SANTA BARBARA: Directors on directing, Virtuosos, ‘Provinces of Night,’ Bigelow

Posted by · 3:41 pm · February 8th, 2010

The fest feels incredibly easy-going this year.  More than last.  Maybe that’s because there aren’t as many films I’m interested in seeing.  After “The Secret of Kells” last week and Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe” later this week, nothing really strikes my fancy. Yesterday before darting back down the 101 for a Super Bowl party in LA, […]

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‘An Education’ leads London Critics’ award noms

Posted by · 12:58 pm · December 22nd, 2009

The London Film Critics’ Circle awards have their cake and eat it by having separate British film categories, in addition to some general fields where the Brits also compete. So UK productions invariably lead the field. Allowing for that and other oddities, this is a very pleasing list for the most part. “An Education” seals […]

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Mulligan, Ronan, Sidibe and Stuhlbarg to receive Santa Barbara fest’s Virtuoso Award

Posted by · 7:35 pm · December 13th, 2009

I’ve been at a football game all day, so thank to Guy for keeping the news flowing through here.  Meanwhile, the latest SBIFF press release, in part: The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2010 Chopin Virtuosos Award to Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey […]

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12/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:23 am · December 7th, 2009

• Dear cry-baby Hollywood conservatives: Al Gore doesn’t even have that Oscar you want back. Talk to Davis Guggenheim. [Top of the Ticket] • Editor Sally Menke on how she and Quentin Tarantino “clicked.” [The Guardian] • Anne Thompson has 20 questions for “District 9” star Sharlto Copley. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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David Poland’s Oscar underdogs … where are the ladies?

Posted by · 1:50 pm · November 13th, 2009

For those of you bored of reading the same ever-narrowing list of names in the assorted Oscar-speculation pieces across the web, David Poland’s latest column is a slight breath of fresh air. Decrying the fact that many pundits are making ludicrous long-shot calls like “This Is It” for Best Picture, while ignoring more deserving contenders […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the leading gentlemen

Posted by · 10:31 am · November 2nd, 2009

We’ve taken concentrated looks at the lead actress and supporting actress categories in recent weeks.  Now let’s turn our attention over to the fellas. Behind the Best Picture race, of course, the lead actor competition is perhaps the most hotly anticipated award of a given Oscar telecast.  Movie stars are born, Hollywood staples are rewarded […]

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Renner, Stuhlbarg, Waltz among Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch

Posted by · 6:42 pm · October 29th, 2009

Variety’s annual list of 10 Actors to Watch may occasionally raise questions of what constitutes a career “breakthrough” — particularly in the case of established actors who those in the know have been watching all along. Still, it always makes for interesting reading, not least because, in some cases, it highlights names that Variety’s editors […]

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“We’re going to be fine.”

Posted by · 9:10 pm · October 28th, 2009

Those of you who enjoy it when Kris and I butt heads over one film or another — as on the two occasions this past week alone that I’ve been unceremoniously fired — will be disappointed to hear that an entente cordiale has arrived in the shape of “A Serious Man.” (Ironic, really — since […]

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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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10/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:54 am · October 8th, 2009

• Jamie Foxx wants “Ray” director Taylor Hackford to tackle the actor’s planned Mike Tyson biopic. [MTV Movies Blog] • Jeffrey M. Anderson talks to “A Serious Man” star Michael Stuhlbarg. [Green Cine Daily] • Patrick Goldstein wants to know why Michael Moore got dolled up for Sean Hannity. [The Big Picture]

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A ‘Serious’ conversation

Posted by · 9:20 am · September 14th, 2009

I stumbled across this quick interview with Richard Kind, Sari Lennick and Michael Stuhlbarg from “A Serious Man” over at Making Of.  Great stuff about the audition process, working with the Coens, high praise from Kind for Stuhlbarg (who really deserves to be in the lead actor race), etc.  I wish it were longer, but […]

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