Friday, August 2, 2013

Ten Bets/News from the Other Fests/Parkland Pics/Walter Heads to New York/All is Trailered

Good Friday Everyone!

I head back to the Oklahoma Panhandle today after a terrific time in Southern California visiting family. I'll be back at home tomorrow afternoon.


Here's the sixth edition of the Telluride "Ten Bets" list.  These are 10 films that I feel very strongly are likely to play at this year's 40th Telluride Film Festival.  Last week's "Ten Bets" were:

1) Nebraska
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

This week's "Ten Bets"

1) Nebraska
2) The Invisible Woman
3) The Past
4) The Immigrant
5) Inside Llewyn Davis
6) Labor Day
7) The Story of Children and Film
8) Blue is the Warmest Color
9) The Unknown Known
10) The Lunchbox

No additions this week and minimal movement within these ten.

Lurking just below these "Ten Bets": "Aguirre: The Wrath of God", All is Lost" (which gets a little boost of confidence due to its mention yesterday as "likely" for Telluride in a HitFix post...see below), "12 Years a Slave", "Like Father Like Son", "Life Itself", "Quay d'Orsay", "Philomena", "Heli", "Only Lovers Left Alive", "The Good Lie".


Announcements yesterday that Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" will also open the BFI Fest (London) on Oct. 9.  The "Captain" is now set to open BFI, New York and the Tokyo Fests.  Below is the release from the BFI:

Meanwhile, Venice film fest head Alberto Barbera revealed last week (as we expected) that they will announce a couple of other American films for the Venice lineup in the next few days.  Screen Daily has that story:

Barbera also revealed a list of films that were possible Venice choices but that he says aren't ready. That list included: "Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street", Clooney's "The Monument Men", Lee's "Old Boy" and Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel".  That means that they're also not ready for Telluride and they can come off the wish list.  I would have really liked to have seen any of these over Labor Day weekend.

Among the films still being thought of as possible late additions to the Venice lineup (according to the Screen Daily post): "American Hustle", "The Counselor" and "Labor Day".  Again, the additions to lineup are expected in early August.


Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder in "Parkland"

I have had about half an eye on Peter Landesman's "Parkland" for a good long while and though I haven't seen/heard anything that really makes me think it will be on the the Telluride lineup this year, the film still intrigues me.  It reportedly focuses on the ordinary people that were swept up in the events of Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, especially at Parkland Memorial Hospital where the dying President was taken immediately after he was shot.  The cast is intriguing including Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and (my Telluride buddy...OK, I spoke to her briefly in 2007 when she was there with "Rails and Ties") Marcia Gay Harden.

Brad Brevet/Rope of Silicon posted stills of the film which is scheduled to open Sept. 2oth after showing in Toronto.  It's not a ridiculous notion to think it might play Telluride first.

Here's the link to the ROS post:

And "Parkland's" IMDb page:


We saw the fantastic trailer earlier this week and in its wake yesterday came the announcement the Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" will be the centerpiece gala for this year's New York Film Festival.  That takes it off of any potential Telluride showing.  Kind of too bad because the trailer did look intriguing.  Of course, that's what trailers are supposed to do.

I have linked a couple of stories about the selection below:


Telluride prospect, Cannes sensation and potential Oscar player "All is Lost" from J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford dropped an actual trailer yesterday.  Multiple links are posted below.  I got a good feeling about this playing Telluride and have had since it made its first splash at Cannes.  The HitFix post is also very bullish on its Telluride chances:

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