10/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:33 am · October 9th, 2009

Marlon Brando in The GodfatherDigital marketing consultant Chris Dorr points out missed online opportunities with “Bright Star.” [Thompson on Hollywood]

Steve Pond jumps on the “Up in the Air” train, says it renders the expectations irrelevant. [The Odds]

Lying about seeing “The Godfather.” [The Guardian]

Jon Landau is a busy bee, goes on the record regarding “Avatar” yet again. [IGN]

Speaking of which, it’s an old piece, but Lauren Davis talks to sculptor Jordu Schell about his work on the film. [io9]

AMPAS announces Nicholl Fellowship finalists. [indieWIRE]

Dave Karger jumps on the Mo’Nique story. [Oscar Watch]

Deciphering Danny Boyle’s next project. [The Playlist]

Further details on the Hollywood Film Festival. [Variety]

Katey Rich sits down with “An Education” director Lone Sherfig. [Cinema Blend]

Gregory Ellwood, meanwhile, was impressed with Carey Mulligan’s appearance on The Late Show last night. [Awards Campaign]

Michael Stuhlbarg gets some face time with the country’s most circulated paper. [USA Today]




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  • 1 10-09-2009 at 9:09 am

    DHE said...

    The Godfather ranks high on my list of “Movies I’ve partially watched but could never sit through,” with Casablanca not far behind.

  • 2 10-09-2009 at 11:02 am

    Joel said...

    “The Godfather” is the fourth best film of all time. I have a list. Don’t we all? :P It’s behind “GoodFellas,” “Magnolia,” and number one, “12 Angry Men.”

  • 3 10-09-2009 at 11:07 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Finally got around to reading that Schell interview, eh? When I first read it, I was a little surprised at how flippant he was about designing the aliens, as if he was disappointed in the final product or didn’t agree with James Cameron’s vision. This part also piqued my interest:

    [What about the sex appeal aspect of it? Was the sexiness something James Cameron emphasized with you?]

    Well, he wanted them to be very beautiful. And I do believe that, at some point, he said something to the effect of…the audience has to want to fuck her. I mean, Jim is very plain in his language.

    So, I went, “All right?” So I made something that, I don’t know if I really particularly wanted to fuck it, but it was certainly a beautiful alien. He definitely, he wanted it — because he really prefers women that are kind of athletic, and buff and stuff like that, so I, you know, designed something with big hands and feet, a big presence that felt really big and strong.

    [So it was designed for his personal preferences in terms of sexiness?]

    It certainly wasn’t mine. I mean, I would have sculpted, I don’t know, Gretchen Mol or something. But I sculpted this big, tall, buff, kind of tough-looking, kick-ass woman.

  • 4 10-09-2009 at 11:54 am

    snowballa said...

    @dhe: i finally watched “the godfather part 1 and 2” after years of always switching the channel halfway through. wasn’t bad. best film ever? not in my humble opinion, but that last scene in part 1 with diane and al was pretty boss.