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'Waves,' Michael B. Jordan Talk Added to London Film Festival Lineup

'Waves,' Michael B. Jordan Talk Added to London Film Festival Lineup
The 63rd BFI London Film Festival, which kicks off Oct. 2, has added a number of late additions to its lineup. 

Edward Shults' Waves, getting some major buzz following its premiere in Telluride, is to have its European premiere in London, alongside Destin Daniel Cretton's death row drama Just Mercy; Kasi Lemmons' Harriet Tubman biopic, Harriet; Gabriela Cowperthwaite's emotional study of love, The Friend; and the U.K. premiere of Olivier Assayas' Venice-bowing Wasp Network. 

Elsewhere, Just Mercy star Michael B. Jordan and Celine Sciamma, director of Cannes hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire, have both been added to the ...
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What ‘Bad Education’ Taught Us About the Slow Toronto Film Festival Market

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What ‘Bad Education’ Taught Us About the Slow Toronto Film Festival Market
Bad Education,” a dramedy starring Hugh Jackman as the embezzling superintendent of district of schools in Long Island, N.Y., was set to be this year’s “I, Tonya.” The movie has the same biting tone, shifting between comedy and tragedy. It received strong reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival. And like “I, Tonya,” it even co-stars Allison Janney, this time playing a corrupt school administrator instead of the heartless matriarch to Tonya Harding.

But while “I, Tonya” soared out of Toronto two years ago, landing a fast distribution deal with Neon to the tune of $5 million, “Bad Education” has yet to stick the same landing. The movie debuted at Tiff on Sept. 8 to a jam-packed Sunday screening, running up against showings of high-profile films such as “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” with Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers; “Hustlers,” carried by Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez; and “Jojo Rabbit,
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Toronto Film Festival: Where Were All the Big Sales?

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Toronto Film Festival: Where Were All the Big Sales?
Although agents and buyers were gearing up for what they called a healthy acquisitions market leading up to this year’s Toronto Film Festival, the annual event wrapped on Sunday with relatively few big sales — and many filmmakers still scrambling to find distribution for projects with A-list talent. By midday Monday, hot sales titles like Dakota Johnson and Jason Segel’s “The Friend,” Hugh Jackman’s “Bad Education” and Daniel Radcliffe’s “Guns Akimbo” still hadn’t sold. But according to multiple insiders, that’s not because the quality of the product on offer. After this year’s Sundance, where a handful titles were sold for eight-figure prices only to fizzle out at the indie box office, filmmakers and distributors are taking their time to make sure the deal is beneficial on both sides, one insider told TheWrap. “The pacing of Toronto is different than Sundance,” another insider said. “There
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What did Us buyers make of this year’s Tiff?

Challenging Us distribution sector meant buyers were particularly cautious.

A treacherous summer at the independent box office underscored by several misfire acquisitions from Sundance slowed on-site deals to a crawl during Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), although the days and weeks ahead tend to be when business kicks in.

With the festival now over, the major festival acquisitions were: Netflix for most of the world on Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s high-concept Spanish Midnight Madness breakout The Platform; Amazon Studios for Us rights on Darius Marder’s Platform entry Sound Of Metal, and the world on Andrew Patterson’s Midnight Madness sci-fi
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10 Biggest Winners and Losers at the Toronto Film Festival

  • Variety
The Toronto Film Festival used to be an all-night event. Agents and producers would unveil their latest masterpieces, and then wait for the bids to come rolling in through sunrise. But the movie business has changed dramatically in the last five years. Many studios, burnt by costly acquisitions, are exercising more restraint at film festivals, opting to produce their indies internally.

And Toronto’s standing has changed too, as Telluride and Venice have eclipsed its position as the first stop on the awards season trail. Instead, rather than being a festival of discoveries, Toronto has become a destination to binge watch the latest fall movies that are about to explode. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and many movies got a boost from screening in Canada. But it does mean that if you’re premiering a movie at the festival, it’s much harder to get noticed.

Here are
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Dakota Johnson Finds A Life-Altering ‘Friend’

After finishing the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Dakota Johnson’s role choices have gotten considerably more serious. Her latest? Playing a woman on the brink of death in The Friend. Based on a real-life story that appeared in Esquire magazine, the film is about Matthew and Nicole Teague. As Nicole’s cancer goes terminal, the couple’s [...]

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At Tiff, Small Movies Rule a Marketplace That’s Reluctant to Take Risks

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At Tiff, Small Movies Rule a Marketplace That’s Reluctant to Take Risks
Box office is down. Streaming services aren’t yet willing to take center stage. What does a mid-range festival acquisition have to do to get a little attention around here?

As the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival nears its midpoint, the success stories so far lie in the small buys of foreign-language films and titles designed for limited releases. Kino Lorber bought Italian historical drama “Martin Eden” and “Beanpole,” the sophomore feature from Russian director Kantemir Balagov, while Greenwich Entertainment bought the rights for French director Quentin Dupieux’s “Deerskin.”

And on the festival’s first day, IFC and Magnolia Pictures respectively announced acquisitions of Australian folk epic “True History of the Kelly Gang” and the documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band.”

