Industry News, Toronto International Film Festival

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Hot TIFF Buy: Paramount Nabs Chris Rock's 'Top Five' for Over $12.5 Million

fb.indiewire.com – In what is likely to be the biggest acquisition at the Toronto International Film Festival, following a bidding war Paramount has reportedly purchased the rights to "Top Five," written by, directed by and starring Chris Rock, for a whopping $12.5 million (although some reports saying the sale is closer to $15 million), according to Deadline. 7 years 6 weeks ago via jackiechan
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Toronto: Kyle Mann, Michael Risley Start Drive Productions

deadline.com – EXCLUSIVE: Toronto is a good place to launch movies, and also to hatch companies aiming to become players in the indie space. Capote producer Kyle Mann and Revolution #9 producer and high net worth entrepreneur Michael Risley have done the latter. They've formed Drive Productions, a development, production, and financing company that comes to the festival after raising $2 million to buy scripts and books to develop into genre fare. 7 years 6 weeks ago via jackiechan
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Toronto: Saban Films Buying Taylor Lautner Thriller ‘Tracers’

deadline.com – EXCLUSIVE: Saban Films, the new distribution company hatched by Haim Saban and run by vet Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban, has made the first major deal on the ground at Toronto. It's a 7-figure deal for U.S. rights on Tracers, the Daniel Ben Mayor-directed action thriller that stars Taylor Lautner and is produced by Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. 7 years 6 weeks ago via theothersenhman
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Toronto: Strand Nabs U.S. Rights to Cannes Winner ‘Love at First Fight’ (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Chicago-based distributor Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight” (Les Combattants). Pic was a standout this year at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, winning four awards: the Fortnight Art Cinema Award, the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers kudo, the Europa Cinemas Label and the Fipresci nod. 7 years 6 weeks ago via jetli
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Toronto: Media Luna Adds ‘Unlucky Plaza’ to Sales Slate

variety.com – Media Luna has acquired world sales rights to Singapore writer-director Ken Kwek’s feature bow “Unlucky Plaza” in advance of its world preem in the Toronto film festival’s Discovery program Sept. 4. Based on a true story, the dark-hued comedy-thriller “Plaza” follows the fates of an arrogant motivational speaker in debt to the Chinese mafia and... 7 years 6 weeks ago via donnieyen
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In the Race for Oscars, Toronto Puts Up a Hurdle

rss.nytimes.com – The Toronto International Film Festival has closed its first four days to any movie that previously played elsewhere, a move that some think will threaten smaller films’ Oscar chances. 7 years 8 weeks ago via jetli
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Kristen Wiig and Adam Sandler have late additions to the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

hitfix.com – The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival added new films to its slate starring Kristen Wiig, Adam Sandler, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Josh Hutcherson, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta and Mia Wasikowska. 7 years 9 weeks ago via jetli
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The Toronto International Film Festival Insists on Premieres for its Opening Weekend

feedproxy.google.com – Film festivals track world premieres religiously. They want to boast of them when box office glory and Oscars come around. So last fall it did not go over well when the Telluride Film Festival debuted--under the radar, as is their wont--Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity," and Canadian Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners," which were all breaking opening weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. 7 years 37 weeks ago via theothersenhman
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Toronto: Crowd Control Crisis at the Ritz

feedproxy.google.com – The hotel is having problems with unruly star-watchers. 8 years 6 weeks ago via jetli
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Toronto: Security Ramped up for Red Carpet Jewelry

feedproxy.google.com – Diamond heists in Cannes have led to more intense guarding of bling that stars are set to wear at premieres during the Canadian festival. 8 years 6 weeks ago via theothersenhman
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