Monday, June 20, 2016

La La Land Will Open Venice-Boosts Its Telluride Profile / Wilson Creator Reveals Details / More News About 20th Century Women

Good Monday everyone...hope you had a great weekend.


Over the weekend the Venice Film Festival announced that Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land will open their festival on Aug. 31.  The film will also be in competition.

Chazelle wrote and directed and the film stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.  Of late, the opening film at Venice has about a 50/50 chance of also making a play at Telluride.

Since 2010 Venice openers Black Swan, Gravity and Birdman have doubled the two fests.  Everest opened Venice last year.

The announcement may actually mean a boost in the chances that we might see the musical in the mountains.  Up until now, I have had it on my radar, but at a low level.  This announcement will move it up in my estimation.

La La Land is scheduled to open Dec. 16 and is being distributed by Lionsgate which was last at Telluride in 2013 with All is Lost.  An additional comment here, however, is that Lionsgate partners Roadside Attractions (which co-distributed All is Lost)  and Saban Films have had a bigger Telluride profile of late: Mommy. The Homesman, '71.

Finally, the Indiewire piece linked below mentions the Telluride play possibility.


On the set of Wilson via Pioneer Press and The Playlist

Daniel Clowes, the creator of the graphic novel that forms the basis for his screenplay for Wilson, is on record now with some details about the film.  Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) is directing the project.  Alexander Payne was originally scheduled to direct but ended up producing.

Its Payne's participation that leads me to believe that if the film is ready (IMDb lists it as completed), it will likely screen at Telluride.  Payne's last two films Nebraska and The Descendants showed at The SHOW.

Further, The Playlist post that is linked below and provides the details specifically speculates a potential Telluride play.  Additionally, Clowes revealed to Marc Maron which is were The Playlist story snagged the information, that Wilson will be released this fall.

Wilson stars Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern (her presence might also be a Telluride harbinger).

Here's The Playlist story:


On June 9th MTFB touched on Mike Mills' 20th Century Women as a accidental still release posted at Film Experience re-ignited interest in it as a potential film for TFF #43.  Now The Playlist has an expended post that speculates about the film's future.  Among its points are the lack of domestic distribution and a U.S. release date but it also reminds us that Annapurna Pictures is behind the film and suggests that a "fall festival" play could be in the cards.

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