gun Kelly” Baker and Danny Glover and produced by Stephanie Allain, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Ryan Kavanaugh and Amar’e Stoudemire. Relativity President Tucker Tooley and Alvarez are exec producers.

Matt Alvarez is one of the most creative and successful executives in our industry and is the perfect person »

- The Deadline Team

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Adam Sandler, Kristen Wiig, and Arnold Schwarzenegger bring films to Toronto

12 August 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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

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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) Adds More Premieres

12 August 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Toronto Beefs Up Premieres; Expect Arnold, Travolta, Adam Sandler, Dujardin, Neil Young, Binoche On Red Carpet

12 August 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival added another seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its September fest lineup running September 4 to 14. Here are the newcomers:


Boychoir François Girard, USA World Premiere

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.

The Connection (La French) Cédric Jimenez, France/Belgium World Premiere

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

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Toronto Film Festival Adds Sandler’s ‘Cobbler,’ Wiig’s ‘Welcome to Me,’ Schwarzenegger’s ‘Maggie’ and More

12 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Philip Martin’s “The Forger,” starring Travolta and Christopher Plummer in a tale of an artistically gifted petty thief who must aid his ailing father in one last job, »

- Jennie Punter

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Belle's Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in new Beyond the Lights trailer

10 August 2014 2:13 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as a pressured singer in the first trailer for Beyond the Lights.

Mbatha-Raw (Belle) plays Noni Jean, an award-winning musician who is pushed into superstardom by her demanding mother (Minnie Driver).

Noni wants to give up her career when all the pressure and demands of fame become too taxing, but soon finds love with police officer Kaz (Nate Parker).

As their family and friends tell them to put their careers ahead of romance, Noni and Kaz try to find a suitable balance to please everyone.

Danny Glover also appears in the romantic drama as Kaz's father.

Beyond the Lights, originally titled Blackbird, is set for a Us release on November 14. »

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Meet the World’s Latest Superstar In Beyond the Lights Trailer and Poster

9 August 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

See the romance behind the rise of the music world’s newest superstar in the new official trailer and poster from the upcoming drama, ‘Beyond the Lights.’ The film, which is set to open in theaters on November 14, was written and directed by ‘The Secret Lives of Bees’ scribe-helmer, Gina Prince-Bythewood. The filmmaker’s new movie stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “Mgk” Baker and Danny Glover. The following synopsis for ‘Beyond the Lights’ has been released: ‘Beyond the Lights’ is the story of Noni (Mbatha-Raw), the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge -until  [ Read More ]

The post Meet the World’s Latest Superstar In Beyond the Lights Trailer and Poster appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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Watch The New Trailer For Beyond The Lights – Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Nate Parker

8 August 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The first trailer is here for Beyond The Lights.The new romantic drama was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “Mgk” Baker and Danny Glover.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is starring in the upcoming thriller The Whole Truth – 2015 (directed by Courtney Hunt, written by Nicholas Kazan) with Keanu Reeves, Gabriel Basso, Renée Zellweger and Jim Belushi.

Nate Parker can be seen now in director Jesse Zwick’s About Alex.

Beyond The Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail.

Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their »

- Michelle McCue

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How Belle Became the Summer Movie Season’s Secret Hit

11 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

As a film director, Amma Asante shrinks from very little — to mount a film of considerable scope, like her hit costume drama Belle, requires a surplus of confidence that the warm and direct Assante exhibits in spades. Still, as she walked up the stairs of Oprah Winfrey’s Montecito mansion last May for a garden party that the media mogul threw to honor Belle, Asante clutched the hands of her actors, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sam Reid, and began to panic as she drew nearer to her idol. “I remember saying to Sam, ‘I can’t tell you how nervous I am!’” Asanta recalls to Vulture, laughing. “I think it was a bit disconcerting, because I was their director — I'm supposed to always have it together and have all the answers. Suddenly, it was them holding my hand, telling me, ‘It’s going to be okay!’”It’s been more than »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Casting Net: Rachel Weisz may join Michael Fassbender in period drama

10 July 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]

• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »

- Jake Perlman

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Kate Beckinsale in The Disappointments Room for D.J. Caruso; Jim Belushi Tells The Whole Truth; Dakota Johnson Is Forever, Interrupted

10 July 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's a bit more casting news for you to enjoy: Kate Beckinsale will star in the psychological thriller The Disappointments Room for director D.J. Caruso. Jim Belushi has joined Courtney Hunt's courtroom drama The Whole Truth starring Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gabriel Basso. Dakota Johnson is attached to star in Forever, Interrupted, an adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid's novel. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from Deadline is the news that Relativity will fully finance The Disappointments Room starring Beckinsale.  Caruso did the most recent draft of the script, which was inspired by a true event and tells the story of one family’s terror-filled encounter within their own home. Dana (Beckinsale) and David, together with their 5-year-old son Jeremy, are looking for a fresh start.  They move into their dream house, a beautiful old rural home, where they soon discover »

- Dave Trumbore

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Jim Belushi joins The Whole Truth

10 July 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jim Belushi will join Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger on the cast of Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth, which has begun production this week in New Orleans. FilmNation handles international sales.

Also starring in the courtroom drama are Gugu Mbatha-Raw from Belle and Super 8’s Gabriel Basso.

“I’ve always been a big fan of Jim Belushi and am excited to bring out a side of him audiences haven’t seen before,” said Hunt, who earned an Oscar-nomination for her 2009 screenplay for Frozen River.

Reeves stars in The Whole Truth as a defence attorney facing a seemingly hopeless case as he strives to get his 17-year-old client acquitted of murder.

Basso will play the defendant, while Mbatha-Raw portrays a young attorney and Belushi and Zellweger are the accused’s parents.

“I’m drawn to stories that are as complex as reality and I gravitate towards actors capable of multi-layered performances who reveal the chaos and truth »

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Halfway Pt. 5 Best Performances

10 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Are you getting restless about all these halfway posts? We're almost done. The Power of List compels me. There's one more halfway post to go that's basically 'The Oscar Charts are Updated!' as the coding problem I mentioned is fixed and the updates are happening behind the scenes as you read this. We must get all this halfway business behind us by Saturday morning so that we can ape out all weekend with Andy Serkis & Co and start this second half of the year off right.


The Greatest Performances Of 2014's First Half

Best Leading Actress: Keira Knightley does her most relaxed and fluid work ever in Begin Again as a musician at a crossroads, never letting any one aspect of the character's situation pigeonhole her emotional responses; Agata Kulesza is an abrasive and evasive presence in her first scenes in Ida as a cynical woman who is »


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Jim Belushi joins courtroom drama The Whole Truth

10 July 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jim Belushi has been cast in The Whole Truth.

The K-9 star will join Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger in Courtney Hunt's courtroom drama.

Reeves will star as defence attorney Richard Ramsay, who is hired to defend a 17-year-old accused of murder.

The case against him looks impossible, and the defendant has not spoken since the crime.

Ramsay enlists the help of a young lawyer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) to find the truth of what happened on that day.

Zellweger and Belushi will play the defendant's parents. Gabriel Basso is also appearing in the film.

Belushi will next be seen in A Change of Heart and North of Hell.

The Whole Truth is yet to announce a release date. »

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