With London's big summer winding to a close with the Paralympic closing ceremony on Sunday, the film business is back to normal this week as UK distributors release 12 new movies. There's a variety of American titles that have been waiting for the Olympics to finish, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Premium Rush, Meryl Streep in Hope Springs, Woody Allen's To Rome With Love and the stop-motion animation ParaNorman.
But UK moviegoers are also looking forward to a film version of a beloved 1970s British TV series, The Sweeney, reimagined as a sleek London cop thriller starring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew (aka Plan B) and Hayley Atwell.
Meanwhile in Italy, the Venice Film Festival wound down last weekend with a final flurry of red carpet premieres. Shia LaBeouf accompanied Robert Redford and his wife Sibylle Szaggars to the gala screening of their new film The Company You Keep, posing for and joking with the paparazzi.
And then Selena Gomez and James Franco brought some sex appeal to Venice for the premiere of their offbeat comedy Spring Breakers, directed by arthouse auteur Harmony Korine. After arriving in their street clothes, they change into glamorous red carpet gear to pose with fellow cast members Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine (the director's wife).
As Venice wound down on Sunday, North America's biggest festival was just getting going. The Toronto International Film Festival features a huge range of world and North American premieres, including the new movie by Jacques Audiard, whose drama A Prophet dominated festival and awards season three years ago. Starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, a new trailer shows that it's a powerfully emotional drama that is likely to make a similar splash in this year's awards. The film opens in the US and UK in November.
Another Toronto title is End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as street cops on the rough streets of Los Angeles. What makes this film different is that it's not about a specific case or corruption in the force: a new trailer shows how it traces the close relationship between two good cops with humour and some pretty intense drama too. The film opens in America next week, and in Britain in November, after its premiere at the London Film Festival.
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