<p>Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman in &quot;Prisoners&quot;</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman in "Prisoners"

Credit: Warner Bros.

New poster for 'Prisoners' with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal

Will the Toronto selection go to Telluride?

I've been trying to figure out how Warner Bros. may or may not handle Telluride in 2013. Last year they took "Argo" there as a sneak preview and it blew the roof off the Chuck Jones Cinema. Then, as we all know, it went on to be a dominant force in the awards season and pick up the Oscar for Best Picture. The year before, however, they dodged it, taking "Contagion" to Venice, "J. Edgar" to AFI Fest and banking on latter-year release "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." So you never can tell.

This year the studio has already set Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" as the Venice opening night selection. The film is then going on to Toronto alongside Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" (which could end up being an unexpected awards play), so there's a small chance one or the other could go to Telluride. There's no word yet on the roll-out for Spike Jonze's "Her," though the recently wrapped "The Good Lie" from "Monsieur Lazhar" director Philippe Falardeau and starring Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll (with shades of "The Blind Side") could go to Telluride and end up figuring into the race.

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<p>Scarlett Johansson in &quot;Under the Skin.&quot;</p>

Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin."

Credit: Film4

Venice lineup features new films from Gilliam, Franco, Morris, Miyazaki and many more

Stars set to grace the Lido range from Scarlett Johansson to Judi Dench

Every year, the announcement of the first wave of Toronto Film Festival inclusions takes some of the guesswork out of the Venice Film Festival lineup announcement a few days later. And so it was this year: thanks to those telltale "North American premiere" tags, we knew that such films as Stephen Frears's "Philomena," Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin," Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves," David Gordon Green's "Joe," Peter Landesman's "Parkland" and John Curran's "Tracks" would be having their world premieres on the Lido -- all of those titles, as it turns out, in competition for the Golden Lion.

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<p>James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Nicole Holofcener's &quot;Enough Said.&quot;</p>

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said."

Quick takes on the initial 2013 Toronto International Film Festival selections

Hard choices, people, hard choices

There are arguably five great film festivals in the world: New York, Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. (Yes, you could argue Berlin is in that mix as well, but how many noteworthy premieres do they really get?) Out of that group, no festival has as many artistic highs and lows as Toronto. It's partly because of their huge program, partly because it's a pseudo fall film market and, well, they sort of like to have lots of famous people walk their red carpets (tough love, TIFF, tough love).

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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Dallas Buyers Club&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club"

Credit: Focus Features

Toronto Film Festival First Look: 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'The Invisible Woman,' 'The Railway Man'

New images from some of the year's most anticipated films

The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first 71 selections for the 2013 edition of the annual awards-season kick-off this morning and there is plenty to choose from and send any festival-goer's schedule into a tizzy. New films from Bill Condon ("The Fifth Estate"), Ron Howard ("Rush"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and Jason Reitman ("Labor Day") will be at the top of most people's lists, while others from the likes of David Gordon Green ("Joe"), Atom Egoyan ("Devil's Knot") and Ralph Fiennes ("The Invisible Woman") sit primed to be potential discoveries. I'm not sure a program could be much more stuffed than this, but I look forward to taste-testing whatever early gets we see at the Telluride fest a week before Toronto takes off.

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The 10 best performances in Woody Allen films

The 10 best performances in Woody Allen films

With 'Blue Jasmine' on the way we spotlight the most inspired of an impressive lot

I've already expressed how over the moon I am for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and particularly Cate Blanchett's performance therein. I spoke with Blanchett this morning and specifically asked if it was an actor's dream to work for Allen. More like greatest fear, she noted, as the bar has been set so high.

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<p>Benedict Cumberbatch in &quot;The Fifth Estate&quot;</p>

Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Fifth Estate"

Credit: DreamWorks Pictures

'The Fifth Estate,' '12 Years a Slave,' 'August: Osage County' and more set for 2013 Toronto Film Festival

Bill Condon's WikiLeaks drama will be the opening night gala

It was revealed today that Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks found Julian Assange, will be the opening night film of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on Sept. 5. The closing night film will be Daniel Schecter's "Life of Crime" with John Hawkes, Mos Def and Jennifer Aniston.

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<p>Mike Myers</p>

Mike Myers

Credit: AP Photo

Mike Myers to make directorial debut with Shep Gordon documentary 'Supermensch'

A 22-year friendship yields a career study

So in 1991 talent manager Shep Gordon supposedly held Mike Myers over a barrel for a few weeks before filming on "Wayne's World" began regarding an Alice Cooper song that Myers wanted to use in the film. I assume that was "Feed My Frankenstein?" I dunno. Regardless, the two struck up a friendship that's still strong 22 years later, so much so that Myers will be making his directorial debut with a documentary of the legend.

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<p>Might we see the recent restoration of &quot;Aguirre the Wrath of God&quot;&nbsp;on the slate?&nbsp;I sure hope so!</p>

Might we see the recent restoration of "Aguirre the Wrath of God" on the slate? I sure hope so!

Credit: New Yorker Films

Spitballing possibilities for the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival

Will the Coens make their first trip? Is Tom Hanks a possible turn-out?

In a little over a month the fall festival season, and with it, the awards circuit, will officially be under way in the mountains of Colorado with the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival. It's the calm before the storm, a soothing handful of days over the Labor Day weekend to watch a few movies set to dominate the latter-year calendar, do a bit of Berlin and Cannes catch-up and even soak up some of the non-awards stuff that really helps round out the experience as a deep breath of fresh cinephile air. I can't wait.

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<p>Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in &quot;Fight Club&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in "Fight Club"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

'Fight Club' sequel in the works

Relax, it's a graphic novel, not a movie

So Comic-Con is over but the little ripple repercussions will keep spreading this week, I imagine. One nugget that dropped over the weekend that immediately caught my eye this morning was the fact that "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk is working on a graphic novel sequel to the book that spawned David Fincher's 1999 consumerism-lynching film.

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<p>Cover of Greg Pak's &quot;Batman/Superman&quot; #2 drawn by Jae Lee</p>

Cover of Greg Pak's "Batman/Superman" #2 drawn by Jae Lee

Credit: DC Comics

It's about time: WB announces Superman/Batman film at Comic-Con

Plus: Vote on who you think should play the Dark Knight this time around

First reported in the LA Times this morning and confirmed at Warner Bros. Pictures' Comic-Con panel shortly thereafter, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight are finally going to share the big screen together in 2015.

"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder, (executive) producer Christopher Nolan and writer David Goyer are reuniting on the sequel to this summer's Superman reboot, which will introduce the Caped Crusader to the newly established DC Universe on film. And all I can really say is…it's about time.

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