11/4 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Sit-down with Swinton, ‘Megamind’ using social gaming, Elise on ‘For Colored Girls’

Posted by · 8:16 am · November 4th, 2010

• Pete Hammond talks “I Am Love” with dark horse Best Actress contender Tilda Swinton. [Deadline] • How DreamWorks Animation is using social gaming to boost “Megamind.” [Hollywood Reporter] • Meet the characters of “Morning Glory.” [MakingOf]

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AMPAS welcomes 135 new members

Posted by · 4:12 pm · June 25th, 2010

Well, we already knew Jeremy Renner had got the nod. And no surprise that many of his fellow acting nominees from this year’s Oscar race — Christoph Waltz, Mo’Nique, Carey Mulligan, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick among them — have now been granted Academy membership. (Lest you think that the invitation automatically follows a nomination, […]

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Jeremy Renner joins the club

Posted by · 5:40 am · June 14th, 2010

Every June, bloggers like to pick over the list of newly invited AMPAS members, seeing which recent nominees or long-serving industry stalwarts have been deemed good enough to vote for the Oscars. This year’s crop has yet to be announced, but at least one invitee has been named: Jeremy Renner. Thanks to Steve Pond for […]

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2/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:15 am · February 25th, 2010

• Jamey Duvall catches up with Jeremy Renner and “Food, Inc.” director Robert Kenner. [Movie Geeks United!] • Louie Psihoyos asks what you would do with 45 seconds in the global spotlight. [Huffington Post] • Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz on four underdogs they love. [Entertainment Weekly]

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2/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:29 am · February 17th, 2010

• David Poland sits down with Mark Boal and, separately, Paul Ottosson and Ray Beckett to talk “The Hurt Locker.” [The Hot Blog] • Saoirse Ronan talks “The Lovely Bones” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph] • Chris Jones profiles Roger Ebert, the man and his thumbs. [Esquire]

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SANTA BARBARA: Bridges, Firth, Stone and producers

Posted by · 11:54 am · February 14th, 2010

Things are winding down in Santa Barbara.  Today is the last day of the fest, an all-day celebration of Jeff Bridges’s work.  Screenings of “Thunderbolt & Lightfoot,” “Starman,” “The Contender” and “Crazy Heart” are lined up.  I’ll be moderating a Q&A with the actor following the “Crazy Heart” screening at the Lobero Theatre. Yesterday it […]

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Up, up and away

Posted by · 9:36 am · February 10th, 2010

Back in a November installment of Off the Carpet, I noted that, by my measure, the films of 2009 reflected a particular theme.  “I’ve always come back to one thought on this year’s slate of films: catharsis,” I wrote at the time.  “With expected exceptions here and there, in one way or another, the bulk […]

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OFF THE CARPET: All Globed out

Posted by · 11:13 am · January 18th, 2010

As it turned out, the only celebration I made it to last night was Fox’s Globes after-party at Craft in Century City.  Given that “Avatar” and “Crazy Heart” were two of three films to win more than one Globe (the other being Pixar’s “Up”), it kind of felt like the place to be. The early […]

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10/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:33 am · October 9th, 2009

• Digital marketing consultant Chris Dorr points out missed online opportunities with “Bright Star.” [Thompson on Hollywood] • Steve Pond jumps on the “Up in the Air” train, says it renders the expectations irrelevant. [The Odds] • Lying about seeing “The Godfather.” [The Guardian]

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‘Avatar’ sequel a possibility, says producer Jon Landau

Posted by · 12:22 pm · September 30th, 2009

Okay, let me first connect the dots on how I came to this nugget: Le Film via /Film via MTV.  Now that that’s out of the way… It goes without saying there will be a lot of people looking at the bottom line on “Avatar,” so any talk of a sequel is obviously silly until […]

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