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7 more must-see films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival

16 August 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

7 more must-see films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival7 more must-see films at this year's Toronto International Film FestivalAdriana Floridia8/16/2016 10:52:00 Am

Every Tuesday, we are showered with more film announcements for this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and therefore become that much more excited and overwhelmed.

Lucky for you, we're helping you narrow down which films you absolutely must-see at the festival if you're attending, and those that you should keep your eye out for when they hit Cineplex theatres if you're not.

Today, Tiff announced their programs for Contemporary World Cinema, Wavelengths, Masters, and topped up their Galas and Special Presentations. It's a lot of information to process, and there is a wide variety of films here for everyone. We've chosen seven stand-out films from today's announcement that we think you should definitely have on your radar.

Here are seven more films to watch at the »

- Adriana Floridia

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Movie News: Brad Pitt Wants David Fincher for 'World War Z' Sequel; Director Antoine Fuqua Heads to 'Scarface' Remake

11 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

World War Z: Actor/producer Brad Pitt wants David Fincher to direct a sequel to World War Z (above). The duo previously teamed on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (below). Reportedly, Fincher is now officially in talks to helm the zombie project, which aims to start production early next year. [Variety]   Scarface: Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, above; The Magnificent Seven) is in talks to direct a new version of Scarface. The original tale, released in 1932, revolved around the rise and fall of a criminal kingpin. Al Pacino starred in a 1983 remake, directed by Brian De Palma. The new version will be set in modern-day Los Angeles and follow a similar storyline. [Deadline]   Queen of the Air: Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, above...

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- Peter Martin

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David Fincher Might Direct That World War Z Sequel

11 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

So according to Variety Brad Pitt wants his old friend David Fincher behind the camera for that World War Z sequel he’s been cooking for a while now. David Fincher and Brad Pitt have worked together in the past on movies like Se7en, Fight Club or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, so you could […]

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‘Moonlight’ Trailer: Barry Jenkins’ Tiff-Bound Drama Is a Life in Three Chapters

11 August 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A24 has released more than its fair share of notable films during its brief existence so far. Just this year alone, they’ve released “The Lobster,” “Green Room” and “The Witch, all of which have been widely acclaimed. But their latest film “Moonlight” represents a first for the young studio. Writer/director/producer Barry Jenkins’ upcoming drama marks the company’s first in-studio production alongside Plan B Productions, with Brad Pitt onboard as executive producer. Check out the first trailer below.

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Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film tells the life story of a young man named Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) via three defining chapters of his life. Set in the 1980’s Miami during the height of Reagan’s War on Drugs, “Moonlight” follows Chiron as he comes of age, falls in love and discovers his own sexuality, »

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David Fincher set to reunite with Brad Pitt for World War Z sequel

11 August 2016 1:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The pair, who last collaborated on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, are in talks to work together again on follow-up to the 2013 zombie thriller

David Fincher is in talks to direct Brad Pitt in a sequel to the 2013 zombie thriller World War Z.

According to Variety, Pitt is courting the Gone Girl film-maker after The Orphanage director Ja Bayona left the project to take on the sequel to Jurassic World. The film would mark the pair’s fourth collaboration after previously working together on Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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News Briefs: Brad Pitt, David Fincher Considering 'World War Z' Sequel

10 August 2016 11:03 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

World War Z 2: Actor-producer Brad Pitt wants David Fincher to direct a sequel to World War Z (above). The duo previously teamed on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (below). Reportedly, Fincher is now officially in talks to helm the zombie project, which aims to start production early next year. [Variety]   Scarface: Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, above; The Magnificent Seven) is in talks to direct a new version of Scarface. The original tale,...

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Brad Pitt Wants David Fincher to Direct World War Z 2

10 August 2016 7:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last May, Paramount issued a June 9, 2017 summer release date for the languishing action sequel World War Z 2, which has been in various stages of development shortly after the original movie debuted in 2013. A number of filmmakers have come and gone, but with nearly 10 months until the planned release date, it seems the studio may have finally found a director. While nothing is set in stone yet, David Fincher is reportedly in talks with the studio to reunite with his longtime collaborator Brad Pitt.

Variety reports that Brad Pitt met with a "handful" of directors a few months ago, but the actor/producer is said to be "zeroing in" on David Fincher. The actor and filmmaker have worked together three times before, on 1995's Se7en, 1999's Fight Club and 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The site reports that Brad Pitt and David Fincher met about this zombie sequel two weeks ago, »

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World War Z 2: David Fincher linked with directing

10 August 2016 5:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Brad Pitt is pinning his hopes on David Fincher to steer World War Z 2 to the big screen...

