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'The Judge' to open Toronto International Film Festival

It looks like a big year for Robert Downey, Jr., and not just in terms of profit.

The Toronto International Film festival announced today that David Dobkin’s The Judge, which stars the Iron Man actor, will open the festival on September 4. The film follows big-city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey) as he returns to his childhood home, where his estranged father (Robert Duvall)—the town’s judge—is suspected of murder. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, and Billy Bob Thornton also star.

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'12 Years a Slave' wins Toronto People's Choice Award

Apparently Toronto audiences agree that 12 Years a Slave is the one to watch this awards season: The Steve McQueen-directed film, starring Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

After seeing 12 Years in Toronto, EW film critic Owen Glieberman called it a “landmark of cruelty and transcendence,” while our awards expert Anthony Breznican declared Oscar nominations a “certainty.” The movie hits theaters Oct. 18.

Among the other TIFF awards:
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Oscars 2013: EW's no-nonsense Prize Fighter analysis of early contenders '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity,' more ...

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The conversation begins …

The Toronto International Film Festival unofficially kicks off the Oscar race each year as the best-of-the-best line up for their shot at awards glory – and the movie-fan attention (and ticket sales) that inevitably accompanies it.

Right now, we’re six months away from the March 2 Academy Awards, any film can still pull ahead or fall back. But as the Toronto festival draws to a close this weekend, it’s clear which films will rank among the fiercest competitors. READ FULL STORY

Cory Monteith's 'McCanick' finds a distributor in Toronto

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McCanick, Cory Monteith’s final film before his death in July, has found a distributor after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday. Well Go USA acquired all U.S. distribution rights and plans to release the film theatrically in early 2014.

Monteith stars as Simon Weeks, a drug-addicted young criminal whose release from prison leads to violence and paranoia as narcotics detective Eugene “Mack” McCanick (David Morse) races to piece together Weeks’ story.

The police drama also stars Ciaran Hinds and Mike Vogel. Check out the trailer below:
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Julia Roberts calls 'August: Osage County' 'the best acting experience' of her life

An exuberant Julia Roberts calls working on her latest film, August: Osage County, “the best acting experience of my life.”

The actress was bubbling with enthusiasm the day after the highly anticipated adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, Roberts plays the eldest daughter of a brutally honest matriarch, played by Meryl Streep.

“I’ve never worked so hard in my life – and I’ve given birth to three children,” Roberts told reporters Tuesday.

The large cast lived near the on-location set in Oklahoma, devoting themselves to capturing Letts’ dialogue. The film, to be released Dec. 25, drew mixed reviews at the festival but praise for its performances.

Toronto: 'Gravity' wows, propelling Sandra Bullock toward a second Oscar nomination

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Spiraling into oblivion really helps you see things from a different perspective.

At Sunday night’s premiere of Gravity, Sandra Bullock said she felt she didn’t deserve the Oscar when she won it for 2009′s The Blind Side  — and now her performance as an astronaut stranded in orbit when space debris demolishes her shuttle could win her another one.

The survival drama, out Oct. 4, got an intense reaction as the Toronto International Film Festival’s opening weekend drew to a close, with many marveling at both the technical and emotional achievements of director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.)

Expect Gravity to be a major player at the Academy Awards this year in all the top categories. It should easily win in the visual effects category, and will be a heavy-duty competitor in the others. Bullock is also a near certain Best Actress nominee, although she said her 2010 win still hasn’t sunk in. READ FULL STORY

Toronto: Skinny-dipping Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan enjoy (but now regret) nude swim in 'The F Word'

What part of making The F Word did Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan enjoy the most?

Getting naked.

That was their answer to a question from an audience member after the romantic-comedy screened Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The two actors, who star as friends (that’s the “F” word in question) who are hiding a mutual attraction for each other, answered without hesitation.

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Toronto: '12 Years a Slave' makes a devastating impression, with Oscar nominations a certainty

12 Years a Slave is the movie that left a whole theater speechless. And that’s saying something.

Festival-goers tend to gab easily about their likes or dislikes as they walk out of a film, but the crowd exiting Friday night’s emotionally crushing 12 Years a Slave showing struggled to express their overwhelming admiration. They communicated at first mostly in deep exhales and short exclamations like “Wow,” “Amazing,” and “Oh My God …”

Based on a true-life story that starts in 1841, Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a musician — a free, educated, and rather well-to-do Northern black man — who is kidnapped during a trip to Washington D.C. and transported to the deep South, where he is sold into slavery with no recourse for contacting his family or restoring his legal liberty. It opens to the public on Oct. 18.

Director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) and his impressive cast — which includes Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Brad Pitt and Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o – took the stage after the credits rolled, and the audience managed to shake off its collective shellshock for a standing ovation.

Consider this the first film to qualify as a sure-thing Best Picture nominee, and a formidable contender to win. McQueen, Ejiofor and Nyong’o, who displays immense strength in the face of unconscionable suffering as Patsey, a fellow plantation slave, should also prepare for a long season of red carpets.

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'Labor Day': Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin sweat out tension in first clip from fugitive drama -- VIDEO













The escaped convict drama Labor Day has released its first clip, one day before playing at the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow night.

Kate Winslet stars as a shut-in, emotionally fragile single mother who encounters Josh Brolin’s wounded fugitive while on a rare shopping trip with her young son (Gattlin Griffith.) The man needs a place to lay low, and she agrees — mostly out of fear, but also from a buried, hidden attraction.

This scene takes place shortly after the trio arrives at her home, and there’s a hidden message going on in the dialogue that will change the way you watch their interaction ….

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Toronto: 'The Fifth Estate' stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl are vulnerable to the wrath of Assange

Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl probably shouldn’t store any compromising materials on their phones or computers.

The stars of the WikiLeaks cyber-drama The Fifth Estate admit they would be easy targets for vengeful hackers.

Or even friendly ones.

Brühl, who plays conscience-stricken WikiLeaks activist Daniel Domscheit-Berg, met the real-life man during filming and said this computer savvy underwhelmed the tech mastermind.

“When I first met Daniel, he told me it would take him probably five minutes to get into my computer and get all the information. So I changed my passwords — and now I don’t remember them,” Brühl said at the movie’s Toronto International Film Festival press conference.

Cumberbatch, who stars as divisive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, also admitted to being “computer illiterate.” READ FULL STORY

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