TIFF 2013 – Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” Wins Toronto Audience Award

The Steve McQueen-directed historical drama 12 Years a Slave was awarded top honours today at the  2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The highly awaited film was awarded the Toronto Audience Award today during the awards luncheon.

Other films that have won this award include Oscar-winning films American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook, and Slumdog Millionaire. This is a very prestigious award and often winning this award leads to other nominations and to potential Oscar wins .

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Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, and Chiwetel Ejiofor

12 Years a Slave is base off of the true story of Solomon Northup’s life as a slave. Northup was a free man living in upstate New York, until he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and eventually freed in 1853.

This film has an absolutely stellar cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Alfre Woodard. If you have not seen the trailer, be sure to watch it here.

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Do you think 12 Years a Slave will win any Oscars this year? Are you interested in seeing this film when it is theatrically released on October 18, 2013?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Film Festival Coverage – Official Schedule and Guest List Released for TIFF

One of the biggest film events of the year, and the biggest film event in Canada, is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! So far it looks like it is going to be an amazing festival and a recently announced lineup revealed there are some highly anticipated films set to premiere.

Today there were some exciting new announcements made regarding the official schedule and the stars that will be attending the festival. The Toronto International Film Festival website has the official schedule available for you to download and read through here. On the first day of the festival, films such as Blue is The Warmest Colour, The Big Chill, Unbeatable, The Fifth Estate are premiering.

Entertainment Tonight Canada shared the exclusive guest list and announced who would be attending the prestigious  festival.  As it is every year, the TIFF Red Carpet is going to be absolutely star-studded. The guest list includes, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Alice Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson.

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There will also be many directors, producers, and other production team members present at the festival to support their work. Some of the directors that are on the guest list include Atom Egoyan who directed Devil’s Knot and Jason Reitman who directed Labor Day. Paul Haggis will be attending to premiere his film Third Person and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will be there to premiere his documentary Made in America. In addition to these talented directors, Jason Bateman will be debuting Bad Words and Ralph Finnes will be unveiling The Invisible Woman. Denis Villeneuve will show his film Enemy, Steve McQueen has 12 Years A Slave already generating buzz, and Eli Roth will bring The Green Inferno. Finally, Bill Condon has claim to the opening spot of the festival for his highly awaited and controversial film, The Fifth Estate.

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Be sure to tune in for more exclusive coverage of TIFF! Are you looking forward to the festival? Are you surprised by this year’s guest list? Are you interested in seeing any of the films that will be premiering at the festival? 

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada and TIFF.net

Film Festival Coverage – Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Announced

The film lineup for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was officially announced today and there are some amazing films included in this list. Some of these films also premiered at Cannes earlier this year and are generating some award season buzz already.

According to Entertainment Weekly, there are several films that are generating buzz, including the John Krokidas-directed biography Kill Your Darlings, which also premiered at Sundance. The John Wells-directed adaptation, August: Osage County, which stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is also generating a lot of buzz. Plus, 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch and The Fifth Estate are also going to be premiering at TIFF and are gaining some attention.

Alfonso Cuaron’s awaited space thriller Gravity and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon will also be premiering at the festival. The  the Palme d’Or-winning film, Blue Is the Warmest Color is going to be shown in a Special Presentations category.

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Here is a list of the other films premiering in the first round of the festival:

All Is By My SideAmerican Dreams in ChinaThe Art of the StealAttila MarcelBad WordsBelleBurning Bush,Cannibal (Canibal)Cold EyesDallas Buyers ClubDevil‘s KnotDom HemingwayThe DoubleFelonyThe Fifth EstateFor Those Who Can TellGloriaGoing Away (Il est parti dimanche)The Grand SeductionThe Great Beauty (La Grande Belezza)Half of a Yellow SunHateship LoveshipIdaL’IntrepidoThe Invisible Woman,JoeLabor DayLife of a CrimeLike Father Like SonThe Love Punch, The LunchboxMan of Tai Chi, Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomMARY Queen of ScotsMystery RoadNight MovesOmarOne ChanceOnly Lovers Left AliveParklandThe Past (Le Passe)PhilomenaPioneer (Pioner)PrisonersQuai d’OrsayThe Railway Man,The RealThe Right Kind of Wrong, RushShuddh Desi RomanceStarred UpSupermensch The Legend of Shep GordonThird Person, Those Happy Years (Anni Felici)TracksUnder the SkinVioletteVisitorsWalesa. Man of Hope. (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.), We are the Best! (Vi ar bast!), Le Week-End, You Are Here, Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie).

