If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

Lasse Hallström Directing ‘The Hypnotist’

We’ve had a few years where one of the biggest questions in development news was ‘what can be the new Twilight?’ Will the new question be ‘what’s the new Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?’ With David Fincher hard at work on the first English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel, you can bet that will be one of the most-asked questions in studio exec offices in 2011 on both sides of the Atlantic.

One film that might seem like an option but probably won’t be is The Hypnotist, the first in a series of novels by Lars Kepler. Lasse Hallström will direct. Read More »

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Early last year, Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy wrote an adaptation of Paul Torday‘s novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The script was well-received, making the 2009 Brit List of unproduced screenplays.

Some time after that, Bill Condon came aboard the project to direct. But his new responsibilities on Breaking Dawn preclude making the picture. So he’s been replaced by Lasse Hallström. A bit more exciting than that is the cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. Read More »