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TIFF to open with a bang

The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival will kick off 10 days of new movies, stargazing and glitzy parties with a sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis as a time traveller and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as his younger self.

Looper, written and directed by Rian Johnson, will be the opening night gala for this year’s festival, organizers announced Tuesday morning. From Sept. 6 to 16, the festival will also host the world premieres of Ben Affleck’s Argo, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, will also screen, as well as Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, in which he leads an all-star cast.

“We’re trying to do some new things to shake up opening night selection,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director. “We’re a big deal now and I wanted to have an opening night that reflected that. Typically, the opening night of the festival has been seen as the Canadian night and a lot of the rest of the film industry stays away. What I’m trying to say is the festival starts on Thursday, so be there.”

The stars of Looper may be there, too, to walk the red car-pet. Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a hit man who kills victims sent from the future; one day, Joe is sent a man (Willis) who he recognizes as his older self. “It’s one of the most highly anticipated films of the fall,” Bailey said. “It’s a thinking person’s action movie.”

For 37 years, TIFF’s tradition has been to open with a Canadian film, with a few exceptions. The British biopic Creation opened in 2009 and last year, the U2 rock documentary From The Sky Down graced the gala. “You’ll see Canadian films featured prominently throughout the festival,” Bailey added.

Mehta’s highly anticipated drama, Midnight’s Children, based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rush-die, spans decades and covers 62 locations. Also set for a gala treatment is Toronto film-maker Ruba Nadda’s Inescapable, a thriller set in Syria star-ring Alexander Siddig (the star of Nadda’s Cairo Time), Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson.

“The Toronto Film Festival is not just about serious movies that you have to approach with some sense of piety,” Bailey said. “We celebrate cinema of all different kinds. When we see great filmmaking, it doesn’t matter if it’s in a Hollywood form or the most austere art-house form, we’re interested.”

CELEBRATING THE BEST OF CINEMA

Here’s an additional look at some of the cinema TIFF will be celebrating this year: Argo, Ben Affleck, U.S.A.: Based on a true story, Affleck plays a CIA “exfiltration” specialist who rescues six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis by disguising them as members of a film crew.

English Vinglish, Gauri Shinde, India: Female superstar Sridevi marks her comeback as a woman who struggles to learn English in a society that judges her.

Hyde Park on Hudson, Roger Michell, U.K.: Bill Murray plays President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he hosts the King and Queen of England in June 1939 – the first visit of a reigning English monarch to America.

Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Billy Bob Thornton, U.S.A./Russia: Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon and Thornton star in this family drama set in the 1960s about culture clashes.

Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell, U.S.A.: Russell (The Fighter) features Bradley Cooper as a former teacher newly released from a mental institution, Robert De Niro as his father and Jennifer Lawrence as his love interest.

Anna Karenina, Joe Wright, U.K.: Keira Knightley collaborates for the third time with Wright to play the lead in this new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic love story. Also stars Jude Law.

At Any Price, Ramin Bahrani, U.K./ U.S.A.: Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son Dean (Zac Efron) to expand the family farming empire.

A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, U.K.: The late Chapman wrote and stars in the animated movie of his own life story.

The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance, U.S.A.: Ryan Gosling plays a professional motorcycle rider who turns to bank robberies to support his son. Also stars Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta.

Thanks for Sharing, Stuart Blumberg, U.S.A.: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this dramatic comedy about a group of people recovering from sex addictions.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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Front Page, Industry News

TIFF to open with a bang

The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival will kick off 10 days of new movies, stargazing and glitzy parties with a sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis as a time traveller and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as his younger self.

Looper, written and directed by Rian Johnson, will be the opening night gala for this year’s festival, organizers announced Tuesday morning. From Sept. 6 to 16, the festival will also host the world premieres of Ben Affleck’s Argo, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, will also screen, as well as Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, in which he leads an all-star cast.

“We’re trying to do some new things to shake up opening night selection,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director. “We’re a big deal now and I wanted to have an opening night that reflected that. Typically, the opening night of the festival has been seen as the Canadian night and a lot of the rest of the film industry stays away. What I’m trying to say is the festival starts on Thursday, so be there.”

The stars of Looper may be there, too, to walk the red car-pet. Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a hit man who kills victims sent from the future; one day, Joe is sent a man (Willis) who he recognizes as his older self. “It’s one of the most highly anticipated films of the fall,” Bailey said. “It’s a thinking person’s action movie.”

For 37 years, TIFF’s tradition has been to open with a Canadian film, with a few exceptions. The British biopic Creation opened in 2009 and last year, the U2 rock documentary From The Sky Down graced the gala. “You’ll see Canadian films featured prominently throughout the festival,” Bailey added.

Mehta’s highly anticipated drama, Midnight’s Children, based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rush-die, spans decades and covers 62 locations. Also set for a gala treatment is Toronto film-maker Ruba Nadda’s Inescapable, a thriller set in Syria star-ring Alexander Siddig (the star of Nadda’s Cairo Time), Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson.