World War Z is getting ready for its second undeadly assault on cinemas, and now star and producer and Brad Pitt thinks there is only one man who can command the aftermath.

David Fincher (who directed Pitt in Fight Club, Seven, and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) is in talks with Brad Pitt’s Plan B, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions to take over from departing director Juan Antonio Bayona for the World War Z sequel. Bayona left the project to direct the next installment of the Jurassic World franchise.

Pitt will produce and star again in World War Z 2. Fincher was reportedly “lukewarm” to the idea at their initial meeting two weeks ago, but “negotiations are much further down the road” now and »

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David Fincher Looking To Direct World War Z Sequel?

10 August 2016 4:56 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

While World War Z may not have been the classic zombie flick fans of the book were hoping for, the film still managed to be a thrilling tale that moved at breakneck speed. Despite all the reshoots and the tampering from the studio, World War Z turned out to be one heck of a Frankenstein's monster. What's more, the movie also made back over half a billion dollars in box office gross, which isn't bad when you look at its troubled production.

But its production woes were easily forgotten, and after the box office success, a sequel was inevitable. And yet, here we are in 2016, with no sequel yet in hand. The Impossible's J.A. Bayona was originally set to helm the sequel, but has since moved on to Jurassic World 2 -- probably a good move on his part, career-wise. This left World War Z 2 without a father. But, »

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David Fincher in Early Talks to Direct World War Z Sequel?

10 August 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The search for a new director for the sequel to 2013’s World War Z has taken an intriguing turn, as Variety reports that David Fincher (Gone Girl, 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is in early talks to helm the follow-up film.

According to Variety, Fincher has been having discussions with Brad Pitt, Paramount Pictures, and Skydance about potentially directing World War Z 2. No deal is finalized at this point, but things seem to have taken a promising turn, as Variety states that “negotiations are much further down the road” than they were when talks began a couple of weeks ago, and that a deal could be on the table.

If Fincher does take the helm of the sequel, it would be his fourth movie with Pitt, as the two have already worked together on Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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Brad Pitt Wants David Fincher to Direct the ‘World War Z’ Sequel, Because Why Not?

10 August 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With J.A. Bayona no longer set to direct the “World War Z” sequel, Brad Pitt apparently has a replacement in mind to take over the zombie-apocalypse drama. Variety reports that the returning/star producer would like David Fincher to step behind the camera this time around — a move that would mark the duo’s fourth collaboration.

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The two previously made “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” together, with “Benjamin Button” earning Pitt an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Fincher has made his fair share of genre fare but hasn’t worked on a sequel since walking off the set of his debut feature, the underrated “Alien 3”; that said, Variety has it on good authority that, while the director and actor’s discussions were “initially lukewarm »

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Brad Pitt Courting David Fincher for ‘World War Z’ Sequel (Exclusive)

10 August 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After losing director J.A. Bayona to the “Jurassic World” universe, Brad Pitt is zeroing in on an old friend for the World War Z sequel.

Sources have told Variety that Pitt, along with Paramount and Skydance, is in talks with David Fincher to direct the sequel to his 2013 smash hit.

Pitt, who’s returning to star in and produce the “World War Z” follow-up, recently met with a handful of other directors, but is said to be zeroing in on Fincher for the project, which is expected to start filming in early 2017.

Skydance and Paramount had no comment on the development.

According to sources, Fincher and Pitt met two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of Fincher boarding the zombie tentpole. The talks were initially lukewarm but sources now tell Variety negotiations are much further down the road and no one else currently has the offer to direct.

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- Justin Kroll

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Why Daniel Radcliffe Deserves an Oscar For ‘Swiss Army Man’

1 July 2016 5:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At 26, Daniel Radcliffe has fans to last him a lifetime, but now is the time to recognize him as one of the great actors working today. Chosen from droves of adorable English schoolchildren, Radcliffe was plucked from obscurity to play “The Boy Who Lives” in a fleet of “Harry Potter” blockbusters. Shouldering the weight of global fame and intense fandom, he made the treacherous crossing from child star to respected thespian by challenging himself with naked and vulnerable Broadway turn in “Equus,” a dark comedy TV series “The Young Doctor’s Notebook,” and the role of a young Allen Ginsburg in the biopic “Kill Your Darlings.” In comedies  “Trainwreck” and “Victor Frankenstein” as well as the horrific “The Woman in Black” and “Horns,” we’ve witnessed Radcliffe’s emergence as a dynamic and daring young actor who is bankable if not a guaranteed marquee draw.

