1/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:02 am · January 11th, 2010

• Dave McNary catches up with the thin WGA field story.  (Nominees will be announced later this morning.) [Variety] • The local rag continues to step up its crafts coverage, spotlights “The Hurt Locker” sound mixer (and sound editor) Paul Ottosson. [Los Angeles Times] • On the non-actor terminated from Jason Reitman’s “Up in the […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Costume Design — Volume II

Posted by · 10:42 am · October 16th, 2009

Since I last analyzed the costume design category in July, a number of the contenders are still waiting to be seen, though several have opened and we’ve seen glimpses from others. While the number of movers and shakers hasn’t been enormous, there has still been enough movement – and more insight gained – to warrant […]

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9/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:50 am · September 29th, 2009

• Arguing that “Public Enemies” looks “cheap” due to HD nearly three months after release. [The Huffington Post] • Dave Karger wonders if a bona fide left-field Best Picture nominee is in the cards in a 10-nominee paradigm. [Oscar Watch] • Getting the 70s bush right for “A Serious Man” (Amy Landecker officially rocks). [Vulture]

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9/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:49 am · September 28th, 2009

• Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski arrested in Zurich for 1977 rape charge. [CNN] • Steven Zeitchik reports that Summit was set to be the first out of the gate with awards screeners this year with “The Hurt Locker.” Would it have made a difference? [Risky Biz Blog] • Nathaniel Rogers considers Julianne Moore’s Oscar chances […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festival pick-ups, the season’s fetes and the PGA’s 10

Posted by · 8:12 pm · September 25th, 2009

• We wrapped up Toronto as Lee Daniels’s “Precious” took the festival’s audience award, putting it on a solid track for Oscar. • We got a look at the first trailer for “Harry Brown,” which may or may not be an awards film for actor Michael Caine.  John, you’ll recall, isn’t feeling it. • We […]

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Newmarket nabs ‘Creation’ for December release

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

The press release, in part: Newmarket Films announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to director Jon Amiel’s CREATION, a film which focuses on Charles Darwin and his family as he struggles to finish his legendary book “On The Origin of Species,” which went on to become the foundation for evolutionary biology. The screenplay […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 3 — ‘A Serious Man,’ business in Toronto and unacquired hopefuls

Posted by · 12:18 pm · September 18th, 2009

The third installment of Oscar Talk lands as Toronto winds down and, seemingly, the season’s biggest questions are being answered. Or are they? I’m joined by Anne Thompson of indieWIRE as always and we discussed the following: • The Coen brothers’ “A Serious Man,” Anne’s thoughts, my thoughts, the Coens doing Woody, etc. • The […]

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9/18 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:32 am · September 18th, 2009

• Matt Damon on packing on the pounds for “The Informant!,” among other things. [USA Today] • Which earth crisis documentary is for you? [Beyond the Multiplex] • In honor of “A Prophet,” newly submitted as France’s foreign film Oscar representative, a list of the best-ever prison films. [Awards Daily]

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9/10 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:55 am · September 10th, 2009

• Peter Travers is pissed about the “Shutter Island” bump to 2010. [Rolling Stone] • “Me and Orson Welles” gets a distributor in Freestyle Releasing. [The Wrap] • “The Road,” meanwhile, gets pushed to Thanksgiving, in direct competition with the Weinsteins’ other Oscar hopeful, “Nine.” [Variety]

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OFF THE CARPET: Take a deep breath…

Posted by · 9:59 am · August 31st, 2009

The calm before the storm is beginning to subside.  Can you sense it? By the end of the week, the Venice and Telluride fests will be underway.  A week later, Toronto will weigh in.  When the smoke settles in roughly three weeks, the season will suddenly be a lot clearer…and yet so much of it […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Toronto looming, ‘Education’ rising

Posted by · 6:19 am · July 18th, 2009

• Lots of buzz over “An Education” this week, with a new trailer and poster unveiled … and the talk isn’t only about Carey Mulligan. • We kicked off a new season of Tech Support with a look at the runners and riders for Best Cinematography. • Darwin biopic “Creation” will open this year’s Toronto […]

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‘Bright Star,’ ‘Precious,’ ‘Informant’ and 19 more to play TIFF

Posted by · 9:09 am · July 14th, 2009

The Co-Directors of the Toronto International Film Festival took to the stage this morning at the first of three summer press conferences to begin announcing the slate of films that will comprise this, the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival. This morning’s announcement of 22 titles brought some pleasant surprises, as well as some expected […]

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‘Creation’ trailer

Posted by · 1:13 am · June 12th, 2009

I’m not quite sure why it fell to the Telegraph to unveil this trailer for Jon Amiel’s Darwin biopic “Creation,” starring real-life couple Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, but so it has. Take that as a measure of excitement elsewhere, if you will. Anyway, some have had awards expectations of this — I can’t say […]

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Poking the Oscar stick at the distributorless

Posted by · 1:57 pm · March 31st, 2009

Michael Cieply, writing at The Carpetbagger (which, if you haven’t been aware, has been transformed into a year-round film blog at The New York Times rather than solely focusing on the awards season), has put up brief addressing a few titles that, as of yet, have no U.S. distributor but are very much on the […]

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