“The Toronto Film Festival is not just about serious movies that you have to approach with some sense of piety,” Bailey said. “We celebrate cinema of all different kinds. When we see great filmmaking, it doesn’t matter if it’s in a Hollywood form or the most austere art-house form, we’re interested.”

CELEBRATING THE BEST OF CINEMA

Here’s an additional look at some of the cinema TIFF will be celebrating this year: Argo, Ben Affleck, U.S.A.: Based on a true story, Affleck plays a CIA “exfiltration” specialist who rescues six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis by disguising them as members of a film crew.

English Vinglish, Gauri Shinde, India: Female superstar Sridevi marks her comeback as a woman who struggles to learn English in a society that judges her.

Hyde Park on Hudson, Roger Michell, U.K.: Bill Murray plays President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he hosts the King and Queen of England in June 1939 – the first visit of a reigning English monarch to America.

Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Billy Bob Thornton, U.S.A./Russia: Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon and Thornton star in this family drama set in the 1960s about culture clashes.

Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell, U.S.A.: Russell (The Fighter) features Bradley Cooper as a former teacher newly released from a mental institution, Robert De Niro as his father and Jennifer Lawrence as his love interest.

Anna Karenina, Joe Wright, U.K.: Keira Knightley collaborates for the third time with Wright to play the lead in this new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic love story. Also stars Jude Law.

At Any Price, Ramin Bahrani, U.K./ U.S.A.: Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son Dean (Zac Efron) to expand the family farming empire.

A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, U.K.: The late Chapman wrote and stars in the animated movie of his own life story.

The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance, U.S.A.: Ryan Gosling plays a professional motorcycle rider who turns to bank robberies to support his son. Also stars Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta.

Thanks for Sharing, Stuart Blumberg, U.S.A.: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this dramatic comedy about a group of people recovering from sex addictions.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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Front Page, Industry News

TIFF to open with a bang

The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival will kick off 10 days of new movies, stargazing and glitzy parties with a sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis as a time traveller and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as his younger self.

Looper, written and directed by Rian Johnson, will be the opening night gala for this year’s festival, organizers announced Tuesday morning. From Sept. 6 to 16, the festival will also host the world premieres of Ben Affleck’s Argo, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, will also screen, as well as Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, in which he leads an all-star cast.

“We’re trying to do some new things to shake up opening night selection,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director. “We’re a big deal now and I wanted to have an opening night that reflected that. Typically, the opening night of the festival has been seen as the Canadian night and a lot of the rest of the film industry stays away. What I’m trying to say is the festival starts on Thursday, so be there.”

The stars of Looper may be there, too, to walk the red car-pet. Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a hit man who kills victims sent from the future; one day, Joe is sent a man (Willis) who he recognizes as his older self. “It’s one of the most highly anticipated films of the fall,” Bailey said. “It’s a thinking person’s action movie.”

For 37 years, TIFF’s tradition has been to open with a Canadian film, with a few exceptions. The British biopic Creation opened in 2009 and last year, the U2 rock documentary From The Sky Down graced the gala. “You’ll see Canadian films featured prominently throughout the festival,” Bailey added.

Mehta’s highly anticipated drama, Midnight’s Children, based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rush-die, spans decades and covers 62 locations. Also set for a gala treatment is Toronto film-maker Ruba Nadda’s Inescapable, a thriller set in Syria star-ring Alexander Siddig (the star of Nadda’s Cairo Time), Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson.

“The Toronto Film Festival is not just about serious movies that you have to approach with some sense of piety,” Bailey said. “We celebrate cinema of all different kinds. When we see great filmmaking, it doesn’t matter if it’s in a Hollywood form or the most austere art-house form, we’re interested.”

CELEBRATING THE BEST OF CINEMA

Here’s an additional look at some of the cinema TIFF will be celebrating this year: Argo, Ben Affleck, U.S.A.: Based on a true story, Affleck plays a CIA “exfiltration” specialist who rescues six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis by disguising them as members of a film crew.

English Vinglish, Gauri Shinde, India: Female superstar Sridevi marks her comeback as a woman who struggles to learn English in a society that judges her.

Hyde Park on Hudson, Roger Michell, U.K.: Bill Murray plays President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he hosts the King and Queen of England in June 1939 – the first visit of a reigning English monarch to America.

Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Billy Bob Thornton, U.S.A./Russia: Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon and Thornton star in this family drama set in the 1960s about culture clashes.

Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell, U.S.A.: Russell (The Fighter) features Bradley Cooper as a former teacher newly released from a mental institution, Robert De Niro as his father and Jennifer Lawrence as his love interest.

Anna Karenina, Joe Wright, U.K.: Keira Knightley collaborates for the third time with Wright to play the lead in this new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic love story. Also stars Jude Law.

At Any Price, Ramin Bahrani, U.K./ U.S.A.: Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son Dean (Zac Efron) to expand the family farming empire.

A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, U.K.: The late Chapman wrote and stars in the animated movie of his own life story.

The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance, U.S.A.: Ryan Gosling plays a professional motorcycle rider who turns to bank robberies to support his son. Also stars Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta.

Thanks for Sharing, Stuart Blumberg, U.S.A.: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this dramatic comedy about a group of people recovering from sex addictions.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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