2014 Toronto Film Festival Updates


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.

ComingSoon.net has exclusive video interviews with the stars of Rian Johnson's futuristic sci-fi action-thriller Looper, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, the latter who is joined from the film's third star who makes a super-secret special surprise guest appearance! (Hint: JGL plays a younger version of him in the movie.)

High school can be tough, as we've seen countless times in films released this year alone, but Stephen Chbosky's coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a different animal from the others. First of all, it's based on his own popular best-selling novel, which one has to assume many producers and filmmakers wanted to adapt even though Chbosky decided early on he wanted to adapt and direct the film based on his book himself.

The Toronto International Film Festival of 2012 is officially over and while we had a great time and saw a lot of different movies, it was definitely a far more bittersweet experience than past years, maybe because we didn't feel there was an Up in the Air or No Country for Old Men or Slumdog Millionaire or 127 Hours in the bunch--a movie that's guaranteed to be in our Top 10 for the year. Don't get us wrong. There were lots of really good movies but something with that sort of staying power that we can watch it over and over again (as we have with those movies?), it's hard to tell, but we'll see.

Before we get to our "Best of the Fest" though here are some thoughts on two movies we saw late in the fest, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing and Ryuhei Kitamura's No One Lives.

After a rumored bidding war even before its premiere during the "Midnight Madness" track of the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salemhas finally clinched its U.S. distribution and that honor goes to Anchor Bay Films.

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights to The Patience Stone. The film, adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name (winner of the 2008 Prix Goncourt), is directed by Atiq Rahimi (Earth and Ashes). The film recently showed at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in 2013.

The 37th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) comes to a close today and we're just finishing up some of our last bit of coverage on it, but they've just announced this year's awards winners with David O. Russell's Silver LInings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker taking the coveted Blackberry People's Choice Award.The Blackberry People's Choice Midnight Madness Award went to Martin McDonagh's dark crime-comedy Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken, while the People's Choice Documentary Award went to Bartholomew Cubbins' Artifact, which documents the lawsuit between Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars against their record label.

Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Peter Webber's Emperor, which had its world premiere Friday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Roadside will release theatrically, and all other US rights will be distributed by partner company Lionsgate.

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.

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