BATTLE OF THE SEXES HAS A DATE
It's a film that has been on the MTFB radar for many months. The film is the Dayton/Faris' Battle of the Sexes which centers on the story of the tennis match for the ages between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and starsEmma Stone and Steve Carell. I believe I first noted it in this space in June of 2014.
Now Fox Searchlight has dated it for a Sept. 22nd release which means it could play Telluride (and/or Venice and Toronto). Although, that doesn't seem to me to be a prime release window if you play Telluride (Black Mass and Sully both landed close to that date the last couple of years). Nevertheless, it keeps the film in play as a TFF #44 possibility.
Here's coverage of the release date announcement.
Fox Searchlight Press Release
The Hollywood Reporter
POLITICS, THE NEA AND TELLURIDE
I usually stay away from politics in this space but I noted this week an Indiewire post about the possible effect on film festivals should the Trump budget come to pass complete with its gutting of the National Endowment for the Arts. It seems that a number of film festivals would take a hot including the Telluride Film Festival.
That seemed to me to be worthy to pass along to my readers. Here's the story From Indiewire .
ONE MORE BIG CANNES SPEC PIECE
Variety posted an extensive piece yesterday with informed Cannes lineup guesswork. Notable films mentioned among the possible titles included Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck,
Of as much interest is a paragraph about two Paramount films: Alexander Payne's Downsizing (which has been on any number of Cannes lists within the last month) and George Clooney's Suburbicon. The reporters suggest that Payne may not be ready to bow in France in May but that Clooney might be. Considering how hot the expectation has been that the Payne film would likely play, this is a bit surprising.
Other notable strong contenders are said to include Michael Haneke's Happy End, Michel Hazanavicius' Redoubtable, Abdellatif Kechiche's Mektoub is Mektoub.
Here's the complete piece from Elsa Keslassy and Peter DeBruge of Variety.
MORE FROM THE OTHER SIDE
As you have surely noticed, I am taking a keen interest (and have been for some time now) in the ongoing process to complete Orson Welles "final' film, The Other Side of the Wind. The negatives are currently in Los Angeles and work is said to have begun.
Earlier this week, Indiewire posted a fairly detailed account of how and where this all came about. If you haven't already immersed yourself on the details, their story is a good way to get up to speed.
Indiewire posted the story earlier this week.
That'll be a wrap for today. More on Monday.
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