Good Monday World...hope you had a good weekend.
MORE GUESSES AT OSCAR 88
Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood and Joey Magidson/The Hollywood News came out with their incredibly early crystal ball look at what films might be playing for Oscar glory for 2015.
Find those predictions here:
Thompson's picks that could have some Telluride play potential include: "45 Years", "Black Mass", "Carol", "The Danish Girl", "Demolition", "Icon", "The Last Face", "Midnight Special", "Our Brand is Crisis", "The Revenant", "Southpaw", "Steve Jobs", "Demolition" "Trumbo", "Macbeth", "Truth" and "The Hateful Eight".
Magidson's lists each Oscar category and what he views as the most likely nominees with additional possibilities listed. He lists 10 possible Best Picture nominees plus an additional 15 films that could get a BP nomination. From that list, these are the films with the highest Telluride potential (Many of which you'll see above on Thompson's list):
"Our Brand is Crisis", "The Hateful Eight", "The Revenant", "Steve Jobs", "Demolition", "Carol", "Black Mass", "Freeheld", "Southpaw",and "Macbeth".
TRAILER FOR "SALT OF THE EARTH"
FirstShowing.net posted a story and the trailer for Wim Wenders TFF #41 Oscar nominated documentary "The Salt of the Earth" Check the story and the trailer here:
ACQUISITIONS OF INTEREST
Two deals went down this week that could conceivably set the stage for films that are in the works to ultimately make their way to the San Juans in the next year or two. we found out that The Weinstein Company has acquired the distribution for the upcoming McDonald's mogul (Ray Kroc) biopic starring recent Oscar nominee Michael Keaton (PS...saw "Theory of Everything" this weekend...Keaton was robbed). The film is currently titled "The Founder" and is set to be directed by John Lee Hancock ("The Blind Side").
Here's that story from Variety:
Also of interest was the news that Kino Lorber had picked up distribution for Berlin film fest winner "Taxi" from Iranian guerrilla film maker Jafar Panahi. Kino Lorber was last represented at Telluride in 2013 with "Manuscripts Don't Burn".
Here's the announcement from Variety and Ioncinema:
More on Thursday...