TIFF 2014 Acquisitions: TOP FIVE, BEFORE WE GO, STILL ALICE, PAWN SACRIFICE and More

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The Toronto International Film Festival is starting to wrap up, so we’ve got quite a few sales to report.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • RADiUS took the US rights to Adult Beginners starring Rose Byrne.
  • RADiUS also snatched up the US rights to Chris EvansBefore We Go.
  • Sony Pictures Classics closed a deal for the Julianne Moore-starrer, Still Alice.
  • Saban Films picked up the US rights to American Heist with Hayden Christensen.
  • Bleecker Street snagged Pawn Sacrifice starring Tobey Maguire.
  • Paramount put up $12.5 million for Chris Rock’s Top Five.

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Will Stapes to Write Anti-Poaching Drama for Producers Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy

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As we reported almost two years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy have teamed up to produce an anti-poaching drama for Warner Bros.  Deadline is now reporting that Will Staples has been tapped to write the screenplay.  The three producers might also take onscreen roles in the film, which Deadline describes as being in the vein of Traffic.  The story will dissect the global market of poaching, ranging from portraits of individual poachers to corrupt executives to the marketplace that would buy parts from dead animals for use as an aphrodisiac or other absurd purposes.

Staples is a very hot screenwriter at the moment.  Having previously served as a writer for the Call of Duty video games, he landed a Black List script with King of Heists, which will star Jeremy Renner.  In addition to King of Heists, Staples wrote an untitled geopolitical thriller for Ben Affleck to star in and direct, he’s still at work on the big sci-fi action film Myth, and he also worked on the screenplay for Mission: Impossible 5.  It will be interesting to see if this animal poaching drama can hit the fast track after being in development hell for a couple years.  The actors involved are so passionate about the issue that they’re actually making two films about it.  Hit the jump for more.

New Installment of Zach Galifianakis’ BETWEEN TWO FERNS Features Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire, and Arcade Fire

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Every time Zach Galifianakis does another Between Two Ferns, it’s cause for much rejoicing.  We haven’t seen a new one in about eight months, but Christmas and Kwanzaa are coming a little bit early this year with a special holiday edition.  This time, Galifanakis’ guests are Samue L. Jack’s Son and Toby (Maguire) along with musical guest Arcade Fire doing a rendition of “Little Drummer Boy”.  It’s as weird, awkward, and funny as we’ve come to expect from this series.

Hit the jump to check out the video.

Two Trailers for Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day.  Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, the film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a fugitive (Josh Brolin) who takes a 13-year-old boy  (Gattlin Griffith) and his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) hostage, but the relationship between the three becomes more complicated in the following days.  The trailer does a good job of selling the dreamy, idyllic quality while maintaining the undercurrent of danger running throughout the story.  I thought the movie was great when I saw it at TIFF earlier this year, but I’m eager to see if it holds up on a second viewing.

Hit the jump to watch the Labor Day trailer.  The film also stars J.K. SimmonsClark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, and Tobey Maguire.  Labor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st.  [Update: Paramount has released a second trailer, which we've added after the jump.  However, I strongly recommend not watching it because it gives away a lot of the film.]

TIFF 2013: LABOR DAY Review

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Earlier this year, Deadspin writer Barry Petchesky reported on the uplifting story of Braves catcher Evan Gattis, and said, “It probably won’t last.  It’s too beautiful.”  That line has stuck with me all summer.  Beautiful things are temporary, but pain seemingly lasts forever.  The worst memories are at best an ugly scar and usually an open wound that stings every time you touch it or even look at it.  Jason Reitman’s earnest, moving drama Labor Day examines the desperation to heal and how fate can conspire to tear away what’s beautiful.  It’s a snapshot of total happiness with storm clouds on the horizon.  Labor Day is Reitman’s most mature film to date, and it powerfully shows how the most modest of hopes can be the ones that almost break us completely.

THE GREAT GATSBY Blu-ray Review

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There are few stranger cinematic weddings that that of F.  Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby to Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top, nearly grating visual aesthetic.  The fact that Luhrmann’s adaptation is in 3D is icing on the cake.  But Luhrmann (best known for William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge) is at his best when he’s got a story to anchor his visuals to, and performers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton delivering the lines.  His Great Gatsby is far from a definitive version of the novel, but it has its moments.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

THE GREAT GATSBY Review

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Filmmakers who adapt a novel are not beholden to the major themes of that novel.  They’re free to take away what they want to see and leave the richer aspects of the material behind.  Such is the case with Baz Luhrmann‘s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby.  Where Fitzgerald saw the relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan as a laughable excuse to escape into the past, Luhrmann sees a doomed romance because Baz Luhrmann likes stories about doomed romances*.  And like his previous movies—Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and Australia—Luhrmann is too afraid of actual intimacy, and covers it up in glitter and other shiny objects while laboring under the delusion that it makes the story operatic.  With The Great Gatsby, Luhrmann isn’t adapting Fitzgerald as much as he’s remaking Baz Luhrmann.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, and Producers Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick and Catherine Mann Talk THE GREAT GATSBY

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One of the most anticipated films of the summer is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki.  The film is an adaptation of the classic American novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald that has become English 101 in high schools the country wide.  The story of the enigmatic Gatsby and his quest to win over his one true love Daisy Buchanan comes to life in 3D this May with grandiose party scenes even Fitzgerald would have enjoyed.

