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Focus Features and Laika Seal Three-Film Deal

3 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features and Laika, the team behind stop-motion animated hit "The Boxtrolls," have announced a new three film partnership. Focus will distribute the animation house's next three projects domestically, with Universal Pictures International handling overseas release. Focus, which is continuing to establish its new identity under CEO Peter Schlessel, landed Laika its best opener yet with "The Boxtrolls," a top contender for the 2015 animated feature Oscar that opened last week. This new formal partnership will extend Focus' longstanding relationship with Laika and its CEO Travis Knight. The studio previously released Laika's Oscar nominees "Coraline" and "ParaNorman" under former CEO James Schamus. (Read our interview with "The Boxtrolls" composer here.) Focus, meanwhile, has another Oscar hopeful, the Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything," coming down the pike in November. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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First Look: Bradley Cooper In Clint Eastwood’s 'American Sniper'

1 October 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Oscar narrative always gets a little twisted in the fall: Films like the “The Imitation Game" or "The Theory Of Everything" benefit from from early and silly “seal the deal” premonitions, but in fact, the awards arms race usually doesn’t being in earnest until later in the year. We recently looked at 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders and on that list is Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper. Cooper’s passion project see him produce as well as act, and Steven Spielberg was once attached to direct. Cooper optioned the novel “American Sniper” by Navy Seal Chris Kyle. And the two spoke only once: Kyle was was killed in 2013 by a troubled Marine veteran at a shooting range (the trial for his murder is still ongoing). "Thank God I got to talk to him once on the phone,'' Cooper, »

- Edward Davis

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Lena Dunham Reveals She Was Raped, Brad Pitt Almost Fought a Fellow Actor on Set + More in Today’s Last Lap

1 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Lena Dunham speaks out about rape in her new book, Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf almost fought with another actor while shooting Fury, Gone Girl star Emily Ratajkowski is fierce on the October issue of Cosmopolitan, and more in today’s Last Lap.

Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf briefly had beef with Scott Eastwood on the set of Fury. [Us Weekly] In her book, Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham reveals she was date raped in college after being “at a party, drunk.” You can learn more and join Lena’s cause at rainn.org now. [Huffington Post] Gone Girl‘s Emily Ratajkowski works her goodies on the October cover of Cosmopolitan. [Just Jared] FX releases the main titles for American Horror Story: Freak Show ahead of the Oct. 8 premiere. The Theory of Everything was perhaps the biggest highlight from the Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the trailer to see why. [Mashable] In other news, Snooki »

- Taylor Ferber

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Contender Countdown: 'Gone Girl' and 'A Most Violent Year' enter the fray

25 September 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's been barely a moment to breathe since "The Imitation Game," "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything" showed their wares at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, but there's rarely any rest for the weary during awards season. Three films are making noise in the Best Picture rankings this week and all for different reasons. David Fincher's "Gone Girl" has already received some strong early reviews, but its big closeup will be Friday when it opens the 2014 New York Film Festival and a theater full of prestige pundits finally get to see it. Pre-release polling shows a strong $25 million-plus opening for the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel and the flood of reviews this weekend "should" give the film an even bigger boost (no doubt part of 20th Century Fox's plan). "Girl" is one contender that will likely need to solidify its standing from both critical and moviegoer response. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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J.C. Chandor's 'A Most Violent Year' Starring Jessica Chastain & Oscar Isaac To Have World Premiere At AFI Fest

24 September 2014 5:55 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Among our 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders, J.C. Chandor's promising "A Most Violent Year" is certainly one that will likely give some of the current frontrunners (“The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game,” “Foxcatcher,” “Birdman”) stiff competition. Now, the Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac starring film has a debut set. AFI Fest has announced that "A Most Violent Year" will have its world premiere as part of the Opening Night Gala on November 6th. The red carpet beforehand will see the likes of Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel and Catalina Sandino Moreno, each co-starring in a movie about an immigrant trying to make his way in a violence plagued New York City in 1981. "A Most Violent Year" opens in limited release on December 31st. Watch the trailer here. Press release below. ----- For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, CA, September 24, 2014 – The American. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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15 Films That Failed To Hit The 2014 Fall Festival Circuit

22 September 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We're already halfway through the fall festival season (with Nyff kicking off this week, and London, Tokyo and the AFI among those still to come), but three of the biggest in terms of notable premieres are all out of the way already, with Venice Tiff and Telluride, having come and gone. From those, we've seen big movies like "Birdman," "The Imitation Game," "Wild," "The Theory Of Everything," "Nightcrawler" and more, with "Gone Girl," "Rosewater," "Inherent Vice" and "Fury" among those premiering shortly. But what of those films that didn't make any of the festivals? Back in the summer, we posted our wish-list of 50 movies that we hoped would be unveiled sometime this fall, and while most have screened, or will soon enough, there are quite a few candidates that seemed likely at the time that haven't yet surfaced, and almost certainly won't until 2015, possibly even »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Listen: Why 'The Imitation Game' Is the Current Front-runner to Win Best Picture

17 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Welcome back to the FanCast Movies Podcast here at Movies.com! On this week's episode of the FanCast Movies Podcast, hosts Erik Davis (Movies.com) and Sean O'Connell (CinemaBlend.com) discuss the bigger, awards-buzzy movies that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, including the fest's big winner -- and potential Best Picture candidate -- The Imitation Game, as well as Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, The Theory of Everything, Wild and more. You can listen to this episode using the player below. Additionally, you can subscribe to the FanCast movies podcast over on iTunes here.   Listen to ‘Why 'The Imitation Game' Is the Current Front-runner to Win Best Picture’ on Audioboo (function() { var po...

