Alas, no Hugh Jackman for me

I got 44 of my 45 first choices for the festival, including the second showing of Babel. Very excited about that, even though the filmakers and stars often don’t show up to the second screening. Who cares. I want to see the movie more than Brad Pitt. (Although I’ll be psyched if he shows.)
The only first choice I didn’t get is one I was totally expecting to get. The Fountain. The new movie by Darren Aronofsky, who gave us Pi and Requiem for a Dream — two very interesting movies. The Fountain stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz and I admit I partly wanted to go to get some close-up photos of Hugh during the Q&A…
I think the film opens in November, so I won’t have to wait too long to see it… But it sounds cool — Three timelines spanning 1000 years with the same two characters… or at least the same two actors playing a couple in each time period.

Sigh. It’s one I’d like to see before all the reviews and pre-release hype and trailers and things that can ruin the experience of seeing a movie. (Actually… I did see a trailer already… At least a month ago…) There’s something really magic about seeing films at the festival though… I could try the rush line for The Fountain…

The film I did get in that timeslot is Quelques jours en Septembre which also looks great and I know Juilette Binoche is going to be in Toronto for the screening (papers said so) whereas I don’t know if Hugh will even be in town… I expect John Turturro will show too… He was here last year with his own very bizarre film Romance & Cigarettes — one of the only films I saw at last year’s fest I didn’t love. Here’s a snap of him at last year’s fest.

Think I’ll skip the rush line for The Fountain and just wait until November, like everyone else…

PS. If you do give Romance & Cigarettes a try as a rental… Here’s a couple of warnings… First: A musical staring James Gandolfini. If that doesn’t get you try this: You have to buy that Mandy Moore, Aida Turturro and Mary Louise Parker are Gandolfini and Susan Sarandon’s three teenage daughters. It’s hard enough for Mandy Moore to pull off “teenager”, but Aida Turturro and Mary Louise Parker? Enough said.

  9 comments for “Alas, no Hugh Jackman for me

  1. September 4, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    i like hugh jackman

  2. September 5, 2006 at 2:53 am

    We expect a blow by blow of the entire event. You may have to give up sleep.

  3. September 5, 2006 at 3:50 am

    Hugh Jackman………………… pick me up off the floor

  4. September 5, 2006 at 4:11 am

    Sara… I am sad I didn’t get a ticket to that one…

    I did get a ticket to Candy, though… with Heath Ledger. I’m hoping he’ll be here. He was too cute last year at the NA premiere of Brokeback holding the hand of a very pregnant Michelle Willams. What a freakin cute couple. Not that Heath and Jake didn’t make a pretty cute couple.

  5. September 5, 2006 at 4:13 am

    And Eileen… I expect I will post something most days. I actually used the fact that I’m blogging as a rationalization for going to the festival again this year… I’m a master rationalizer… But you saw how quickly I signed up for that Surrey conference after swearing off conferences. No. Self. Control.

  6. September 5, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    One of the many things I am coming to love about you- that lack of self control

  7. September 6, 2006 at 2:22 am

    Yeah, I can do Heath toooooo – especially in Knights Tale. so cute.

  8. RC
    September 6, 2006 at 5:23 am

    just posted on the fountain today…

    maybe you’re lucky you’re getting to see something else instead.

    –RC of

  9. October 10, 2006 at 9:30 pm

    Well, Aronofsky, Clint Mansell (composer), Eric Watson (producer), Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn were there to introduce the movie… but no Hugh Jackman. Also, no Q&A after. It was an ok film. Kinda divisive – you really either like it or hate it. An ambitious, sometimes pretentious film. Great, ethereal score. Stunning visuals (some beautiful macro photography)… But I did wish that there was a Q & A… the ending kinda left me… going huh? (and I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like my movies spelled out for me!)

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