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

Casting Rumor – Anna Kendrick Could Journey “Into the Woods” as Cinderella

Casting rumors circulating actress Anna Kendrick are stating she is in talks to play Ciinderella in the Disney adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Into the Woods. The actress revealed her vocal talents last year in Pitch Perfect and is currently working on an adaptation of another musical, The Last Five Years.

This project already has a great cast lined up with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski all in various stages of negotiations. Corden will be playing the Baker, Ullman will be playing Jack the Giant Killer’s mother, and Baranski will be playing Cinderella’s Stepmother.

Into the Woods is a very unique, interesting, and darkly comedic musical. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who are on a journey to try and find the witch to get her to lift a family curse she has cast on them. On their journey, they cross paths with several quirky fairytale characters, including Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.

Anna Kendrick

Cinderella’s situation is a little different in this musical as she is already married to the Prince (Pine), but it turns out he is quite vain. However, she is still trying to find herself and her place in the world.

Rod Marshall will be directing Disney’s adaptation of this popular musical. Plus, John DeLuca is producing, James Lapine wrote the screenplay, and David Krane will be working on the music for the highly anticipated movie musical.

Will you be interested in seeing Into the Woods as a movie musical? Do you think Kendrick will be right for the role of Cinderella? Be sure to check in for more news about Into the Woods as production development and casting continues!

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, MovieFoneand IMDbPro

Movie Exclusive – Official Trailer for “August: Osage County”

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County, is being made into a major motion picture and is being distributed by The Weinstein Company. In 2007, Letts’ play debuted in Chicago at the famous Steppenwolf Theatre and later made a Broadway debut at the Imperial Theater.  In 2008, the show went on to win five Tony Awards, including best play.

This critically acclaimed play is finally getting the big screen treatment and has an amazing team behind it.  John Wells is directing the film and Letts actually wrote the screenplay. The cast involved in this film is phenomenal and includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nichols, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigal Breslin, and Dermot Mulroney.

Watch the wonderful first trailer for the film here. For those unfamiliar with the play, here is an official synopsis for August: Osage County (via Apple Movie Trailers):

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

What did you think of this trailer? Would you be interested in seeing this film when it hits theaters November 8, 2013? Do you think August: Osage County could be a contender come award season?

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Sources: Apple Movie Trailers and IMDbPro

Casting Scoop – Actress Emily Blunt in Talks to Join “Into the Woods”

Just a few days after casting rumors stating Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal may be joining the Into the Woods adaptation began to circulate, more news has come to light.

The Hollywood Reporter has shared that actress Emily Blunt is also in talks to join the Rob Marshall-directed movie musical. If Blunt joins the project she will be playing the Baker’s Wife, who is “placed under a spell of barrenness by her sorceress neighbor.” However, when she is freed from the power of the spell, she suddenly becomes pregnant.

Most of the parts in this musical are fairly demanding when it comes to singing. This should not be an issue for Blunt if she is officially cast in the role as she does have some experience in singing.

As previously reported, Meryl Streep and Johnny Deep have both already signed on to the project as the vain and evil witch and the wolf, respectively. Although the deals for Pine and Gyllenhaal to join the cast have not officially started, they have gone through an audition process.

John DeLuca is producing, James Lapine wrote the screenplay, and David Krane will be working on the music for the anticipated adaptation.

What do you think of these potential casting choices? Will you be interested in seeing Into the Woods as a movie musical? Be sure to check in for more news about Into the Woods as early production development continues!

Emily Blunt

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Casting Scoop – Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal in Talks to Join “Into the Woods” Adaptation

Broadway fans maybe intrigued and excited to hear that production and casting is picking up for the movie adaptation of the classic fairytale musical Into the Woods. 

The Hollywood Reporter has shared that actors Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to join the cast of the Rob Marshall-directed movie musical. If Pine and Gyllenhaal sign on, they will be playing Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince. These characters are also brothers who are both very self-absorbed and snobbish.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, it follows a Baker and his wife who go on a journey to find the witch who cast a spell on them and try to lift a family curse. On their journey, they cross paths with several quirky and interesting characters, including Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.

Meryl Streep and Johnny Deep have both already signed on to the project as the vain and evil witch and the wolf, respectively. Although the deals for Pine and Gyllenhaal to join the cast have not officially started, they have auditioned for Marshall. If these deals are made official, both actors will be making their movie musical debut.

John DeLuca is producing and James Lapine wrote the screenplay for the anticipated adaptation. The original Tony-winning score is by Stephen Sondheim. However, David Krane will be working on the music for the film. Even though there is currently no release date set, the production is considering starting in the fall.

Are you a fan of the musical Into the Woods? Are you looking forward to seeing a movie version of this classic show? What do you think of these potential casting choices?

Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and NextMovie.com 

Trailer MegaPost – “Rise of the Guardians,” “Premium Rush,” “Hope Springs,” and “This Time”

It has been a while since I have done a Trailer MegaPost because I have been waiting for some awesome trailers to share with you guys.  This week we will look at the trailers for Rise of the Guardians, Premium Rush, Hope Springs, and This Time. 

1.  Rise of the Guardians – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/dreamworks/riseoftheguardians/

This Dreamworks animated feature has a great cast behind it that includes Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, and Jude Law. Rise of the Guardians is an epic, magical adventure that tells the story of the legendary characters Santa Claus (Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Fisher), the Sandman, and Jack Frost (Pine). When an evil spirit known as Pitch (Law) lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere. This exciting adventure is set to hit theaters November 21. 2012.

2. Premium Rush – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/premiumrush/

The Daivd Koepp-directed action film Premium Rush includes actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung in the cast. This film follows New York bike messengers who are used to dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians. The best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), is used to putting his life on the line, but things are about to get even more complicated when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him. This high-stakes thriller is set to ride into theaters August 24, 2012.

3. Hope Springs – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony/hopesprings/

Hope Springs is a comedy that follows Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to reconnect with her husband. She hears of a renowned couple’s specialist, Dr. Feld (Steve Carell), in the small town of Great Hope Springs and she attempts to persuade Arnold to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing him to go on the retreat is hard enough–the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try reconnect and find the spark that made them to fall in love to begin with. Look for this movie in theaters August 10, 2012.

4. This Time – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thistime/

This Time is a documentary that follows the painstaking efforts to turn up the volume on the careers of musical legends and inspired has-beens and never-beens as they navigate the treacherous stages and recording studios of a music industry far removed from the overnight sensations of “American Idol.” An unflinching and entertaining portrait of faith, talent and gut-wrenching determination wrapped in a soaring soundtrack. This Time comes from Grammy nominated director Victor Mignatti and features The Sweet Inspirations, Peitor Angell, Bobby Belfry, Pat Hodges, and Cissy Houston. This documentary is also in theaters August 10, 2012.

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Source: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/