Bring on spring already

Posted by · 6:39 pm · December 8th, 2010

Okay, I know we’re all jacked up for the next few months of awards-watching, but would anyone mind if we just fast-forwarded straight to May? I’ll miss the Oscars, but frankly, the winter freeze is getting me down, the movies have petered out, and then I read a Cannes-teasing tweet like this from the ever […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

‘Margaret’ will see light of day, says Searchlight

Posted by · 6:54 am · July 26th, 2010

Last year, I dedicated a couple of posts to the mysterious case of “Margaret,” Kenneth Lonergan’s seemingly terminally delayed follow-up to his 2000 directorial debut “You Can Count on Me.” The film, a character drama starring Anna Paquin as a traumatised witness to a bus accident, with Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon in support, was […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Searchlight backs Bridges’s “performance of a lifetime”

Posted by · 10:13 am · July 22nd, 2009

When I first began compiling my Oscar nomination predictions back in May, I took a wild-card Best Actor punt on Jeff Bridges in a little, then distributor-less indie called “Crazy Heart.” In truth, I had little basis for the guess other than the strong reputation of the 1987 source novel, and the fact that Bridges […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

EDINBURGH: ‘Humpday,’ ‘Adam’

Posted by · 9:49 am · June 26th, 2009

My last full day at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (which wraps up on Sunday) served up a pair of comparatively conspicuous U.S. titles. Both are comic ventures of a sort that made a splash (one via widespread critical and audience enthusiasm, the other via a high-profile pickup by Fox Searchlight) at the Sundance Film […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

6/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:01 am · June 3rd, 2009

• Steve Martin: banjo enthusiast. [CNN] • The complete “Terminator” timeline. [Empire] • Speaking of which, Ben Child spends some time with the best part of “Terminator Salvation,” actor Anton Yelchin. [The Guardian] • Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula ascend at Searchlight. [indieWIRE] • Brooks Barnes on the swath of upstarts leaping into the CGI […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

The trouble with ‘Margaret’

Posted by · 1:28 pm · April 27th, 2009

Last month, I discussed my frustration over the terminally delayed status of Kenneth Lonergan’s sophomore feature “Margaret,” while sharing a slender hope that linking of composer Nico Muhly to the project might bode well for its eventual completion. Unfortunately, an extended LA Times investigation into the matter suggests that “Margaret” is a long way from […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Romanek begins shooting ‘Never Let Me Go’

Posted by · 4:59 pm · April 14th, 2009

Last week, I mentioned how fully in the tank I am for Lynne Ramsay’s upcoming “We Need To Talk About Kevin.” Today, meanwhile, brings updated news of another British-funded adaptation with a mighty literary source, perfect-on-paper cast and exciting filmmaker who has been quiet for too long. The film in question is Mark Romanek’s take […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Are you there, Fox? It’s me, ‘Margaret’

Posted by · 1:22 pm · March 22nd, 2009

I have to say, I’ve all but given up hope that Kenneth Lonergan’s “Margaret” will ever see the light of day. For years now, I’ve kept an optimistic eye out for the film, kept putting it on my early Oscar prediction lists, kept checking the Fox Searchlight release schedule — only for the film, originally […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Thumping ‘Slumdog’ soundtrack to be released

Posted by · 11:23 am · November 21st, 2008

Thank God.  I was hoping Fox Searchlight would find a way to market this amazing material.  It worked well for them last year, albeit in the grungy, alt-rock vein.  But the music in “Slumdog Millionaire” is like a two-hour celebration, and it’s dying to be collected. The track listing, from MTV, has a lot of […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

INTERVIEW: Danny Boyle

Posted by · 9:22 am · November 3rd, 2008

Roughly halfway through my interview with Danny Boyle, the small, rather alarmingly wallpapered room we’ve been seated in is, by some technical error, suddenly flooded with the opening beats of “Orphans,” the first track off Beck’s “Modern Guilt” album. Boyle immediately leaps to his feet to report the problem, though he can’t help nodding in […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Featured · Interviews

“An Oscar-less Toronto” — but not for Searchlight

Posted by · 3:58 am · September 10th, 2008

Anybody who’s kept even half an eye on film news recently knows by now that, compared to previous years, the consecutive Venice and Toronto festivals have done little to illuminate the Oscar race. (Unless, I suppose, you were one of those predicting major glory for “Miracle at St. Anna.”) The Hollywood Reporter adds their verdict […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Fox Searchlight picks up ‘The Wrestler’

Posted by · 9:18 am · September 8th, 2008

This morning’s poll wasn’t even an hour old before Anne Thompson reported that Fox Searchlight won a bidding war for Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler.”  Hell, I didn’t even get a chance to vote in it myself. Here’s what she has to say: In the first major buy of the Toronto International Film Festival, Fox Searchlight […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

POLL: Which studio will pick up ‘The Wrestler?’

Posted by · 7:05 am · September 8th, 2008

UPDATE 9:24 a.m.: Boy, I expected this to have a short shelf-life, but not an hour or two!  Anyway, check here for the latest and check out the new poll in the sidebar. EARLIER: This poll might have a short shelf life, since studios are chomping at the bit in Toronto right now and a […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily