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'The Equalizer' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Denzel Washington Thriller

7 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When you think of the Toronto International Film Festival, you probably thing of highbrow arty fare, impenetrable foreign movies, and the kind of creatively functional, feel-good crowd-pleasers that transcend the festival circuit and go on to make lots of money and win lots of Oscars.

And then there's "The Equalizer," Sony's big-screen, Denzel Washington-led adaptation of the '80s crime show, which opened at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. In the movie, Washington's character, a shadowy figure who now works at a Home Depot-style hardware store, gets targeted by Russian mobsters in Boston after he goes out of his way to try and save a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz).

So, no, it's not exactly "The King's Speech."

But that doesn't mean that it should be struck from the festival's program. How does this new "Equalizer" hold up? And, when it opens at the end of the month, »

- Drew Taylor

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Toronto Film Festival to kick off season of buzz

3 September 2014 7:51 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Toronto (AP) - The commodity that most fuels the fervor of the annual Toronto International Film Festival is that elusive lifeblood of Hollywood's awards season: buzz.

That's what the major films will be seeking at Tiff, which opens Thursday with the premiere of the Robert Downey Jr. courtroom drama The Judge. The festival packs some 285 feature films into 10 days of north-of-the-border movie-going gluttony.

An eager reception. A hearty standing ovation. Viral tweets. These are the seeds that many of the fall's most anticipated films will hope to sow in Toronto, the first sprouts of - they hope - lengthy Oscar campaigns. Toronto is where best picture-winning films like The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire debuted, and while there isn't an obvious 2014 candidate to that lineage, there are a host of films looking to capture Toronto's spotlight. »

- and contributors

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Timothy Spall Takes the Lead in Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Biopic Trailer

3 September 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Those lucky enough to attend Telluride last weekend, Tiff this month or Nyff shortly thereafter will all get a chance to see the period biopic Mr. Turner starring Timothy Spall (The King's Speech, the Harry Potter franchise). Directed by Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake), the film looks at the life of British painter J.M.W. Turner, who lived from 1775-1851. But the film focuses on the last 25 years of his life through plenty of ups and downs from family illness to romance. From this trailer, Spall seems to deliver an award worthy performance, and there's plenty of beauty in the cinematography and production design too. Here's the first Us trailer for Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, originally from Apple: Mr. Turner is written and directed by Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky). In the film Timothy Spall plays eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner. Profoundly affected »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Mr. Holmes' Starring Ian McKellan Lands at Miramax

3 September 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).

The film, based on the novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin and adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova, Stage Beauty), is currently in post-production.

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.

"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »

- MovieWeb

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Toronto International Film Festival 2014: A Preview in Pictures - Part 1

2 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It's that time of year again as festival and awards season concurrently kick-off with what is essentially one of the largest international film festivals on the globe, the Toronto International Film Festival (or Tiff), this year celebrating its 39th year as one of the festivals where some of the noteworthy awards films will premiere.

Everything from Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker to Paul Haggis' Crash to The King's Speech and Silver Linings Playbook and others have had their debuts in Toronto in early September before going on to Oscar gold. Sure, some of them played a couple days before at the Telluride Film Festival, but that's as much or more for industry people than regular moviegoers at this point. We shouldn't forget that many of the Toronto People's Choice Award winners went on to fare just as well among Academy voters, movies like last year's winner 12 Years a Slave. »

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Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice review: a great advert for the decency of humanity

28 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

An emotional reunion with Educating Yorkshire's Musharaf Asghar and inspiring encounters with other stammerers as they fight to overcome their disability

During the final episode of Channel 4's outstanding school documentary Educating Yorkshire, Musharaf Asghar, a pupil with a severe stammer, applied tactics his teacher Mr Burton had picked up from The King's Speech (listening to music on headphones, tapping out words) and gave a slow, certain talk to a room full of his peers. His friends and teachers sobbed. Viewers collapsed into a soggy pool of joyful tears. It was a beautiful triumph, a moment of pure elation, and it was one of the defining moments of television in 2013.

We met up with Asghar again in Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice (Channel 4), an hour-long documentary which followed him and other stammerers as they participated in a residential course designed to give them back their voices. »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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Watch the new teaser trailer for Telluride entry 'Foxcatcher'

28 August 2014 12:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As fully expected, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" was on the Telluride slate when it was announced this morning. This marks Miller's second trip to the Colorado fest after 2005's "Capote," and that last time was kind of significant. Many will point to the 2005 Telluride program as a real turning point for its place in the Oscar scheme. In addition to "Capote," Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" came here (after premiering in Venice the day before), as did James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." Suddenly the in-betweener slot made a lot of sense, and after that we saw "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," "Argo," "12 Years a Slave," etc., etc. Is this year's Best Picture winner on hand this time around? And will Miller's latest get as solid a boost out of the mountains this year as "Capote" did? Time will tell. For now, Sony Classics has made sure »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Tyler Perry Didn't Know Who David Fincher was Until After Signing to Play a Role in 'Gone Girl'