For films with broader theatrical ambitions, the action has been more limited. Fox Searchlight acquired North American rights to Armando Iannuci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield
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Tiff deals start as ‘Two Of Us’, ‘Military Wives’ find Us homes

Buyers circling Bad Education, The Platform, The Friend.

Two on-site deals have breathed life into a typically slow start on the acquisitions front at Tiff as Magnolia Pictures picked up North American rights to Tiff Discovery selection Two Of Us, while Bleecker Street acquired the Us for Military Wives.

Two Of Us premiered on Saturday and Magnolia closed the deal on Monday (9). France-based Italian filmmaker Filippo Meneghetti’s feature directorial debut follows two older women played by Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier who live across the hall from each other in the same apartment building but have kept their romance hidden for decades.
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Toronto market primed for surge after quiet first week

Toronto market primed for surge after quiet first week
Bad Education’ starring Hugh Jackman, ’The Friend’ and ’Human Capital’ are generating buzz.

Heading into at the end of the first Tiff weekend with no major on-site deals in the bag, buyers were hopeful Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney in Cory Finley’s school embezzlement comedy drama Bad Education would inject life into a quiet market.

Endeavor Content represents the world and jointly handles the Us with CAA. At time of writing, acquisitions teams were circling Gabriela Coperthwaite’s cancer drama The Friend, which Stx International and Endeavor Content represent, UTA Independent Film Group was fielding interest in Marc Meyers’ hit-and-run drama Human Capital,
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Tiff deals trickle in as ‘Two Of Us’, ‘Military Wives’ find Us homes

Buyers circling Bad Education, The Platform, The Friend.

Two on-site deals have breathed life into a typically slow start on the acquisitions front at Tiff as Magnolia Pictures picked up North American rights to Discovery selection Two Of Us, while Bleecker Street acquired the Us for Special Presentations entry Military Wives.

Two Of Us premiered on Saturday and Magnolia closed the deal on Monday (9). France-based Italian filmmaker Filippo Meneghetti’s feature directorial debut follows two older women played by Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier who live across the hall from each other in the same apartment building but have kept their romance hidden for decades.
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‘The Friend’ Review: Gabriela Cowperthwaite (2019) [Tiff]

A trio of Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, and particularly Jason Segel drop career-best performances in this character-driven drama about life-long friendship, an entertaining though thoroughly heartbreaking affair focusing on a mother of two who is terminally ill with cancer and the people around her as she comes to the end of her life.

Courtesy Of Tiff

We meet Johnson’s Nicole when she has been told that she has less than six months to live. She has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is having a dialogue with her husband, Matt (Affleck), that it is time that they told their two children that she is dying and hasn’t got long left. As Nicole and Matt are talking from the bedroom, the camera cuts to Dane (Segal) who is singing to the two daughters Evie and Molly in the porch, clearly aware of what is about to happen as the
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Robert Plant Allows Indie Film ‘The Friend’ to Use Led Zeppelin Songs

Robert Plant Allows Indie Film ‘The Friend’ to Use Led Zeppelin Songs
Robert Plant was reportedly so moved by the upcoming indie film The Friend, the singer allowed for two Led Zeppelin songs to appear in the movie.

Filmmakers usually face a steep fee when they endeavor to include Led Zeppelin’s music in a movie. Considering The Friend was made on a $10 million budget, it’s unlikely director Gabriela Cowperthwaite could afford to put one of the band’s songs in the film, let alone two; Deadline reported that, under normal circumstances, the Zeppelin songs would have cost a third of The Friend‘s budget.
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The Friend Tiff Premiere: Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel & more on the inspiring new drama

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We present our interviews from the Tiff premiere of The Friend which stars Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, and ‘Brienne of Tarth’ Gwendoline Christie. It was directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite from a script by Brad Ingelsby.

The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and those attending were Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, Gwendoline Christie. The film also stars Cherry Jones, Ahna O’Reilly, Reed Diamond, Violet McGraw and Azita Ghanizada.

Synopsis:

After learning that his terminally ill wife has six months to live, a man welcomes the support of his best friend who moves into their home to help out. His impact on the whole family is much greater than anyone could have imagined.

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How Dakota Johnson Avoided Typecasting After ‘Fifty Shades of Grey': ‘There Weren’t a Lot of Big, Naked Franchises’ (Video)

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How Dakota Johnson Avoided Typecasting After ‘Fifty Shades of Grey': ‘There Weren’t a Lot of Big, Naked Franchises’ (Video)
Since breaking out as a movie star in the steamy big screen adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Dakota Johnson has managed to navigate Hollywood through a series of daring indies and projects with auteur directors, while avoiding roles similar to that R-rated sexcapade.

No role has been more different from Anastasia in “Fifty Shades” than the one in her latest film, “The Friend,” which made its premiere Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival. In “The Friend,” Johnson plays a woman who receives a terminal cancer diagnosis and is told she has only a few months to live.

When asked if she found that she was getting offered the same sort of sexy role following the success of the high-profile “Fifty Shades” franchise — as it often happens with many young actresses of a certain age — Johnson explained why that didn’t happen.

