9/9 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Gosling King of Toronto, ‘Descendants’ drops earlier, spoilers in trailers

Posted by · 8:24 am · September 9th, 2011

• Susan Wloszczyna writes up Toronto as the Oscar season kickstarter, hears good buzz for Woody Harrelson in “Rampart.” [USA Today] • Jeff Labrecque chalks Ryan Gosling up as the King of Toronto with two films set for the fest. [Entertainment Weekly] • Fox Searchlight moves “The Descendants” up five days to November 18. [Variety]

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Who should be on Christopher Nolan’s ‘Superman’ shortlist?

Posted by · 10:22 am · September 24th, 2010

My RSS feed was absolutely stuffed to the brim with the clamoring re-reporting of the geek press’s favorite story of the week yesterday: OMG! Christopher Nolan is meeting with a shortlist of potential “Superman” directors! Except the list is all wrong. The names: Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebsman, Duncan Jones and Zack Snyder.  Now, […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 4:29 pm · December 18th, 2009

Wrapping up my perspective on the year today, a personal list of superlatives, Oscar categories and other silly nonsense. Swing back around on Monday for the ultimate wrap-up, my list of the best films of the decade. Best Picture “A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Best Director Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “A Serious Man” Best Actor […]

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‘Moon,’ Carey Mulligan, Tom Hardy take BIFA Awards

Posted by · 3:28 pm · December 6th, 2009

The British Independent Film Awards really spread the wealth this year, with only two films — “Moon” and “Fish Tank” — taking more than one award. In a slightly surprising result, Duncan Jones’s sci-fi debut claimed the night’s top prize, Best British Independent Film, as well as Best Debut Director honors. Meanwhile, “Fish Tank,” which […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Original players

Posted by · 2:44 pm · November 16th, 2009

When I had the unmitigated gall last week to project a set of winners for this year’s Oscar race, I was a bit startled at how easy Mark Boal’s script for “The Hurt Locker” slid into the Best Original Screenplay slot.  Looking over the landscape of contenders in the category, it’s a little obvious why […]

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‘Moon’ LEGO

Posted by · 8:10 am · November 16th, 2009

More fuel for the fire: (Courtesy: Sir Nadroj via Duncan Jones)

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Tweeting for Oscar

Posted by · 7:25 pm · October 28th, 2009

The few of you who do follow my Twitter account will have gathered by now that, compared to some, I’m not the most active correspondent in that medium — limiting my thoughts to 140 characters is a trial more often that not. However, should I ever find myself in the hunt for an Oscar (hey, […]

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Duncan Jones’s grassroots campaign for Sam Rockwell

Posted by · 9:13 am · October 19th, 2009

Duncan Jones is quite the intrepid fellow.  He has a fairly consistent presence on Twitter, always notifying of the recent ups and downs of his 2009 sci-fi effort “Moon.” (Most recently the film cleaned up at Spain’s Sitges Fantastic Film Festival.)  But mostly the director just seems anxious to get the word out on an […]

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Clint Mansell on growing up through film music

Posted by · 9:37 am · July 17th, 2009

It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a pretty committed disciple of composer Clint Mansell.  I was absolutely beside myself — livid — when his work on Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain,” potentially the best score of the decade, was unceremoniously snubbed by the Academy two years ago.  So it was delightful to read through […]

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Zowie Bowie talks more ‘Moon’ across the pond

Posted by · 8:54 am · July 14th, 2009

If you happen to be in one of the select markets carrying Duncan Jones’s (aka Zowie Bowie) “Moon” and still haven’t made it out to see it, you don’t know what you’re missing.  The film recently crossed the $1 million mark.  Here’s to many more. The film is just landing over in the UK and […]

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‘Moon’ takes top prize at Edinburgh

Posted by · 11:44 am · June 28th, 2009

The Edinburgh International Film Festival closed today with an awards ceremony that culminated in Duncan Jones’s sci-fi debut feature “Moon” landing the fest’s most coveted prize, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature. The jury, headed by Joe Wright and including Oscar-nominee Frank Langella, said of the film: We award “Moon” for its singular […]

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Duncan Jones makes the ‘Moon’ rounds

Posted by · 9:18 am · June 12th, 2009

I’m already on the record as being well in the tank for Duncan Jones’s “Moon,” a shock to the sci-fi cinema system that sports a tour de force portrayal(s) from actor Sam Rockwell.  So with the domestic release right around the corner, it warms my heart to see Jones lighting up the circuit, spreading the […]

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The trouble with sci-fi

Posted by · 10:51 am · June 9th, 2009

It’s never too late to give another stiff kick to the ribs of “Terminator Salvation,” it seems.  The film just opened in the UK last week, opening the doors for this David Cox blog entry on the Guardian website.  It’s a thorough, well-conceived, smart piece about the fact that Hollywood seems to be making a […]

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Space oddity

Posted by · 4:54 pm · May 6th, 2009

It’s hardly the only intriguing thing about “Moon” — the oddball sci-fi effort that Kris greatly admired earlier this week — that director Duncan Jones is in fact the rather more infamously named Zowie Bowie. Still, you must admit that an intimate space epic directed by the son of Ziggy Stardust has a certain symbolic […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Moon” (***1/2)

Posted by · 11:38 am · May 5th, 2009

In the harrowing finale of Alejandro Amenábar’s “Abre Los Ojos,” actor Chete Lera screams in defiance at the unthinkable events unfolding around him: “I’m real and I have two daughters!”  Falling to his knees, he slowly accepts the gut-wrenching realization that is the film’s final twist.  That idea is front and center in Duncan Jones’s […]

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‘Moon’

Posted by · 1:13 pm · April 13th, 2009

I’ve been quasi-fascinated with Duncan Jones’s “Moon” ever since early talk was making its way out of Sundance back in January.  Sam Rockwell really looks to be turning in a special performance and the general anxiety inside me that hopes to see another amazing space film finally stick the landing (Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine” came SO […]

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