25 August 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"I probably would have walked away from Gone Girl. If I had known who David Fincher was, and his body of work, or if I'd known the book was so popular, I would have said, No... and my agent knew that! He didn't tell me until after I signed on!" ~ Tyler Perry via Yahoo That's a word-for-word quote from writer/director Tyler Perry who stars in Fincher's Gone Girl, due out in October. Now let's consider this for a second... Perry starred in Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005 and first directed a film with Madea's Family Reunion in 2006 and was invited into the Academy in 2009. Forgetting everything Fincher did pre-2005, since Perry started working in the industry and two films after he was invited into the Academy, David Fincher directed Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo »

- Brad Brevet

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Competition: Win 'Tracks' on DVD *closed*

21 August 2014 2:06 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

From the Oscar-winning producers of The King's Speech (2010) and Shame (2011) comes John Curran's Tracks (2013), the remarkable true story of one young woman's determination to face her fears and embark on an adventure, starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Tracks this coming Monday (18 August), we have Three DVD copies of Curran's latest endeavour give away to our regular returning readers, kindly provided by the home entertainment team at the film's UK distributors Entertainment One. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.


- CineVue UK

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King's Speech producer takes on Afghan war drama

12 August 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The King's Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin has signed on for an independent war drama set in Afghanistan.

The filmmaker - who accepted the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2011 - is serving as an executive producer on Kajaki (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Director Paul Katis and writer Tom Williams's film has been part-crowdfunded through Indiegogo.

Kajaki will recount the true story of a three-man unit on patrol in Afghanistan in 2006 who accidentally detonate a bomb.

They find themselves trapped in a minefield left behind after the Russian invasion in the 1980s, with one of their members critically injured.

Kajaki is planned to premiere in London through a series of special Vue Cinema screenings.

Proceeds will go to armed forces charities including Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and Walking Wounded.

Kajaki will star David Elliot, Mark Stanley, Scott Kyle, Benjamin O'Mahony, Bryan Parry, Liam Ainsworth, Andy Gibbins, John Doughty, »

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See the Queen Dancing and Playing in Her Old Home Movies

25 July 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It's the royals, but not as we know them. As part of the Royal Childhood exhibition opening at Buckingham Palace on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II has allowed family home video footage to be released for public viewing - most of the stills and videos have never been seen before. In one grainy video, Princess Elizabeth can be seen catapulting her little sister Princess Margaret in the air with glee as the pair enjoy a giggly ride on a traditional seesaw in their garden. Another highlight is seeing the Queen Mother (the Queen at the time the film was shot in »

- Monique Jessen

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Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon Headline the Toronto International Film Festival

22 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Oscars don't take place until February next year, but for awards hopefuls like Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, the campaign starts in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. The festival announced its lineup Tuesday, featuring several fall films with lots of buzz, including two from Witherspoon: Wild, based on the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed, and The Good Lie, a drama about several of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who are taken in by an American (see the trailer below). Other noteworthy films include Cannes favorite Foxcatcher starring Carell and Channing Tatum, The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, »

- Mary Green

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Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon Headline the Toronto International Film Festival

22 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Oscars don't take place until February next year, but for awards hopefuls like Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, the campaign starts in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. The festival announced its lineup Tuesday, featuring several fall films with lots of buzz, including two from Witherspoon: Wild, based on the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed, and The Good Lie, a drama about several of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who are taken in by an American (see the trailer below). Other noteworthy films include Cannes favorite Foxcatcher starring Carell and Channing Tatum, The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, »

- Mary Green

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Paddington Finds His Voice

18 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Update: Paddington Bear has a new voice. The filmmakers determined the voice of Colin Firth (Mamma Mia!, Nanny McPhee) sounded too grown up for such a young stuffed bear. So, they searched for a new voice for the traveler from Peru and landed on Ben Whishaw, who plays Q in the new James Bond movies and played doomed poet John Keats in Bright Star. Luckily, Paddington is still on track to charm us, scheduled to open now on Christmas Day.Nov. 15, 2013 - Paddington will be in theaters next Christmas, the release date is set for Dec. 12, 2014.

