* At the age of 86, James GarnerÂ has died.Â Best knownÂ for theÂ 1950s western MaverickÂ and the 1970s series The Rockford Files, the leading man died on Saturday night at his home in Los Angeles. Sad too, to hear that a young actress, 21-year-oldÂ Skye McCole Bartusiak,Â whoÂ playedÂ Mel Gibson‘s daughter inÂ The Patriot alsoÂ died – although the reason is not yet known.
* In another coup for the New York Film Festival,Â Paul Thomas Anderson will debut his latest film, Inherent Vice at the eventÂ in October. The fest already announced it would open with Gone Girl, and PTA’s film starring Joaquin Phoenix in the Thomas Pynchon novel,Â makes it even more of an anticipated fest. The Guardian has a look at how this may affect which films will premiere at which festivals, as we await the announcement of the Toronto Film Festival’s slate tomorrow.
* Kendrick Lamar closed the 3-day Pitchfork Music Festival, which also saw Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Grimes, and British shoe-gaze outfit Slowdive (who hadn’t played the US in 20 years) perform. Not sure if there were any stand-outs in terms of new names, but I shall continue to scour for them. Meanwhile, Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails joined SoundgardenÂ for the first of their headlining shows, in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
* This is an interesting move – One Chance, the movie about Britain’s Got TalentÂ winner Paul Potts, will air on Yahoo Screen first, before releasing on the big screen in the US. It’ll be telling as to what kind of affect this has on the film’s earnings and if others will follow suit. On a related note, isn’t Tony-winner James Corden just so good at everything he does??
* The trailer for season 4 of HomelandÂ had me trying to spot which locations were used, asÂ South AfricaÂ stood in for Pakistan, but I couldn’t really tell. Good job! The snippet shows a bit of Carrie (Claire Danes)’s life now – baby included – as the story, which will play out on TV screens and iPads come October, moves to the Middle East.