Latest Fall Film Festivals News


TIFF 2014 In Pictures: Robert Downey Jr., Adam Driver & More Visit Deadline’s Awardsline Studio

From left: Dax Shepard, Jeremy Strong, David Dobkin (director), Robert Downey Jr. (also producer), Susan Downey (producer), Vera Farmiga and Vincent D'Onofrio.  Deadline's Hammond exclaims that The Judge is "an old fashioned drama," unlike what the major studios make nowadays.

Awardsline editor Anna Lisa Raya assembled a number of burgeoning awards season contenders at the Deadline/ Awardsline photo studio this year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Click on the photo below to launch the first of three galleries we'll be posting as the festival winds down.  This is our first-ever photo studio at the Templar Hotel, courtesy of the LIVEstyle Film Lounge. The gorgeous photographs were taken by Mark Mann using the Leica S-System and… Read


Toronto: Chris Evans-Helmed ‘Before We Go’ To RADiUS


UPDATE, 11:35 AM PST: Radius has confirmed Deadline's scoop for Before We Go. Below find the press release. PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 9:49 AM PST: Radius has gotten on the Toronto deal-making board. I'm hearing the label is closing a low-seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to Before We Go, the film directed by and starring Captain America's Chris Evans. This comes after the successful multi-platform release of the Evans-starrer Snowpiercer. Scripted by Ronald Bass, Jen Smolka… Read


Toronto: Sony Classics Acquires Post-WWII Germany Tale ‘Labyrinth Of Lies’

Labyrinth Of Lies

Sony Pictures Classics said today it has acquired North American rights to Giulio Ricciarelli's directorial debut Labyrinth Of Lies, which world premieres tomorrow at the Toronto Film Festival. The film, based on a true story, exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II. Inglourious Basterds' Alexander Fehling, André Szymanski, Johann von Bülow, Friederike Becht and Gert Voss… Read


Toronto: Lionsgate In $3 Million Deal For Bill Pohlad-Helmed Beach Boys Pic ‘Love & Mercy’

Love & Mercy

EXCLUSIVE: In a deal worth $3 million, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired U.S. and Canada rights to Love & Mercy, the Bill Pohlad-directed film that stars Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti and John Cusack. Written by Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner, the film is an unconventional look at the life of musical genius Brian Wilson, the celebrated leader of the Beach Boys, and his legendary battle with mental illness. Several bidders were in the… Read


Toronto: HBO Acquires Nick Broomfield’s ‘Tales Of The Grim Sleeper’

Tales Of The Grim Sleeper

HBO Documentary Films is acquiring U.S. rights to Nick Broomfield's docu Tales Of The Grim Sleeper, about the 20-year police investigation surrounding the 2010 capture of serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. in South Los Angeles. HBO, which has landed four other Broomfield docus, plans to debut the film in 2015. The deal was negotiated at the Toronto Film Festival by Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of Sky Atlantic, who originally commissioned the… Read


Toronto Spotlight: Relativity’s Tucker Tooley On Launching Faith-Based Label And Playing Niche Game

2012 Executive Portraits

Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley at Relativity Media have been through different manifestations through the years that involved grand enterprises like slate financing half of the movies in Hollywood at one time, and plotting an IPO in the near future. The story of this festival has been the number of upstart companies that bought films as they re-brand themselves into indie distribution players. They include the soon-to-be-renamed Millennium buying Madame Bovary, EuropaCor Read


Toronto: RLJ/ Image In $3.5 Mil U.S. Deal For Adam Sandler-Starrer ‘The Cobbler’ By ‘Station Agent’s Tom McCarthy


EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto Film Festival deals have taken a little while, but they are certainly piling up. RLJ/Image Entertainment is wrapping up a $3.5 million U.S. rights deal for The Cobbler, the Thomas McCarthy-directed comedy that stars Adam Sandler as a generational cobbler in New York who took over his father's business and discovers that when he uses his old sewing machines, he becomes the people whose shoes he is repairing. It severely complicates the shoe-fixer's… Read


Richard Gere & Ethan Hawke Will Be Feted At New York Film Festival’s ‘An Evening With…’ Tributes

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Ethan Hawke and Richard Gere will hold pride of place at the 52nd New York Film Festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host Hawke on September 30 and Gere on October 8 for "An Evening With..." Updating the tribute format from previous years, the evenings will include an intimate dinner and a conversation between the guest of honor and NYFF Director Kent Jones, as fundraisers for the Society. Hawke will be attending the festival as a director, on behalf of his… Read


Deadline @ Toronto: Oscar-Worthy Pics Keep Coming (Video)

2014 Toronto International Film Festival - Day 5

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond can barely keep up with all the Toronto Film Festival pics setting themselves up for awards-season runs after their gala presentations north of the border. The fest now is kicking off non-world premiere biggies like the Steve Carell starrer Foxcatcher, Wild with Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Aniston's role of a lifetime in Cake. But Pete couldn't resist taking the time to weigh in on the early Oscar… Read


Toronto: Canadian Tyro Kyle Francis Big Man At TIFF With Indie Screenwriting Fellow Prize

EXCLUSIVE: The Black List, the Toronto Film Festival and producer Martin Katz have set York University MFA student Kyle Francis as their inaugural Independent Screenwriting Fellow. Francis, an Alberta native who was chosen for his script Blood Creek, was brought to Toronto as part of the honor. His Blood Creek is the story of a master thief who retreats to rural Canada to launder his illicit fortune and befriends a teenage survivalist who he must protect from the maniac… Read


Toronto: IM Global In Deal With ‘Equalizer’ Helmer Antoine Fuqua

"The Equalizer" Premiere - Red Carpet - 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

IM Global's Stuart Ford has signed a deal to partner in projects with with Antoine Fuqua's Fuqua Films. Fuqua and producing associate Kat Samick will come up with the projects. IM Global will provide the overhead and this gives Fuqua an opportunity to expand his reach, since most of these projects he will produce. He's got plenty of action on the directing front, about to launch The Equalizer, which has a sequel in the works at Sony that he'll direct, and he's developing t Read


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