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Entertainment City: TIFF 2014

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014

Follow along with our TIFF correspondents below:

See below for an interactive map of the red carpets, theatres, venues, and hottest locations to spot the stars!

Click here to watch a live stream from the Toronto International Film Festival red carpets. For a full list and schedule, see the list below.

Date Time Movie Red carpet host
Sept. 4 5 pm – 6:15 pm The Humbling Susie Wall
Sept. 4 7 pm – 8:15 pm The Judge Tracy Moore
Sept. 5 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Boychoir Melanie Ng
Sept. 5 8 pm – 9:15 pm Nightcrawler Colin & Justin
Sept. 5 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Ruth and Alex Susie Wall
Sept. 6 2 pm – 3:15 pm Black & White Brad Smith
Sept. 6 3:45 pm – 5 pm Manglehorn Kevin Frankish
Sept. 6 5 pm – 6:15 pm Men, Women & Children Tracy Moore
Sept. 6 6 pm – 7:15 pm While We’re Young Melanie Ng
Sept. 7 2 pm – 3:15 pm The Good Lie Brad Smith
Sept. 7 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Time Out of Mind Melanie Ng
Sept. 7 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm This is Where I Leave You Melanie Ng
Sept. 7 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm The Equalizer Tracy Moore
Sept. 8 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Cake Brad Smith
Sept. 8 4 pm – 5:15 pm Still Alice Susie Wall
Sept. 8 5 pm – 6:15 pm Fox Catcher Melanie Ng
Sept. 8 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Rosewater Tracy Moore
Sept. 8 8 pm – 9:15 pm Wild Melanie Ng
Sept. 8 9 pm – 10:15 pm 99 Homes Colin & Justin
Sept. 9 5 pm – 6:15 pm Imitation Game Melanie Ng
Sept. 9 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm Maps to the Stars Colin & Justin
Sept. 10 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Polar Bear Susie Wall
Sept. 10 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm Laggies Susie Wall
Sept. 11 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Pawn Sacrifices Melanie Ng
Sept. 11 8 pm – 9:15 pm The Cobbler Brad Smith
Sept. 11 8 pm – 9:15 pm The Voices Melanie Ng
Sept. 12 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm The Forger Brad Smith
Sept. 13 7 pm – 8:15 pm A Little Chaos Brad Smith

TIFF day 7: Keira Knightley returns to red carpet for ‘Laggies’ premiere

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014

Day seven of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicks off on Wednesday, with Keira Knightley set to return to Toronto’s red carpet for the world premiere of Laggies.

Laggies, a romantic comedy, also stars Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gretchen Mol, Ellie Kemper, and Jeff Garlin. The movie debuts at Roy Thomson Hall at 9:30 p.m.

Knightley’s first appearance at this year’s TIFF was for Canadian premiere of The Imitation Game on Tuesday, along with co-star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Infinitely Polar Bear also has its Canadian premiere at TIFF at 6:30 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall. The movie stars Mark Ruffalo, who is expected on the red carpet; however, it’s not yet known if fellow co-stars Zoe Saldana, Beth Dixon, and others will be there as well.

The red carpet arrivals for Laggies and Infinitely Polar Bear will be streamed live on this website.

Also, the Scotiabank Theatre will be showing the international premiere of Cut Bank at 5 p.m. The film stars John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thorton and Liam Hemsworth.

At the premiere of The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch arrived at the Princess of Wales Theatre and went directly into the crowd to pose for photos and sign autographs.

David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, starring John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore, also had its North American premiere at Roy Thomson Hall.

Also on Tuesday, hockey stars like Wayne Gretzky and Toronto Maple Leafs’ James van Riemsdyk showed their support for the film Red Army — which explores the rise and fall of Soviet hockey in the ’80s — at the movie’s after-party. Ron MacLean was also spotted at the event following the screening of the documentary.

The stars of Good Kill greeted fans before the screening of their film, which is about an Air Force officer, played by Ethan Hawke, tasked will ordering drone strikes in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, actor and comedian Chris Rock has reportedly made a major sale during TIFF.