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- Kristy Puchko

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The Academy has invited 683 new members to join their ranks

30 June 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega, »

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Welcome to the Academy! Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Other Stars Who Snagged Invites (Photos)

29 June 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A look at some of the most notable stars and filmmakers invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Academy Academy Academy Mahershala Ali – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts 1 and 2),” “The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonAnthony Anderson – “The Departed,” “Hustle & Flow” Adam Beach – “Suicide Squad,” “Flags of Our FathersKate Beckinsale – “Love & Friendship,” “The AviatorChadwick Boseman – “Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on UpJohn Boyega – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Attack the BlockBetty Buckley – “Wyatt Earp,” “Carrie” Rose Byrne – “X-Men: First Class,” “BridesmaidsJulie Carmen – “The Milagro Beanfield War,” “Gloria” Enrique »

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Digital Domain's New Legal Setback Freezes VFX Tech Used by Major Studios

28 June 2016 9:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Prominent Hollywood visual effects company Digital Domain 3.0 has lost the right to use one of its most powerful tools, a facial motion capture technology known as Mova that has been featured in such top-grossing hits as Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. On June 17, a federal judge in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction targeting the two Chinese firms that purchased and now own Mova, which is licensed by Digital Domain. In a remarkable 16-page ruling, District Court Judge John S. Tigar found that Virtual Global Holdings and Shenzhen

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Review: 'The Neon Demon' offers sleek and sexy scares with a satirical twist

23 June 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are, in every generation of filmmakers, certain archetypes that repeat themselves over and over. For example, every generation has its playful prankster, the talented visual artists who are delighted by their own ability to take beautiful pictures of horrible things. I’ll be the first to admit that I am drawn to filmmakers who use cinema as a way of pushing buttons, and I am a fan of the outrageous and the extreme. When I saw De Palma, the new documentary about Brian De Palma and his filmography, it sent me scrambling to watch a number of his older films again. They are so familiar at this point, so well-worn, that it surprised me to see how new they still feel when I took a step back. The next day, I went to a screening of the latest film from Nicolas Winding Refn, and the back-to-back timing of the two films made me laugh. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Ed Ulbrich Named to Lead Strategic Alignment of Deluxe Visual Effects

20 June 2016 5:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former Digital Domain CEO Ed Ulbrich has been named president and general manager, Deluxe Visual Effects.

In his new role at Deluxe, Ulbrich will lead efforts to align Deluxe’s visual effects companies Method Studios and Iloura.He will also drive and grow Deluxe Vr, a unit leading the creation of virtual and mixed reality experiences for entertainment, communications and commerce. (Deluxe vfx companies also include Encore Post, and Rushes, but those companies will remain under separate leadership.)

“We’re trying to kick things up a notch,” Ulbrich told Variety, saying the opportunity to unify and align Deluxe’s diverse visual effects companies was one of the things that excited him about the post. “There is just so much depth and capability,” he said. “To me, it was obvious. … Imagine if you took all these pieces and parts and they could function collectively as one. That is a pretty formidble offering in the marketplace. »

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Ed Ulbrich Named to Lead Strategic Alignment of Deluxe Visual Effects

20 June 2016 5:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former Digital Domain CEO Ed Ulbrich has been named president and general manager, Deluxe Visual Effects.

In his new role at Deluxe, Ulbrich will lead efforts to align Deluxe’s visual effects companies Method Studios and Iloura.He will also drive and grow Deluxe Vr, a unit leading the creation of virtual and mixed reality experiences for entertainment, communications and commerce. (Deluxe vfx companies also include Encore Post, and Rushes, but those companies will remain under separate leadership.)

“We’re trying to kick things up a notch,” Ulbrich told Variety, saying the opportunity to unify and align Deluxe’s diverse visual effects companies was one of the things that excited him about the post. “There is just so much depth and capability,” he said. “To me, it was obvious. … Imagine if you took all these pieces and parts and they could function collectively as one. That is a pretty formidble offering in the marketplace.”

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- Lamarco McClendon and David S. Cohen

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‘Central Intelligence’ Review: Dwayne Johnson Wrestles Some Big Laughs From A Weak Buddy Comedy

16 June 2016 8:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nearly (but not quite) redeemed by its good nature and the megaton charisma of its two stars, “Central Intelligence” is a dopey blockbuster diversion that will surely keep United Airlines passengers entertained during the dog days of summer. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Dodgeball,” “We’re the Millers”) and shot with the safety on at all times, this unambitious buddy comedy has all the biting wit and visual flair of a movie that already seems resigned to its final resting place on the tiny airplane screens where it will be interred. And yet, “Central Intelligence” knows something that audiences will be delighted to learn — or, more likely, rediscover — for themselves: Dwayne Johnson is a fucking national treasure.

