Monday, October 24, 2016

Many a Trailer Come Our Way / Checking in with the Stars from TFF #43 / Oscar Biz Buzz

Good Monday Space Cadets...Hope your weekend was out of this world.


Over the end of the week and into the weekend we saw a bevy of new trailers released for films that played at this year's Telluride Film Festival.  Included in the onslaught were new views of Denis Villenueve's Arrival, Pablo Larrain's Foreign Language Oscar contender Neruda and Keif Davidson, Steven Okazaki's Mifune: The Last Samurai and Richard Ladkani's The Ivory Game.

Let' start with the final Arrival trailer (the film is set for release in the U.S. on Nov. 11):

The coverage for Arrival's final trailer was vast  Here are links to that coverage from:

The trailer for Pablo Larrain's Neruda is here:

Along with coverage from 

Here's the trailer for Mifune: The Last Samurai from YouTube:

The coverage is provided by:


And finally, the trailer for The Ivory Game is here:

With trailer release coverage from"

The Playlist

and Indiewire


Lots of interviews and profiles are flooding the internet as we move into prime release territory for films that playing at TFF in 2016.  Here's a sampling focused on the emerging indie hit (more about that below) Moonlight as well as the perceived Oscar frontrunner, Damien Chazelle's La La Land:


Profiles and interviews with writer/director Barry Jenkins: from: Indiewire The Los Angeles Times and Awards Daily

Also this Indiewire interview with Naomie Harris  along with Entertainment Weekly's sit down with Mahershala Ali

And Entertainment Weekly introduces La La Land's Emma Stone and her "73 Questions" Vogue story.  Here's the video from Vogue:


The Gotham Award nominations were announced on Thursday and TFF #43 films Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight were very much represented.  Manchester was nominated for four of the awards that are presented by the Independent Film Project.  Included in Manchester's haul: Best Feature, Best Actor (Casey Affleck), Best Screenplay and Best Breakthrough Performer (Lucas Hedges).

Moonlight was right behind with nominations for Best Feature, Best Screenplay and will receive a special cast award for its ensemble.

Other Best Feature nominees were: Paterson, Certain Women and Everybody Wants Some.

The Gothams will be handed out on Nov. 28.

Here's coverage of the nomination announcement from Variety. 

Meanwhile, Awards Daily founder Sasha Stone provided this analysis of the Gotham's effect here.

Also today in Oscar Biz Buzz, Moonlight made other waves over the weekend including a ridiculous monetary haul from just four theaters.  Indiewire reports on the stunning success of Moonlight on incredibly limited release.

The latest edition of the ScreenTalk podcast featuring Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson of Indiewire also focuses, in large measure, on Moonlight's burgeoning Oscar profile.  Here's your link to the story and the podcast.

In other Oscar Biz Buzz, there have been any number of reports yesterday that Viola Davis will be campaigned for Best Supporting Actress for the Screen Actor's Guild.  Although the Academy does not have to follow suit for the Oscars, that would become the more likely scenario.  The decision will open up an almost certain slot for the Best Actress race which many regard as the most competitive acting category (and maybe the most competitive Oscar category...period).  It would also make the Best Supporting Actress category (which has been seen to a three way race between Naomie Harris/Moonlight, Michelle Williams/Manchester and Nicole Kidman/Lion) a much tougher proposition.

Stories to that effect are here from Entertainment Weekly as well as The Playlist.

That's a wrap for this Monday.  More to come on Thursday...


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