GUESS WHAT HAPPENS THIS WEEK?
The 40th Telluride Film Festival opens Thursday. But in some ways it starts even sooner. For example, this reminder that there will be a free concert at Town Park Stage at 5:00pm Wednesday evening with The Punch Brothers. The Punch Brothers will appear this fall on the soundtrack for "Inside Llewyn Davis" Draw your own conclusions.
Here's the link to the story that appeared this weekend in The Telluride Watch:
Additionally, the word is that Tuesday night there will be a screening in Elks Park (as there is every year before the fest). Usually these pre-fest screenings give clues as to at least one of the tribute honorees. Without giving away the farm...I can tell you that I have an unconfirmed report that the film Tuesday night will star Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. Bowling may be central to the plot of the film. No word yet if there will be another film on Wednesday night...but I wouldn't be surprised.
You know it's nearly SHOW time when stories like this begin to appear...an ode to the volunteers that make the festival possible from The Los Angeles Times:
INVITATIONS...PLEASE JOIN ME...
Invite #1: Don't forget to drop by The River Club (550 W. Depot in Telluride) at 5:00 pm on Thursday for the Third Annual "Guide to the Ride". Friends, food, a little vino and we'll talk about what's going to happen over Labor Day weekend in Telluride.
Invite #2: Don't forget to rate the films you see this week and drop me a line so I can include them in this year's "People's Telluride" film ratings.
Invite #3: Check out Screencraft.org starting Wednesday for my guest writer spot on their blog.
A LOOK AT THREE POSSIBLES
The weekend gave us an opportunity to view some pics, clips or trailers from at least three films that theoretically could be on the T-ride lineup when its announced Wednesday around noon-ish. They are Roger Michell's "Le Week-end", Jean-Marc Vallee's "Dallas Buyers Club" and John Curran's "Tracks". Of the three you have to think that "Le Week-end" is the most likely with "Tracks" next and "Dallas Buyers" least likely (though, of the three, "Dallas" is the one I'd most like to see).
Take a look at these posts from The Playlist and FirstShowing.net:
"Le Week-end": http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/jim-broadbent-falls-in-love-again-in-paris-in-le-week-end-trailer/
"Dallas Buyers Club": http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/tiff-check-out-new-pics-of-matthew-mcconaughey-jennifer-garner-in-dallas-buyers-club-20130825
I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE
I'm not the only one that takes a stab at guessing/deducing the field for this weekend's festival. Lane Scarberry, writing for Soundonsight.org, has posted her best shot/wish list for this week's 40th TFF. Lane has had a seven relationship with the fest so probably knows a thing or two about what we might expect. It may not surprise you that the films on her list should generally be pretty familiar:
ICYMI: NEW MATERIAL POSTED SATURDAY
PRE-FESTIVAL OSCAR THOUGHTS
Movie City News has convened its first gathering of Oscar experts to establish the opening line for the Gurus of Gold. Anticipated/Possible Telluride #40 titles that make the first Gurus list are (and their opening position):
"12 Years a Slave" (Tied #1)
"Inside Llewyn Davis" (tied #4)
Other T-ride probables/possibles on the Gurus list:
"All is Lost"
"Blue is the Warmest Color"
Interesting side note: TFF #39 films "Frances Ha" and "Stories We Tell" also get mentioned.
Other films that are tied for the top spot are: "American Hustle" and "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler''
Check the complete Gurus Pre-Fest Best Picture predictions here:
LOOKING TO THE FALL
Any number of publications, websites and blogs are making their lists previewing the films of the fall. I've included a couple of links here.
The Wrap: http://www.thewrap.com/
Huffington Post: http://m.huffpost.com/us/
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More on Tuesday!