The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival has added even more buzzy, star-studded projects to its lineup.
TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday that Kristen Stewart vehicle “On the Road,” Spike Lee’s documentary about Michael Jackson titled “Bad 25,” and Brian De Palma’s erotic thriller “Passion” (which stars Rachel McAdams, who also stars in Terrence Malick’s newest film “To The Wonder,” also playing at the festival) will be screened at the festival.
In addition to three new galas for 2012, as well as Contemporary World Cinema, Future Projections and Wavelengths sections, it was also announced that early Oscar contender Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and Lee Daniels’ latest project “The Paperboy” (yes, that one with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron) were now officially part of the special presentations lineup.
Also on the docket is Nick Cassavetes’ drug drama “Yellow” starring Sienna Miller, romantic dramedy “Love is All You Need” with Pierce Brosnan, and the latest from James Franco (“Spring Breakers”), Colin Firth (“Arthur Newman”), and Tommy Lee Jones (“The Emporer”). Paul Andrew Williams’ charmer “Song for Marion,” starring Terrence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, has been named the festival’s closing-night film.
This year’s festival lineup includes some of this year’s most anticipated films, among the lot includes Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” “Silver Linings Playbook” with Jennifer Lawrence, and the festival’s kick-off, the action thriller “Looper” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.
The 2012 Toronto Film Festival kicks off on September 6 and runs through September 16. See the full list of films scheduled for TIFF here. [Source]
Zac Efron is the baby-faced star of “High School Musical,” admittedly he did drop a condom on the red carpet earlier this year, but you can’t imagine that he overdoes it on the partying front. But a report has claimed that he’s fired his management team over his hardcore partying antics and alleged poor behaviour, to avoid an intervention.
The actor has been accused of being unprofessional in recent months smelling of booze and cigarettes and in an alleged move to avoid getting into trouble, Zac was accused of sacking his management team by Star magazine.
Now Zac’s rep has responded to the claims by telling Gossip Cop that the claims were “not true at all.”
They also added: “He has been with the same agent/manager forever.”
In Star’s report, their source said: “Zac was showing up for meetings stinking of beer and cigarettes, and his team got so worried that they were going to intervene. But Zac found out about it and got rid of them first. He’s not worried about his image, and he’s having fun. As far as he’s concerned, everything is more than OK.” [Source]
Heading into its 43rd season, which starts Sept. 24, “Sesame Street” continues its long-running tradition of high wattage stars stopping by to mix it up with the cast of muppets. This year movie stars Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Amy Ryan, Steve Carell, Zac Efron, Casey Affleck, Paula Patton, and Melissa McCarthy are on the list, as are acclaimed TV stars Jon Hamm, Eric Stonestreet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Hyde Pierce, Timothy Olyphant, Maya Rudolph, Ed Helms, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Joining the fun are NBA Slam Dunk Champion Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Dodger’s Matt Kemp, Extra’s Mario Lopez, talk show host Wendy Williams, singer Colbie Caillat, rock band Train, rapper/musician Common, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
This season the “Street” will also have new pop-culture spoofs like “The Voice,” in which three judges are searching for “the voice,” but keep mistaking it for sounds made by other parts of the body; “Upside Downton Abbey,” in which everything in Upside Downton Abbey keeps falling to the ceiling; “Eye of the Potato,” a parody of the song “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor in which Telly trains Elmo to become a hot potato champion; and “Five By,” a parody of the song “Drive By” in which rock band Train, Elmo and The Count sing about finding the right amount.
There’ll also be a new segment called “Elmo: The Musical,” 11-minute math-filled episodes that invites kids to sing, dance, play and imagine along with Elmo. It will replace the “Elmo’s World” segment but Mr. Noodle, Dorothy, and all the “Elmo’s World” characters will still be around in repeat episodes.
Grover and Abby Cadabby get their turn as well, with new “Super Grover 2.0” segments and new “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” animations. [Source]
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American and Eastern European rights, excluding CIS and Russia, to Ramin Bahrani’s family drama “At Any Price.”
Black Bear Pictures and TreeHouse Pictures financed “Price,” which is in competition in Venice and will be a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Venice showing will be the world premiere for “At Any Price.”
Bahrani directed and co-wrote the film with Hallie Elizabeth Newton. It stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham.
The film was produced by Pamela Koffler, Teddy Schwarzman, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen, Christine Vachon, and Bahrani. Ron Curtis, Mo Al Turki, Eric Nyari and Brian Young exec produce.
Story centers on a young man, played by Efron, who wants to pursue his dream of becoming a pro race car driver, while his ambitious father (Quaid) has alienated the whole family and set his sights on his son’s succession. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected situation that threatens the family’s livelihood.
Bahrani’s credits include “Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop” and “Goodbye Solo.”
The Sony Classics deal was negotiated with CAA on behalf of the film. Exclusive Media aquired international rights to “At Any Price” during Cannes. [Source]
The fact that Zac Efron slow dances with Nicole Kidman in a pair of tighty-whities should not be the main takeaway from the trailer for “The Paperboy,” the new drama from “Precious” director Lee Daniels, but we’re only human. When a shaggy, ’60s-era Zefron wears short plaid shorts (or none at all), we notice.
The film, which debuted at Cannes, features Kidman as a Southern woman who falls in love with a convicted murderer (John Cusack), and turns to a young reporter (Efron) to help exonerate her possibly homicidal husband-to-be – whom she’s never met.
“The Paperboy” premiered to mixed reviews, with many critics predicting it’ll either bomb or become a camp classic. It also made headlines for the fact that Kidman’s character pees on Efron’s at one point during the film.