Friday, August 31, 2012

Flash: Telluride has its first hit...Ben Affleck's "Argo" delivers...big time!
Surreality; talked this AM to/with Ben Affleck, Laura Linney, Serge Bromberg, Peter Sellers and Mark Cousins. Unbelievable!
Word is that the Patron Preview this afternoon will be "Argo" with Mr. Affleck in attendance.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Official TFF #39 Lineup





The official lineup for this year's Telluride Film Festival has been posted and here it is:

39th Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program, the ‘Show’:
THE ACT OF KILLING (d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2012);
AMOUR (d. Michael Haneke, Austria, 2012);
AT ANY PRICE (d. Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2012);
THE ATTACK (d. Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon-France, 2012);
BARBARA (d. Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012);
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (d. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, U.S., 2012);
 EVERYDAY (d. Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2012);
FRANCES HA (d. Noah Baumbach, U.S., 2012);
THE GATEKEEPERS (d. Dror Moreh, Israel, 2012);
GINGER AND ROSA (d. Sally Potter, England, 2012);
THE HUNT (d. Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 2012);
HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (d. Roger Michell, U.S., 2012);
THE ICEMAN (d. Ariel Vromen, U.S., 2012);
LOVE, MARILYN (d. Liz Garbus, U.S., 2012);
MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (d. Deepa Mehta, Canada-Sri Lanka, 2012);
NO (Pablo LarraĆ­n, Chile, 2012);
PARADISE: LOVE (d. Ulrich Seidl, Austria, 2012);
PIAZZA FONTANA (d. Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy, 2012);
A ROYAL AFFAIR (d. Nikolaj Arcel, Denmark, 2012);
RUST & BONE (d. Jacques Audiard, France, 2012);
THE SAPPHIRES (d. Wayne Blair, Australia, 2012);
STORIES WE TELL (d. Sarah Polley, Canada, 2012);
SUPERSTAR (d. Xavier Giannoli, France, 2012);
WADJDA (d. Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia, 2012);
WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE? (d. Mark Cousins, Ireland-Mexico, 2012).






Also, don't forget...there will be added films that the Fest organizers will not announce until we're underway...so there really is more to come.

I'll have more as the day goes on and my travel permits. I'm "on the road" as I write this...it's really difficult to steer and write at the same time!

Kidding...

An Invitation/Last Call/Ten Bets/Ten More Bets/Maybe the Third Tribute?

Good Thursday...SHOW in ONE...Ride to the 'Ride leaves today at noon!


AN INVITATION (in case you've missed it)...



Larry and Mitzi Mallard of The River Club (550 Depot in Telluride) are hosting yours truly for The Second Annual (?) Guide to the 'Ride; Flow of the SHOW at 5:00pm tomorrow.  Come by.  Grab some refreshment.  We'll hob, and nob...talk a little film...should be fun!

LAST CALL



The 39th Telluride Film Festival should drop their official lineup around noon today.  That's about the time the CEO and I will be making tracks in a westerly direction.  I anticipate being able to post the lineup soon after it goes up even if  I'm on the road.  Nevertheless, it's been a great time this last few months trying to ferret out what we might see this coming weekend.  Below will be the last "Ten Bets" for this   SHOW (actually, more than ten, as you will see).

My thanks to all of you who have read this thing at any point...and also to those people who do this professionally who I shamelessly mine for nuggets that I then try to turn into some sort of map for the T-ride lineup.

As always a big thanks to Mitzi and Larry Mallard who really do make the whole thing possible.

Also thanks to the CEO...who really does put up with this obsession with a stunning amount of grace and good will.  I don't know that I'd be as patient should the shoe be on the other foot.

TEN BETS...



Monday's posted bets were:


1) Rust and Bone
2) Hyde Park on Hudson
3) Midnight's Children
4) The Central Park Five
5) Frances Ha
6) Ginger and Rosa
7) No
8) The Iceman
9) Bromberg's Chaplin
10) Amour

and the additional "Bets" were:


11) Argo
12) Rainy City Tales
13) Something in the Air
14) The Sapphires
15) Beyond the Hills
16) Song for Marion
17) Ernest and Celestine
18) To the Wonder (I know I'm crazy to put the Malick here...but some smart peeps think it's possible)
19) The Hunt
20) Hannah Arendt

And here's the FINAL "TEN BETS"

1) Rust and Bone
2) Hyde Park on Hudson
3) The Central Park Five
4) Frances Ha
5) Ginger and Rosa
6) No
7) Argo
8) Amour
9) Midnight's Children
10) The Hunt

TEN MORE (FINAL) BETS

11) At Any Price
12) On the Road
13) Passion
14) The Gatekeepers
15) The Sapphires
16) The Iceman
17) A Royal Affair
18) Ernest and Celestine
19) Bromberg's Chaplin Restoration
20) Populaire


Just outside: "Beyond the Hills" and "Something in the Air"

And here is what the original "Ten Bets" were from back in June:


1) Amour
2) Rust and Bone
3) Beyond the Hills
4) Hyde Park on Hudson
5) Song for Marion
6) No
7) Midnight's Children
8) The East
9) Something in the Air
10) On the Road




MAYBE THE THIRD TRIBUTE???




It has been reported that actors Marion Cotillard and Mads Mikkelsen are two Tributees this year leaving us to wonder who might be the third (assuming Telluride does what it has done in the past and honors three people)...then some news yesterday sent up my radar.

Often the Fest warms up the locals and early-arrivers (and their outdoor equipment) with films in the Elks Park on Wednesday and Thursday nights prior to the fest.  These film choices can act as clues to Tributees.  Last year "Michael Clayton" was a choice starring George Clooney and Tilda Swinton both of whom were feted at Tributes.  The year before saw the presentation of "Once Upon a Time in the West" Starring Claudia Cardinale...a Tributee.

Last night in Telluride they showed the new version of the James Bond flick "Casino Royale" starring Daniel Craig...wait, it's NOT Craig...and Mads Mikkelsen as the villain...now you see...

Tonight's scheduled film in the park...from 1979 "Rock and Roll High School"

Huh?

