First wave of 2011 Toronto Film Festival titles announced

First wave of 2011 Toronto Film Festival titles announced (photo)

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Straight from the Twitter feed of festival co-director Cameron Bailey comes the first wave of titles from this year’s Toronto Film Festival. And they are:

“Trishna,” directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed (World Premiere)
“The Lady,” directed by Luc Besson, starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis (WP)
“Countdown,” directed by Huh Jong-ho (WP) starring Jeon Do-yeon (WP)
“360,” directed by Fernando Mereilles, starring Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Anthony Hopkins. (WP)
“Moneyball,” directed by Bennett Miller, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (WP)

The festival announced the rest of the first wave of titles at a press conference earlier today (you can read quotes from the announcement plus synopses for all the movies over on indieWIRE). Highlights include new movies from George Clooney, Alexander Payne, Cameron Crowe, Madonna, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, The Duplass Brothers, and Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (the creators of “Persepolis”).

Here’s the rest of the lineup thus far; TIFF’s official Twitter page says there will be more titles added weekly. What a tech-savvy fest. This year’s Toronto Film Festival runs September 8 thru 18.

“Albert Nobbs,” directed by Rodrigo Garcia, starring Glenn Glose
“Butter,” directed by Jim Field Smith, starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde
“From the Sky Down,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, starring U2
“A Happy Event,” directed by Rémi Bezancon
“The Ides of March,” directed by George Clooney, starring Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, and Clooney
“Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener
“Take this Waltz,” directed by Sarah Polley
“W.E.,” directed by Madonna

Special Presentations
“11 Flowers,” directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
“50/50,” directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen
“Americano,” directed by Mathieu Demy, starring Salma Hayek
“Anonymous,” directed by Roland Emmerich, starring David Thelwis and Vanessa Redgrave
“The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Malcolm McDowell and John Goodman
“A Better Life,” directed by Cédric Khan, starring Guillaume Canet
“Burning Man,” directed by Jonathan Teplitzky
“Chicken With Plums,” directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
“Coriolanus,” directed by Ralph Fiennes
“Dark Horse,” directed by Todd Solondz, starring Justin Bartha and Selma Blair
“The Deep Blue Sea,” directed by Terrence Davies, starring Rachel Weisz
“The Descendants,” directed by Alexander Payne, starring George Clooney
“Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks
“Elles,” directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, starring Juliette Binoche
“The Eye of the Storm,” directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling
“Friends With Kids,” directed by Jennifer Westfeld, starring Kristen Wiig and Megan Fox
“Habemus Papam,” directed by Nanni Moretti
“Headhunters,” directed by Morten Tyldum
“Hick,” directed by Derick Martini, starring Chloe Moretz and Blake Lively
“The Hunter,” directed by Daniel Nettheim, starring Willem Dafoe
“Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms
“Killer Joe,” directed by William Friedkin,” starring Emile Hirsch and Matthew McConaughey
“Like Crazy,” directed by Drake Doremus, starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones
“Machine Gun Preacher,” directed by Marc Forster, starring Gerard Butler
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin, starring Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes
“Melancholia,” directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst
“The Oranges,” directed by Julian Farino, starring Leighton Meester and Adam Brody
“Pearl Jam Twenty,” directed by Cameron Crowe
“Rampart,” directed by Oren Moverman,” starring Woody Harrelson and Sigourney Weaver
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt
“Shame,” directed by Steve McQueen starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan
“A Simple Life,” directed by Ann Hui, starring Andy Lau
“The Skin I Live In,” directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas
“Take Shelter,” directed Jeff Nichols, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain
“Ten Year,” directed Jamie Linden, starring Channign Tatum and Rosario Dawson
“Twixt,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning
“Tyrannosaur,” directed by Paddy Considine
“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” directed by Lynne Ramsay, starring Tilda Swinton
“Where Do We Go Now?” directed by Nadine Labaki
“Woman in the Fifth,” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas

What other titles do you want to see at Toronto 2011? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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