Bill Murray, Al Pacino, Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon Bound for TIFF

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Bill Murray, Al Pacino, Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon Bound for TIFF


Kane, Laura, The Canadian Press


Murray, Pacino among stars headed to TIFF

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TORONTO - Bill Murray, Kate Winslet, Denzel Washington, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon and Al Pacino are among the A-listers headed to next month's Toronto International Film Festival.

Also gracing the guest list are Tina Fey, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Aniston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, Ben Stiller, Channing Tatum, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, John Travolta and Adam Sandler.

The festival revealed its highly anticipated roster Tuesday as it announced the final slate of films bound for the movie marathon, bringing the total to 285 features and 108 shorts.

New films include "St. Vincent," directed by Theodore Melfi and starring Murray as a retired curmudgeon with a taste for booze and gambling who befriends the 12-year-old son of his next-door neighbour (Melissa McCarthy).

James Franco's "The Sound and the Fury," based on the classic William Faulkner novel, will have its North American premiere in Toronto. Franco, who directed and stars in the film, will also attend the fest.

"It's a really strong line-up. We're thrilled with it," said artistic director Cameron Bailey, who touted the festival's international selections as well as its North American films.

"It looks to me like there is as much interest as ever in showing your film in front of a Toronto audience first. The enthusiasm with which we're approached to try to get a slot in Toronto is really remarkable. I hope Torontonians understand just what power they have simply as a film audience in the world."

Some notable names missing from the list are Martin Scorsese, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Hardy, who all have buzzy movies screening at the fest.

Bailey said Scorsese has not yet confirmed but he is still hopeful the Academy Award-winning director will attend for his collaboration with David Tedeschi, "The 50 Year Argument," a documentary tribute to "The New York Review of Books."

He added that up-and-coming Quebecois director Xavier Dolan is expected to be at the fest to screen his film "Mommy," despite being left off the guest list revealed on Tuesday.

In addition to Franco, several other actors will appear at the fest to promote films they've directed: Alan Rickman for "A Little Chaos," the closing night film; Chris Rock for "Top Five"; Melanie Laurent for "Breathe"; and Ethan Hawke for his documentary about pianist Seymour Bernstein, "Seymour: An Introduction."

Director Antoine Fuqua, meanwhile, will appear with Washington for a public conversation about "The Equalizer," their first collaboration since the Academy Award-winning "Training Day. …

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