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FESTIVAL NEWS

One of the more exciting film festivals of the year is the Toronto International Film Festival. In recent years it's become the world premiere spots for many future Oscar contenders. Next to Cannes, Sundance, and Venice, Toronto is top calibre as far as festival grounds go.

Today, festival heads announced the line-up of films and special programs that will appear/premiere during this year's festivities.

Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, a biopic thriller about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (starring Benedict Cumberbatch), will open the festival on September 5.  Daniel Schechter's Life of Crime, starring Jennifer Aniston and John Hawkes, will close on September 15.

Other premieres include John Wells' August: Osage County, Jason Reitman's Labor Day, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Denis Villenueve's Prisoners, Justin Chadwick's Mandela, Matthew Weiner's You Are Here, John Carney's Can a Song Save Your Life?, Liza Johnson's Hateship Loveship, and Ned Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, a two-film project starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy of a love story told from two different perspectives.

Films making their North American debuts after appearing at other festivals include Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Ron Howard's Rush, and Stephen Frears' Philomena.

Big movies also means big stars and Toronto is usually a hubbub of celebrity appearances. Stars expected to show up include: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Jude Law, Hugh Jackman, Idris Elba, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Adam Levine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, and others.

Many studios are hoping for the start of Oscar buzz after the festival, since a great number of previous nominees and winners began their runs at the fest, including Best Picture winners Crash and Argo, both of which debuted at TIFF. The King's Speech, Black Swan, and The Silver Linings Playbook also screened in previous years.

While the festival is still far enough away for more films to be added, the line-up is already pretty astounding. For a complete list of films showing, visit the Toronto International Film Festival official site. The festival runs September 5-15, 2013.

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