I'm done with debate camp and flying to California for the next week but I'll still be posting!
BEST OF THE WEEK
Here's a sample of the best material from his week's very busy MTFB:
TEN BETS #5
Here are this week's "Ten Bets" for Telluride:
2) The Invisible Woman
3) The Immigrant
4) The Past
5) Inside Llewyn Davis
6) Labor Day
7) The Unknown Known
8) The Story of Children and Film
9) Blue is the Warmest Color
10) The Lunchbox
Lurking just below these "Ten Bets": "Aguirre: The Wrath of God", All is Lost", "Captain Phillips", "12 Years a Slave", "Like Father Like Son", "Life Itself", "Quay d'Orsay", "Philomena", "Heli", "Only Lovers Left Alive", "The Good Lie".
The Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning. As always (and as they did last year) there's always the possibility that they could add to that lineup as time goes on.
At any rate, here's the lineup:
Still in the wind now after TIFF and Venice announcements:"Captain Phillips", "Saving Mr. Banks", "The Wolf of Wall Street", , "The Monuments Men", "The Counselor", "Grace of Monaco", "Diana", "Out of the Furnace"and "Foxcatcher".
Makes you wonder where or if any or all of these will land. My bet right now is that New York gets "Wolf of Wall Street". I've also been hearing that "Out of the Furnace" may forgo the festival scene entirely. The "no fest" strategy could also be true for any of the films listed above, though there does seem to be some belief that "Captain Phillips" might well play in the San Juans.
Should be interesting over the next 5 weeks as we try to figure this out.
Here are some links to this morning's Venice coverage:
TORONTO ANNOUNCES (SOME OF ) ITS LINEUP
The Toronto International Film Festival announced about a fourth of its lineup this morning. The Toronto lineup is always vast, usually over 300 titles in all after they're all announced. As I have noted, the average overlap between Telluride and Toronto is about 70%. Meaning that, in an average year, 70% of the Telluride lineup will go on to play later at Toronto. So as a general rule, most of the films announced this morning are still "in play" as far as Telluride is concerned. Another note is that Toronto's designation of "World Premiere" or North American Premiere" rarely is reflective of whether or not we might find that film at Telluride.
All that being said, here's the lineup of films that Toronto announced this morning (via IndieWire):
(WP) = World Premiere
(CP) = Canadian Premiere
(?) = No premiere information given
"Llewyn", "All is Lost", "The Immigrant" and "The Congress" all played Cannes and their exclusion today by the TIFF announcement lends some credence to the notion that they could play T-ride.
DEADLINE TALKS TORONTO/TELLURIDE
Pete Hammond at Deadline.com posted his Toronto analysis piece yesterday and it includes almost as much about his suspicions about Telluride as it does about Toronto.
Hammond seems pretty confident about "Inside Llewyn Davis", "Nebraska" and "All is Lost". Other films that he suggests have Telluride potential after reading the post-Toronto announcement tea leaves are:
"The Immigrant", "Labor Day" and "12 Years a Slave". If you've been following this space for the past few months you know that I have all of these on my Telluride radar (and I'd be really pumped if they were all to pan out). One film that Hammond also mentions that absolutly has NOT been on my T-ride screen is "The Good Lie" directed Philippe Falardeau and starring Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll. Hammond says he's heard "rumblings" about this recently wrapped film.
Check his entire post here:
VIEWS OF ZERO
In honor of the expected announcement that Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" will play at Venice I have attached some pics that emerged last weekend during Comic Con form the film:
Well, if you've never really thought that this blog was a particularly good informant regarding the Telluride lineup then there's good news for you. Kris Tapley at HitFix/inContention posted his annual stab at what be in line for Telluride yesterday. You can find that post here:
And it should get you revved up big time. Among the interesting thoughts:
He's pretty high on the notion that we'll see The Coen Brothers "Inside Llewyn Davis", Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and Jason Reitman's "Labor Day". "Nebraska" and "Labor Day" have been ensconced on my "Ten Bets" list all summer. This last few days has put some real shine on the notion that "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a serious consideration for T-ride. Between Jeff Wells blurb at Hollywood Elsewhere over the weekend and now Tapley's comment that he has "a pretty good feeling we can anticipate the Coen Brothers first-ever Telluride appearance" the signs are pointing to that as a reality and that, my friends would be sweet. Fair warning, the Coens in Telluride could cause me to become a blithering idiot...well more of a blithering idiot than normal.
I can say it, after this post from Mr. Tapley, "Llewyn" will be on Friday's "Ten Bets"
He also seems fairly comfortable about Ralph Fiennes "The Invisible Woman" which I reported on a few weeks ago when the Daily Mail in England reported that it would be making the trip. The other large shoe he drops is the potential (and he seems to have some confidence here) that "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks has a real shot at T-ride. That film is directed by Paul Greengrass. That's also a stunner if it comes to pass.
Taplay also intrigues as he drops the nugget that the " Warner Brothers teams on "Gravity" and "Prisoners" are making the pilgrimage..." suggesting that there is a possibility that one or both films might make a play at Telluride, "Prisoners seems a little more likely to me as Tapley reminds us that director Denis Villeneuve played Telluride back in 2010 with "Incendies"...though I'd really love it if "Gravity" opened Venice and then "sneaked" a day or two late at Telluride.
Other films that he thinks are possibles but about which he doesn't seem as confident are: "12 Years a Slave""The Past", "The Lunchbox", "Blue is the Warmest Color", "Like Father Like Son", "Child's Pose", "Gloria", "Philomena", "Life Itself" and "The Immigrant". There's also a glancing mention that "All is Lost" could make the trip to the San Juans.
No mention, though, of "The Counselor", "Dallas Buyers Club", "The Fifth Estate", "Foxcatcher", "The Zero Theorem", "Rush", "The Monuments Men", "American Hustle", Mandela"Long Walk to Freedom" or "The Wolf of Wall Street". Seems about right, although I'm going to hold out hope for "Fifth Estate", "Counselor", "Foxcatcher" and "Dallas Buyer's Club".
Tapley also puts in a request for Herzog's "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" restoration...I'm high on its chances.
He, like me is more than dubious about our chances to "August: Osage County".
He also suggests a number of Tribute possibilities: The Coens, Bruce Dern, Judi Dench, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and/or Kate Winslet. Tapley also suggests the possibility (as he did on Twitter over the weekend) that Roger Ebert might be posthumously awarded a Special Medallion. That wouldn't surprise me a bit.
Take a look at the whole post...it'll make you breathe hard. And, I really hope he's right.