2014 Toronto Film Festival Updates


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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.)

It put Drive director Nicolas Winding-Refn on the Euro talent map, spawned two sequels and a Bollywood version. Now Pusher has been relocated from Denmark’s Copenhagen to London's East End for its long-in-development English language remake. Remarkably as edgy, exciting and explosive as the 1996 cult classic, executive producer Winding-Refn chose writer Matthew Read (Hammer of the Gods) to adapt his screenplay that once more focuses on a small-time drug dealer descending into debt hell following a spot of busted bad luck and a series of bad choices. The more desperate his behavior gets the more isolated he becomes as he tries to avoid the death threats of the gangster who supplied him with the gear and is expecting his money back in two days time. Starring Grabbers lead Richard Coyle as Frank, supermodel-turned-actress Agyness Deyn playing his girlfriend Flo, rising Brit actor Bronson Webb as his best friend Tony and Zlatko Buric, reprising his role as crime boss Milo the Mediterranean from the original movie, Pusher is directed by short film award-winner Luis Prieto who calls his take on the stylish material, “'Goodfellas' in the East End."

Annapurna Pictures announced today that they have purchased the U.S distribution rights to Harmony Korine's new film, Spring Breakers, the American college pop-culture and music-fueled story following the adventure of four young girls gone wild on spring break.Annapurna's Megan Ellison is also included as an Executive Producer on the film.

Over the past few years, ComingSoon.net has covered the Toronto International Film Festival (a.k.a. TIFF) and anyone who has read any of our earlier preview pieces already knows the significance of the festival as part of the annual "festival season" which debuts some of the strongest films of the fall as well as a number of great genre films that will be making an impact down the road.

At this point, TIFF is up there with Cannes and Sundance in terms of being a market festival where new films from top filmmakers and first-timers will show off their wares in hopes of getting distribution. Some TIFF premieres will fare better than others—step up and take a bow The Hurt Locker and Crash, two movies picked up at TIFF that went all the way to winning Best Picture on Oscar night over a year after premiering there. Others may take months and even years to get any sort of distribution or may just disappear without a trace.

The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled an international selection of films as part of this year's TIFF Kids program, including world premieres for Finding Nemo 3D and Hotel Transylvania.

Yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival announced a good portion of the line-up for their 37th annual film festival with Rian Johnson's Looper (Sony - Sept. 28) opening the festival on September 6.

Since many of the movies premiering at TIFF also had some of their first images (or a new photo) released yesterday, we've decided to put together a single piece where you can get a quick overview of some of the high profile movies announced to premiere at the annual festival. You can click on each of the pictures to be taken to a gallery of new pictures or a larger version of the picture in the case where there's only one.

As in past years, ComingSoon.net will be covering the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and hours before the official press conference announcing this year's TIFF line-up< Variety have released an extensive list of the movies that will premiere there including Rian Johnson's action-thriller Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt as the festival opener on Thursday, September 6.

Magnolia Pictures has scheduled two of its festival pick-ups for the summer with Lauren Greenfield's Sundance favorite doc The Queen of Versailles being released on July 6, and Fernando (City of God) Meirelles' globe-trotting drama 360, starring Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Foster, coming out a month later on August 3.

It's been a little while since we've done one of these--and we do hope to bring "The Career Analyst" back one of these days, too--but we're back with another look at a movie not opening for a couple months, this one being Universal Studios' attempt to resurrect one of their popular comedy franchises with American Reunion. It's opening on April 6, Easter weekend when many people will be off from school and work either on Good Friday or Monday or both, and they hope that opening before what's going to be a busy summer will help them bring in some profits during the normally slower spring month.

It's been eight year or more since we've seen the original kids from American Pie, an R-rated coming-of-age comedy that introduced Hollywood to a lot of new talent back in 1999, including directors Paul and Chris Weitz, who have both gone onto bigger things. At the time, few people knew who Jason Biggs or Seann William Scott or Shannon Elizabeth or Chris Klein or Tara Reid, so it opened with a modest $18.7 million a week after the 4th of July 1999.

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the U.S. distribution rights for another potential entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Category for the 2012 Academy Awards, as they announced today they will be releasing Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now?, which won the Cadillac People's Choice Award at the recent 2011 Toronto International Film Festival as well as Best Europe Film at the 2011 San Sebastian Film Festival.

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