Oscar Beat: Which Awards Contenders Will Emerge from the Fall Film Festival Season?

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Ready or not, the awards season is about to begin.  Every year, Oscar season kicks off with the series of film festivals in late August and early September.  It’s at these festivals—Telluride, Toronto, and Venice—that a hefty number of the year’s Oscar hopefuls debut and begin what they hope will be long and prosperous campaigns.  Four out of the last five Best Picture winners screened at both Telluride and Toronto, and as the festivals are about to start later this week, now felt like a good time to preview the block of awards hopefuls that will be screening since the odds are pretty good that this year’s Best Picture winner will have debuted by mid-September.

Hit the jump for the Fall Film Festival Preview 2014 edition of Oscar Beat.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Zombie Movie MAGGIE Acquired by Lionsgate for Early 2015 Release; Will Now Skip TIFF

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One of the more offbeat movies that was poised to premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival was Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a father who struggles to come to terms with the fact that his daughter (Abigail Breslin) is slowly becoming a zombie.  I say “was” because Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired distribution rights to the film and, per THR, will be pulling it out of TIFF.  Instead of debuting at the festival, the studio has set a Maggie release date for early 2015, though a specific theatrical bow has not yet been determined.  It’s a bit of an odd move to pull the film out of TIFF, and not exactly a great sign if Lionsgate wants to control the flow of reviews for the pic.

The Black List script was penned by John Scott 3 and directed by Henry Hobson, with Joely Richardson taking on a supporting role in the film.  Read the full press release regarding the acquisition after the jump.

THE COLLISION: Episode 102 – TIFF 2014 Preview

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This week on The Collision, we look ahead to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  We break down how TIFF compares to the year’s other major film festivals, its role in awards season, the films we’re looking forward to, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Robin Williams”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

A SECOND CHANCE Clips and Images Featuring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Go Deeper Into the Film’s Criminal Underworld

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One of the feature TIFF films that I’m most looking forward to seeing is Love is All You Need director Susanne Bier’s thriller A Second Chance.  Last month we posted the trailer which was gripping, tense and dour (in a good way).  As I said then, this project looks like a little bit of a twist on Gone Baby Gone (also a good thing) in that it explores thematic elements that could be seen as a counterpoint to that film.  Now we have a series of five clips, totaling eight minutes of the film, that flesh about the characters a bit.

The film was written by frequent Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen and stars Jamie Lannister himself,  Nikolaj Coster-WaldauUlrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen also appear.  Hit the jump to check out the A Second Chance clips.  We also have new images from the film.  A Second Chance will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9th.

TIFF 2014 Adds Tom McCarthy’s THE COBBLER, Michael Hazanavicius’ THE SEARCH, Sophie Barthes’ MADAME BOVARY, and More

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As if the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival wasn’t already crowded with must-see films, TIFF has now sent out a press released announcing the addition of 24 films to their Galas and Special Presentations lineup.  Sundance premieres Infinitely Polar Bear and Laggies will be coming to Toronto as will Cannes’ debuts such as Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria as well as The Search, the new film from The Artist director Michael Hazanavicius.  Among the world premieres, I’m incredibly excited for Tom McCarthy’s new film, The Cobbler and Sophie Barthes’ adaptation of Madame Bovary.  As for movies that probably won’t be entering the Oscar-race but could still be highly entertaining, there’s Henry Hobson’s debut Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farmer who stays by his daughter’s side as she starts turning into a zombie.

Hit the jump for the full list of new additions.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

TIFF Midnight Madness Images: First Looks at [REC] 4, CUB, BIG GAME, TOKYO TRIBE, and More

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Earlier today, the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival unveiled lineups for a few of its other programs, including the Midnight Madness category, which celebrates the “wild, wacky, and weird” in film.  This year’s lineup is rather eclectic, and we’ve got debut images from some of the movies to give audiences a taste of what to expect.  They include Big Game, in which a 13-year-old boy must save the president of the United States (played by Samuel L. Jackson), Cub, about a Cub Scout pack that encounters a feral boy in the wild, Electric Boogaloo, which recounts the story of Cannon Films, director Sino Sino’s Tokyo Tribe, and more.

Check out images from the Midnight Madness films after the jump.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th – 14th.

TIFF Adds World Premieres of FACE OF AN ANGEL, TUSK, and Canadian Premiere of THE LOOK OF SILENCE with Midnight Madness and Documentary Lineups

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Last week, the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial lineup of films that will be screening this September, which range from The Judge to Rosewater to This Is Where I Leave You.  That large, eclectic list was only the start, though, as today TIFF has announced the films that will be screening as part of the Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters programmes.  These new additions include the world premiere of Kevin Smith’s Tusk as well as Michael Winterbottom’s Amanda Knox-inspired The Face of an Angel, the Samuel L. Jackson-fronted survival pic Big Game, and the concluding installment of the horror franchise [REC] 4: Apocalypse.  Additionally, Adam Wingard’s excellent The Guest and Joshua Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing sequel The Look of Silence will have their Canadian Premieres.

Read the full list of newly added films after the jump.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th – 14th.

