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‘Steve Jobs’ Joins Fall Festival Contenders as NYFF Centerpiece Gala: What’s Coming Up and What’s Not (UPDATED)

'Steve Jobs' Joins Fall Festival Contenders as NYFF Centerpiece Gala: What's Coming Up and What's Not (UPDATED)

The 53rd New York Film Festival Centerpiece Gala is Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” biopic, adapted by Aaron Sorkin from Walter Isaacson’s biography, starring Michael Fassbender as the man at the center of the digital revolution, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, and Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, set for Legendary/Universal release on October 9. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, Scott Rudin, Boyle, and Christian Colson.
This follows last week’s announcement that Don Cheadle’s directorial debut “Miles Ahead,” in which he stars as legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, will world premiere on closing night of the upcoming NYFF (September 25 – October 11). Cheadle stars as Davis, during his crazy Manhattan days in the late-70s, opposite Emayatzy Corinealdi as his great love Frances Taylor and Ewan McGregor as Dave Brill, a “reporter” who cons his way into Miles’ apartment. 
The NYFF has already announced its opening night movie, Robert Zemeckis’s 1970s period “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as French wire-walker Philippe Petit and Ben Kingsley. (Sony/TriStar, October 2)

READ MORE: New York Film Festival Opens with Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’ As Fall Fests Jockey for Galas 

Landing a prime position at a fall festival can make a difference in finding a distributor or launching an awards contender. This prestigious slot at the NYFF will help Cheadle to land distribution; sales agent UTA will likely privately screen the film for distributors before the festival; otherwise will be too late to enter this year’s Oscar race. It looks like Cheadle has a shot for Best Actor, for starters. The rest of us will have to wait. 

Slates about to roll out from Toronto (Tuesday, July 28) and Venice. (Telluride will reveal its secret program on opening day, September 4, before the Labor Day weekend.) 

Baltasar Kormákur’s mountain ascent thriller “Everest,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, and Robin Wright, will open and world premiere at the Venice Festival (September 18, Working Title/Universal). So these titles are effectively off the table for other fests. 

Focus Features’ “Suffragette,” which will open the London Film Festival on October 7, on the other hand, will also play earlier fall fests. Venice is world-premiering Scott Cooper’s Whitey Bulger biopic “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp in heavy makeup and blue contact lenses, as well as Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sienna Miller, and Dakota Johnson. It was shown in rough early form to Cannes but wasn’t finished in time, and will likely turn up at other fall festivals. (Warner Bros., September 18). 

A raft of films that were shown at Sundance, Berlin and Cannes will turn up in these fall programs, from “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” “Macbeth,” “Youth,” “Sicario,” and “Son of Saul” to “45 Years.” 
READ MORE: 2016 Oscar Predictions. 

But what about the ones no one has seen yet? What else can we expect to see?

Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash,” starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Dakota Johnson, which wasn’t ready for Cannes, may turn up on the fall festival circuit. (Fox Searchlight, undated)

Steven Spielberg’s international period thriller “Bridge of Spies,” written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan. (Touchstone/DreamWorks/20th Century Fox, October 16)

Angelina Jolie’s romantic comedy “By The Sea” stars Jolie, Brad Pitt, Niels Arestrup, and Mélanie Laurent. (Universal, November 13)

Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” brings out the feminine side of Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, who costars with rising stars Alicia Vikander and Matthias Schoenaerts. (Working Title, Focus Features, November 27)

Ron Howard’s 1820 ocean adventure “In the Heart of the Sea,” starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, tells the primal origin myth of Moby Dick with plenty of VFX. (Warner Bros., December 11)


Sean Penn’s “The Last Face” starring Charlize Theron as an international relief agency director and Javier Bardem as an aid relief doctor in war-torn Africa as well as Adele Exarchopoulos may turn up at a festival, seeking a distributor. 

Brian Helgeland’s “Legend” stars Tom Hardy as the Kray twins and Emily Browning. (Working Title, Universal, October 2)

Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster” stars George Clooney, Jack O’Connell, and Julia Roberts. (TriStar/Sony, undated)

David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand Is Crisis” stars Sandra Bullock, Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie and Ann Dowd.  (Warner Bros., October 30)

“Spotlight,” Thomas McCarthy’s journalism story about exposing Catholic sex abuse, stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Billy Crudup, and John Slattery. (Open Road, November 6) 

Jay Roach’s biopic “Trumbo” stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K., Helen Mirren, and John Goodman. (Bleecker Street, November 6) 
James Vanderbilt’s backstage TV news drama “Truth” stars Robert Redford as Dan Rather, plus Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Bruce Greenwood. (Sony Pictures Classics, undated)

The Amsterdam period romance “Tulip Fever,” based on the bestseller, leans heavily on blossoming star Alicia Vikander as a woman married to older man Christoph Waltz who has an affair with the young painter (Dane DeHaan) who comes to do her portrait. The movie also stars Dame Judi Dench as a nun. (TWC, November).

Late releases:

Alejandro González Inarritu’s frontier actioner “The Revenant,” which filmed in the far north in natural light with bearded Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, is still filming under tough conditions in Tierra del Fuego and will barely be finished in time for release. (20th Century Fox, December 25 limited)

Peter Landesman’s heart-tugger “Concussion” stars Will Smith as a South African doctor, Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser, and Luke Wilson. (Sony, December 25)

Quentin Tarantino’s claustrophobic western “The Hateful Eight,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demián Bichir, and Kurt Russell, is still in the editing room and likely won’t be done in time for fall fests. (The Weinstein Co., December 25)

David O. Russell ‘s “Joy” stars Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence as the powerhouse behind a business empire; her costars are Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Édgar Ramirez. Russell likes to futz in the editing room until the last moment. (20th Century Fox, December 25)

Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. (Open Road, December 25)

Set for 2016:

Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Demolition,” an original New York relationship drama by Bryan Sipe starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, and Chris Cooper, will open the Toronto International Film Festival. (Fox Searchlight)

Peter Landesman’s sports drama “Concussion,” stars Will Smith as a South African doctor, Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser and Luke Wilson. (Sony, November 27). 

Richard Linklater’s tentatively titled “Everybody Wants Some,” after the Van Halen song, is about college baseball players in the 1980s, features a rocking 80s soundtrack including Talking Heads, Pat Benatar, Devo and others, and stars Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin and Wyatt Russell. (Annapurna/Paramount, April 15)

The Coen brothers’ period LA comedy “Hail Caesar!” stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum. Tilda Swinton. Ralph Fiennes. and Jonah Hill. (WorkingTitle, Universal, February 2016) 

Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” stars Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, and Joel Edgerton. (Warner Bros., March)

Martin Scorsese’s Japan-set period drama “Silence” starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Issei Ogata, Adam Driver, and Tadanobu Asano. (Paramount) 

John Hillcoat’s “Triple 9” starring Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Chris Allen, and Anthony Mackie. (Open Road, March 4, 2016) 

Warren Beatty’s “Untitled Howard Hughes movie” stars Beatty, Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Taissa Farmiga, Chace Crawford and Candice Bergen. (No U.S. distributor.) 

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