2012 Toronto Film Festival Updates


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Today is the final day of the Toronto International Film Festival, which has been taking place over the past 11 days, and as usual, they waited until the last day to announced the awards winners at a special luncheon with Steve McQueen's acclaimed slavery drama 12 Years a Slave receiving the festival's top honor, the Blackberry People's Choice Award.

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival is almost over with the awards to be announced later today, but its status as a film market has been solidified by a number of acquisitions reported over the past few days as some of the festival's premieres have been scooped up by a variety of distributors.

Things may be a little slow going for the Oscar Warrior this year because just as festival season gets rolling he's potentially going to be taken out of commission by a procedure necessary for the treatment of his leukemia, but before that happens, we're going to try to get in a couple quick Oscar and awards preview columns.

First of all, it seems like a good time to take a look at the current film festival season and how important that is to get movies seen in order to get buzz going on them. Things tend to kick off even before Labor Day with the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals, followed closely by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center and then others like Chicago, Hamptons, AFI Fest and more.

With the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival passed and just five more days of the festival to go, CBS Films has stepped forward for the third major acquisition, picking up the U.S. distribution rights to The F Word, the new romantic comedy from Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse (Goon) starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.

ComingSoon.net has been provided with two exclusive behind-the-scenes clips, nearly 13 minutes of footage from Hit the Lights: The Making of Metallica Through the Never, a look at what went into making the upcoming concert film Metallica Through the Never, which will be released exclusively in IMAX 3D theaters on September 27 before expanding to non-IMAX theaters on October 4.

This has been a shorter than usual Toronto International Film Festival for ComingSoon.net as we were only up in Canada for six days, but we did squeeze in 13 movies and a bunch of interviews, and for the most part, it was all great stuff with very few movies that outright stunk or made us want to run screaming from the theater. More importantly, the season's Oscar race started to come together with a number of great movies and performances that are sure to be talked about over the next few months, some of them not being released until later in the year. We'll share a number of full reviews and interviews with you over the next couple weeks, but before the festival winds down, we wanted to give you a quick recap of our thoughts on the movies we were able to catch.

Days after the movie first made waves with its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jonathan Teplitzky's The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, has debuted its first international trailer.

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is set to kick off this coming Thursday with the Opening Night film being Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and it's looking like it's going to be an even more exciting year for Canada's premiere film festival than past years for a number of reasons.

As with many festivals, the first weekend of TIFF tends to be so full of choices in terms of movies it's become difficult for many attendees to decide on what to see, but we've selected roughly 25 movies premiering at the festival that struck our interest. Granted, it's a bit of a mixed bag between future Oscar contenders and films that may not get much attention but hopefully this can give you some idea of the diversity offered at TIFF every year.

As festival season kicked off last weekend with the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals, the Weinstein Company is the first distributor out of the gate with the first acquisition of the season, having picked up the North American distribution rights to John Curran's Tracks, according to Deadline.

The announcements are winding down for the films premiering at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) , running from September 5 through September 15, but yesterday, TIFF announced 11 movies that will play as part of the edgy Vanguard series that's curated by Colin Geddes, who also programs Midnight Madness every year. Some of the film premieres of note include The Sacrament, the latest movie from Ti West (The Innkeepers, House of the Devil, as well as Alexandre Aja's Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe & Juno Temple.

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