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TIFF: What Toronto Film Fest Lineup Signals For Oscar Race – Analysis

Pete Hammond

I was interviewing Bradley Cooper yesterday and we talked about the emerging 2013 awards season. “I guess we’ll know by Toronto what it’s going to look like this year,” he said remembering he was in back to back World Premieres there last year with Silver Linings Playbook and The Place Beyond The Pines (which Focus bought at TIFF).

That’s certainly true to some degree but in terms of Oscar tea leaves, today’s announcement of the first leg of this year’s all-important Toronto International Film Festival lineup was both significant and a bit of a head scratcher that will have awards watchers looking even more intently to Telluride, Venice and the New York Film Festival to get a more complete picture of just what this season is shaping up to be.

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Though there were many expected contenders among the 17 galas and 56 special presentations listed , there were curious omissions of movies that might have seemed like no-brainers to go to Toronto. Where for instance were the expected North American debuts of Cannes favorites like The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Robert Redford‘s tour-de-force work in J.C. Chandor’s stunning All Is Lost or Alexander Payne‘s very well-received Nebraska? Are these movies holding out for a prestigious NY slot instead?  I would be willing to bet (call it a hunch) that all three turn up in Telluride over the Labor Day weekend just before TIFF begins.  Payne loves Telluride and goes even when he doesn’t have a film to show. Redford and the Coens would seem naturals for long overdue Telluride Film Fest tributes. Neither has ever been (of course Redford has his own little ski town festival to keep him occupied). This is the perfect opportunity for that and because Telluride doesn’t announce its schedule in advance  and doesn’t label anything as a “premiere” other fests don’t mind movies that they are debuting sneaking in there first. Read More »

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Rebecca De Mornay To Lead ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, ‘Venice’ & ‘Killer Women’ Add Cast

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 7:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Rebecca De Mornay and Nick Westrate have been cast as leads in NBC’s hourlong pilot Hatfields & McCoys, a take on the infamous feud set in present-day Pittsburgh. The startling death of the McCoy patriarch re-ignites the feud between the two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment. De Mornay will play the central character of Mary Hatfield, the Mayor of Pittsburgh and matriarch of the powerful Hatfields, who basically run the city through their development company and political connections. Westrate will play Randall Hatfield, Mary’s smug son. Read More »

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Michael Graziadei Joins ABC Pilot ‘Venice’, Enver Gjokaj & Brendan Hines In ‘Murder’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Michael Graziadei, who recently wrapped an eight-year stint on The Young & The Restless, is set to co-star in another soapy drama, this time in primetime. Graziadei has been cast in ABC‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque pilot Venice, about the haves and the have-nots of California’s most seductive city, Venice. It focuses on two rival families, the Nances and the Carvers, and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the families battle for control of Venice. Graziadei, repped by Gersh and Main Title, will play Josh Nance, the son of Gordy Nance (Bruce Greenwood) and bother of Sophie (Odette Annable), a rising star in his father’s company, poised to take over the family business. He had a recurring role on the first season of FX’s American Horror Story.

Enver Gjokaj and Brendan Hines (Lie To Me) have been cast in ABC’s hourlong pilot Murder In Manhattan, executive produced by Ryan Reynolds. It is a dramedy set in New York centering on mother Blythe and daughter Lex (Bridget Regan) who team up as amateur sleuths. Hines will play Lex’s brother, an Assistant District Attorney. Gjokaj, repped by ICM Partners, Suskin Management and Jackoway Tyreman, will play Jack, Lex’s best childhood friend, now an NYPD directive who has feelings for Lex and helps her and her mother in their investigations.

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Odette Annable & Bruce Greenwood To Star In ABC’s Pilot ‘Venice’ Directed By McG

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 3:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Bruce GreenwoodOdette AnnableOdette Annable (Breaking In) and Bruce Greenwood (The River) have been cast in ABC‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque drama pilot Venice. Written by Byron Balasco, directed by McG and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken,  Venice is a soap about the haves and the have-nots of California’s most seductive city, Venice. It focuses on two rival families, the Nances and the Carvers, and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the families battle for control of Venice. Annable will play Sophie Nance, the owner of the hippest boutique in Venice, who falls in love with the offspring of her family’s archenemies, Chris Carver. Greenwood plays Sophie’s father Gordy Nance, the most powerful man in Venice and head of the Nance family. Read More »

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Jennifer Beals To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Venice’ Helmed By McG, Ilene Chaiken To Showrun

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 6:43pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It is an L Word reunion on ABC‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque drama pilot Venice. The Showtime series’ star Jennifer Beals has signed on for a lead, while creator/executive producer Ilene Chaiken has come on board as executive producer/showrunner. Written by Byron Balasco, Venice, from Warner Bros TV and McG’s Wonderland Sound And Vision, is a soap about the haves and the have-nots of California’s most seductive city, Venice. It focuses on two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the families battle for control of Venice. Beals, repped by APA and Greenlight Management, will play Lisa Carver, the elegant bohemian matriarch of the Carver family, one of the two feuding clans. McG is directing the pilot, which he, WME-repped Chaiken and Belasco executive produce with Peter Johnson.

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