2014 Toronto Film Festival Updates


Two controversial and timely films that played at this year's 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival have found homes as IFC Films has picked up the distribution rights to Andrew Niccol's Good Kill starring Ethan Hawke, and Relativity have jumped on Mike Binder's Black or White (previously called "Black and White"), starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.

Weeks after the 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival has ended, films are still being scooped up for distribution, the latest two being the Liv Ullmann period drama Miss Julie, acquired by Wrekin Hill, and Ruba (Cairo Time) Nadda's October Gale, which went to IFC Films.

Focus Features announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. The company also acquired distribution rights to the film, which is financed by Lionsgate UK and BBC Films, in Scandinavia. The romantic drama stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci, Danny Webb and Rickman himself.

An ensemble dramedy about a dysfunctional family who has never quite gotten along but who are forced to live under one roof when their father dies might not seem like the kind of movie one would expect from the director of The Pink Panther, Real Steel and the "Night at the Museum" movies. But indeed, it's Shawn Levy's name in the director's credit for This is Where I Leave You, based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper (who also adapted it for the screen), and it is indeed the same Shawn Levy who earned his reputation in Hollywood with a number of hit family comedies.

ComingSoon.net spent some time talking to Levy at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where Levy's film had been brought by Warner Bros. for its world premiere, and he told us what was involved with wrangling such a big cast into one place, as well as talking about some of his upcoming projects, which you may have already read about here.

ComingSoon.net has an exclusive video interview with actor Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) talking about his new movie Hector and the Search for Happiness as well as talking about his pal J.J. Abrams taking on Star Wars Episode VII, when we might see "Star Trek 3" and why they've been able to make Mission: Impossible V in relative secrecy.

The 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a close over the weekend and many are declaring it the best TIFF in many years, which is quite something when you realize how many great movies, including many Oscar winners, have played at the annual celebration of cinema.

I've used the term "an abundance of wealths" a few times while talking about this year's festival, and it turned out to be one of my rare predictions that was entirely spot on. Seeing somewhre between 33 and 35 movies during my ten days in Toronto for the festival and of the movies seen, there was only one of them that I felt was completely terrible and unwatchable. There were a few other movies that just didn't work but there was only one movie that I physically loathed and was angry that I wasted my time seeing it. And of course, it was by one of my favorite filmmakers, no less, which is nothing that new considering past duds like Blindness and Tideland.

With the 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) coming to an end today, winners were announced for the 2014 iteration of the popular Canadian film festival with the Weinstein Company taking their third win in this category over the past five years with The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

Directed by Scandinavian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, whose adaptation of the Jo Nesbo novel Headhunters appeared at TIFF in 2011, the drama tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who helped crack the Nazis' elusive Enigma code in order to help end World War II, saving the lives of millions. Turing was also a closeted homosexual whose secret was discovered nearly a decade after the war getting him arrested for indecency.

Oren Moverman's second film as a director Time Out of Mind, starring Richard Gere, received the coveted FIPRESCI award, handed out by a jury of international film critics for the past 23 years.

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired North American rights to Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish.

RADiUS announced today it has acquired US rights to Adult Beginners, which celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be released in the second quarter of 2015.

Adult Beginners features a dream ensemble cast including Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski and Josh Charles and is directed by Oscar-nominated producer Ross Katz (Lost in Translation) making his feature length directorial debut.

Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group, Inc., announced today that Saban Films is closing in on a deal to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to Sarik Andreasyan action-thriller American Heist, starring Hayden Christensen, Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune "Akon" Thiam. The film had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival.

At Toronto, Saban Films has also acquired John Travolta's The Forger and the action-thriller Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment.

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