(UPDATED with AMPAS press release) Eddie Murphy set to host the 84th annual Academy Awards, official announcement to come

Posted by · 11:46 am · September 6th, 2011

The possibility of Eddie Murphy hosting the Oscars this year first started swirling over the weekend while I was up at the Telluride Film Festival. It was interesting to note that, of the various press and industry people I spoke to about the possibility, most were somewhat positive on the prospect. And the more I […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Gervais invited to repeat at Globes — but what about Oscars?

Posted by · 6:38 am · August 29th, 2011

Obviously it’s too early to be concerned about who’s hosting next year’s Golden Globe ceremony. The day before next year’s Golden Globes ceremony would to be concerned about that. But the pre-weekend news that Ricky Gervais has been invited (if not confirmed) to emcee the show, in his typically irreverent manner, for a third straight […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

OSCAR TALK: Ep. 58 — Wrapping up the summer, fall festival preview, ‘Warrior’ and ‘50/50’

Posted by · 10:00 am · August 26th, 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 […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Oscar Talk

Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced as Oscarcast producers

Posted by · 5:01 pm · August 4th, 2011

Is this the day the earth stood still? Eesh. Via AMPAS release: Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced today. This will be Ratner’s first involvement with the Oscar show; Mischer will for the second year in a row […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Rat attack

Posted by · 2:12 pm · October 15th, 2009

Sometimes you come across a blog post that pretty much says it with more precision than you ever could.  One of the day’s joys when they come along.

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

5/29 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:55 am · May 29th, 2009

• More news on the James Tobak/Brett Ratner/Robert Evans John DeLorean biopic.  This could be fascinating, but…Ratner? [The Carpetbagger] • Patrick Goldstein responds to the news that Sony, Scott Rudin and Kevin Spacey will bring the Somali pirate saga to the big screen. [The Big Picture] • Catherine Shoard talks to Diane Kruger about her […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

An unkind cut

Posted by · 10:00 am · May 6th, 2009

Poor Scarlett Johansson can’t seem to catch a break these days. With her acting talents currently experiencing a bit of a fallow period (I’m being gentle, I’m a fan), the snark patrol have now seized on her burgeoning directorial ambitions too. The source of their glee is the news (a few days old, but I […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Bennett Miller’s opening montage sees the light of day

Posted by · 12:27 pm · February 24th, 2009

Apparently the following montage, which played for the audience at the Kodak Theatre Sunday night but was ultimately pulled from the televised rundown, has popped up as a Vanity Fair exclusive.  It’s directed by Bennet Miller and I have to say, it’s nice, has a good flow, but is a little film festival-esque.  Not “big […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Revamping Superman for 2011?

Posted by · 6:21 am · July 2nd, 2008

Two posts at /film and Obssessed with Film have me spinning my wheels this morning, wondering just who in the heck has approached comic scribe Mark Millar to revamp Superman for the screen in three years. The whole story started with a Daily Record interview that quoted Millar as saying he “always wanted to reinvent […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily