2012 Toronto Film Festival Updates


ComingSoon.net has received a new clip from director Peter Webber's Emperor, starring Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, and Eriko Hatsune. The film world premieres tonight as a Gala Presentation at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

It's not that often that you see an Oscar-winning filmmaker tackle the horror genre so well into their career, but that's exactly what Barry Levinson, the man behind movies like Bugsy, Rain Man and Diner, has done with his latest movie The Bay

We're getting down to the end of this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and we have just a few days left and things have slowed down incredibly with many of our colleagues already having left Toronto. Here are some quick thoughts on the movies we saw on Days 7 and 8 - basically three movies, Henry Alex-Rubin's Disconnect, Barry Levinson's The Bay and Brian De Palma's Passion. The first two have distribution and we expect the third to follow suit soon.

There are few bigger success stories that have come out of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) than filmmaker Eli Roth, who brought both Cabin Fever and the original Hostel to TIFF in 2002 and 2005 respectively.

This year, Roth was back in Toronto with Chilean filmmaker Nicolás López and a movie they co-wrote called Aftershock in which Eli Roth stars as an American in Santiago, Chile, spending a night on the town with his two friends and three beautiful women. They’re all having fun until an earthquake suddenly hits and they have to find a way to survive both the quake and all the terror that arises after it hits, things like escaped convicts and looters. Oh, and it also has a cameo by Selena Gomez.

Shock Till You Drop sat down with Roth to find out how this connection to Chile, where he’ll be shooting much of his next film The Green Inferno, came about as well as talking briefly about some of his other projects, including a year-round haunted house in Las Vegas called Eli Roth's Goretorium, which opens later this month.

Actor Aaron Paul speaks to ComingSoon.net about his roles in James Ponsoldt's dramedy Smashed, co-starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, "Breaking Bad" and other movies he's been making.

We're midway through the Toronto Film Festival and since we'll be writing full reviews for many of the movies we saw on Day 3, we'll skip ahead to Sunday through Tuesday where we saw a mixed bag of films, including Stuart Blumberg's Thanks for Sharing, Neil Jordan's Byzantium, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers, Imogene starring Kristen Wiig and more.

Focus Features has acquired the U.S. rights to The Place Beyond the Pines, the new drama from director Derek Cianfrance, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes. Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen made the announcement today at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie is having its world premiere.

The first day of TIFF was a slower one, but then the second one a bit busier but here are a few brief thoughts on some of the movies we saw with fuller reviews to come. Hopefully, you already read our review of Ben Affleck's Argo (Warner Bros.) here, but on Day 1 we also saw Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone (Sony Pictures Classics - November 16) and Joe Wright's Anna Karenina (Focus Features – November 16). Day 2, we caught Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, the Australian period musical The Sapphires (The Weinstein Company), the British horror film (Of sorts) Berberian Sound Studio (IFC Films), and finally the World Premiere of David Siegel and Scott McGehee's What Maisie Knew, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skargard.

Two-time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson (upcoming The Lone Ranger, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Michael Clayton) has joined the thriller Felony opposite the previously cast male lead Joel Edgerton, it was announced by The Solution Entertainment Group's ("The Solution") founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, and producers Rosemary Blight of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Edgerton for Blue-Tongue Films.

We're kicking off our Toronto coverage with a couple short reviews, one of a movie we saw at Sundance and two that made waves and won awards at the Cannes Film Festival and are now following through with a run through the Autumn festival season. We can probably find things in common between them but the important one is that they all have one jury prizes at their respective festivals, and the last of them has already been declared Austria's entry into the Academy Awards even though it's entirely in French.

Check out our reviews of James Ponsoldt's Smashed, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul, Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt and Michael Haneke's Amour.

(You can also read our review of Rian Johnson's Looper, the festival opener, here.)

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