NATALIE PORTMAN’S VOX LUX JOINS TIFF: The 43rdAnnual Toronto Film Festival has added Natalie Portman-starrer Vox Lux, by director Brady Corbet, and Neil Jordan's Greta, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert to its lineup. Netflix is dominating the slate with eight titles, including opener Outlaw King. The festival’s director Piers Handling tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I'm leaving in a moment of great disruption and it's hard to know what's going to happen in the future." (He is set to step down as festival lead after the festival). "I don't think the big-screen experience will disappear, maybe modify, but it's not going away. If it goes away, it will take decades for that to vanish," he added. TIFF runs Sept. 6-16. Cannes, meanwhile, banned Netflix movies from official competition. In other Portman news, she will direct and star as twin sisters in a drama about dueling advice columnists Esther and Pauline Friedman. She made her directorial debut for the 2015 Israeli drama A Tale of Love and Darkness.
THE HILLS SET FOR REBOOT: The Hills is getting the reboot treatment on MTV via The Hills: New Beginnings. Original cast members Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason Wahler, Frankie Delgado, Justin Bobby Brescia and Stephanie Pratt have signed on. MTV announced The Hills' return during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Sadly, Lauren Conrad and Kristen Cavallari will not be joining in. MTV’s rebooted Jersey Shore became the channel’s top-rated series as soon as it premiered in April. The second season debuts tomorrow (Thursday).
PETER JACKSON’S WWI DOC TO PREMIERE AT LONDON FILM FEST: A new World War I documentary from Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 16th. The title of the film has also been revealed: They Shall Not Grow Old. The London Film Fest runs from October 10-21.
AMERICAN VANDAL TRAILER DROPS: In its first season, Netflix’s mockumentary American Vandal examined the story behind private school vandalism involving spray-painted phalluses. School is back in session, and this one looks like a real turd. Season 2 launches September 14th, as co-creators/documentarians Peter Maldonado and Sam Ecklund bring their sleuthing skills to a feces-flecked Catholic school. Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Travis Tope, Taylor Dearden, Melvin Gregg and DeRon Horton star.
SIX FLAGS AND CBS COLLABORATE ON HELL FEST RIDES: Six Flags Entertainment and CBS Films are partnering up on spooky new theme park rides as CBS and Lionsgate rolls out promos for the film Hell Fest. The new haunted attractions based on the film will debut at three theme parks during Fright Fest, which runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 15-October 31.The three Six Flags venues (Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA; Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ; and Great America in Gurnee, IL) will turn haunted mazes into replicas from the film’s goriest scenes. Hell Fest opens September 28th.