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 .

Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, and Chiwetel Ejiofor
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

Exclusive Movie Poster for “What Maisie Knew”

Entertainment Weekly recently shared an exclusive poster for the upcoming film, What Maisie Knew. This poster is absolutely stunning and it features seasoned actors Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, and young actress Onata Aprile.

What Maisie Knew is based off of book by Henry James that was published in 1897 and directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. The novel is about a child who goes back and forth between the two homes of her divorced parents every six months. However, the film adaptation has been reworked into a more “modernized” setting.

Moore plays an older rock star, Suzanna, and Steve Coogan plays an art dealer, Beale. Both Suzanna and Beale are selfish and focused on their careers and not how their divorce is affecting their daughter, Maisie (Aprile). Suzanna remarries a younger bartender, Lincoln (Skarsgard), after Beale marries the nanny the hired to take care of Maisie (Scottish actress Joanna Vanderham).

Does this sound like a film you would be interested in seeing? Do you think this film will generate any potential awards buzz? What Maisie Knew premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this September and is set to hit theaters this May. Take a look at this stunning poster below:

What Maisie Knew

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Toronto International Film Festival – Oscar Buzz

According to articles on Entertainment Weekly and The Wrap, some amazing and promising films have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) over the weekend and they are already generating Golden Globe and Oscar buzz.

Films that are gaining critical acclaim and generating award buzz are:

  • Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Chris Tucker.
  • Argo starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, and Taylor Schilling.
  • The Master starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, David Warshofsky, Laura Dern, and Lena Endre.
  • The Sessions starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes.
  • Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Ruth Wilson, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams, and Emily Watson.
  • The Impossible starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.
  • Quartet starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, and Billy Connolly.
  • Amour starring Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller.
  • Cloud Atlas starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant.
  • Seven Psychopaths starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko, and Zeljko Ivanek.

Have you been following everything that is going on at TIFF? Do you think these films will live up to their Golden Globe and Oscar buzz? Are you looking forward to seeing any of these films? If you haven’t seen the trailers for these movies, be sure to watch the trailers for these films on YouTube and Apple Movie Trailers!

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Source: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/09/10/toronto-oscar-watch-silver-linings-playbook/ and http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/toronto-film-fest-day-4-buzz-strong-films-are-dark-55596

Toronto International Film Festival – Film List Released

A list of films that will be premiering at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Have a look and let me know what you think in the comments below!

World Premieres
Looper (Rian Johnson) (Opening Film)
Cloud Atlas (The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer)
Argo (Ben Affleck)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O Russell)
Love, Marilyn (Liz Garbus)
Free Angela And All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)
The Place Beyond The Pines (Derek Cianfrance)
Midnight’s Children (Deepa Mehta)
Hyde Park On Hudson (Roger Michell)
Great Expectations (Mike Newell)
Inescapable (Rubba Nadda)
Twice Born (Sergio Castellitto)
English Vinglish (Gauri Shinde)
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
Thanks For Sharing (Stuart Blumberg)
End Of Watch (David Ayer)
Imogene (Robert Puccini and Shari Springer Berman)
A Late Quartet (Yaron Zilberman)
Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon)
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
The Time Being (Nenad Cicin-Sain)
Writers (Josh Boone)
At Any Price (Ramin Bahrani)
Venus And Serena (Maiken Baird)
Byzantium (Neil Jordan)
Quartet (Dustin Hoffman)
Ginger And Rosa (Sally Potter)
A Liar’s Autobiography (Ben Timlett, Bill JOnes, Jeff Simpson)
Foxfire (Laurnet Cantet)
In The House (Francois Ozon)
The Impossible (JA Bayona
Hannah Arendt (Margarethe Von Trotta)
Mr. Pip (Andrew Adamson)
Capital (Costa-Gavras
The Attack (Ziad Doueriri)
Zaytoun (Eran Riklis)
The Deep (Baltasar Kormakur)
Dreams For Sale (Nishikawa Miwa)
The Last Supper (Lu Chuan)

International/North American Premieres
To The Wonder (Terrence Malick)
Anna Karenina (Joe Wright)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mira Nair)
The Company You Keep (Robert Redford)
Jayne Mansfield’s Car (Billy Bob Thornton)
A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel)
Dangerous Liasons (Hur Ji-Ho)
Thermae Romae (Hideki Takeuchi)
Caught In The Web (Chen Kaige)
Dormant Beauty (Marco Belloccchio)
Everybody Has A Plan (Ana Piterbarg) w/Viggo Mortensen
Kon-Tiki (Espen Sandberg
Reality (Matteo Garrone)
A Few Hours Of Spring (Stephan Brize)
The Hunt (Thomas Vintenberg)
The Iceman (Ariel Vromen)
Lore (Cate Shortland)
No (Pablo Larrain)
OUtrage Beyond (Takeshi Kitano)
Rust And Bone (Jacques Audiard)
The Sapphires (Wayne Blair)
Tai Chi O (Stephen Fung)

Canadian Premiere
The Sessions (Ben Lewis)

Source: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/07/24/toronto-film-festival-malick-whedon/