2014 Toronto Film Festival Updates


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.

The Toronto International Film Festival made some big announcements last week with their line-up of films premiering in the 2013 festival running from September 5 to the 15th but for many attendees, the only movies that matter will be in the track programmed by Colin Geddes, the international line-up of genre and horror movies in the Midnight Madness track.

This year, Midnight Madness is celebrating 25 years, kicking things off with Lucky McKee's sure-to-be-controversial All Cheerleaders Die, including Eli Roth's Amazon-based thriller The Green Inferno and seven others. Roth is a mainstay in the festival having premiered both of his early films Cabin Fever and Hostel there as well as bringing the Chilean disaster flick Aftershock to premiere there last year.

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, unveiled the first round of titles set to premiere in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival.

Of the 16 Galas and 55 Special Presentations revealed, this first slate of films includes 40 world premieres from filmmakers including: Bill Condon, Steve McQueen, Sylvain Chomet, John Carney, Jean-Marc Vallée, Atom Egoyan, Amma Asante, Godfrey Reggio, Jason Reitman, John Wells, Denis Villeneuve, Don McKellar, Jasmila Žbanić, Justin Chadwick, Mike Myers, Liza Johnson, Richard Ayoade, David Gordon Green, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Haggis, Manuel Martín Cuenca, Jason Bateman, Bertrand Tavernier and Matthew Weiner.

This year, Sony Pictures Animation celebrates its tenth anniversary with the release of their seventh feature-length theatrical release Hotel Transylvania, which brings together two iconic names from comedy and horror as Adam Sandler voices the role of Count Dracula. ComingSoon.net attended the junket for Hotel Transylvania up at the Toronto International Film Festival where we had a chance to speak with Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez, as well as Fran Drescher and Molly Shannon, who voice the wives of Frankenstein and Wayne the werewolf respectively.

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