What do you think of the film lineup for the festival this year? Are you interested in seeing any of these films?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Cannes 2013 – Red Carpet Photos from amfAR’s Annual Cinema Against AIDS Gala

The 20th Annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala was held last night at the Cannes Film Festival. The amfAR foundation is non-profit organization dedicated to supporting AIDS research and raising AIDS awareness.

Many Hollywood names attended this event last night in support of the organization. Some Hollywood names that attended include Jessica Chastain, Chris Tucker, Milla Jovovich, Sharon Stone, Kristin Scott Thomas, Harvey Winstein, Christoph Waltz, Adrien Brody, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Plus, there were also some musicians that attended such as, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, and Duran Duran. Certain Regard jury member Ziyi Zhang was also present for the gala.

Have you been following the events of the 66th Cannes Film Festival? Are you looking forward to seeing any of the films that are premiering at Cannes this year? What do you think of the red carpet fashion this year?

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Jessica Chastain

Source: IMDbPro

Cannes 2013 – Red Carpet Photos from “As I Lay Dying” Photocall and Premiere

Actor James Franco is always on the go and is seemingly always trying to accomplish the impossible. Franco’s most recent project is a film adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying. 

Not only did Franco star in this film as one of the male lead characters, Darl Bundren, he directed it and wrote the screenplay. This adaptation also stars Beth Grant, Ahna O’Reilly, Tin Blake Nelson, Danny McBride, Logan Marshall-Green, Jim Parrack, and Jesse Heiman.

As I Lay Dying premiered yesterday at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival and Franco, Grant, O’Reilly, and Nelson were present for a photocall and premiere event. If you have not seen the trailer for this movie yet, be sure to check it out here.

Have you been following all the events at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? What do you think of the fashion on the red carpet so far? Would you be interested in seeing As I Lay Dying?

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Tim Blake Nelson, Ahna O’Reilly, James Franco, and Beth Grant

Sourcea: IMDbPro and YouTube

Movie Exclusive – First Official Trailer for Adaptation of Judy Blume’s “Tiger Eyes”

The first official trailer has been released for the film adaptation of Judy Blume’s novel, Tiger Eyes. Blume is a best-selling and critically-acclaimed author, but none of her books have been made into films until now. This is the first of her novels to be made into a major motion picture.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Tiger Eyes, here is an official synopsis (via Apple Movie Trailers):

Davey is a 17 year-old girl abruptly relocated by her grieving mother to  the strange “atom bomb” town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. With the sudden and violent death of her father, the displaced Davey no longer knows who to be or how to fit in. Everything that once mattered suddenly seems insignificant. But when she meets Wolf, a mysterious young Native American, while exploring the surrounding canyons, she feels he is able to see past her pain and into her true self. The connection they make brings Davey back from the edge and sets her on a journey from heartbreak and confusion to life and love after tragedy.

The film was directed by Judy Blume’s son, Lawrence Blume, and they worked on the screenplay together. Although it will not be in theaters until June 7, the film has premiered at number of film festivals over the past year. Tiger Eyes stars Willa Holland, Amy Jo Johnson, Cynthia Stevenson, Tatanka Means, Elise Eberle, and Russell Means. Watch the first official trailer here.

Are you a fan of Judy Blume’s novels? What do you think of this new trailer? What do you think of the cast for this film? Will you be going to see Tiger Eyes when it comes out in theaters?

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Source: Apple Movie Trailers and IMDbPro