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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.
- Movie Geeks
Jennifer Lawrence has climbed upon a mighty white steed in the latest photo from Serena. The drama reunites her for the third time on screen with Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle co-star Bradley Cooper. The period drama comes from In a Better World director Susanne Bier, and follows a young married couple from Boston to the very cold North Carolina, where the Pemberton's quickly build a logging empire. As the title character Serena Pemberton, Jennifer Lawrence employes some of the gritty backwoods mannerisms that made her famous in Winter's Bone. Here, she is any man's equal, fighting rattlesnakes and even saving one man's life in the wilderness. Take a look as she prepares for her hard journey, one that may not end well for all involved.
Lawrence co-leads the film along with her American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. The film hits UK cinemas on October 24, but still lacks a release date in the United States. The film went through an extensive 18-month editing process, and has failed to pick up a Us distributor. That means that despite a great cast and meaty dramatic material, Serena likely won’t have a chance to pick up any Academy Award nominations this fall, and may someday quietly get a direct-to-home video release in the States.
Directed by Susanne Bier (director of the 2010 Oscar winner Best Foreign Film, In A Better World), Serena stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Sam Reid (The Railway Man), Toby Jones »
- James Garcia
The period drama Serena is an oddity – in the sense that we’ve heard so little about it, thus far. The flick stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper - their third movie together along with Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle – and was directed by filmmaker Susanne Bier, whose previous work includes the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winning film In a Better World. Post-production on Serena may’ve taken longer than expected, but the movie is seemingly all finished by now – so why doesn’t it have a U.S. release date yet?
Serena is now slated to hit U.K. theaters on October 24th this year, but as of right now the project isn’t slated for a ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Given the popularity of both Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper—especially after the one-two punch of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle—it’s somewhat baffling that director Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World) drama Serena has sat on the shelf for this long. The movie was shot back in 2012, and since it was completed Bier has found the time to shoot and finish another movie, with Serena still remaining unreleased. That changes today, though, as StudioCanal has announced that it will be releasing the film internationally this fall, with a UK bow set for October 24th. Lawrence and Cooper star as a 1920s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry. Infidelity and infertility leads Serena (Lawrence) to plot the murder of George’s (Cooper) illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government. It’s »
- Adam Chitwood
So you have a depression-era drama directed by arthouse favorite Susanne Bier (whose "In A Better World" nabbed the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2011), starring Jennifer Lawrence (megastar and Oscar winner) and Bradley Cooper (Oscar nominated twice) —what could possibly go wrong? While we haven't yet seen the film, it says something that two years have passed since "Serena" wrapped production, and not a peep has been heard of it since. There have been no festival appearances, trailers or even many pictures, which seems odd given the talent involved. But suddenly, the movie is gearing up for a U.K. release in just a couple of months. Stylist has debuted a new image from the movie, and we're certainly surprised to see this sudden flurry of movement. The movie is based on the novel by Ron Rash and tells a tale of ambition and vengeance. Here's the official synopsis: »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Danish Oscar committee has shortlisted three films, one of which will be submitted as Denmark’s official entry for the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The films were chosen from a longlist of 18 features and four documentaries. The committee is expected to name the final candidate on Sept 18.
The announcement of the five foreign films nominated for the Oscar will be made on Jan 15, 2015. The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.
Speed Walking is set in 1970s Denmark and follows adolescent Martin, whose mother »
San Sebastian has almost completed its official selection for this year’s festival.
Today [Aug 13], the festival added new films from Susanne Bier, Anahí Berneri, Maxime Giroux and Cédric Kahn, as well as Gabe Ibáñez’s Automata, a $50m Spanish film produced by and starring Antonio Banderas.
Bier’s A Second Chance was written by Anders Thomas Jensen, with whom Bier won the Oscar for In a Better World. Festival director José Luis Rebordinos has praised it as “a very strong and powerful story that will shock audiences”.
Automata is an ambitious sci-fi thriller about a future in which artificial intelligence has taken over humans. A co-production with Bulgaria, it also stars Brigitte Hjort Sorensen, Melanie Griffith and Dylan McDermott.
