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Romantic drama Bitter Harvest opens in the UK this Friday

This Friday sees the UK release of the romantic drama Bitter Harvest, a powerful story of love, honour and rebellion amid the brutal backdrop of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against the Ukraine during the 1930s.

Directed by George Mendeluk (Deck the Halls), Bitter Harvest sees Max Irons (The White Queen) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) leading the cast as the two young lovers at the centre of the epic story, that also includes Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan), Tamer Hassan (The Double) and Terence Stamp (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). Take a look at the synopsis and trailer below…

As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Max Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks) from the “Holodomor,” the death-by-starvation program which ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this tragic backdrop,
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Connie Britton Recruited To American Ultra

Though production is apparently already underway on Nima Nourizadeh’s next film – American Ultra – the cast is still being expanded, with the latest addition being Connie Britton.

The actress – who garnered numerous awards nominations for her performances in Nashville and American Horror Story – joins Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in this action-comedy, scripted by Max Landis (Chronicle). In the film, an aimless, small-town stoner (Eisenberg) is suddenly revealed to be a talented sleeper agent for a covert Government program, and must go on the run with his girlfriend (Stewart) when operatives are tasked with ‘cleaning house’, as the program is discontinued.

Connie Britton will play the creator of the program, in a role that was previously rumoured to have been circled by Uma Thurman. While she is best known for her work on the small-screen, this role will be her biggest, most high profile foray into movies yet.

The script,
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Belfast Film Festival, Bradford International Film Festival: this week's new film events

Belfast Film Festival | Bradford International Film Festival | Drive In Film Club | The Double Q+A

Belfast Film Festival

The new films at this eclectic festival encompass everything from an Icelandic human/equine romcom (Of Horses And Men to a Kristin Scott Thomas/Daniel Auteuil marriage drama (Before The Winter Chill) to a Liam Neeson-narrated doc on Northern Irish motorbike racing (Road) – not to mention a Siberian heist movie involving telekinetic dwarves (The Distance). There are cult screenings, social-outreach documentaries, films in choice venues (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou on the Belfast Barge), Dawn Of The Dead with a live score by giallo greats Goblin, and Mark Cousins and David Holmes sneaking a short snippet of their new film I Am Belfast.

Various venues, Thu to 5 Apr

Bradford International Film Festival

You want international? How about a British film about Chinese women in Dubai? Or a French study of
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Oren Moverman to Direct Richard Gere in 'Time Out of Mind' Project

More news about projects being sold at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. This one is a film titled Time Out of Mind, a rather intriguing title for a film that I wish was sci-fi, but alas is just a drama. Set to be directed by Oren Moverman (of The Messenger and Rampart, both with Woody Harrelson, previously) the film will star Richard Gere, who has been getting into more roles recently including The Double, Arbitrage, Movie 43, Henry & Me and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Qed is selling the international rights in Berlin, with Wme handling them in the Us, meaning they're looking to get this thing ready to film. Quoted commenting on the project, Richard Gere states: "Time Out of Mind has obsessed me for many years now. It is a profoundly human story that we are determined to make into a powerful film that speaks to everyone.
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Craig Roberts joins 22 Jump Street

In the latest bit of casting for the much anticipated sequel to 21 Jump Street - appropriately titled 22 Jump Street - it has been announced that Submarine star and one time Tracy Beaker goth Craig Roberts will join Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube in the college comedy.

Although it is presumed that Roberts will be in a supporting role, it's a treat to see a young and talented British actor breaking Hollywood at such an early age. Roberts has recently wrapped on his reunion with Richard Ayaode in The Double, and the Nicholas Stoller-directed Neighbors alongside Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.

22 Jump Street will open on 13th June 2014 and will find Jonah Hill (Superbad, Moneyball) and Channing Tatum (Side Effects, Magic Mike) returning as Jenko and Schmidt in order to infiltrate a college. Craig Roberts, Wyatt Russell and Ice Cube all support, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing once again.
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Ld enrols in Santa School

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Ld Entertainment has signed on to produce and finance Santa School.

Patrick Aiello, Ld Entertainment CEO Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon will produce the story of the search for a replacement for Father Christmas after the legend announces his retirement.

Karen Janszen wrote the screenplay. Aiello created the project and Jennifer Monroe and Patrick Raymond will oversee for Ld Entertainment.

“Patrick brings with him over 20 years of production experience and we are honoured that he brought Santa School to us,” said Liddell. “We are excited to be making a family film and feel lucky to be working with a seasoned talent like Karen.”

Aiello recently produced As Above, So Below for Legendary Pictures as well as The Double. Janszen wrote A Walk To Remember and Dolphin Tale, among others.
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Best of Toronto: Variety Critics Look Past the Oscar Hype

Best of Toronto: Variety Critics Look Past the Oscar Hype
Peter Debruge: Looking back on 11 days and several hundred movies, it’s somewhat disheartening to realize this is the year that Oscar hype all but overwhelmed the Toronto Film Festival. Things have been gradually building up to this, considering that the festival served to launch such best-picture winners as “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “Argo,” among others, but it’s unfortunate that this hollow chatter has taken the place of substantial conversation about the merits of the many films on offer, the vast majority of which were conceived with no designs on earning little gold statues.

