Today is the first day of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and our own Alex Billington is already in Canada, getting ready to give us all the buzz from the fest. Over the next week and a half, we'll be catching sneak peeks and reviews of the films playing, and another one just popped up on our radar. Wasteland is a British thriller about a young ex-con who hooks up with his best mates to embark on a wild and risky revenge scheme after being framed by a local drug kingpin. You'll notice Harry Potter cast member Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) in the supporting cast with Luke Treadaway (Attack the Block) in the lead role. It looks very gritty, and TIFF describes it as Ocean's Eleven meets The Usual Suspects. Watch!
After making quite a breakthrough comedic turn in Bridesmaids, Irish actor Chris O'Dowd is storming Hollywood, and will next be seen in Judd Apatow's This is 40 with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. But O'Dowd still has his foot in the indie world with The Sapphires, a Cannes selected film that will also be playing at TIFF next month. Set during the Vietnam War the film paints a portrait of the late 1960s girl group The Sapphires, Australia's answer to The Supremes. Based on the hit stage play by Tony Briggs, the film looks like a real crowd-pleaser full of some great classic music and quite the quartet of lovely singers. Watch it!
Though news on the project hadn't been heard since 2010, late last year, The Iceman got an official poster with Michael Shannon as the titular killer, Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, a mafia hit man who murdered at least 100 people, including at least 50 vagrants before he was 18 years old. Ray Liotta, Chris Evans (looking really disheveled and creepy), David Schwimmer and Winona Ryder co-star in the film which will premiere next month at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, so stay tuned for our coverage. In the meantime, the first trailer has been released ahead of the film's festival premiere. Watch!
It's almost time for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to kick-off next month, and between now and then we'll see plenty of promotional materials for the films making their debut in Canada. Today brings one of the more exciting bits in the form of the first trailer for The Company You Keep, the adaptation of Neil Gordon's novel of the same name from director Robert Redford. The political thriller follows a young journalist (Shia LaBeouf) who stumbles upon the story of his career when he uncovers the identity of a wanted ex-radical activist (Redford) who has been underground for five decades. This looks like a great political thriller in the same vein as All the President's Men with a phenomenal ensemble cast. Watch it!
"In this 90 minute program, masters of the trade are going to reveal to you their secrets." The moment I saw this on the TIFF line-up, my first thought was: they could not have chosen a more provocative title for this. Of course it's a documentary about the war on drugs, I don't even need to tell you that! But what makes this one different? How To Make Money Selling Drugs gives us a satirical glimpse into the lives of those on both sides of the "war on drugs," delivering a diverse and unique perspective through interviews with people like 50 Cent, Eminem, Arianna Huffington, and infamous drug kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross. Check this out.
Is there anything in the world they did not program this year?! The 37th Toronto Film Festival has released the final batch of titles for their complete, and final, TIFF 2012 line-up. In grand total, they're playing 289 feature films over 11 days, starting September 6. Just last week, TIFF announced another set of films including the highly anticipated The Master, as well as Passion and Spring Breakers. This final batch adds some other great picks to the selection, including Palme d'Or winner Amour and Cannes favorite Like Someone in Love. They've pretty much programmed everything this year. Check out the final batch below.
Here we go with another exciting selection! The 37th Toronto International Film Festival continues to reveal even more incredible films to its line-up, with a selection of additional premieres and world cinema features added today. Just last week, TIFF announced their Canadian line-up including two of my Cannes favorites, Laurence Anyways and Antiviral. Now they've added another 78 more films to their gigantic selection, including P.T. Anderson's The Master (which will be projected in 70mm), Brian De Palma's Passion and Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. Check out this new batch of Toronto 2012 titles below.
Just last week, the 37th Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the initial first half of their Gala and Special Presentation films, now they're finalizing the line-up with a list of the remaining 62 films being shown this year. TIFF has announced the line-up of the remaining Vanguard International Films, World Premiere Documentaries and Midnight Madness line-ups, along with TIFF Cinematheque and TIFF Kids. I was extremely impressed and immensely excited by the first half of the selection, and this just tops things off even more. Can't wait! Check out the second half of Toronto 2012 films listed below.
Wow, does it look like a fantastic year. The 37th Toronto International Film Festival just announced a total of 62 unique Gala and Special Presentation films as part of the lineup at this year's festival, which runs September 6th to 16th up in Toronto, Canada. This is our 6th year covering. I know at start of every fest I always say how amazing the line-up seems, but this year's TIFF selections are especially outstanding, so many movies I'm very excited about and many more I'm just curious/anxious to see. The highlights for me are Cloud Atlas and Looper, but you can check out the full first half of Toronto 2012 films listed below.