Crunch time

Posted by · 11:36 am · October 3rd, 2009

We’ve moved into October and I’m about a week, week-and-a-half away from eliminating any film without a distributor from our forecast.  It’s crunch time for the 15 titles in our Contenders section still seeking a domestic buyer.  I count five lead actors, 10 lead actresses and a handful of supporting campaigns that are looking like […]

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Best Actor race looking tight as always — expect surprises

Posted by · 11:37 am · September 17th, 2008

The Best Actor category tends to be one of the more crowded categories come Oscar time, and 2008 looks to be no exception. To be sure, there are a handful of frontrunners as usual, but hovering behind them are another group, more than eight who could easily sneak in and nab a nomination. Last year […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking for quality in the festival world

Posted by · 8:42 am · September 15th, 2008

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival just didn’t cut it for some people.  The talk of Oscar taking a break from the annual September showcase had become tired before films even began screening, and certainly before every major news outlet had chosen the angle as the only story worth telling. For 10 days, the excitement […]

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TORONTO: Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn talk ‘Lovely, Still’

Posted by · 11:22 am · September 9th, 2008

When Chris Cooper accepted his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2003, he pointed out that his co-star Meryl Streep had a great deal to do with his victory.  “We made great jazz together,” he said. “It’s easier when you like the person,” Martin Landau says, smiling.  “I’ve had to work with actors I could […]

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‘Lovely, Still’ clips

Posted by · 6:43 am · September 9th, 2008

Variety’s Anne Thompson has scored a few clips from Nik Fackler’s “Lovely, Still,” already generating stellar notices at the Toronto Film Festival.  Could Martin Landau and/or Ellen Burstyn become formidable acting contenders int his year’s Oscar race?

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TORONTO: ‘Lovely, Still,’ ‘Blindness’

Posted by · 8:57 pm · September 7th, 2008

Finally, a great little film… I love it when a film comes out of nowhere, from an unlikely source, a new talent, old talents re-discovering their gifts, or something that just plains shocks the hell out of the audience with its audacity and brilliance. That happened to me today with the wonderful, heartbreaking love story […]

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Is there room for the old(er) guys?

Posted by · 6:02 am · September 7th, 2008

With the acting races getting more crowded by the day, it seems new contenders will need to make quite some impact to stay afloat in awards season. Nonetheless, David Poland and Tom O’Neil are beating their respective drums for a couple of veteran actors in decidedly low-key projects that have just bowed at Toronto. David […]

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9/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:23 am · September 6th, 2008

• Nancy Kriparos keeps her Oscar diary going with looks at “Passchendaele,” “RocknRolla” and “Burn After Reading.” [Awards Daily] • Tom O’Neil and Jeffrey Wells talk up the Oscar prospects of Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire.” [Gold Derby] • Wells, meanwhile, seems to be talking himself out of seeing Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna” as […]

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More announcements from TIFF

Posted by · 3:26 pm · August 14th, 2008

Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel are to be featured in “Gigantic” with John Goodman in a supporting role. In “Lovely Still,” acting icons Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn portray two seniors who find love late in life struggling with the baggage that comes with a life so long lived. “Lymelife” looks interesting, a film seen […]

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