After revealing the film as part of its official lineup of premieres on Tuesday, the Toronto Film Festival has waited until today to announce that "The Judge," starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, will serve as the event's opening night presentation on Sept. 4.
I can't offer extended "review" thoughts on Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" for another week yet, but I'm pretty sure I can comment on Chadwick Boseman's performance as The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. So let's do that…
The New York Film Festival scored a real coup in nabbing Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, "Inherent Vice," for a Centerpiece slot at the upcoming 52nd annual event. The film has been an early favorite among awards prognosticators as Anderson has found recent luck in the season, even when the odds seemed stacked against him (such as when "The Master" appeared to be a bit of a lost cause with the actors before going on to score three Oscar nominations). But the way I hear it, "Inherent Vice" is a very different Paul Thomas Anderson experience altogether. It is apparently a very faithful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel, which offers a zany blend of humor that could — I stress could — prove a tough sell to Academy types.
I don't know if you noticed but DC Comics (kind of arbitrarily) declared yesterday "Batman Day." There's nothing really noteworthy about July 23, but it was the opening day of Comic-Con in the year of Batman's 75th anniversary, so they went for it. And today, as part of the overall celebration, a new image of Ben Affleck from Zack Snyder's upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has been revealed.
SAN DIEGO — After many rumors and wild media speculation, "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey surprised Comic-Con's Hall H crowd by making their first appearances at the pop culture festival. And once they hit the stage, it seemed somewhat likely that a new trailer would be screened for the audience. More intriguingly, the duo provided more details on how the movie came to be and what to expect this November.
Sony Classics has another packed slate this season, but with all eyes on Cannes darlings "Foxcatcher" and "Mr. Turner," Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" is a lurking threat that could be a powerful little shock to the system.
"Magic in the Moonlight" isn't in theaters just yet, but Woody Allen is already hard at work on his next film, and Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley are the latest performers to join his ever-growing cast of characters.
With the first wave of festival announcements out of the way, it appears to me the sexiest get of them all is New York's opening night selection of David Fincher's "Gone Girl." Fincher has danced with the awards season with his last few films and this one is probably his most hotly anticipated effort in a while, given that it's an adaptation of an immensely popular novel.
Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world.
HOLLYWOOD — You might not have heard the name Nicole Perlman much as it pertains to Marvel properties, but she's a big reason why "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be making its way to theaters next weekend. She toiled away as a screenwriter for a few years after her days at NYU, cooking up projects with a science bent because that's where her passions lie — projects like "Challenger," a fascinating account of the investigation of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster written as a love letter to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Then, she made her way to the comic book giant under the company's now-defunct screenwriting program and plucked the intergalactic heroes from obscurity, setting them on a crash course for the silver screen.