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Beleaguered Harvey Weinstein Likely to Fall From Awards Season Throne

Beleaguered Harvey Weinstein Likely to Fall From Awards Season Throne
As storm clouds gather around movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in the wake of an explosive New York Times report with allegations of sexual harassment and other misbehavior, his company’s Oscar season hopefuls are staring down an unsure future.

Frankly, though, this year’s potential contenders — “The Current War” and “Wind River” — were already facing an uphill battle. Unlike previous years when the Weinstein Co. and Miramax juggled numerous strong awards contenders, mounting expensive, competitive campaigns and lavish Oscar and Golden Globes parties, the company’s financial woes have resulted in pared-back awards spending.

Weinstein’s awards season presence is often felt beyond his on-screen contenders. He holds an annual pre-Oscars bash at the Montage Beverly Hills, where illuminaries like Oprah Winfrey and business leaders like Amazon chief Jeff Bezos have been guests. Last February, Beyonce, Jay-z, and Lin-Manuel Miranda attended the soiree.

He also partners with Netflix every year for a well-attended Golden Globes after-party at
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Toronto: 'The Upside,' Starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, Could Be Golden Globes Contender

Toronto: 'The Upside,' Starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, Could Be Golden Globes Contender
Six years after The Intouchables, a French buddy comedy based on a true story, broke out and became a hit around the world, The Weinstein Co. unveiled its American remake at the Toronto International Film Festival. Neil Burger's The Upside, which pairs Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart as a paralyzed white billionaire and the black ex-con whom he hires to be his caretaker, had its world premiere last Sept. 8 at Roy Thomson Hall, and was greeted with a lot of laughs and a hearty ovation. 

The French version not only made a fortune, but also was France's entry in...
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Gotham Awards to Honor Nicole Kidman, Cinematographer Ed Lachman

Gotham Awards to Honor Nicole Kidman, Cinematographer Ed Lachman
Nicole Kidman and cinematographer Edward Lachman have joined the roster of industry figures to be honored with tributes at the 2017 Gotham Awards, Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual ceremony focused on indie film.

Kidman will receive the evening’s actress tribute for a career that launched with Philip Noyce’s 1989 thriller “Dead Calm” and has included films “The Others,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “The Hours” (which won her an Oscar) and “Rabbit Hole.” She’s currently up for an Emmy for her performance in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and is currently appearing in the new season of “Top of the Lake”; her upcoming bigscreen work includes Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” and Neil Burger’s “The Upside” (which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival).

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Lachman wins the cinematography tribute for a long list of credits that includes films with
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'The Upside': Film Review | Tiff 2017

There’s an upside and a downside to The Weinstein Company’s remake of the Gallic smash comedy The Intouchables, which, following its release in 2011, went on to become one of the most profitable French-language films in the history of cinema.

On the upside, the pairing of Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in the lead roles pays off big time, with more laugh-out-loud moments than the original and some particularly hilarious work from Hart, who steps up his game after his fun if broad-minded performances in Get Hard and the Ride Along movies.

On the downside, director Neil Burger (Limitless, Divergent)...
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Weinstein Says Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Comedy ‘The Upside’ Will Definitely Qualify For Oscars — Toronto

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Weinstein Says Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Comedy ‘The Upside’ Will Definitely Qualify For Oscars — Toronto
Harvey Weinstein was back in Oscar season fighting form last night after the rousing World Premiere of The Upside, Neil Burger’s English-language remake of the French smash hit The Intouchables. Bryan Cranston stars as the wealthy, paralyzed man who hires streetwise Kevin Hart, much to the distress of his top executive played by Nicole Kidman. Originally this was on the release schedule for March 9, the Friday following the Oscars. Now it seems Oscar campaign king…
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Upside’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Upside’
Five years after the French comedy-drama “The Intouchables” became an international sensation, including a healthy $13 million theatrical return and the remake rights for the Weinstein Company, the Weinsteins have dipped back into the well with “The Upside,” an Americanization that accepts the original’s crowd-pleasing formula as holy writ. That means all the flaws of the original film are present — the lurching swings between irreverence and sentimentality, a reliance on stereotypes, and racial politics that could charitably be described as “quaint” — but two strong lead performances go some distance toward alleviating them. As a rich quadriplegic and a parolee hired to be his unlikely caretaker, respectively, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart have a relaxed comedic chemistry that may not validate the film’s sickly-sweet bromance, but does make it go down easy. There’s no reason to believe worldwide audiences won’t open up their wallets a second time.

Even so, “The Upside
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Livestream: Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston Bring ‘The Upside’ To Tiff

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The Upside” will have its world premiere on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is an American comedy drama based on a true story, directed by Neil Burger. The remake of “The Intouchables” chronicles an unexpected friendship between Bryan Cranston’s character, a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after an accident, and Kevin […]
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Bryan Cranston Enters Oscar Race with New York Film Festival Opener ‘Last Flag Flying’

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Bryan Cranston Enters Oscar Race with New York Film Festival Opener ‘Last Flag Flying’
Bryan Cranston’s post-“Breaking Bad” career has taken him from Lbj on Broadway and television (“All the Way”) to James Franco movies (“In Dubious Battle,” “Why Him?,” “The Disaster Artist”) to indie flicks (“The Infiltrator” and “Wakefield”). However, he may have finally found the lead role that will land him his second Oscar nomination after “Trumbo.”

