December welcomes ‘The Tourist’

Posted by · 5:26 am · August 19th, 2010

It’s difficult to know how to interpret the news that “The Tourist,” the first English-language feature from Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, has been yanked forward into the 2010 release calendar, following a reportedly well-received screening for studio bosses. The film will now hit US theaters on December 10, a release date it shares with the […]

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3/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:25 am · March 2nd, 2010

• Pete Hammond says the Best Actress race is close, pats himself on the back for the fact that one of the countless early ideas he threw at the wall actually stuck. [Notes on a Season] • Rachel Abramowitz notes Carey Mulligan’s rise to stardom via Julian Fellowes, well, via an assistant friend of an […]

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Julian Fellowes on the rise of Carey Mulligan

Posted by · 7:47 am · February 8th, 2010

Remember when Oscar pundits were calling this year’s Best Actress race a coin-toss between Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep? It was a dispiritingly long time ago. With the unexpected explosion of “The Blind Side” arose an industry narrative about the unprecedented box-office muscle of middle-aged female stars, and awards season adjusted accordingly — making this […]

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11/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:44 am · November 2nd, 2009

• Brian Brooks sits down with “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe. [indieWIRE] • Mark Harris on Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar: cinematic soul mates. [New York Times] • Mark Salisbury writes up “The Young Victoria” from across the pond with quotes from actress Emily Blunt and screenwriter Julian Fellowes. [Los Angeles Times]

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9/2 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:37 am · September 2nd, 2009

• “A Serious Man,” a glossary. [Focus Features] • Peter Knegt writes up 10 things the fall fests could tell us about the awards season. [indieWIRE] • Julian Fellowes talks Robert Altman eight years after “Gosford Park,” bringing back memories (old school Oscar Central readers know). [The Wrap]

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REVIEW: “The Young Victoria” (**)

Posted by · 12:04 pm · March 9th, 2009

Somewhere out there, wherever such souls reside, Anne of Great Britain must be wondering what she had to do during her reign to merit her own prettily mounted biopic. She may be the last relatively untapped figure in British heritage cinema’s well-worn library of queenly narratives, but she has once more been passed over for […]

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‘Young Victoria’ surfaces

Posted by · 4:08 pm · February 5th, 2009

A lavishly mounted biopic of the eponymous British monarch that boasts Martin Scorsese among its producers, “The Young Victoria” seemed primed for Oscar consideration last year. Sandy Powell’s typically elaborate costumes were an apparent shoo-in, and some pundits had star-in-waiting Emily Blunt as a dark horse on their Best Actress lists — until the film […]

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