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TORONTO: True Stories Abound at the 42nd Annual Film Fest, But Which Ones are Actually Believable?

battle of the sexesAnalyzing sixteen of the movies at this year’s TIFF said to be “based on true stories” to see which ones are worth seeing, which ones have Oscar chances and most of all, which ones you can believe were really true stories.

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Toronto: Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Award-Winning Western “Sweet Country”

sweetcountryexcerptWarwick Thornton’s Western set in the Australian Outback premiered at TIFF as part of the Platform section and won the jury-selected award in that section. It stars Hamilton Morris, Ewen Leslie and Sam Neill.

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Toronto: 13 More Memorable Performances From the Festival, Including James Franco as Tommy Wiseau

James FrancoPeople will be talking about Sally Hawkins’ turn as a mute cleaning lady in Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairy tale The Shape of Water, but don’t forget about Richard Jenkins, who nearly steals the show.

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Toronto: Netflix Buys Midnight Movie “The Ritual” for $4.75 Million

TheRitualTNWritten by Joe Barton (Humans) and directed by David Bruckner (The Signal, Southbound), the film follows four friends hiking through the Scandinavian wilderness.

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Toronto: Jeff and Ed’s Top 10 Movies of the Festival, From “Novitiate” to “Call Me by Your Name”

CMBYNTrue stories such as Battle of the Sexes, Darkest Hour and The Disaster Artist reigned supreme at TIFF, where The Killing of a Sacred Deer also made a strong impression.

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Toronto: Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards” Wins This Year’s Grolsch People’s Choice Award

The crime drama from the filmmaker behind In Bruges stars Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.

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Toronto: A24 Picks up Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed”

FirstReformedTNThe festival favorite, starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, is the distributor’s first official buy at the 42nd annual film fest.

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Toronto: Christian Bale, Jessica Chastain Shine a Light on Treatment of Native Americans in “Hostiles,” “Woman Walks Ahead”

HostilesTNThe two movies, directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass) and Susanna White (Our Kind of Traitor), premiered at TIFF, one getting far more immediate attention than the other, but the simpler (and far less expensive) film ends up working better.

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Toronto: “Borg/McEnroe,” “Battle of the Sexes” Both Feature Tennis, Yet Only One Is Truly About the Sport

battleofthesexesTNTwo of Toronto’s bigger premieres feature great sports stars of the past as portrayed by popular actors from the present. One of the movies has a much bigger and more important message, though they both build up to spectacular match-ups.

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Toronto: James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” Is the Year’s Funniest Film and the Best Movie of Its Kind Since “Ed Wood”

The Disaster ArtistWith his droopy eye, gaunt face, long hair and an unplaceable accent, Franco is perfect as Tommy Wiseau, nd I wouldn’t be surprised if he earns a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

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Toronto: Louis C.K.’s “I Love You, Daddy” Sells to The Orchard as A24 Lands Aussie Crime Thriller “1%”

I Love You DaddyLouis C.K. plays a successful TV writer-producer whose teenage daughter strikes up an unusual friendship with a 68-year-old filmmaker whose past includes unsavory accusations. It’s a controversial premise for C.K., who has dealt with unsavory accusations of his own of late, not that buyers were bothered.

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Toronto: Netflix Buys Jim Carrey-Andy Kaufman Documentary and Jason Sudeikis Movie “Kodachrome”

JimAndyKodachromeThe streaming plunked down around $4 million for Mark Raso’s Kodachrome, which finds Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis playing a father and son who embark on a road trip to Kansas to develop some important rolls of film. Joining them along the way is Elizabeth Olsen, a welcome presence in any indie movie.

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Toronto: Margot Robbie’s “I, Tonya” Spurns Big Netflix Offer in Favor of Bigger Theatrical Release From Neon, 30West

I TonyaLed by Tom Quinn and Tim League, Neon is one of the most exciting indie distributors around today, and it’s buying movies that we actually want to see.

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Toronto: 15 of the Festival’s Best Performances So Far, From A-Listers to Newcomers

Tonya 200Keep in mind that the list below is comprised solely of performances that we’ve actually seen at this point, which is why Denzel Washington, Sally Hawkins, Gary Oldman, Emma Stone Saoirse Ronan and Christian Bale aren’t on here… yet. We may post a sequel later in the week, so stay tuned!

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Toronto: Midnight Madness Off to a Hot Start With Joseph Kahn’s Battle Rap Movie “Bodied”

Bodied TIFFBodied is the rare satire that works, and in today’s hyper-sensitive, overly-PC culture, it may be exactly what we need right now, especially given the conversation it has inspired about free speech and the consequences of language.