Word is, Cranston delivers in “Boyhood” writer-director Richard Linklater’s September 28 New York Film Festival opener, the road trip drama “Last Flag Flying” (November 3, Amazon). Adapted from the 2005 Darryl Ponicsan novel, Cranston plays one of three Vietnam Navy veterans who reunite to bury one of their sons, an Iraq soldier. Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne costar.

A sort of “spiritual sequel” to Hal Ashby’s 1973 film “The Last Detail,” which starred Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young in an adaptation of Ponicsan’s novel, that film followed two Navy sailors who show
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Bryan Cranston Enters Oscar Race with New York Film Festival Opener ‘Last Flag Flying’

Bryan Cranston Enters Oscar Race with New York Film Festival Opener ‘Last Flag Flying’
Bryan Cranston’s post-“Breaking Bad” career has taken him from Lbj on Broadway and television (“All the Way”) to James Franco movies (“In Dubious Battle,” “Why Him?,” “The Disaster Artist”) to indie flicks (“The Infiltrator” and “Wakefield”). However, he may have finally found the lead role that will land him his second Oscar nomination after “Trumbo.”

Word is, Cranston delivers in “Boyhood” writer-director Richard Linklater’s September 28 New York Film Festival opener, the road trip drama “Last Flag Flying” (November 3, Amazon). Adapted from the 2005 Darryl Ponicsan novel, Cranston plays one of three Vietnam Navy veterans who reunite to bury one of their sons, an Iraq soldier. Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne costar.

A sort of “spiritual sequel” to Hal Ashby’s 1973 film “The Last Detail,” which starred Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young in an adaptation of Ponicsan’s novel, that film followed two Navy sailors who show
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Tiff 2017. Lineup

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ThelmaA selection of films from the 2017 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with new films by Sebastián Lelio, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Darren Aronofsky, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo Del Toro, Joachim Trier, Wim Wenders, and many more.Special PRESENTATIONSOpening Night: Ladybird (Greta Gerwig)Closing Night: Sheikh Jackson (Amr Salama)Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton)Bpm (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)The Brawler (Anurag Kashyap)The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)Catch the Wind (Gaël Morel)The Children Act (Richard Eyre)The Current War (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio)First They Killed My Father (Angelina Jolie)The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois)Hostiles (Scott Cooper)The Hungry (Bornila Chatterjee)I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie)Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)Novitiate (Maggie Betts)Omerta (Hansal Mehta)Plonger (Mélanie Laurent)The Price of Success (Teddy Lussi-Modeste)Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
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Starz May Resurrect ‘Divergent’ Franchise with ‘Ascendant’ TV Series

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The Divergent movie franchise may get its conclusion after all. Lionsgate and Summit’s adaptation of the Ya book trilogy by Veronica Roth was envisioned as the next Hunger Games when it kicked off in 2014 with Oscar nominee Shailene Woodley in the lead role. The first film failed to capture Hunger Games numbers at the box office, but $288.9 million wasn’t exactly a disaster so Lionsgate and Summit trucked on with the sequel Insurgent, which saw new director Robert Schwentke (Red) take over the franchise from Neil Burger. That movie scored marginally more at the box office …
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Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart’s ‘Intouchables’ Remake Titled ‘The Upside’

Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart’s ‘Intouchables’ Remake Titled ‘The Upside’
The Weinstein Company has chosen “The Upside” as the title for its remake of “The Intouchables,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

Nicole Kidman also stars along with Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King. Producers are Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, and Harvey Weinstein.

Filming took place in Philadelphia and New York in March. Neil Burger directed from a script by Jon Hartmere.

“The Upside” will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September in the Gala Presentations and will hit theaters nationwide on March 9.

“The film is about two people giving life a second chance and learning to connect through small acts of respect and compassion,” Burger said. “We’re all very proud of the movie and especially the performances of these two brilliant actors who have amazing chemistry together. The whole team behind the film is incredibly eager for audiences to experience this very funny, heart-felt story.
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Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston 'Intouchables' Remake Gets a Title

Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston 'Intouchables' Remake Gets a Title
The Weinstein Co's English-language remake of French film The Intouchables has gotten a new title.

The Upside stars Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart as a millionaire quadriplegic and his caretaker. The Neil Burger-directed movie keeps its March 9 release date, where it will open opposite Disney/Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time.

Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King also star in the dramedy, which was produced by Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Harvey Weinstein.

The Intouchables was an international success in 2012, when it grossed more than $400 million at the worldwide box office.

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Match Factory picks up Anup Singh's 'The Song Of Scorpions'

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Match Factory picks up Anup Singh's 'The Song Of Scorpions'
Exclusive: Rajasthan-set drama will receive its world premiere at the upcoming Locarno film festival.