It starred Vincent Van Patten and P.J. Soles and Clint Howard (Ron's brother...can't see a tribute for any of these fine people) and Dick Miller who made something of a name as a guy in a ton of Roger Corman "B" flicks...wait...Roger Corman executive produced "R and R High"!

Eureka!


Now, I don't know that Corman's going to be in town (but there's a rumor...) and I don't know who the third tribute is...but...

King of the B's anyone?

"R and R High's" IMDb entry:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079813/

And the one for the mighty Roger himself:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000339/

And here's the link to the complete Telluride Inside post about the pre-fest films:
http://www.tellurideinside.com/2012/08/telluride-film-festival-2012-no-pass-dont-pass.html


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Welcome/Leaning Towards/Venitians/Central Park Five/Sessions Clip/Native Silence/Fall Oscar Preview

Good Wednesday to All...2 days...1 day...if you've been reading...you know.

WELCOME



And by that I mean that you are welcome to attend the Second Annual(?) Guide to the 'Ride; Flow of the SHOW" at 5:00pm Friday at The River Club, 550 Depot in Telluride for a conversation about this year's festival lineup, the blog...and whatever else might come up.  Hosts Mitzi and Larry Mallard will open The River Club's doors and provide some drinks and snacks...come by...say hello!

LEANING TOWARDS...



Coming down the stretch this week and there seems fairly strong buzz/indications that we almost certainly can count on Ben Affleck's "Argo", Brian DePalma's "Passion" and Walter Salles "On the Road".  All three have been on the MTFB radar and "Argo" was listed Monday on the "Additional Ten Bets" List at #11.  These three join "Rust and Bone", "Hyde Park on Hudson", "The Central Park Five", "Frances Ha', "Ginger and Rosa" and "Midnight's Children" as virtual certainties for this weekend.

What this means is that I will, in fact, do a final "Ten Bets" tomorrow and post it before I get in the car and head to the mountains.

VENICE FILMS???




The Venice Film Festival opens today with Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" and if the past is any guide , somewhere between 2-4 films will cross over from Venice to southwest Colorado.  The most likely possibilities are:

Among competition films: "At Any Price", "Something in the Air", "Passion".

"To the Wonder" and "The Master" now are unlikely Telluride candidates.

Among the out of competition films: "Love is All You Need", "The Reluctant Fundamentalist", "The Company You Keep", "The Iceman".

And if I were forced to chose I'd rank the five most likely as: "Passion", "At Any Price", "The Iceman", "Something in the Air" and "The Company You Keep".

CENTRAL PARK FIVE



I don't think it's much of a secret that I've had this Ken Burns and Co. documentary on the "Ten Bets" list all summer.  It's going to play, I say.

Jeff Wells/Hollywood Elsewhere touched on it, it's Telluride probability and other items in this post yesterday:
http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/08/we_done_em_wron.php



SESSIONS CLIP

A new clip from Sundance hit and one of my personal hopes for this weekend "The Sessions" emerged yesterday.  Here it is:







NATIVE SILENCE



And put this down in your notebook for Telluride #40...a restored silent film starring Native Americans discovered and restored here in my home state of Oklahoma.  The article says that it's headed to Telluride which would have to mean 2013 and has the support of the above-mentioned Mr. Burns.  It's sounds fascinating!

Here's the link to the article from IndianCountryTodaymedianetwork.com:





FALL OSCAR PREVIEW?

HitFix has a very nice pictorial up of 20 films it isolates as the films it most anticipates this fall.  A number of probable/possible Telluride titles make their list including: "Passion", "Argo", "Frances Ha", "Something in the Air", "The Iceman" and "At Any Price".  And some less likely T-ride possibilities such as: "Cloud Atlas", "Anna Karenina", "Great Expectations", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Quartet", "The Place Beyond the Pines", "Seven Psychopaths" and "The Impossible".



Take a look: http://www.hitfix.com/news/20-most-anticipated-fall-film-festival-premieres

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Join the Fun/More Informed Spec/Ernest and Celestine/Today's Master News

Good Tuesday to Everyone...The first film happens in 3 days...I burn miles in 2!


JOIN THE FUN



In now in what is a constant refrain, remember that you're invited to join me and hosts Mitzi and Larry Mallard for the "Second Annual(?) Guide to the "Ride; Flow of the SHOW" Friday at 5:00pm at The River Club, 550 Depot in Telluride.  Come...we'll banter about film and have a sip and a nosh...should be fun.

MORE INFORMED SPEC



Hollywood Elsewhere (Jeff Wells) claims that Oscar winner (and likely nominee again this year) Marion Cotillard and Dane Mads Mikkelsen are two of the traditional three tributees for this year's Telluride Film Festival.  If true, you can expect to see Cotillard's "Rust and Bone" (#1 on this week's "Ten Bets") and Mikkelsen's "The Hunt" (# 19 on the additional "Ten Bets") and/or "A Royal Affair" (nowhere to be found on MTFB).

Marion Cotillard!  I'm down with that!

Wells also runs through films that he has previously suggested are likely: "Argo", "Frances Ha", "Ginger and Rosa", "Hyde Park on Hudson", "Passion"  and maybe "The Sapphires".  He also claims that Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" is now off the board.

Take a look at his entire post here:
http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/08/mountain_meadow.php

Mikkelsen's IMDb entry: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0586568/

Ms. Cotillard's IMDb entry: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0182839/


ERNEST AND CELESTINE



I first noted this as a possibility for Telluride on July 16th with a piece that appeared from InContention/Hit Fix's Guy Lodge.

And, as a matter of fact, I included it this past week as #17 in the additional "Ten Bets" yesterday.  Now comes the news from Kris Tapley at InContention/HitFix that the French animated film has a U.S. distributor.  It's GKIDS.  Tapley also speculates that it could pop up this weekend.  Here's the link to his post:
http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/gkids-picks-up-ernest-celestine-for-2013-release


TODAY'S MASTER NEWS



A new trailer via IMDb.  It's linked here (and it's cool):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560747/#lb-vi2384700697
Click the "Watch Trailer" button

You can also get to to with this post from The Playlist:
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/man-is-not-an-animal-new-trailer-for-paul-thomas-andersons-the-master-20120827


On a related matter...I had one of those moments yesterday for about an hour in which I thought I had stumbled across some possibly shattering info that would ultimately lead me to be able to up my prediction on the chances that "The Master" might still "sneak" as a part of the TFF #39 program this weekend.  I was pretty excited...chased and chased...searched and googled.  Doubled back....

