Toronto Film Festival Announces Galas & Special Presentations; Includes ‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘While We’re Young,’ ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘The Drop’…
Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, have unveiled the first round of titles set to premiere in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.
Of the 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations announced, this initial lineup includes 37 world premieres from directors including Noah Baumbach, Susanne Bier, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, David Dobkin, Philippe Falardeau, Mia Hansen-Løve, Ning Hao, François Ozon, Christian Petzold, Lone Scherfig and Chris Rock. The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th to 14th. Check out the films below.
In Luc Besson’s action-thriller ‘Lucy,’ Scarlett Johansson stars as the title character, a young woman who is forced to become a drug mule and is subsequently transformed into an ass-kicking machine when a highly-specialized drug enters her system. As Lucy races against the clock to survive, her new abilities allow her to see into the future, absorb information instantaneously, move objects with her mind and disregard pain and other emotions. Set for July 25th in the US and August 22nd in the UK, the likes of Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik and Analeigh Tipton co-star.
In the film, Lucy goes from the extremes of being extremely vulnerable to super-powered, when her exposure to an illicit substance inadvertently makes her acquire incredible skills. What was it like playing those opposites and the continual evolution…?
Scarlett Johansson: I really enjoyed that. Lucy, in my mind when we meet her, is just a girl who’s living in Taipei – who’s maybe doing a bit of modeling and odd jobs here and there. She’s a student and she’s been away from home for six months and she’s in a transient phase in her life when we find her. She’s kind of figuring out who she is, and she’s feeling like she should probably get her life on track. That’s kind of all we know about her when we find her. She’s kind of an unremarkable person to be honest (laughs).
Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Billy Magnussen & Eve Hewson Join Steven Spielberg’s Tom Hanks-Starring Spy Thriller
Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Billy Magnussen and Eve Hewson have reportedly joined Steven Spielberg’s next film, an Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller which has been penciled in for an October 16th, 2015 bow. Tom Hanks is leading Spielberg’s spy thriller, which was written by the Coen brothers, based on an original script by Matt Charman.
The film is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Tom Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier. Amy Ryan will play Hanks’ wife and Eve Hewson will play Jan Donovan, Hanks’ daughter who ends up falling for his young law associate.
Back in June it was first reported that Jake Gyllenhaal has joined ‘The Dallas Buyers Club’ director Jean-Marc Vallee’s next film, ‘Demolition.’ Today we hear that two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts is in negotiations to join Gyllenhaal in the film. From a script by Bryan Sipe, ‘Demolition’ tells the story of an investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unique relationship with a single mother (potentially Watts) who rescues him.
Originally set for Christmas, Columbia Pictures today send word that Cameron Crowe’s upcoming untitled romantic comedy will now open on May 29th, 2015. Commenting on the new date, Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best.” The likes of Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, Jay Baruchel, Michael Chernus, Bill Murray, Edi Gathegi, Danny McBride, John Krasinski and Ivana Milicevic star in the film.
Set in Hawaii, the film follows a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. In play is a complex satellite system being launched by an enigmatic billionaire with suspicious intentions (Bill Murray).
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze’ had Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap,” and today Paramount Pictures has debuted online “Shellshocked,” a song from Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Ty Dolla $ign for 2014’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’ In related news, the studio has also released the above poster for the film.