"The Judge", with Duvall and Downey, to open Toronto Film Festival

TORONTO Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:48am IST

Cast member Robert Downey Jr. waves next to co-star Gwyneth Paltrow at the premiere of ''Iron Man 3'' at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

Cast member Robert Downey Jr. waves next to co-star Gwyneth Paltrow at the premiere of ''Iron Man 3'' at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California April 24, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/Files

TORONTO (Reuters) - "The Judge", starring Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr, will open the annual Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 4, the festival said on Friday.

The film, by "Wedding Crashers" director David Dobkin, follows a lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, who is also a judge, is suspected of murder.

It was one of about 60 films unveiled by the festival on Tuesday when it announced just under a fifth of the slate for its 39th edition, but organizers at the time said they had yet to decide on an opening night film.

The Toronto festival ranks with Cannes and Sundance as one of the most influential in the world and also acts as a showcase for films hoping to compete for Oscars.

The 10-day festival is tightening its scheduling criteria this year to include only true world premieres during its first four days, when media and industry attention is brightest.

The tougher criteria is meant to halt recent occurrences of films touted as "world premieres" appearing days previously at the smaller Telluride Film Festival, a largely industry-only event that unveils its screenings at the last minute.

(Reporting by Cameron French; Editing by Grant McCool)

Raspy-Voiced Singer

REUTERS SHOWCASE

SpiceJet Bail-Out

SpiceJet Bail-Out

Co-founder of SpiceJet seeks time to finalise rescue  Full Article 

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

Internet outage seen in N. Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute.  Full Article 

Tunisia Vote

Tunisia Vote

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote.  Full Article 

Singer Dies

Singer Dies

Joe Cocker, raspy-voiced British singer, dies at 70.  Full Article 

Cricket Update

Cricket Update

Shane Watson forced to leave Australia training by bouncer blow.  Full Article 

Jaycee Charged

Jaycee Charged

China charges Jackie Chan's son over drug offence.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device   Full Coverage