First Images from MY OLD LADY, NED RIFLE, THE RIOT CLUB, and STILL ALICE

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • My Old Lady (Directed by Israel Horovitz) starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
  • Ned Rifle (Directed by Hal Hartley) starring Aubrey Plaza.
  • The Riot Club (Directed by Lone Scherfig) starring Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Douglas Booth.
  • Still Alice (Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland) starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Julianne Moore.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

New Images from A LITTLE CHAOS, LOVE & MERCY, MISS JULIE, and MR. TURNER

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The impressive lineup announced for the upcoming 2014 Toronto International Film Festival includes a number of extremely promising films, and we’ve got some new images from four such features for your perusing pleasure.  Briefly:

  • A Little Chaos – (Directed by Alan Rickman) Starring Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman.
  • Love & Mercy – (Directed by Bill Pohlad) Starring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, and Paul Giamatti.
  • Miss Julie – (Directed by Liv Ullmann) Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton.
  • Mr. Turner – (Directed by Mike Leigh) Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Joshua McGuire, Ruth Sheen, David Horovitch, and Karl Johnson.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, and click here to check out all of the TIFF images released thus far.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

First Images from THE HUMBLING, THE KEEPING ROOM, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, and LEARNING TO DRIVE

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • The Humbling (Directed by Barry Levinson) starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Dianne Wiest, and Greta Gerwig.
  • The Keeping Room (Directed by Daniel Barber) starring Sam WorthingtonBrit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Kyle Soller.
  • The Last Five Years (Directed by Richard LaGravenese) starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
  • Learning to Drive (Directed by Isabel Coixet) starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

First Images from Chris Evans’ BEFORE WE GO, GOOD KILL, THE GOOD LIE, and HUNGRY HEARTS

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Fresh off this morning’s excellent Toronto International Film Festival lineup announcement, we have debut images from some of the films that will be screening at the fest.  Briefly:

  • Before We Go – (Directed by Chris Evans) Starring Chris Evans and Alice Eve.
  • Good Kill – (Directed by Andrew Niccol) Starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones.
  • The Good Lie – (Directed by Philippe Farlardeau) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wiel, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Femi Oguns.
  • Hungry Hearts – (Directed by Saverio Costanzo) Starring Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, and Roberta Maxwell.

Hit the jump to chceck out the images and synopses.  TIFF 2014 runs from September 4th – 14th.

First Images From WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, COMING HOME, FORCE MAJEURE, and A SECOND CHANCE

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • While We’re Young (Directed by Noah Baumbach) starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin.
  • Force Majeure (Directed by Ruben Östlund) starring Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju and Fanni Metelius.
  • Coming Home (Directed by Zhang Yimou) starring Chen Daoming and Gong Li.
  • A Second Chance (Directed by Susanne Bier) starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th-14th.

A SECOND CHANCE Trailer Puts Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Through the Wringer

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Today’s TIFF announcement marked the arrival of a new film from director Susanne Bier (Love Is All You Need), the thriller A Second Chance.  And now a trailer has hit online.  This movie looks really good at first glance, very tense and dour (and a little bit like a twist on some of the themes of Gone Baby Gone).

The film was written by frequent Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen and stars Jamie Lannister himself,  Nikolaj Coster-WaldauUlrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen also appear.  Hit the jump to check out the A Second Chance trailer along with a few debut images.

TIFF 2014 Line-Up Announced; A LITTLE CHAOS; THE NIGHTCRAWLER; FOXCATCHER; THE EQUALIZER; WHILE WE’RE YOUNG and Many More to Debut

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The Toronto International Film Festival has made the initial announcement for its 2014 line-up.  While there will be more films announced in the near future, we now know who many of the heavy hitters will be.  While the opening night film has yet to be unveiled, the closing night film will be Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Stanley TucciBennett Miller’s much buzzed about Foxcatcher (featuring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in a great cast that includes Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave).  Somewhat unexpected is the announcement of Antoine Fuqua’s 80’s show adaptation The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz.  We’ll also see Adam Sandler trying his hand at another dramatic role (which he is often good at) in Men, Women and Children from director Jason Reitman.  Another pleasant addition is Dan Gilroy’s The Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton.  We’re also getting While We’re Young from Noah Baumbach, I’m a massive fan of his so that makes me happy.

Many more high profile titles were announced today as well.  Hit the jump for the TIFF 2014 Line-up of Galas and Special Presentations.  Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

Keanu Reeves Talks MAN OF TAI CHI, Making a Film in China, PASSENGERS, 47 RONIN, What He Collects, and More

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Opening this weekend in limited release is Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut Man of Tai Chi.  Set it modern day China, the pic follows the journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Hu Chen) whose unmatched Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club run by an unsavory businessman (Reeves) dead set on corrupting him.  Loaded with great fight scenes by the legendary Yuen Woo-Ping, Reeves’ directorial debut is a winner and I’m looking forward to what he does next.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer here.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I landed an exclusive video interview with Reeves.  While I thought about posting it sooner, I wanted to wait until his film was going to be in theaters.  During the interview he talked about how the project came together, what it was like to make a movie in China where the government has script control, his thoughts on directing again, deleted scenes, what he collects, 47 Ronin, Passengers, whether he’ll ever attend Point Break Live, what he’s looking to do in the future, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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