Good Thursday morning, America!
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THE DESCENDANTS DROPS
It will come as no surprise to anyone that MTFB/FAC leads off with an immense amount of coverage of Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" which opened on the coasts last night and goes wider tomorrow. The George Clooney starring vehicle has been the talk of Oscar bloggers since it opened up the Telluride fest as the patrons preview screening on the Friday afternoon that opened the festival (complete with Clooney and Payne and a brief opportunity for to meet and converse with these two men who in all likelihood will be nominated for Oscar for their work on the film). It was a fun afternoon. You can actually read my Playlist review here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/alexander_payne_george_clooney_riff_on_family_love_loss_death_and_the_choic
So without any further dithering, here is a ton of "Descendants" coverage, interviews and reviews from the past two days or so...
Peter Travers/The Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/the-descendants-20111115
The Playlist (New, not mine): http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/review-george-clooney-grapples-with-life-death-fatherhood-in-the-descendants
Alonso Duralde/The Wrap: http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/%E2%80%98descendants%E2%80%99-mid-life-crisis-hawaiian-style-32785
A.O. Scott/The New York Times: http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/movies/descendants-with-george-clooney-review.html
Leonard Maltin/Movie Crazy: http://blogs.indiewire.com/leonardmaltin/the-descendants
The Daily Mubi Roundup of Reviews (this has a link to Telluride reviews which includes mine...by name...crazy huh?): http://mubi.com/notebook/posts/alexander-paynes-the-descendants
Shailene Woodley interviews with...
Jeff Wells/Hollywood Elsewhere: http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2011/11/grace_under_pre.php
Katey Rich/Cinema Blend: http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Descendants-Breakout-Star-Shailene-Woodley-Reveals-What-George-Clooney-Has-Taught-Her-27917.html
Clooney and Payne...
Greg Ellwood/HitFix: http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/awards-campaign/posts/george-clooney-and-alexander-payne-talk-shooting-on-the-descendants-and-praise-the-wire
John Horn/The LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-descendants-payne-20111113,0,1621276.story
Fox Searchlight: http://content.foxsearchlight.com/inside/node/5027
Pamela McClintock/The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/george-clooney-descendants-twilight-breaking-dawn-box-office-261881
Benjamin Mercer/The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/11/why-eternal-bachelor-george-clooney-makes-for-a-great-family-man/248019/
The Playlist: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-descendants-new-images
Go see it. It's good.
Descendats' IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1033575/
One of the lesser lights of this year's fest (in my opinion...at The Playlist here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/telluride_11_review_jennifer_garners_butter_churns_and_churns_but_doesnt_pr ) was the Jennifer Garner vehicle "Butter". Word now comes that The Weinstein Company has moved its release to March of 2012.
New pictures are out at a variety of online venues. Here's a link to //Film's story: http://www.slashfilm.com/olivia-wilde-hugh-jackman-butter/
Butter's IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1349451/
And a new film to add to the TFF #39 watchlist..."The Silver Linings Playbook". Weinsteins have announced its planned release date and it seems very Telluride-friendly. Check the release story from The Playlist: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/david-o-russells-the-silver-linings-playbook-gets-november-21-2012-release-date
Silver Linings IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/
ALBERT NOBBS NEWS
Anne Thompson at Thompson on Hollywood talks to both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer about the gender bending period piece which is still generating Oscar buzz for Close and also some buzz for McTeer as well. Check out my Telluride review for The Playlist here:
Thompson with Close: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/oscar-watch-glenn-close-talks-gender-bender-albert-nobbs
Thompson with McTeer: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/oscar-watch-janet-mcteer-talks-stealing-albert-nobbs-from-glenn-close
Albert's IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1602098/
New Oscar prognostications and analysis from...
Movie City News' Gurus of Gold: http://moviecitynews.com/2011/11/gurus-o-gold-november-15-2011/
Sasha Stone/Awards Daily/State of the Race: http://www.awardsdaily.com/2011/11/the-state-of-the-race-a-storms-coming/
Oscar Poker: http://www.awardsdaily.com/podcasts/oscarpoker/episode55.mp3
Greg Ellwood's Contender Countdown at HitFix: http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/awards-campaign/posts/contender-countdown-can-margin-call-crash-the-oscar-party
ODDS AND ENDS
The Village Voice talks to David Cronenberg about "A Dangerous Method": http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-11-16/film/freudian-trip-in-dialogue-with-david-cronenberg/
24 Frames talks to the cast of "The Artist": http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/11/the-artist-cast-talks-envelope.html
The Playlist talks to Werner Herzog about (among other things) "Into the Abyss: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/interview-werner-herzog-talks-teaching-lock-picking-being-a-living-legend-and-into-the-abyss
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