Tuesday, May 21, 2024

2013 Toronto Film Fest: Meryl Streep, Mandela, Julian Assange, Mike Myers


Meryl Streep, Nelson Mandela, Julian Assange, Mike Myers, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are names in the mix for the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. TIFF announced its big gala presentations this morning and here they are: “August: Osage County,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “The Fifth Estate,” “The Railway Man,” Ron Howard’s “Rush,” “Kill Your Darlings,” Jennifer Aniston and Tim Robbins in “Life of Crime,” Mike Myers’ documentary about Alice Cooper manager Shep Gordon, and a new movie by Canadian whiz Don McKellar. Also included are “Parkland” and “Love Punch.”

The opening night film is Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate.” Benedict Cumberbatch — that’s Khan, to you Star Trek fans– plays Julian Assange, the real life antagonist of Wikileaks fame. Condon, a serious writer and director from “Gods and Monsters,” “Chicago,” and “Dreamgirls,” makes a comeback after a payday turn to “Twilight.” He is welcomed back most vociferously.

On the docket for special presentations: Jason Bateman’s directing debut with “Bad Words,” Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated “12 Years a Slave,” Paul Haggis’s excellent “Third Person,” Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and two Canadian favorites that should be big hits: Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day” and Atom Egoyan’s “Devil’s Knot.”

And two movies I am very excited about: Stephen Frears directing Judi Dench in “Philomena” and the feature film debut of “Mad Men” writer-director Matthew Weiner.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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