1/19 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Affleck’s favorite heist films, Weinstein loves the Jets, Cameron going deep

Posted by · 8:02 am · January 19th, 2011

• Ben Affleck’s writes up his 11 favorite heist movies. [Daily Beast] • The Jets game was the Weinstein priority on Sunday night, not the Globes. [Page Six] • Dave Karger gets frisky and sticks with Hailee Steinfeld in lead for his final predictions. [Inside Movies]

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Predict the DGA nominees

Posted by · 9:43 am · January 7th, 2011

Monday the guild circuit continues — at the start of what will be a very busy week — as the Directors Guild of America (DGA) unveils its list of nominees. The age-old rule of thumb has been that this is perhaps the most consistently foreshadowing precursor, as the five DGA nominees tend to have a […]

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1/6 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Roberts stumps for Bardem, ‘Valentine’ as class commentary, Affleck’s ‘Town’ inspirations

Posted by · 5:10 am · January 6th, 2011

• Julia Roberts’s Oscar plea for”Biutiful” star Javier Bardem. [Inside Movies] • Patrick Goldstein on “Blue Valentine” as a meditation on the class divide. [The Big Picture] • Ben Affleck on “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” “Amores Perros,” “Breaking Away” and “Heat” as inspirations for “The Town.” [The Envelope]

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1/4 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: 2010 in cinematography, ‘True Grit’ vocal ticks, Affleck on Postlethwaite

Posted by · 7:03 am · January 4th, 2011

• Jordan Raup gets into the game of recognizing the year’s best in cinematography.  (My annual “Top 10 Shots of the Year” column will hit later this month, FYI.) [The Film Stage] • Stephen Schaefer bemoans the broadcast realities and “cookie cutter sameness” of critics awards in the 21st century. [Boston Herald] • David Poland […]

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12/14 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: critics’ awards scoop and outrage, the year in posters, Steinfeld’s ‘Grit’

Posted by · 8:19 am · December 14th, 2010

• Tim Appelo gets the inside scoop of yesterday’s NYFCC vote. [The Race] • David Poland, meanwhile, is outraged that critics so far, in their dwindling numbers, have failed to resonate by missing the fertile ground between obscure and obvious. [The Hot Blog] • Jenelle Riley sits down with “True Grit” young’un Hailee Steinfeld. [Backstage]

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OFF THE CARPET: Giving thanks

Posted by · 9:41 am · November 22nd, 2010

As we move into turkey (or tofurkey, if that happens to be your speed) week 2010, it seems proper, if a tad bit obvious, to take a moment and give thanks. So in lieu of a proper analysis of the season’s progression this week, allow me to express my boundless, breathless appreciation for the following: […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Fighter’ bows, Jackman bows out, Best Picture questions

Posted by · 4:40 am · November 13th, 2010

• David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” unspooled at the AFI Fest. Kris was impressed and later reported from a Q&A with the film’s stars. • This week’s Off the Carpet column pondered the presence of money-spinners in this year’s Best Picture race. • The Long Shot, meanwhile, wondered if that very race is currently looking […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘The Town’ screenwriter, director and star Ben Affleck

Posted by · 2:14 pm · November 10th, 2010

Actor — and as of late, filmmaker — Ben Affleck makes his way to a cozy corner of Santa Monica’s Casa Del Mar hotel restaurant. He’s coming from a “Dad’s event” at his daughter’s school, he says, propping his feet up on a nearby chair. Currently shooting Terrence Malick’s latest film in Oklahoma, the multi-hyphenate […]

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Affleck on working with Malick

Posted by · 12:44 pm · November 10th, 2010

I’ll be posting an interview with Ben Affleck later this afternoon, but as I transcribed and put the pieces in place, it became clear to me that including much on the new Terrence Malick film would be pushing it length-wise.  I didn’t want to keep it all to myself, however, so I thought I’d share […]

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CINEJABBER: Close but no Jack

Posted by · 9:16 am · November 6th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here. What a coup it would have been if Jack Nicholson really was the first guest on “Conan.”  Shame on Movieline for not catching Andy Richter’s joke and getting my hopes up for the actor’s first talk show interview in nearly four decades. Caught up with […]

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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. 33 — ‘Social Network’ front-running, Gibson persona non grata and why ‘The Fighter?’

Posted by · 3:44 pm · September 24th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, a 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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Who should be on Christopher Nolan’s ‘Superman’ shortlist?

Posted by · 10:22 am · September 24th, 2010

My RSS feed was absolutely stuffed to the brim with the clamoring re-reporting of the geek press’s favorite story of the week yesterday: OMG! Christopher Nolan is meeting with a shortlist of potential “Superman” directors! Except the list is all wrong. The names: Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebsman, Duncan Jones and Zack Snyder.  Now, […]

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But is it?

Posted by · 9:07 am · September 21st, 2010

I’m not sure how I missed the memo, but in the past 48 hours, “The Town” apparently became an Oscar contender and nobody told me. You may recall that when I posted my updated predictions on Sunday, I actually found room for Ben Affleck’s popular sophomore feature in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. I thought […]

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9/21 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Gosling and Williams’s “real love,” Bardem blushes, defending Affleck

Posted by · 9:03 am · September 21st, 2010

• According to director Derek Cianfrance, committed actors Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams had “some real things happening” while portraying lovers in “Blue Valentine.” [Hollywood Reporter] • Nicole LaPorte on Toronto’s Oscar-launching ground and the films that made a splash. [Daily Beast] • Javier Bardem can’t believe he’s a heartthrob. [Daily Telegraph]

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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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9/14 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:11 am · September 14th, 2010

• Ben Affleck discusses “The Town” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph] • The Best Picture race begins to take shape for Sasha Stone. [Awards Daily] • Michael Cieply talks to Kevin Spacey about his work as “Casino Jack” and his involvement with “The Social Network.” [New York Times]

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SHORT TAKE: “The Town” (***)

Posted by · 5:29 am · September 8th, 2010

Venice Film Festival Many actors-turned-directors use their outings behind the camera to express something of themselves that they feel hasn’t been enabled by the filmmakers they’ve worked with thus far: personal passions or preoccupations, social or political responsibilities, alternative thespian workout plans or simply a craven desire for awards they haven’t been able to win […]

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