12/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:35 am · December 1st, 2009

• Pete Hammond reports on a last minute surge to get “Iron Cross,” Roy Scheider’s final film, into Oscar contention. [Notes on a Season] • Gregory Ellwood takes note of the season’s box office champs so far: “Inglourious Basterds” and “Up.” [Awards Campaign] • Geoff Boucher talks to “Avatar” composer James Horner. [Hero Complex]

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11/30 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:12 am · November 30th, 2009

• David Poland painstakingly seeks out assumed evidence to support his theory that “The Hurt Locker” will be this year’s Best Picture victor. [Movie City News] • John Horn sits down with “Precious” screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. [Los Angeles Times] • Dave Karger chats up Viggo Mortensen and his “Road” co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee. [Oscar Watch]

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11/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:30 am · November 17th, 2009

• “Avatar” to hold its world premiere in Leicester Square, London, December 10. [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Nathaniel Rogers isn’t phased by his signed non-disclosure agreement, breathlessly (but briefly) enthuses about “Nine.” [The Film Experience] • Johnny Depp becomes Hollywood’s highest paid actor with a £21 million ($42 million) salary for “Pirates of the Caribbean: […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the supporting gentlemen

Posted by · 9:10 am · November 9th, 2009

In recent weeks we’ve been covering the performance categories in this space.  With little else of tangible interest, what else can we possibly discuss?  It’s as good a time as any to take note of what we have on our hands.  Be sure to check out our looks at Best Actor, Best Actress and Best […]

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‘Me and Orson Welles’ poster

Posted by · 11:05 pm · October 14th, 2009

(Courtesy: Cinematical)

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New ‘Me and Orson Welles’ trailer

Posted by · 8:35 am · October 9th, 2009

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Supporting actors, step forward

Posted by · 9:19 am · October 1st, 2009

A while back, certain folks were (rather unfairly) dredging up the routine annual complaint about the supposed scarcity of viable Best Actress contenders. Dave Karger, however, has located the real weak spot of this year’s awards race, and it concerns the opposite sex for a change: where, he asks, are the Best Supporting Actor standouts? […]

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‘Me and Orson Welles’ and its new lease on life

Posted by · 8:38 am · September 15th, 2009

Last year when Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles” landed at the Toronto film fest, as you know, it seemed a bona fide awards prospect for Christian McKay but likely to be picked up by a distributor if nothing else.  Until a few weeks ago, the film didn’t have a pick-up, but the Frankenstein strategy […]

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9/10 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:55 am · September 10th, 2009

• Peter Travers is pissed about the “Shutter Island” bump to 2010. [Rolling Stone] • “Me and Orson Welles” gets a distributor in Freestyle Releasing. [The Wrap] • “The Road,” meanwhile, gets pushed to Thanksgiving, in direct competition with the Weinsteins’ other Oscar hopeful, “Nine.” [Variety]

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Back to Welles

Posted by · 7:50 am · September 2nd, 2009

It’s funny how strong festival buzz can be frozen indefinitely as a film jumps through the increasingly complicated hoops of securing distribution — only to be thawed and reheated later.  Such looks to be the case with Richard Linklater’s latest, “Me and Orson Welles” — or, to be more specific, its breakout star Christian McKay. […]

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‘Me and Orson Welles’ clip

Posted by · 11:33 am · August 12th, 2009

When I posted the trailer for Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles” earlier today, I totally neglected to mention the following clip, which appears at the film’s official site:

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‘Me and Orson Welles’ trailer

Posted by · 8:13 am · August 12th, 2009

It seems we’ve been waiting forever for Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles,” probably because the film and, to a greater extent, Christian McKay’s supporting performance as the legendary filmmaker stirred Toronto so last year.  John (who will be covering the fest once again for us next month) was a big supporter of the film, […]

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INTERVIEW: Eddie Marsan

Posted by · 8:29 am · October 20th, 2008

It is somehow fitting that I meet Eddie Marsan not in the lounge of some swanky West End hotel or members’ club, but amid the worn wooden chairs and scuffed 1970s wallpaper of his local pub in the villagey West London suburb of Chiswick. For Marsan is not a movie star, but an actor — […]

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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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9/12 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:15 am · September 12th, 2008

• Not that “Righteous Kill” is going to be an Oscar movie, but Brian Williams scoring a sit-down with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro for the first time is pretty sweet. [MSNBC] • Roger Ebert clears up the TIFF tiff that the New York Daily News was dying to report. [Chicago Sun-Times] • So […]

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TORONTO: ‘Good,’ ‘Me and Orson Welles,’ ‘Every Little Step,’ ‘The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,’ ‘The Hurt Locker’

Posted by · 2:09 pm · September 11th, 2008

Listening to the conversations of the other critics in the various theaters, it becomes very clear that this year’s fest has been something of a disappointment, the first in a long, long time. At least one critic pointed out to me that Oscar and TIFF divorced this year, which has been mentioned ad nauseum and […]

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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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‘Che’ and ‘Porno’ among 20 new films announced for Toronto

Posted by · 11:54 am · August 13th, 2008

John hasn’t addressed this yet, so I’ll put it out there… Variety’s Anne Thompson is reporting on 20 new films added to the line-up of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Following suit with yesterday’s New York fest news, Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” (listed as “Part One” and “Part Two” for […]

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