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TIFF Trailer: Lone Scherfig's 'The Riot Club' With Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 11:30 AM
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The Riot Club
Lone Scherfig came to international attention thanks to the success of "An Education," but her followup "One Day," didn't catch fire in the same way. Can "The Riot Club" find the director back in firmer footing? We'll soon find out.

TIFF First Look: Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig In Barry Levinson's 'The Humbling'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 11:02 AM
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The Humbling
...and so begins the chaos of the fall festival season. With TIFF announcing their first wave of titles this morning, now all eyes are on the teases, pics and trailers that will be coming like slow wave over the coming weeks and months. And so here we go...

TIFF 2014 Lineup Includes 'The Imitation Game,' 'While We're Young,' 'Nightcrawler,' 'Men, Women & Children' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 10:46 AM
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TIFF 2014 Imitation Game The Drop Wild Foxcatcher
So, the question was whether or not the Toronto International Film Festival's new rules about premieres—telling distributors that any movie playing the festival in the first four days couldn't screen anywhere else (sorry Telluride)—would hurt their ability to curate an attractive lineup. Well, put those fears aside as the fest has unveiled a pretty solid first wave of titles. So what's coming? Where do we start?

FX Passes On Charlie Kaufman's 'How & Why,' '70s Set Plot Details For 'Fargo' Season 2 Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 10:00 AM
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Fargo
With the animated, Kickstarter funded animated effort "Anomalisa" presumably on the way, it's not like we have nothing to look forward to from Charlie Kaufman ("Synecdoche, New York," "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind") but it has been frustrating watching his projects sputter in development (don't get us started on the meta-musical "Frank Or Francis"). Which is why this latest bit of news is a bummer... but has a silver lining.

'Akira' Lives With New Writer On Board Live Action Reboot

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 22, 2014 9:39 AM
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Akira
By the time the Tom Cruise-starring “Edge of Tomorrow” will likely clear the $100 million domestic box office threshold, it will have been in theaters for two months. Yet despite the underperformance stateside, the film is doing very well overseas with grosses adding up to $261 million. The international box office—which is responsible for nearly 3/4 of the film’s worldwide haul—may explain why Warner Bros. is looking at one of the writers of the Doug Liman-helmed film to take a crack at another beloved Japanese property.

Watch: James Franco's 32-Minute Test Reel For Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian' With Dave Franco, Luke Perry & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 22, 2014 9:21 AM
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At this point, James Franco can only be described as James Franco-esque: he writes books, writes reviews, does art installations and occasionally does some movies—both in front of and behind the camera. You may remember that back in 2011 Franco was circling an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s iconic novel “Blood Meridian” and shot some test footage as a proof-of-concept to get the rights to the novel. Now, in advance of the release of Franco’s adaptation of a different McCarthy novel “Child of God,” the actor-cum-director (among other things) has released that test reel for all to see.

Casting: Matthew McConaughey Is A 'Company Man,' Amy Ryan Joins Steven Spielberg Thriller With Tom Hanks & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 9:00 AM
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True Detective
It was smart choices that led Matthew McConaughey's McConaissance, and he's going to keep going down that path. We'll see him on the big screen later this year in Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," he's gearing up to shoot Gus Van Sant's "Sea Of Tress" and now it appears he's lining up "The Company Man."

Watch: Get Fashionable With First Trailer For Biopic 'Saint Laurent' Starring Starring Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 8:05 AM
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Saint Laurent
If you've been waiting for a movie about legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, 2014 is your year. In February at the Berlin Film Festival, Jalil Lespert dropped "Yves Saint Laurent" with Pierre Niney in the lead role and... it wasn't very good. Then a few months later at Cannes, Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent" arrived with Gaspard Ulliel in the title part and it too wasn't very good. But still, you're going to probably watch one of these, so why not the one with Léa Seydoux?

Review: 'The Newburgh Sting' Explores The Thin Line Between Entrapment And Fighting The War On Terror

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 7:38 PM
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The Newburgh Sting
In an era of mass surveillance, and increasingly broad rules of engagement given to law enforcement, you would think that the FBI wouldn't need to carefully manufacture cases against ordinary citizens to show that they're winning the so-called "war on terror." But that would be forgetting that in addition to maintaing the security of the nation, FBI officials are also concerned with their public image (hello Twitter), as well as their presentation in the mainstream press. In a 24 hour news cycle, you are only as effective as your last headline, and the documentary "The Newburgh Sting" paints a troubling portrait of an agency more concerned with their perception than with justice, all as part of a mission that broadly targets a religious group, rather than individuals whose fanaticism finds them both as outsiders at their mosques and society in general.

Rumor: Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood & James Marsden Eyeing J.J. Abrams & Jonah Nolan's 'Westworld' Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 6:41 PM
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Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood & James Marsden Westworld
In the canon of remakes-that-are-taking-forever-to-get-made, "Westworld" would be up there. The project is slowly developing for years and never quite getting anywhere, but last year J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan signed up to produce the movie for HBO, with the latter writing the script and directing the pilot. Well, it seems it's a step closer to happening as offers are now out for actors to fill the roles of the futuristic flick about robots run amok.

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