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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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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to a screening of Edward Norton’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’



Motherless Brooklyn

Warner Bros. will release Motherless Brooklyn, the new crime drama from writer, director, and star Edward Norton, on October 19 and its giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Motherless Brooklyn happening at Harkins Scottsdale 101 on Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official trailer for Motherless Brooklyn as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Edward Norton

Cast: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe

Opens: Friday, November 1

Rating: R for language throughout, including some sexual references, brief drug use, and violence

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

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Paul Dano in talks to play the Riddler in ‘The Batman’ as Jonah Hill passes on the role



Paul Dano

Paul Dano is headed to Gotham City as the actor is in talks to play the classic comic book villain the Riddler in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Dano joins a star-studded cast that already includes the likes of Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. Reeves is expected to round out the rest of the cast before the year’s end in anticipation of an early 2020 production start.

The news of Dano’s casting comes less than a day after reports surfaced about Jonah Hill turning down the role after he and his team failed to reach an agreement with Warner Bros. after spending weeks at the negotiating table.

Sources tell Silver Screen Beat that Hill’s camp was trying to broker a $10 million deal for the actor, which is more than half of what Pattinson — the star of the film — is reportedly making.

Reeves, who first boarded The Batman in early 2017 following the unsurprising departure of Ben Affleck, is directing the film from a script he wrote, in addition to producing along with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

The Batman is scheduled to be released June 25, 2021.

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Oscars: Disney not submitting ‘The Lion King’ for consideration in Animated Feature Film



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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released Wednesday a list of the 32 features that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards.

Among the many titles that appear on the list are Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen II, Blue Sky Studios’ Spies in Disguise, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, Laika’s Missing Link, and Warner Animation’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Notably absent from the list, however, is Disney’s photorealistic CGI remake of The Lion King, which — despite being billed by the studio as “live-action” in its marketing — was the textbook definition of an animated film and certainly would’ve qualified in the Animated Feature category had Disney submitted it.

The nominations for the 92nd Oscars will be announced Monday, January 13, while the ceremony itself will be held Sunday, February 9.

The complete list of submitted animated features are:

“The Addams Family”
“The Angry Birds Movie 2”
“Another Day of Life”
“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”
“Children of the Sea”
“Dilili in Paris”
“Frozen II”
“Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Primal’ – Tales of Savagery”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“The Last Fiction”
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
“Marona’s Fantastic Tale”
“Missing Link”
“Ne Zha”
“Okko’s Inn”
“The Secret Life of Pets 2”
“Spies in Disguise”
“The Swallows of Kabul”
“This Magnificent Cake!”
“The Tower”
“Toy Story 4”
“Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris”
“Weathering with You”
“White Snake”

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