Ummm...no.  Nothing new to report...as you were...

But for a few minutes...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Reminder/Ten Bets/Master/Sessions/Late Breaking/Questions

Good Monday to Everyone...It's Telluride #39 week!  First film in 4 more days...Transport leaves the dock in 3!

REMINDER



If you're reading this blog remember that you're invited to a blog-centric wing ding on Friday at 5:00 pm at The River Club at 550 Depot in Telluride.  We'll get together and talk a little, visit, schmooze...have a little vino and maybe a nibble...It's the Second Annual(?) Guide to the 'Ride; Flow of the SHOW so we might also mention this film festival that's about to happen.


TEN BETS



Some changes this week...because I think I've tuned into some pretty reliable information...

Last week's "Ten Bets":


This week's "Ten Bets":

1) Rust and Bone
2) Hyde Park on Hudson
3) Midnight's Children
4) Amour
5) No
6) The Iceman
7) The Central Park Five
8) Bromberg's Chaplin
9) On the Road
10) Beyond the Hills


This week's "Ten Bets"  (and maybe my last "Ten Bets" post before the festival kicks off on Friday...though I might do updates as this week progresses...depends what I turn up).

1) Rust and Bone
2) Hyde Park on Hudson
3) Midnight's Children
4) The Central Park Five
5) Frances Ha
6) Ginger and Rosa
7) No
8) The Iceman
9) Bromberg's Chaplin
10) Amour


"On the Road" and "Beyond the Hills" fall off the "Ten Bets" into the 30+ that could play category.  They'd be in the "Ten More Bets section...which..OK...here it is (though I told myself I wasn't going to do "Ten More Bets" this year)

Ten More Bets

11) Argo
12) Rainy Day Tales
13) Something in the Air
14) The Sapphires
15) Beyond the Hills
16) Song for Marion
17) Ernest and Celestine
18) To the Wonder (I know I'm crazy to put the Malick here...but some smart peeps think it's possible)
19) The Hunt
20) Hannah Arendt

PS...looks like Jeff Wells is pretty sure about Brain DePalma's "Passion":
http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/08/kabuki_mask.php

THE MASTER



You all know that this is my "Great white whale" for this year's "serious" movie season and if you read this blog much, you also know that I've been hoping that it would somehow make an appearance this week in the San Juans.  Further, you know that I don't really think that there's much of a chance that is likely to happen.  Nevertheless, hope springs...

So here's a nifty analytical piece from Move City News' David Poland..who makes a good point...a lot has been written, but not very much actual critique...aversion to spoilers, perhaps?  read Poland's piece...see what you think:

http://moviecitynews.com/2012/08/whos-afraid-of-the-big-good-master/


THE SESSIONS



#2 on my list of films that I have been hoping would be programmed is Ben Lewin's "The Sessions".  It also isn't a likely pick as it premiered at Sundance.  But, you know, maybe...

It stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy...all of whom have gotten some Oscar buzz.  It's distributor Fox Searchlight started to turn up the heat for it this last week in prep for its announced screening in Toronto.  Look at these posts from Fox Searchlight and Thompson on Hollywood:

http://content.foxsearchlight.com/inside/node/5249

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/new-poster-for-the-sessions-pushes-oscar-agenda#


QUESTIONS



As I get down to the last couple of weeks before the SHOW each year, I start to wonder about whether to include films that have cropped up on my radar and in my research that aren't "name" films.  I have 2-3 right now that I'm suspicious about but are also the result of some pretty big deductive leaps on my part.  For now, I'm keeping quiet...but I also have the temptation to spill titles because if they do end up being announced on Thursday afternoon...I'd look really, really brilliant or equally stupid.

So, I'm keeping my piehole closed here.  I will say Irish for one and indie horror short for the other.  I'll let you know...after the SHOW.

LATE BREAKING

Documentary "Love, Marilyn" expected to play this weekend in Telluride via Jeff Wells/Hollywood Elsewhere:
http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/08/garbus_monroe.php

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

"Thirty (32) That Could Play-Ranked/Mikey's Wish List/New Player/And Now the Craziness/Best of the Week

Good Saturday to All!  6 Days until The SHOW (Panhandle Express leaves in 5!)



YOUR INVITATION...




I want to make sure every reader knows that they (well, everyone) is cordially invited to a brief reception on Friday, Aug. 31 at 5:00pm at The River Club (550 Depot) in Telluride.  The soiree is called "The Second Annual(?) Guide to the "Ride; The Flow of the SHOW".  We'll rub elbows and talk a little bit about what the weekend is going to hold for us.  Should be fun.  Hosts Mitzi and Larry mallard tell me that we can expect refreshments...maybe a little wine, maybe a nosh.



RANKING THE "THIRTY" (32) THAT COULD PLAY


Pics from Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone"...currently #1 on my "Ten Bets" list

This week's effort to identify 30 films beyond that "Ten Bets" list that have some chance of playing this week as a part of the 39th Telluride film Festival is repeated here and ranked according to what I think the film's chances are:

Here’s where we stand at the end of the week vis a vis that “Thirty That Could Play” (now 32 with yesterday’s additions of “Ginger and Rosa” and “The Act of Killing”) from most likely to least likely. Some of these will actually move into the “Ten Bets” list on Monday.

Frances Ha 85%
Argo 70%
To the Wonder 70%
Rainy Day Tales 65%
Something in the Air 65%
Song for Marion 65%
Ginger and Rosa 65%
The Sapphires 60%
Ernestine and Celeste 55%
Trouble with the Curve 55%
The Silver Linings Playbook 55%
The Hunt 55%
Reality 50%
Passion 50%
Hannah Arendt 50%
The Reluctant Fundamentalist 50%
The Act of Killing 50%
Cloud Atlas 50%
The Impossible 50%
Yellow 50%
At Any Price 45%
Killing Them Softly 45%
The Sessions 45%
Like Someone in Love 40%
Great Expectations 40%
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet 35%
The East 35%
Anna Karenina 30%
Promised Land 30%
The Angel’s Share 25%
The Master 25%
Quartet 25%


Of course, Thursday I also included an additional list of "possibles" just floating below these 32.  They included: "The Company You Keep", "A Late Quartet", "Arthur Newman", "Dangerous Liaisons", "Caesar Must Die" (look out for this one), "Everybody Has a Plan", "The Gatekeepers" (also this), "In the Fog", "Laurence Anyways", "Love is All You Need", "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Place Beyond the Pines", "Populaire", "Post Tenebras Lux", "Room 237", "Seven Psychopaths" and "The We and the I".