Rock’s film, Top Five, may have received top bids during the film fest, according to a report in the Toronto Star. The film’s rights reportedly sold for $12.5 million to Paramount, breaking the record for a sale at TIFF.

While there hasn’t been an official announcement, TIFF says the deal is expected to close.

The previous record for a TIFF sale was set in 2013 when Harvey Weinstein bought Can a Song Save Your Life? for $7 million. The film was released this year with the title Begin Again.

More films at this year’s TIFF are likely to make major sales, including Cake with Jennifer Aniston and Still Alice starring Julianne Moore.

Click here for a list of all the films being shown at TIFF.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

The film festival runs until Sept. 14.

With files from Eva Fragiskatos

TIFF day 6: Red carpets continue to roll out

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

The Toronto International Film Festival is past the halfway mark, but there are still a number of big stars trickling in for their premieres on Tuesday.

The premiere most fans will be looking forward to is The Imitation Game. The movie stars fan favorite Benedict Cumberbatch along with Keira Knightley. Cumberbatch plays English mathematician Alan Turing who helps crack the enigma code during the Second World War.

David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars will have its North American premiere at Roy Thomson Hall. John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore are all expected to attend.

The red carpet arrivals for The Imitation Game and Maps to the Stars will be streamed live on this website.

Viggo Mortensen will be at the Winter Garden Theatre for his filmFar from Men while Quebec director Xavier Dolan will premiere his Cannes Jury Prize-winning film Mommy.

Ethan Hawke is also expected to premiere his latest, Good Kill.

A Second Chance and Three Hearts are two other films rolling out the red carpet on Tuesday night.

On Monday, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Steve Carell, and other stars walked the red carpets for the premieres of their films.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a list of all the films being shown at TIFF.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

TIFF day 5: Star-studded premieres continue Monday

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

Day five of the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on Monday, on the heels of some star-studded world premieres, including the ensemble comedy, This is Where I Leave You.

Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda were greeted by a big crowd at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday evening for the screening of their new film, which is about a dysfunctional family that reunites for a funeral.

Montreal-born director, Shawn Levy, is behind the project, which is set for wide-release next week.

The Equalizer also made its world premiere at TIFF on Sunday, in which Denzel Washington plays an ex-CIA agent in the crime-thriller. As Tracy Moore learned on the red carpet, Washington has a long history with Toronto.

On Saturday, Al Pacino attended the screening of his new film,Manglehorn — his second movie to hit the big screen at TIFF this year.

“I worked here a lot, I did movies here,” Pacino said.

Salma Hayek stunned the crowd with her beauty on the red carpet for her film The Prophet on Saturday, adding that Toronto is the perfect place for the world premiere.

“Toronto, you know, the Canadian people are lovely, they are profound,” explaining why Toronto is the perfect place for the world premiere.

There’s plenty of star-power on tap for Monday, including the world premiere of Cake starring Jennifer Aniston. It debuts at the Elgin Theatre at 2:30 p.m.

Still Alice, starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Julianne Moore, has its world premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre at 5 p.m.

Other movies set to debut on Monday include:

  • Fox Catcher (Canadian premiere at Roy Thomson Hall, 6 p.m.) — film stars Anthony Michael Hall, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Vanessa Redgrave, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller
  • Rosewater (world premiere at Princess of Wales Theatre, 6:30 p.m.) – the film is the directorial debut of Jon Stewart and stars Gael Garcia Bernal
  • Wild (gala and world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall, 9 p.m.) – directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée, the film stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, and Gaby Hoffman
  • 99 Holmes (Canadian premier at Princess of Wales Theatre, 10 p.m.) – film starts Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and Michael Shannon

The red carpet arrivals for all six movies will be streamed live on this website.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a list of all the films being shown at TIFF.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

With files from Eva Fragiskatos

TIFF Day 4: Witherspoon, Bateman & Washington walk red carpet

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

More Hollywood stars walked the red carpet for the premieres of their films on Day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Reese Witherspoon, who has two films at TIFF this year, stars inThe Good Lie directed by Canadian Philippe Falardeau whose 2011 film, Monsieur Lazhar, was nominated for best foreign language film at the Oscars.

