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UPDATE: No “Rum Diary” for Telluride – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: UPDATE: We’ve just learned that “The Rum Diary” will not be screening as part of the Telluride Film Festival, which gets underway today. There were rumors that “Run” star Johnny Depp was in town, and that still could be true. But if it is, it won’t be to screen “Diary.”

In addition, George Clooney will not be able to screen “The Ides of March” in Telluride because he had to defer to Toronto, which will open the film next week.

In the hunt for surprises? Turns out Jennifer Garner’s “Butter” was a late addition to the schedule. It will screen at TFF a few days before heading to Toronto.

The Telluride Film Festival gets underway today, and runs through Labor Day Weekend. The full slate, announced yesterday, includes such anticipated titles as Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” and David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” which just screened in Venice. But patrons traditionally look forward to the “surprise” screenings at Telluride, and predicting them – based on clues overheard – can be as much fun as actually watching the film one didn’t expect.

A prevailing rumor is that Johnny Depp is in Telluride, and he may be bringing Bruce Robinson’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Rum Diary” with him. As one analyst puts it, “Do the math = maybe.”

It makes some sense. The film has not been on any festival radar, but it’s set to open on Oct. 28, and if it’s good, a strong run through Telluride can only hope.

The other guess is that George Clooney will screen his “The Ides of March,” seeing as how he’ll be in town for a TFF tribute and the fest already is screening “The Descendants.” There’s not reason for TFF to bring Clooney in and not screen his directorial effort, so expect to hear feedback on the political drama before the weekend’s through.

Just don’t take Clooney’s picture, if you happen to be there.

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