Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of an Indian boy raised by wolves, first published as a series in the late 19th century, has been adapted more than a dozen times. But Walt Disney’s 1967 animated musical—his last—set the gold standard. Now, director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is giving Mowgli and his animal pals a 21st-century tech update. Newcomer Neel Sethi, 10, plays Mowgli, and there’s a lot riding on those young shoulders. Not only does he do his own tree-climbing—”A 10-year-old in a loin cloth is hard to double with a stuntman,” Favreau says— but he’s also the only live-action actor in a performance-capture spectacle that’s more Avatar than The Little Mermaid, with photo-real talking animals. READ FULL STORY
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• Nicole Kidman is in talks to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their Eyes. The film is an English-language remake of Argentine writer/director Juan Jose Campanella‘s 2010 movie of the same name, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. The original follows a retired attorney who writes a novel about an unsolved case and his unreciprocated love, hoping to put both behind him. Billy Ray will direct from a script he wrote, with some updates from the original. Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star. [THR]
• Magic City is coming to the big screen with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis as its leads. The film is being adapted from the Starz drama of the same name, which was cancelled last year after its second season. Set in 1962 Miami, the story follows the lives of myriad gangsters, hoteliers, and politicians. The series’ creator, Mitch Glazer, will write and direct the film. He’s joined by the show’s original cast members: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch. [THR]
• Joel Edgerton’s untitled directorial debut has found its lead in Rebecca Hall. Edgerton, whose credits include Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby, also penned the screenplay and will co-star alongside Hall. Details about the suspense thriller’s plot have not yet been revealed. The film kicks off shooting next year. [The Wrap]
• Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais have signed on for Special Correspondents. The French comedy remake tells the story of a New York-based radio journalist (Bana) who makes up war reports from his Manhattan hideaway in order to save his job. Gervais will also write, direct, and produce the film, in addition to starring. [Variety]
• Marton Csokas is joining Emilia Clarke in Voice from the Stone. Eric D. Howell is directing the supernatural thriller, marking his feature directorial debut. Andrew Shaw adapted Silvio Raffo’s Italian-language novel, La Voce Della Pietra, for the screen. The story follows a young boy, Jakob, who lives in a manor that is supposedly haunted by his father (Csokas). Clarke will play a nurse who wants to help Jakob. Principal photography begins this month in Italy. [Variety]
• Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) has signed on for The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials. Wes Ball will direct the sequel with T.S. Nowlin as its screenwriter; both are returning from the original. Taylor will play a doctor, Mary Cooper, who assists Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his companions. Original cast members Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Patricia Clarkson will also return for the sequel. The film’s debut is scheduled for September 18, 2015. [Deadline]
Bill Murray’s mischievous spirit is on full display as he croons along to the classic Bob Dylan song “Shelter From the Storm” in a new clip from his upcoming St. Vincent.
He also smokes and endeavors to water a sad-looking potted plant in the simple, amusing sequence via Deadline. The movie, which opens in limited release Oct. 10, stars Murray as the titular Vincent, a crank of a war vet who babysits his new next-door neighbor. Melissa McCarthy stars as the young boy’s mother and Naomi Watts plays a Russian prostitute. READ FULL STORY
Even though Ghostbusters was just rereleased in theaters, Bill Murray is already set for a heavenly return back to the big screen in St. Vincent.
Murray stars as an elderly recluse with a secret heart of gold that begins to shine when he starts taking care of his young neighbor and his mom, played by Melissa McCarthy. Naomi Watts also stars as Murray’s girlfriend, who just happens to be a stripper and pregnant. The film premiered as the headlining event on “Bill Murray Day” at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month and will open in theaters gradually across the country beginning Oct. 10. Check out the three Oscar nominees in the film’s first poster below:
Last year, 12 Years a Slave clinched the Academy Award for Best Picture at the Toronto Film Festival. Well, that’s not actually true. In fact, you could argue that the Best Picture winner almost lost the statue at the festival. Steve McQueen’s harrowing instant classic was so instantly and universally anointed in Toronto that seeds were planted for an inevitable backlash to flower in the six months before the Oscar winner was finally announced. Ultimately, 12 Years‘ biggest Oscar competition came from another Toronto film, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Though both films premiered at Telluride and Venice, respectively, the awards race took shape only after the Oscar Industrial Complex took note of them in Toronto.
While other festivals have challenged Toronto’s preeminence in recent years, it’s still the most high-profile showcase to launch an aggressive Oscar campaign. It’s no accident that the last seven Best Picture winners played up north. This year, there are more than 300 films from more than 60 countries playing at the festival. Though many of them are in search of distribution (like last year’s Begin Again and Bad Words), the hunt for hardware officially begins today and runs through Sept. 14.
If you’re on the ground in Toronto for the next 11 days, here are a handful of choice selections to make your viewing decisions easier. And for those of you at your home computer, this list is a mix of films with Oscar buzz, films we’re excited to see because of actors we love, and a few still-under-the-radar curios that people just might be talking about in the next few months. And of course, since tomorrow is officially Bill Murray Day at the festival, everybody dance. READ FULL STORY
Thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 5 will no longer just be known as, well, Sept. 5. Instead, the festival has declared something of a Bill Murray holiday, during which it will premiere Murray’s new film, St. Vincent, following free screenings of Stripes, Groundhog Day, and Ghostbusters. Only, there’s one tiny problem: The festival oversold the world premiere of St. Vincent.
Due to what the festival has called a “computer error,” it oversold both the premiere of St. Vincent and the world premiere of The Drop starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini.
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“You know what the truth is? You don’t find Bill Murray,” filmmaker Theodore Melfi says. “Bill Murray finds you.”
This fateful lesson is one learned by many directors, though not all succeed in the quest to recruit the Ghostbusters and Rushmore star for their projects.
Melfi, a longtime commercial director making his feature writing and directing debut, was certain Murray would be perfect for the title role in St. Vincent, his indie comedy about a rotten, miserable old man who reluctantly discovers he’s not so rotten and miserable after all.
“He finds everything he’s supposed to be involved in by not chasing anything,” Melfi says. “If it’s supposed to happen, the person will hound him until it happens, or he’ll run into them at a bar or restaurant. He has a zen-like protocol in regard to what he does and doesn’t do.”
Here’s how the odd journey to St. Vincent played out, in three acts.
Let Sept. 5 be henceforth known as Bill Murray Day. The Toronto International Film Festival will be celebrating Murray at the world premiere of his new film, St. Vincent, and the festival has invited the reclusive comedian to his own premiere and devoted an entire day to him. The festival will be leading up to the premiere by showing free screenings of three seminal Murray classics—Stripes, Groundhogs Day, and Ghostbusters—starting at 10 a.m. at the TIFF Lightbox.
Fans who view all three films will be able to win tickets to the world premiere of St. Vincent. The line for tickets starts at 8 a.m. ET on Sept. 5 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office.
Bill Murray is heading to the jungle: The actor is set to voice the character of Baloo in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book.
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