11/24 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Kunis on her ‘Machinist’ impression, Hammer talks twinning, bad boy celebrity

Posted by · 8:00 am · November 24th, 2010

(Ended up unexpectedly taking the day off yesterday.  Not that I’m complaining.) • Anne Thompson talks to “Secretariat” star Diane Lane. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Mila Kunis on dropping to a bony 95 pounds for “Black Swan.” [E! Online] • Dave Karger, meanwhile, wonders if the actress can score an Oscar nod alongside co-star Natalie […]

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11/2 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Newton on ‘For Colored Girls,’ Godard’s Oscar revives controversy, ratings board drama

Posted by · 9:30 am · November 2nd, 2010

• Jean-Luc Godard’s Honorary Oscar revives controversy over the director’s supposed anti-Semitism. [New York Times] • Amy Kaufman sits down with “Love & Other Drugs” director Edward Zwick. [The Envelope] • Edward Douglas chats up “For Colored Girls” star Thandie Newton. [Coming Soon]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 38 — ‘Love & Other Drugs,’ lead and supporting actor races, the circuit revs up, favorite horror films

Posted by · 8:58 am · October 29th, 2010

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 […]

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‘Love & Other Drugs’ overdoses on rom-com tropes

Posted by · 11:14 am · October 26th, 2010

I went into last night’s screening of Edward Zwick’s “Love & Other Drugs” wanting to love it.  I really did.  There was an opportunity here to delicately balance comedy and drama, tell the story of a man’s journey to maturity against the backdrop of a very serious socio-political issue — the pharmaceutical industry — and […]

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10/21 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Praise for ‘Love & Other Drugs,’ sussing out Best Actress, quotable ‘Social Network’

Posted by · 8:44 am · October 21st, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells calls “Love & Other Drugs” Edward Zwick’s best film yet. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Peter Knegt assesses the Gotham Award nominations. [indieWIRE] • Nathaniel Rogers hearts Sam Rockwell in “Conviction.” [Tribeca Film]

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‘Love & Other Drugs’ poster

Posted by · 10:20 am · September 16th, 2010

We’re all still waiting to see what kind of an effort Edward Zwick’s “Love & Other Drugs” might be.  From the trailers we’ve seen so far, it looks like a frothy comedy with dramatic stylings.  Early word on Anne Hathaway has been positive throughout the year.  A new poster has been released and it’s properly […]

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First look at Zwick’s ‘Love & Other Drugs’

Posted by · 10:45 am · August 13th, 2010

When I took an initial stab at forecasting the Oscar season back in March, I hung my hat on the prospect of Edward Zwick, a perennial also-ran in Oscar’s years of five, and a promising true-story comedy “Love & Other Drugs.” I’ve been steadily pulling back on that punch, though, and while 20th Century Fox […]

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1/19 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:37 am · January 19th, 2009

(It’s kind of hard to find anything with meat on its bones amid all the boring, derivative Sundance coverage.) • David Poland spends 30 minutes with genius Charlie Kaufman. [The Hot Blog] • Patrick Goldstein comes to Edward Zwick’s defence over a wrong-headed, borderline moronic assessment of his recent film “Defiance.” [The Big Picture] • […]

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‘Defiance’ strikes out with the trades

Posted by · 6:27 pm · November 11th, 2008

Ed Zwick may just be one of those directors who will never be in critics’ good graces: a fine technical craftsman and a no-nonsense storyteller, even his best films remain as resolutely unfashionable in execution as they are noble in intention. Nothing wrong with that, of course — I’m no real fan, but films like […]

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No time for a proper review, but…

Posted by · 6:44 pm · November 9th, 2008

…I really liked “Defiance.”  To my mind it might be Ed Zwick’s finest film since “Legends of the Fall,” largely because he’s busied himself with more-trite-than-usual material for the last few years.  It isn’t a grand slam more so than a steadily guided ship and for the most part, it works. I’m heading out the […]

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Official ‘Defiance’ website launches

Posted by · 11:28 am · November 6th, 2008

Paramount Vantage has launched the official site for Edward Zwick’s “Defiance,” which closes out this year’s AFI Fest on Sunday. Throughout the site, you can hear samples of James Newton Howard’s beautiful (and Oscar-bound) score.  You can also dive into the history of the narrative with lots of awesome and informative bells and whistles.  One […]

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11/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 12:17 pm · November 2nd, 2008

• After a third go, Jeffrey Wells is still in the tank for “Che,” claiming that you have to do some homework on the subject before coming into the film. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Steven Zeitchik writes up the Oscar season from the most played-out perspective in the book: biopics. [The Hollywood Reporter] • Chrissey Iley […]

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New ‘Defiance’ trailer lands at Variety

Posted by · 5:42 am · October 10th, 2008

On the heels of the new one-sheet for Edward Zwick’s “Defiance,” we see today that Variety has nabbed an exclusive look at the new trailer.  Check it out:

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EXCLUSIVE: New ‘Defiance’ poster

Posted by · 6:00 pm · October 9th, 2008

We just acquired the sweet new one-sheet for Edward Zwick’s “Defiance.”  Maybe cashing in on a little of that Bond love for Daniel Craig this season, this poster is certainly more appealing than the previous art work:

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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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Edward Zwick gets some ShowEast respect

Posted by · 11:23 am · October 2nd, 2008

The press release, in part: Academy Award® winner Edward Zwick has been selected to receive “The Kodak Award for Excellence in Filmmaking” at the 2008 ShowEast convention in Orlando, it was announced by Mitch Neuhauser, Co-Managing Director of the convention. Zwick will be on hand to receive this honor at the ShowEast Final Night Banquet […]

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‘Defiance’ set for AFI Fest

Posted by · 4:17 pm · September 17th, 2008

We’ve been hinting at a big bow for this year’s American Film Institute Festival for some time now.  We haven’t been able to come clean on it, but the news is official today: Edward Zwick’s World War II drama “Defiance” will drop on November 9 as the closing night gala. From the press release: This […]

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Not diggin’ it…

Posted by · 3:53 pm · June 11th, 2008

But I hear Liev Schreiber is the one to watch in this one:

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