In The Good Lie, Witherspoon plays a reluctant employment agency officer tasked with finding work for three Sudanese refugees, part of a group of displaced youths who fled the civil war in their country and later resettled in America and known as the Lost Boys of Sudan.

On playing her character, Witherspoon said, “I feel like it was an opportunity for me to learn about the Lost Boys of Sudan and really learn a perspective about America from outsiders. There’s a lot of things that we take for granted, a lot of freedoms that we have that a lot of people don’t have, and I think it’s a great opportunity also to make a film that you can show your kids.”

Two of the actors, Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal, who themselves are former refugees now living in Toronto and play Lost Boys in the film, said they were excited and thrilled to work with a director who took a chance on them as first-time actors.

Jal, a musician with an album coming out featuring Nellie Furtado, credited Falardeau with giving inexperienced actors an opportunity to act in a Hollywood film. Duany said the night belonged to all of them and that the film was a product of teamwork.

This Is Where I Leave You

Fans also got a glimpse of the cast of This Is Where I leave You who were on the red carpet at Roy Thomson Hall for the world premiere of their film.

Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda star in the comedy about a patriarch who dies and his four adult children must live under the same roof for a week during Shiva.

In the film Fey throws a mean punch and when asked on the red carpet if she could take Bateman, she joked, “I could beat him up ‘cause he only has actor strength. They’re very weak.”

Bateman went along.

“I bet she could as long as she wears the ring that she wore in this movie. It’ll leave a groove in you.”

The Equalizer

Actor Denzel Washington stars in The Equalizer, an action thriller about an ex-black ops commando who fakes his death to lead a normal life in Boston only to go back to what he knows to rescue a girl.

It wasn’t the first time in Toronto for the Oscar winner who made two films here: John Q andThe Hurricane.

“I first came to Toronto years ago to see my wife sing in a show called All Night Strut,” he told CityNews. “It ran for about a year.”

He said to his wife Pauletta who was on the red carpet with him at Roy Thomson Hall that he was really here again for her because she was singing this Friday at the Church of the Holy Trinity.

“So that’s why I’m here,” he joked. “It just happens that there’s a film festival going on.”

His Equalizer co-star Marton Csokas said it was a “great pleasure” to work with Washington and the film’s director, Antoine Fuqua.

“Denzel is methodical and very intense and studious,” he said. “And Antoine is the same although his role is different as the director but we all got on very well.”

The 11-day TIFF festival runs until Sept. 14.

Click here for full coverage of TIFF 2014.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

TIFF Day 3: Fans get glimpse of Garner, Stiller & Pacino

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Sep 6th, 2014

Fans got a glimpse of the stars of While We’re Young, Manglehorn and Men, Women & Children, which were three of the many films making their premieres on Day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday.

Men, Women & Children is Jason Reitman’s latest film, starring an ensemble cast, including Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and new Hollywood heartthrob, Ansel Elgort, who was in The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent.

Reitman’s film focuses on the power that digital technology has on the intimate relationships between family members, friends, lovers and spouses.

Garner, Sandler and Elgort all walked the red carpet on Saturday ahead of their film’s world premiere at Ryerson Theatre.

On having worked with both Jason and his father, Ivan Reitman, Garner said, “I love the Reitman boys. I would be so happy if I could just ping pong back and forth between the two of them…I feel like I had a lucky year.”

Sandler, who has been in Toronto for several months filming his own movie, said he loves the city.

“Everybody’s been going way out of their way for me. Everyone here in Toronto, whenever there was traffic because of the movie, I apologize!”

“But we had the best time,” he said, adding he loved the restaurants, the Ripley’s museum and the Bata Shoe Museum, where he donated a pair of his own shoes.

