A ten-minute tribute reel in honor of Daniel Day Lewis‘s film career — a reel that will include unseen footage from Paul Thomas Anderson‘s There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage, 12.25) — will, I’m hearing from a good source, be shown at the Telluride Film Festival the weekend after next. This info contradicts another source who’s heard that a 40-minute Blood reel will play there, and still another claiming that Blood will screen in its entirety.
“They were talking about [showing a portion of the film] for a Daniel Day Lewis tribute, I know that, but the festival was begging for the whole film to be shown but it’s just not ready yet,” a source remarked. A Paramount Vantage spokesperson said nothing was on the table or suitable for comment.
If — I say “if” — a longish Blood reel is shown, it will be like those product-reel showings of Gangs of New York, Lord of the Rings and World Trade Center at Cannes, and therefore the first time that Telluride — the most pure-minded, far- from-the-madding-crowd film festival around — will have screened a portion of a film solely to spread word-of-mouth to benefit a distributor.
But if just a DDL tribute reel is shown, it’ll be nothing big because Telluride, a regular tells me, “has tributed other visiting actors with reels before.”