Friday, August 5, 2011

Goodbye, Norma Jean/Lonergan in Play/Twixt Trailer Makes Waves/Guy Lodge Weighs In



The New York Film Festival announced yesterday that Simon Curtis' "My Week with Marilyn" starring Michelle Williams will be their "Centerpiece Gala."  The Weinstein Company's decision to place it there all but takes it out of the Telluride conversation.

Admittedly, "Marilyn's" chances at being a part of the TFF #38 lineup were always shaky at best.  For my money the TWC focus for Telluride may solely be focused on "The Artist."  Despite the news two days ago that it had been selected to play the Montreal World Film Festival, I still have a strong sense that the Cannes favorite will play in the San Juans in a month.

You can check out various versions of this story from...
Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood/IndieWire:

Sasha Stone/Awards Daily:

My Week with Marilyn's IMDb page:


Matt Damon and Anna Paquin in"Margaret" via The Playlist

A good deal of Telluride speculation has erupted around the interwebs about Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" as a possible addition to the program at Telluride.   all this has blown up in the last few days after the announcement that the film was going to have a release date.  Matt Damon and Anna Paquin star.  The release is set  for Sept. 30 according to the story from The Playlist at IndieWire.  You can see that here:

Ioncinema, among others were tweeting along these lines:

ioncinema (@ioncinema)

8/3/11 9:10 PM

"Wondering whether Telluride or TIFF will sneak in Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret --- would make sense."
So put it in play as a Telluride possible.
Margaret's IMDB page:

Francis Ford Coppola's all over the web with this trailer for his new experimental live mix/mashup goth/historic thriller  "Twixt" which has garnered some Telluride speculation from Kristopher Tapley at
Not to be outdone, but perhaps late to the party, MTFB has this link from First to the trailer for your perusal:

Twixt's IMDb page:


"The Ides of March"   One of Guy Lodge's Best Film Predictions

Guy Lodge over at has weighed in with his first, very early Oscar speculation.  I have included it below with asterisks beside the potential nominees which I feel have the greatest chance of being unveiled in Telluride over Labor Day weekend.  I have used a + sign for those films I think have some chance to be at Telluride.

You can read Guy's prep story here:

 Best Picture

“The Artist”*
“The Descendants”*
“The Ides of March”+
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”+
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”*
George Clooney, “The Ides of March”+
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Steven Spielberg, “War Horse”

Best Actor

George Clooney, “The Descendants”*
Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”*
Gary Oldman, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”+
Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter”

Best Actress

Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”*
Olivia Colman, “Tyrannosaur”
Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”*

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”+
Albert Brooks, “Drive”*
Colin Firth, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”+
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Ides of March”+
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Best Supporting Actress

Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”*
Jessica Chastain, “Take Shelter”
Anjelica Huston, “50/50”+
Vanessa Redgrave, “Coriolanus”*
Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”*

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“The Descendants”*
“The Ides of March”+
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”+
“War Horse”

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

“The Artist”*
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
“Midnight in Paris”
“Take Shelter”

More tomorrow...

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