NEW DIGS IN 2013?
There have been rumblings about it for more than a year. And again this year at the end of the SHOW I was hearing that the possibility of adding a new large venue for 2013 in Telluride was a serious possibility. Now we know that there is movement in that direction via this story from The Telluride Daily Planet:
Hockey rink into movie theater? It could happen and my understanding is that it would create another very large venue for the Fest to program. Think seating capacity in the Palm, Chuck, Galaxy area.
As you can see from the story, it all depends on money and time as well as balancing other interests. I'll keep an open ear for further developments on this front.
NEW PLAYER IN THE OSCAR RACE
Already regarded as something of a player, David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" got a major boost yesterday as it won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. SLP beat out "Argo", "The Master" and others. "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2008 and "The King's Speech" in 2010 won the TIFF Audience Award before going on to win the Best Picture Oscar.
Coverage of the awards announcements from Toronto is here:
And in a side note that will blow your mind, Kris Tapley tweeted yesterday that "Silver Linings" nearly played TFF #39 with a Robert DeNiro tribute as a possibility...WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME!
A FEW MINUTES WITH FEINBERG
Here's the link to this week's installment of a few minutes with The Hollywood Reporter's Oscar Guru Scott Feinberg:
Telluride film s that Scott talks about include "Amour", "Argo", "The Gatekeepers", "Hyde Park on Hudson", "Rust and Bone" and "The Sapphires".
And here's the link for Feinberg's first full Oscar forecast:
ANNE AND KRIS START OSCAR TALK
The first episode of the "Oscar Talk" podcast featuring Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood and Kris Tapley of InContention/HitFix is up and running. Among other topics Kris and Anne tackle the subject of why Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" wasn't at Telluride with each expressing one of the two versions that emerged two weeks ago: "The fest didn't want it" versus "PTA wouldn't let it play since he couldn't (?) be there". Check it here:
AWARDS CIRCUIT ON THE RECORD
One of the places that I usually include as a part of the list of bloggers and writers that concern themselves with the film awards season is The Awards Circuit. They're up with their first set of Oscar prognostications and I have linked them here: http://www.awardscircuit.com/
AC says that this is where Telluride films stand in their estimation in the Best Picture race:
#3 is "Argo"
#4 is "Amour"
#23 is "Hyde Park on Hudson"
#27 is "Frances Ha"
#32 is "Rust and Bone"
#36 is "A Royal Affair"
I'm thinking I may make my first stab at collating Oscar experts later this week. Stay tuned.
ARGO FOR THE WIN
Kris Tapley over at InContention/HitFix put up a post earlier this week outlining the case for why Ben Affleck's "Argo" has a shot to win the Best Picture Oscar. Look at it here:
THE SAPPHIRES' CHRIS O'DOWD
Scott Feinberg also had a profile of Irish actor (and my unapologetic campaign for him to get an Oscar nod continues) Chris O'Dowd whose performance in "The Sapphires" continued to turn heads in its run in the Toronto International Film Festival. Check out Feinberg's post here:
A number of announcements out of Toronto concerning various Telluride films that have been picked up for distribution. Notably Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" by IFC...
And Saudi Arabia's "Wadjda" by Sony Pictures Classics:
Roadside Attractions has grabbed Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell":
AND FINALLY...THE "LINCOLN" TRAILER
Say what you will, but I personally think that Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is going to be a monster player in this year's Oscar race. I'm taking a possible stratospheric number of nominations...12, 13, 14...that kind of thing. And now we have a trailer. And I don't think it hurts its chances at all... Look for yourself:
I think it looks phenomenal...
More on Thursday...
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