A couple weeks ago I stumbled across a set for the film "The Company You Keep". The film stars a literal cornucopia of notable names like Brendan Gleeson, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Sam Elliott, Anna Kendrick, Terrance Howard, Nick Nolte as well as Shia Labeouf. To top it all off, the director is Robert Redford, who is pulling double duty as hes in the film as well.
On this particular day I caught a scene of (Robert Redford) Jim Grant, a small town lawyer suspected of murder leaving an apartment and getting into his car. Following Jim out of the apartment is Ben Schulburg (Shia Labeouf), a reporter for an Albany newspaper that is investigating the murder & Jim.
It is hard to hear what is being said because of traffic, but the scene is pretty easy to follow. Ben is pursuing Jim for info/answers to a question he has, and his body language suggests he didnt get it.
The Company You Keep is scheduled for release in either late 2012, or early 2013.
For me, the final day of TIFF was day 9. There was 1 more premiere on the 10th day, but I opted to not do it & called the 2011 version of the Toronto International Film Festical a wrap after day 9.
Maybe if day 9 had been better I would have been more motivated to try day 10, but it wasnt good.
It started with a red carpet for a film with rebecca Hall. The crowd was the thinnest I had seen during TIFF for Roy Thompson Hall. Maybe 150 people tops endured the cooling weather.
Rebecca came out and signed sparingly. I managed 1 of the maybe 10-15 autographs the actress handed out. It certainly didnt win over too many fans. A lot of moaning and booing happened, and again, I was left wondering...do these entertainers WANT people to see their films or not? All it would take is 2-3 more mins of fan interraction and she would have made 75% of the fans happy, instead of the 10-25% she actually did. For the sake of 2 minutes, Rebecca could have won over a few more fans, instead of alienating some.
I spent some time hanging out with some other hounds, and went with them for the band Wilco. IO saw a couple members of the group, but we never saw the ones they were waiting for...they had gone earlier and got 4 of the 6 members, and were only waiting for 2.
While waiting for them, we stumbled across an actor going into the back of the Elgin theatre for a Q&A session. It was Paddy Considine. Only the 1 European hound in the car knew who he was, and had a bunch for the BAFTA award winning actor. I helped him when he got out, and Paddy was terrific. Signed whatever was asked, and chatted with those who wanted to chat with him. That is someone who understands the value of good PR.
A little later I went back to RTH for the final premiere of MY fest. It was for Winnie, featuring Jennifer Hudson, Elias Koteas and Terrance Hwoard... unfortunately, the only 1 to show up of the 3 was Howard. I got 2 autographs from him, and that was, the end of my film fest.
A+ Paddy Considine
B+ Terrance Howard
D+ Rebecca Hall
TOTAL autographs today 6
TOTAL autographs for all of TIFF 89
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.