GOODBYE GEORGE AND MARTIN
It was bad enough that I was going to need to write a bit about the passing of George Romero when I got that news yesterday but then later last night, to add insult to injury, I got the news that Oscar winning actor Martin Landau had died as well.
Romero...though it is often said after someone dies that they changed the game, there are a lot of times when that's hyperbole. Not here. George Romero changed the game. For all practical purposes he created a film genre and did it for next to nothing and in a ridiculously small amount of time. Night of the Living Dead was a revelation and a revolution. It's difficult to overstate its impact on films that would follow.
Landau...I can remember seeing him in Mission Impossible on T.V. when I was a kid (I was maybe 8 or 9) and even then recognizing how good he was. I also remember being awed by hos Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood and how pleased I was that he won his Oscar for that performance.
Sad to hear that they are both gone.
DOWNSIZING WILL OPEN VENICE AND ???
Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig from Downsizing
We found out on Friday that Alexander Payne's Downsizing will open the Venice Film Festival on Aug. 30th. That news put to rest concerns that the film wouldn't be ready in time for a Telluride play.
And though it doesn't guarantee a TFF #44 berth, a lot of people smarter than I am think that it's high;y likely now.
That scenario makes a ton of sense to me as I have been thinking that Payne would bring the film to Telluride if at all possible.
It seems likely that Downsizing will probably follow the same trail that La La Land, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity established with a Venice play followed by a TFF set of screenings.
Take a look at the coverage from:
Julianne Moore from Wonderstruck
Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere posted a piece yesterday in which he writes that there will be no Sundance/Telluride crossover for Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name.
Wells has been a big fan of the film since its debut in Park City and expressed his unhappiness that it won't be included on the TFF #44 bill of fare.
So, we can take it off the table.
But also...if you read the piece, you will also have noticed that Wells confirms that Todd Haynes Wonderstruck will be playing and that cinematographer Ed Lachman will be getting a tribute as a part of that.
I tumbled to that as a result of a tweet from friend Jason Osiason.
That also led to a Twitter exchange that included Variety's Kristopher Tapley in which he says that Ruben Ostlund's The Square is off the table for The SHOW.
I'll have more from Mr. Osiason tomorrow.
Sooo...learned quite bit over the weekend...Wonderstruck and Downsizing...probably a yes. The Square and Call Me By Your Name...nope.
That'll do for a Monday. More to come...
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