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Toronto International Film Festival announces first round of titles selected for its 2019 edition

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced Tuesday morning the first round of titles selected for its 2019 edition, which will feature a number of notable titles such as Todd Phillips’ Joker, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, John Crowley’s The Goldfinch, James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari, Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems, and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.

“Some of the year’s biggest films will land in Toronto this September,” said TIFF co-head and artistic director Cameron Bailey. “We’re thrilled to unveil Galas and Special Presentations that bring the brightest lights in film to our Festival audience. Our new programming team has been hard at work for months to deliver the compelling stories, acclaimed filmmakers, and top onscreen talent that mark our two highest-profile sections.”

Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Just Mercy, Rupert Goold’s Judy, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire were also announced as being a part of the line-up.

“I’m delighted to step into my first Festival as TIFF Co-Head to such a powerful slate of films,” added Joana Vicente, co-head and executive director of TIFF. “Fast-paced, boundary-pushing, satirical — this lineup has films representing every corner of the cinematic landscape on top of a strong number of World Premieres. It’s a pleasure to be able to share these films with audiences for the first time.”

The complete list of first round titles announced for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 5-15, is below:

Gala Presentations

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, directed by Daniel Roher

Radioactive, directed by Marjane Satrapi

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, directed by Marielle Heller

Abominable, directed by Jill Culton

Blackbird, directed by Roger Michell

Ford v Ferrari, directed by James Mangold

Harriet, directed by Kasi Lemmons

Hustlers, directed by Lorene Scafaria

Joker, directed by Todd Phillips

Just Mercy, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

Ordinary Love, directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn

The Goldfinch, directed by John Crowley

The Sky Is Pink, directed by Shonali Bose

The Song of Names, directed by François Girard

True History of the Kelly Gang, directed by Justin Kurzel

Western Stars, directed by Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen

American Woman, directed by Semi Chellas

Clemency, directed by Chinonye Chukwu

Special Presentations

A Herdade, directed by Tiago Guedes

Bad Education, directed by Cory Finley

Coming Home Again, directed by Wayne Wang

The Two Popes, directed by Fernando Meirelles

Dolemite Is My Name, directed by Craig Brewer

Ema, directed by Pablo Larraín

Endings, Beginnings, directed by Drake Doremus

Frankie, directed by Ira Sachs

Greed, directed by Michael Winterbottom

Guest of Honour, directed by Atom Egoyan

Heroic Losers (La Odisea de los Giles), directed by Sebastian Borensztein

Honey Boy, directed by Alma Har’el

Hope Gap, directed by William Nicholson

How to Build a Girl, directed by Coky Giedroyc

I Am Woman, directed by Unjoo Moon

Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waititi

Judy, directed by Rupert Goold

Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson

La Belle Époque, directed by Nicolas Bedos

Marriage Story, directed by Noah Baumbach

Military Wives, directed by Peter Cattaneo

Motherless Brooklyn, directed by Edward Norton

No. 7 Cherry Lane, directed by Yonfan

Pain and Glory, directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Parasite (Gisaengchung), directed by Bong Joon-ho

Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut), directed by Katrin Gebbe

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu), directed by Céline Sciamma

Saturday Fiction (Lan Xin Da Ju Yuan), directed by Lou Ye

The Friend, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

The Laundromat, directed by Steven Soderbergh

The Lighthouse, directed by Robert Eggers

The Other Lamb, directed by Malgorzata Szumowska

The Painted Bird, directed by Václav Marhoul

The Personal History of David Copperfield, directed by Armando Iannucci

The Report, directed by Scott Z. Burns

Uncut Gems, directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie

Weathering With You, directed by Makoto Shinkai

While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra), directed by Alejandro Amenábar

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Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lana Wachowski are returning for a fourth ‘Matrix’ movie

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In a truly shocking development, Variety is reporting that the Matrix 4 is officially in the works (!) with Lana Wachowski returning to the director’s chair and Keanu Reeves and Carie-Anne Moss reprising their respective roles as Neo and Trinity.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”

Production on the film is scheduled to begin as early as the beginning of next year with Wachowski helming from a script she co-wrote the script along with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell, so it shouldn’t be too long of a wait before we can finally get this thing in front of our eyeballs.

“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said.

We’ve been hearing rumblings about a potential reboot of the Matrix franchise for a while now, so the fact that Warner Bros. seems to have abandoned that idea altogether in favor of moving forward with a true sequel with Wachowski, Reeves, and Moss all set to return is pretty damn exciting.

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Daniel Craig’s final ‘James Bond’ movie finally has an official title and it’s called ‘No Time to Die’

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Contrary to popular belief, Bond 25 does in fact have an actual title, as producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced today that Cary Joji Fukunaga’s forthcoming James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig has been officially titled No Time to Die.

In addition to the title reveal, however, it looks like we’ve also gotten what appears to be a new synopsis, which reads: “In No Time To Die, Bond (Craig) has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

As previously announced, No Time to Die features one hell of a supporting cast that includes the likes of recent Oscar-winner Rami Malek (who is a fan of his mom and chamomile tea, in case you didn’t know) as well as Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Jeffrey Wright, and Ralph Fiennes.

No Time to Die, which will mark Craig’s fifth and final outing as the iconic British agent, will be released globally on April 3, 2020 and in the US a week later on April 8. You can check out the newly released title treatment for the film below.

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The first trailer for Scott Cooper’s mysterious new horror movie ‘Antlers’ is genuinely creepy as hell

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One movie coming out in the foreseeable future that hasn’t been on my radar whatsoever was Scott Cooper’s Antlers, which mostly has to do with the fact that I didn’t even know this movie was a thing that existed. However, the new teaser trailer Fox Searchlight dropped for it today has changed all of that for me.

Based on the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca, Antlers follows a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, as they discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) “is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.”

Scott Cooper in the director’s chair? Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons in the two lead roles? Guillermo del Toro as one of the producers? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure Antlers has just skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated list for next year.

Granted I still have no idea what the hell this thing is really about, but the mysteriousness is exactly what makes a movie like Antlers so damn enticing and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Cooper has in store for us with this one when it hits theaters in 2020.

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