The Rundown

The Rundown: Johnny Depp, Toronto Film Festival, Sam Smith

This week’s The Rundown comes to you from Greece, where I went to my cousin’s wedding. Opa! 

The stories…

* It’s film festival season right now – and Johnny Depp seems to be getting some of the spotlight…

Telluride in the Rockie Mountains just wrapped up – Johnny Depp’s Black Mass has had people talking about his turn as mobster boss Whitey Bulger. So too, is there buzz for Joel Edgerton. Talk of Depp being back on top form makes me very happy as he’s had a couple of misses lately. An actress who’s been receiving a lot of praise is Brie Larson, one of the finest underrated actresses around too, for a film called Room.
Steve Jobs from Danny Boyle, written by the Social Network‘s Aaron Sorkin has also attracted applause. I’m looking forward to seeing Black Mass, among others, at the Toronto Film Festvial but the Steve Jobs movie will only be at the NYFF.

* The Venice Film Festival is underway and Toronto has just begun…

Venice will hand out its top prizes this Saturday. Reports say there was a 10-minute standing O for The Danish Girl, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as one of the first known people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Alice Vikander stars alongside him. Netflix’s Beasts Of No Nation also drew strong praise for Idris Elba’s turn as a warlord recruiting child soldiers in Africa. South African director Oliver Hermanus debuted his third feature film called The Endless River, which drew mixed reviews. It’ll be at Toronto, which kicked off on Thursday, along with three other South African films. 

* The Bond theme singer has finally been revealed..

Ending months of speculation – I had put my money on Lorde, but it’s Sam Smith — still one of the names that was up there high in the running so not unexpected. The song is called Writing’s on the Wall. It’ll be released on iTunes on Friday in two weeks time. The movie comes out October and November. Smith is following in the footsteps of Adele, who swept the Grammys and then went on to sing the Bond theme song, earning an Oscar too. Will he follow those steps too?

The route

It’s about four miles long, and takes in some of the sights. Start from Syntagma Square, the heart of the Greek parliament. Head west for about 300 meters until you see the Evaggilistrias side-street going off to the left, with all its outside dining tables. Cross the cathedral square and turn right on Pondrosou to run the last few blocks along this pedestrian street and its little shops, to Monastiraki Square, one of the most vibrant parts of the city. Make your way to Odeon of Herodes Atticus. You’ll pass the smaller Dionysus Theater, where the classic Greek playwrights all performed their plays. Then head to the Acropolis, where is costs 12 Euros to enter. 


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