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Chris Rock's 'Top Five,' other Toronto films land distribution deals (Updated)

10 September 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Mia Wasikowska's ‘Madame Bovary’ Seduces U.S. Distributor Millennium Entertainment

9 September 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Millennium Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Sophie Barthes’ drama “Madame Bovary,” which stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys IfansEzra Miller and Logan Marshall-Green. The movie made its world debut in Telluride and will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Also read: Millennium Entertainment's Catalog, Distribution Sold to Management Team, Virgo Entertainment Henry Lloyd-Hughes (“Anna Karenina”) and Laura Carmichael (“Downtown Abbey”) co-star in the film, which Felipe Marino adapted from Gustave Flaubert's classic novel of the same name along with Barthes. In “Madame Bovary,” Emma (Wasikowska) has always dreamt of a finer »

- Jeff Sneider

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Toronto: Mia Wasikowska's 'Madame Bovary' Sells in U.S. to Millennium Entertainment

9 September 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Director Sophie Barthes' Madame Bovary has landed a U.S. home with the newly reorganized Millennium Entertainment. Starring Mia Wasikowska, the movie made its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and will play at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 10. Madame Bovary, which has drawn mixed reviews, also stars Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller. Felipe Marino adapted the screenplay from Gustave Flaubert's classic novel of the same name with Barthes. Wasikowska plays Emma Bovary, a young, beautiful woman from northern France who marries the town doctor in order to escape a life of swine farming. But she

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- Pamela McClintock

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Toronto: Mia Wasikowska’s ‘Madame Bovary’ Picked Up for U.S. Distribution

9 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Millennium Entertainment has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sophie Barthes’ “Madame Bovary,” starring Mia Wasikowska in the title role.

Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Logan Marshall-Green and Laura Carmichael also star. Felipe Marino adapted the screenplay from Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel of the same name with Barthes.

The film — the 10th cinematic adaptation of Flaubert’s French drama — made its world debut in Telluride and will play at the Toronto Film Festival on Wednesday.

Wasikowska stars as Emma Bovary, who dreams of a finer life than the one she has on her father’s pig farm and soon discovers that marrying Mr. Charles Bovary does not make this possible.

Occupant Entertainment’s Marino and Joe Neurauter produced the film in association with Barthes through her Aden Film banner and Aleph Motion PicturesJaime Mateus-Tique. Funding came from VP Finance and Prescience with Tim Smith »

- Dave McNary

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Toronto Update: Re-Branding Millennium Seals Deal For ‘Madame Bovary’

9 September 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update, 9:23 Am: Millennium has officially confirmed the Madame Bovary acquisition that I scooped was happening over the weekend. The deal was finalized ahead of its Toronto screening set for tomorrow. The full release is below our original exclusive.

Previous Exclusive, Saturday Pm: Millennium Entertainment is getting close to a seven-figure deal to acquire U.S. rights to Madame Bovary, the Sophie Barthes-directed film that stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller.

The film is set in period France, and focuses on two years in the life of the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor. She engages in extra-marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status. I’m hearing that companies like A24 and Sony Pictures Classics are still in the mix, but it looks like this one will close tonight. It premieres Wednesday in the Special Presentations section, but buyers caught it yesterday at a »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Acquisitions: Bovary, Go, Years, Tracers, Alex

6 September 2014 3:37 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Madame Bovary

Millennium Entertainment is closing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to the Sophie Barthes-directed "Madame Bovary" starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller.

The French period film focuses on two years of the life of the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor. She engages in extra marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status. [Source: Deadline]

Just Before I Go

Starz has secured the North American rights to Courteney Cox's dark comedy feature directorial debut "Just Before I Go". Seann William Scott, Rob Riggle, Garret Dillahunt, Kate Walsh, David Arquette and Olivia Thirlby star.

David Flebotte's script follows a suicidal man who encounters a few surprises as he heads back to his home town and prepares to shuffle off his mortal coil. [Source: Screen]

The Last 5 Years

RADiUS-twc has scored North American rights to the Toronto world premiere film "The Last 5 Years" starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. »

- Garth Franklin

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Toronto Hot Film Acquisition Titles: Will Seller’s Market Continue Into Fall?

5 September 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

If the acquisitions frenzy and precedent-setting deals struck in Berlin and Cannes is going to continue, it will surprise many of the sellers who’ve come to the Toronto Film Festival to fill slots in their 2015 slates. Maybe it’s because there were so many spectacular deals this year, of perhaps it’s because Toronto 2014 is so stocked with studio films that star the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Bill Murray and Denzel Washington. Whatever the reason, acquisition titles seem to be lower key than last year, when Can A Song Save Your Life and Bad Words prompted overnight auctions and $7 million deals, and just about every movie that played here found distribution.

