12/15 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Nudie ‘TRON,’ the Scotts eye westerns, Dorff talks Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

Posted by · 8:08 am · December 15th, 2010

• Behind the scenes of “How Do You Know.” [Making Of] • Anne Thompson talks to “The Company Men” director John Wells. [Thompson on Hollywood] • The western shows further signs of life under Ridley Scott and Scott Cooper’s helm. [Deadline]

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11/19 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Heyman talks ‘Harry,’ Reynolds named sexiest man, Protozoa inks a Fox deal

Posted by · 8:49 am · November 19th, 2010

• How did you know you were in love?  Enter a “How Do You Know” contest to win a San Francisco trip with your story. [Yahoo!] • John Lopez talks “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” with producer David Heyman. [Little Gold Men] • Ryan Reynolds is crowned 2010’s sexiest man alive. [People]

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‘How Do you Know’ poster

Posted by · 12:59 pm · November 17th, 2010

Ugh, when is this checkered thing going to go away in movie posters?  Can we get someone on the case, find out whether this idea is really all that more impactful (to steal an invented marketing phrase) than something that might actually catch my eye at the theater?  Isn’t the bad poster gambit getting completely […]

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11/17 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: The death of Oscar bait, ‘How Do You Know’ nails a PG-13, Moore and Levi on ‘Tangled’

Posted by · 10:46 am · November 17th, 2010

• Guest blogging for Nathaniel Rogers, Michael C. writes up the apparent death of “Oscar bait” as it pertains to Best Picture winners. [The Film Experience] • Steve Pond chats with “The Kids Are All Right” writer/director Lisa Cholodenko. [The Odds] • James Cameron discusses his inspiration for “Avatar” (it won’t go away) in an […]

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Sussing out the HFPA’s comedy/musical field

Posted by · 2:47 pm · November 16th, 2010

In the latest Gurus o’ Gold survey, David Poland asked us all to contribute the usual rankings for Best Picture, added in the supporting actor and supporting actress categories, then popped the question regarding the Golden Globes comedy/musical category.  It’s interesting to get perspective on the latter this (relatively) early in the season. A couple […]

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11/12 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Burlesque’ brouhaha, ‘How Do You Know’ concedes cuts for PG-13, box office and Oscar

Posted by · 8:21 am · November 12th, 2010

• Anthony D’Alessandro on how box office impacts Oscar players. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Kim Masters writes up the juicy story of on-set fighting that marked the production of “Burlesque.” [Hollywood Reporter] • Christy Grosz on awards season buzz momentum built on the festival circuit. [The Envelope]

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OFF THE CARPET: Dolla billz, y’all!

Posted by · 10:15 am · November 8th, 2010

A reader comment got me thinking on box office and Oscar as the usual blockbuster and genre fare led the way in ticket sales this weekend.  It dawned on me that pickins might be extra slim when it comes to representing populist filmmaking in 2010’s Best Picture crop. Box office and finding room for ratings-friendly […]

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10/18 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Buzz for Rudd, Ebert chats up ‘Secretariat’ author, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ push for Best Pic

Posted by · 8:41 am · October 18th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells posts a reader review of James L. Brooks’s “How Do You Know” that claims Paul Rudd is a sure-fire Best Supporting Actor nominee, but I’d expect a lead campaign for him and buzz for Jack Nicholson in support. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Steve Rose on the secret of the Winkelvi from David Fincher’s […]

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‘How Do You Know’ trailer

Posted by · 5:39 pm · August 12th, 2010

It’s difficult to discount someone from the Oscar race when he has a 60% track record with the Academy.  Then again, James L. Brooks has only directed five films to date and his last, 2004’s “Spanglish” (which, full disclosure, I’ve always quite liked) went nowhere.  His sixth is set to hit theaters this fall from […]

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Brooks comedy gets a title change

Posted by · 10:43 am · June 9th, 2010

James L. Brooks says he “has a tough time” with titles and that they “make [him] nuts.”  So following the switcheroo of “Betty Anne Waters” to “Conviction,” today it looks like Brooks’s “How Do You Know” will now be known as “Everything You’ve Got.” The film stars Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon and may or […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Handicapping 2010 a year in advance

Posted by · 6:33 pm · March 8th, 2010

Uncle. I told myself I wasn’t going to write this column this year, let alone make predictions, but some of you were just too cute in your emails and Twitter DMs asking for something akin to my annual year-in-advance take on the race, so I struck a balance: a column and contenders list, but no […]

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