TIFF 2014 Adds James Franco’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY, ST. VINCENT Starring Bill Murray, Conversations with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall and More

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The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival lineup is complete!  With the event now just a little over two weeks away, the Discovery Program, the Kids Program and additional selections for other festival sections have been announced.  James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury will have its North American premiere and the Bill Murray-starrer, St. Vincent, will get a world premiere in the Special Presentations section, ’71 featuring Jack O’Connell will play in the Discovery Program and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument will screen in the Mavericks Program, just to name a few.

On top of that, Mavericks is now also loaded with iconic talent set to take part in discussions including Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Juliette Binoche, Robert Duvall and more.  Hit the jump to check out all of the new additions to the TIFF lineup.

Check out New Images from THE JUDGE, ANNABELLE, and THE GOOD LIE

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Warner Bros. has released new The Judge images along with new stills from their upcoming films Annabelle and The Good Lie.  Briefly:

  • The Judge: Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. Opens October 10th.
  • Annabelle: The Conjuring spinoff focuses on the creepy dolls, and stars Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, and Brian Howe.  Opens October 3rd.
  • The Good Lie: The film chronicles the attempt to save Sudanese refugees in 1998, and stars Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Nyakuoth Weil.  Opens October 3rd.

Hit the jump to check out the images.

THE JUDGE Trailer: Robert Downey Jr. Goes Dramatic, Plus the Film’s First Poster

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Warner Bros. has released the first The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family drama.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The trailer starts out with RDJ at his Starkiest, but takes a left turn away from the arrogant individualist to more of an everyman with daddy issues once the hook of the story comes in.  It’s got a touch of schmaltz to it, but it’s also refreshing to see Downey Jr. putting in work outside of the superhero/action-adventure franchises.

Hit the jump to check out the first The Judge trailer.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’HareThe Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

Robert Downey Jr. Defends His Father in New THE JUDGE Image

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge image from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family drama.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a departure for Dobkin, who has worked primarily with comedic material like The Change-Up and Fred Claus in the past.  Moreover, the pic marks the first project for the Team Downey production shingle from Downey Jr. and his wife/producing partner Susan Downey.  I’ll be interested to see exactly what kind of tone The Judge strikes, and I imagine we’ll be seeing a debut trailer sooner rather than later.  For now, this image finds Downey Jr. and Duvall looking mighty serious.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Judge image.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’HareThe Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

First Images from THE JUDGE Starring Robert Downey Jr. and WINTER’S TALE Starring Colin Farrell; Plus New THE LEGO MOVIE Images

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As 2013 winds down to a close, Warner Bros. has unveiled some new images from a few of its 2014 titles.  The debut image from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) dramedy The Judge shows Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall face-to-face, as Downey Jr. plays a man who returns to his hometown when his father is suspected of murder.  The film opens on October 10, 2014.  Additionally, the first image from writer/director Akiva Goldsman’s fantasy pic Winter’s Tale highlight’s the film’s lead romantic duo played by Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay.  The story revolves around a thief who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman and ends up falling in love with her, but as we saw in the debut trailer it also involves a significant time jump.  The film will hit theaters on February 14, 2014.

Finally, Warner Bros. has also released a few new images from The LEGO Movie, which opens February 7, 2014.  Hit the jump to check out high-resolution images from all three aforementioned films.

HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN Blu-ray Review

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HBO has become one of the great places for auteurs to make cheaper movies.  Of late we’ve seen Todd Haynes and Steven Soderbergh turn to the channel to get films made, and now Philip Kaufman has joined their ranks.  The man behind The Right Stuff and The Unbearable Lightness of Being directed Hemingway & Gellhorn, a biopic about Ernest Hemingway’s one-time wife and reporter Martha Gellhorn.  And for the film he got Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen to star as his drunken lovers.  Our review of the Blu-ray of Hemingway & Gellhorn follows after the jump.

Robert Duvall to Star Alongside Robert Downey Jr. in THE JUDGE; Amy Ryan Joins Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN

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We’ve got a couple of exciting casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Robert Duvall is signing on to co-star with Robert Downey Jr. in the dramedy The Judge.  The folks at Variety report that Duvall is in final negotiations to play Downey Jr.’s father in the pic, which centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral where he learns that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder.  Last fall we heard that Warner Bros. was attempting to coax Jack Nicholson to take on the father role and Tommy Lee Jones was apparently also in the mix, but Duvall won out in the end.

Hit the jump for more, including who’s in the running for the female lead and casting news for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s star-studded comedy Birdman.

6 Clips and 23 Images from JACK REACHER Starring Tom Cruise

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Paramount Pictures has released six clips and 23 images from the upcoming Lee Child adaptation Jack Reacher. Based on the popular series of novels, the film stars Tom Cruise as a man who exists outside the law and exacts his own brand of ruthless justice. Early reviews and reactions seem to be fairly positive for director Christopher McQuarrie’s thriller, and these clips only reinforce the idea that Cruise was a swell choice to tackle the title role.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and images. The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney, and Werner Herzog. Jack Reacher opens on December 21st.

