Monday, August 19, 2013

Milestones/At Least One Coppola?/Saturday Re-cap: Blue and Foxcatcher/Oscar Talk and Prisoners/Enough Said/Reminders

Good Monday Everyone.  10 days and counting to TFF #40!


Just a quick note...over the weekend I posted to Michael's Telluride Film Blog  for the 750th time and, coincidentally, the blog past its 90,000th view...On to 100,000!  Never thought I'd write this much about anything ever.  Also never thought anyone would ever read it.


Emma Roberts star of Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto"

FiveTwo Film Blog was on it first last night.  Actor/Director/Writer...etc. James Franco has apparently let slip via Twitter and Instagram that Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto" will screen at Telluride.  The film is co-written by Coppola and Franco and based on Franco's "Palo Alto Stories".  Last night Franco (who was at Telluride with Danny Boyle and Aron Ralstin for "127 Hours" in 2010) tweeted, " Palo alto by Gia Coppola- Venice/Tornoto/telluride".

You can see the original tweet here:

The FiveTwo film blog post is here:

"Palo Alto" is described (on IMDb) as "a dark drama centered on a group of teens with a penchant for finding trouble".  Franco appears in the film.  Emma Roberts stars.  Val Kilmer is also a member of the cast.  Gia Coppola is the grand daughter of Francis Ford Coppola.

Does this fan the flames of the FFC as Guest Director rumors?  Probably.


Here are a  couple of new-ish stories that I passed along on Saturday:


The Cannes winner has an international trailer that dropped yesterday.  You can access it via any of the following posts from Awards Daily, Rope of Silicon and The Playlist:

I'm still fairly bullish on our chances to see this film in Telluride in a week and a half.


This week has seen a flurry of activity and speculation about Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher".  We found out this week (officially) that Sony Pictures Classics has now got the distribution for the film and I (among others) thought that increased its chances of playing Telluride.

Now comes news via an anonymous comment to yesterday's blog post and Kris Tapley's (InContention/HitFix) twitter thread about the film that it's just not ready.  Tapley had a respondent who claims that the film is still far too long and unfinished and references a test screening from a couple of weeks ago.

If that's true..."Foxcatcher" goes back to the lower end of Telluride possibilities...not completely impossible, but incredibly unlikely.

Which is too bad because I am immensely intrigued by this project.  I think Miller is a real talent and I am embarrassingly anxious to see Steve Carell in a real departure for him.


Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) and Kristopher Tapley (InContention/HitFix) have put up their first Oscar Talk podcast for the year.  Included in that is a fairly detailed discussion of Telluride and the films that they think are likely; "All is Lost" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "12 Years a Slave" "The Invisible Woman", "The Past", "Gravity", "Labor Day", "Nebraska" and "Blue is the Warmest Color".  They also mention "Prisoners" from director Denis Villenueve which I've had on the radar for a while but in recent days seems to be getting bandied about a bit more.  Sounds like I might have to re-evaluate it in relation to its position for Friday's "Ten Bets" list...which, again, will actually be more than ten.

Here's the link to OscarTalk from both Tapley and Thompson:

And also, coming out this past weekend, a new television spt for "Prisoners".  The Playlist has that here:

Jackman?  Gyllenhall? In Telluride?  Maybe.  Certainly looking more likely that the film is going to play.


Her in the late stages of pre-Telluride prediction a couple of films are generating some heat.  Kevin Macdonald's "How I Live Now" and Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said".  It's the latter that benefited from the release of several new images over the weekend.  The film stars James Gandolfini (in one of his last films) Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener.  There's a lot of smoke out there that this could be on the Telluride schedule.  

I've included links to stories from The Film Stage...which also includes images and clips from other Telluride possibilities including Roger Michell's "Le Weekend", David Gordon Greene's "Joe" and Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves":

Additionally, here are stories from The Hollywood Reporter and The Playlist:


Don't forget your invitation to this year's "Guide to the Ride" featuring yours truly.  We're set up for 5:00 pm Thursday, Aug. 29th at The River Club, 550 Depot in Telluride.  I promise we'll be done to get to the Thursday night feed downtown or make a 6:00 o'clock film.

Also...don't forget to send me your film ratings.  0-5 with 0 being awful.  Email them, Tweet or DM me, Facebook... or just comment here on the blog.  You can do it as the fest goes along or all at once after it's all over.  It'll take me about a week to get that all collated.

Remember that I'm doing the same thing with a select group of industry watchers, Oscar experts and critics including:

Alex Billington/FirstShowing
Scott Feinberg/The Hollywood Reporter
Scott Foundas/Variety
Eric Kohn/IndieWire
Eugene Novikov/Film Blather
Kristopher Tapley/InContention-HitFix
Sasha Stone/Awards Daily

I'm still working for and hoping to add another two or three folks to this lineup.  You'll want to check their reactions from  the festival.

A third reminder: I'll be writing daily summaries this year fro  The plan is a quick overview of key films on Wednesday, Aug. 28th when the lineup is announced and then a summary of film news, scuttlebutt, reaction and buzz each evening of the fest.  Look for that at

And finally...

I posted my "Wish List" of films on Friday.  What's on your Telluride "Wish List"?  Drop me a line or two in any way that's convenient for you.  Let me hear what you'd like to see.

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More on Tuesday...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

An addition to your wishlist: Aronofsky returns to Telluride and sneaks Noah.