And, of course, there will be films I just don't even have on my radar at all that make the SHOW...What can I say?  It's not an exact science.

MIKEY'S WISH LIST



So, irrespective of their chances of playing...what 10 films would I MOST like to see programmed for this week?

1) The Master
2) The Sessions
3) Cloud Atlas
4) Rust and Bone
5) Hyde Park on Hudson
6) Amour
7) Argo
8) No
9) To the Wonder
10) The Silver Linings Playbook

Alternates: Song for Marion, The Sapphires, Quartet, Midnight's Children, On the Road

What would be a shocker???

Lincoln
Inside Llewyn Davis
Zero Dark Thirty
Les Miserables
Django Unchained (which reportedly just wrapped a couple of weeks ago).


NEW PLAYER IN THE CONVO



News broke yesterday afternoon that Sony Pictures Classics had signed on to distribute Robert Redford's new film "The Company You Keep".  This has led to a good deal of speculation that it could pop up this week in Telluride (and I'd be pretty happy if it did).

Redford stars and directs.  The story centers on a man whose past is discovered and forces him to take flight.  Shia LeBoeuf and Julie Christie lead the rest of an incredible cast: Sam Elliot, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Terrence Howard, Nick Nolte and Brit Marling...and that's not the complete cast.

Details in posts linked here from The Wrap, Thompson on Hollywood, The Playlist and Rope of Silicon:

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/robert-redford-keeps-company-sony-pictures-classics-53376

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/sony-pictures-classics-takes-redfords-venice-toronto-bound-the-company-you-keep

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/sony-pictures-classics-picks-up-robert-redfords-the-company-you-keep-starring-shia-labeouf-20120824

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/movie/company-you-keep/

Personally, I have reservations about the its chances because it's already set for Venice and Toronto but the SPC pickup means that you have to give it some consideration.

Here's "Company's" IMDb entry:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1381404/


AND NOW THE CRAZINESS



I can tell we're down to less than a week because the annual insanity has begun.  What do I mean?  Well, I do this "what's going to be at Telluride?" thing for 6 months of the year (really year round, but with serious of purpose from March until the Festival) but now a lot of people are going to chime in.  Some of that has value.  The bloggers/reporters that I typically cite and that are by and large linked to on the right side of this blog are very good at this...but there will be plenty of folks over the next few days that aren't as reliable or who are just making stuff up that will claim some knowledge of what's going to be on the SHOW program.  It's entertaining, to a point.  And I diligently follow those trails to see if there really is anything there...but beware, my friends, not every claim about what's going to make the festival should be given credence (or rumor of what celebrity is already on the ground in Telluride...I swear I hear Brad Pitt every year).

Case in point: late yesterday a post showed up in a forum on one of the best blogs I follow that claimed to have essentially the whole T-ride program and then listed "it".  And there's enough that's believable in it that a casual observer might buy the whole thing (there's also some stuff listed that I wish WOULD be true...but am really skeptical about).  For example it claims "Hyde Park on Hudson"...and I think that's going to play. It claims "The Company You Keep" which is highlighted in the above story and has just become a real hot piece of Telluride speculation.

Well, you know, you get excited...then you really look at what it's claiming...and, well...it just doesn't stand up to serious scrutiny.  It claims things which are just factually untrue...like an "opening" and "closing" film.  Telluride doesn't really do that (or at least they haven't in the past).

So take it with a grain of salt my friends, even THIS BLOG...it's gonna get crazier before we get there!


BEST OF THE WEEK

Best of the week...shorter than normal since I covered a good portion of it above in the "32 That Could Play" section...


LAST TORONTO TITLES



The Toronto International Film Festival announced their last round of titles yesterday and they, not surprisingly, include a number of Telluride-likely projects including: "Amour", "Something in the Air"< "Beyond the Hills" and "Like Someone in Love".  Check these links for a variety of reports about the final films added to the TIFF lineup:
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/michael-winterbottoms-everyday-premieres-at-tiff-amour-something-in-the-air-more-round-out-lineup-20120821

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/toronto-festival-adds-david-geffen-johnny-depp-javier-bardem-and-michael-haneke-52841

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118058104.html?cmpid=RSS|News|FilmNews

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/toronto-2012-bernardo-bertolucci-michael-haneke-masters-lineup-364265

PS...I don't think we'll see "The West Memphis Three" next week for two reasons...1) It was a Sundance debut and 2) topically, it's somewhat similar to "The Central Park Five" which I'm thinking is a virtual lock.  BUT, if by some happenstance it IS playing (maybe it's a theme doc year?) then maybe we see Mr. Depp in support of it before he jets to Toronto to do the same thing...which would be cool.



MARION


"Rust and Bone" trailer with subtitles

I feel good about the chances that we'll see Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" show up next week.  I'd love to see Ms. Cotillard there in Telluride as well...tres bien!!!

Cotillard has this interview up yesterday with Jada Yuan of Vulture.com:

http://www.vulture.com/2012/08/marion-cotillard-rust-and-bone-interview.html





PASSION TRAILER


Trailer for DePalma's "Passion"


Also moving up on the is Brain DePalma's "Passion" which released a trailer yesterday...looks...intriguing?  It stars Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams.

Check the post from Rope of Silicon here:
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/watch-passion-trailer-brian-de-palma-mcadams-rapac/



FRANCES HA



Just yesterday I reported that Jeff Wells had posted that he was hearing the Noah Baumbach's and Greta Gerwig's "Frances Ha" was likely going to show at the SHOW next week.  Consequently I included it in the concluding (part 3) portion of my "Thirty That Could Play" and put its chances at 60%.

