12/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:24 am · December 11th, 2009

• Jeffrey Wells conveys the sentiment from director Rod Lurie: Kathryn Bigelow will win the Oscar for Best Director this year.  Agreed. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Scott Bowles talks to the man of the hour: James Cameron. [USA Today] • Steve Pond sits down with “Mary and Max” writer/director Adam Elliot. [The Odds]

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12/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:52 am · December 10th, 2009

• John Horn writes up the Hollywood journey of Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart.” [Los Angeles Times] • On the flashy opening credits sequence from “Up in the Air” with designer Gareth Smith. [MakingOf] • Anne Thompson re-visists her old haunt, writes up the possibilities for genre play in this year’s expanded Best Picture field. [Variety]

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Don’t you clean up nice?

Posted by · 9:23 am · December 9th, 2009

After the widely criticized “de-gaying” of “A Single Man,” The Weinstein Company’s next marketing project appears to be the “de-gritting” of “The Road.” How else to explain the choice of a tidily mustachioed Viggo Mortensen and a radiantly smiling Charlize Theron as the largest images in this FYC ad? Never mind that they appear in […]

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12/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:38 am · December 3rd, 2009

• Donna Freydkin talks “Brothers” and  transitioning to an adult role with Natalie Portman. [USA Today] • Laura M. Holson talks to Tom Ford and others about the former Gucci creative director’s feature film debut, “A Single Man.” [New York Times] • Roger Ebert four-stars “Up in the Air.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

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OFF THE CARPET: Let it all bleed out

Posted by · 10:57 am · November 30th, 2009

Every now and then this season, I’ve sat down and taken on the fool’s errand of deciphering what 2009, the year in film, has been “about.”  It’s silly because a given film year is the result of years and years of preparation and development, so to think a collective thematic consciousness settles in is a […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Field of adaptations

Posted by · 8:34 am · November 23rd, 2009

As always, the year’s adapted screenplay race is much more competitive than the original screenplay race. But what’s intriguing to note is that of the anticipated “big four” still to be widely screened, three of them are right in the thick of this discussion. In the case of “Nine,” there is a chance for Anthony […]

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New poster for ‘A Single Man’

Posted by · 7:51 am · November 23rd, 2009

Hot off the presses:

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11/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:55 am · November 10th, 2009

• Deborah Sontag talks “The Messenger” with Oren Moverman, Woody Harrelson, etc. [New York Times] • Roger Ebert sits down with the fast-becoming new “it” girl, Gabourey Sidibe. [Chicago Sun-Times] • With movies still to be seen in 2009, Noah Forrest pegs “25th Hour” as the decade’s best.  Brave choice.  I’m a fan. [Movie City […]

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Same-but-different ‘A Single Man’ trailer

Posted by · 4:18 am · November 8th, 2009

Well, they may have buggered up the poster, but they knew better than to mess with the gorgeous trailer we saw back in September. The Weinsteins’ first official trailer for Tom Ford’s startling debut replays the lush, wordless montage of the original, with a couple of Oscar-chasing quotes inserted for effect. (And not subtly, either: […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Art Direction — Volume II

Posted by · 11:01 am · November 5th, 2009

When I first addressed the race for Best Art Direction in August, I spoke of how the branch tends to favor period pieces and fantasy films. Considering the research involved in the former and the often showy creativity on display in the latter, this is hardly surprising. That said, I often feel badly for exceptional […]

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‘A Single Man’ poster

Posted by · 2:55 am · November 5th, 2009

Talk about a missed opportunity. The film boasts one of the year’s most unique visual sensibilities and the best they can do is slap Tom Ford’s trademark lettering over an already-ubiquitous still? And call me cynical, but are they trying to hide the fact that it’s about a gay man? Anyway, thanks to Glenn for […]

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11/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:07 am · November 3rd, 2009

• Documentary filmmaker whose work inspired the book “The Men Who Stare at Goats” seeks brutal vengeance for being “airbrushed” out of the film. [The Independent] • Jeff Wells sings the praises of “A Single Man” actor Nicholas Hoult. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • David Poland talks to honorary Oscar recipient Roger Corman. [Movie City News]

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NYT spotlights Jarvis, Hoult, Kendrick, Smit-McPhee

Posted by · 6:24 am · November 3rd, 2009

The New York Times makes an annual tradition of rounding up the season’s most notable breakthrough turns in upcoming films, and it’s typically an intelligent, even prescient, selection of faces. Last year’s crop ran the gamut from François Bégaudeau (“The Class”) to the ultimately Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”). In keeping with the youthful slant […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the leading gentlemen

Posted by · 10:31 am · November 2nd, 2009

We’ve taken concentrated looks at the lead actress and supporting actress categories in recent weeks.  Now let’s turn our attention over to the fellas. Behind the Best Picture race, of course, the lead actor competition is perhaps the most hotly anticipated award of a given Oscar telecast.  Movie stars are born, Hollywood staples are rewarded […]

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Renner, Stuhlbarg, Waltz among Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch

Posted by · 6:42 pm · October 29th, 2009

Variety’s annual list of 10 Actors to Watch may occasionally raise questions of what constitutes a career “breakthrough” — particularly in the case of established actors who those in the know have been watching all along. Still, it always makes for interesting reading, not least because, in some cases, it highlights names that Variety’s editors […]

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Firth to be honored for Outstanding Performance of the Year at Santa Barbara fest

Posted by · 12:15 pm · October 27th, 2009

Actor Colin Firth is set to receive yet another award for his work in Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” after taking the Best Actor crown in Venice last month. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (a comforting getaway right at the height of Oscar season in February) has announced that Firth will receive its Outstanding […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the supporting ladies

Posted by · 9:37 am · October 26th, 2009

A few weeks ago in this space I took a dedicated look at the lead actress category.  With little in the way of actual development (this season is curiously divided on the timeline as we’ve got maybe another month before more major titles begin screening), I figured it would be a good idea to keep […]

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LONDON: ‘Dogtooth,’ ‘Kinatay,’ ‘Burrowing’

Posted by · 7:14 am · October 17th, 2009

Once more, Friday’s major festival screenings covered ground I’d already trod in Venice — the day’s glossiest gala slot was reserved for “The Road” (which you know did little for me), with a less prominent early evening slot for Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” (which did rather more). Given the current buzz levels for each […]

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