OFF THE CARPET: Leading men in the spotlight

Posted by · 10:14 am · October 25th, 2010

About a year ago I took to examining the 2009 Best Actor race.  The frontrunners for five slots seemed to be, in order, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Jeremy Renner, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Viggo Mortensen and Robert De Niro. A day later press members received their first invites to “Crazy Heart” screenings and were notified […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 35 — ‘Secretariat’ hopes, ‘The Way Back’ enters the race, ‘Nowhere Boy,’ ‘Hereafter’ and listener questions

Posted by · 8:23 am · October 8th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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‘Blue Valentine’ and ‘Rabbit Hole’ depict tortured souls with authentic ease

Posted by · 10:56 am · October 6th, 2010

Watching Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” and John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole” in the same 24-hour span is a brutal exercise.  There are plenty of raw, realistic, dreary emotions flying through these narratives, but the experiences were very rewarding. Starting with Cianfrance’s film, which has been making the festival rounds since a healthy Sundance reception, I […]

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9/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:48 am · September 17th, 2010

• The Chateau Marmont, setting of Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” is ready for its close-up across the pond. [The Independent] • Jay Fernandez reports from the Washington premiere of “Waiting for Superman,” which received a “monumental stamp” when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called it a “Rosa Parks moment.” [Hollywood Reporter] • Trent Reznor releases five […]

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TIFF: Lionsgate picks up ‘Rabbit Hole’ for 2010 Oscar season

Posted by · 11:59 am · September 16th, 2010

Man, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are getting ON IT this year.  First Roadside rolled out the early buzz on “Winter’s Bone,” then it picked up Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful.” Soon after, Lionsgate announced a fall release for Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” and grabbed Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” through Roadside for a 2011 release. Well, […]

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9/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:46 am · September 16th, 2010

• Jacki Weaver talks “Animal Kingdom” downunder. [New Zealand Herald] • Rowan Joffe on how he conceived “The American” as “an almost parodic contemporary Western.” [Movieline] • Mark Romanek on music videos vs. movies. [Wall Street Journal]

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The Great Performances: 2000

Posted by · 7:14 pm · November 13th, 2009

Michael Douglas was robbed. The already Oscar-christened actor gave a career-best performance in 2000 in Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys,” but he got no love from the Academy. Worse, his performance was easily among the five best of the year and won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor prize. That having been said, I […]

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8/31 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:36 am · August 31st, 2009

• With “Luke and Brie are on a First Date” finding its way to an Amazon release, our own Chad Hartigan gets his film re-reviewed. [Spout Blog] • Stephen Zeitchik wants to know why Ang Lee can’t catch a break. [Risky Biz Blog] • Gregory Ellwood sees (er, hears) awards prospects in Alexandre Desplat’s “Coco […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Up in the Air” by Walter Kirn

Posted by · 9:13 am · May 21st, 2009

“Airworld” is novelist Walter Kirn’s term for the impermanent realm of regional American air travel, a sleek network of bland local airports and adjacent beige hotel rooms, linked by the plush grey trails of business-class flights. It forms the scattered but otherwise constant home to thousands of American corporate drones, and is the simultaneously alien […]

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John Cameron Mitchell on ‘Rabbit Hole’

Posted by · 9:01 am · May 17th, 2009

Thanks to Nathaniel Rogers for pointing out a Screen Daily video interview (embedded below the cut) in which John Cameron Mitchell talks in some depth about his next film, “Rabbit Hole,” which goes into production next month. We mentioned the project last month, when Aaron Eckhart was cast opposite Nicole Kidman in the screen adaptation […]

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Eckhart to join Kidman in ‘Rabbit Hole’

Posted by · 2:15 am · April 3rd, 2009

Now this, to my mind, is a star pairing that really makes sense. Nicole Kidman has been attached for some time to star in the screen adaptation of “Rabbit Hole,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s stage play that was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Aaron Eckhart is now reportedly in talks to play opposite her. The […]

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2/22 Oscarweb Round-up (OSCAR DAY EDITION)

Posted by · 5:57 am · February 22nd, 2009

• David Carr tugs the heart strings with a nice write-up on “Smile Pinki” subject Pinki Kumari Sonkar. [The Carpetbagger] • Tom O’Neil warns of the kiss of death that the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor has become. [Gold Derby] • Another tired Oscar bitch-slap piece from traditional media. [New York Times] • Gideon […]

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An evening with the cast and crew of ‘The Dark Knight’

Posted by · 8:35 am · December 4th, 2008

A boatload of people turned out last night for the Beverly Hills reception in honor of “The Dark Knight.”  I hesitate to say “star-studded,” since the principle cast and crew were the most recognizable parties.  But suffice it to say the premises was packed with little breathing room and plenty of adoring press. Producer Charles […]

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My stance: ‘The Dark Knight’ will be nominated for Best Picture

Posted by · 11:28 am · November 15th, 2008

So much speculation has surrounded the possible inclusion of this tremendous film in the year’s final five.  And though there are those who believe it has no chance of happening, the majority has gradually seen otherwise. Where is written that entertaining films cannot be art? Where does it say that a box office smash cannot […]

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9/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:48 am · September 17th, 2008

• One night only…ABC wants to bump the Oscars to March. [Variety] • David Poland finally reviews some Toronto films. [The Hot Button] • Breaking down a Wired cover story, starring Charlie Kaufman. [Wired] • Aaron Eckhart is four-square against the idea of recasting the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise.  James Franco and Michael […]

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Missing the point on the Harvey thing

Posted by · 2:15 pm · September 4th, 2008

Much as I love Brad Brevet and the work he does at Rope of Silicon, the point of the Harvey Dent stuff has never been about what’s in the screenplay. We’ve talked about this before, but the script shows what an audience sees, not what is. What the audience was meant to see was that […]

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Musings on a third ‘Dark Knight’ viewing…masterpiece?

Posted by · 9:22 am · August 25th, 2008

So once with the press, a second on my own, and a third time last week with my 16-year-old daughter, and still the film enthralled me from beginning to end. In fact, I probably liked it more this time than I did the previous two, realizing as the film’s mighty power rolled over me that […]

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It’s WENN, I know…

Posted by · 4:12 pm · July 23rd, 2008

But… Aaron Eckhart would reprise his role from The Dark Knight – because working with Christian Bale is “phenomenal”. Eckhart, who plays District Attorney Harvey Dent in the sequel, confesses he “absolutely” would star in a third Batman film. He tells WENN, “To work with Christian (Bale) all over again, and the cast, would be […]

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