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Robert Downey Jr. film The Judge to open 2014 TIFF

Robert Downey Jr. film The Judge to open 2014 TIFF

The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton will have its world premier as the opening film at 2014 TIFF. (TIFF)The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thornton, will open the 39th Toronto International Festival.Organizers announced the selection Friday morning, three days after they revealed the first batch of films, including the closing night selection, Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos​.Kate Winslet's film A Little Chaos to close 39th TIFF Photo gallery: 10 top films to see at TIFF 2014 TIFF: A history of opening nights It's not clear what caused the delay, but it is unusual that a previously announced gala film would then be revealed as the opener.TIFF's director and CEO Piers Handling said he is thrilled to have David Dobkin's The Judge kick off the event:"Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. We couldn’t have asked for a better start."The family drama stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.Other stars with films in this year's festival include Jennifer Aniston, Andrew Garfield, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Anthony Michael Hall, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Vanessa Redgrave, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Bateman, Julianne Moore and Benedict Cumberbatch.The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 4 to 14.
H.K. Director Peter Chan’s ‘Dearest’ To Screen at Venice and Toronto

H.K. Director Peter Chan’s ‘Dearest’ To Screen at Venice and Toronto

HONG KONG – Peter Chan's latest film Dearest will attend Venice International Film Festival as an out of competition entry and the Toronto International Film Festival as a special presentation.A drama about the search for a couple's missing son, the film will be released in China on Sept. 26.Produced by Chan and Jojo Hui (Wu Xia), Dearest features a galaxy of Chinese stars including Zhao Wei (Red Cliff), Huang Bo (Lost in Thailand), Tong Dawei (American Dreams in China), Hao Lei (Summer Palace), Zhang Yi (Beijing Love Story), and Zhang Yuqi (White Deer Plain).PHOTOS Hollywood's 100 Favorite FilmsIn the film, lives of the characters intertwine through the ordeal of finding a couple's missing child. Zhao stars as a farmer's wife in a remote village who is shocked to find out the true story about her adopted son, while Huang plays a man who cares about nothing before the disappearance of his son. Tong portraits a morally ambiguous lawyer.A co-production between Chan’s We Pictures Limited, China Vision Media Group, Stellar Mega Films, Stellar Mega Pictures, Enlight Pictures, Real Thing Media, Huang Bo Studio and Pulin Production Limited, the film has an award-winning crew that includes production designer Sun Li (Wu Xia), costume designer Dora Ng (Bodyguards and Assassins) and DOP Shu Chou (The Piano in a Factory).PHOTOS Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic CharactersChan has a long relationship with the Venice International Film Festival. In 2005, his Perhaps Love was chosen as the closing film at the festival; in 2012, Chan was invited to be one of the juries at the festival. In 2013, Chan's 1996 film Comrades: Almost a Love Story was shown at the festival as a restored classic.
Zhang Yimou Sues Hong Kong Film Company for Non-Payment

Zhang Yimou Sues Hong Kong Film Company for Non-Payment

New Pictures Film Co. Ltd.Zhang Yimou is China's most celebrated film director.Chinese director Zhang Yimou is suing Hong Kong based production house Beijing New Pictures Co. for failing to pay him money owed on 2009's A Simple Noodle Story. Zhang is looking for $2.4 million (15 million RMB) from the studio according to a story published by the Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday.Zhang alleges that Beijing New Pictures and himself had signed an agreement in 2009 to equally share revenues minus promotion costs for A Simple Noodle Story but he never received the money. The lawsuit follows Chinese media reports say that Zhang and Beijing New Pictures terminated their decade long relationship in 2012.PHOTOS Hollywood's 100 Favorite FilmsAchieving global fame as the creative director of the epic opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Zhang is China's most high profile director helming global hits such as Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower. Zhang also directed the lush wartime drama Flowers of War starring Christian Bale in 2011, the most expensive Chinese film ever made with a reported budget of $94 million.Coming next from Zhang is the eagerly anticipated period drama Coming Home starring Chen Daomeng and Gong Li. Coming Home is scheduled to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the Toronto International Film Festival.
PiFan Market Closes With Awards for Experimental Indian and Chinese Genre Films