New Trailer for JACK REACHER Starring Tom Cruise

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A new trailer for director Christopher McQuarrie’s thriller Jack Reacher has been released.  Like the teaser trailer, the new trailer is predicated on whether or not you can buy Tom Cruise as a bad-ass.  Not an action hero—the character even says he’s not a hero—but as a take-no-prisoners, borderline anti-hero.  Personally, I’m just not seeing it.  I like the premise of an army investigator looking into the framing of a sniper, and I’ll show up simply to see Werner Herzog play the villain, but ultimately, Jack Reacher is looking like it will suffer from seriously miscasting its title character.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, and David Oyelowo.  Jack Reacher opens December 21st.

New Image from JACK REACHER Starring Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall

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A new image from Jack Reacher has gone online.  Based off the Lee Child novel One Shot, the Christopher McQuarrie-directed film stars Tom Cruise as the eponymous ex-military investigator who’s is tasked with tracking down a serial sniper.  I haven’t read One Shot, and I don’t know how much McQuarrie’s film differs from the book, so someone will have to tell me if Duvall’s character only has one eye or if this image just catches him in mid-wink.  As we reported last September, Duvall has a small but pivotal role which is significant to Reacher’s investigation.

Hit the jump to check out the full image.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Werner HerzogJack Reacher opens December 21st.

New Images from Stephen Chbosky’s PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, Billy Bob Thornton’s JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR, Juan Antonio Bayona’s THE IMPOSSIBLE and Neil Jordan’s BYZANTIUM

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The jaw-dropping lineup for the upcoming Toronto Film Festival was announced this morning, and a number of images and synopses have been released for films that will be screening at the prestigious fest.  Briefly, here’s a batch of new images:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Directed by Stephen Chbosky) Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd, and Dylan McDermott.
  • Jayne Mansfield’s Car (Directed by Billy Bob Thornton) Starring Thornton, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, and John Hurt.
  • The Impossible (Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona) Starring Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, and Ewan McGregor.
  • Byzantium (Directed by Neil Jordan) Starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, and Jonny Lee Miller.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.

First International Trailer for Billy Bob Thornton’s JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR

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The first trailer for Billy Bob Thornton’s latest directorial effort, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, has landed online by way of an international trailer.  The story revolves around a man whose wife leaves him for an Englishman and moves away to England. 20 or 30 years later, in 1969, the wife dies but wishes to be returned to Alabama where she grew up, so the English family meets—and clashes with—the original family that she abandoned.  The film is still awaiting a U.S. distribution deal despite a seriously stacked cast that includes Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Frances O’Connor, Robert Patrick, and Ray Stevenson.

There are laughs to be found in the first half of the trailer which centers on the culture clash between the two families, but the second half hints at some genuinely touching drama that comes out of the situation.  I’m eager to see how the full feature plays out, especially since Thornton hasn’t directed since 2001’s Daddy and Them.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie’s ONE SHOT Now Titled JACK REACHER

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Paramount’s upcoming crime thriller, starring Tom Cruise, has changed its title from One Shot to Jack Reacher.  The Christopher McQuarrie film, itself an adaptation of the Lee Child novel, “One Shot,” stars Cruise in the now title role.  In the novel, Jack Reacher is an ex-military investigator tasked with tracking down a serial sniper.  Known for his imposing size (6’5”, 250 lbs), Cruise was seen as an odd choice for the role, but was supported by the author himself.  Jack Reacher also stars Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo and Werner Herzog as the villain.  Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for the first trailer to drop.  Hit the jump for more on Jack Reacher, which opens this December 21st.

Watch a Montage of Famous Actors in Their Feature Film Debuts

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It’s always a fun treat when a now-famous actor pops up in a small role in an older movie you haven’t re-watched in a while.  We previously posted a “Before They Were Famous” supercut, but now someone has edited together a montage of actors in their very first feature film roles. While you’re most likely aware of the majority of these appearances, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few surprises in this video.  I had no idea Jon Hamm was in Clint Eastwood’s “old guys can be astronauts too” movie Space Cowboys, but I now feel compelled to move the pic to the top of my Netflix queue.

Watch Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff and many more make their feature debut after the jump.

Zoe Saldana in Talks to Star in Revenge Drama OUT OF THE FURNACE Opposite Christian Bale [UPDATED: Casey Affleck May Join Cast]

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Just over a week ago, we learned that Christian Bale was looking to make writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) revenge drama Out of the Furnace his next project. Now Variety reports that Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) is in talks to join the production. The story centers on a man who is released after serving four years in prison only to find that his younger brother has been brutally murdered. He sets out to avenge the death and track down the killer. Robert Duvall is expected to play Bale’s uncle, and Viggo Mortensen is circling the villain role.

Should she sign on, Saldana would play Bale’s ex-wife, a waitress who’s now married to the town sheriff. A number of actors are circling the role of Bale’s brother, including Casey Affleck, Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund, and Channing Tatum. I loved Cooper’s Crazy Heart, and it looks like he’s assembling a stellar cast for his long-awaited follow-up which is said to be “a gritty throwback to 1970s movies.” No deals have been made and the studio still hasn’t greenlit the project quite yet, but they’re looking to start filming this spring as Bale is shooting two Terrence Malick films back-to-back starting this summer. Saldana is currently filming the Star Trek sequel, and is expected to return for James Cameron’s Avatar 2 and 3 whenever he gets around to actually filming them. [Update: Variety has updated their story to say that Casey Affleck is now the certified frontrunner to play Bale's brother.]

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