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As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
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Kate Bush's comeback concert on Tuesday night in London attracted such celebrities as Bjork, Lily Allen and actress Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Quantum of Solace) and rave reviews in the British press. The singer-songwriter's first stage performance in 35 years at the Hammersmith Apollo also led to unconfirmed suggestions that Madonna and David Bowie may be in attendance, according to The Guardian and other papers who mentioned the various stars actually spotted in the crowd. Among them were also such 1980s pop stars as Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Marc Almond, as well
- Georg Szalai
Al Pacino (Heat) will be starting off the 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival at Charity Gala on September 3rd with an intimate on-stage conversation; however, the Oscar-winner will not be alone as other celebrities will be descending upon the city. A much loved comedian will be honoured two days later as Bill Murray Day will see the screenings of Ghostbusters (1984), Stripes (1981) and Groundhog Day (1993) plus the World Premiere of his latest cinematic performance in St. Vincent Theodore Melfi where he portrays a boozing and gambling curmudgeon who establishes an unusual friendship with a newly transplanted 12 year old boy in Brooklyn.
Outside of Pacino and Murray, the festivities will include in-depth conversations with filmmakers David Thorpe, Julie Taymor, Antoine Fuqua and Jon Stewart; actors Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche; and journalists Maziar Bahari and Dan Savage. “The Mavericks programme offers Festivalgoers an exclusive »
- Trevor Hogg
Playing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Vanguard section is The Voices, which stars Ryan Reynolds, severed heads, and talking animals. As if you needed yet another reason to head up North.
This genre-bending tale centers around Jerry Hickfang, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.
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- Steve Barton
The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival.
With the added films, the festival’s entire slate is now a whopping 393 movies. Two hundred eighty-five of those movies are feature films, of which 143 are world premieres.
The Mavericks portion of the festival includes onstage discussions following the screening of each film. Do I Sound Gay? will be followed by a talk between director David Thorpe and sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Also premiering in that space is The 50 Year Argument, »
- Jacob Shamsian
Bill Murray is coming to Toronto folks. Actually, the film he stars in (Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent) is having its official World Premiere launch at the jaw-dropping 285 feature film 2014 Tiff line-up. In the final batch of items we finally get the confirmation that 2014′s Palme d’Or Winner Winter Sleep (which gets added along with a trio of others to the Masters Programme) will show, and Tomm Moore’s highly anticipated Song of the Sea (among the four item line-up for Tiff Kids) also lands. Worth mentioning are the sprinkling of add-ons to the various other sections (Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance preemed The Voices, Matt Shakman’s Cut Bank and the world preem of Danis Tanovic’s Tigers) with a Studio Ghibli docu item being fitted into the Tiff Docs, but it is the Discovery Programme that finally takes shape.
The “up-and-comers” include Berlin Film Fest (and future Nyff »
- Eric Lavallee
Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array of stars expected to alight on the red carpet of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
The fest today revealed an impressive roster of helmers and thesps planning to boost their latest work in Toronto next month. And with the critical four-day opening weekend packed exclusively — as per the new fest policy — with world premieres and North American premieres of studio awards contenders, buzzy acquisition titles, and hot U.S. and international arthouse fare, you can expect media frenzies, flash mobs of buyers, and intense afterparty rivalries like never before.
Slates for Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids were also unveiled today, as were a handful of late-breaking adds to other programs, bringing this year’s grand total to 393 films, »
- Jennie Punter
It’s casting time! Here’s what we’ve got coming at a glance: The Ticket has Malin Akerman locked to star opposite Dan Stevens. Meadowland just added Jurassic World’s Ty Simpkins to the cast. One Square Mile is set to begin production with Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton in the lead roles. Hit the jump for more. First up, we’ve got Deadline reporting that Akerman just joined Stevens in the indie drama, The Ticket. Apparently this one centers on a blind man played by Stevens who gets his vision back, but then is “blinded” by an “obsession with the superficial.” Akerman’s on board to play Stevens’ wife whom he leaves after getting his sight back. Filming on this one is currently underway in upstate New York. Simpkins just locked his Jurassic World follow-up, the psychological drama, Meadowland. That one marks director of photography Reed Morano’s »
- Perri Nemiroff
In case you were worried about the continuity of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, never fear: Ving Rhames will be back once again for "Mission: Impossible 5." Director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed the actor's return on Twitter, with Rhames reprising his Luther Stickell role. In case you forgot, he appeared briefly at the end of "Mission: Impossible —Ghost Protocol" and we'll presume he'll have a bit more to do in this next entry in the series. [via SuperHeroHype] Paul Giamatti will play music manager Jerry Heller in the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" directed by F. Gary Gray. Heller managed the groundbreaking hip hop group during their rise to fame, but was also blamed by members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre for hastening group's breakup by favoring Eazy E in business decisions. The film arrives in theatres on August 14, 2015. [THR] "Les Miserables" star Samantha Barks has joined Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton in the drama »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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Sunday Night at the London Palladium is returning to ITV next month.
