2014 Toronto Film Festival Updates


Now that interviews are done with and we still have a few more days at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), it's all about seeing movies and I jampacked my schedule to do some catching up in my last few days here, partially in hopes of catching some of the movies that received distribution. I've only managed to do one five-movie day so far, but here's ten of the movies I saw during the latter half of the festival. What I like about some of the movies I've been catching over the last part of TIFF is that few of these had distribution in place before the festival, and some still don't have distributors.

RADiUS announced today that it has acquired US rights to Before We Go, Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Chris Evans' directorial debut, in which he also stars opposite Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness).

The film follows the journey of two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. Starting as convenient acquaintances, the two soon grow into each other's most trusted confidants when a night of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired North American rights to Giulio Ricciarelli's directorial debut Labyrinth of Lies from sales agent Beta Cinema. The film, based on a true story, exposes the conspiracy of certain prominent institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during WWII.

Paramount Pictures announced today it will distribute writer/director Chris Rock's Top Five worldwide.

Although he ultimately revealed nothing, eager fans will likely nevertheless get some solid speculation fuel in Andrew Garfield's comments today to Toronto Sun. Attending Toronto International Film Festival to promote his new drama 99 Homes, Garfield teased his potential involvement with Drew Godard's Sinister Six.

I would love to say that Days 3 through 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) were a breeze. Even just seeing seven movies over the course of two days ended up being so tiring that I had to take a day off from seeing movies to allow my brain to rest. Not that I didn't do anything, though, and Saturday began a series of interviews with a number of different actors and filmmakers including Simon Pegg, Antoine Fuqua, Noomi Rapace, Benedict Cumberbach and more.

Highland Film Group announced today that Academy-nominated, BAFTA Award-winning actor Steve Coogan (Philomena, The Trip) has signed on to play the title role of James Boswell in a feature film adaptation of acclaimed West End play, Boswell for the Defence.

With the Middle-Earth grand-finale The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on the way this December and Marvel Studios' "Phase Three" launcher Ant-Man hitting next July, respective franchise stars Orlando Bloom and Michael Douglas are teaming up with the previously-attached Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for a new thriller, Unlocked. Alex Walton and Ken Kao of BLOOM today made the announcement alongside word that they will handle international sales on the film, which is set to be directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader).

Friday, September 5 is over, which means I have successfully made it through my first two days of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Besides seeing eight films since arriving on Wednesday, I've also seen a couple of films beforehand, some of which I can talk about, some of which I still need to bite my tongue for a little while longer. I will say that as I expected from the line-up, this may be one of the best TIFFs ever, not only due to the quantity and quality of the world premieres but also due to the abundance of some of the greatest festival films that I missed earlier this year.

Fortunately, two of the best movies I've seen so far are coming out in October so you won't have to wait too long to see them, although you will have to wait a little longer for my full reviews.

Like I said in yesterday's Part 1, there are just way too many intriguing choices at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), so much so that I had to split my normal preview into two parts and I couldn't even keep it down to 40 choices as I originally planned. (And that's still roughly half the movies I'm dying to see at the festival.)

Anyway, here's hoping I can see at least some of the ones mentioned in the gallery below, but it's pretty evident this is going to be one of the better TIFFs in some time.

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