WEEKLY WRAP: Supporting ladies gather, London opens, Hardy goes to Gotham

Posted by · 8:28 pm · October 15th, 2010

• Off the Carpet picked out the likeliest runners in a highly malleable Best Supporting Actress race. • We checked in on the Best Animated Feature race, where it seems we may be looking at a three-nominee field after all. • Away from the awards beat, the week’s big news was the casting of Tom […]

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Schnabel’s ‘Miral’ pushed to March 2011

Posted by · 1:18 pm · October 11th, 2010

Well, it makes sense for The Weinstein Company to tidy up its slate a bit.  “Blue Valentine,” “Nowhere Boy” and big dog “The King’s Speech” are enough to play with, and there is also “The Company Men,” which has been screening lately. So we bid farewell to Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” which was looking like an […]

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OFF THE CARPET: The year of the woman, take two?

Posted by · 9:11 am · September 13th, 2010

It wasn’t by coincidence that the three photos decorating the season’s introductory installment of this column two weeks ago represented lead actress contenders in the 2010 Oscar race. After all the talk of 2009 being “the year of the woman,” owing much to the number of female directors who found themselves in the mix (and […]

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VENICE: Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’ wins Golden Lion

Posted by · 11:27 am · September 11th, 2010

Festival jury president Quentin Tarantino announced that Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” was the unanimous choice for Venice’s top honor. The full list of festival winners (with commentary to follow later): Golden Lion (Best Film): “Somewhere” (review) Silver Lion (Best Director): Alex de la Iglesia, “A Sad Trumpet Ballad” (review) Special Jury Prize: “Essential Killing” (review) Coppa […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 30 — Reporting from Telluride and Venice

Posted by · 11:41 am · September 3rd, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, a one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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9/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:51 am · September 2nd, 2010

• Michael Cieply chats with comeback kid Ben Affleck, whose film “The Town” is set to play Venice this week. [New York Times] • Remember when “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” won the Palme d’Or?  Parisian critics would rather not. [The Guardian] • Catching up with Julian Schnabel, re: “Miral,” prior to […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Miral” (**)

Posted by · 5:06 am · September 2nd, 2010

Venice Film Festival Coming as it does from a filmmaker whose previous work has bent over backwards to reclothe and perfume the unglamorous body of the prestige biopic, the opening beats of Julian Schnabel’s latest, “Miral,” couldn’t be more prosaic. For a good few minutes, the credit sequence offers the eye little more than a […]

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11 days in Venice

Posted by · 8:59 pm · August 30th, 2010

In a few hours’ time, a shiny and sensibly priced orange plane will whisk me off to the city of water, romance and the most expensive fleapit hotels this side of, well, anywhere for my second consecutive dive into the Venice Film Festival. Truth be told, I’m not quite ready for it… a surfeit of […]

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Fall festivals ready for their close-up

Posted by · 12:03 pm · August 17th, 2010

In the last couple of weeks the major fall film festivals have unveiled aggressively competitive line-ups, and the amount of potential awards product landing at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York is, as usual, vast. There are plenty of overlapping exhibitions but as for firsties, Venice will get dibs on Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Julie […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Film Editing — Volume I

Posted by · 1:29 am · August 5th, 2010

I still remember when I was 12 and getting into the Oscars for the first time. My Dad said, “How can you tell if the film has good editing?” To a very large extent, I had to concede his point, as the best editing is often that which we don’t explicitly notice. Rather, it simply […]

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‘Miral’ French poster

Posted by · 6:50 pm · August 2nd, 2010

Thanks to commenter Ziyad for alerting us to this pared-down French one-sheet for Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” which will premiere next month at the Venice Film Festival. The film still has me (said in Tim Gunn tones) worried, but I rather like this — the expression on the face of Freida Pinto (essentially confirmed here as […]

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Coppola, Schnabel, Reichardt in Venice competition lineup

Posted by · 3:50 am · July 29th, 2010

UPDATE: The festival website has a list of out-of-competition selections, which include two directorial efforts from the Brothers Affleck: Ben’s “The Town” and Casey’s Joaquin Phoenix doc “I’m Still Here.” EARLIER: Before you ask: no, “The Tree of Life” is nowhere to be seen. Not that that’s a surprise by this point. There is a […]

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‘Never Let Me Go,’ ‘Rabbit Hole’ among Toronto premieres

Posted by · 9:05 am · July 27th, 2010

Toronto International Film Festival organisers unveiled a typically cluttered lineup of galas and premieres for this year’s edition — including, as usual, a number of films pencilled in as 2010 awards contenders. Of the 50 titles announced thus far, half will be world premieres: those include such highly anticipated works as Mark Romanek’s “Never Let […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Cinematography — Volume I

Posted by · 10:58 am · July 23rd, 2010

Of the so-called “tech” categories, Best Cinematography is one of the most popular, certainly for me. The invention of the camera took us beyond radio and literature and set modern art on a path aimed toward the moving picture, and this field recognizes those behind the lens. Cinematography obviously has a massive impact on a […]

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Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ to open Venice

Posted by · 4:27 am · July 22nd, 2010

[FURTHER UPDATE: Focus has confirmed that “The American” will not, in fact, be appearing at Venice.] [UPDATE: “Black Swan” has indeed been confirmed as the Venice opener, and will play in Competition. More soon.] I’ve been saying for some time that this year’s Venice Film Festival looks to be a very good vintage, capitalizing on […]

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‘Miral’ French trailer

Posted by · 5:40 pm · July 15th, 2010

“Miral,” Julian Schnabel’s follow-up to his 2007 award-winning “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” has a number of readers excited, so thanks to Matt for trackking down the French trailer to the film.  For some time the perception has been that Hiam Abbas would be someone to watch in the film, but it turns out […]

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‘Betty’ now ‘Conviction,’ TWC nabs ‘Miral’

Posted by · 1:08 pm · June 8th, 2010

Apologies for the two week dry spell.  I thought I’d be able to update along the way as I trekked out to Ohio to play meet the parents (which, thankfully, couldn’t have gone better), but alas, quick stops in hotels and 10 hour driving days made that much more difficult than I thought it would. […]

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Tarantino to head Venice jury

Posted by · 7:27 pm · May 6th, 2010

Berlin went with Werner Herzog. Cannes with Tim Burton. Now Venice clearly felt they had to follow suit by tapping an eccentric auteur as jury president for the 67th Venice Film Festival in September. Quentin Tarantino will take the job. It will, of course, be Tarantino’s second stab at chairing the jury of a major […]

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