I'm bumping that up today.  I'm saying with very little equivocation, count on it playing.  So much so that "Frances Ha" will be somewhere on Monday's (and the final) "Ten Bets" list.

Wells also revisited the film yesterday at some length and you can find that post linked here:
http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/08/spiritual_buoya.php


"Frances" has an IMDb entry here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2347569/



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Friday, August 24, 2012

Frances Ha/Passion Trailer/Promised Land's Promise//Master Poster #3/Invitation/Preview for Saturday

Good Friday to All!  7 days until it happens! (6 days 'til I'm burning up road to get there)

FRANCES HA



Just yesterday I reported that Jeff Wells had posted that he was hearing the Noah Baumbach's and Greta Gerwig's "Frances Ha" was likely going to show at the SHOW next week.  Consequently I included it in the concluding (part 3) portion of my "Thirty That Could Play" and put its chances at 60%.

I'm bumping that up today.  I'm saying with very little equivocation, count on it playing.  So much so that "Frances Ha" will be somewhere on Monday's (and the final) "Ten Bets" list.

Wells also revisited the film yesterday at some length and you can find that post linked here:
http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/08/spiritual_buoya.php


"Frances" has an IMDb entry here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2347569/


PLUS TWO



I've posted "Thirty That Could Play" throughout the week and as I go to press today two more films have emerged as real possibilities for the SHOW program...so "32 That Could Play"?

Jeff Wells/Hollywood Elsewhere continues his reveal of snippets he's learned about prospective Telluride films with "Ginger and Rosa" directed by Sally Potter and starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert with Annette Bening and Christina Hendricks in support.  The film follows the lives of two young women in London in 1962.

Wells says it's "another likely Telluride Film Festival attraction".
His full post is here:
http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/08/two_rode_togeth_1.php

"Ginger and Rosa's" IMDb entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2115295/

Meanwhile, as I was perusing the Toronto International Film Festival website this week I cam across a documentary that has been executive produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris (though neither is IMDb credited).  That alone is enough to think that it has serious Telluride potential.  The title: "The Act of Killing" from Joshua Oppenheimer and according to its TIFF info it focuses on Indonesian death squads.

Its IMDb entry is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2375605/



PASSION TRAILER


Trailer for DePalma's "Passion"


Also moving up on the is Brain DePalma's "Passion" which released a trailer yesterday...looks...intriguing?  It stars Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams.

Check the post from Rope of Silicon here:
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/watch-passion-trailer-brian-de-palma-mcadams-rapac/


PROMISED LAND'S PROMISE



Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" co-written and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski has a just announced December release date (Dec. 28 in NY/LA) says Kris Tapley at InContention/HitFix.  But Tapley also flat out states "no festival season" for the film based on a story by Dave Eggers...this year's TFF #39 poster artist.


Bummer...I really thought I might have connected the dots here by including "Promised Land" as a 30% shot among the "Thirty That Could Play".  As long is it was "ready" I said. Thought I was pretty smart...but I guess it's not "ready"

Still...

Keith Jagernauth at The Playlist says there is NO word on festival status for the film and even tosses Telluride into the converstion.  Look...here:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/gus-van-sants-promised-land-with-matt-damon-john-krasinski-gets-december-28th-release-date-20120823#

OK...I'm gonna say it...I STILL think this could "sneak" next weekend...call me crazy...go ahead...I'll wait...

Here's Tapley's post:

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/matt-damon-and-john-krasinski-join-the-season-in-gus-van-sants-promised-land


MASTER POSTER #3

Apparently unleashed on the San Francisco crew that watched the screening of "The Master" at the Castro Theater on Tuesday night:





YOUR INVITATION...




I want to make sure every reader knows that they (well, everyone) is cordially invited to a brief reception on Friday, Aug. 31 at 5:00pm at The River Club (550 Depot) in Telluride.  The soiree is called "The Second Annual(?) Guide to the "Ride; The Flow of the SHOW".  We'll rub elbows and talk a little bit about what the weekend is going to hold for us.  Should be fun.  Hosts Mitzi and Larry mallard tell me that we can expect refreshments...maybe a little wine, maybe a nosh.


SATURDAY PREVIEW



Tomorrow's post will focus on re-assessing the "Thirty That Could Play" complete with updated chances and rankings of likelihood...plus any late breaking news and any other "Best of the Week" items that strike me as worthy of re-posting.


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Invitation/Wells Says/Ten More That Could Play

Good Thursday to Everybody...8 Days...(7 til the bus leaves the Oklahoma Panhandle!)...

INVITATION



Please consider yourself officially invited to a brief "meet and greet and discussion of film" as The River Club kindly presents my "Second Annual(?) Guide to the 'Ride; Flow of the SHOW".  Refreshments, re-acquaintances, new acquaintances all at 5:00 pm at The River Club at 550 Depot in Telluride.  Should be fun.



WELLS SAYS...



I make no secret that I'm an amateur when it comes to this whole film blog universe and am not in the same league as a good number of other folks who really do play the game in a serious fashion.  One of those is Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere.  Mr. Wells will be attending Telluride and usually does and clearly he has sources...so when he drops some T-ride info...best pay attention.  And he did yesterday as I was kindly alerted by Film Blather's Eugene Novikov, Mr. Wells seems to nail down some of the Telluride lineup.  He says, cryptically, that we'll see Ben Affleck's "Argo", Roger Michell's "Hyde Park on Hudson", Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha", Ken Burns "Central Park Five" and Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone".  He implies we're also likely to see Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder".  And he mentions Robert Lorenz's "Trouble with the Curve" in such a way that I can't tell if he's debunking the thought that it will be there...or implying that it will obviously be there.  Mr. Novikov thinks it's likely the former...

Check the whole entry here:
http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/08/loose_talk_1.php

"Rust", "Hyde Park" and "Central Park Five" are on this week's "Ten Bets".  The rest have been or will be on this week's progressive "Thirty That Could Play" list that concludes with the final 10 today.  See below...

Frankly, the big surprise, to me anyway, would be the Malick...but it would be on my short list of films to catch at the festival if Wells is right.

