WEEKLY WRAP: Leading men, Halloween horror, comic contenders

Posted by · 8:02 am · October 31st, 2010

This week’s Off the Carpet column took a roll call of this year’s Best Actor contenders.

Meanwhile, we interviewed one of the strongest of those contenders, “127 Hours” star James Franco.

With “The King’s Speech,” “Another Year” and “Made in Dagenham” all in the hunt, The Long Shot mused on Britain’s back-and-forth relationship with the Oscars.

In case you’d forgotten what day it is, Chad got into the Halloween spirit by counting down his ten favorite alternative horror movies.

Kris expressed disappointment in Edward Zwick’s “Love & Other Drugs,” one of the few comedies seemingly in the awards hunt.

In contrast, after catching up with fluffy teen comedy “Easy A,” Guy argued for breakout star Emma Stone’s place in the Best Actress race.

Speaking of which, despite some initial eligibility doubts, the Halle Berry vehicle “Frankie and Alice” joined joined the field with news of a qualifying release.

Christopher Nolan’s latest instalment in the Batman franchise revealed a title, among other scraps of information.

The London Film Festival drew to a close, with Russia’s “How I Ended This Summer” beating a host of Oscar contenders to the top prize.

Kris happily revisited Peter Weir’s “The Way Back,” the poster for which we were fortunate enough to exclusively unveil on the site.

The film, by the way, also made inroads into Guy’s updated Oscar predictions.

Tech Support checked in again with the contenders in the Best Film Editing category.

Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop” was the highest-profile name in an interesting set of International Documentary Association award nominees.

Finally, this week’s episode of Oscar Talk expanded on many of the above topics, including “Love & Other Drugs” and the men’s acting races, and others besides.

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  • 1 10-31-2010 at 9:24 am

    Maxim said...

    This is sort of offtopic, but considering the sheer-number of topics above it can be considered another addition, really. Plus I think the readers of this site might be interested.

    Similarly to how they revelated the character of Joker a few years back, Empire Magazine is revealing the first look at Steven Spielberg’s “Tintin” (which would also be the cover of their upcoming issie) and it looks phenominally realistic:


  • 2 10-31-2010 at 4:46 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I appreciate that the Tintin project has a lot of people excited, but I must say, I could not care less.

    Also, what are we looking at in that Empire “reveal?” What’s so “phenomenally realistic?”

  • 3 10-31-2010 at 4:48 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I mean I get that they eventually will reveal the iconic image, but really, “phenomenally realistic?” A stretch — at least for now.

  • 4 10-31-2010 at 8:06 pm

    Maxim said...

    Kris, with all due respect, I could care less about how you feel about this project. I’m only saying this as in response. I would never, you knowm make a comment like the one you made, just in jest, about something that I know the other clearly cares for. And why pre-emptively hate on something you know little about, especially considering who’s working on it? Clearly if it’s not based on Batman it’s not interesting.

    (Not that, I can’t read between the lines and don’t understand that you are trying to provoke me personally. I could care less for that too).

    And as for my comment, ask yourself this question: have your ever seen a motion capture movie with textures that looked that good? Has anything that Zemeckis ever done even begin to approach the visual quality of those images? In other words, I wasn’t commenting on how realistic a depiction the character himself was, just the impression the visuals themselves were giving off.

    That isn’t just my conclusion either. A lot of people have said the same thing, on the Empire message board and in the news articles spawned by this “reveal”. It also seems to match the comments Spielberg made earlier about how the characters would look like real [Herge] people.

    Obviously, there isn’t much to go on for now. But hey, we are fans and we are excited!

  • 5 10-31-2010 at 8:11 pm

    Maxim said...

    Just to show that I’m not the only who made the “realistic” comment (I was weary of posting links earlies since I know that evey post contining them is screened for spam):


  • 6 10-31-2010 at 8:55 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Maxim: We’re well aware of what comments you make. They’re typically argumentative and sometimes mean-spirited, so sue me if I hurt your feelings by asking “What’s the big deal?” on something you’re looking forward to.

    Meanwhile, I still don’t get what’s so “phenomenally realistic” about those images. Sorry, nothing to gather by the “textures.” Look, I’m sure it’ll be nifty. But what’s on that page? Nothing worth the joygasm. (Maybe I’m just cranky.)

    “Clearly if it’s not based on Batman it’s not interesting.”


    And no, I’m not trying to provoke you. Better things to do. Just — again — wondering why all the hype on this project.

    Oh, and that Empire message board is filled with posts from people absolutely giddy and bubbling with anticipation for this thing, so of course they think these framed images are the bee’s knees. And?

  • 7 10-31-2010 at 9:01 pm

    Everett said...

    I’m honestly very excited about this project, although I admit that’s largely due to sentimentality that’s either relevant to you or it isn’t.

    That said, we’re getting a director team of Spielberg and Peter Jackson, Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the cast, and the promise of visual breakthroughs. Plenty to be looking forward to.

    The Empire “reveal” isn’t exciting on its own, just exciting because of what it’s suggesting.

  • 8 10-31-2010 at 9:21 pm

    americanrequiem said...

    im pumped for tin tin, i think speilberg is the best director of all time. but kris is entilted to his opinion, though ive always felt negative opinions should be kept to ones self. but ultimately, to each his own

    i wonder how jackson directing the hobbit will impact the tintin sequel plan though

  • 9 10-31-2010 at 9:39 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s not like I’m locked in to a viewpoint. Just right now I get a “meh” feeling. I like the firepower behind it but it just seems to me it could have been in the service of more interesting material.

    But that’s me. Like I said to start, I appreciate that people are looking forward to it.

  • 10 11-01-2010 at 3:37 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I grew up on the Tintin books — I suspect Kris didn’t, which obviously makes a huge difference — so I’m intrigued by this project. But yeah, I don’t get the fuss about this particular tease.

  • 11 11-01-2010 at 6:21 am

    JJ1 said...

    Tintin? I could care less. But the Spielberg, Jackson, Bell, Serkis, Craig, Pegg, Frost, visuals … like Everett mentioned … that’s why I’ll be there opening day; barring disastrous reviews.

  • 12 11-01-2010 at 7:35 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Now that I’ve seen the full reveal, it, uh, definitely doesn’t look like a step up from anything. Again, just this image. Maybe it’ll be “phenomenally realistic” when it’s all said and done, but that image just looks like a piece of animation to me.