Tuesday, June 30, 2015

We'll " See the Light" in November/Kurzel Talks the "Scottish" Film/Malick Moves to 2016

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WE'LL "SEE THE LIGHT" IN NOVEMBER



Sony Pictures Classics has announced that its Hank Williams biopic starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen will be released on Nov. 27th smack in the middle of awards season.  The conventional wisdom is that SPC will push for Hiddleston for Best Actor at a minimum.  The film could also make a play in a number of other categories.

"I Saw the Light" was at #5 on last week's first "Ten Bets" list.  The selection of a late November release date doesn't harm its Telluride chances in the least and actually stokes the T-rode flames just a little bit.

Here's coverage of the SPC announcement:

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/i-saw-the-light-release-date-tom-hiddleston-1201530904/

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/sony-pictures-classics-adds-hank-williams-biopic-i-saw-the-light-starring-tom-hiddleston-to-awards-slate-20150629

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/sony-slates-i-saw-the-light-for-awards-slot-tom-hiddleston-looking-for-first-nom/


"I Saw the Light" was directed by Marc Abraham ("Flash of Genius" TFF 2008).  Here's the film's IMDb page:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3789828/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1


KURZEL TALKS THE "SCOTTISH" FILM


"Macbeth" teaser via YouTube


Writer/director Justin Kurzel spoke recently to the British version of Yahoo Television about his upcoming "Macbeth" starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.  The film is being distributed by The Weinstein Company and played the Cannes Film Festival.  It is not yet scheduled for a U.S. release but is set for an October 2nd  release in the U.K.

"Macbeth" was listed on last week's "Ten Best" as being "on the outside" but close.

Here's the interview:

https://uk.tv.yahoo.com/foul-fair-macbeth-director-194415755.html



MALICK MOVES TO 2016


"Knight of Cup's" trailer via YouTube


Speaking of release dates and their effect on their Telluride potential...

The already tenuous possibility that we could see Terrence Malick's latest "Knight of Cups" took a hit with the announcement over the weekend that the film will not be released until 2016.

The Playlist and Thompson on Hollywood provide the details:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/terrence-malicks-knight-of-cups-wont-arrive-until-2016-austin-music-scene-drama-not-titled-weightless-20150627


http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/meet-the-hammonds-indie-films-new-kids-on-the-block-20150619


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Monday, June 29, 2015

New Trailer for the "Queen"/"Mountains May Depart" Interview/"45 Years" Wins at Edinburgh

Good day on a Monday...hope you had a great weekend...


NEW TRAILER FOR THE "QUEEN"

I had Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" listed as one of the first "Ten Bets" for Telluride last Friday...but I still have some questions about how absolute its position.  Dicey reviews from the Berlin Film Fest and U.S. distribution from the "Atlas Shrugged" distrib the Atlas Distribution Co. made me put it at #10...

Nevertheless, a new trailer without subtitles dropped over the weekend.  Here it is:


"Queen of the Desert" trailer via YouTube

And a story from The Playlist:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-first-international-trailer-for-werner-herzogs-queen-of-the-desert-with-nicole-kidman-robert-pattinson-and-more-20150613



"MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART" DIRECTOR JIA ZHANGKE INTERVIEW



Mubi's Amir Ganjavie talks to the director of the Cannes competition film that was widely regarded critically as one of the three of four best films at the competition.  "Mountains May Depart" is on the Telluride radar as a result of its reception at Cannes. Kino Lorber has the U.S. distribution for the film.  Kino was represented last year at Telluride with "The Decent One".

Here's the link to the interview:

https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/the-status-of-love-in-the-age-of-consumerism-an-interview-with-jia-zhangke/



"45 YEARS" WINS AT EDINBURGH



Andrew Haigh's "45 Years" which scored acting wins at Berlin for Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling continued to gain honors this time at the Edinburgh Film Festival.  Rampling won Best Actress again and the film was named Best British Film.  Here's coverage from Variety and Thompson on Hollywood:


http://variety.com/2015/film/festivals/andrew-haighs-45-years-wins-british-film-award-at-edinburgh-1201529078/

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/45-years-leads-edinburgh-film-fest-winners-20150626

"45 Years" was on my first "Ten Bets" last week at #7.