PiFan Market Closes With Awards for Experimental Indian and Chinese Genre Films

BUCHEON, South Korea — The Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) came to a close Wednesday with a record number of participants and projects. Among the 27 titles presented during the Puchon (Bucheon) International Film Festival's (PiFan) genre film project market, 6 took home the 7 awards between them.Over 250 Korean and international film professionals took part in NAFF during its 4-day run, according to organizers. A total 47 companies attended business meetings for the 27 titles presented at the 'It Project' and 'Project Spotlight' sections.The top Bucheon Award with a cash prize approximately $14,600 (15 million won) went to Dev Benegal's Dead End. The Indian comedy had already picked up the NAFF Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival's project market, the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF).PHOTOS Hollywood's 100 Favorite FilmsChinese sci-fi drama Cartridge and the Man Who Copied Himself by Bruce Hwang Chen emerged as a double winner, taking home the NAFF Award ($9,700) and the Media Vision Award ($10,000). The latter prize is a newly added category sponsored by China's investment/production company Media Vision Entertainment. Chen is an alumnus of NAFF's intensive training program for film professionals, Fantastic Film School, graduating in 2011.The Cheong Song White Porcelain Award and its $9,700 cash prize went to Lee Ju Hean’s mystery N.S.I (South Korea). The award is back by the Cheongsong Culture & Tourism Foundation, which provides production support for genre films location shooting in Cheong Song.PHOTOS Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic CharactersFor the post-production support awards, Cong Cai’s romantic thriller In the Name of Love (China) received the Moneff Award for editing support, Jo Jin Kyu’s fantasy thriller The Shadow Zone (Korea) won the Wave Lab Award for sound mixing support, and Ian Bae's fantasy melodrama A Man for 100 Days (Korea)took home the Color Award for DI support.Meanwhile, PiFan continues throughout the week, presenting 210 films from 47 countries. It will close Sunday with Lee Gwon's My Ordinary Love Story, a Korean romance with a horrific and mysterious twist.
Whitecaps defender DeMerit to retire

Whitecaps defender DeMerit to retire

The Whitecaps’ only captain in franchise history is retiring.Jay DeMerit will announce his retirement on Thursday at a press conference in Vancouver, a team source confirmed to CBC News.DeMerit, who took in the Pemberton Music Festival over the weekend, began speaking to the MLS team about his impending retirement last week.Injuries may have played a key role in the decision for the 34-year-old. DeMerit suffered a torn tendon in his left ankle in a 3-3 draw with the Philadelphia Union on June 12. He was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.He and also tore his Achilles tendon in 2013.With DeMerit retiring, the Whitecaps would save $100,000 toward their salary cap.DeMerit spent four years with the Whitecaps and started 11 games this season.DeMerit was the first player the Whitecaps signed in 2010 when Vancouver was preparing to enter Major League Soccer.He had played for Watford of the English Premier League for six seasons before joining the Whitecaps.The Green Bay, Wisc., native played 25 games with the United States, including starting four games for the Americans in the 2010 World Cup.
Denzel Washington to Open San Sebastian Film Fest, Get Lifetime Honor

Denzel Washington to Open San Sebastian Film Fest, Get Lifetime Honor

Denzel Washington will open this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival with the European premiere of his latest movie, The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua, festival organizers said Wednesday.The American star will also receive the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the fest held Sept. 19-27 in the northern Spanish seaside resort city.PHOTOS Cannes Stars 2014: Kristen Stewart, Channing Tatum and OthersFuqua directed Training Day, for which Washington received the Oscar for best actor in 2002.In The Equalizer, based on a 1980s TV series, Washington plays a former intelligence officer drawn out of retirement to battle a gang of ultra-violent Russian mobsters.It is to be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment and is scheduled for U.S. release and Imax screens worldwide on Sept. 26.PHOTOS The Scene at Sundance 2014In announcing the lifetime achievement award, festival organizers cited Washington’s past roles in such films as Glory, Malcolm X, Philadelphia, Inside Man and Flight, as well as his many acting awards and nominations.Sidebars, competition lineup and other events at the 62 San Sebastian Film Festival will be announced in the coming weeks.
Japan Box Office: Disney Continues Record Run With ‘Maleficent’

Japan Box Office: Disney Continues Record Run With ‘Maleficent’