There’s a silver lining for those who’ve been following from a distance all the buzz around such heftily financed pictures as “12 Years a Slave,” “August: Osage County,” “Rush,” “Gravity” and “Prisoners,” as well as the scrappy, super-indie “Dallas Buyers Club,” a movie no one wanted to make but
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'12 Years a Slave' to 'Gravity': Recapping 26 Reviews from the 2013 Toronto Film Festival

After nine days in Toronto for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, I finally arrived home in Seattle late in the evening on Friday, September 13, and have been trying to catch up ever since. I still have one review to write for Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, but managed to post 26 reviews from the festival and just below is a recap of all 26 with my teaser for each review, the grade and a few words to sort of put a capper on the festival as we now move full steam ahead into Oscar season. Speaking of Oscar season, following this recap I'm going to be going straight into work on updating my Oscar predictions. There is a lot of moving and shuffling that needs to be done after not only the Toronto, but Telluride and Venice Film Festivals and with the New York Film Festival right around the corner. Exciting times folks.
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What I Watched, What You Watched #209

Obviously I'm in Toronto and what I'm seeing you can track right here, but for those that don't want to click the link so far I've seen Don Jon, Blue is the Warmest Color, The Fifth Estate, The Invisible Woman, Tom at the Farm, Prisoners ,Parkland, The Railway Man, Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity. I've been able to review several of them already and plenty more reviews are on the way with Prisoners and Dallas Buyers Club reviews coming later today... depending on when you're reading this. As for what I'm watching today, that would be The Double, Can a Song Save Your Lifec, Philomena and Dom Hemingway in my only day here in Toronto with five movies and finding time to write all the reviews has become the hardest part. Luckily, things will begin to free up a little next week and hopefully I'll be caught up sooner rather than later.
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Graham’s Trailer Roundup!

Everyone loves movie trailers; we can’t get enough of them here in The City of Films. It’s an art form that stands alone from the film itself and has a remarkable power to move us. Trailers can give us chills, laughs, goose bumps and sometimes even anger us. We can’t always post them all, so here’s where we play catch up; it’s Graham’s Trailer Roundup!

This Roundup Includes: All Is Bright, Ass Backwards, Palo Alto, Salinger, The Double, The Young and Prodigious Spivet

Salinger

Synopsis: An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

Starring: Edward Norton, John Cusack, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny DeVito, Martin Sheen

Release: Limited release on September 13th

Trailer Analysis: This trailer certainly comes off as dramatic, all those sound bites and all. I have no idea what they are
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Film today: bio-packed

Your daily movie bulletin bringing you the lowdown on 6 September

This bulletin is coming to you from Canada, where the curtain has lately fallen on the opening night film at this year's Toronto film festival. It was The Fifth Estate, and you can read our review here, and, quite soon, take a squiz at the red carpet action here. (You can also catch our video opening the curtains on this year's programme).

Coming up today

From Toronto we'll have reviews of Ralph Fiennes's Dickens romance The Invisible Woman (live at 9am GMT), Roger Michell's latest, Le Week-End, in which Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan enjoy a Paris mini-break (live at 4.30pm GMT), as well Hugh Jackman / Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Prisoners, Pierce Brosnan/Emma Thompson divorce comedy The Love Punch, F1 drama Rush, Kate Winslet weepie Labor Day and news from the Fifth Estate press conference, as well as
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Final 2013 Toronto Film Festival Screening Schedule

Surprisingly, or not so surprising, depending on how much you've been reading my day-to-day Toronto-related posts, my schedule for this year's 2013 Toronto Film Festival has changed quite a bit since I posted that preliminary schedule about two weeks ago. For starters, The Fifth Estate will no longer be my first screening of the fest as I hear it's not yet completed with some temp music still in place at this time, but they're hoping to have it completed and ready in the 9:30 Pm slot on the opening day. Either way, it will still play, but there just might be a disclaimer before it does. I must admit, they push these things to the wire, but thankfully it's nothing to do with the editing, just some last minute touches. The great thing about the change means I now get to see Don Jon, which I otherwise would have had to miss.
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A Look at How My 2013 Toronto Film Festival Schedule is Shaping Out

The 2013 Toronto Film Festival Press and Industry schedule was just released and after a quick look I think I have my nine days on the ground mapped out. There were a lot of conflicts, some of which are forcing me to see the second screening of films such as Labor Day, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, but as of right now it looks like it will be a 25 film festival for me, beginning tiwth The Fifth Estate and ending with Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises. The only films I couldn't really fit into the schedule were Xavier Dolan's Tom at the Farm, which conflicts with Rush and The Railway Man, which conflicts with the only screening of Parkland and if I was to see it the second time it shows it would mean missing both Joe and Under the Skin. Of course, this year I may try and
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Toronto International Film Festival Line-Up Announced, Led By 12 Years a Slave, Mandela & More

With each passing year, Tiff is becoming more and more prominent on the film festival circuit, with more and more Oscar-primed films making their debut out in Canada. And with the initial line-up announced for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the trend is definitely continuing.