Our story, eerily similar to that of Adam Sandler’s recent Netflix disaster, “The Do-Over,” begins all the way back in a magical time known as 1996. An obese teenager named Robbie Weirdicht (Johnson, his face plastered on to the body of an obese teenager as the result of the sophisticated uglification technology that allowed Brad Pitt to be an elderly dwarf in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), stands alone in his high school’s locker room showers, butt-naked and belting out his very own version of En Vogue’s 1992 pop masterpiece, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” which was definitely picked for its cultural specificity and extraordinary comedic value and not because it was the first thing that Thurber received clearance to use.

Meanwhile, in the packed gymnasium outside the locker room, prom king Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is enjoying the last of his glory days at the head of a pep rally for the graduating class. Alas, his “follow your dreams” speech interrupted by a pack of sniveling bullies who heave Robbie’s naked body onto the hardwood basketball court floor for the entire school to see. Sure, that’s probably a serious criminal misdemeanor in the eyes of “the law” or whatever, but boys will be boys. Calvin, a mensch to the core, rushes to help cover him up.

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Cut to 20 years later: Calvin is a mid-level accountant who’s disappointed with his life, while Robbie — now going by the name Bob Stone — has evolved into a rippling half-Samoan demi-god who’s strong enough to carry an entire movie on his back. And yet, despite undergoing the most ridiculous physical transformation this side of Captain America, Bob is still a total doofus. Reuniting with Calvin at a local bar on the eve of their class reunion, Bob shows up rocking a fanny pack and a skin-tight t-shirt with a unicorn emblazoned across the chest. Viewers familiar with “Pain & Gain” know that Johnson is at his best (and most infectiously self-amused) when playing against type, and he seems to be having the time of his life as he belittles his co-star into playing the straight man.

Of course, there’s more to this story — the artist formerly known as “The Rock” wouldn’t just be a run-of-the-mill dweeb. We’re talking about Hercules. We’re talking about the Scorpion King. We’re talking about a guy who fought an earthquake in last summer’s “San Andreas,” and made that motherfucker apologize for every inch of its fault line. In other words, Calvin is the only one who’s even the least bit surprised when it turns out that Bob is a rogue, possibly psychotic C.I.A. agent who’s on the run from his boss (a thankless Amy Ryan) with a MacGuffin. “You’re Jason Bourne in jorts!,” yelps Hart, in one of his few memorable lines.

Calvin is the only guy Bob trusts (the movie is sweet like that), and the two get wrapped up in an explosively stupid adventure that — thanks to a tight $50 million budget and the fact that Thurber directs with all the visual panache of a McDonald’s commercial — often feels less like Jason Bourne than it does Agent Cody Banks. Fortunately, Thurber seems to have embraced his various limitations, and “Central Intelligence” doesn’t strain towards being a full-throated action-comedy. In fact, its few shootouts and car crashes are so half-assed that the movie occasionally feels like a deliberate throwback to the middle-brow studio fare of the ’80s and ’90s, which feels somewhat appropriate given that Hard and Johnson’s archetype-based chemistry is pretty much just “Twins” all over again.

The laughs are often just as limp, particularly because Hart doesn’t appear to be super comfortable with the idea that he’s there to tee-up jokes for his co-star. In the “Ride Along” movies, he and Ice Cube were a united front of unfunniness; here, Hart is just nipping at Johnson’s heels. Calvin’s default mode is “scared shitless,” and while the character serves a necessary function, he could pretty much be played by anyone (brilliant cameos from the likes of Jason Bateman and Kumail Nanjiani further emphasize how few of the one-liners land when Hart is left to deliver them).

Perhaps the problem is that Hart no longer needs to be anyone’s foil — he’s excellently empathetic in the more dramatic moments when he’s struggling to become the hero of his own story, and the film leaves us with reason to believe that Johnson isn’t the only one who should continue to subvert his image. And Johnson, good as he is, should only go further around the bend from here. For all the fun he’s having, he’s only truly electric in the moments when Thurber entertains the possibility that Bob might be a delusional psychopath who’s just flown over the cuckoo’s nest.

With a tepid studio offering like this, in which themes include such bold ideas as “bullies are bad,” “guns are fun,” and “all those haters from high school would worship you if you weren’t so fat,” there’s no hope that Johnson might dive off the deep end and create something special. And yet, between “Central Intelligence” and “Pain & Gain,” there’s reason to believe that he’ll get there, one day — it’s still too soon to smell what the Rock is cooking, but you can feel him firing up the grill.

Grade: C+

Central Intelligence” opens in theaters on Friday.

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