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- Movies.com

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Updated 2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

16 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Updating the Best Director category isn't as easy as it was last week when I took a look at the acting and Best Picture categories. On the heels of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals there were a few films and performances that clearly rose in significance, but when it comes to direction I tend to feel we're looking at something a little different. It seems like a chance for the Academy to award a director whose film may have been a little more challenging, a little less The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, while, at the same time, we also have some strong female directors in the field this year, which could also spice up the race as gender politics continue to heat up in the industry. When it comes to my top five in the category, the names remain the same while some of the positions have changed. »

- Brad Brevet

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"The Imitation Game" Takes Toronto Honor

14 September 2014 5:15 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The trio of major Fall film festivals (Venice, Telluride, Toronto) has come to a close and it's The Weinstein Company's "The Imitation Game" that looks to have come out a winner.

The Benedict Cumberbatch-led drama won the Toronto Film Festival's highest honor, the people's choice award, earlier this afternoon. This automatically slots it in as a major contender for the upcoming awards season as that award has been among the best early harbingers of Oscar success.

Other films thought to be top contenders in contention this year for the audience award included "Foxcatcher," "Wild," "The Theory of Everything" and "Nightcrawler".

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Tiff Awards Brunch, Or 'But I Saw So Many Movies!'

14 September 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Little known factoid: I actually don't like hearing about festival awards If I attended said festival. Unless I'm on a jury of course. Invariably it makes you feel like a lightweight no matter how many movies you sat through because it's impossible to have seen everything when 100s of films are on offer. I saw 25 films over 8 days of screening or basically 3 a day (since I had to make time for writing / parties / eating / sleeping) and it looks like I saw only one of the films that won a prize at Tiff.

Here are the awards...

the pray-cry mittens come out again! "I would like to thank the Academy for --er, I mean the people of Toronto!"

People's Choice Award  -This is the biggie and the only one that people use as any kind of Oscar barometer. It went to the Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game. That's the only award »


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A Steve Jobs Effect at Toronto? Brains Over Brawn Define Heroes of Oscar-Bound Movies

14 September 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As the Toronto International Film Festival draws to a close, it is striking how many films featured heroes with glasses furiously thinking through problems — brains-over-brawn scenarios that definitively mark the end of summer blockbuster territory. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you can go home now. In at least three major films at the festival, the film's drama is created by the life of the mind, rather than might, morals or spiritual strength. A brainiac of one kind or another is the hero of the narrative. See Photos: The Scene at TheWrap's Toronto Film Fest Video Lounge (Photos) >> In “The Theory of Everything. »

- Sharon Waxman

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Oscar-bound 'Imitation Game' wins Toronto's People's Choice Award

14 September 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

After dominating a lot of the on-the-ground chatter at the Telluride Film Festival and then transitioning to the Toronto fest with a headwind, The Weinstein Company's Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game" has won Toronto's coveted People's Choice Award. Previous winners of the prize have included "12 Years a Slave," "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech," "Precious," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "American Beauty." So it goes without saying: it can be a pretty significant Oscar bellwether. We've been telling you since it premiered in Colorado that it was a strong player in the game and here we are. Other films that seemed to have an angle on the prize this year, given reactions to the many films in play, included "The Theory of Everything" and "The Last 5 Years." But "The Imitation Game" is a thoroughbred like "Argo," like "The King's Speech." It's a film that a lot of people can agree on, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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What I Watched, What You Watched #262

14 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've noticed participation in this column dramatically decreasing over the past couple weeks... was it something I saidc Anyway, as far as what I've watched, I have nine films I saw at the Toronto Film Festival, which include Pawn Sacrifice (read my review here), The Theory of Everything (read my review here), Rec 4: Apocalypse (read my review here), While We're Young (read my review here), The Imitation Game (read my review here), Foxcatcher (read my review here), The Keeping Room, Rosewater (read my review here) and Wild (read my review here). Also, the day after I returned home from Toronto I saw Kevin Smith's Tusk, which I will be reviewing at the beginning of next week and I'm actually tempted to finally watch Smith's Red State before writing that review, but we'll see. Otherwise, on Friday night I finally turned on the television for the first time in »

- Brad Brevet

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Tiff 2014: Redmayne Shines as Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'

