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It’s that time of the year, when the Toronto Film Festival begins to announce its giant movie line-up. In so doing, the film calendar formally begins the transition from summer to fall, as the more serious films of the festival circuit approach their debuts.

Foxcatcher (above; trailer here) will show up, as will the Reese Witherspoon film Wild (trailer), the strange-looking Jake Gyllenhaal crime film Nightcrawler (teaser), and Jon Stewart’s first film as a director, Rosewater. There will also be another notable directorial debut as the first film from Chris Evans, Before We Go, will play.

Below you’ll find a list of the Galas (big premieres of generally mainstream films, such as The Judge and The Equalizer) and the Special Presentations, which are often high-profile indies that have distribution already set. Some of these have already premiered at other festivals, while others make their world premiere at TIFF. There are 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations announced so far, with 37 world premieres. Other directors represented include Jason ReitmanNoah Baumbach, Susanne Bier, François Ozon, Hal Hartley, Mike BinderLone Scherfig, and Chris Rock.

While the festival’s opening night film has not yet been revealed, the closing presentation will be Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci, and  Rickman. TIFF runs September 4-14. The full lineup as announced so far is below.

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Long before Robert Downey Jr. was a massive box office star and superhero, he starred in smaller, character based films. With all the Tony Stark flair these days, it’s almost hard to remember the days of Chaplin, Only You, and Heart and Souls. And his next film, which we’ll see before he again joins the Avengers, is back in that genre. Even more so, he produced this one with his wife, Susan Downey.

The film is called The Judge, and it opens on October 10. Downey plays a hotshot lawyer (or, so there’s some Tony Stark there) who returns to his hometown only to find his father, played by Robert Duvall, accused of murder. Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), the impressive cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shephard, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Leighton Meester and a few Oscar-winners in Billy Bob Thornton and Melissa Leo.

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Thought Tony Stark had daddy issues? At least Howard Stark isn’t around to bother him anymore. That’s sadly not the case for Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge, the new drama by David Dobkin.

Downey plays a Chicago defense attorney who returns home for his mom’s funeral, and then sticks around to defend his dad (Robert Duvall) in a murder trial. That’d be a tough situation in the best of cases, but it’s complicated further by the old hostility between father and son. Check out The Judge first-look image after the jump.

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Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012′s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.

The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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