The variety show - which originally aired from 1955 to 1967 and returned for a year in 1973 - will reportedly be back for six primetime episodes.
Alan Davies, Sarah Millican and Milton Jones are also expected to perform, while musicians from Neil Diamond, Art Garfunkel and Bryan Adams to Maroon 5, The Script, Nicole Scherzinger and Little Mix have reportedly been booked to appear.
"Some of the UK's best-loved comics and entertainers will host one show each and introduce some of the biggest stars from music and comedy," an ITV spokesperson said. "There will be »
ITV is bringing back 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium'. The station have lined up a number of top comics to host the variety show, including Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Bradley Walsh and Jack Whitehall, when it returns in a prime time slot next month. The six-part series - which will return to its original home at the 2,200-seat Palladium theatre - also has a host of guests booked already, including comedy sets from Alan Davies, Sarah Millican and Milton Jones. Gemma Arterton's new musical, 'Made in Dagenham', will be awarded a slot on one of the programmes, while a diverse bill of »
A handful of new cast members have been added to director Jim O’Hanlon’s A Hundred Streets, which follows London residents from all backgrounds whose paths cross in a turn of dramatic events. Joining the previously announced Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton are Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Ken Stott (The Hobbit), Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element), Steve Mackintosh (Luther), Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), and Emma Rigby (Plastic). Barks will play Lotte, ex-girlfriend to rich playboy Jahmal (Adaam Bakri), who re-enters his life alongside her best friend (Rigby); soon, Jahmal makes a life-changing choice that sends him on the run with ex-special forces security guard, »
- C. Molly Smith
With Gemma Arterton and Idris Elba locked in to star, director Jim O’Hanlon has been busy building the rest of the ensemble for his slice-of-London-life drama A Hundred Streets. Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks is now aboard alongside Charlie Creed-Miles, Ken Stott, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Cullen and Emma Rigby.Set in the teeming metropolis, A Hundred Streets aims to be something in the vein of Crash or Amores Perros, weaving between characters at different financial levels of the city. Barks is on to play Lotte, the former flame of rich playboy Jamal (Adam Bakri), who meets him again alongside her best pal (Rigby) and sends him down a criminal path that finds him chased by security guard Gordon (Mackintosh).Creed-Miles is cab driver George, a man with dreams of fatherhood who must deal with a life-shattering disaster. Cullen will be a friend of Emily (Arterton), who may be the person »
Director Jim O’Hanlon’s “A Hundred Streets” announced new cast members today, including Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”), Ken Stott (“The Hobbit” series), Charlie Creed-Miles (“Wild Bill,” “The Fifth Element”), Steve Mackintosh (“Luther,” “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels”), Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey”) and Emma Rigby (“Plastic,” “Hollyoaks”). They join previously cast stars Gemma Arterton and Idris Elba.
In the vein of “Crash” and “Amores Perros,” the film follows London residents both surviving the day-to-day grind of everyday life as well as those living the opulent lifestyles of the wealthy, showing how the contrasting lives of these people can lead to interconnecting existences as they face dramatic choices and change in their lives.
Barks plays Lotte, the ex-girlfriend of rich playboy Jahmal (Adam Bakri), who re-enters his life with her best friend (Rigby) at a moment that forces him into a life-changing decision that sends him on the run, chased »
- Kevin Noonan
Paris– Gaumont will be out in force at Toronto Intl. Film Festival with a record five French-language films selected in major sections.
The French studio will host the world premiere of this year’s hotly anticipated Gallic movies, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s “Samba” and Cedric Jimenez’s “The Connection” slotted for a Gala unspooling.
An uplifting dramedy weaving friendship and romance, “Samba” marks Toledano and Nakache’s follow up to smash hit “The Intouchables.” The helmer duo reteamed with their star, Omar Sy, who plays a recent immigrant to France who bonds with a tormented social worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
Based on a true story, “The Connection” (“La French”), directed by Jimenez, chronicles the six-year battle waged by a French magistrate, played by Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), to bring down Marseilles’ French connection drug ring.
Both “Samba” and “The Connection” have pre-sold in key territories. “The Connection »
- Elsa Keslassy
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
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
Get ready Toronto…Adam Sandler is coming to town. The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled a huge batch of new films for it slate today, and anyone doubting the strength of the lineup this year will quickly be silenced. The brace of world premieres coming to the festival is impressive, so let's point out the highlights: Thomas McCarthy's "The Cobbler" with the aforementioned, erstwhile Billy Madison; "Madame Bovary" starring Mia Wasikowska and Paul Giamatti; "Escobar: Paradise Lost" with Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson; "Boychoir" with Dustin Hoffman; "The Forger" with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan; and "Gemma Bovery" with Gemma Arterton. And as for festival films making a stop in Toronto, there's also the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night," Michel Hazanavicius' "The Search," Lynn Shelton's "Laggies" and more. Tiff runs from September 4-14. Check out »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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