SUNDAY CENTS: A little ‘Princess’

Posted by · 8:00 pm · December 13th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Disney tasted a bit of its old early-1990s magic with the number one finish of “The Princess and the Frog” this week. The hand-drawn toon grossed $25 million after two phenomenal weeks in New York and Los Angeles only. “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Original Song

Posted by · 3:18 pm · December 10th, 2009

Over the last five months, Gerard has diligently canvassed and re-canvassed the various crafts categories here at In Contention.  The one category we have held back on all this time, as contenders have slowly fallen into place, was Best Original Song.  Today, it’s time to dig into the field. This has turned into something of […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Brothers’ gloom

Posted by · 11:11 am · December 6th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. As I already mentioned, the first weekend in December is a veritable dead zone at the multiplex as audiences start shifting more towards Christmas shopping and making vacation plans. Or maybe they are just too busy having sex. (More people are born in August than any […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Thanksgiving leftovers and new turkeys

Posted by · 7:34 pm · December 4th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Sorry this is a little late, as I’ve been super busy this week. Luckily, it’s one of the slowest box office weeks of the year and there is little to look forward to. You can bet the farm that “The Blind Side” will win the weekend […]

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12/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:25 am · December 2nd, 2009

• Edna Gundersen talks to Sir Paul McCartney about his musical addition to Kirk Jones’s “Everybody’s Fine.” [USA Today] • In praise of the opening sequence of Michael Mann’s “Ali.” [The Auteurs Notebook] • Pete Hammond reports from Monday night’s premiere of “Up in the Air.” [Notes on a Season]

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Listen to Paul McCartney’s ‘(I Want to) Come Home’ from ‘Everybody’s Fine’

Posted by · 8:34 am · November 19th, 2009

Paul McCartney was in the thick of the Best Original Song race back in 2001 for his title track from Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky.” Unfortunately, the film was a pale reflection of Alejandro Amenabar’s “Abre Los Ojos” and didn’t register with voters enough to push that truly great song far enough.  Not that I’m arguing […]

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Andrea Bocelli, Paul McCartney join the race for Best Original Song

Posted by · 8:19 am · November 5th, 2009

Catching up with Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol” last night (which I absolutely adored), I noticed the film featured a tune called “God Bless Us Everyone” by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.  Might we have a new contender for Best Original Song? Each of Zemeckis’s prior performance-capture efforts included original songs — Josh Groban’s “Believe” from […]

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11/4 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:36 am · November 4th, 2009

• Gregory Ellwood slams “Everybody’s Fine,” calls last night’s AFI festivities a Miramax wake.  I’m having trouble disagreeing with him. [Awards Campaign] • Rebecca Milzoff gets some face time with “An Education” director Lone Scherfig. [Vulture] • Jim Carrey’s Scrooge rings in the holiday spirit. [Associated Press]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the leading gentlemen

Posted by · 10:31 am · November 2nd, 2009

We’ve taken concentrated looks at the lead actress and supporting actress categories in recent weeks.  Now let’s turn our attention over to the fellas. Behind the Best Picture race, of course, the lead actor competition is perhaps the most hotly anticipated award of a given Oscar telecast.  Movie stars are born, Hollywood staples are rewarded […]

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Patterson Hood’s ‘Depression Era’ from ‘That Evening Sun’

Posted by · 12:18 pm · October 17th, 2009

I just finished Scott Teems’s “That Evening Sun,” which, much like Tom Ford’s “A Single Man,” is an impressive feature debut that nevertheless has some developmental issues that prevent a powerful narrative of catharsis from being as affecting as it could have been. There is, however, a fantastic original song in the film from Patterson […]

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De Niro to be honored by Hollywood fest

Posted by · 8:51 am · October 6th, 2009

We’ve brought you up to speed on the list of Hollywood Film Festival award honorees the last few weeks (full list after the jump).  But today we get the news that Robert De Niro has been tapped to receive the Hollywood Actor Award, adding some steam to his bid for a lead actor Oscar nomination […]

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‘Everybody’s Fine’ trailer

Posted by · 3:02 pm · September 14th, 2009

Last week we told you about the Best Actor buzz potentially building on the horizon for Robert De Niro in the remake “Everybody’s Fine.”  Pete Hammond has seen the film and sung the actor’s praises, and now, we get this broad, sell-it-to-the-masses trailer.  If you can get past the awful voice over and awkward musical […]

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BEST ACTOR WATCH: Robert De Niro in ‘Everybody’s Fine’

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 11th, 2009

I’ve been meaning to post something along these lines for a few weeks now.  Around roughly this time a year ago (plus a month exactly), we pointed you early on to a potential comeback in the works for Mickey Rourke in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler.”  We all know how that turned out.  Now there are […]

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