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Friday
Sep 04 2015

Location Location Location: Telluride Fest,Hell's Club,White House

VarietyDean Jones,Disney star of the 60s and 70s,dies at 84.RIP
VarietyNational Medal of Arts recipients this week at the White House include Larry McMurtry,Stephen King and Sally Field!
This is Not PornPeter O'Toole playing cricket duringThe Lion in Winter
Boston GlobeSienna Miller cut fromBlack Mass- oh the indignities of how many miniscule roles she gets
Many Rantings of JohnthinksGame of Throneswill beatMad Mento the Drama Emmy.Agree?I think I do.I've managed to keep myMad Menexpectations tamped down (but for Jon Hamm who is deserving times a thousand) and four Best Drama trophies for an 8 year series (F*** you F***ing two-part finale TV/movie trend) is nothing to complain about,you know?
Varietyraves Tom McCarthy'sSpotlightwith the "heftiest roles"belonging to Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo. Move it up your Oscar charts

AV ClubAnne Hathaway on losing roles to early 20somethings-- hey she isn't talking aboutSilver Linings Playbookis she?
Comics Alliancelooks at those unboxedStar Wars: The Force Awakenstoys.If you're into that sort of thing
Pajibatries to recastGalaxy Questwhich is going to become a TV series now.Honestly,in some cases why recast?Missi Pyle needs to be a regular!
MNPPmore new pics fromA Bigger Splashwith Tilda Swinton.It looks more and more scrumptuous the more we see
MNPPalso believes that Jake Gyllenhaal nudity has been removed fromEverest.Boo!
Kenneth in the (212)Henry Cavill apologizes for his boner
TowleroadCandis Cayne'sCurb Your Enthusiasmexperience.(I've never told you this but IloveCandis Cayne -- sinceWigstockin 1995 -- and am so glad she's getting more press via "I Am Cait".)
EmpireI somehow missed the news thatNeighborsis getting a sequel (already filming) but maybe I blocked it out since Selena Gomez and Chloe Moretz are the antagonists this time for our hapless marrieds played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne?
Varietyon a new biography "Can I Go Now?"on outrageous superagent Sue Mengers agent to Barbra Streisand who is having quite a posthumous revival of late
Time Out LondonJoaquin Phoenix onIrrational Manand why he turned downDoctor Strange

When I was younger I was probably a bit of a snob about [taking on blockbuster roles].But they've gotten better.I've flirted with several of those films,having meetings and getting close,but ultimately it never felt like they'd really be fulfilling.There were too many requirements that went against my instincts for character.I've been spoiled.I've never had to make those compromises.I've not met a director yet with one of those films where we go through the script,they say: ‘You know what,fuck this set-piece,let's focus on the character!' I understand,but it's best I don't do it.

Video of the Day
Check out thisincrediblemashup of movie characters in "Hell's Club"starring Al Pacino,Tom Cruise,and John Travolta.I especially like theCollateralonCocktailstaredown and unobtrusiveBoogie Nightsappearances

Telluride Lineup
The high altitude festival kicks off today with the following 27 film lineup.TFE never attends Telluride because it is against our "deeply held religious beliefs"to pay for the privilege of giving a festival free publicity (unlike most A list festivals you have to pay for a press pass).Titles in red are also playing at TIFF some of which have already played Cannes or Berlinale and some of which will also play NYFF.Titles in blue are playing NYFF but not TIFF which is a roundabout way of saying we'll be seeing most of them within a month,just not this very weekend!They'll also be giving awards/holding tributes to director Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs),Rooney Mara (Carol) --Nick made a funny-- and documentarian Adam Curtis (Bitter Lake) so Oscar Campaign Season has officially begun.Speaking of Rooney,here's the new poster forCarol.Unimaginative but pretty!

