Sunday, July 21, 2024

Michael Moore’s Secret New Documentary Is the Real Opening Night Event at Toronto Film Festival– First Doc Ever to Do So


EXCLUSIVE Where to invade next? How about Toronto? I’m told that Michael Moore’s stealth documentary of that name is the real opening night film for the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.

TIFF had previously announced Jean Marc Vallee’s “Demolition” starring Jake Gyllenhaal as its opener. But that film will play at 6:30pm. And it’s filling the spot reserved for Canadian filmmakers. Also, “Demolition” won’t open until next March 2016.

But I’m told TIFF has scheduled “Where to Invade Next” (no question mark) for the coveted 9:30 spot. No one can recall a documentary ever getting this appointment. Of course, a Michael Moore movie about the military industrial complex is sure to grab headlines. And it will be a hot hot ticket. No one knows what it’s really about, and so far there’s no announced distributor.

I’ll have some more news on Monday about TIFF2015, which may be the best TIFF of all time. Tell my pals at Mercurio’s restaurant on West Bloor to get the pasta started now!

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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