2014 Toronto Film Festival Updates


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.

It's that time of year again as festival and awards season concurrently kick-off with what is essentially one of the largest international film festivals on the globe, the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF), this year celebrating its 39th year as one of the festivals where some of the noteworthy awards films will premiere.

Everything from Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker to Paul Haggis' Crash to The King's Speech and Silver Linings Playbook and others have had their debuts in Toronto in early September before going on to Oscar gold. Sure, some of them played a couple days before at the Telluride Film Festival, but that's as much or more for industry people than regular moviegoers at this point. We shouldn't forget that many of the Toronto People's Choice Award winners went on to fare just as well among Academy voters, movies like last year's winner 12 Years a Slave.

The biggest hurdle with going to TIFF is that there are often so many movies one will want to see that choices have to be made and it's impossible to see them all. This year, there are over 80 movies playing at TIFF that I want to see and only about a third (or less) of those already have distribution and release dates in place. As in past years, there will be a number of movies I only discover or find out about while at the festival.

The Toronto International Film Festival announced its first wave of Gala premieres and Special Presentations for the festival running from September 4 through 14, and as always, it's an impressive line-up that includes World Premieres of some of the more anticipated movies of the Fall movie season including new works from many filmmakers returning to the festival.

Some of the notable highlights include Denzel Washington's The Equalizer, which reunites him with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, for which Washington received an Oscar, David Dobkin's The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, Shawn Levy's dysfunctional family dramedy This is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne and more.

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.

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