WEEKLY WRAP: Festivals, foxes and funny people

Posted by · 5:27 pm · July 31st, 2009

Adam Sandler in Funny PeopleIn the week’s most dramatic news, Universal rather cleared its awards slate by bumping both “The Wolf Man” and Paul Greengrass’s “Green Zone” to 2010.

Against expectations, we were won over by Meryl Streep’s latest bid for that elusive third Oscar, “Julie & Julia.”

The Venice Film Festival unveiled a typically well-planned lineup, with “The Road” and Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” leading the American charge.

Meanwhile, the latter is one of a couple of Venice titles due to resurface in Toronto shortly afterwards.

Still in a festival vein, the London Film Festival announced two world premieres — “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (whose trailer also bowed this week) and “Nowhere Boy” as its opening and closing films.

As we wrapped up our coverage of Comic-Con, a panel discussion with Peter Jackson and James Cameron was the clear highlight.

As “Funny People” lands and is widely deemed a near-miss, greater enthusiasm is to be found for Adam Sandler’s lead turn in the film.

Speaking of Judd Apatow’s film, we wondered what’s with the inordinate length of so many Hollywood movies these days.

This week’s box-office report monitored the depressing haul of “G-Force” and the continued progress of “Harry Potter.”

And finally, this week’s edition of Tech Support surveyed the costume designers in the hunt for Oscar gold this year.

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