Well, here's a movie that's been keeping below the radar....Colin Firth and Emily Blunt have teamed up for the dark comedy "Arthur Newman" (formerly known as "Arthur Newman, Golf Pro"). The film is making its World Premiere at TIFF, and we have the first image of the two leads and official synopsis. Read on:
Wallace Avery is tired of being a loser. Once a hot shot in the world of competitive amateur golf, Wallace was dubbed ‘The Choker’ when he hit the pro circuit. Unable to shake off a monumental loss of nerve on the greens, Wallace retired from the pro tour and slipped into the ranks of the quietly desperate. Deciding to address a radical problem with a radical solution, he stages his own death, buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman, and sets out toward his own private Oz of golf. An offbeat love story set in a perfect storm of identity crisis, Arthur Newman looks at how two people try to remake themselves and come around to owning up to some basic truths about the identities they left at home.
It should be noted that Nick Urata of Devotchka (who has also scored "Little Miss Sunshine," "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "Ruby Sparks" among others) is tuning up the movie. No distributor for this yet, but that'll probably change soon.
Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein will be testing the waters with his TIFF closing, "Song For Marion." It has all the makings of a crowd-pleasing, possibly Oscar-contending (old people + singing = duh) movie, and if the reception from Toronto is strong, we wouldn't be surprised to see Harv throw it in to the awards race at the last minute. At the very least, it's the kind of stuff Golden Globes folks eat up. Official synopsis and (kind of amazing) images below:
A feel-good, heart-warming story about how music can inspire you. Song for Marion stars Terence Stamp as Arthur, a grumpy pensioner who can't understand why his wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) would want to embarrass herself singing silly songs with her unconventional local choir. But choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) sees something special in the reluctant Arthur and refuses to give up on him. As she coaxes him out of his shell, Arthur realizes that it is never too late to change.