In Contention

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On In Contention going to Variety

Posted by · 11:20 am · August 19th, 2015

On August 19, 2005, In Contention was born. (That was 10 years ago today for those keeping score at home.) It was born by accident, to be honest, not at all by design. I landed a gig, then I lost it before it even started, but I had all this material gathered and ready to […]

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Testing

Posted by · 11:18 pm · June 22nd, 2015

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Rundown of awards presentations

Posted by · 8:28 am · February 25th, 2011

From Deadline (thanks to PaulH): 1. Art Direction (Tom Hanks) 2. Cinematography (ditto) 3. Supporting Actress (?) 4. Animated Feature (Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis) 5. Animated Short Film (ditto)

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ACE springs for Best Picture frontrunners

Posted by · 5:50 am · January 14th, 2011

Guy rightly noted yesterday a seemingly “whatever” coagulation of the guild awards circuit into “easy-to-recall season staples.” If you were hoping the American Cinema Editors (ACE) would put an end to that, keep dreaming. Of course, ACE historically skews as populist and inside-the-box as the DGA set, which is why the two are often coupled […]

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Fox to supply SAG with online screeners via iTunes

Posted by · 1:06 pm · January 7th, 2011

Brave new world.  Though we all know it’s heading in this direction.  The trick will be getting the old stuck-in-their-ways types to learn how to work things, as always.  The press release, in part: Fox Filmed Entertainment (FFE) and iTunes are offering nearly 100,000 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) members Fox Searchlight Pictures’ 127 HOURS, BLACK […]

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Goodbye Ronni

Posted by · 11:24 am · November 16th, 2010

I was driving, in between interviews this morning, when I got the tragic news of Ronni Chasen’s random, senseless death. Deadline followed up on an initial Radar Online report and the news spread from there. Ronni was a long-time publicist who worked with just about everyone in town at one point or another. She was […]

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AFI FEST: ‘Eraserhead’ ready for its close-up

Posted by · 11:29 am · November 8th, 2010

This year’s AFI Fest (“presented by AUDI,” as the literature keeps reminding us to call it) has felt something like a non-event so far this year.  I can’t put my finger on why, other than the usual sense of been there, done that as it pertains to films seeing their North American premieres. I’ve skipped […]

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Penn going supporting for ‘Fair Game?’

Posted by · 12:53 pm · October 27th, 2010

Scott Feinberg is reporting that Sean Penn, who gives a rather wonderful performance in Doug Liman’s “Fair Game” with much more meat on its bones than Naomi Watts’s somewhat internalized work, will be pushed in the supporting category rather than lead. Uh…why?  First and foremost, I’d consider this a lead performance, but whatever, category fraud […]

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LONDON: ‘Conviction,’ ‘Amigo,’ ‘Everything Must Go’

Posted by · 6:23 am · October 16th, 2010

“To get the challenge to play someone like this makes me a better person,” said a rather intense-looking Hilary Swank at yesterday’s London Film Festival press conference — the someone in question, single mom turned crusading lawyer Betty Ann Waters, sitting to her immediate left. Not being personally acquainted with Ms. Swank, I can’t verify […]

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Foreign Oscar update

Posted by · 4:06 pm · October 4th, 2010

I neglected to mention this over a busy weekend, but the deadline for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions passed on Friday. That doesn’t necessarily mean we have all the contenders set in stone, however — we’re still waiting on the official list from the Academy, which always features a couple of latecomers and a […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Hollywood mourns, foreign race, bait battle

Posted by · 6:03 pm · October 1st, 2010

• A grim week for Hollywood talent, as we said goodbye to Gloria Stuart, Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn and, most prematurely, Sally Menke. • Mexico’s “Biutiful” became the starriest entry yet on the Best Foreign Language Film longlist, now up to a round 60 titles. • This week’s Long Shot column examined the widely predicted […]

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Israel, Bosnia among latest foreign Oscar submissions

Posted by · 10:29 am · September 22nd, 2010

I know a couple of you have been curious about what Israel submits as its Best Foreign Language Film contender, given that the country been on something of an Oscar hot streak of late — securing nominations in each of the last three races, though the country remains the most-nominated in the category’s history never […]

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Goodbye Tom

Posted by · 9:19 pm · November 12th, 2009

It’s a bit, I don’t know, irritating…disgusting…to see the story of my friend Tom Sparks’s tragic recent passing plastered with the tag “Exclusive” in Daniel Frankel’s story at The Wrap.  I don’t really know what “exclusivity” there is to claim here.  The story is the story.  But I’m a bit close to matters, obviously.  And […]

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Are we there yet?: the best films of 2005

Posted by · 12:00 am · December 19th, 2005

Not to start my “Best of the Year” column off on a down note, but from the word go I had the slightest, nagging inclination that 2005 was going to be one of the most disappointing cinematic years we’ve come across. In many ways, my fears were realized – in some cases ten-fold. It all […]

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In it together

Posted by · 12:00 am · November 15th, 2005

Today is my birthday. I’m 24 years old. I’ve been following the Oscar race with some notable level of attention for 8 years. It is by no means a lengthy tenure, as there are others in the game who have been observing this outlandish span of time much longer than that. Even still, in these […]

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