9/16 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Scientists vouch for ‘Contagion,’ Refn breaks down ‘Drive,’ Toronto takeaways

Posted by · 7:46 am · September 16th, 2011

• Scientists say “Contagion” is for real. [Associated Press] • James Rocchi talks “The Ides of March” with Best Supporting Actress hopeful Evan Rachel Wood. [MSN Movies] • Nicolas Winding Refn breaks down a scene from “Drive.” [Arts Beat]

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Three days left to catch ‘Melancholia’ in LA

Posted by · 6:49 am · July 26th, 2011

I should really have drawn attention to this earlier, but as Jeff Wells pointed out on Hollywood Elsewhere, Lars von Trier’s Cannes hit “Melancholia” began a one-week, once-a-day screening run at Los Angeles’ out-of-the-way Laemmle Fallbrook 7 theatre on Friday — a handy opportunity for local film buffs with free afternoons to sneak a look […]

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‘Biutiful’ goes to Roadside, ‘Good Things’ to Magnolia

Posted by · 12:37 pm · August 25th, 2010

This announcement has been imminent for a couple of weeks now, but I guess the i’s (and lowercase j’s) and t’s are finally crossed and dotted. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful” will be distributed by Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainmnet.  Roadside also has indie “Winter’s Bone” in the mix this year and got its awards season […]

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Record box office for Oscar shorts

Posted by · 1:51 pm · April 2nd, 2010

Early in my Oscar-watching days, long before the advent of YouTube or VOD, the short film awards represented little more than a chance to get ahead in the Oscar pool by sheer guesswork. With no means of viewing the nominees, and the field of awards coverage considerably less comprehensive than it is today, you’d do […]

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The see-sawing ‘Burning Plain’

Posted by · 6:21 pm · August 3rd, 2009

Thanks to the reader (modestly unnamed) who sent me a reminder of the recently released U.S. trailer for Guillermo Arriaga’s “The Burning Plain,” a film that has endured a wildly uneven buzz trajectory since debuting at Venice nearly a year ago. Hailed out the gate as a strong 2008 Oscar vehicle for Charlize Theron, despite […]

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‘Red Cliff’ finally making its way Stateside

Posted by · 9:42 am · May 15th, 2009

I’ve been wondering what became of “Red Cliff,” John Woo’s lavish historical epic set third century Han Dynasty China. The big-budget project broke Chinese box-office records and was tipped to be a crossover foreign-language hit last year, but never surfaced in the West. Now news comes from Cannes that U.S. rights to the film have […]

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Digging into the Oscar nominated shorts

Posted by · 10:42 am · February 4th, 2009

This year Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International are partnering up once again to distribute the 10 Oscar nominated short films, both animated and live action.  The package is set to release this Friday, Feb. 6 in select cities and you can also download the films via iTunes.  Check out Shorts International’s official site for the […]

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POLL: Which studio will pick up ‘The Wrestler?’

Posted by · 7:05 am · September 8th, 2008

UPDATE 9:24 a.m.: Boy, I expected this to have a short shelf-life, but not an hour or two!  Anyway, check here for the latest and check out the new poll in the sidebar. EARLIER: This poll might have a short shelf life, since studios are chomping at the bit in Toronto right now and a […]

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‘Che’ to be released in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures?

Posted by · 12:49 am · September 5th, 2008

Lou Lumenick is hearing some rumblings on the “Che” buyer situation in Toronto. From his New York Post blog: I’m hearing from an exhibition source that Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Pictures has signed to distribute Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” in the United States. The deal is expected to be announced shortly for the two-part biopic of the […]

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