  • CAROL(d.Todd Haynes,U.S.,2015)
  • AMAZING GRACE(d.Sydney Pollack,U.S.,1972/2015)
  • ANOMALISA(d.Charlie Kaufman,U.S.,2015)
  • BEAST OF NO NATION(d.Cary Fukunaga,U.S.,2015)
  • HE NAMED ME MALALA(d.Davis Guggenheim,U.S.,2015)
  • STEVE JOBS(d.Danny Boyle,U.S.,2015)
  • IXCANUL(d.Jayro Bustamante,Guatemala,2015)
  • BITTER LAKE (d.Adam Curtis,U.K.,2015)
  • ROOM(d.Lenny Abrahamson,England,2015)
  • BLACK MASS(d.Scott Cooper,U.S.,2015)
    Why anyone would be seeing Black Mass at either fest when it opens on 09/18,I cannot say!
  • SUFFRAGETTE (d.Sarah Gavron,U.K.,2015)
  • SPOTLIGHT(d.Tom McCarthy,U.S.,2015)
  • RAMS(d.Grímur Hákonarson,Iceland,2015)
  • MOM AND ME (d.Ken Wardrop,Ireland,2015)
  • VIVA (d.Paddy Breathnach,Ireland,2015)
  • TAJ MAJAL (d.Nicolas Saada,France-India,2015)
  • SITI (d.Eddie Cahyono,Indonesia,2015)
  • HEART OF THE DOG(d.Laurie Anderson,U.S.2014)
  • 45 YEARS(d.Andrew Haigh,England,2015)
  • SON OF SAUL(d.Lázló Nemes,Hungary,2015)
  • ONLY THE DEAD (d.Michael Ware,Bill Guttentag,U.S.- Australia,2015)
  • TAXI(d.Jafar Panahi,Iran,2015)
  • HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT(d.Kent Jones,U.S.,2015)
  • TIME TO CHOOSE (d.Charles Ferguson,U.S.,2015)
  • MARGUERITE (d.Xavier Giannoli,France,2015)
  • TIKKUN (d.Avishai Sivan,Israel,2015)
  • WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE'S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM(d.Evgeny Afineevsky,Russia-Ukraine,2015)

Off Screen
Vulturesmart negative review ofMiley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz.I like the album quite a lot more than this but salient points made
Broadway BuzzKathleen Turner to costar in "Would You Still Love Me..."Off Broadway.It's about gender reassignment surgery.But not her characters (sorry,Friendsfans).Her child is considering it in the play.
NYTa profile of a "fit-model".I include this because I had never heard of this job until I became friends some years ago with a girl who is one!(Hi,Jenn!) People get this job not from magazine-beauty but from having ideal/average proporations/measurements for clothes-sizes.It's always neat to realize that each industry has jobs you've never imagined that people can actually earn livings from.
Gothamiston the best non Broadway theater companies in NYC
i09novelist Don DeLillo to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Awards this fall

Showtune to Go
Sincewe were just talking about Lucille Ballhere's a comic number "Jitterbug Bite"fromDance,Girl,Dance(1940)

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Reader Comments (11)

I can't believe Telluride is giving Rooney Mara one of their tributes.What is there to even say about her?Maybe she'd be worthy in a couple of decades,but she's had a career for all of four years.

September 4,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Suzanne,right?I forgot to include Nick's link here which i alluded to but he pointed out that the eventwould be short.

September 4,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I'm happy for Tom McCarthy,who needs to redeem himself from the abomination that was The Cobbler.

September 4,2015 | Unregistered CommenterPam

The Many Rantings of John article is interesting,especially since THR is calling it for Maslany.Do you watch Orpah Black?YOU SHOULD!Especially if you enjoyed Sense8.

September 4,2015 | Unregistered CommenterBD

BD -- i tried to watch Orphan Black but didn't make it very far.VERY impressed with Maslany's work but otherwise I thought the writing / storytelling was weak.but maybe i'll give it another chance.or skip ahead a season or something.

September 4,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

The trailer for "Carol"is captivating,but the poster is underwhelming.C'mon movie studios!

September 4,2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoel V.

Yay for Candis!I found her to be very good on the underrated "Dirty Sexy Money"-- there was an episode where she had a scene with Donald Sutherland in which he tries to pay her off to leave his son's life,and she more than held her own.That was a really fun show that never recovered after the writer's strike.

September 4,2015 | Unregistered Commenterjakey

"From a novel by the author of The Talented Mr.Ripley"?I dunno,just makes me feel sad that they're trying so hard not to mention Patricia Highsmith's name.

September 5,2015 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

Thanks for the link Nathaniel!I agree that Mad Men's love would be better spent on the acting trophies,though Hamm's work on Kimmy Schmidt may cause the dreaded vote-splitting.And I can't imagine the actors aren't thinking right now that if they had aired the entire seventh season together that they would have had a much better shot at a trophy (particularly Hendricks).

September 5,2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

John T -- well except not because nothing was budging the needless double for Breaking Bad (which split its own finale to win two trophies for everything).sigh it's a gross cycle that will perpetually cause problems.

September 5,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

RAMS is so good.Have Iceland selected it yet?Is it an Oscar nominee yet?

I was personally quite proud of my Telluride tweet...

"The greatest trick the Telluride Film Festival ever pulled was convincing the world it has clout and isn't just as shameless as Toronto."

September 5,2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

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