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‘Outlaw King’ Trailer: Sneak Peek At Chris Pine In Toronto Fest Opener

Revenge can tear at the soul and be used as a weapon, but it can also make for some rousing trailer fodder, as we see here in this new promo for Netflix’s Outlaw King. The trailer gives a first extended look at the film that will debut as the Opening Night Film of the Toronto Film Festival Thursday, Sept. 6. Directed by David Mackenzie, Outlaw King stars Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, who, says the Netflix summary, “transforms from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during… Read


IFC Films Nabs U.S. Rights To ‘Black 47’: Lance Daly’s Historical Thriller Recounts Dark Irish Chapter

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Black 47, director Lance Daly’s Irish historical thriller making its North American premiere at next month’s Toronto Film Festival. Black 47, starring James Frecheville as an Irish ex-soldier waging a bloody crusade against the British in 1847, made its debut at the Berlin Film Festival. IFC will be released theatrically in the U.S. on September 28. A premiere in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is set for Sept. 5 through… Read


‘Free Solo’ Trailer: El Capitan Climber Alex Honnold Hits New Heights In Toronto-Bound Documentary

Free Solo

EXCLUSIVE: If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to brace yourself for the new trailer for the National Geographic documentary Free Solo, which was just tipped for a slot at the Toronto Film Festival next month. The pic depicts climber Alex Honnold’s attempt to scale the world’s most famous vertical rock face: Yosemite’s 3,200-foot  El Capitan peak…and he does it as a free solo climb without a rope or net. It’s quite a feat that an average person will see as wildly… Read


Toronto Sets ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’, ‘Predator’ And ‘Halloween’ World Premieres In Sidebar Slates

Michael Moore The Predator

The 2018 Toronto Film Festival has unveiled lineups for its key TIFF Docs and Midnight sidebars, which features a host of strong world premieres including for Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, Alexis Bloom’s Roger Ailes pic Divide and Conquer and Rashida Jones’ Quincy in the documentary section and Shane Black’s The Predator and David Gordon Green’s Halloween in the genre pic lineup. The fest, which kicks off its 43rd edition September 6, also revealed its classics sidebar… Read


2018 Toronto Fest Sets Platform Lineup: ‘Donnybrook’ To Open, ‘Jessica Forever’ To Close, Karyn Kusama-Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’ At Fest

Toronto Film Festival

The 2018 Toronto Film Festival has rounded out more of its slate with a dozen more premieres to compete in the Platform Program. Here are the films: Platform Opening Film — Donnybrook Tim Sutton, director | USA World Premiere, Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley, James Badge Dale and Jamie Bell star Angelo Markus Schleinzer, director | Austria/Luxembourg World Premiere Cities of Last Things Ho Wi Ding, director | Taiwan/China/USA/France World Premiere Destroyer Karyn Kusama… Read


Oscar Clues & Heavy Dramas Dominate Toronto Film Festival Lineup: Analysis

Beautiful Boy

With today’s anxiously awaited announcement of the first wave of films for the 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival, the first serious footprint on the upcoming Oscar season has been made. Even though the September 6-16 event comes after Venice and Telluride a week earlier, TIFF is enormously influential in terms of helping to set the table for a slew of awards contenders, and if this initial list of 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations is any indication, the… Read


Toronto Film Festival Lineup: ‘Beautiful Boy’, ‘Ben Is Back’, ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, ‘Widows’ Among World Premieres

Beautiful Boy

UPDATED with full list, more detail: The Toronto Film Festival has unveiled a rich roster of Gala and Special Presentations screenings for the 2018 edition that runs September 6-16. Among the world premieres are Felix Van Groeningen’s addiction drama Beautiful Boy from Amazon and based on the memoirs of David and Nic Sheff, with Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet starring. Also in the world premiere mix are Steve McQueen’s female-fronted thriller Widows from Fox; Peter… Read


Bleecker Street Lands Toronto Title ‘On Chesil Beach’

EXCLUSIVE: Bleecker Street has a deal for U.S. rights to On Chesil Beach, the Dominic Cooke-directed drama that stars Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan and Dunkirk‘s Billy Howle, with Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West and Adrian Scarborough also starring. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the 1960s-set drama centers on a young couple honeymooning on the English seaside. Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley produced the BBC Films-backed drama. The film won… Read


YouTube Red Closes $3.5M Deal For Morgan Spurlock’s Toronto Docu ‘Super Size Me 2’

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!

UPDATED, 10:38 AM: In its biggest festival film buy, YouTube Red closed the $3.5 million deal for the Morgan Spurlock-directed  Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, as Deadline scooped on September 8. They’ve confirmed the deal this morning, and the press release is below the original break, which came early in the Toronto Film Festival just as the first screening of the docu was getting underway. EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, September 8, 12:08 PM: The Morgan Spurlock-directed Super Size… Read


Sony Pictures Classics Closes Israeli Foreign Language Oscar Entry ‘Foxtrot’

UPDATE: Sony Pictures Classics has firmed its deal for North American and other rights to Foxtrot, confirming a Deadline scoop that broke just as the film won eight Ophir Awards in Israel, including Best Picture and Best Director for Samuel Maoz. This comes on top of its Grand Jury Prize win at Venice and gives SPC a leading entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. SPC’s release follows the original story. EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, September 19, 1:46 PM PST: Foxtrot Read


‘Victoria & Abdul’ Director Stephen Frears On Turning Shrabani Basu’s Book Into An Unlikely Buddy Movie – Toronto Studio

The little-known story of Queen Victoria and her beloved Indian servant Abdul Karim was once so little-known that Shrabani Basu, author of the 2010 non-fiction biography Victoria & Abdul, spent three days searching the graveyards of Agra in Utter Pradesh in order to find Karim’s final resting place. Happily, thanks to the lightly comic film adaptation of Basu's book – penned by Lee Hall, directed by Stephen Frears and starring the indefatigable Judi Dench as the monarch… Read


Haifaa Al-Mansour On Casting Elle Fanning As Feminist Pioneer In Period Biopic ‘Mary Shelley’ – Toronto Studio

After her 2012 breakout hit Wadjda, the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, director Haifaa Al-Mansour surprised everyone with her follow-up, a British-set costume drama, which premiered last week at the Toronto Film Festival. Titled Mary Shelley, it stars Elle Fanning as the 19th century author who penned horror classic Frankenstein at the tender age of 18. When she came to the Deadline studio, however, Al-Mansour claimed that the material really wasn't so… Read