TELLURIDE: ‘La Luna’ is Pixar’s best short in years

Posted by · 7:31 am · September 3rd, 2011

Yesterday before the 3D screening of Wim Wenders’s “Pina,” the audience was treated to Pixar’s latest animated short (which was also shown to audiences, I believe, at the D23 convention last month). I felt like it deserved some notice here, because it’s my favorite short from the studio in quite some time. I greatly admired […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 53 — BAFTA fallout, foreign language and animated short races, Banksy in L.A.

Posted by · 8:00 am · February 18th, 2011

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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‘God of Love’ director’s top eight for a date

Posted by · 9:45 am · February 14th, 2011

Whether or not Luke Matheny’s “God of Love” nabs the Oscar for Best Live Action Short is still to be seen.  It sure has its share of champions but it’s rare for a winner of the Student Academy Award to also take the big prize.  Nevertheless, there’s clearly a publicity push in motion, witnessed by […]

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CINEJABBER: Hey now!

Posted by · 11:30 am · February 12th, 2011

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here. This week flew by, I thought. Hopefully the next two will, too. This is the first weekend without football in months.  I don’t know what to do with myself.  Maybe I’ll catch up on those non-Oscar-related Netflix discs that have been waiting patiently for me […]

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2/10 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Gasland’ director fires back, Wahlberg/Russell on Aronofsky, hoping Banksy stays away

Posted by · 9:00 am · February 10th, 2011

• Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell on Darren Aronofsky’s departure from “The Fighter.” [Inside Movies] • Eric Kohn writes up the Oscar shorts. [indieWIRE] • Josh Fox fires back at gas industry accusations about the accuracy of his documentary, “Gasland.” [Facebook]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Short Film (Live Action)

Posted by · 10:56 am · February 2nd, 2011

As noted yesterday, Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International will be releasing the Oscar-nominated short films this year on February 11. It’s the third year running and it is a great little program. And in the case of this category, it could provide an early glimpse at tomorrow’s star talent. Recent winners of the Best Short […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Short Film (Animated)

Posted by · 9:14 am · February 1st, 2011

Once again this year, Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International are teaming up to bring the Best Short Film nominees to a theater near you on February 11.  It’s the third straight year of this partnership and it remains a stellar way of getting these otherwise fringe categories out to the masses. This year’s animated short […]

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Animated, live action short fields narrowed to 10 each

Posted by · 11:25 am · November 30th, 2010

Via AMPAS press release, the 10 live action shorts shortlisted this year are: “Ana’s Playground” “The Confession” “The Crush” “God of Love” “Na Wewe” “Seeds of the Fall” “Shoe” “The Six Dollar Fifty Man” “Sma Barn, Stora Ord (Little Children, Big Words)” “Wish 143” Animated shorts after the jump.

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‘Fur of Flying’ clip

Posted by · 9:23 am · September 23rd, 2010

If you go see “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” this weekend, you’ll be treated to one of the new stereoscopic 3D Warner Bros. cartoons, “Fur of Flying.” A clip of the short has been lingering on the net for a while and I never got around to posting it, so I figured […]

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Record box office for Oscar shorts

Posted by · 1:51 pm · April 2nd, 2010

Early in my Oscar-watching days, long before the advent of YouTube or VOD, the short film awards represented little more than a chance to get ahead in the Oscar pool by sheer guesswork. With no means of viewing the nominees, and the field of awards coverage considerably less comprehensive than it is today, you’d do […]

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Shorts coming to the small screen

Posted by · 12:28 pm · March 2nd, 2010

I’ve received a lot of emails lately asking where people can see the Oscar-nominated.  Generally my answer is, get to a theater.  They have been released by Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International in select (domestic) markets.  But if that doesn’t work for some, never fear.  It looks like you can pop open the Pringles and […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 23 — Divebombing the competition, doc and live action shorts, foreign film, etc.

Posted by · 12:36 pm · February 26th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk, a weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. Every week inches us closer to the end of the loudest Oscar season of all time. Today Anne and I sit down and discuss the noise of the week, adding our own noise (we went on a bit […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Short Film (Live Action)

Posted by · 9:25 am · February 11th, 2010

This year’s crop of live action shorts is, in my opinion, one of the weaker fields in recent memory. There isn’t anything that stands out and announces its storytelling or cinema prowess, though the usual caveat with shorts — gimmicks in the plot — are mercifully scarce this time around. Generally films that showcase top […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Short Film (Animated)

Posted by · 9:17 am · February 4th, 2010

This is one of the few times the animated short category doesn’t have an American in the bunch.  One of the big snubs, in fact, was probably Pixar’s “Partly Cloudy.” So I wouldn’t bank on any domestic bias this time around. The animated short films feature a wide array of creative prowess, but it almost […]

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10 live action short films short-listed by AMPAS

Posted by · 1:48 pm · December 4th, 2009

The Academy announced today 10 finalists for the Best Live Action Short category.  They are: • “The Door,” Juanita Wilson, director, and James Flynn, producer (Octagon Films Ltd.) • “The Ground Beneath,” Rene Hernandez, director, and Kristina Ceyton, producer (Passion Pictures) • “Hotel,” Tim Conrad, director-producer (Oyster Films) • “Instead of Abracadabra,” Patrik Eklund, director, […]

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AMPAS announces shortlisted animated shorts

Posted by · 8:26 pm · November 20th, 2009

Via press release: • “The Cat Piano,” Eddie White and Ari Gibson, directors (The People’s Republic of Animation) • “French Roast,” Fabrice O. Joubert, director (Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films) • “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” Nicky Phelan, director, and Darragh O’Connell, producer (Brown Bag Films) • “The Kinematograph,” Tomek Baginski, director-producer (Platige Image) • “The Lady and […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Slumdog’ stays happy, Bale gets angry

Posted by · 6:00 pm · February 6th, 2009

A slower news week, this, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t find plenty to discuss. Here’s what was on our (and your) minds: • In the week’s biggest precursor news, Danny Boyle won the Directors’ Guild Award. Hollywood is still reeling from the shock. • Oh, and “Slumdog Millionaire” nabbed the USC Scripter award too. […]

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2/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:31 am · February 6th, 2009

• David Poland is probably wrong on two counts at the top of his recent Oscar column (certainly plkenty of us had our sites set on Davis and Shannon going into this awards season), but we’ll give him some slack. [Movie City News] • David Carr, via video, talks about Bill Condon and Larry Mark […]

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