Toronto 2012: Download THR's Day 2 'Daily'
In Day 2 of the Toronto Festival Daily, the eOne-Alliance merger transforms the Canadian film landscape, Walter Salles discusses bringing "On the Road" to the big screen and Scott Feinberg offers five reasons why Ben Affleck's "Argo" is a best picture contender
Toronto Buzzes Over eOne-Alliance Merger
The initial reaction to the eOne-Alliance Films merger unveiled Friday is positive, as the industry sees inevitable post-takeover job cuts followed by the birth of a Canadian global-distribution giant. To be certain, eOne’s audacious $230 million play for Alliance Films has rattled Canadian and foreign producers by removing one less film buyer from the domestic market.
Walter Salles Talks About On the Road
For decades, Filmmakers from Francis Ford Coppola to Gus Van Sant have tried to adapt Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Ironically, it took an out-of-towner in Walter Salles to bring the seminal Beat tome to life. The Brazilian helmer who hails from one of South America’s wealthiest banking families -- Forbes estimates Salles to have assets worth $2.7 billion as of March -- might seem an odd fit for the material. But the director, who tackled another iconic road-tripper in Che Guevara’s memoir The Motorcycle Diaries, stressed the universal appeal of On the Road. Kerouac’s novel had an impact beyond its borders, he notes, likening it to Albert Camus’ The Stranger.
Argo For Best Pic?
Each of the past five best picture Oscar winners played Toronto, which begs the question: Is the next best picture Oscar winner playing here right now? Based on the enthusiastic reception Argo is receiving from both audiences and critics, the Ben Affleck-directed drama has as good a shot as any of going the distance. Why? In addition to being a well-made film, Warner Bros.’ Argo has several advantages heading into awards season. Read five.
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