Also, I have to admit that I had become pretty convinced that "Trouble with the Curve" was happening...but as I said, Wells sentence structure and emphasis make me uncertain as to what he's really saying...


TEN (OF THIRTY) THAT COULD PLAY

I've spent the week outlining 30 films in addition to this week's "Ten Bets" that could find their way onto screens in Telluride next week and assigning a percentage of chance to each one.  In all honesty, the Wells blurb yesterday has altered how I have written this final installment.  Here are 10 more that could play:


"The Impossible" trailer

"The Impossible" from Juan Antonio Bayona...the film focuses on the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in southeast Asia and the true story of one family.  Ewna MacGregor and Naomi Watts star and attention to it has risen very rapidly over the last 2-3 weeks.  Chances-50%



"To the Wonder" from Terrence Malick.  The master has turned around a film just months after "The Tree of Life" which for Malick is historically unprecedented.  It's reportedly a love story set in part in Europe and Oklahoma...and shot to some extent here in the Sooner State.  To be truthful, I have been low balling any chance that it would be in Telluride...until the Wells post yesterday (and credit where due, InContention/HitFix's Kris Tapley said he thought it was a "possible"..so...Chances-60%.



"Yellow" from Nick Cassavettes...also shot partly in Oklahoma, I've thought it might be Telluride material from the first moment I heard about it...still think it could be.  Chances-50%



"Frances Ha" from Noah Baumbach.  Baumbach has played Telluride before and though I recently put this film on my radar, still thought its chances were small...again, the Wells post makes me reconsider.  Chances-60%.


Trailer for "Quartet"

"Quartet" from first time director Dustin Hoffman...mostly on my radar as it's from The Weinstein Company...Hoffman directing an adaptation of a Roland Harwood play...Chances-25%



"At Any Price" from Ramin Bahrani and starring Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron and Heather Graham in an agricultural family drama.  Decent buzz and Tapley's inclusion as a "probable" makes it one to consider.  Chances-40%.



"Passion" from Brian DePalma.  A lot of people think this is going to make the cut and play at Telluride next week so I have to take it seriously, but I have to say I've been dubious about its chances all summer.  Chances-40%


Trailer for "The Sessions"

"The Sessions" from Ben Lewin starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt.  This Sundance hit is one of two films that really hit a nerve from that festival (the other being "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Beasts is in release).  I've been campaigning in my own tiny way for its inclusion at Telluride despite the fact that it preemed in Utah.  Its distributor, Fox Searchlight reportedly wanted it to play Telluride, so my hope is that sentiment (and a lean Fox Search cupboard) makes that a reality.  Chances-45%




"Great Expectations"  Mike Newell with the latest adaptation of the Dickens classic with Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter.  Tapley says its a "maybe".  I'm not that optimistic.  Chances-30%



"Ernest and Celestine"  It's French...it's animated...I'll bet it plays.  Chances-55%
 

And beyond these 40 films there are still others that could (and will) play...for example: "The Company You Keep", "A Late Quartet", "Arthur Newman", "Dangerous Liaisons", "Caesar Must Die" (look out for this one), "Everybody Has a Plan", "The Gatekeepers" (also this), "In the Fog", "Laurence Anyways", "Love is All You Need", "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Place Beyond the Pines", "Populaire", "Post Tenebras Lux", "Room 237", "Seven Psychopaths" and "The We and the I".

THE SESSIONS



Hollywood News makes noise about the Sundance hit and my wish list #2 film for Telluride as it preps to go to Toronto. 
http://www.hollywoodnews.com/2012/08/22/the-sessions-gets-an-official-poster-toronto-2012/


BEYOND THE HILLS



Christian Munigu's follow up to his Cannes Palme D'or winning "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" is sitting at #10 on this week's "Ten Bets".  The writer/director recently talked to Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood about the Telluride possible film:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/cannes-interview-cristian-mungiu-talks-beyond-the-hills

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ten More That Could Play/Invite/Last Toronto Titles/Marion

Good Wednesday to All!  Nine more days...

TEN MORE THAT COULD PLAY

Yesterday I began to look at 30 films in addition to this week’s “Ten Bets” list that have some sort of chance of playing at Telluride next week and assigning a percentage for those chances. I'm talking ten a day.  No guarantees.



Mira Nair talks "The Reluctant Fundamentalist"

“The Reluctant Fundamentalist”-directed by Mira Nair, this is already announced at TIFF and Venice. Nair has a T-ride history having been in 1988 with “Salaam Bombay” and again in 2006 with “The Namesake”. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this is on our schedule next week. Chances- 50%




Official Looong trailer for "Cloud Atlas"


“Cloud Atlas”- directed by Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis…this is a big budget adaptation of the David Mitchell novel from Warner Brothers. It’s not the kind of film you’d probably normally think of as a “Telluride” film. But the word is that Warner Brothers showed it to T-ride programmers and made a case for its inclusion. And there is some thought that the attempt was successful. Chances-50% (Maybe a Tom Hanks tribute?)


The teaser for last night's San Francisco sneak of "The Master"

“The Master”…well…you know…who knows…Paul Thomas Anderson’s opus starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams has been anything but conventional over this last month as we run up to the Big Three fests of Telluride, Toronto (where it will screen) and Venice (where it will screen). I’ve been all over the place about its chances of playing T-ride. I think some things suggest it’s possible…even the unconventionality of Anderson sneak screening all over the country the last few weeks cuts both ways in the assessment process. Jeff Wells says he hears it’s not going to be there. Others who play this game much more intensely than I as well as folks with much more TFF experience say there’s a chance. And, of course, there’s my wishful thinking. At bottom, my soul says it will be like Malick’s “The Tree of Life” last year…meaning no show at Telluride…but a guy can hope! Chances 25% (and that might be on the long side).



"Trouble with the Curve" trailer

“Trouble with the Curve”-directed by Robert Lorenz and starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. Until recently I wasn’t bullish on this film’s chances of playing at TFF #39 but Kris Tapley (InContention/HitFix) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) both think it’s a real possibility. Consequently, I have turned around on it. Chances-60%





“Rainy Day Tales”- This animated short from Pixar is very likely, I think, to precede some films next week much like “La Luna” last year. “RDT” has been on the “Ten Bets” lists in the second half of the summer. Chances-65%.



