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TIFF First Looks: 'Labor Day,' 'Dallas Buyer's Club' & 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby Him & Her'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 23, 2013 12:12 PM
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In case you missed it this morning, TIFF unveiled their first wave of titles, and they basically went to IMDB, looked up any remaining movies left in 2014 that you might be looking forward to, and included them in their lineup. Okay, maybe that's a bit extreme, but it's an incredible slate this year, and now we're starting to see some first look images of the movies that will be making their way to Toronto.

First up is Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," based on the book by Joyce Maynard, in what should be a grittier offering from the filmmaker behind "Juno," "Up In The Air" and "Young Adult." Here's the official synopsis:

Labor Day centres on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler as he confronts the pangs of adolescence while struggling to be the man of the house and care for his reclusive mother, Adele. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape all of them for the rest of their lives.

Next is Matthew McConaughey's bid for Oscar gold with "The Dallas Buyer's Club," playing a man dying from AIDS. Jean-Marc Vallee ("The Young Victoria") directs:

In this fact-based drama, Matthew McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, an ordinary man who found himself in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1985, Ron was blindsided with an HIV diagnosis and given 30 days to live. With medications still restricted in the US and the country still divided over how to combat the virus, Ron procured non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world through both legal and illegal means. To avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, Ron established a “buyers club” for fellow HIV-positive people, giving them access to his supplies. Also stars Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.

Lastly is the Jessica Chastain two-fer, "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby Him and Her" co-starring James McAvoy. We'll never say no to more Chastain: 

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her is a two-part love story seen through the eyes of a New York couple trying to understand each other as they cope with personal hardship. The different perspectives of “Him” and “Her” result in two films with a unique look into one couple's attempt to reclaim the life and love they once had. Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.

Much more to come from the film at Toronto so stayed tuned....


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4 Comments

  • JB | July 27, 2013 12:31 AMReply

    I am eagerly anticipating the McAvoy/Chastain film! From the pic their chemistry is palpable.

  • Snuffy | July 24, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    I hope the Eleanor Rigby movies find a buyer - that's too great a cast not to capitalize on it.

  • MJK | July 23, 2013 1:18 PMReply

    It's great to see that the James McAvoy two-fer, 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Him and Her' co-starring Jessica Chastain will be at TIFF this year.

    We can't get enough of James McAvoy!

  • Jamie | July 23, 2013 5:24 PM

    I agree the films are an interesting experiment and I hope it will come to London in October.

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