9 September 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

This year there seems to be a number of outstanding films about the struggles of the most intelligent people in recent history. At the Telluride Film Festival, I was blown away by The Imitation Game (read my review), which told the story of English mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing, who was medically castrated for homosexuality after helping crack the Nazi’s Enigma code during WWII. At the Toronto Film Festival, I was just as impressed with The Theory of Everything, which tells the story of English cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who lost control of the his muscles in his body due to motor neurone disease, yet still wowed the world with his mind. The Theory of Everything has some issues, but is still a very powerful film. At this point, most of us are already very familiar with Professor Hawking: his books, his studies, and his computer voice. There is »

- Alex Billington

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Watch Kate Winslet meet the king in Alan Rickman's 'A Little Chaos'

9 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Toronto Film Festival is only half over, and though several promising festival films have already emerged as Oscar contenders—like Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, and Wild—there are still several curious and intriguing movies yet to debut. One of them is A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman’s period romantic-drama that will be Tiff’s closing-night film on Sept. 14. Kate Winslet stars as Sabine De Barra, a strong-willed 17th-century French gardener who challenges sexual and class barriers when she vies to design and build one of the main showcase attractions at King Louis’s Xiv’s new palace at Versailles. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Toronto’s Award Hopefuls: Too Much or Not Enough?

9 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The idea of sampling new films at Toronto is sort of like going to the Cheesecake Factory for a little nibble. It seems like a good idea, but then you realize: There is no such thing as a small portion.

The 11-day fest, which passed the halfway mark on Tuesday, offers 300 films. This means that on Saturday, Sept. 6, press and industry members had a choice of 140 screenings. (Things slow down a bit after the first four-day frenzy. On Thursday Sept. 11, for example, there are a mere 120.)

Similarly, awards possibilities are too plentiful, yet one feels hungry for more. Of the new films hoping to enter the Oscar race, speculation so far centers on acting: “The Theory of Everything” (Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones), “St. Vincent” (Bill Murray), “Nightcrawler” (Jake Gyllenhaal), and “The Judge” (Robert Duvall).

There are other newbies with strong performances, but it’s not clear if they will »

- Tim Gray

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Oscar Beat Tiff 2014: Benedict Cumberbatch Launches Into the Best Actor Race with The Imitation Game

8 September 2014 2:56 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The awards season is certainly prone to recognizing biopics, and luckily there are two high-profile films based on the lives of historical figures screening at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  I’ll have a full Oscar Beat report up on The Theory of Everything soon (for now read Phil’s review), but for now it’s time to focus on the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch might very well end up with a Best Actor nomination for his fantastic performance as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.  Moreover, the film itself has been receiving high praise, and I left the theater this afternoon thinking, “this feels like the kind of movie that wins Best Picture.”  More after the jump. For those unfamiliar, The Imitation Game tells the story of genius mathematician Alan Turing, who was responsible for inventing and using the machine that cracked the Nazi Enigma code, bringing about the end of World War II. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Toronto's First Weekend Features Some Fireworks, But We're ‘Waiting for Greatness’

7 September 2014 11:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

For those keeping score after the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival, here's the tally: one thunderstorm, one lightning strike and a few cinematic fireworks. From the opening night screening of “The Judge” to the world premieres of “St. Vincent,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Equalizer” and “The Theory of Everything,” Tiff 2014 has presented a lavish spread of debuts and attracted a starry cast that includes Denzel Washington, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum and Bill Murray. What it hasn't quite done, though Sunday's premiere of “The Theory of Everything” came close, is deliver the kind of knockout blow it. »

- Steve Pond

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Will Jake Gyllenhaal Creepout 'Nightcrawler' Wow Crowds Outside Toronto as Well as Oscar Voters? (Video)

7 September 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

So far the Toronto Film Festival has not mined any Oscar riches that weren't already revealed at other festivals. Tonight's public screening of Working Title's "The Theory of Everything" may change that. But so far Tiff world premieres "The Judge," "St. Vincent," "The Reach," "Boychoir," "The Drop," "Men, Women & Children" and "While We're Young," while they all offer certain pleasures, are unlikely Oscar pictures. They're indie crowdpleasers: B-movies, indie genre flicks or relationship dramas.   The one dark horse Oscar candidate is Dan Gilroy's Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle "Nightcrawler," which allows the pale, gaunt actor to transform himself physically into Lou Bloom, a dangerous sociopathic creep in the vein of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver." Chasing after visceral and bloody video footage of fires, car crashes, and murder victims, Gyllenhaal's nightcrawler »

- Anne Thompson

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What I Watched, What You Watched #261

7 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

You know what I've been watching, but if you haven't been paying attention the week began with Mr. Turner (read the review here), then I watched the documentary Tales of the Grim Sleeper (review coming later today) on a screener during my flight from Seattle to Toronto. Once in town I saw Mommy (review here), Maps to the Stars (review here), The Judge (review here), Samba (review here), The Drop (review coming today), Nightcrawler (review coming Monday), Men, Women & Children (review here), Revenge of the Green Dragons (review coming Monday), Elephant Song (review coming Monday) and by the time you read this I will have seen The Theory of Everything. So, yeah, it's been a busy week for movies and it makes it really hard to stay on top of things and keep up with writing reviews. I'm writing this up at half-past-midnight and still have one review left to write, »

- Brad Brevet

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