12/7 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Bridges’s terms for ‘Legacy,’ Coppola on ‘Somewhere,’ Gurus take another stab

Posted by · 8:39 am · December 7th, 2010

Jeff Bridges to “TRON Legacy” producers early on: “Tell me the things you are going to do that no one’s ever done before.” [The Wrap]

Sofia Coppola talks “Somewhere” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph]

Jesse Eisenberg on awards season, narcissism and his feelings about an Oscar nomination. [Movieline]

The Gurus o’ Gold take a post-“True Grit” stab at the major categories. [Movie City News]

Melissa Leo had initial doubts about starring in “The Fighter.” [Variety]

Nikki Finke asks Warner honcho Alan Horn a bunch of questions apparently without understanding the nuance of an Oscar campaign. [Deadline]

David Poland sits down with “Blue Valentine” writer/director Derek Cianfrance. [The Hot Blog]

[Photo: Focus Features]

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  • 1 12-07-2010 at 9:00 am

    Maxim said...

    I enjoyed the Eisenberg interview. I don’t how to say this without sounding offensive but it is refreshing to hear someone not enjoying beng associated with “nerdom”, to a point of losing sleep over it.

    One can be intelligent, well read and passionate about literature, music, movies, comics, whatever, without really being one.

  • 2 12-07-2010 at 9:22 am

    red_wine said...

    What a fascinating interview with Eisenberg! He comes across as a mild mannered introverted young man who doesn’t quite know what he has been caught into.

    What he’s saying here loud and clear is he doesn’t deserve kudos for his performance in this film. And I agree with him :)

    Maxim, the “nerd” title is inescapable if you want to flatter yourself with supposed good taste in movies, music, even games. Even wearing glasses or a specific style of clothing will ‘win’ you that title.

    But I think being called a nerd isn’t much better or worse than being called a jock.

  • 3 12-07-2010 at 10:08 am

    Maxim said...

    I think it’s facinating how red_wine still refers to Jesse as an introvert. I can understand where he is coming from but I disagree. It is fascinating exactly because it this kind of desire to diagnose someone that I think Jesse is speaking out against in the interview and something I can totally understand. I do not think that, in itself, it is a reflection of anything attitudewise . Most artistic people are introverts when it comes to their work anyway. And the man is talking about his work and what he finds fullfilling about it.

    That said, I agree with you red those things by themselves are likely to get you the label of nerd. It is unfortunate but true. My problem with the word, and related terms like “otaku” is that they often become excuses for annoying and selfmarginalizing behavior. While I never saw it as complimentory, it is not the word that I have a problem with but how it became a crutch for large numbers of people.

  • 4 12-07-2010 at 11:40 am

    red_wine said...

    Introvert isn’t a judgment. Its just an adjective applied to people to describe a certain quality or attitude that they might have. Its neither a compliment nor a diss.

    Its just that general culture might have this perception that introverts are less ‘in’ or ‘cool’ or ‘social’ than lets us say people who are not introverts but that’s not my fault. I don’t buy it either.

    I think what Eisenberg is perhaps talking about is the immediate judgment that comes on your character/personality by being branded an introvert or nerd and though he doesn’t necessarily object to the label by itself, he objects to the stereotypes generated in people’s mind by that label.

  • 5 12-07-2010 at 11:49 am

    Maxim said...

    Red_wine, I think you misuderstood what I meant somewhat. I wasn’t equating the terms “introvert” and “nerd” and do think that former is more descriptive then the latter.

    I also realize that you meant it as neither a “neither a compliment nor a diss”. I just think that it is impossible to tell whether the guy really is an invtovert based on an interview alone. He certainly comes off as self-absorbed and perhaps even a bit, I don’t know, vulnarable, but that’s an entirely different thing. That’s closer to the difference I was trying to get at.

    Come to think of it, he has something of both Sorkin and Zuckerberg in him.

  • 6 12-07-2010 at 11:52 am

    Maxim said...

    Meaning that he puts himself on the spot through his desire to say what he wants to say but unlike Sorkin doesn’t necessarily revel in all of the attention.

    But man, talk about being judgemental. I have become my own facebook frenemy :P .

  • 7 12-07-2010 at 12:01 pm

    red_wine said...

    “I just think that it is impossible to tell whether the guy really is an invtovert based on an interview alone.”

    I’m mainly coming of the things he said in the interview itself. The need to not always talk but talk well when you want to, how he is in his element in a room with 10 people than as part of a giant machinery which supposedly is important and has places to go, how his demeanor isn’t a sign of lack of confidence and how he playfully tells the interviewer that he should go and tell that to girls. Things like these (atleast to me) scream or rather define introvert. I would know :) I am one! :D

  • 8 12-07-2010 at 12:04 pm

    red_wine said...

    And I agree, Eisenberg’s fear or distaste of always being equated with the character he played in this movie is not entirely unfounded, going by this interview.

    But good luck to him, he’s a real talent.

  • 9 12-07-2010 at 12:10 pm

    Maxim said...

    I see what you mean. I guess when I think of intoverts I think of really extreme cases (this happens because I have seen a large numbers of those). This guy is seemingly far more approciable/sociable. And the same is probably true of you :D.

    In any case, I think I said way too much on the subject.

  • 10 12-07-2010 at 9:29 pm

    cecille said...

    Half of what Jesse said in this interview went over my head — and don’t get me wrong, I find it very refreshing. I’m not used to young actors going beyond the “It’s an honor to be a part of this great film” speeches usually prepared for them by their publicists. The more he does interviews like this, the more I want him to win an Oscar… not only because yes, I do think he deserves to (OK, maybe not as much as Firth or Franco), but because if he does win, his would definitely be the most awkward acceptance speech in Oscar history.