TIFF ’12: “The Master,” “On the Road” and new De Palma confirmed

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A lengthy second wave of Gala and Special Presentation programming has been announced for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, including this year’s Closing Night Film, which will be Paul Andrew Williams’ “Song for Marion,” with Terence Stamp and Gemma Arterton. It will mark the film’s World Premiere.

But that’s only one of eight new World Premieres included in today’s announcement. In addition, TIFF plans to pull the exclusive curtain back on the following films:

– “Emperor,” Peter Webber’s drama about the American occupation of Japan following World War II, with Tommy Lee Jones playing Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

– “What Maisie Knew,” an adaptation of the Henry James novella about a 7-year-old caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and
roll icon – and her father. Alexander Skarsgård, Julianne Moore, and Steve Coogan co-star.

– “Arthur Newman,” Dante Ariola’s offbeat golf drama about a former pro who fakes his own death and reinvents himself as a different player. Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, and Anne Heche co-star.

– “Do Not Disturb,” Yvan Attal French’s comedy that follows college pals Jeff and Ben who couldn’t be more different, but come together for a wild party that will change their lives forever.

– “Greetings from Tim Buckley,” Dan Algrant’s anticipated feature about Jeff Buckley’s 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church. Imogen Poots and Penn Badgley star.

– “Rhino Season,” a Turkish drama about a former prisoner who sets out to find his wife, who people say died while he was detained.

– “Yellow,” Nick Cassavetes’ latest which centers on Mary Holmes, a young woman addicted to Vicodin who takes audiences into her hallucinatory world — peopled with Busby Berkeley dancers, Cirque du Soleil, Circus freaks, and human farm animals where nothing is quite what it seems. Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Max Theoriot, Riley Keough, Daveigh Chase, Heather Wahlquist and Melanie Griffith star.

In addition to the world premieres, TIFF revealed that several anticipated titles will make their North American premieres after stopping at previous festivals (such as Cannes or Venice).

Spike Lee will bring his Michael Jackson documentary “Bad 25” to Toronto, celebrating the late artist’s seminal album. Susanne Bier’s latest, “Love is All You Need,” has been slated for TIFF, as has Brian De Palma’s “Passion,” with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.

Kristen Stewart’s Cannes hit “On The Road” will travel to Canada (though don’t expect the suddenly press shy “Twilight” star to make an appearance). And another Cannes oddity, “The Paperboy,” will attempt to build on its buzz with a TIFF screening.

But Oscar trackers will be front and center for “The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated drama which will make its North American Premiere at TIFF. The movie has been generating praise for PTA’s direction and the performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix. Right now, it is the “must attend” event at TIFF this year.

The 37th Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 6 to 16. The Closing Night ticket package is on sale now. Single tickets are available as of Sept. 2. You can purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net/festival, by phone Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or by visiting the box office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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