TIFF 2014: How Chris Rock, New Distribution Blood Fueled Film Deals
As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto's 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for AFM, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn't make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto.
The other intriguing development came on… Read
Oscar Watch: First-Class Films From Aniston, Connelly, Costner, Gere Still Seek Distributors As Clock Running Out
The 2014 Oscar clock is running out for powerful, but still unsold, festival showpieces starring Jennifers Aniston and Connelly, as well as Kevin Costner and Richard Gere.
Several unspoken-for films came into this year's Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alice, the touching drama of a woman's descent into early-onset Alzheimer's disease, that plan worked spectacularly well… Read
Nick Cave, Terry Gilliam, Kevin Smith Films Among 14 Specialty Debuts
Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend's box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You.
In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guest, with Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith's T… Read
Toronto: ‘The Dead Lands’ Acquired By Magnet In NA Rights Deal
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films and General Film Corporation has sold North American rights of the Toronto Film Festival film The Dead Lands to Magnet Releasing. The New Zealand-set action-thriller was directed by Toa Fraser, scripted by Glenn Standring and produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Standring. James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare and Rena Owen star. Magnolia's Magnet will release in theaters next year and the deal was brokered by… Read
Global Showbiz Briefs: Rome Film Festival Reveals First 5 English-Language Titles; Soda Pictures Bringing ‘Phoenix’ To UK; More
The Rome Film Festival announced Tuesday the first five English-language pics for its upcoming ninth edition. The Cinema Today section will present the European premiere of Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind, starring Richard Gere and Jena Malone. The Gala section will screen the international bows of Stephen Daldry's Trash, starring Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, and Christian Ditter's Love, Rosie, starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. That section also will show the Euro… Read
Toronto: Andrew Garfield-Michael Shannon Starrer ’99 Homes’ Sells To Broad Green Pictures In $3 Million Deal
UPDATE, 1:07 PM: I am now being told that 99 Homes will not try for Oscars this year. Broad Green will release it next spring and try for Oscar season 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: One of the final marquee titles at the Toronto Film Festival is now spoken for, as the Ramin Bahrani-directed 99 Homes has been acquired by upstart Broad Green Pictures in a big $3 million deal for U.S. rights, with a P&A commitment. This is the latest new player in the indie distribution stratosphere that… Read
New York Film Fest Will World Premiere Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden Docu ‘CITIZENFOUR’
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones said today that the Film Society of Lincoln Center has added the world premiere of Laura Poitras' CITIZENFOUR to its Main Slate lineup. The presentation will run Friday, October 10 at 6 PM at Alice Tully Hall. Poitras will also participate in a free HBO Directors Dialogues the following day at 4 PM, at the Walter Reade Theater. The film, from RADiUS in association with Participant Media and HBO Documentary Films, opens… Read
Toronto: ‘The Imitation Game’ Named Festival’s People’s Choice Winner – Oscar Harbinger?
The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People's Choice Winner, AKA, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown.
The acclaimed film… Read
Behind The Scenes At Deadline’s Awardsline TIFF 2014 Studio: Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Salma Hayek & More
Awardsline creative director Robb Rice and photographer Kelsey Fain captured some candid moments from this year's biggest stars at our photo studio at the Templar Hotel. Awardsline editor Anna Lisa Raya gathered this season's crop of potential contenders. Deadline's Awardsline studio is courtesy of LIVEstyle Entertainment president Ryan Heil. Seen in many of the photos is our main studio photographer Mark Mann using Leica S-System and Profoto lighting. Click on the… Read
TIFF 2014 In Pictures: Jennifer Aniston, James Franco & More Visit Deadline’s Awardsline Studio
In the second of three photo galleries, casts from such potential awards contenders as The Imitation Game, Foxcatcher, Rosewater and Cake showed up at the Deadline/Awardsline photo studio this year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Awardsline editor Anna Lisa Raya was on the scene. Click on the photo below to launch the gallery. Our first-ever photo studio at the Templar Hotel, was courtesy of Ryan Heil, president of LIVEstyle Entertainment and the LIVEstyle… Read
‘Whiplash’, ‘The Good Lie’ Win Top Awards At Deauville American Film Festival
After wowing audiences and winning top kudos at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Damien Chazelle's feature film about a masochistic music convervatory jazz drummer and his acerbic bandleader, Whiplash, took the grand prize at the 40th Deauville American Film Festival today as well as the audience award for favorite film. Warner Bros.' Sudanese drama The Good Lie starring Reese Witherspoon took second place Jury Prize.
Saar Klein's crime drama Things People Do… Read
DeadlineNow @ Toronto: Pete Hammond On The Contenders Emerging From The Festival
Up until two weeks ago, it seemed like Boyhood was the only talked-about awards season contender. However, the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as Venice and Telluride, have further defined what is to be an ultra-competitive 2014-15 Oscar race. Pete Hammond explains.