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Future Telluride: "Wilson" Begins Filming/Coppola and Insdorf Talk Film/2015's First "Ten Bets"

Welcome to Friday...


FUTURE TELLURIDE: "WILSON" BEGINS FILMING


Once director now producer of "Wilson", Alexander Payne


Principal photography has begun on "Wilson" a film that, at one point was to be directed by Alexander Payne but is now under the direction of Craig Johnson ("The Skeleton Twins").  Payne is still listed as a producer which makes me think that it is still a film that we probably should have on our T-ride 2016 watch lists.


"Wilson" will star Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer and Laura Dern.

I have linked reporting from Thompson on Hollywood and The Playlist:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/wilson-starring-harrelson-and-dern-starts-filming-for-fox-searchlight-20150625

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/production-begins-on-adaptation-of-dan-clowes-wilson-starring-woody-harrelson-full-cast-revealed-20150625



COPPOLA AND INSDORF TALK FILM



It seems like it should have, has happened at Telluride.  Long time Telluride interviewer Annette Insdorf sat down with legend Francis Ford Coppola for 92Y's Reel Pieces series.  The 30 minute interview and brief story can be found here:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/watch-francis-ford-coppola-on-the-future-of-cinema-marlon-brando-and-regrets-20150625



2015'S FIRST "TEN BETS"




It's the last Friday in June and that means it's ponce again time for me to put my figurative money where my mouth is and take a stab at naming ten films that I think have a real shot at making the Telluride lineup for this year.

If the past is any guide, anywhere from five to seven of the following films will actually end up being a part of the TFF #42 lineup.

I'll continue through the rest of the summer posting revised "Ten Bets" lists each Friday right up to the final "Ten Bets" a day or two before the official lineup is announced.

So...here goes nothin':

#10) "Queen of the Desert" Despite it's sub par critical reception at Cannes I expect Werner Herzog's film to make The SHOW.



#9) "Suffragette"  Makes the list, barely, on the thinnest of clues...it's "European" premiere designation for the London Film Fest.

#8) "Truth" The Dan Rather story starring Robert Redford from SPC

#7) "45 Years"  Double acting wins at Berlin and from the Sundance Selects/IFC Films stable.



#6) "13 Minutes" Also a Berlin standout from SPC

#5) "I Saw the Light"  Other than it's from SPC, I have no other really great reason that I think it'll play T-ride...but I have a feeling...



#4) "Youth" Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel earned high praise at Cannes and it may be Fox Searchlight's strongest shot at awards season.



#3) "Carol" from Todd Haynes, who I'm predicting returns to Telluride with this awards season shot from The Weinstein Company.

#2) "Son of Saul"  SPC's Cannes sensation.



#1) "Dheepan"  I really do anticipate that Jacques Audiard returns to Telluride with this year's Palme d"Or winner.

On the outside...but close: "Macbeth", "Our Little Sister", "He Named Me Malala", "Demolition", Freeheld", and something from Warners: "Our Brand is Crisis", "Black Mass" or "In the Heart of the Sea"


That's your first "Ten Bets" and that's all for this week...more on Monday...

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

First "Ten Bets" Happens Tomorrow/Oscar Stays the Same/Trailer Park: "Macbeth" and "Valley of Love"

Welcome to Thursday...

REMEMBER THAT THE FIRST "TEN BETS" LIST FOR TELLURIDE 2015 IS COMING TOMORROW!

Now onto to day's post:

OSCAR STAYS THE SAME



The Board of Governor's of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced yesterday that they had decided to stay with the recent, three year old practice of having anywhere between five and ten nominees for Best Picture.  In the three year experiment, AMPAS has nominated nine, nine and then last year, eight films for Best Picture.


I have included details from stories from Variety, Awards Daily and Gold Derby.  They also cover a couple of minor tweaks that The Academy changed in a few other categories.


http://www.awardsdaily.com/blog/2015/06/rules-for-88th-oscars-no-changes-to-best-picture/

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/oscar-tweaks-best-picture-visual-effects-rules-1201527228/

http://www.goldderby.com/news/9620/oscars-best-picture-academy-awards-news-entertainment-13579086-story.html


TRAILER PARK: "Macbeth" and "Valley of Love"

A new international trailer for a film that I have written about quite a bit and another that I really haven't mentioned are included here.