The deal action got underway yesterday and today with Relativity’s acquisition of The Woman In Black 2 and Saban Entertainment’s deal for fest title Tracers. All the ingredients for a continued buying surge seem to be there, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Madame Bovary’

1 September 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

. Measured and absorbing rather than deeply compelling or vital, this latest adaptation of a rarely well-filmed novel makes a strong effort to capture the stiflingly provincial world that Flaubert was able to describe in such precise, painstaking detail on the page. If the slow-burning result falls somewhat short of that admittedly Herculean feat, there are fine compensations in Barthes’ exquisite visual sense (aided by Andrij Parekh’s widescreen imagery) and another fiercely unsympathetic performance from Mia Wasikowska in the title role. Following its Telluride and Toronto berths, this classy period piece deserves to find a discerning arthouse niche.

Although Flaubert’s once-controversial realist masterwork has yielded no shortage of TV and film adaptations (including Vincente Minnelli’s 1949 version and Claude Chabrol’s 1991 picture with Isabelle Huppert), Barthe’s film is billing itself as the first one to be directed by a woman — a savvy enough hook for this particular proto-feminist literary heroine. »

- Justin Chang

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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

29 August 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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.

Maps To The StarsSeptember 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September »

- Movie Geeks

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Casting Net: Billy Crudup in talks for Catholic Church drama 'Spotlight'

27 August 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdamsLiev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]

• Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Callum Keith Rennie (Californiacation) are going Into the Forest. The two »

- Jake Perlman

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Lake Bell To Helm ‘Emperor’s Children'; Jack Kilmer Joins ‘Stanford Prison Experiment'; ‘The Finest Hours’ Adds ‘Outlander’s Graham McTavish

26 August 2014 5:26 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After making her directing debut with In A World, Lake Bell will take her sophomore turn behind the camera with The Emperor’s Children for Imagine Entertainment. Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud’s 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine. Bell wrote, directed, and starred in In A World, which nabbed her Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award along with an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. She stars in the upcoming The Coup for TWC and in Man Up opposite Simon Pegg.

Neophyte thesp Jack Kilmer will play one of a handful of infamous college research subjects in The Stanford Prison Experiment, now filming in L.A. The film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from Tim Talbott’s script chronicles the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, »

- Jen Yamato

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Miller, Crudup & Angarano Join ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’

21 August 2014 8:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It was only yesterday that we brought you the trailer to Billy Crudup’s latest venture, Rudderless, and now it looks like he might be attaching his name to something else. News has surfaced that the Almost Famous actor will star alongside Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Michael Angarano (The Brass Teapot) in Stanford Prison Experiment, based on true events.

With a script penned by Tim Talbott (South Park, Chicago Fire), the story is taken from an experiment conducted at Stanford University in the 1970s. A group of 19 and 20 year-old students are separated into two groups – prisoners and wardens. With a two week trial period, the participants are left to their own devices. However, with free reign to do what they want – and having gone a little power-crazy – the experiment has to be cut short due to ‘sadistic’ abuse.

As I said in yesterday’s article, »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup & More Join 'Stanford Prison Experiment'

20 August 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following a pair of breakthrough performances from Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being A Wallflower, we haven't seen the actor get nearly as much work as we want him to. But now he's lined up what could be a promising indie project with Billy Crudup and Michael Angarano in the Stanford Prison Experiment. Based on the social study of the same name, the film has been in development for over a decade and The Wrap reports it's coming together with C.O.G. director Kyle Patrick Alvarez at the helm. This certainly seems like timely subject matter considering what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri. For those who don't know the Stanford Prison Experiment was a study conducted at the university back in 1971 where randomly-chosen 19 and 20-year-old students were divided into camps of either prison guards or prisoners and left conduct themselves as they would in a jail. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Casting Net: Mark Wahlberg may star in Bp oil disaster film

19 August 2014 4:42 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Mark Wahlberg may star in the Bp oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]

• Warner Bros. has acquired »

- Jake Perlman

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Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano to Star in ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ (Exclusive)

19 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After more than a decade in development, a movie about the infamous “Stanford Prison Experiment” is finally moving forward with Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano set to star and “C.O.G.” filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez (“C.O.G.”) directing, TheWrap has learned. Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features are financing the indie project, which Brent Emery and Lizzie Friedman are producing with Greg Little, Lauren Bratman and “The Hurt Locker” star Brian Geraghty. The film is based on the landmark experiment conducted at Stanford University in the summer of 1971, in which randomly-chosen 19 and 20-year-old students were divided into camps of either »

- Jeff Sneider

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More Galas and Special Presentations plus Seoul, South Korea and World Contemporary Cinema at Tiff 2014

13 August 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

An additional 7 galas and 17 special presentations will be taking place at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival which will include the latest cinematic efforts of Sophie Barthes, Thomas McCarthy, Johnnie To, Michel Hazanavicius, Olivier Assayas, Benoît Jacquot, Lynn Shelton, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Here are some World Premiere highlights:

The Forger (USA) by Philip Martin and starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Thomas, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer and Travis Wade.

A former art prodigy and second generation petty thief buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son. To do so, he must team up with his father for one last job to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release.

The Cobbler (USA) by Thomas McCarthy and starring Adam Sandler, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Fritz Weaver, Yul Vazquez, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman.

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- Trevor Hogg

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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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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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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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