Ben Stiller, who stars in While We’re Young about an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife, had similarly nice things to say about Toronto and TIFF.

“This rivals any Hollywood Boulevard premiere,” he said. “It’s so cool. I wasn’t expecting this.”

His co-star Naomi Watts, who also stars in St. Vincent that premiered on Friday at the festival, said it was amazing to work with Stiller.

“I’ve had an incredible year in terms of working with great comedians and he’s another one. Last night we were here talking about Bill [Murray] and tonight Ben Stiller is incredibly talented. It’s just wonderful being in his presence. He’s so understated and so wonderfully talented.”

She also gave shout outs to While We’re Young’s director,  Noah Baumbach, and the young kids in the film too.

Other co-star Amanda Seyfried said, “It was a different kind of challenge for me, working with Noah. You know he’s going to make something insanely thought provoking and awesome.”

Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish ran into Al Pacino in the lobby of a hotel earlier Saturday, and on the red carpet of the North American premiere of Pacino’s film, Manglehorn, the two had a fun moment acting like they were old friends.

But on a more serious note, Pacino agreed that it was getting harder to sell films these days saying there are 400 films alone at TIFF.

But he wouldn’t plug his own film when Frankish told him to say. “This is Al Pacino. So I really need you to go see…”

Pacino said, “I hope you see Manglehorn. It’s an interesting film. David Gordon Green. He’s a great director . It was a joy working on this film.”

Click here for full coverage of TIFF 2014.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

TIFF day 2: Happy Bill Murray Day

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Sep 5th, 2014

The carpets are rolled out and the star sightings have started, as the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) gets going for another year.

The 11-day festival officially kicked off Thursday night with premieres for Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., and Juliette Binoche.

Speaking on the red carpet from his premiere for The Humbling, Pacino said he is enjoying his time in Toronto.

“I like the feel of this town,” said Pacino, who added he spent some time living in Toronto and shot a few movies in town.

Juliette Binoche walked the red carpet for her Clouds of Sils Maria premiere. Co-star Kristen Stewart pulled out at the last-minute due to a scheduling conflict.

Friday marks Bill Murray Day ahead of the world premiere for his latest film, St. Vincent.

Fans of the star can take in a free triple bill at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, featuring StripesGroundhog Day, and Ghostbusters.

Tickets for the shows are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8 a.m. at the Lightbox.

Fans can also win a ticket to the St. Vincent premiere by donning their best Bill Murray costumes and dressing like a character Murray played in any of his famous films.

More glitz and glamour is on tap for Friday night. Watch red carpet live streams for Boychoir, starring Dustin Hoffman,Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Alex and Ruth, starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman starting at 5:30 p.m. on our website.

Click here to watch red carpet live streams.

Click here for more details on Bill Murray Day.

Click here for full coverage of TIFF 2014.

Some of actresses who will grace the 11-day film bash include: Reese Witherspoon, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Kristen Wiig, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Octavia Spencer, Julianne Moore and Greta Gerwig.

The actors include: Benedict Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington, Michael Douglas, John Travolta, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Channing Tatum, Christopher Plummer, Chris Rock, Morgan Freeman and Adam Sandler.

The festival will also attract some major Canadian talent, including actor Colm Feore and Olympic gold medalist Tessa Virtue.

Meanwhile, a stretch of King Street West is closed during TIFF, and streetcars will be diverted in the area.

King Street from Peter Street to University Avenue is closed until 6 a.m. on Monday. King will also be partially closed in each direction between John and Duncan streets Sept. 8-11, and will reopen on Sept. 12.

The closure turns the area into a pedestrian-friendly zone, so fans can get a little closer to the action.

Three-hundred films from 79 countries will be screened at the 39th annual festival, which runs until Sept. 14.

Some of the other TIFF galas include:

  • Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Spencer.
  • The Equalizer, starring Washington and Melissa Leo.
  • Foxcatcher, starring Anthony Michael Hall, Tatum, and Sienna Miller.
  • Haemoo, starring Kim Yoon-seok and Park Yoo-chun.

