This morning the lineup for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival was announced, and it’s the best lineup in recent film festival memory.

The opening night gala film is Rian Johnson’s time travel thriller Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. Ben Affleck’s historical thriller Argo will also appear, as will the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, James D’Arcy, and Halle Berry. David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro will premiere; Blue Valentine duo Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling will premiere The Place Beyond the Pines; Hyde Park on Hudson starring Bill Murray as FDR will appear. Lastly Mike Newell’s Great Expectations will premiere at the fest.

Also premiering at the festival are Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, starring Saoirse Ronan; The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson; Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts will also premiere. Joss Whedon will also bring his self-produced Much Ado About Nothing to the festival, and the Kristen Wiig feature Imogene will appear.

Of note elsewhere, though likely not premiering at the festival, are Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina.

Hypable is hoping to bring coverage from the festival, as it’s more than likely to feature several Oscar contenders.

Without further ado, here’s the full list. Note: We’ve highlighted the more important films on the list.

GALAS

– A Royal Affair (dir. Nikolai Arcel) – Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany
Argo (dir. Ben Affleck) – USA
The Company You Keep (dir. Robert Redford) – USA
– Dangerous Liaisons (dir. Hur Jin-ho) – China
– English Vinglish (dir. Gauri Shinde) – India
– Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (dir. Shola Lynch) – USA/France
Great Expectations (dir. Mike Newell) – United Kingdom
Hyde Park on Hudson (dir. Roger Michell) – United Kingdom
– Inescapable (dir. Ruba Nadda) – Canada
– Jayne Mansfield’s Car (dir. Billy Bob Thornton) – USA/Russia
Looper (dir. Rian Johnson) – USA [Opening Film]
– Love, Marilyn (dir. Liz Garbus) – USA
– Midnight’s Children (dir. Deepa Mehta) – Canada/ United Kingdom
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (dir. Mira Nair) – USA
Silver Linings Playbook (dir. David O. Russell) – USA
– Thermae Romae (dir. Hideki Takeuchi) – Japan
– Twice Born (dir. Sergio Castellitto) – Italy/Spain/Croatia

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

– A Few Hours of Spring (dir. Stephane Brize) – France
Anna Karenina (dir. Joe Wright) – United Kingdom
– At Any Price (dir. Ramin Bahrani) – United Kingdom/USA
– The Attack (dir. Ziad Doueiri) – France
Byzantium (dir. Neil Jordan) – United Kingdom
– Capital (dir. Costa-Gavras) – France
– Caught in the Web (dir. Chen Kaige) – Japan/China
Cloud Atlas (dir. Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski) – USA
– The Deep (dir. Baltasar Kormakur) – Iceland/Norway
– Dormant Beauty (dir. Marco Bellocchio) – Italy/France
– Dreams for Sale (dir. Nishikawa Miwa) – Japan
– End Of Watch (dir. David Ayer) – USA
– Everybody Has A Plan (dir. Ana Piterbarg) – Argentina
– Foxfire (dir. Laurent Cantet) – France/Canada
– Frances Ha (dir. Noah Baumbach) – USA
– Ginger and Rosa (dir. Sally Potter) – United Kingdom
– Hannah Arendt (dir. Margarethe von Trotta) – Germany
– The Hunt (dir. Thomas Vinterberg) – Denmark
– The Iceman (dir. Ariel Vromen) – USA
Imogene (dir. Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman) – USA
The Impossible (dir. J.A. Bayona) – Spain/USA
– In the House (dir. Francois Ozon) – France
– Kon-Tiki (dir. Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg) – United Kingdom/Norway/Denmark
– The Last Supper (dir. Lu Chuan) – China
– A Late Quartet (dir. Yaron Zilberman) – USA
– A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson) – United Kingdom
– Lore (dir. Cate Shortland) – Australia/United Kingdom/Germany
– Mr. Pip (dir. Andrew Adamson) – New Zealand
Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Joss Whedon) – USA
– No (dir. Pablo Larrain) – Chile/USA
– Outrage Beyond (dir. Takeshi Kitano) – Japan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (dir. Stephen Chbosky) – USA
The Place Beyond the Pines (dir. Derek Cianfrance) – USA
Quartet (dir. Dustin Hoffman) – United Kingdom
– Reality (dir. Matteo Garrone) – Italy/France
Rust and Bone (dir. Jacques Audiard) – France/Belgium
– The Sapphires (dir. Wayne Blair) – Australia
The Sessions (dir. Ben Lewin) – USA
– Tai Chi 0 (dir. Stephen Fung) – China
– Thanks for Sharing (dir. Stuart Blumberg) – USA
– The Time Being (dir. Nenad Cicin-Sain) – USA
To The Wonder (dir. Terrence Malick) – USA
– Venus and Serena (dir. Maiken Baird) – USA
– Writers (dir. Josh Boone) – USA
– Zaytoun (dir. Eran Riklis) – United Kingdom/Israel

What do you think of the list?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!