The Match Factory has picked up international rights to Anup Singh’s third film, The Song Of Scorpions, which will receive its world premiere in a Piazza Grande screening at the upcoming Locarno film festival.

Starring Golshifteh Farahani and Irrfan Khan, the film follows a carefree, independent tribal woman who is learning the ancient art of healing from her grandmother, a revered scorpion-singer.

A camel trader in the Rajasthan desert hears her sing and falls in love, but before they get to know each other, she is poisoned by a treachery that sets her on a perilous journey to avenge herself and find her song.

Produced by Swiss production company Feather Light Films, founded by Saskia Vischer and Shahaf Peled, and Michel Merkt’s Monaco-based Knm, the Swiss-French-Singapore co-production also stars Waheeda Rehman, Shashank Arora and Tillotama Shome.

It was produced
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Toronto ‘17: Galas and Special Presentations

Toronto ‘17: Galas and Special Presentations
Of the 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 25 World Premieres, eight International Premieres, six North American Premieres, and eight Canadian Premieres, including works from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, Egypt, and Cambodia.

This year, Tiff offers a refreshed, more tightly curated Festival, with a renewed commitment to bold, director-driven programming, continued support of female filmmakers, and enough star power to fuel 400,000 festival-goers.

Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven starring Haile Berry

Today’s announcement cements that the future is female (and so is Tiff’s programming), with Gala films from emerging and established filmmakers that include Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, whose 2015 Festival feature Mustang earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film; Mary Shelley by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female Saudi director; Dee ReesMudbound, an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s novel about racial tensions
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Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and More! See the Stars Heading to Toronto Film Festival

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Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and More! See the Stars Heading to Toronto Film Festival
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival features one star-studded lineup!

On Tuesday, the prestigious festival unveiled its first slate of films for this year’s September 7 to 17 event, including movies directed by Angelina Jolie and George Clooney.

Jolie’s First They Killed My Father is set to hit the festival, a few months after the passion project about the Khmer Rouge genocide premiered in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Meanwhile, Clooney’s comedy Suburbicon will show along with Darren Aronofsky‘s Mother! (which stars his girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence).

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Toronto Film Festival lineup includes “Downsizing”, “mother!”, and “Suburbicon”

Earlier today, the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its lineup, bringing to the forefront a number of potential Academy Award contenders for this year. Toronto often launches a fair amount of awards players into the mix, so the expectation is that the same will be the case here. Tiff has quite the slate planned, with more to come, as this was just the first wave. Everything announced so far will be at the end of this piece, but first I do want to call out some of the possible prestige projects already set for the fest. From there, we’ll move on to the complete list. You’ll see the lineup below, but first, a quick mention of some of the potentially Oscar friendly titles in the mix. They include Battle of the Sexes from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Bpm (Beats Per Minute) from Robin Campillo, Call Me By Your Name from Luca Guadagnino,
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Tiff 2017: 'Kings', 'Stronger', 'mother!' among line-up

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Tiff 2017: 'Kings', 'Stronger', 'mother!' among line-up
Update: Tiff unveils Galas, Special Presentations selections.

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang follow-up Kings (above), David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon drama Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and Darren Aronofsky’s mother! with Jenifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are among the initial wave of Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) picks announced on Tuesday.

Kings ia a world premiere, alongside many others (see below) including Hany Abu-Assad’s plane crash survivor drama The Mountain Between Us with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, Wim Wender’s romantic thriller Submergence with Alicia Wikander and James McAvoy, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s immigration drama A Season In France, and two from The Weinstein Company: The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, and Nicholas Hoult, and Neil Burger’s Intouchables remake starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and [link=nm
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Tiff 2017: 'Darkest Hour', 'Kings', 'mother!' among line-up

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Tiff 2017: 'Darkest Hour', 'Kings', 'mother!' among line-up
Update: Tiff unveils Galas, Special Presentations selections.

Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour (above) starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang follow-up Kings, and Darren Aronofsky’s mother! with Jenifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are among the initial wave of Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) picks announced on Tuesday.

Toronto promgrammers updated the premiere status of each film announced in Galas and Special Presentations on Tuesday morning. Darkest Hour is a Canadian premiere, suggesting Telluride and possibly Venice berths, while mother! is a North American premiere, which indicates a world premiere slot in Venice.

Kings ia a world premiere, alongside many others (see below) including Hany Abu-Assad’s plane crash survivor drama The Mountain Between Us with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon drama Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, Wim Wender’s romantic thriller Submergence with Alicia Wikander and James McAvoy, [link
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Tiff 2017 Lineup Includes ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘mother!,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and More

Even though Toronto International Film Festival have reduced their lineup by around 20% when compared to past years, there’s no shortage of high-profile premieres and potential discoveries. Ahead of the festival, which runs from September 7 through 17, they’ve now unveiled the first look at their lineup, including Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, George Clooney’s Suburbicon, Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird (opening the festival), Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, and many more.

There’s also past festival favorites, including Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square, The Rider, Mudbound, and more. Other highly-anticipated projects include Joachim Trier’s Thelma, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience (whose A Fantastic Woman is also in the lineup), the Jessica Chastain-led Woman Walks Ahead,
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