Thanks for watching the first episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Weekend Awards Short! This Friday week-in-review newsletter is being prepared by THR‘s awards team and will include an overview of (a) key pieces we have written; (b) memorable things we attended; (c) interesting rumblings we heard; (d) things we encourage you to check out; and (e) things we would like to know.
The authors of each entry can be identified by the following initials: awards editor Tyler Coates [TC]executive editor of awards Scott Feinberg [SF]film writer Mia Galuppo [MG]senior staff writer Chris Gardner [CGa]technical editor Caroline Giardina [CGi]editor-in-chief of film Rebecca Keegan [RK] and deputy award editor Beatrice Verhoeven [BV].
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What we produce…
An overview of the most important pieces we’ve written
What we see…
A summary of memorable things we attended
- The Telluride Film Festival kicked off Friday morning with the annual Patrons Brunch. Among those who mingle in the scenic setting high in the Rockies: women talk helmer Sarah Polley (who will receive a celebratory tribute tonight ahead of the film’s premiere) and its stars Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Jessie Buckley (“It’s like we have a delegation,” Polley told RK); Anne Hathaway accompany her Armageddon time director James Gray (the indie darling who caught SF by surprise when he said he’d never been to the party before); Close to helmer Lukas Dhont and his leading (young) man Eden Dambrine; Alejandro G. Inarrituc And his bardo thrown straight from the plane from Venice; Realm of Light director Sam Mendes and producer Pippa Harris; Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downeywho are here with their paper on Robert Downey Sr., sr.; and a cardboard cutout of the former German chancellor Angela Merkelthe subject of a document here at the party brought by the director, Eva Weber. —SF and RK
- Telluride’s celebratory Patron Preview showing on Friday afternoon, which the party organizers always keep a secret (or try) until showtime at the Werner Herzog Theater, eventually became a documentary (after He called me Malala in 2015): Bryan Fogelsequel to his 2017 Oscar-winning documentary Icarusthis one is called Icarus: The Aftermath. I won’t say much about how Fogel managed to continue the story of the Russian scientist who facilitated and whistled for his country’s doping for the Olympics; just that it’s equally daring and compelling. The film still doesn’t have a US distributor, but I can’t imagine, given its quality and timeliness, that he won’t find one soon, probably in time to compete in this year’s Oscar race. There has never been a sequel to an Oscar-nominated documentary – the one from 2017 An awkward sequelthe sequel to 2006 An inconvenient truth, was shortlisted – but there’s a scoop for everything! —SF
- Jason Momoaclutch and all, recently hit the red carpet outside the DGA Theater for the season three premiere of his epic (and bloody!) Apple TV+ series, To see. While the show may not be a contender, the Aquarius star surely should be – for environmentalism. The event was flooded with aluminum made Mananalu water bottles. “It’s nice because I don’t want people to use single-use plastic,” he says THR. “It’s the one thing we can recycle indefinitely. I even make utensils so we don’t have to use the plastic on the set.” In a season marked by excessive plastic use, we certainly tip our hat to Mr. momoa. —CGa
What we hear…
A collection of interesting rumors we’ve heard
- Happy 60th Birthday to Santa Barbara International Film Festival executive Roger Durlingwhose birthday — August 31 — always falls around the time of the Telluride Film Festival, which he’s been attending for 30 years, which he celebrated Thursday night with an intimate pre-fest dinner at La Marmotte.
- Two of the most talented young people in the company, Director Gabe Polsky and producer Justine Ciarrocchi, were married until earlier this year. They remain close friends and it turns out that both films will have their world premieres within 24 hours of each other at the Toronto International Film Festival: Polsky’s Butcher’s Crossingwhich stars Nicolas Cageis set at 9:30 p.m. EST on the night of Friday, September 9, and Causewaywhich Ciarrocchi produced together with production partner Jennifer Lawrence, who also stars in the film, will be revealed on Saturday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m. EST. Both plan to attend each other’s screenings. —SF
What we recommend…
A few things we recommend you check out
- One of my Telluride traditions every year is that I purposely forget my hat at home, so I “have to” buy a new one at the Overland Sheepskin store on Colorado Ave. While I was paying for this year’s edition, I met the mother of Alexa Tassone, a Telluride High grad (class of 2011) who now works as a production manager in LA and has a side business selling T-shirts for film crews with racy statements. My personal favorites from Tassone’s small business called We are packed, are the “One More For Safety” and “Where’s Crafty?” shirts. —RK
- In my last days of sort of life before being engulfed in the fall movie fest circuit, I dove into two cutting edge copies of books I highly recommend: The Academy and the Award: The Coming of Age of Oscar and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (on bookshelves September 29), a tremendously in-depth history by former director of the Academy Bruce Davis in which, among other notable things, Davis seems to have finally solved the mystery of who gave that naked golden man the nickname “Oscar” (spoiler alert: Bette Davis was full of it when she claimed she named it after the middle name of the first of her four ex-husbands); and Hollywood: the oral history (from November 8), by the major showbiz authorities Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson, which, based on the archives of the American Film Institute, uses the words of Hollywood’s biggest names to tell the story of the films. Both tomes are not only great to read, but also offer the added value of serving as highly effective doorstops. —SF
What we would like to know…
A few questions we’d like to see answered
- As CGa has written, the overlap of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards and the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12 forces some talent (eg. Jean Smart), publicists, stylists and, yes, press, to choose between the two. (“My schedule for the next two weeks is terrifying,” explains stylist Kate Young, while another insider says the chaos caused by the hectic calendar is nothing short of a “disaster”.) Toronto, where would a fun be the place for an Emmy’s watch party? Ask for a friend. —SF
What we look forward to…
A summary of upcoming things we’re excited about
- The Toronto International Film Festival’s fourth annual TIFF Awards Gala, a fundraiser for the festival’s diversity and inclusion efforts, continues to roll out an impressive roster of talent to be honored at its September 11 gathering. This week, the party announced that actress Michelle Yeo (Everything Everywhere All at once) will be celebrated with its inaugural Groundbreaker Award;
- While the Emmy week party circuit has certainly not bounced back to what it was before the pandemic, the coming days have a whirl that comes close. We have started our red carpet parties and event overview with more events to be added in the coming days. Hey HBO, we’re watching you! —CGa
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You can follow the whole long Labor Day weekend THRcoverage of the Venice Film Festival (feature film critic) David Rooney reviews titles from the Lido) and the Telluride Film Festival (SF, RK and film critic Sheri Linden all relate to the festivities in the Rockies). And a special shout-out to THR’owns Katie Kilkennywho, as in years past, is a volunteer usher at Telluride’s Werner Herzog Theater!