SO LONG ELMORE
Elmore Leonard died yesterday. He was 87. He was a writer and if you've never read anything by him, that's you're loss. The man could flat write. Westerns at first, then crime fiction in the second half of his career. That's where I ran across him. The crime stuff.
There are few authors who could write better, cleaner dialogue and characters than Elmore. And funny...Good Lord, his characters could be so funny.
We're lucky that there have been some pretty good film/TV adaptations of his work: "Out of Sight", "Get Shorty", "Jackie Brown" (Rum Punch) and FX's current "Justified". But as good as some of the film stuff is...reading Elmore was always better.
He was also a Telluride guy. Leonard was a fest guest in 1991 and a Special Medallion recipient in 2000.
He was a unique and wondrous talent and will be missed in my home and many, many others.
1) "THE GUIDE"-Come and visit, talk a little film, have a beverage and a nosh at The 3rd "Guide to the Ride". It's an opportunity for us all to get together before the serious business of watching film until our heads spin. "The Guide" will be hosted by Mitzi and Larry Mallard at The River Club in Telluride (550 Depot) at 5:00 pm on Thursday, Aug. 29.
2) RATE THE FILMS- For the second year MTFB is calling on you readers to share your impressions of the films you chose to watch during Labor Day weekend. I call it "The Paople's Telluride". Rate what you see on a 0-5 scale and send those ratings to me. Email, DM, Facebook...whatever. I'll collect and collate and report to everyone the week after the Festival concludes. Also don't forget to check out "The Critic's Telluride". Some very kind and generous people have agreed to rate the films they see as well.
Alex Billington/First Showing
Scott Feinberg/The Hollywood Reporter
Eugene Novikov/Film Blather
Sasha Stone/Awards Daily
I have feelers out and would like to snag a couple of more of the "pros". We'll see.
3) Bebop over to Screencraft.org (www.screencraft.org) during the fest. I'll be posting there as well. A daily summary of what is going on, impressions of the films I see and the buzz about the weekend.
INTERNATIONAL COUNSELLOR TRAILER
I'm very intrigued with Ridley Scott's "The Counsellor (2 l's for the UK trailer that dropped yesterday). The film stars Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz in Cormac McCarthy territory. Fassbender is an attorney who gets into a drug deal gone bad. I've linked the trailer above from YouTube and a variety of reports/stories that accompanied the new trailer below:
The Wrap: http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/michael-fassbenders-life-being-bed-penelope-cruz-grave-danger-counselor-video-111921
Thompson on Hollywood: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/counsellor-trailer
Rope of Silicon: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/counselor-international-trailer/
Awards Daily: http://www.awardsdaily.com/blog/the-counselor-official-international-trailer/
MORE FOR TORONTO
The Toronto International Film Festival announced a slew of additional titles yesterday to various different segments of TIFF. The Wrap has a nice rundown of the new titles here:
Among the titles that popped up that could have a Telluride showing previous are:
"A Touch of Sin" and "Closed Curtain" in the Masters section.
"For No Good Reason" in the Mavericks section.
"Ilo Ilo" and "Palo Alto" from the Discovery section (again, we're thinking "Palo Alto" is IN because of James Franco tweeting it a couple of days ago.)
"Gravity" has been programmed as an IMAX presentation...think it's going to be in Telluride...
"How I Live Now" and "Tracks" in the Next Wave section ("Palo Alto" is in this section as well)
As always, it will be interesting to see what shows at the SHOW before going to Toronto.
In other Toronto-related news, The Wrap's Steve Pond also posted a story yesterday about the Telluride?Toronto connection and rivalry. The story is entitled: "Why Alexander Payne and the Coen Brothers Are Skipping Toronto". Check that story here:
And finally this tidbit: Jason Reitman has announced for the second straight year that he'll be doing one of his "live reads" of a film script in Toronto. It's set for Sept. 6. Script and cast have yet to be announced.
Friend of the blog Christopher Schiller tweeted out yesterday a suggestion that Reitman do a run through in Telluride... because it's likely he'll be in town with "Labor Day". That'd be a cool addition to the 40th anniversary program...wouldn't it?
NEW VIEWS FROM "ENOUGH SAID"
HitFix/InContention posted exclusive new photos from the Nicole Holofcener film "Enough Said" yesterday. The film stars James Gandolfini in one of his final roles. There has been a good deal of speculation that the film might show up in Telluride next week before it heads to Toronto. Sounds like a good idea to me.
Check the HitFix/InContention story here: http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/exclusive-james-gandolfini-julia-louis-dreyfus-in-new-enough-said-photos
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More on Thursday.