10/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:12 am · October 29th, 2009

John Cusack in 2012John Horn dutifully writes up the pre-release buzz of “2012.” [Los Angeles Times]

Pete Hammond on how legends Orson Welles and Tennessee Williams could figure into this year’s Oscar race. [Notes on a Season]

Years that could have used 10 Best Picture nominees. [Variety]

Carey Mulligan and the making on an “it” girl. [CNN]

Ang Lee talks briefly about “cracking the structure” on a draft of “Life of Pi.” [The Guardian]

Chris Orr on the success of user-generated content vis a vis “Paranormal Activity.” [Thompson on Hollywood]

The “District 9” Blu-ray unites home video with video gaming with first-ever demo, “God of War III.” [IESB]

Steve Pond chats up “Up” director Pete Docter just as awards screenings of the film gear up in town. [The Odds]

Scott Feinberg gets a handful of us Oscar dorks to chime in on his Streep vs. Mulligan debate. [And the Winner Is…]

Willem Dafoe was almost cast as Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster?  Whoa. [IGN]

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  • 1 10-29-2009 at 10:17 am

    Chase K. said...

    That’s brilliant marketing by Sony to package the “God of War III” demo with “District 9” Blu-ray.

    It reminds me of way Microsoft made Crackdown a blockbuster by packaging it with the “Halo 3” beta.

  • 2 10-29-2009 at 1:45 pm

    Louis said...

    I’m sad that the Variety article doesn’t mention “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” for 1969

  • 3 10-29-2009 at 2:49 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    Willem Dafoe, eh? Well, I’ll say this: he would make a damn good Batman, but he would be a poor Bruce Wayne.

  • 4 10-29-2009 at 3:07 pm

    James D. said...

    The article about ten nominees in certain years has me thinking: could the Academy adopt a sort of free-form nominees list? Maybe 4 one year and 7 the next depending on the quality of films. Kind of like how the football Hall of Fame enshrines 4 to 6 people each year. Of course that would be entirely subjective, but I would find it interesting.