<p>&quot;Nightcrawler&quot;</p>

"Nightcrawler"

Credit: Open Road Films

Jake Gyllenhaal prowls the streets of Los Angeles in 'Nightcrawler' trailer

The film will play Toronto in September ahead of an October release

Man, I am out-of-control jazzed for Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler." In the space of a week, it's gone from a minor curiosity (I've been intrigued by the premise all along) to one of my most anticipated films of the fall. And on the heels of that clever viral video that went out last weekend, the trailer for the Toronto-bound Jake Gyllenhaal film has brought me right up to the brink: I want to see this NOW.

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Toronto lineup pics starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Kate Winslet and more
Credit: TIFF.com

Toronto lineup pics starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Kate Winslet and more

Also: New films from Chris Evans, Keira Knightley, Al Pacino and Aubrey Plaza

The upcoming 2014 Toronto Film Festival has unveiled a starry slate of films hoping to make their way into the Oscar race this year.

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<p>&quot;My Old Lady&quot;</p>

"My Old Lady"

Credit: Cohen Media Group

Check out the trailers for these newly announced Toronto selections

Could Maggie Smith be an Oscar play?

With the announcement of initial selections for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival this morning, there is plenty of parsing that can be done vis a vis what's going to Telluride and what's going to Venice. But seeing as the latter will have its own announcement on Thursday and the former brings with it a guessing game that can go on for another couple weeks, let's just focus on the Canadian fest's offerings, shall we?

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'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres

'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres

Lots of big stars headed to the Great White North once more

The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles.

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What films will screen or premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival?

What films will screen or premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival?

The Canadian filmmakers are easy to guess, but what about everyone else?

Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players.

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<p>&quot;Nightcrawler&quot;</p>

"Nightcrawler"

Credit: Open Road Films

Best Actor watch: Will 'Nightcrawler' be Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Taxi Driver?'

Louis Bloom looks for work in a new viral video

Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," which I'm guessing will be part of the Toronto Film Festival's announcement tomorrow morning, is really looking fascinating to me from afar. "A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism" is already an intriguing enough logline, but this could be a real coming out for actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

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<p>&quot;The Imitation Game&quot;</p>

"The Imitation Game"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the code in two trailers for WWII drama 'The Imitation Game'

Plus: The film will kick off the 2014 BFI London Film Festival

I'm very curious to see how The Weinstein Company's Oscar slate pans out. There's a lot of promise but who knows how the variables will come together. The line-up stretches from the high profile (Tim Burton's "Big Eyes") to the somewhat obscure (Saul Dibb's "Suite Française"). Somewhere in between is Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game," which has always struck me as perhaps the most likely to succeed, as it were.

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Iñárritu's 'Birdman' to close 2014 New York Film Festival
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Iñárritu's 'Birdman' to close 2014 New York Film Festival

The film looks set to dominate the fall festival season

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" as the closing night film of the 52nd annual New York Film Festival, rounding up a string of high profile announcements that have included David Fincher's "Gone Girl" as the fest's opening night gala and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" as the centerpiece.

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NYFF wins again as Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' snags centerpiece gala slot

NYFF wins again as Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' snags centerpiece gala slot

Second major get for the festival

Think you're all that Telluride? Feeling confident in your slate Venice? Fighting for your premiere life Toronto? Well, the New York Film Festival has no plans of sitting on the sidelines in the battle for major premieres this fall movie season. On Wednesday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center revealed that David Fincher's "Gone Girl" will open the festival on Sept. 26. Friday evening it was revealed that another highly anticipated film, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," will be the event's centerpiece gala.

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<p>Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie</p>

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

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Universal acquires Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' follow-up 'By the Sea,' with Brad Pitt

No details on the plot yet

It had already been announced that Angelina Jolie was prepping her "Unbroken" follow-up and that her beau, superstar Brad Pitt, would be starring. Naturally, every studio in town would have been champing at the bit to land this one, but it seems Jolie's experience with Universal has been pleasant enough that they'll be getting the goods, and not just domestically but worldwide.

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