At the recent press day for the film in New York, Collider was present as the director and stars DiCaprio, Maguire, Mulligan and Fisher, along with producers Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick and Catherine Mann (also the production designer and Luhrmann’s wife) held a press conference to speak about the film.  They revealed the literary influences behind many of the lines of dialogue, the surprising choice of a Jay-Z heavy soundtrack (he’s also an EP of the film) and the chemistry between the actors and director that led to the performances in the film.  Hit the jump to read our coverage of the press conference.

Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire to Star in Will Ferrell’s IFC Miniseries THE SPOILS OF BABYLON; John Krasinski Lands ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Guest Spot

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Your favorite stars have signed on to two exciting television projects:

  • Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire will star opposite Will Ferrell in the six-episode IFC miniseries The Spoils of Babylon, produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay.
  • John Krasinski will guest star on season four of Arrested Development.  The impressive guest roster also boasts Wiig (hey), Ben Stiller, Seth RogenConan O’Brien, Isla Fisher, Andy Richter, John Slattery, and Terry Crews.

More after the jump.

62 New Hi-Res Images from THE GREAT GATSBY Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki and More

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We’ve been reporting on the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby since fall of 2010; the film will finally open in just a couple of weeks.  While you’ve probably seen a fair portion of the movie due to all the images, clips and trailers that have been released over the last year or so, we have a gallery of over 60 hi-res images for you to peruse at your leisure!

Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke and Adelaide Clemens, and opens in 3D on May 10th.  Hit the jump to view the images.

Watch 5 Minutes of Footage From Baz Lurhmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton

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Warner Bros. has released 7 clips (almost 5 minutes of footage) from director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. For those unfamiliar with F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s source material, the story centers on a would-be writer (Tobey Maguire) chasing the American dream who moves to New York City in the spring of 1922 and encounters a mysterious millionaire named Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke and Adelaide Clemens.

If you weren’t aware, Luhrmann shot Gatsby in 3D, so I’d advise paying the extra money to see it in that format.  Also, I saw some of the film in 3D and it looked like Luhrmann used the format to help tell the story.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The Great Gatsby opens May 10th.

The Party Never Stops in New Extended TV Spot for THE GREAT GATSBY

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Warner Bros. has released a new extended TV spot for director Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby.  This TV spot appears to be geared towards the younger crowd, as it plays up the “Jazz Age” aspects of the film while highlighting Gatsby’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) lively parties and the flashier moments from the film.  While I’ve mostly been onboard with the new music Luhrmann has showcased in the previous trailers, Fergie’s “jazz-pop” track that accompanies this new TV spot is just plain awful.  Here’s hoping it doesn’t have a major showcase within the narrative of the film.

Hit the jump to watch the new extended TV spot, which also includes quite a bit of new footage.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Adelaide Clemens, and Jason ClarkeThe Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10th.

3 More Posters for THE GREAT GATSBY

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Warner Bros. has released three more posters for The Great Gatsby because they’re Warner Bros. and they always release about 394 posters for every movie they do.  Every character deserves at least 4 different posters featuring the actor in various poses or in combination with their co-stars.  Eventually, extras will get their own posters if they’re in a Warner Bros. movie.  I look forward to seeing the Great Gatsby poster for Flapper #4.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher, and Joel EdgertonThe Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10th.

New Trailer for THE GREAT GATSBY Highlights the Film’s Eclectic Soundtrack

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.  For those unfamiliar with F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s source material, the story centers on a would-be writer (Tobey Maguire) chasing the American dream who moves to New York City in the spring of 1922 and encounters a mysterious millionaire named Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).  This new trailer has a heavy focus on the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy (Carey Mulligan), while also giving us a strong dose of Joel Edgerton‘s Tom Buchanan.  Again Luhrmann’s vibrant visuals look fantastic, but the trailer also showcases a bounty of original music that the director has commissioned for the film from artists like BeyonceAndre 3000Lana Del Rey, and Florence + The Machine.  There’s a strong Romeo + Juliet vibe in this trailer, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing this thing on the biggest screen possible.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and to take a look at the full soundtrack listing.  The film also stars Isla FisherJason Clarke, and Adelaide Clemens.  The Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10th.

First TV Spot for THE GREAT GATSBY Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan

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Warner Bros. has released the first TV spot for director Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge) adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby.  For those unfamiliar with the source material, the story centers on a would-be writer (Tobey Maguire) chasing the American dream who moves to New York City in the spring of 1922 and encounters a mysterious millionaire named Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).  This TV spot features quite a bit of new footage, and I’m incredibly eager to see Fitzgerald’s novel adapted for the screen by way of Luhrmann’s bombastic, colorful, and vibrant vision.

Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla FisherJason Clarke, and Adelaide ClemensThe Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10th.

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