1. The Weinsteins hype Morgan Spurlock’s latest stunt-doc: Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?
2. Peter Sarsgaard, on a downhill slide since Kinsey, could stage a comeback with Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
3. It’s no Aquaman, but Entourage’s Adrian Grenier’s air-drummer odyssey, Adventures of Power (by an NYU grad named, no joke, Ari Gold), is one of the fest’s few teen-friendly flicks.
4. Stanley Tucci directs himself in the kinky Theo van Gogh remake Blind Date, opposite Patricia Clarkson.
5. The prime doc contenders are New York bred: Ellen Kuras’s Nerakhoon follows a Laotian-American family for 23 years; Tanaz Eshaghian’s Be Like Others discovers transgendered Iranians; Nanette Burstein’s American Teen spies Indiana kids; Irena Salina pulls a Gore with enviro-doc Flow; Margaret Brown’s The Order of Myths visits a segregated Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama; and Tia Lessin and Carl Deal reflect on Katrina in Trouble the Water.
6. Man on Wire chronicles Philippe Petit’s “artistic crime of the century”: a tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.