Danny Boyle’s new film “Slumdog Millionaire,” a comedy about a Mumbai orphan who gets on the Hindi version of “Who Wants to be A Millionaire?”, was set to premiere at Toronto in distribution limbo after Warner Independent Pictures went away. No longer — Fox Searchlight is partnering with Warner Bros. to give the film a theatrical release on November 28th. Meanwhile, at her blog at Variety, Anne Thompson writes that “One film that is negotiating a final distribution deal is Steven Soderbergh’s four-hour-plus, two-part Che,” and adds that “I’m betting that the film will wind up in the hands of 2929 Entertainment moguls Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, who backed Soderbergh’s 2005 day-and-date experiment, Bubble.”
Todd Solondz, whose last film was back in 2004 — “Palindromes” — will be making “an untitled part-sequel, part-companion piece to his controversial dark comedy ‘Happiness.’ ” [Variety]
Manoel de Oliveira was heckled at the Venice opening ceremonies? “And rather shamefully for the locals, 99-year-old Manoel de Oliveira, director of the opening short, was heckled by an audience member (presumably because he gave his speech in French),” [Guardian]
Charles Ferguson’s Iraq doc “No End in Sight” will be up on YouTube in its entirety, the “the first widely released feature film” to do so, according to the press release, from September 1st through the election on November 4th. You’ll be able to find it here.
[Photo: Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” Fox Searchlight, 2008]