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Telluride: 'Rosewater' Director Jon Stewart Receives Hero's Welcome

Telluride: 'Rosewater' Director Jon Stewart Receives Hero's Welcome

On Friday evening, Telluride Film Festival moviegoers became the first members of the public to see the fruits of the three-month hiatus that Jon Stewart took from The Daily Show in the summer of 2013 -- during which John Oliver's solo career took off -- when the world premiere of Rosewater, Stewart's feature directorial debut, unspooled at the Galaxy Theatre and was met with warm applause.

Stewart, who also penned the film's script -- which he adapted from London-based journalist Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy's 2011 book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, about Bahari's 2009 return to his native Iran to cover the heated Ahmadinejad-Mousavi election for Newsweek and his subsequent 118-day imprisonment -- was on hand before the screening to help introduce the film and after it to participate in a Q&A alongside its star, Gael Garcia Bernal, that was moderated by journalist Mark Danner. He said he was excited to be at the fest and, judging from the applause he received, festivalgoers were clearly excited to see him.

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Telluride: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads Weinstein's 'Imitation Game' Into Oscar Fray

Telluride: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads Weinstein's 'Imitation Game' Into Oscar Fray

For a film made by a director whom few in America have ever heard of, The Imitation Game certainly came into the Telluride Film Festival with a lot of buzz -- having Sherlock's newly-minted Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch as its star and marketing maven Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein Co. as its distributor certainly didn't hurt -- but it will be leaving here with even more, thanks to a very well received world premiere on Friday evening at the Werner Herzog Theatre.

Adapted by Graham Moore from Andrew Hodges' book Alan Turing: The Enigma, the history-inspired period piece drama is already being called a cross between A Beautiful Mind (2001) and The King's Speech (2010), two films that won the best picture Oscar. It's premature to predict the same outcome for The Imitation Game, but with the muscle of Weinstein (who flew out to the Rockies for the premiere) firmly behind it, it's a fairly safe bet that the film will at least be nominated for that honor -- among others.

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Telluride: Fest Kicks Off With 'Wild,' Reese Witherspoon Returns to Oscar Discussion

Telluride: Fest Kicks Off With 'Wild,' Reese Witherspoon Returns to Oscar Discussion

Fox Searchlight's Wild became the first film to screen at the 41st Telluride Film Festival this afternoon when the fest in the Rockies kicked off with its annual Patron Preview in the Chuck Jones Theatre. Among those on hand were Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir inspired Nick Hornby's script for the film; Jean-Marc Vallee, the Canadian director best known for last year's best picture Oscar nominee Dallas Buyers Club; and Reese Witherspoon, the 2006 Oscar-winning actress who plays Strayed in the film. The filmmakers were introduced before the film, which, when it ended, received polite applause.

In terms of the awards season that kicks off today, my own sense is that the nearly two-hour film -- which chronicles a 1,200-mile hike that Strayed took from the Mexican border to Canada to try to come to peace with her dark personal past and the recent loss of her mother -- has its best shot at garnering recognition in the best actress Oscar category, thanks to a formidable performance by Witherspoon. The A-lister is on screen for virtually every minute of it, usually by herself, and does the sort of "brave" work -- as in physically demanding, risque and not at all glamorous -- to which the Academy has always responded. It's nice to see her really pushing herself again, after an up-and-down run since Walk the Line nine years ago.

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Telluride: The Movies the Hottest Filmmakers Want to See

Telluride: The Movies the Hottest Filmmakers Want to See

As the Telluride Film Festival got under way this morning, high-profile festival-goers cited such films as Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Foxcatcher, with Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum, as high on their list of must-see movies.

To kick off the Labor Day weekend event, filmmakers, press and big-money supporters gathered for the annual Patron Brunch at Gray Head, a private residence high in the mountains about 20 minutes outside of town. Despite the sweltering heat, Michael Barker, whose Sony Pictures Classics is distributing Foxcatcher, donned a wrestling sweatshirt bearing the movie's title; Jon Stewart, here with his directorial debut Rosewater, gamely posed for selfies with people serving bagels and lox; and Laura Linney, who met her husband Marc Schauer ten years ago at Telluride, cradled their new baby boy.

As they and dozens of other boldfaced names took in the breathtaking views and sampled the sumptuous buffet tables, they talked with The Hollywood Reporter about which films, beyond their own, they were most excited about seeing. Screenings kick off this afternoon with the Patron Preview, which The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed will be the world premiere of Fox Searchlight's Oscar hopeful Wild.

