It’s that time of the year again and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this initial batch of Films announced as part of the TIFF ’15 (aka #TIFF40, now in its 40th year) Lineup. The annual unveiling took place at TIFF Bell Lightbox as Filmlovers and Industry types awaited eagerly as titles were announced at 10:00 AM.
Although the Celebrity and Filmmaker Guest List is still to come, thus far we can expect A-Listers like Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Sandra Bullock, Kristen Stewart, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain and several, several, more.
In addition, there will be several exciting Documentaries including Davis Guggenheim‘s latest, He Called Me Malala and two about Horse Racing, Being Ap and Dark Horse.
DEMOLITION has been announced as the Opening Night Gala, from Canadian Director Jean–Marc Vallée, who has brought us delights WILD and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB in recent years. And it would appear once again we have eclectic mix of Films from all around the World, ranging from The Danish Girl from Oscar-winning Director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) which sees Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne in a transgender role, to gritty Dramas like BLACK MASS starring Johnny Depp as Gangster Whitey Bulger and highly-buzzed SICARIO from Canadian Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) about an FBI Agent caught in a dangerous Mexican cross-border sting. Emily Blunt is getting tons of Oscar buzz for her performance in this and this will mark a pivotal moment in her campaign trail at the TIFF.
Closing Night Gala looks to end on a light-hearted note with Paco Gazeba‘s MR. RIGHT starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell.
London also has been chosen as the city of focus in this year’s City to City Programme with Films starring Nicholas Hoult and Tom Hardy being featured.
Also just announced is an opening night Charity Soirée with Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman where she talks about her successful career and upcoming work. Tickets range from $350 to $650. Details here.
As part of TIFF‘s new Primetime Programme, showcasing Television for the first time, we learned that NBC‘s Toronto-filmed HEROES: REBORN will be premiering its first episode in its two-hour entirety at the Festival.
Whether it be part of Documentaries, Special Presentations or Gala Presentations, here are some of the highlights to rock the City this September.
45 YEARS (Andrew Haigh)
ABOUT RAY (Gaby Dellal)
BEASTS OF NO NATION (Cary Fukunaga)
BEEBA BOYS (Deepa Mehta)
BEING AP (Anthony Wonke)
BEING CHARLIE (Rob Reiner)
BLACK MASS (Scott Cooper)
BORN TO BE BLUE (Robert Budreau)
BOXING (Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley)
BROOKLYN (John Crowley)
COLONIA (Florian Gallenberger)
THE DANISH GIRL (Tom Hooper)
DARK HORSE (Louise Osmond)
THE DAUGHTER (Simon Stone)
DISORDER (Alice Winocour)
DEMOLITION (Jean-Marc Vallée)
THE DRESSMAKER (Jocelyn Moorhose)
EQUALS (Drake Doremus)
EYE IN THE SKY (Gavin Hood)
THE FINAL GIRLS (Todd Strauss-Schulson)
FREEHELD (Peter Sollett)
THE FAMILY FANG (Jason Bateman)
FORSAKEN (Jon Cassar)
THE GIRL IN PHOTOGRAPHS (Nick Simon)
GREEN ROOM (Nick Saulnier)
HE NAMED ME MALALA (Davis Guggenheim)
HIGH-RISE (Ben Wheatley)
HYENA ROAD (Paul Gross)
I SAW THE LIGHT (Marc Abraham)
I SMILE BACK (Adam Salky)
IT’S NOT YOU (Don McKellar)
JANIS: BLUE LITTLE GIRL (Amy Berg)
JE SUIS CHARLIE (Daniel Leconte, Emmanuel Leconte)
KILL YOUR FRIENDS (Owen Harris)
KILO TWO BRAVO (Paul Katis)
THE LADY IN THE VAN (Nicolas Hynter)
LEGEND (Brian Helgeland)
LEN AND COMPANY (Tim Godsall)
THE LOBSTER (Yorgos Lanthimos)
LOLO (Julie Delpy)
LONDON FIELDS (Matthew Cullen)
LONDON ROAD (Rufus Norris)
LOUDER THAN BOMBS (Joachim Trier)
MAGGIE’S PLAN (Rebecca Miller)
MAN DOWN (Dito Montiel)
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (Matthew Brown)
THE MARTIAN (Ridley Scott)
THE MEDDLER (Lorraine Scafaria)
MISS SHARON JONES! (Barbara Kopple)
MISSISSIPPI GRIND (Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden)
MISS YOU ALREADY (Catherine Hardwicke)
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhang-ke)
MR. RIGHT (Paco Gazeba) – Closing Night Gala
OFFICE (Johnnie To)
THE ONES BELOW (David Farr)
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (David Gordon Green)
THE PROGRAM (Stephen Frears)
THE REFLEKTOR TAPES (Kahlil Joseph)
REMEMBER (Atom Egoyan)
ROOM (Lenny Abrahamson)
SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ (Wayne Blair)
SICARIO (Denis Villeneuve)
SPOTLIGHT (Tom McCarthy) – didn’t Rachel McAdams hint at us first it would be at TIFF?
