Peter Morgan to join Bond team

Posted by · 3:01 am · June 13th, 2009

Sometimes wishes really do come true in the movies. After March’s depressing (to me, at least) announcement that writer Peter Morgan was returning to the biopic well once more with a third take on Tony Blair, these were the exact words I wrote: I’d love to see his evident grace and wit as a dramatist […]

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11/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:51 am · November 11th, 2008

• Peter Bart worships at the alter of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. [Peter Bart] • Tom O’Neil reports on the 14 animated features submitted for toon consideration this year… [Gold Derby] • …and he interviews “Changeling” psycho Jason Butler Harner inside Hannibal Lecter’s prison cell deep in the bowels of the Hollywood Museum. [Gold […]

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11/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:49 am · November 9th, 2008

• Steve Weintraub has a sweet four-video series on Ben Burtt’s process for creating the sounds of “WALL-E” and the “Star Wars” films.  Worth a look if you’re into the tech arena like we are. [Collider] • Bad news for Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia.”  A forced happy ending. [News.com.au] • Cherry Jones gives her approval of […]

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11/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:43 am · November 7th, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells is basically cool with “Doubt.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Anne Thompson chimes in, too. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Steven Zeitchik draws parallels from this year’s political figures to the films in the Oscar hunt. [Risky Biz Blog] • Patrick Goldstein goes after the Oscar bloggers! [The Big Picture] • David Poland responds! [The […]

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What might have been

Posted by · 7:00 am · October 31st, 2008

It’s James Bond day here in the UK, and to celebrate the opening of “Quantum of Solace,” The Guardian has a nice little feature: a round-up of several Bond themes that never were. Whether submitted on spec, or commissioned by the producers who then changed their minds, it makes for some fascinating listening. Can you […]

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10/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:56 am · October 30th, 2008

• Steven Zeitchik thinks “Frost/Nixon” will get a pass for journalist worship. [Rizky Biz Blog] • Bill Horberg captures the San Francisco debut of “Milk” in pics. [William Horberg] • Eugene Hernandez, meanwhile, reports from the scene. [indieWIRE] • Ditto Brad Brevet, with some nice video interviews tossed in for good measure. [Rope of Silicon] […]

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10/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:07 am · October 17th, 2008

• Dave Karger responds to the “Soloist” slide. [Oscar Watch] • Seven favorite screen Presidents.  In total agreement on #1. [Cinematical] • A welcome respite from the vitriol you might have come across elsewhere, New York Magazine runs an intern’s review of the “Road” screening that happened in the Big Apple this week.  Does that […]

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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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POLL: How do you feel about Bond’s missing catch phrases in ‘Quantum of Solace?’

Posted by · 12:53 pm · September 22nd, 2008

In this morning’s Oscarweb round-up, we linked to a story in London’s Independent newspaper about the upcoming 22nd installment of the James Bond franchise, “Quantum of Solace.”  It appears director Marc Forster and company have opted to exclude the infamous catch phrase, “Bond. James Bond.” from the film’s script.  Also getting the cut is the […]

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