Amongst the many, many films making their presence felt out in Toronto will be Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated 12 Years a Slave, which launched a powerful first trailer earlier in the month. The film sees Chiwetel Ejiofor lead a fantastic cast, with Michael Fassbender returning to work for his Hunger / Shame director, alongside the likes of Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, and many more.

Opening the festival will be Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, alongside Daniel Brühl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, and Stanley Tucci.

And closing it will be Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime,
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Tiff Lineup: Firth, Witherspoon, Radcliffe, Kidman, Keaton/Tati Homage

Toronto Film Festival Movie Lineup (photo: Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’) (See previous post: “Toronto Film Festival 2013 Dates and Movies.”) Among the Toronto Film Festival’s World and North American premieres are director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti; Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, with Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, and Griffin Dunne; Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, with Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaan, Colin Firth, Elias Koteas, Alessandro Nivola, Bruce Greenwood, Amy Ryan, and Martin Henderson; and Sylvain Chomet’s Attila Marcel, which is supposed to be an homage to Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton, featuring Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny, Bernadette Lafont, and Hélène Vincent. See Toronto Film Festival 2013 lineup below. Toronto Film Festival: World premieres 12 Years a Slave, Dir: Steve McQueen,
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Topher Grace is Also Joining Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Cast

Briefly: One more interesting choice for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar project, finishing up its casting before shooting later this year. Deadline is reporting that Topher Grace will take an unspecified role in the sci-fi movie. Grace was last seen in Predators, The Double, The Big Wedding and The Giant Mechanical Man and recently finished shooting The Calling and A Many Splintered Thing, but hasn't been in too much otherwise. The cast for Interstellar already includes quite a few fantastic actors: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck and Michael Caine. The script was originally written by Jonathan Nolan, updated by Christopher Nolan and will "depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding." Cannot wait for this one. Launching November 2014.
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Toronto International Film Festival releases lineup

Toronto International Film Festival releases lineup
One thing is for certain: There will be a little something for everyone at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. On Tuesday morning, the renowned festival released 70 titles set to hit the fest.

The titles with the most buzz include the Allen Ginsberg/Jack Kerouac/William Burroughs biopic Kill Your Darlings, which premiered at Sundance; August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and based on the Tony-winning play; the musical romance Can a Song Save Your Life?; and Steve McQueen’s slavery opus 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

In Special Presentations,
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Stills, Trailer, and Release Date for Image Entertainment's Evidence

A bunch of new stills and even a trailer have made their way online for The Fourth Kind director Olatunde Osunsanmi's latest film, entitled Evidence, and we have 'em for ya here! Look for the flick on unrated DVD and Blu-ray on August 20th.

Synopsis

Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kid), Evidence stars Stephen Moyer (“True Blood,” The Double) and Radha Mitchell (“Red Widow,” Silent Hill).

Two detectives (Moyer and Mitchell) attempt to piece together what happened at the scene of a brutal massacre using a number of recording devices found at the crime scene. The footage reveals a group of bus passengers who were forced to fight for their lives after they crash in the middle of the desert and a mysterious killer violently murders them one by one. The detectives use the scraps of video, shot by the victims, to hunt down the culprit. Dale Dickey (Super 8,
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'The Wicked' DVD Giveaway

by David Harkness, MoreHorror.com

To celebrate today's DVD and Digital Download release of The Wicked (review), Image Entertainment has kindly allowed us to give away two copies of the DVD.

To enter, simply email thewickedgiveaway[at]morehorror.com with the subject line The Wicked Giveaway. In the email, simply include your full name and physical mailing address. You must be 18 to enter and live in the U.S. Sorry, no Po Boxes. Good luck!

Synopsis:

A group of curious teenagers decide to seek out their town’s local legend and go on the hunt for a child-eating witch, not realizing they could be her next meal! Directed by Peter Winther, the film stars Devon Werkheiser (Beneath the Darkness), Justin Deeley (90210), Nicole Forester (The Double), and Cassie Keller (A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas). The DVD release is set for April 30th. The Wicked will also be available via digital download.
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Giveaway: Win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card from The Wicked

Giveaway: Win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card from The Wicked
Image Entertainment is releasing its latest horror-thriller The Wicked on DVD starting today, April 30. Devon Werkheiser, Justin Deeley, Nicole Forester, and Cassie Keller star as a group of friends who try to determine if a local urban legend about a child-eating witch is really true or not. In celebration of this DVD debut, we're giving away a $100 Best Buy Gift Card, The Wicked on DVD, plus recent horror titles such as State of Emergency DVD and The Frankenstein Theory DVD. How can you go wrong with all of these prizes? Take a look at how you can win big from The Wicked!

Winners Receive:

$100 Best Buy Gift Card

The Wicked DVD

State of Emergency DVD

The Frankenstein Theory DVD

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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