2/28 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Aftermath

Posted by · 8:29 am · February 28th, 2011

• Drew McWeeney writes a lot of words explaining why he doesn’t watch the Oscars. [Motion/Captured] • Nikki Finke reminds who the “In Memoriam” sequence passed over. [Deadline] • Oscar ≠ A-List. [The Wrap]

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2/8 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: HFPA counter-sues, Moore wants more ‘9/11’ money, how Harvey got his groove back

Posted by · 8:04 am · February 8th, 2011

• David Poland talks “In a Better World” with the film’s director, Susanne Bier. [The Hot Blog] • The HFPA counter-sues it’s former publicist. [The Wrap] • Michael Moore is suing Harvey Weinstein for “Fahrenheit 9/11” profits. [TMZ]

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2/2 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Hurt Locker’ producers fire back, ‘Gasland’ smeared, Superstitious Harvey

Posted by · 8:55 am · February 2nd, 2011

• “The Hurt Locker” producers finally respond to last year’s law suit, and how. [Hollywood Reporter] • SMEAR ALERT: The oil and gas industry has the gall to send a letter to AMPAS urging them to steer clear of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland.” [New York Times] • Lisa Schwarzbaum shallowly attributes the dramatic success of […]

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2/1 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Wolverine, Iron Man to present, ‘Superman’ snub “reverse McCarthyism,” Franco’s class

Posted by · 8:27 am · February 1st, 2011

• Greg Ellwood shrewdly notes potential motive to announcing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) first as presenters at this year’s Academy Awards. [Awards Campaign] • Tom Hooper and Geoffrey Rush respond to the notion of cutting “The King’s Speech” to appease a PG-13 rating. [Inside Movies] • “Master Class: Editing James […]

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1/31 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Aronofsky and Russell on sex scenes, Rudin v. Weinstein, Hammond on snubs

Posted by · 9:30 am · January 31st, 2011

• Darren Aronofsky and David O. Russell reveal a dislike for filming sex scenes. [Hollywood Reporter] • Krista Smith, meanwhile, sits down with Russell to talk “The Fighter.” [Little Gold Men] • Rebecca Keegan and Nicole Sperling write up Scott Rudin vs. Harvey Weinstein. [The Envelope]

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1/27 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco on Gervais, Weinstein may cut ‘King’s Speech’ for PG-13, Gurus like it to win

Posted by · 9:19 am · January 27th, 2011

• Steve Pond offers up some random observations of the Oscar nominations announcement. [The Odds] • James Franco weighs in on Ricky Gervais’s hosting job at the Golden Globes. [MTV Movies Blog] • “Unusual number of Oscar nominees feature severed extremities, oral sex.” [The Race]

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1/19 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Affleck’s favorite heist films, Weinstein loves the Jets, Cameron going deep

Posted by · 8:02 am · January 19th, 2011

• Ben Affleck’s writes up his 11 favorite heist movies. [Daily Beast] • The Jets game was the Weinstein priority on Sunday night, not the Globes. [Page Six] • Dave Karger gets frisky and sticks with Hailee Steinfeld in lead for his final predictions. [Inside Movies]

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1/14 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Weinstein on the “Oscar movie,” HFPA sued, more bad ‘Social’ breath

Posted by · 5:46 am · January 14th, 2011

• Former Golden Globes publicist Michael Russell sues the HFPA two days before its biggest night leveling a boatload of accusations. [The Wrap] • Harvey Weinstein himself admits that the stereotype of the classic “Oscar movie” is probably gone. [The Carpetbagger] • Still beating David Fincher up over “The Social Network”‘s bad breath. [Slate]

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Weinstein lawyers up on MPAA

Posted by · 11:37 am · November 18th, 2010

Well, we all knew Harvey Weinstein wasn’t going to take that head-scratching (and commercially damaging) ‘NC-17’ rating for “Blue Valentine” lying down. (While still generating maximum publicity from the unfortunate situation, natch.) The Weinstein Company today announced that it has gathered “a formidable legal team” to challenge the MPAA’s decision — and while they’re about […]

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11/10 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Biutiful’ crew on the circuit, Hooper’s Hollywood education, Weinstein v. Rudin II

Posted by · 9:54 am · November 10th, 2010

• Anne Thompson ponders how the year’s mainstream studio pics might fare with Oscar. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Patrick Goldstein catches up with Tom Hooper and the director’s Hollywood education. [The Big Picture] • Steve Pond dutifully reports from a “Biutiful” post-screening Q&A with members of the crew. [The Odds]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 36 — London fest, ‘Carlos,’ foreign film race, NC-17 for ‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘All Good Things’ and more with special guests Guy Lodge and Peter Knegt

Posted by · 9:00 am · October 15th, 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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Weinstein issues statement regarding NC-17 for ‘Blue Valentine’

Posted by · 8:38 am · October 14th, 2010

In case you missed the news, the MPAA slammed Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” with a bewildering NC-17 rating last week.  The best guess is that a somewhat intense (though by my measure, not all that eyebrow-raising) oral sex scene was the culprit. I’ve heard that Cianfrance will not make any further edits to the film […]

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10/4 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: On Gekko and Zuckerberg, Oscar season on Twitter, clamoring for ‘Social’ reactions

Posted by · 8:46 am · October 4th, 2010

• Peter Lattman sits down with “Inside Job” director Charles Ferguson. [Dealbook] • A.O. Scott on the drive and determination of Gordon Gekko and Mark Zuckerberg. [New York Times] • Scott Feinberg puts together a massive, comprehensive list of Oscar contenders and pundits on Twitter.  Follow away! [ScottFeinberg.com]

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Just say no

Posted by · 9:52 am · August 6th, 2010

Last week, Tom O’Neil reported on a horrifying unacceptable interesting potential development in this year’s Oscar race, and as much as I’ve tried to push it to the recesses of my mind, the thought won’t leave me alone — not least because it provides a depressingly neat answer to one of the question marks I […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Are we there yet?

Posted by · 10:12 am · February 22nd, 2010

It’s been three weeks since I took note of the season’s course in this space, and really, there has been no need to put our finger to the wind until last week. And frankly, an author making an ass out of himself in public and Harvey Weinstein sooth-saying anyone who would listen (while an array […]

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2/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:01 am · February 22nd, 2010

• Scott Feinberg talks at length with Harvey Weinstein, who had a busy week of Pied Pipering the Oscar bloggers last week. [And the Winner Is…] • Presumed costume design frotnrunner Sandy Powell sure is making the rounds.  She sits down with Paul Gaita to discuss the threads of “The Young Victoria.” [The Envelope] • […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 22 — “All the noise, noise, noise, noise!”

Posted by · 1:11 pm · February 19th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk, a weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. Every week inches us closer to the end of the loudest Oscar season of all time. Today Anne and I sit down and discuss the noise of the week, adding our own noise (we went on a bit […]

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2/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:57 am · February 16th, 2010

• The same old “keep your speech short” story we get every year.  This time mentioning the backstage “thank you” cam.  [Reuters] • Pete Hammond chimes in from the ACE Eddie Awards, including some fiery comments from Mark Boal vis a vis Harvey Weinstein’s bold claims as of late. [Notes on a Season] • Donna […]

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