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Our Early Oscar Predictions

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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival is in our rearview, which means we've seen roughly 37 percent of this year's Oscar-nominated films, by official guesstimation. So let's make some predictions!

Like most years, an Oscar frontrunner has emerged from the wreckage of the fests in both Toronto and Telluride. Last year it was "Argo," the year before "The Descendants"; this year pundits are screaming the praises of Steve McQueen's hard-hitting drama, "12 Years a Slave."

Can it hold on to that buzz for the next 12 years of Oscar campaigning, though? We shall see. Early favorites in BOLD.

(Check out more expert predictions from yours truly and others at Gold Derby.) Get More »

Poster: Recasting 'Seven Psychopaths'

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We're all amped up for "Seven Psychopaths," Martin McDonagh's follow-up to the sublimely dark "In Bruges" that arrives in theaters on Friday.

With Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken, it's got a helluva cast.

But we couldn't help but imagine what a more true-to-life (yet still star-studded) version of "Seven Psychopaths" would look like. One with a lot more, you know, crazy.

Here's where we landed. Get More »

Best of the Fest: The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

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We've bid farewell to the Great White North for another year — yup, the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival is officially over. In years past, Oscar winners like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" made their international debuts at TIFF. With that in mind, we took in every screening our schedules allowed, looking for the Next Big Thing of this year.

We narrowed the Best of Fest list to 15; They may not be the Oscar nominees of 2013 — though we'd bet cash money some of them are — but they'll be among the best movies you'll see for yourself this year. -- By Kevin Polowy and Brooke Tarnoff Get More »

GALLERY: Canada Sees Stars at 2012 Toronto Film Festival

Forget Los Angeles — Canada is where the famous actor-types are at every year in September. The Toronto International Film Festival is a great way to kick off the more "serious" fall movie season as it features more adult-oriented dramas like "Looper," "On the Road" and, uh, "Dredd 3D."

However, just because it's time to get a little more serious with the storytelling now that the summer movie season is over doesn't mean there aren't some good Hollywood fun and games going on, too. Check out the stars getting down up north — and check them out often, as we'll be updating this gallery daily through Sept. 16.

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How Did Nina Dobrev Audition for 'Perks of Being a Wallflower'?

[From Hollywood Crush] As circa-1995 Alanis Morissette would hiss, isn't it ironic that Nina Dobrev auditioned for the big-screen adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" via Skype, considering the technology wasn't a thing in the early '90s (the time period in which the novel is set)? I mean, don't you think?

Well, it was all part of a journey "The Vampire Diaries" star took to land the role of Charlie's sister Candace — despite a geographic challenge or two. Get More »

Toronto Film Festival: The Verdict on the Movies You're Dying to See

Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell in "Seven Psychopaths"
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It's become fairly common knowledge that the unofficial awards season kicks off with the Toronto International Film Festival. Critics and film fans alike have all eyes on the Canadian city as studios launch their Oscar hopefuls and indies look for distributors.

With films like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" having made their international debuts at the fest, the movies showing this year are among those we can't wait to see this fall — in fact, we listed 20 of them before TIFF even kicked off.

So, how did they fare? Well, here's what the reviewers from our sister site,, had to say... Get More »

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5 Questions From Toronto: Penn Badgley

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Turns out Penn Badgley is not just another pretty face – apparently he has a pretty voice as well. Who would've thought "Gossip Girl"'s Dan Humphrey could carry a tune? In his latest film, "Greetings From Tim Buckley," Badgley manages to capture the very essence of one of the most ethereal musicians of the '90s, Jeff Buckley.

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, "Greetings From Tim Buckley" chronicles the days in the life of Jeff Buckley leading up to a tribute concert for his mostly absent father, 1960s folk artist Tim Buckley.

We caught up with a particularly chatty Badgley to talk about how he prepared to play an iconic music artist, his own personal music background and, of course, his hair. Get More »

'Captain America: The Winter Solder' Deets From Chris Evans

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[From MTV News] It's not quite "The Avengers," but you can bank on the fact that a colorful assortment of heroes and villains will collide when "Captain America" returns for its 2014 sequel, titled "The Winter Soldier."

Based on a run of comic books written by noir-minded writer Ed Brubaker, the "Winter Soldier" story deals heavily with the apparent resurrection of Bucky Barnes, played in "Captain America: The First Avenger" by Sebastian Stan. In the comics, Bucky resurfaces in the form of a brainwashed Russian assassin known as the Winter Soldier, and it's up to his old partner and friend Steve Rogers to bring him back to the side of the angels. Exactly how faithful the Marvel Studios film plans to stick to that source material remains to be seen, but actor Chris Evans insists that the seeds for "Winter Soldier" were planted long ago.

"There were always hints at that," Evans told MTV News about the "Cap" sequel during a Toronto Film Fest interview about "The Iceman," his new hit-man biopic featuring "Man of Steel" villain Michael Shannon. "The best thing about [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige is he's a fan. He's not just a businessman, he's a rabid comic book fan. Even during the first 'Captain America,' well before 'The Avengers,' there were whispers of ['Winter Soldier'] being the sequel. So I'm excited to tackle that."

To find out why he's so excited, head to

Lily Collins: Jamie Campbell Bower Kicks Ass in 'Mortal Instruments'

[From] He's played a dark wizard and a villainous vamp, but actor Jamie Campbell Bower is tackling his most physically demanding role yet in the upcoming "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" as demon-destroying Shadowhunter Jace Wayland.

Based upon the urban fantasy series by Cassandra Clare, "City of Bones" stars Lily Collins as a Brooklyn teen who discovers she's a descendant of an ancient line of half-human, half-angel warriors tasked with protecting Earth from dark forces. Campbell Bower plays her love interest in the film, and the actress had plenty of accolades for her co-star when MTV News caught up with her at the Toronto International Film Festival recently, where she was supporting another film, "Writers." Get More »

Garrett Hedlund Explains Passing on 'Catching Fire'

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Finnick Odair, the dreamiest tribute in Panem, has finally been found, but only after a lengthy search that spanned countless A-list actors and virtual unknowns alike. "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" actor Sam Claflin will star as the trident-wielding Finnick in Francis Lawrence's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," but once upon a time, there was a very different man in the running for the role: "Tron Legacy" star Garrett Hedlund.

Hedlund confirmed his near miss with "Catching Fire" during a recent interview with MTV News at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was promoting "On The Road," yet another hotly awaited novel adaptation.

"They did [approach me]," Hedlund admitted to MTV about almost playing Finnick in the upcoming "Hunger Games" sequel. "But I was working on this film at the time. We shot the whole film in 23 days and I was really immersed in it. I couldn't get around [to reading the 'Hunger Games' novels]."

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