If you were holding onto the wish...hope...dream that Ang Lee's highly anticipated film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk might play The SHOW...you can stop ho;ding your breath and crossing your fingers. The New York Film Festival announced a massive coup yesterday as they will World Premiere the film on Oct. 14.
I have written here for a while that the film was an unlikely choice for Telluride as most industry types have been saying for some time that the film, because of its technical challenges, would probably not be ready for as early as fest as Telluride is. I had been laboring under the notion that Billy Lynn might forgo a festival slot altogether for that reason. Additionally, with NYFF already having announced its opener, centerpiece and closer, it seemed to me that Billy Lynn was off the table but NYFF has gotten the brass ring here.
It is quite the feather for NYFF as the film is expected, at least at the moment, to be a strong Oscar contender.
Finally, the announcement clearly bills the Oct. 14th screening as the film's World Premiere, which, if accurate, almost certainly closes the door on any play at Telluride.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is scheduled to open domestically on Nov. 11.
Here's the current trailer:
And here is a cross section of coverage of the NYFF announcement from yesterday:
AMY ADAMS TALKS ARRIVAL (AND OTHER ISSUES)
MTFB is relatively certain that Denis Villenueve's Arrival will be screening in Telluride after it has bowed at the Venice Film Fest. The buzz about the film has been intense for the past few weeks since a teaser was released back on Aug. 9. Since then, the appearance of two full length trailers has kept the interest in the film on a high level.
I have personally been trying very hard to avoid learning too much about the project, while still passing along information to readers of this space. It ain't easy...
And this segment of today's post is an example. I have linked a Vulture interview with Arrival star Amy Adams without actually reading the thing. I am aware that Adams talks about Arrival as well as other film work she's involved in and that's about the extent of it.
So, I hope that this is informative and well-written but you don't need to tell me what's in it. I might look after The SHOW concludes.
Here's the link...enjoy?
WHO COULD PLAY?
My latest Ten (Plus) Bets from last week has gotten batted around the web in various places over the past four days which is nice. As we get down to just days remaining before the 43rd SHOW, it's fun (at least I think it's fun) to think about the famous, near-famous and beautiful people that might attend films with us in the very near future. So using last week's Ten Bets as a guide plus throwing in a few from films that might still make an appearance at The SHOW, let's come up with a list of possible attendees.
Remember, here's the Ten (Plus) Bets from last Friday:
20) Journey Through French Cinema
19) Defying the Nazis
18) The B-Side
17) Into the Inferno
14) Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
13) Manchester by the Sea
9) The Red Turtle
8) Fire at Sea
6) Bleed for This
3) La La Land
2) Things to Come
1) Toni Erdmann
From Things to Come: Isabelle Huppert
From La La Land: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (JK Simmons would be cool too)
From Arrival: Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner
From Moonlight: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Janelle Monae
From Bleed for This: Miles Teller, Katey Sagal and Aaron Eckhardt (Ted Levine would be cool too)
From Neruda: Gael Garcia Bernal
From Una: Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn
From Maudie: Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke
From: Manchester by the Sea: Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams (producer Matt Damon would be cool too)
From: Norman: The Moderate Rise... Richard Gere (Steve Buscemi and Hank Azaria would be cool too)
From: Wakefield: Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner
From other possibles and still outside shots:
From Sully: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhardt and director Clint Eastwood
From: The Accountant: Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick (JK Simmons, John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor would also be cool)
From Live by Night: Ben Affleck, Scott Eastwood, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning (Chris Cooper, Chris Medina, Brendan Gleeson would also be cool)
From Eternity: Audrey Tautou, Berenice Bejo and Melanie Laurent
From The Founder: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern (Nick Offerman would be cool)
From The Circle:Tom Hanks and Emma Watson (Patton Oswalt would be cool)
From Gold: Matthew McConnaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard and Edgar Ramirez (Corey Stoll and Bill Camp would be very, very cool)
From Miss Sloane: Jessica Chastain (Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg, John Lithgow and Sam Waterston would be cool)
From The Sense of an Ending: Emily Mortimer (Jim Broadbent would be cool)
They won't all be in Telluride, but some of them will.
LAST TORONTO NEWS TODAY
We believe that the Toronto Int'l. Film Fest will announce its last set of films today. That, again, could possibly shed some light on other potential players for Telluride. We'll have that covered in tomorrow's post.
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