"Killing Them Softly" trailer

“Killing Them Softly”- Director Andrew Dominik teaming again with Brad Pitt. It’s a Weinstein Company film and was a Cannes piece. Reviews there were fair. Trying to assess its chances are problematic because TWC has so much stuff in their cupboard. I have been and continue to be lukewarm about its Telluride chances. Chances- 40%


"The Silver Linings Playbook" trailer


“The Silver Linings Playbook”- Also from The Weinstein Company, this seems to be getting some attention as a real T-ride possibility. Tapley has mentioned it and it seems to me that it is the kind of film that the TWC peeps might think will play well in Telluride. Also, the trailer looks good. Might be a good coming out party for Bradley Cooper if they think he has a legit shot in the Best Actor Oscar race. Chances- 55%


Matt Damon and John Krasinski of "Promised Land"

“Promised Land” directed by Gus Van Sant who has periodically played in Telluride. Starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski (who also co-wrote) and based on a story from Dave Eggers (who scripted Krasinski’s “Away We Go”). Eggers is this year’s poster artist for the fest…so maybe…It probably depends if it’s ready in terms of editing/post-production. IMDb still lists it in post-production, so…. One other note…of course, “Away We Go” co-starred Maya Rudolph…whose main squeeze is Paul Thomas Anderson. Come on, bring the kids…Chances- 30%



“Argo” directed and starring Ben Affleck. If Matt attends, maybe Ben does too. Actually, “Argo” probably has a better chance than “Promised Land” because we know it’s done. The trailer looks good and there’s some buzz going around. Also, Tapley is on record as saying it’s even “Probable” for Telluride…I’ll definitely see it if it’s playing next week. Chances- 50%



“Anna Karenina” directed by Joe Wright with Keira Knightley in the title role. Here’s what it has going for it that lends some credence to the notion that it could play Telluride: It’s being distributed by Focus Features which is almost certainly going to be repped next week anyway with “Hyde Park on Hudson”. Still, I’m dubious…Chances-30%



PS: Kris Tapley’s Telluride “Probables”: Argo, At Any Price, Hyde Park on Hudson, Passion, Rust and Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, Trouble with the Curve.



And his “Maybes”: Amour, Great Expectations, Killing Them Softly, The Master, No, Smashed, To the Wonder


INVITE





Please join me and our hosts, Mitzi and Larry Mallard of The River Club at the "Club" on Friday, Aug. 31 at 5:00pm for the Second ever "Guide to the 'Ride; Flow of the SHOW".  Refreshments and conversation will ensue...



LAST TORONTO TITLES



The Toronto International Film Festival announced their last round of titles yesterday and they, not surprisingly, include a number of Telluride-likely projects including: "Amour", "Something in the Air"< "Beyond the Hills" and "Like Someone in Love".  Check these links for a variety of reports about the final films added to the TIFF lineup:
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/michael-winterbottoms-everyday-premieres-at-tiff-amour-something-in-the-air-more-round-out-lineup-20120821

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/toronto-festival-adds-david-geffen-johnny-depp-javier-bardem-and-michael-haneke-52841

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118058104.html?cmpid=RSS|News|FilmNews

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/toronto-2012-bernardo-bertolucci-michael-haneke-masters-lineup-364265

PS...I don't think we'll see "The West Memphis Three" next week for two reasons...1) It was a Sundance debut and 2) topically, it's somewhat similar to "The Central Park Five" which I'm thinking is a virtual lock.  BUT, if by some happenstance it IS playing (maybe it's a theme doc year?) then maybe we see Mr. Depp in support of it before he jets to Toronto to do the same thing...which would be cool.



MARION


"Rust and Bone" trailer with subtitles

I feel good about the chances that we'll see Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" show up next week.  I'd love to see Ms. Cotillard there in Telluride as well...tres bien!!!

Cotillard has this interview up yesterday with Jada Yuan of Vulture.com:

http://www.vulture.com/2012/08/marion-cotillard-rust-and-bone-interview.html

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hooray for San Fran/Invitation/Impossible Trailer/Ten That Could/Windom/Closer

Good Tuesday Everybody!


HOORAY FOR SAN FRANCISCO



I told you yesterday that the rumors were flying that Paul Thomas Anderson was going to sneak "The Master" in San Francisco tonight...and that's what's going to happen.  It's showing at 8pm (PDT) at the Castro Theater in glorious 70mm.  Congrats to you lucky "Golden Gaters" out there and particularly friend of the blog Eugene Novikov...

Look, I love San Fran...I was just there a couple of weeks ago...so couldn't you have sneaked it then , Mr. Anderson?


Here's the teaser trailer for the film that highlights tonight's presentation:




Wish I was there...



INVITATION



Please join me and our hosts, Mitzi and Larry Mallard of The River Club at the "Club" on Friday, Aug. 31 at 5:00pm for the Second ever "Guide to the 'Ride; Flow of the SHOW".  Refreshments and conversation will ensue...


IMPOSSIBLE TRAILER



A film that could pop up at Telluride next week that has quietly gained some buzz is Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible" starring Ewan MacGregor and Naomi Watts.  In previous posts I've been able to link to the international trailer.  Now there is a U.S. specific trailer for the film.  Here it is via the post yesterday from FirstShowing.net:

http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/must-watch-stunning-us-trailer-for-j-a-bayonas-the-impossible/?uid=a19654cf4aea0351e5a0ed2db77d01aae9e0e871

I'm hoping to be able to directly link to the trailer by tomorrow.


TEN THAT COULD

Over the next three days I'm going to look at an additional 30 films that could make the cut for Telluride this year...that's in addition to this week's "Ten Bets" (from yesterday's post: http://michaelstelluridefilm.blogspot.com/2012/08/ten-bets-9invitationmaster.html ) and I'll do it in 10 film increments...with comments!

"The Hunt" Thomas Vintenberg...well received at Cannes and an award winner for Mads Mikkelsen as Best Actor, "The Hunt" is the kind of film that certainly is often a choice for Telluride.  Chances- 50%

"Reality"  Matteo Garrone...were it not for Garrone's legal issues and middling reviews I'd probably still have this film in or near the "Ten Bets" list.  As it is, it still stands a reasonable chance to play.  A Cannes choice and Garrone has a Telluride pedigree...Chances-50%.

