Hello from New York City, where Americans are commemorating Labor Day, and I’m still in awe of what a fun time I had at the US Open yesterday – why didn’t I know how exhilarating the sport can be to watch? *grunt*
* With the Toronto Film Festival opening this week, Venice and Telluride have been getting in their early buzz now. Reese Witherspoon, Oprah and author Cheryl Strayed were all at Telluride for the premiere of Wild, and Jon Stewart premiered his film about a journalist who is detained in Iraq, Rosewater, to audiences there too, leading the NY Times to declare “the world’s leading fake newscaster turns out to be a real filmmaker.” Foxcatcher too, with Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum, wowed critics, after screening at Cannes earlier this year.
* Meanwhile, over in Europe, Saturday was Al Pacino Day on the Lido in Venice. The actor had two new films debuting there – one in competition, Manglehorn, and the other out of it, The Humbling. Seems there were mixed responses to the movies, but the actor brought some star-power to Italy with him, while talking about how much he enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, which continues to be number 1 at the US box office.
* Kanye West, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar and co took to the stage of the Jay-Z-curated Made in America festival, held in Los Angeles and Philadelphia at the same time. For the first time the event was held in downtown LA, which seems fitting considering how that area is being revived with great stores and hip new hotels. Pity about the 29 arrests made during it…
* Staying with music festivals, the iTunes Festival has pulled out a unique name to close off the fest in London at the end of September – opera legend Placido Domingo. Sounds like an inspired choice for the festival, which opens with deadmau5 and features acts like Robert Plant, Mary J Blige and Pharrell Williams. Hope it goes down just as well!
* The track Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5 collaborated on is out. My Heart is Open was co-penned by Sia and the two Voice hosts Gwen and Adam Levine do justice to the song about moving on, which will feature on Maroon 5’s new V, which releases tomorrow.
[Pic: Millenium Films]