The Dude and his guitar

Posted by · 3:06 pm · August 30th, 2011

In case you didn’t know, recent Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges has a new album in stores. It’s been on shelves for two weeks now. I spotted this piece at CNN and thought it was worth passing along:

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Twas the week before Oscar

Posted by · 7:00 pm · February 25th, 2011

• We made you wait for it this year, but finally: Kris’s Top 10 Shots of 2010, parts one and two. • This week’s Off the Carpet column surveyed where the season has brought us thus far, and began tying the loose ends… • …culminating later in Kris’s final Oscar predictions of the 2010 season. […]

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INTERVIEW: Talking westerns and only westerns with ‘True Grit’ actor Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 1:26 pm · February 24th, 2011

Last year was the best opportunity to do the career retrospective thing with Jeff Bridges, right at the starting gun of an Oscar-winning steamroll through the film awards season. This time around, the actor is nominated for his sixth Academy Award, for his work in the Coen brothers’ “True Grit,” and it seemed a conversation […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Actor

Posted by · 9:52 am · February 23rd, 2011

The 2010 Best Actor race looks to end up exactly where it started, making it the most predictable category of the evening. In fact, as of late (save for the two Oscars Sean Penn won), this has consistently been one of the easier categories to call. Generally it seems that there is a clear favorite […]

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2/11 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco couldn’t care less, love letter to Annette Bening, Hammond polls voters

Posted by · 8:37 am · February 11th, 2011

• James Franco: “If it’s the worst show in the history of the Oscars, who cares?”  I love this guy. [Screening Room] • David Poland on how the Academy is missing a golden opportunity by essentially banning Banksy from the ceremony.  Not that Banksy would even humor his suggestions, but still. [The Hot Blog] • […]

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2/9 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Stewart talks ‘Speech’ sets, McMurtry and Ossana on ‘True Grit,’ Nolan/Del Toro Q&A

Posted by · 8:43 am · February 9th, 2011

• Steve Pond goes blue in the face trying to explain, again, the preferential ballot to people who just don’t get it. [The Odds] • Nathaniel Rogers chats with “The King’s Speech” production designer Eve Stewart. [The Film Experience] • Jamie Bell: Oscar prognosticator. [Movieline]

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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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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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1/24 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Rich’s two Americas, meet the foreign film exec committee, Jonze interviews Russell

Posted by · 8:28 am · January 24th, 2011

• Frank Rich sees two Americas in “The Social Network” and “True Grit.” [New York Times] • David Poland sits down with the latter’s cinematographer, Roger Deakins. [The Hot Blog] • Meet the executive committee charged with saving esoteric foreign films hopefuls. [The Odds]

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Bridges does Ferguson

Posted by · 1:23 pm · January 22nd, 2011

He was off to film this Thursday after we had lunch, so I guess I can shed light on the Purell thing at the beginning.  Jeff’s pretty sick right now.  He’s been offering up elbow pounds in lieu of handshakes as a result.  Here he does a chest bump and Purell shake.  Part two after […]

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Bridges abides

Posted by · 8:41 am · January 10th, 2011

Greg Ellwood has done a pretty solid job of summing up Saturday night’s event at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills.  The evening featured the debut of “Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides,” a new installment in PBS’s “American Masters” documentary series, directed by Gail Levin. The film is incredibly in-depth.  By the time the credits […]

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1/10 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Bridges didn’t give a bleep, Reznor on ‘Tattoo,’ Is Portman overexposed?

Posted by · 8:03 am · January 10th, 2011

• Joel Coen says Jeff Bridges didn’t give a BLEEP about living up to John Wayne’s legacy in “True Grit.” [The Race] • Trent Reznor discusses his next scoring gig: David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” [The Playlist] • Gregg Kilday writes up the Best Picture race as he sees it. [Hollywood Reporter]

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CINEJABBER: Where’s the exit?

Posted by · 11:34 am · January 8th, 2011

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here. A busy week that one was.  And an even busier one on the way.  DGA and VES Monday, ASC Tuesday, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and ACE Friday, Golden Globes Sunday — whew!  And today we’ll have the National Society of Film Critics put a bow […]

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12/28 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Duke or Dude?, Jonsi’s music video, Karger sticks with his ‘King’s Speech’ guns

Posted by · 10:25 am · December 28th, 2010

• The Duke or The Dude?  Which Rooster has more true grit? [Entertainment Weekly] • Russ Fischer has the music video for Jonsi’s “Sticks & Stones” from “How to Train Your Dragon.” [/Film] • Brendon Connelly runs down all of the “Toy Story 3” ads so far featuring the “Not since…” campaign. [Bleeding Cool]

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12/23 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Oscar’s age preferences, hear the King’s speech, ‘True Grit’ and ‘Winter’s Bone’ parallels

Posted by · 11:39 am · December 23rd, 2010

• Anne Thompson talks with “The Way Back” director Peter Weir. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Nathaniel Rogers charts Oscar’s age preferences. [The Film Experience] • Melinda Newman sits down with “True Grit” and “TRON Legacy” star Jeff Bridges. [Awards Campaign]

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INTERVIEW: ‘True Grit’ writers, producers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen

Posted by · 5:41 pm · December 17th, 2010

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen have evolved into the quintessential American filmmakers of our time since charging onto the indie scene over 25 years ago. It was a trajectory hinted at in early depictions of Prohibition-era gangsterism (“Miller’s Crossing”), post-war Capitalism (“The Hudsucker Proxy”), Midwestern slice-of-life peculiarity (“Fargo”) and epic folk land adventurism (“O Brother, […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 45 — Critics’ pick their frontrunner, HFPA speaks up with doosies, the guild circuit kicks off and the week of The Dude

Posted by · 9:00 am · December 17th, 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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12/17 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Plea for Bardem, Swank’s potential parlay, HFPA and SAG by the numbers

Posted by · 8:50 am · December 17th, 2010

• Scott Feinberg digs in to some exhaustive research on HFPA and SAG nominations history to help you navigate what it all means. [ScottFeinberg.com] • Steve Pond is begging someone to step up to the plate and recognize what an amazing performance Javier Bardem gives in “Biutiful,” and in so doing, NOMINATE HIM. [The Odds] […]

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