'Grim Sleeper,' 'Yes Men' and Iraq docs set for world premieres at Toronto Film Festival

'Grim Sleeper,' 'Yes Men' and Iraq docs set for world premieres at Toronto Film Festival

Just six out of the 15 selections have never been seen before

The Toronto International Film Festival is known for its Oscar bait prestige dramas, major Hollywood studio releases, a focus (appropriately) on Canadian film and, to a lesser extent, its Midnight Madness program. One thing it doesn't have a strong reputation for is documentaries. That's why it's no surprise that only six of the initial 15 documentaries announced for the 2014 festival this morning are world premieres.  

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<p>Richard Linklater at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival</p>

Richard Linklater at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival

Credit: Getty Images

Why 'Boyhood' is a different story on the Oscar front for IFC Films

'We're going to be David to Goliath...and we know that.'

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" added more screens this weekend and currently finds itself in 107 theaters nationwide. With a per-screen average of around $16,000, the weekend gross was north of $1.7 million, bringing the overall tally to over $4.1 million to date. As it continues to find its audience, the film is obviously a long play for IFC Films, and the prospect of awards recognition lurks, as ever, just over the horizon.

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<p>&quot;The Hundred-Foot Journey&quot;</p>

"The Hundred-Foot Journey"

Credit: DreamWorks Studios

Helen Mirren explains the importance of a light touch in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

Plus: Why location shooting in the south of France was so important

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — In Lasse Hallström's latest film, "The Hundred-Foot Journey," Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren was given the opportunity to play a very forthright, proud restauranteur in the south of France. It's a character that plays well to her strengths and offers a striking foil to Manish Dayal's Indian chef-in-training, Hassan.

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<p>&quot;Mad Max: Fury Road&quot;</p>

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer finds Tom Hardy in a dusty post-apocalyptic hell

Well hot damn

Before I even got out of bed this morning, I was watching the "Mad Max: Fury Road" trailer. How do you like THEM apples, Hall H? But seriously, it seems Warner Bros.' presentation of materials for George Miller's upcoming film won the day at Comic-Con yesterday despite the presence of DC Comics and Marvel Studios. Hard to do, but a nice surprise, nevertheless, and today WB has mercifully made the trailer available to us non-Coners.

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<p>&quot;Fight Club&quot;</p>

"Fight Club"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

David Fincher and Chuck Palahniuk broke the first two rules of 'Fight Club' at Comic-Con

The film celebrates its 15th anniversary in October

After just an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" footage reveal and an "Ant-Man" panel that was caught under the specter of the project recently losing its director (no new movie announcements beyond a "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel, no exciting casting revelations), it really did seem from afar like the Marvel Comic-Con presentation was a bit of a whiff this year. I'm sure all in attendance enjoyed the early look, but it felt like it may have been pretty weak sauce, particularly if you were trying to decide between that and a unique Chuck Palahniuk/David Fincher/"Fight Club" panel and opted for the superheroes instead.

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<p>On the set of &quot;Blackhat&quot;</p>

On the set of "Blackhat"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Michael Mann's cyber thriller with Chris Hemsworth gets a title

No truth (yet) to an early report that it will qualify for Oscars this year

Michael Mann made his Comic-Con debut today alongside "Thor" himself, Chris Hemsworth, at the Legendary Pictures panel. Footage of his cyber thriller was screened, but the only real news is this: it has a title, "Blackhat." Deadline is reporting that it will be qualified for Oscars this year ahead of a Jan. 2015 release, but Universal denies that report. (UPDATE: Indeed, Deadline has changed its language to "may qualify.")

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<p>&quot;Boyhood&quot;</p>

"Boyhood"

Credit: IFC Films

From Coldplay to Lorde, take a trip through 12 years of music with 'Boyhood' playlists

Plus: Enjoy Ethan Hawke's curation of 'The Black Album'

Have you had a chance to see "Boyhood" yet? If so, have you told us what you thought?

This one is really feeling like something special, and I must admit, early on I had doubts about whether IFC would apply the proper mustard for a campaign, but it's increasingly clear this is a special case for them. Masterpieces are left hanging out to dry during Oscar season all the time, but this one really is maintaining a hold. It's hard to ignore something this special, so the indie haven could be in line for its first-ever Best Picture nomination.

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<p>Chris Terrio</p>

Chris Terrio

Credit: AP Photo

Warner Bros. wants Oscar-winning 'Argo' writer to pen 'Justice League'

The last time we saw Chris Terrio he was shocking Tony Kushner fans at the Dolby Theatre

Over at Deadline Mike Fleming is reporting something that has been floating around in the ether for a while now: that Warner Bros. wants Oscar-winning "Argo" scribe Chris Terrio to pen the studio's planned superhero team-up film "Justice League."

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix and Doctor Strange</p>

Joaquin Phoenix and Doctor Strange

Credit: AP Photo/Marvel

Joaquin Phoenix reportedly being courted for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

The three-time Oscar nominee would bring a lot of prestige to Marvel's slate

Well, maybe Benedict Cumberbatch really is just in Comic-Con for "The Penguins of Madagascar" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Though the "Star Trek Into Darkness" star had been strongly rumored for the role of Doctor Strange in Marvel's upcoming film (which will be directed by Scott Derrickson), The Wrap is reporting that Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to take the part.

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<p>On the set of &quot;A Most Wanted Man&quot;</p>

On the set of "A Most Wanted Man"

Credit: Roadside Attractions

Anton Corbijn talks 'A Most Wanted Man,' Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kurt Cobain

The John le Carré adaptation is now playing in limited release

After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" — featuring the last leading man performance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman — makes its way to theaters today.

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