“Not really, no. There’s not a lot like those movies.
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The Friend review – standard-issue cancer drama jerks no tears

Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck play a couple dealing with cancer with help from a friend in a meandering fact-based drama

There’s a telling moment in the third act of The Friend, a drama of terminal illness, where Dakota Johnson’s character, nearing the end of her life, looks in the mirror and tells her husband, played by Casey Affleck, that she looks ugly. She bemoans the fact that people can no longer look at her and he provides reassurance, telling her she looks as beautiful as ever. It’s a sweet scene on paper but in the Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s fact-based yet sanitised film, it doesn’t ring true. Johnson, at her movie worst, is still supernaturally beautiful with clear skin and a cute pixie cut and the moment showcases one of the film’s biggest failings: an unwillingness to show just how horrifying cancer can be.
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TIFF 2019: Every Movie Sold So Far, From ‘Dads’ to ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ (Updating)

  • The Wrap
TIFF 2019: Every Movie Sold So Far, From ‘Dads’ to ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ (Updating)
Although many of the showcased films at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival already have distribution, buyers are clawing at the projects up for sale, and snapping up what’s left quicker than you can say Momofuku Noodle Bar.

On Friday, Bryce Dallas Howard’s documentary “Dads” sold to Apple TV Plus, which was the streamer’s first acquisition at the festival. IFC picked up Russell Crowe’s “The True History of the Kelly Gang” on Thursday. And we’re just getting started.

Ahead of the festival, many sales agents told TheWrap that they were bracing for the impact of the streaming companies, but said this year’s market was “healthy” and “robust.“

“It’s going to be an even playing field,” Kristen Konvitz, an agent in the international and independent film group at ICM Partners, said. “There
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Led Zeppelin Was So Moved by ‘The Friend,’ the Band Cut a Rare Deal to Include Its Songs in the Film

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In real life, one of Nicole Teague’s favorite bands was Led Zeppelin. But “The Friend,” an adaptation of her last years battling terminal ovarian cancer alongside her loved ones, almost didn’t include a single song by the legendary rock band and only got final clearance to do so a week before the film’s Toronto premiere.

The Gabriela Cowperthwaite-directed tearjerker premiered Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival with two Zeppelin songs: “Ramble On” and “Going to California.” The music plays an important role in the narrative and development of central characters Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and Dane (Jason Segel).

Cowperthwaite’s cut of the film included the songs, but producers knew it would be all but impossible to get the rights for the big-ticket tracks given the film’s $10 million budget. So Ridley Scott, whose Scott Free produced the film with Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures,
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‘The Friend’: An Affecting Look At Love, Cancer & Heartbreaking Limits Of Devotion [Tiff Review]

Gabriela Cowperthwaite makes movies about true stories, at once unbelievable and unforgettable in the gaping depth of their emotion. After the 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” which exposed the violent injustice inflicted on a captive orca at SeaWorld, came the filmmaker’s feature debut “Megan Leavey” in 2017, retelling the relationship between Corporal Megan Leavey and military working dog Rex. For her sophomore feature “The Friend,” Cowperthwaite builds on Matthew Teague’s 2015 Esquire article of the same name, in which the author recounts the last two years of his wife Nicole’s life following her terminal cancer diagnosis.

Continue reading ‘The Friend’: An Affecting Look At Love, Cancer & Heartbreaking Limits Of Devotion [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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‘The Friend’ Review: Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson Lead Honest But Messy True-Life Tearjerker

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‘The Friend’ Review: Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson Lead Honest But Messy True-Life Tearjerker
Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “The Friend,” , starts with its most cogent and powerful scene. Dane — a kind, soft, Totoro of a man played by the always sincere Jason Segel — sits on the porch of a midwestern home and plays a game with two young girls. Inside the house, their parents use the calculated moment of calm to strategize. Matthew Teague (Casey Affleck) sits alone in the frame, stares into the middle distance, and games out how to tell his daughters that their mother is dying.

There are some phrases he’s been advised not to use; things that might leave the door open for hope. Don’t say “mom’s going on a trip.” When Matthew leaves to get everyone, Cowperthwaite cuts to the cancer-stricken Nicole (Dakota Johnson). The camera lingers on her for what feels like an eternity; a tender irony for someone who’s about to tell her kids
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Friend’

  • Variety
Love is patient; love is kind. That much you’ve heard before. But death … Death is a nasty son a gun. Death is ugly; it stinks; it takes no prisoners and permanently scars all who witness it. Matthew Teague’s “The Friend: Love Is Not a Big Enough Word” tells the story of both those abstract concepts — love and death — through wrenching anecdotal experience.

Teague’s wife Nicole died of cancer at age 34, and their best friend Dane stood by the family through the worst of it. When Nicole’s hair started falling out, he shaved his in solidarity. When Matt collapsed on the hospital floor after getting the terminal diagnosis, it was Dane who picked him up. And when the couple’s dog had to be put down on Christmas — because the poor animal had cancer too — Dane took care of it.

All these details and more make up a devastating essay,
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