STONEWALL (Roland Emmerich)
A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS (Natalie Portman)
A TALE OF THREE CITIES (Mabel Cheung)
TRUMBO (Jay Roach)
TRUTH (James Vanderbilt)
UN PLUS UNE (Claude Lelouch)
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (Michael Moore)
THE WITCH (Robert Eggers)
WOMEN HE’S DRESSED (Gillian Armstrong)
YOUTH (Paolo Sorrentino) – NSFW Trailer
Complete list of Titles complete Synopses announced thus far here.
Just 14 more days to go! Final titles to be announced in a week.
(Photo credit: eOne Films/Warner Bros./Studio Canal/Majestic Filmproduktion/20th Century Fox)
San Diego certainly was the place to be this weekend as the San Diego Comic-Con took place, uniting hundreds of thousands of Fans together with Talent from upcoming Blockbusters of multiple genres. Teasers were unveiled, Trailers were shown, crowds went ecstatic! And to think how many of these Productions filmed right here on our home turf in Canada!
We’ve compiled a bunch of our favourite Snaps to come out of Comic-Con this weekend. We wish we were there, we know that much!
Actress/Model Francesca Eastwood certainly is more than just a pretty face. The daughter of Hollywood Royalty Clint Eastwood, and half-sister to red-hot Scott Eastwood, has been in Toronto this Summer filming NBC‘s HEROES REBORN, in which she has been cast as a Series Regular.
Although details still are tight-lipped about it, we did get an awesome sneak peak at the Series and we can expect even more to come out of Comic-Con in San Diego soon!
See the Teaser:
We spotted Eastwood this weekend out and about with her headphones on but after waving at her, she took notice and was super-nice to stop for a Photo. She’s incredibly down-to-earth and just stunning! We’re excited to see this burgeoning star’s career take-off!
You know him from Dynasty, The Office, Burn Notice and of course HEROES. Jack Coleman is reprising his well-known Role as the Man in horn-rimmed glasses, Noah Bennet, in upcoming NBC Series HEROES REBORN and has been in the City for the past few weeks now, working away.
We spotted Coleman out to meet a Friend earlier and he was awesome to stop for a quick moment, even guiding my Camera up for a better Snap – and he was right! We’ve met pretty much the entire Ensemble behind HEROES REBORN, and Coleman was one that we had hoped most for! The Cast will be here till September, with additional Members to be arriving in the City over the next while.
Toru Uchikado still is an unfamiliar presence but the 25-year-old Actor from Los Angeles via Japan is set for a big debut. You all know well we’ve been on the ball with the Cast of NBC‘s HEROES REBORN, but we have had little luck spotting Uchikado before today.
The Actor in flawless English tells me today in a a chance spotting that he learned the Language in Missouri and had actually been to Waterloo, Ontario previously on a two-week English course a few years back.
For our Selfie, he broke out his brand-new cap from Topman to match my hat! How awesome!! He tells us we are his first real spotting. Someone last week called him “Tofu” by mistake. Not cool.
Uchikado films HEROES REBORN in Toronto through September and promises us it’s going to be amazing!