Justin Kurzel's Macbeth starring Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender has the new international trailer.  The film is being domestically distributed by The Weinstein Company and has had a good deal of buzz in terms of awards consideration especially for Cotillard's performance as Lady Macbeth.   Here's the new trailer:




"Macbeth" International Trailer via YouTube



Check the accompanying story from flickeringmyth.com:

http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2015/06/international-trailer-for-macbeth-starring-michael-fassbender-and-marion-cotillard.html


Additionally, another Cannes competition film (as "Macbeth" was) that has just dropped a french language trailer with English subtitles.  "Valley of Love" stars Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert and is directed by Guillaume Nicloux.

The film centers on the story of a estranged couple brought back together by the suicide of their son.

  It currently is without U.S. distribution but certainly Depardieu and Huppert are no strangers to being in films that play at Telluride.

Here is the trailer for "Valley of Love":



"Valley of Love" Trailer via YouTube


And the accompanying story from The Playlist:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-first-trailer-for-competition-film-valley-of-love-with-isabelle-huppert-and-gerard-depardieu-20150511

And "Valley of Love's " IMDb page:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4120210/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Other Universals: "Everest", "Steve Jobs" and "By the Sea"/"A Perfect Day" Perfect for Telluride?

Good Wednesday to All...


THE OTHER UNIVERSALS



I mentioned in yesterday's post the outside possibility of Universal's Guillermo Del Toro's"Crimson Peak" making  an appearance at The SHOW.  Which led to me to think very seriously the past 24 hours about other Universal films that might have the T-ride chops if Universal makes an attempt to get them in

Honestly, the most likely Universal film to break their now-bordering-on seven-year Universal drought is Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder.


"Steve Jobs" First Look via YouTube


Other Universal properties that have some T-ride feel are the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt film "By the Sea" which could get a hand from The Universal Clooney Theory (addressed in a later blog post this summer) and "Everest".

"Everest" is directed by Baltasar Kormakur who previously made the trip to Telluride in 2007 with his "Jar City".  "Everest" is the true story of the disaster that occurred on the world's tallest mountain in 1996.  Jon Krakauer wrote about it in his outstanding "Into Thin Air" which was made into a a television film in 1997.


"Everest" trailer via YouTube


"Everest" does not claim to be based on the Krakauer book but is based on the same incident.  Recently a trailer for the film was released which is included here as a part of a story from The Playlist:


http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-jake-gyllenhaal-josh-brolin-keira-knightley-more-take-on-everest-in-first-trailer-for-mountain-climbing-thriller-20150604


"A PERFECT DAY" PERFECT FOR TELLURIDE?


"A Perfect Day" Trailer via YouTube


It's a film that sounds like a Telluride choice.  International cast, played at Cannes, distributed by IFC Films and it's described as a drama by IMDb and a comedy by The Playlist.  Benicio Del Toro stars in a film about NGO aid workers in a war zone trying to provide clean water.

Stories accompanying the release of the trailer for the film can be found at Variety or The Playlist:

http://variety.com/2015/film/global/first-look-trailer-for-a-perfect-day-starring-benicio-del-toro-tim-robbins-exclusive-1201517142/

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-new-trailer-for-a-perfect-day-starring-benicio-del-toro-tim-robbins-olga-kurylenko-and-melanie-thierry-20150611



That's all for now.  More to come on Thursday...

DON'T FORGET...THE FIRST "TEN BETS" LIST FOR TFF #42 IS COMING ON FRIDAY!!!


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RIP James Horner/"Our Brand" Could Be Our Brand/Not Really Thinking This Could Happen...But.../First "Ten Bets" Coming Friday

Welcome to Tuesday...


RIP JAMES HORNER



Bad news yesterday as we learned that Oscar winning composer James Horner ("Titanic", "Apollo 13") was killed in an airplane crash in California.  Horner's latest score is for the Jake Gyllenhaal film "Southpaw".  Horner won two Oscars for score and song for "Titanic" in 1998.  He was also nominated for an additional eight Oscars.  His talent will be sorely missed.