Click here for a list of the gala presentations.

Click here for a list of all the films being shown at TIFF.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

With files from Eva Fragiskatos

Big buzz films at TIFF 2014

Suzanne Ellis | posted Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014

It’s Day One of TIFF 2014, and the stars and filmmakers will soon be descending on Toronto for 10 days of films, red carpets, junkets, and parties.

The Toronto festival has become an early indicator of what films and performances will be in the running for awards show glory the following year. We’re already hearing great things about Olympic wrestling pic Foxcatcher and the performances of Steve Carell and Channing Tatum; Wild, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Reese Witherspoon, who could be headed for her second lead actress Oscar; and St. Vincent, which reportedly features a dynamic leading turn from Bill Murray.

We’ll have to see what unfolds over the next 10 days, but here are the films garnering the biggest buzz so far at TIFF 2014:

Foxcatcher – Arguably the buzziest film at this year’s festival, Foxcatcher is the disturbing and tragic true story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (portrayed by Channing Tatum), who decides to go for gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics with the financial assistance of eccentric multimillionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell). The film triumphed at Cannes, with many calling Carell a lock for an Oscar nom.

Cake — Speaking of career-changing performances, Jennifer Aniston is earning raves for her dramatic turn as an unlikable member of a chronic pain support group in this indie. Aniston’s character, Claire, decides to investigate the suicide of a fellow member (Anna Kendrick), which in turn leads to her developing a relationship with the woman’s husband, played by Sam Worthington.

Wild — Quebec’s Jean-Marc Vallée directed both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to Oscars last year withDallas Buyers Club, and now some are saying he may do the same for Reese Witherspoon with Wild, based on the bestselling Cheryl Strayed memoir. Strayed made the bold decision to hike 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to help rid herself of personal demons including drug addiction and a destroyed marriage.

St. Vincent — Bill Murray is guaranteed to win over audiences as the cantankerous Vincent, who begins taking care of a local boy after school when his bank account hits rock bottom. Murray is surrounded by a solid cast including Melissa McCarthy as the boy’s mom, Naomi Watts as a Russian prostitute, as well as Terrence Howard and Chris O’Dowd.

Rosewater — Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut focuses on Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned in his home country for five months after appearing on Stewart’s The Daily Show. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Bahari, who was covering Iran’s elections for Newsweek prior to his appearance on Stewart’s program.

The Drop – Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini star in this film about a good-natured bartender who gets mixed up with Chechen mobsters following a robbery. Hardy plays bartender Bob Saginowski, who works at a neighbourhood establishment in Brooklyn, Cousin Marv’s. The bar happens to be a ‘drop bar’ for criminals to hide and launder their money, and when the place is robbed one night, Bob and Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves facing the ire of the men whose money was lifted.

The Imitation Game — Benedict Cumberbatch stars as British mathmetician Alan Turing, who worked to crack the German Enigma codes during World War II. Turing was subsequently persecuted by the British government on account of his homosexuality. Rounding out the film’s terrific cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, and Charles Dance.

The Riot Club — Festival audiences loved Danish director Lone Scherfig’s An Education, the film that rocketed Carey Mulligan to stardom. Scherfig returns in 2014 with The Riot Club, about an exclusive and debaucherous club of young men at Oxford University.

Nightcrawler — First time director Dan Gilroy teams with Jake Gyllenhaal for this gritty look at the dark side of L.A. Gyllenhaal plays a thief-turned-crime scene photographer who tries to out-do his competition in order to sell footage to local TV stations.

While We’re Young — Director Noah Baumbach reteams with Ben Stiller (they worked together in 2010 on Greenberg) for this film about an aging couple seeking to reclaim a bit of their youth. Naomi Watts plays Stiller’s wife, while Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfriend play the vivacious young couple that inspires them to live life a bit more spontaneously.

What movie are you most excited about at TIFF14? Comment below, and send your reviews/photos tosubmissions@cityline.ca. We may end up using them on Cityline.ca!

Top photo: Still from The Imitation Game

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