Stunning Model/Actress Judi Shekoni hails from England and has built a following there starring in EastEnders and When Women Ruled the World, but left an impression in internationally-adored The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn in which she played the role of Zafrina.
She recently was cast in NBC‘s Heroes Reborn in an undisclosed role. The Actress recently celebrated her birthday with Co-Star Kiki Sukezane, enjoying some Japanese last weekend.
Although not in makeup earlier, she promised to stop for Photos with Fans after she got ready for a night out, getting ready for another work week ahead.
Earlier today we spotted also Series Star Zachary Levi who is known best for his work on NBC‘s Chuck and also Disney Feature Tangled. The Actor and self-professed ‘Gaming Geek’ has been in Toronto the past few weeks, although he has called the City a second home with Wife Missy Peregrym having worked and resided here filming Rookie Blue, which garnered her a Canadian Screen Award in March.
The Actor has been amazing to Fans in his time here, occasionally stopping for Fans on the street while out for smoke breaks.
Henry Zebrowski‘s moment may finally have arrived. The Actor has padded his Resume in recent years with roles in high-profile releases like The Wolf of Wall Street in which he starred as memorable Sea Otter, but it is recent news of his casting in NBC‘s HEROES REBORN which has us excited!
We spotted the Actor out and about today and he tells us he loves the City, getting to have dinner with some of his Castmates over the past week. He tells me he looks forward to settling-in as he is set to film here through September. Of course, we have no additional Plot details or Character names just yet for the new Series.
19-year-old English-born American Implant, Robbie Kay, has long been building his Resume with major credits in Titles such as the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchiseas Cabin Boy. In 2013, he gained recognition worldwide for his Award-nominated work on the third Season of ABC‘s Once Upon a Time as Peter Pan/Pied Piper. His Star continues to rise fast with news of his recent casting in NBC‘s Heroes Reborn, continuing where popular Series Heroes left-off when it concluded in 2010.
Kay has been in Toronto for the past week prepping for the 13-episode Series, which films in the City through September.
We spotted Kay out and about on Holiday Good Friday, kindly stopping for a quick second for a Snap as he chat on his phone. He was all smiles enjoying a day off after what appears to be a busy week getting to know and work with his mew Co-Stars. Just last night, he was out having drinks with Zachary Levi, Judith Shekoni and Ryan Guzman.
Earlier in this week, Levi had Tweeted this awesome Cast Pic, minus the v. sweet Gatlin Green:
Details are under absolute lock and key for NBC‘s HEROES REBORN, which picks-up where the wildly-popular Series HEROES, about everyday People with super-powers, left-off when it concluded in 2010. And perhaps it is better this way as we wait eagerly with bated breath on more information to come. The 13-episode Series will film in Toronto from April through September, preceded by a Digital Series introducing us to new Characters.
We know this much for sure – original Stars Jack Coleman who played Noah Bennett, and Masi Oka who played Hiro Nakamura, will be reprising their Roles in this latest Incarnation. Add to that recognizable names like Zachary Levi, who has called Toronto a second home with his Wife Missy Peregrym being a Local, plus Rising Star Ryan Guzman who raised temperatures with his work in the Step-Up Franchise and more recently The Boy Next Door, opposite Jennifer Lopez. There also are several more emerging names like Gatlin Green, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane and Shameless’ Danika Yarosh all whom surely will be recognizable after this Series surfaces. We have high hopes for this – giving Toronto some hope after what seemed like the longest lull in filming as we watched our Family in Vancouver and Montreal get all the high-profile Productions!
We spotted three Stars from HEROES REBORN in the City today as they prep for Production, including the friendly Guzman who stopped to chat and take Photos with Fans, signing Autographs generously, even having a friendly exchange with his Greeter. Mark our words – he is going to be a major Star. We love him already!
Green was seen with her guitar, friendly and shocked to have Fans already thanks to the great legacy of the HEROES Franchise. Sukezane likewise was kind to stop for a Snap. We are v. curious to know about these Actors’ Storylines and how they intertwine.