"Like Someone in Love"...This film also has been on the "Ten Bets" list earlier this summer and, just like "Reality" has that Cannes thing going for it and director Abbas Kiraostami's past presence at Telluride as another marker making it a possibility.  Chances-40%

"The East"  from Zal Batmanglij...(co-written and starring Brit Marling)...Sundance darlings for "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice" I could see this making a Telluride appearance as it is distributed from Fox Searchlight which is usually a serious player at Telluride but whose playlist as we approach Labor Day is slight.  Chances-35%

"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"  From Alain Renais and a Cannes choice where it was modestly well received.  The fact that it's a Cannes selection from a legend like Renais makes it a Telluride possible.  Chances-35%

"Song for Marion"  from Paul Andrew Williams.  I have had this film on the Telluride list for a long time.  It has spent a good chunk of the summer on the "Ten Bets" list and were it not Toronto's closer it would still be on the "Ten Bets" list.  From The Weinstein Company, I still think it has an excellent shot at the lineup.  Terrence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave star.  Maybe a Redgrave tribute???  Chances-65%

"The Sapphires" from director Wayne Blair and The Weinstein Company, this played out of competition in Cannes to good reviews and its sort of off beat subject matter...a girl group from the outback of Australia touring Vietnam during that war...makes me think it has a real shat at being included.  Chances-45%

"The Angel's Share" from director Ken Loach.  It's reception as Cannes makes me think it is at least possible for T-ride.  Chances-25%

"Something in the Air" from director Olivier Assassyas.  I'm still pretty bullish on this film that has spent a large portion of the summer on my "Ten Bets"...Assassyas' past with Telluride argues fro its inclusion.  Chances-65%

"Hannah Arendt"...from director Margarethe Von Trotta.  She's a past tributee...Barbara Sukova (playing the title roll) has been a T-ride guest as has co-star Janet McTeer.  Its inclusion wouldn't surprise me.  Chances- 50%

WINDOM



Actor William Windom died on Sunday.  He was 88.  Known for T.V. mostly, he also did film and stage work.  Memorably, for me anyway, in "To Kill a Mockingbird" as the County Attorney who has to face off with Atticus Finch as he prosecutes the Brock Peters character and in the T.V. movie "The Homecoming" from the Earl Hamner story that would lead to "The Waltons"...he played a turkey thief.

I met Windom in the mid 1980's as he was booked to a Thurber retrospective by our local humanities council.  He could do the Thurber as an outgrowth of his Thurber-based character/T.V. program "My World and Welcome to It".  Windom was nothing short of kind to a young drama/debate teacher in the middle of the Oklahoma Panhandle and even taught my buddy and I a bar trick to cadge drinks from the unsuspecting.  It involved tying a cigarette into a knot, untying it and still being able to smoke it...no kidding.

That's a memory I have always treasured and I have the autographed Thurber collection to prove he was actually in my auditorium.

Goodbye Mr. Windom, you will be missed.

William Windom's IMDb entry: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934750/

Entertainment Weekly's bio: http://news-briefs.ew.com/2012/08/20/emmy-winning-comedic-actor-william-windom-dead-at-88/

CLOSER

You can tell that TFF #39 is closing in as the readership on the blog is increasing and I get more comments. Yesterday and anonymous reader pointed out that my note about a possible Clint Eastwood tribute was unlikely as Eastwood was a previous Telluride honoree.  Um...yes...Clint was tributed in 1990 with "White Hunter, Black Heart" presented as a part of those festivities.  So, no Clint tribute, but Tapley and Thompson still think the film (and probably Eastwood) have a reasonably good chance of being in Telluride next week.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Ten Bets #9/Invitation/Master Sneaking/Trouble

Good Monday Everyone...

A note or two news wise...Director Tony Scott appears to have committed suicide in Los Angeles last night and long time actor William Windom has died.  Scott was 68 and Windom was 88.

Scott: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001716/

Windom: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934750/

I've got an interesting William Windom story I'll try to share tomorrow.


TEN BETS #9



By this time last year, I think I was posting up to 20 guesses...maybe not as sure this year...

Last week's "Ten Bets":


1) Rust and Bone
2) Hyde Park on Hudson
3) Midnight's Children
4) Amour
5) No
6) The Central Park Five
7) Bromberg's Chaplin
8) Pixar's "Rainy Day Tales"
9) On the Road
10) Beyond the Hills


This week's "Ten Bets":

1) Rust and Bone
2) Hyde Park on Hudson
3) Midnight's Children
4) Amour
5) No
6) The Iceman
7) The Central Park Five
8) Bromberg's Chaplin
9) On the Road
10) Beyond the Hills

If the past is any indication, this next ten days should see a definite pick up in chatter about the TFF #39 program.


INVITATION




Here's your reminder to come along to the party...The Second Annual(?) Guide to the 'Ride; Flow of the SHOW" is set for Friday, Aug. 31 at 5:00 pm at The River Club in Telluride (550 Depot).  It should be fun.



MASTER SNEAKING




Paul Thomas Anderson continued over the weekend his semi-subversive sneak previews of "The Master".  Saturday night included two screenings in different theaters in New York City.  The rumor in the last 24 hours or so is that it pops up in San Francisco tomorrow night.  

At this point I am this whole parade has shaken my attempts to clearly evaluate its chances of playing Telluride.  Frankly, I don't know if the "sneaks" make it more or less likely that we see it at the Palm in a few days.  This whole "sneak preview" road show is unlike anything I've ever encountered since I've been writing this blog.  So...hope the peeps in Toronto and Venice enjoy and maybe us too?


TROUBLE




If there has been a film with some very quiet and very subtle buzz about its possibility of being in Telluride over the last 2-3 weeks or so, that would be "Trouble with the Curve" from writer-director Robert Lorenz and starring (possibly for the last time) Clint Eastwood as well as Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake.  InContention's Kris Tapley is bullish on its chances and in the last few days Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) has suggested that it could be in T-ride.

A Clint Eastwood tribute would make a lot of sense...

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