WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Road,’ ‘Soloist’ out, ‘Frost’ stumbles, Ledger buzz

Posted by · 7:57 pm · October 17th, 2008

Busy week, this. Here is how it went down:

In the biggest story of the week, the pool of contenders narrowed as “The Road” got bumped to 2009…

followed, in quick succession, by “The Soloist.”

The London Film Festival kicked off with “Frost/Nixon,” which got off to a middling critical start. We were underwhelmed.

More London coverage here, here and here.

As Tech Support ran down the Visual Effects contenders, we got an angle on the tantalising FX for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Heath Ledger’s buzz remains as solid as ever — word went round that a lead campaign was in the works, but they’re staying put in supporting. Good move.

More (and still more) foreign film contenders bring the field to a record tally of 67.

We responded to the bad “Changeling” buzz with a kinder view, but like everyone else, are looking ahead to “Gran Torino.”

And finally, we solve your sartorial dilemmas in time for Halloween.

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  • 1 10-17-2008 at 8:31 pm

    Casey said...

    looks like Defiance is being pushed back too…

  • 2 10-17-2008 at 9:56 pm

    Patrick said...

    Wow. I just got back from a sellout Friday night showing of “W” in New Haven. Most of the audience found it hilarious. Me, too. Josh Brolin should be up for Best Actor. James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn and especially Richard Dreyfuss lend outstanding support.

    One more comment…During the trailer for “Australia” there were so many laughs at unintentially hilarious scenes. This can not be good. How can so much money look so tacky?

  • 3 10-18-2008 at 12:33 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Personally, I love the new trailer for “Australia.” Luhrmann’s tongue has always been firmly in cheek with his films — I suspect that’s the case here. As for all the money looking tacky, I can’t agree — on a technical level, the film looks incredible.

    How it actually turns out is anyone’s guess, though.

  • 4 10-18-2008 at 9:27 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I think people are laughing at the trailer because no one knows it is coming. But we’re all much more interested than Joe the Plumber and we only care if it has award potential ;)