2014 Toronto Film Festival Updates


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.

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.

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