1:15 AM PST 07/23/2014 by Gavin J. BlairDisney Enterprises, Inc.'Maleficent' is helping to make 2014 a bumper year for Disney in Japan.TOKYO – Disney spent its 19th straight week atop the Japanese box office, with Maleficent holding on to first place ahead of the latest Pokemon movie after a three-day weekend with a crowded release schedule. When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie), the latest Studio Ghibli production, opened in a disappointing third despite being released at the start of school summer vacations, news that does not bode well for the anime powerhouse post- Hayao Miyazaki.Maleficent took another $4.7 million (¥480 million) on Saturday and Sunday, with another $2.4 million on Monday raising its total in Japan to $32 million (¥3.28 billion) after three weekends in theaters. The combined 19 weeks for Frozen and Maleficent is a record for Disney. Historical data is not available for Titanic's run that began in December 1997 for Twentieth Century Fox, following its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Titanic grossed ¥26.2 billion in Japan, $258 million at today's exchange rates, second only to Miyazaki's Spirited Away, with ¥30.4 billion ($300 million).PHOTOS Hollywood's 100 Favorite FilmsDisney stable-mate Frozen, which Maleficent unseated from the top of the rankings, dropped to eighth spot from fourth, but remains in theaters despite its record-breaking home entertainment release on July 16. Frozen added another $1.5 million over the long weekend to take its box office total to $248 million (¥25.1 billion) after 19 weeks of release.STORY Why 'Frozen' Was Such a Big Box-Office Hit in JapanPokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, is the 17th theatrical release from the franchise, and pulled in $3.88 million (¥393 million) from 357 screens on Saturday and Sunday. Pokemon actually beat Maleficent in admissions 360,000 to 350,000, leading local rankings to place it top, but lost on takings due to the lower number of more expensive adult tickets sold.When Marnie Was There, written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, took $3.74 million (¥379 million) in third place from 461 screens, close behind the Pocket Monsters. It was the first project announced by Studio Ghibli since co-founder Miyazaki confirmed his retirement last year, and will inevitably raise questions about the ongoing success of the studio without its Oscar-winning maestro.PHOTOS 10 OSCAR DE LA RENTA DRESSES THAT WOWEDThe latest installment of the Masked Rider (Kamen Rider), a live-action kids' hero franchise, bowed in fourth with $1.67 million (¥170 million) from 309 screens. Tom Cruise-starrer Edge of Tomorrow, released in Japan as All You Need is Kill – the title of the Japanese novel it's based on - fell to fifth on its third weekend in cinemas.Planes: Fire & Rescue, another Disney release in what is becoming a bumper year for the studio in Japan, opened on 313 screens with $762,000 (¥77 million).Twitter: @GavinJBlair
‘Dear White People’ Trailer: Student Election Creates Tension (Video)

‘Dear White People’ Trailer: Student Election Creates Tension (Video)

An incendiary radio show causes quite a stir in the first full trailer for racially charged satire Dear White People.PHOTOS Sundance 2014: Exclusive Portraits of Aaron Paul, Kristen Stewart, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana and More in Park CityThe film centers on four black students at an elite university where riots have broken out in response to the campus' African American-themed party. The trailer proves that not everyone is pleased when the host of a college radio show called Dear White People then decides to run for student-body president and "bring black back."Tessa Thompson (Copper, Veronica Mars), Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) and Dennis Haysbert star. The film was written and directed by Justin Simien, marking his directorial debut.PHOTOS Burkas, Blackface and Badness: Stars and Their Super-Offensive OutfitsDear White People premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Lionsgate releases the film Oct. 17.Email: Ryan.Gajewski@pgmedia.orgTwitter: @_RyanGajewski
TIFF unveils partial list of films to premiere at 39th festival

TIFF unveils partial list of films to premiere at 39th festival

Toronto International Film Festival organizers have released a partial list of the films slated to premiere at this year's festival.TIFF CEO and director Piers Handling and TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey unveiled the titles for 13 galas and 46 special presentations Tuesday in Toronto.They also revealed that Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos – starring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci – will close the festival with a world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept.13.Opening night gala not nailed downFestival goers will have to wait a little longer to find out which film will be honoured to open the festival.Bailey admitted to reporters that festival programmers are still working on confirming the opening night gala.TIFF: A history of opening nights Julian Assange WikiLeaks drama opened TIFF 2013 Big films cans bring big starsLast year's festival attracted 432,000 visitors and an array of stars, and this year promises to be no different.Stars with films in this year's festival include Robert Downey Jr., Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston, Andrew Garfield, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Anthony Michael Hall, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Vanessa Redgrave, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Bateman, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Julianne Moore and Benedict Cumberbatch.Reese Witherspoon is also likely to attend. The 38-year-old actress has two films in the festival, each directed by a Canadian – Wild directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and The Good Lie, directed by Philippe Falardeau.Complete list of galas announced:Black and White – directed by Mike Binder, USA, world premiere. The Equalizer – directed by Antoine Fuqua, USA, world premiere. Maps to the Stars ​– directed by David Cronenberg, Canada/Germany, North American premiere. The New Girlfriend – directed by​ François Ozon, France, world premiere. Pawn Sacrifice – directed by Ed Zwick, USA, world premiere. The Riot Club – ​ directed by Lone Scherfig, United Kingdom, world premiere. Samba Olivier – directed by​ Nakache and Eric Toledano, France, world premiere. This is Where I Leave You – directed by Shawn Levy, USA, world premiere. More titles will be announced throughout the summer, with the Canadian lineup due to be released at a news conference on Aug. 6.The 39th Toronto International Film Festival will be held Sept. 4 to 14.
Selena Gomez’s Crazy Sexy Style in Italy: 8 Daring Outfits During the Ischia Film Festival

Selena Gomez’s Crazy Sexy Style in Italy: 8 Daring Outfits During the Ischia Film Festival

Selena Gomez stunned in dresses and outfits with plunging necklines, high slits and sheer fabric during the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival in Italy. See her sexy looks!This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Selena Gomez's Crazy Sexy Style in Italy: 8 Daring Outfits During the Ischia Film Festival
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