Horner's IMDb page is here:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000035/?ref_=nv_sr_1#composer



OUR BRAND MIGHT BE "OUR BRAND"



Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere reported yesterday that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand is Crisis" is in screen testing mode in L.A.  Wells concludes that this means that an awards season release date is likely.  He says October/November.

My feeling for a number of months is that its distributor, Warner Brothers, is likely to at least make the attempt to screen one or two of four films at Telluride.  In addition to "Our Brand" (which I think might be a realistic choice), WB has Ron Howard's  "In the Heart of the Sea", Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special" and Scott Cooper's "Black Mass".

Also, playing into my "Our Brand" could be a T-ride pick, is the fact that it's produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney (check out my "Unified Clooney Theory" post later this summer).

Here's the link to the Wells' post from yesterday:

http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/2015/06/simmer-softly-hurry/


NOT REALLY THINKING THIS COULD HAPPEN...BUT...




They've been called the Three Amigos...Mexican film makers and friends Alejandro Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo Del Toro.  Innaritu has become a veritable fixture at Telluride and Cuaron made the journey (and very successfully) in 2013 with the multiple Oscar winning "Gravity" but their amigo Del Toro hasn't made the trip to the San Juans.

We know that Cuaron won't this year as he is presiding over the Venice jury.  Inarritu may or more likely may not be ready to screen his latest "The Revenant" but Del Toro's Gothic horror "Crimson Peak" should be ready as it has an October 16 release date.

Could this be the year that the third amigo makes a trek to Telluride?  Admittedly the chances are small.  Universal is distributing and to the best of my research ability, they haven't had a film at Telluride since 2008's "Flash of Genius".

But... don't completely rule it out as I imagine Alejandro and Alfonso have both talked up the T-ride experience.

Add to this blurb the release of character posters over the weekend for the film covered here by The Playlist:


Also "Crimson Peak's" IMDb page:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2554274/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


And ultimately add that I want Jessica Chastain in Telluride...


DON'T FORGET, 2015'S FIRST "TEN BETS" FOR TFF #42 IS COMING ON FRIDAY!!!


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Trailers: "He Named Me Malala and "45 Years"/InContention in Limbo

Welcome back from the weekend folks!


TRAILERS: "HE NAMED ME MALALA" AND "45 YEARS"

These are two films that I have a pretty good vibe for showing up at the SHOW for differing reasons.  "Malala" is a much hyped documentary from Fox Searchlight".  "45 Years" was well reviewed and award winning at Berlin with U.S. distribution by Sundance Selects.  Both could show up Friday on the season's first MTFB Ten Bets List.  Check to see on Friday.

Anywho...since Friday, both films have released trailers.  "Malala's" can be viewed here:


"He Named Me Malala" trailer via YouTube


Additionally, you can look at a number of stories that accompanied the trailer release here:



https://www.facebook.com/MalalaFund/videos/1098538976826620/

http://time.com/3927769/malala-documentary-education-activist/

http://www.hollywoodnews.com/2015/06/18/he-named-me-malala-yousafzai/

http://www.indiewire.com/article/watch-malala-yousafzai-triggers-change-in-trailer-for-davis-guggenheim-doc-he-named-me-malala-20150619


Meanwhile, you can catch the "45 Years" trailer here:



http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/the-trailer-for-45-years-starring-charlotte-rampling-will-break-you-20150619

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-moving-first-trailer-for-andrew-haighs-acclaimed-45-years-starring-charlotte-rampling-and-tom-courtenay-20150619


INCONTENTION IN LIMBO



It popped over the weekend...the four year mix of HitFix being the home for Kristopher Tapley's InContention Oscar awards coverage will come to an end.  The two joined in 2011, but have come to a parting of ways.

It matters to me because Kris has been a generous soul to me over the last few years that I've been plunking along at this blog.  Always kind. Always quick to introduce me to real players in the biz that he knows.  A class act all the time.  So, naturally the shift caught my eye.

This story is the announcement from Tapley:

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/in-contention-signing-off-at-hitfix

Also coverage from Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood and Jeff Wells/Hollywood Elsewhere:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/in-contention-is-on-the-move-20150619

http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/2015/06/tapley-left-hitfix/


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