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Telluride: 'Wild' World Premiere Will Kick Off Fest

Telluride: 'Wild' World Premiere Will Kick Off Fest

Fox Searchlight's highly anticipated Oscar hopeful Wild will be the first film to screen at the 41st Telluride Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The fest's organizers have picked it to be the film at the center of this year's "Patron Preview," a special screening that is open only to the fest's biggest spenders, who usually only learn the identity of the film they will be seeing once they are already seated in the Chuck Jones Theatre.

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Richard Attenborough Remembered by Friend and Colleague of 72 Years

Richard Attenborough Remembered by Friend and Colleague of 72 Years

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Editor's Note: The British filmmaker Michael Anderson, 94, is the oldest living best director Oscar nominee; he was nominated for helming the 1956 best picture Oscar winner, Around the World in 80 Days. 72 years ago, he was the assistant director on the film in which Richard Attenborough made his big-screen debut. He would go on to direct Attenborough in two other films over the next 33 years.

The year was 1942. The great Noel Coward and the soon-to-be-great David Lean were making a British war film called In Which We Serve. I was the assistant director and also had a small part in the film. Joining Noel in the cast were a number of young and unknown actors, carefully chosen by David, who would all go on to stardom: John Mills, Michael Wilding and Richard Attenborough.

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Telluride: The Lineup, Packed With Awards Contenders, Is Unveiled

Telluride: The Lineup, Packed With Awards Contenders, Is Unveiled

The lineup of the 41st Telluride Film Festival, which its organizers unveiled today, is packed with some of the most buzzed-about Oscar hopefuls. Among the films that are set to screen in the Rocky Mountains over Labor Day weekend are the world premieres of The Imitation Game, perhaps The Weinstein Co.'s most promising contender; Fox Searchlight's Wild, one of several Reese Witherspoon vehicles vying for attention this awards season; Open Road's Rosewater, Jon Stewart's directorial debut; another take on Madame Bovary, this one starring Mia Wasikowska, which is still seeking U.S. distribution; and Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi's HBO-bound New York Review of Books doc The 50 Year Argument.

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John Lasseter Dismisses Notion of Rift With Marvel Over 'Big Hero 6'

John Lasseter Dismisses Notion of Rift With Marvel Over 'Big Hero 6'

The 2014 best animated feature Oscar race might well come down to DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Disney's Big Hero 6. Dragon was one of this summer's biggest critical and commercial hits. Hero won't be released until Nov. 7, the first weekend after Halloween. But Disney-Pixar chief John Lasseterthe film's producer Roy Conli and co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams teased the movie Wednesday by revealing 25 minutes of footage at a gathering of Oscar bloggers at the Disney Animation building in Burbank, a clear indication that Disney intends to give the film a major awards push.

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Emmys: If the Results Indicate Anything, It's That the Voting System Is Broken

Emmys: If the Results Indicate Anything, It's That the Voting System Is Broken

The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were dished out at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night and, for the second year in a row, many of the TV Academy's choices left viewers in the audience and at home with their mouths hanging open in bafflement, with some even calling for a reevaluation of the voting process.

Several of the results were simply inexplicable.

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Emmys: Live Blog

Emmys: Live Blog

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Remembering Richard Attenborough, Giant and Champion of British Stage and Screen

Remembering Richard Attenborough, Giant and Champion of British Stage and Screen

People on both sides of the Atlantic — including many in the biz — are mourning the death this weekend of Richard Attenborough, one of the most talented and likable actors and directors of the British stage and screen, and a fierce champion of the arts in Britain, less than a week shy of his 91st birthday.

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Greenwich Film Fest Lands Elvis Mitchell as Director

Greenwich Film Fest Lands Elvis Mitchell as Director

The recently established Greenwich International Film Festival, which boasts a board of directors that includes former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager and New York Yankees star Mark Teixeira, has set its first edition for June 4-7, 2015. The fest’s board also named named veteran film commentator Elvis Mitchell as its “marquee director.”

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Kirk Douglas Remembers Lauren Bacall: She Was My "Lucky Charm"

Kirk Douglas Remembers Lauren Bacall: She Was My "Lucky Charm"

A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

With the loss of Lauren Bacall, whom we all called "Betty," a meaningful part of my history has been extinguished.

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Lauren Bacall, Political Activist: She Knew How to Whistle... and Speak Her Mind

Lauren Bacall, Political Activist: She Knew How to Whistle... and Speak Her Mind

Lauren Bacall, one of the last links to Hollywood’s Golden Age, died August 12 at 89 in her Upper West Side apartment, 70 years after shooting to stardom in her first film, Howard HawksTo Have and Have Not, opposite her future husband Humphrey Bogart. Bacall is best remembered for that film (in which she famously provides instructions about how to whistle) and the three others she made with “Bogie”—The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo—before his untimely death in 1957. But contemporaries also remember her political activism at a time before it was common for celebrities to involve themselves in such matters.

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