Canuck bow for 'Bernard'

MONTREAL — “All the King’s Men,” the star-studded remake of the 1949 Oscar-winning pic, will world preem at the Toronto Film Festival.

Canuck fest, which runs Sept. 7-16, will also host the world preems of thesp-helmer Bob Balaban’s “Bernard and Doris,” Jason Biggs starrer “The Pleasure of Your Company” and helmer Agnieszka Holland’s “Copying Beethoven.”

Written and directed by Steven Zaillian, the adaptation of Robert Penn Warren novel “All the King’s Men” stars Sean Penn as corrupt Southern politician Willie Stark. Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Patricia Clarkson, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins also star.

Pic, produced by Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Ken Lemberger and Zaillian, will be released by Sony Pictures. At Toronto, it will be presented in the fest’s Gala premiere section.

“Bernard and Doris” is based on the life of billionaire tobacco baroness Doris Duke, with Susan Sarandon playing Duke and Ralph Fiennes portraying her gay Irish butler, Bernard. When she died in 1993, Duke left her entire estate to the butler, causing much controversy. Pic is a special presentation at Toronto.

Writer, thesp and founder of the Stella comedy troupe Michael Ian Black makes his feature directorial debut with “The Pleasure of Your Company,” about a man (Biggs) whose life is changed when he meets a quirky waitress (Isla Fisher). Pic is also a special presentation screening.

Diane Kruger stars in “Copying Beethoven” as a music student who helps legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven (Ed Harris) publish the score for his Ninth Symphony. This British-Hungarian co-production will screen as part of the Contemporary World Cinema sidebar.

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