Sept. 13, 2013 - Paddington Bear, the polite and proper stuffed animal from Peru, will get his chance at movie stardom thanks to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter movies. Colin Firth, who won an Academy Award for playing King George VI in The King's Speech, will be the voice of Paddington in this »

- (Tara the Mom)

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Dont Forget to Check out Nicole Kidman in Before I Go to Sleep Trailer

4 July 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Nicole Kidman is having memory issues in writer/director Rowan Joffe's ('Brighton Rock') new thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep'. Adapted from the bestselling novel from British writer S J Watson the movie stars Kidman (below) as an amnesiac who wakes each morning without any memory of her life up to that point and eventually discovers that the man sleeping next to her is not actually her husband. Sounds like it's somewhere between 'Memento' and 'Faces in the Crowd'. StudioCanal have unveiled the latest trailer from the project whch you can view below. The project also stars Colin Firth ('The King's Speech'), Mark Strong ('Kick-Ass'), and Jing Lusi ('Clash of Empires'). »

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Noel Clarke on The Anomaly: 'I'm reaching for the stars'

3 July 2014 2:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Four years after his last directorial outing 4321, Noel Clarke steps back into the director's chair for The Anomaly - a high-concept sci-fi thriller that star Ian Somerhalder has dubbed "The Bourne Identity meets Memento".

As if calling the shots wasn't demanding enough, Clarke also takes on the lead role, playing a soldier who only experiences consciousness for 9 minutes and 47 seconds at a time. It's dizzying for his protagonist, and for the audience along for the ride too. Digital Spy sat down with Clarke to discuss making the film, throwing in Doctor Who cameos and why he's still reaching for the stars.

The Anomaly is the first film you've directed that you haven't written the script for - what was it about Simon Lewis's story that hooked you in?

I just really liked the fact that Simon had written something that could be quite high concept, but at the same »

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Awards 2014: If The Oscar Nominations Were Today, Who Would The Academy Vote For?

2 July 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Recently we ran our Fall Festival 50, a wishlist and prediction piece about the films we expect to see popping up in the fall. Many of them will be on their way to an Oscar campaign, because, as the accepted wisdom goes, if you want your film to have a fighting chance at Academy Awards glory, you secure in a nice cozy October/November/December release date, maybe on the back of a festival premiere, and bombard the trades with For Your Consideration ads. This indeed has been the route taken by five of the six most recent Best Picture winners ("12 Years a Slave," "Argo," "The Artist," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire") with only Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” proving that it’s possible to play in summer and still pick up the big one. But of course the picture is a little more balanced when you expand it to include nominees in other categories. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Ellie Goulding at Glastonbury entertains 940k viewers on BBC Three

30 June 2014 3:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ellie Goulding's set at Glastonbury attracted the biggest multichannel numbers of the night, according to overnight figures.

The 'Starry Eyed' singer drew an audience of 940k (4.1%) on BBC Three from 9pm, ahead of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith from 7pm (782k/4%) and Bombay Bicycle Club and The Black Keys from 8pm (662k/3.2%).

BBC Two's Glastonbury coverage from 10pm averaged 623k (5.2%), peaking at the start of Kasabian's headline set with 1.1m (5.2%).

Elsewhere, ITV's coverage of the World Cup match between Costa Rica and Greece averaged 5.22m (29.7%) from 8.30pm. Celebrity Catchphrase preceded it with 3.68m (18.3%).

On BBC One, Countryfile and Antiques Roadshow were watched by 5.27m (26.7%) and 5.75m (27%) respectively.

Besides Glastonbury, BBC Two's primetime programming included Tropic of Cancer (1.17m/6%), The Quest for Bannockburn (1.18m/5.7%) and A Cabbie Abroad (1.62m/7.2%).

Born in the Wild appealed to 671k (3.2%) for Channel 4 in the 8pm hour, before The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, »

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Alexandre Desplat to Preside Over International Jury at Venice Film Festival

23 June 2014 8:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Is there any Hollywood composer busier than Alexandre Desplat?  The six-time Oscar nominee has scored four of the year's films so far (with another in post), but apparently he needed something more on his plate: he's been tapped to be the president of the International Jury Competition at this year's 71st Venice International Film Festival. The International Jury awards the festival's top prizes, including the Golden Lion for Best Film, Silver Lion for Best Director, the Grand Jury Prize and the awards for acting and writing.  Desplat is no stranger to prizes himself: for his scores to films such as "The Queen," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The King's Speech" and "Philomena," he's racked up a collection including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, three Césars and two European Film Awards.  This is the first time that a composer will chair the jury. "Alexandre Desplat is not only one of the greatest composers of film scores. »

- Jacob Combs

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Casting Call for Lead Role in Steve McQueen's HBO Project

21 June 2014 5:58 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As Tambay reported last fall (Here), Steve McQueen's new project after "12 Years A Slave" is a dramatic series pilot he is making over at HBO, with "World War Z" co-writer, Matthew Michael Carnahan. It will be co-produced by Russell Simmons and "The King's Speech" producers, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.The project is still untitled, and the exact details of the pilot are vague, except that it will be, according to McQueen's words, "an exploration of a young African American man's experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems."And if you're an actor or someone who wants to get into acting and you think you're right for the role, have »

- Sergio

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