With a week left to go I am wanting to make sure that everyone within the sound of this blog...so to speak...knows that I am issuing a number of invitations and reminders:
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.
Seriously, come and join us...it'll be fun.
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 People'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.
Telluride.com tweeted out a link last night to a "Schedule of Special Events" for TFF #40. Most of the items on that schedule are fairly routine for every festival but the first item listed...not so much.
A "Special Anniversary Celebration" is listed for Wednesday evening (Aug. 28) from 5:00pm to 6:30 at the Town Park Stage. What is it? We don't know...though I have heard some interesting rumblings. If I can nail it down I'll be sure to post details.
Check here for the complete list of "Events":
BLUE IS VERY BLUE?
The Motion Picture Association of America ratings bulletin for this week includes an NC-17 rsing for Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color". The word is that Sundance Selects, which is hadling the film here in the states, has determined that they won't appeal nor will they ask direcotr Abdellatif Kechiche to alter the film.
I am 90% convinced that "Blue" will be a part of the TFF #40 lineup when it is unveiled next Wednesday.
Links to the ratings stories below are from HitFix and The Hollywood Reporter:
We have a trailer for Peter Landesman's "Parkland", a film that I've been intrigued by and that has a smal shot of being on next week's playbill. "Parkland" focuses on the events surrounding JFK's assassination 50 years ago using the hospital where the wounded President was taken after the deadly shots were fired.
The cast is stellar featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron and more.
We were treated to a trailer for the film yesterday:
I think it definitely looks interesting. I have linked other stories that were posted about the trailer and the film from FirstShowing, Rope of Silicon and Thompson on Hollywood:
"Parkland" is set for release on Sept. 20. The "Parkland" IMDb is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2345112/?ref_=sr_1
Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" remains just on the threshold of possibility for Telluride. It is certainly set for Venice and consequently we saw yesterday afternoon the release of a poster and a director's statement from Gilliam about the film which stars Christoph Waltz.
I'd love for this to play...and I know that anumber of followers of this blog feel the smae way...still could happen. Gilliam could play both T-ride and Venice. There will be other films that do both this year. "The Unknown Known" and "The Armstrong Lie" come to mind.
Keep a good thought.
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