Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Robert Downey Jr. Film “The Judge” will Open Toronto Film Festival


The film festival wars get more interesting. Toronto just announced that “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall, will be their premiere on September 4th. The Warner Bros release co-stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton. David Dobkin wrote and directed. WB’s Sue Kroll is going to get Downey an Oscar if this film is any good, mark my words. He’s overdue. Sue said in a release:  “We are so proud to be taking The Judge to TIFF, and honored to be in the opening night slot. The film is truly deserving and we believe the always-discerning audience in Toronto will appreciate it as much as we do.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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