2/11 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco couldn’t care less, love letter to Annette Bening, Hammond polls voters

Posted by · 8:37 am · February 11th, 2011

• James Franco: “If it’s the worst show in the history of the Oscars, who cares?”  I love this guy. [Screening Room] • David Poland on how the Academy is missing a golden opportunity by essentially banning Banksy from the ceremony.  Not that Banksy would even humor his suggestions, but still. [The Hot Blog] • […]

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2/9 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Stewart talks ‘Speech’ sets, McMurtry and Ossana on ‘True Grit,’ Nolan/Del Toro Q&A

Posted by · 8:43 am · February 9th, 2011

• Steve Pond goes blue in the face trying to explain, again, the preferential ballot to people who just don’t get it. [The Odds] • Nathaniel Rogers chats with “The King’s Speech” production designer Eve Stewart. [The Film Experience] • Jamie Bell: Oscar prognosticator. [Movieline]

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‘Cold Weather’ trailer

Posted by · 4:24 pm · February 2nd, 2011

Here’s a welcome breath of fresh air amid the oppressive mechanics of Oscar season. Some of you might remember that my personal Top 10 of 2010 featured a few films only hitting US theaters this year — and here’s the first of them. Aaron Katz’s “Cold Weather,” a bracing fusion of gentle indie shuffle and […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘127 Hours’ dissent, BIFA nods, interviews

Posted by · 5:10 am · November 6th, 2010

• Guy didn’t much care for “127 Hours.” That got you talking. • Happily, Kris did, and got talking to director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy. • The British Independent Film Award nominations threw some surprises into the mix, handing scads of noms to “The King’s Speech”… and “Kick-Ass.” • Chad’s Life Without Oscar […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Cold Weather’ director Aaron Katz

Posted by · 7:12 pm · November 3rd, 2010

When the director of a gentle indie character study—even one joshingly praised as “mumblecore with a plot” by certain critics—cheerfully tells you that his next project is more of a “werewolf buddy cop comedy,” you could be forgiven for expecting a thick veil of irony to cover the remark. But Aaron Katz, it turns out, […]

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LONDON: ‘Cold Weather,’ ‘Carlos,’ ‘Little White Lies’

Posted by · 6:38 pm · October 18th, 2010

Okay, so my weekend plans to catch up on my LFF review backlog didn’t entirely pan out — though the schedulers have, at least, kindly slowed the snowball effect by screening a number of films today that I had already seen. Strange as it sounds, given that it’s been on the festival track for five […]

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IFC nabs Katz’s ‘Cold Weather’

Posted by · 10:44 am · May 7th, 2010

I want to take a moment amid this typical distribution announcement to offer a big congrats to my friends Aaron Katz, Ben Stambler and Brendan McFadden, director and producers of SXSW sensations “Cold Weather.” It’s a special thing to secure major distribution for your first flick and Aaron has been working hard ever since he […]

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Aaron Katz’s ‘Cold Weather’

Posted by · 12:46 pm · January 8th, 2010

I wasn’t on board with Aaron’s films in school, fell head over heels for “Quiet City,” and I have no idea what “Cold Weather” is about, but I’m interested:

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Wishing luck

Posted by · 7:20 am · October 26th, 2008

I haven’t seen Chad Hartigan’s “Luke and Brie are on a First Date” yet.  Hopefully I’ll amend that soon enough, but the film is on the festival circuit now and hoping to land some kind of distribution.  I want to take a moment here to wish him and the film the best of luck, fresh […]

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