Cinema Audio Society nominees

Posted by · 7:31 pm · January 7th, 2009

The five contenders for the 2009 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards are: “The Dark Knight” “Iron Man” “Quantum of Solace” “Slumdog Millionaire” “WALL-E” So this is the second “Defiance” snub that has surprised me so far, following Eduardo Serra coming up short with the lensers earlier today. “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man” and especially “WALL-E” […]

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11/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:51 am · November 11th, 2008

• Peter Bart worships at the alter of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. [Peter Bart] • Tom O’Neil reports on the 14 animated features submitted for toon consideration this year… [Gold Derby] • …and he interviews “Changeling” psycho Jason Butler Harner inside Hannibal Lecter’s prison cell deep in the bowels of the Hollywood Museum. [Gold […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Editing — Volume One

Posted by · 10:59 am · October 30th, 2008

Swoosh.  Bang.  Grunt.  Clink.  Crash. These sorts of sounds can add a lot to a film’s mood and plot even though they are not recorded during filming and have to be created and mixed in later on. The individuals who create these effects are rewarded for their efforts in the category of Best Sound Editing.  […]

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Updated predictions, but…

Posted by · 10:39 am · October 13th, 2008

…no column this week.  Seriously, what’s there to discuss?  The expected box office miss for “Body of Lies?”  The expected critical approval of “Happy-Go-Lucky” (which makes some strides this week)?  But I know people get ancy if the predictions aren’t updated, so I am here to be your savior.  Not a lot of shifting and […]

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10/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · October 13th, 2008

• Robert Abele gets Josh Brolin to reveal his inner ‘W.’ [The Envelope] • Tom O’Neil gnaws on the Oscar potential of Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married.” [Gold Derby] • Peter bart makes a lot of presumptions and assumptions about the craven mentality of duel performers in a given Oscar season. [Peter Bart] • […]

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10/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:28 am · October 6th, 2008

• Choire Sicha talks to Ellen Burstyn about “W.” and her new memoir. [Los Angeles Times] • A year later, Jeffrey Wells still very much hearts “Things We Lost in the Fire.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Peter Knegt profiles “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet. [indieWIRE] • David Gritten corners the Coen brothers across the pond. […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Mixing — Volume One

Posted by · 11:56 am · October 2nd, 2008

“Wait a minute, wait a minute.  You ain’t heard nothing yet!” Those words from Al Jolson forever changed filmmaking in 1927, ushering in “talkies” and bringing about the beginning of the end of the silent film era. The Academy Award for sound mixing recognizes the artists who fashion a film’s audio side.  It must be […]

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Page to Screen has officially closed

Posted by · 10:55 am · October 2nd, 2008

Sorry for the column to go out with a whimper like that, but the more things piled on, the less time I had to read William Monahan’s “Body of Lies” and offer up the final column.  I’m seeing the film on Monday, so by now it’s a bit moot, so I just wanted to note […]

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New ‘Body of Lies’ stills

Posted by · 6:30 am · September 25th, 2008

Check out the rest over at the film’s buzz page.

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9/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:42 am · September 25th, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells talks with legendary Oscar-winning lenser Gordon Willis about “The Godfather Restoration.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Talia Shire discusses same with Alex Simon and Terry Keefe. [The Hollywood Interview] • Nikki Finke shits herself with weird fury over the Condon/Mark Oscar news from yesterday, finally admits she has testicles. [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Patrick […]

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DiCaprio and Scott start talking ‘Lies’

Posted by · 5:21 pm · September 6th, 2008

The LA Times’ Chris Lee has reported an interesting story about Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Body of Lies,” but the best anecdote is right at the top: “If I’m going to get down to brass tacks, there’s no rules,” Scott exclaimed, sitting on the sun-drenched deck of his West Hollywood production company. He was speaking hypothetically […]

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‘Body of Lies’ poster

Posted by · 7:14 am · August 29th, 2008

Cinematical is calling this poster image of Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Body of Lies” an exclusive, but I guess I could’ve gone down to the Warner lot any time last week and snapped a shot of the giant banner that’s hanging out on Olive and called it the same thing. It’s been there for a few […]

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WB fall preview…nothing for ‘Gran Torino’

Posted by · 1:33 pm · August 18th, 2008

Rope of Silicon beat us to the punch and posted the new shots from Warner Bros. Pictures’ fall preview press kit. There are new shots from “Appaloosa,” “Body of Lies” and “Yes Man,” among others. Then you get to the one we’re all foaming at the mouth for in anticipation, Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino,” and […]

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New ‘Body of Lies’ trailer drops

Posted by · 12:18 pm · August 13th, 2008

The latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies” is a giant step up from the first crack Warner marketing took at it.  It simultaneously injects complexity and amplifies the scale of the pic.  The concentration on the DiCaprio/Crowe dynamic is certainly front and center here, showing us more of the material Crowe has to […]

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So I guess that’s ‘Body’ not ‘House’

Posted by · 1:12 pm · July 17th, 2008

The new trailer for “Body of Lies” has dropped, and it seems they’ve stuck with the original David Ignatius title rather than the switch to “House of Lies.” It looks like a nice mix of Ridley Scott’s work and his brother’s brand of cinema as well. Russell Crowe looks to have a solid role. I’ve […]

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OFF THE CARPET: 2008, a year in advance

Posted by · 3:20 pm · February 26th, 2008

Another year, another set of wins…and another look ahead at what’s in store NEXT year. It’s never too late to take a long gander at what we might see dominating the film awards landscape in 365 days, and with that in mind, I’ve been doing my usual mulling over the possibilities for a few weeks […]

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