12/22 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: The reclusive Charles Portis, ‘Avatar’ most-pirated, Harvey’s holiday ‘King’s Speech’ hustle

Posted by · 8:51 am · December 22nd, 2010

• On the language, cult following and press-shyness of reclusive “True Grit” author Charles Portis. [Speakeasy] • Mike Leigh discusses “Another Year” and why he’ll never make a superhero movie. [Movieline] • “Avatar” tops list of 2010’s most pirated movies. [New York Post]

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11/26 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: The hairy task of ‘Tangled,’ Britain’s Oscar potential, Julianne Moore a best bet?

Posted by · 8:42 am · November 26th, 2010

• Steve Pond chats with “Casino Jack” star Kevin Spacey. [The Odds] • Rebecca Keegan writes up the hairy task of creating Rapunzel in “Tangled.” [24 Frames] • Marc Lee thinks it’s looking up for Britain at the Oscars this year. [Daily Telegraph]

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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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AFI Fest announces centerpiece galas, ‘King’s Speech’ tribute

Posted by · 9:19 am · October 13th, 2010

Already announced, this year’s AFI Fest will be bookended by “Love & Other Drugs” and “Black Swan.” Today, more news.  The press release, in part: AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi today announced its Centerpiece Galas, featuring ABEL (DIR Diego Luna), BARNEY’S VERSION (DIR Richard J. Lewis), BLUE VALENTINE (DIR Derek Cianfrance), CASINO JACK (DIR […]

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‘Casino Jack’ trailer

Posted by · 9:50 am · September 17th, 2010

Back when it looked like the film might be called “Bagman,” a sharp trailer was released for the film (which is still called “Casino Jack”).  Now that ATO Pictures has acquired domestic rights, naturally, a new trailer has emerged.  Check it out via Apple by clicking the image below or watch an embed after the […]

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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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‘Bagman’ trailer

Posted by · 12:30 pm · June 29th, 2010

Mike Fleming reported at Deadline yesterday that George Hickenlooper’s “Bagman” (formerly “Casino Jack,” or maybe it still is, who knows), which debuted at Sundance and could be a power play for lead actor Kevin Spacey if it’s ever picked up, is being shopped around town after a distribution deal with Metropolitan fell through.  So I […]

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