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

Cannes 2013 – Red Carpet Photos from “Blood Ties” Premiere and Photocall Events

The Guillaume Canet-directed film Blood Ties premiered at the 66th Annual Cannes film festival yesterday along with James Franco’s As I Lay DyingCanet also wrote the screenplay for this film and adapted it from the novel by Bruno and Michel Papet. Set in the 1970s, this film follows two brothers who face off over organized crime in Brooklyn. 

Blood Ties stars actors Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Lili Taylor, and James Caan. Most of these cast members were present for a photocall and big premiere event at Cannes. If you have not seen it yet, watch an exclusive trailer for Blood Ties here.

Do you think Blood Ties sounds like an interesting film? What do you think of the casting choices made by the production? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Clive Owen, James Caan, Guillaume Canet, Billy Crudup, and Alain Attal
Clive Owen, James Caan, Guillaume Canet, Billy Crudup, and Alain Attal

Sources: IMDbPro and YouTube

Trailer and Photos – “Oz the Great and Powerful”

The first official trailer has been released for Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful. This reinterpretation is directed by Sam Raimi and includes a cast with actors such as James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff.

Here is a link to the trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/ozthegreatandpowerful/

Entertainment Weekly has also gone through and “dissected” the trailer and released some photos: http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20399642_20611436,00.html

When Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician is hurled away from Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s in the right place and he will be able to gain fame and fortune, that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (Williams). These three witches are not convinced he is the great wizard that everyone has been expecting. Oscar is reluctantly drawn into the problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants and he must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. Look for this film to hit theaters March 8, 2013.

What do you think of this trailer? What do you think of this unique take on the classic Wizard of Oz story?

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Sources: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/ozthegreatandpowerful/ and http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20399642_20611436,00.html

First Look – “Oz the Great and Powerful”

Well, the clash of the Snow White films is over and it is now on to the clash of Wizard of Oz films. There are three films in the works that are going to be using the story. There is an animated version starring the voice of Lea Michele, a CG/stop-motion version from the Corpse Bride co-director Mike Johnson (which is still in very early development stages), and Disney’s live action prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful.

Disney has released a teaser poster for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful. Disney does not own the rights to the 1939 film so audiences will not be seeing the classic ruby slippers when Oz the Great and Powerful hits theaters. However, in the poster there is plenty of classic Oz imagery that you will be able to recognize.

The cast includes Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, and James Franco as Oz – or Oscar. In this version of the story Oz is known as Oscar at the beginning of his journey and then he finds himself whisked away from a Kansas circus to that magical land of Oz. Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful is set to hit theaters March 8, 2013.

What do you think of this poster? Are you looking forward to seeing the new versions of this classic story?

 

Source: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/07/04/oz-the-great-and-powerful-movie-poster/