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Toronto: Matt Damon Comes Up Short in Pair of Paramount Pics Thanks to Weak Material

Matt Damon TIFFThere aren’t many true movie stars left these days, though Damon is still one of them. However, if he keeps this up, his career as a leading man may be what gets downsized. Because in Hollywood, like Suburbicon, there’s always some lookalike willing to take your place.

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Toronto: Margot Robbie and Jessica Chastain Shine in Oscar Hopefuls “I, Tonya” and “Molly’s Game,” Which Have Surprising Parallels

Tonya Harding Molly BloomTonya Harding and Molly Bloom may come from very different backgrounds, but they’re both women who picked themselves back up after getting knocked down. The fact that these movies debuted on the same night in Toronto is film festival poetry, folks.

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12 Can’t Miss World Premieres at This Year’s Toronto Film Festival

romanisraelTNWith festival season having begun last week, Edward Douglas recommends the 12 TIFF World Premieres that he thinks will be “Can’t Miss” movies at the annual Canadian film festival.

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Accessing the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Party And Event Grid

tiff excerpt Headed to Toronto for TIFF 2017? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, with premiere events, VIP parties, and RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going all week!

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The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Party and Event Grid (Exclusive)

tiff excerpt Headed to Toronto for TIFF 2017? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, with premiere events, VIP parties, and RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going all week!

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The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival Party and Event Grid (Exclusive)

tiff excerpt Headed to Toronto for TIFF 2017? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, with premiere events, VIP parties, and RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going all week!

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Denzel Washington, Dan Gilroy Thriller “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Added to TIFF Line-Up

gilroydenzelTN Both filmmakers will be returning to the Toronto Film Festival after having success with previous films that played the fest. Gilroy’s Nightcrawler premiered there in 2014 leading to his screenplay receiving an Oscar nomination.

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Telluride Jumps the Gun on Oscar Season with 31 Announced Titles

ShapeofWaterTNRunning over the Labor Day weekend, the annual film festival has earned its reputation as the place where the year’s Oscar frontrunners get seen for the first time by many Academy members and others in the industry. Angelina Jolie, Alexander Payne, Joe Wright and Rebecca Miller are some of the filmmakers presenting films this year.

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Toronto Film Festival Adds 38 More Premieres, Its Primetime Line-Up and Much More

unicornstorexcerpt Directorial debuts by actors Brie Larson and Simon Baker, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, and a new movie from comedian Louis C.K. are just some of the many new additions to the 42nd annual Canadian film festival, which runs from September 7 through 17.

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Austin’s Fantastic Fest Announces Its First Wave of Genre Films

GGFFexcerptThe popular annual genre fest will feature two Stephen King adaptations, including the World Premiere of Zak Hilditch’s 1922, and movies from international filmmakers from Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Egypt, Australia and more.

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The 55th New York Film Festival Adds 22 More Films to Its Main Slate

NYFF55excerptThe prestigious annual festival put on by the Film Society of Lincoln Center will include many Cannes favorites as well as many new films from filmmakers who have previously been at the New York Film Festival.

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The Oscar Buzz for Maggie Betts’ “Novitiate” Begins With Its First Trailer (VIDEO)

novitiateexcerptMaggie Betts’ feature debut, a coming-of-age drama, starring Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, and Julianne Nicholson, received a lot of buzz out of Sundance and will play at TIFF before its October 27 release date.

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Toronto Film Fest Announces Twelve More Films For Their Platform Programme

sweetcountryexcerptThe 11 newly-announced TIFF World Premieres includes Mike White’s Brad’s Status, the latest from Veep creator Armando Iannucci, plus other international filmmakers. Last year’s highlight in the program was Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning Best Picture, Moonlight.

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Eminem Revealed as Producer on Joseph Kahn’s Rap Battle Movie “Bodied” as Trailer Drops Ahead of TIFF (Video)

Eminem BodiedBodied follows a graduate student who is writing his thesis on battle-rap culture and gradually becomes embroiled in that world. The script explores race relations, as evidenced by this potentially NSFW trailer.

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Toronto Film Festival Announces Midnight Madness, Docs and Shorts

disasterartistexcerptMidnight Madness program includes James Franco’s The Disaster Artist and new films from France, the UK and Japan. Morgan Spurlock’s doc Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! will also World Premiere. The Canadian film festival kicks off on September 7.

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