‘Che’ and ‘Porno’ among 20 new films announced for Toronto

Posted by · 11:54 am · August 13th, 2008

Benicio Del Toro in CheJohn hasn’t addressed this yet, so I’ll put it out there…

Variety’s Anne Thompson is reporting on 20 new films added to the line-up of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Following suit with yesterday’s New York fest news, Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” (listed as “Part One” and “Part Two” for Toronto) will make the trip up north.

Other special presentations of note include Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom,” Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles,” Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” Kevin Smith’s controversial “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” Guillermo Arriaga’s “The Burning Plain” (could be Oscar bait for actress Charlize Theron), Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York” and Marc Abraham’s “Flash of Genius” (which could be an awards vehicle for Greg Kinnear).

The big news, however, seems to be that Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling” will not be heading to the fest. Here’s Thompson on that front:

Clint Eastwood’s Cannes Fest entry “Changeling,” which will be the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival, will not be at Toronto because there was uncertainty about new mother Angelina Jolie’s availability to participate in a gala premiere. “We would have loved to have had Clint Eastwood,” said Bailey, “but the only way to present the movie in a big way was as a gala with Eastwood and Jolie.”

Basically, the Toronto crew can’t star-fuck, so they’d rather not show it. Gotcha.

Anyway, read all about the new additions here. The full line-up will be unveiled next Tuesday.




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  • 1 8-13-2008 at 4:17 pm

    John Foote said...

    Variety beat me to the punch today…some great annoiuncements led by “Che” which I am thrilled is coming.

    Interesting the hottest rumor up here is that Di Caprio’s new film “Body of Lies” is the major festival announcement next when when they wrap up the Gala announcements. Insiders say that “Changeling” is not dead yet, but who knows. I remember hearing that there was no chance, zero that ‘Boogie Nights” would be here…but it was. And Brad Pitt loved Toronto because we loved “Babel” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”..cannot help but think he might have some sway in that home. The thinking has always been for the Gala films if they cannot get the stars, they do not take the films as the stars make it an event for the city. Personally I do not give a goddam if the stars come or not, just bring on the movies. I do however find it hard to believe that Piers Handling would “star fuck” anyone. Know him rather well, like and admire him and he seems to me to not be built that way. That does not speak for his programmers however. Sometimes having the stars backfires like ‘ALl the King’s Men” when the cast was paraded out onto the stage before the film started, but when the light hit the balcony for the customary curtain call, not a one of them had stayed, not Penn, Gandolfini, Hopkins, Winslet, Law, Ruffalo nor Clarkson…ouch…obviously they were painfully were aware of the terrible film they had just been seen in.

  • 2 8-13-2008 at 5:04 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “The only way” to present Changeling is as a gala with Eastwood and Jolie? Eastwood alone isn’t viable enough?

    Way to show respect to a man with a hundred times the star power and icon status of Ms Jolie, guys.

    On another topic, am I the only one getting rather excited about The Burning Plain? I know it sounds quite modestly pitched, but Guillermo Arriaga has me at hello.

  • 3 8-13-2008 at 5:11 pm

    John Foote said...

    And Guy, that is exactly why Changeling is not dead here yet — sheer respect for Eastwood.