South America will again have an important role in the festival. Argentinian Berneri »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Juan Sarda)
Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier's latest drama, A Second Chance, will compete at the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival, along with five other titles that organizers added to the competition lineup, known as the "Official Section," on Wednesday. The added films star Antonio Banderas and a Game of Thrones actor, among others. Bier will vie for the Golden Shell against Anahi Berneri's Aire Libre, Maxime Giroux's Felix and Meira, Cristian Jimenez's La Voz en Off, Cedric Kahn's Wild Life and Gabe Ibanez's Automata. Bier reteamed with Anders Thomas Jensen (In a Better World) to write A Second Chance, which
- Pamela Rolfe
A Susanne Bier movie is coming to Toronto, and sorry, Jennifer Lawrence fans, it's not "Serena." That Depression-era drama is still M.I.A., and Bier has since gone to make two more films, including this one, "A Second Chance." Led by "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, with a script from Anders Thomas Jensen (previous Bier efforts "Open Hearts," "After The Wedding," "In A Better World," "Love Is All You Need"), this sounds like Bier returning to the well of her earlier dramas, and a distinct step away from her last effort, the sunny rom-com "Love Is All You Need." Here's the official synopsis: Detectives and best friends Andreas and Simon lead vastly different lives; Andreas has settled down with his beautiful wife and son; while Simon, recently divorced, spends most of his waking hours getting drunk at the local strip club. But all that changes when the two of them. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A new film from Susanne Bier is always something to look forward to, but it's a little surprising the film chosen to have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival is A Second Chance (En chance til) and not Serena as this is now Bier's second film to be released since Serena (which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) completed filming. Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones") and Ulrich Thomsen, Second Chance asks How far are decent human beings willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjustc Written by Bier's frequent screenwriting collaborator, Anders Thomas Jensen (In a Better World), this drama is about how easily we lose our grasp on justice when confronted with the unthinkable, and life as we know it hangs by a thread. Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen co-star. Check out the trailer below. sb id="963485" height »
- Brad Brevet
Yesterday, Senior Writer Mandi Bierly sent the following email to some of the male humans at Entertainment Weekly:
June 25 is the 10th anniversary of The Notebook’s theatrical release. In 2009, I had three male country singers tell me it’s the one so-called chick flick they’d admit to liking. Another said he walked on his bus once and his whole band was in a piss poor mood—they told him they’d just finished watching it and had all cried. Why do men tolerate The Notebook more than other Nicholas Sparks adaptations? Has it made you cry? Do you »
- EW staff
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
At this point in the history of our species, there have been four Transformers movies, and only one of them was any good. It came out in 1986 and it ran under half an hour and it featured the voice of Orson Welles as an all-consuming extraterrestrial planetary demon-god himself. Two decades later, Michael Bay took the simple idea of robots turning into cars and produced a trilogy of films about Shia Labeouf banging »
- Darren Franich
Who’s having more fun than Sony? Not Microsoft: They spent a year convincing everyone that the Xbox One was more than just a videogame console, and then spent a year trying to retroactively explain that the Xbox One was just a videogame console. And not Nintendo: The Wii U isn’t selling like the Wii, and it’s vibing like the Gamecube at best. The Playstation 4 is beating both the Wii U and the Xbox One in sales. Every statistic in the videogame industry is up for debate, but Sony is strolling into E3 in a position of strength. »
- Darren Franich
German director Rick Ostermann has won the Munich Film Festival’s acclaimed The Bridge prize for his debut film, Wolfskinder. The period drama is set in 1946 and follows a group of war orphans struggling to survive in the wreckage of post-World War II Europe. Ostermann will be honored at a gala ceremony in Munich on July 3. Story: Oscar Winner Susanne Bier Wins Munich Film Festival's Bernhard Wicki Prize Previous winners of The Bridge prize include Danish director Susanne Bier for her Oscar-winning feature In A Better World and fellow Oscar-winner Heckel von Donnersmarck for The Lives
- Scott Roxborough
Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen’s Zentropa Entertainments has been put under “stricter control” by the Danish Film Institute over future state support for its productions and its auditor has been reported to the National Audit Committee.
The decision, made in consultation with the legal advisor of the Danish Government, follows a report by the Deloitte accountancy firm on certain irregularities in the financial records of four Zentropa productions subsidised by government money, including Danish director Susanne Bier’s Oscar-winning In a Better World (Hævnen).
“Stricter control” involves that a number of requirements for “good bookkeeping” must be met prior to subsidising films from Zentropa. The Danish production company is controlled by producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen and director/producer Lars von Trier.
According to the Deloitte report, Zentropa had refused the auditors access to accounts which may confirm that funding from publicly subsidised companies was transferred to firms privately owned by Aalbæk Jensen. Zentropa is an organisation »
- email@example.com (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
TrustNordisk sells Western starring Mads Mikkelsen into Europe and Asia.
New sales of the film include to Germany and Austria (Concorde Filmverleih), Japan (Tohokushinsha Film Corporation), Korea (Cinema Republic) and Russia (Cinema Prestige) with negotiations going on in a large number of territories, according to TrustNordisk
Last week it was announced that IFC took the North American rights for the film and among previously announced deals are Benelux (Wild Bunch), Australia/New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), France (Chrysalis/Jour2Fete), Greece (Hollywood Entertainment) and Estonia (Estin Film).
The film received its world premiere in Official Selection at Cannes, screening in out of competition as a Midnight screening.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The film was acquired for Germany and Austria (Concorde Filmverleih), Japan (Tohokushinsha Film Corporation), Korea (Cinema Republic) and Russia (Cinema Prestige). TrustNordisk is now in negotiations to close multiple territories.
“The Salvation” is already set to travel to North American (IFC), Benelux (Wild Bunch), Australia/New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), France (Chrysalis/Jour2Fete), Greece (Hollywood Entertainment) and Estonia (Estin Film).
- Elsa Keslassy
The story, set in the 1870s in North America and shot in South Africa, is written by Levring and Anders Thomas Jensen (“In a Better World”) and centered on a Danish settler avenging the murder of his family. The international cast includes Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Eric Cantona and Jonathan Pryce.
Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film an upbeat review, calling it “a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture.”
Previously announced deals for »
- Dave McNary
TrustNordisk has picked up the international sales rights for the hacker-thriller WhoAmI.
The company will be introducing an early sneak peek from the upcoming thriller, which is currently in post-production, to international buyers for the first time in Cannes.
The outsider Benjamin and the charismatic Max share one mutual interest: hacking. Together with Max‘s friends, they form the subversive hacker group Clay, which provokes with hilarious hacks and connects with a whole generation. But when Clay is suddenly investigated by German Secret Service and Europol, Benjamin must face the consequences of his actions.
WhoAmI is director Baran bo Odar’s second feature film. His debut feature in 2010, The Silence, was nominated for numerous awards and won the Director’s to Watch Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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