As the Toronto International Film Festival heads into its final days (the event wraps up Sunday), more and more films roaming the festival junket are landing deals with distributors. Here’s a brief rundown of some of TIFF’s big moments thus far:
- Moneyball debuted, and the big-screen adaptation of Michael Lewis’ 2003 book about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt (who we’re pretty fond of this week), was a winner with audiences.
- The politically charged comedy Butter, starring Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Alicia Silverstone, Ashley Greene, and Olivia Wilde was screened, and its premiere boasted a headline worthy moment: Harvey Weinstein, via email, asked Republican congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to co-host the Iowa premiere of the film and to discuss her political agenda, particularly “gay rights and women’s rights.”
- The super dark comedy Killer Joe, starring Emile Hirsch (who talked about the grim project with EW) debuted, while Matthew Goode got a crack (pun intended) at drama in Burning Man, which also screened at the fest.
- Fox Searchlight nabbed the U.S. distribution rights to director Steve McQueen’s Shame. The film — which, in addition to playing well at TIFF, also found acclaim at Venice and Telluride — stars Michael Fassbender as a New Yorker with a compulsive sex addiction whose life begins to unravel when his younger sister (played by Carey Mulligan) moves in. The movie is already garnering a lot of buzz — both from talk of a possible NC-17 rating and Fassbender’s Oscar-worthy performance.
- Cohen Media Group landed the U.S. distribution rights for Luc Besson’s The Lady, a biopic chronicling the life of heroic Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi (played by Michelle Yeoh). While critics didn’t take to the film, audiences did, and the movie is slated to get a limited release come December.
- IFC picked up Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister, a family drama starring Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt (pictured) with an anticipated 2012 release. The studio also got the “apocalyptic trance film” 4:44 Last Day On Earth and the horror flick The Incident. [ScreenDaily]
- Lionsgate is reportedly circling Jennifer Westfeldt’s all-star comedy Friends With Kids, which stars the likes of Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Megan Fox, Edward Burns, and Maya Rudolph. The studio also has its eye on Adam Wingard’s You’re Next. [ScreenDaily]
- Other notable deals include: Oscilloscope getting the U.S. rights for Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Palisades Tartan has both U.S. and U.K. rights to the iPhone-shot This Is Not A Film, MPI Media Group announced it had all North American rights to Victoria Mahoney’s Yelling To The Sky, a feature starring Gabourey Sidibe and Zoë Kravitz.
Which project has you pumped?