Oscilloscope nabs ‘Kevin’

Posted by · 10:31 am · May 23rd, 2011

Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes hit “We Need to Talk About Kevin” has found a home, and an awards trajectory is in place. The press release, in part: May 23, 2011 ­ Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today the company has acquired from Luc Roeg’s Independent Film Company North American distribution rights of the critically acclaimed and much talked […]

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Oscilloscope nabs ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ for 2011 release

Posted by · 6:30 pm · September 17th, 2010

Since word spread out of Venice of Michelle Williams’s strong performance in Kelly Reichardt’s superb Oregon Trail western “Meek’s Cutoff,” some of our more excitable commenters have been projecting a kind of two-pronged awards attack for the actress, who has another excellent showcase in December release “Blue Valentine.” We warned you all along that “Meek’s […]

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‘Pictures at a Revolution’ makes its way to the big screen

Posted by · 12:11 pm · May 16th, 2010

When I read Mark Harris’s “Pictures at a Revolution” last summer, an amazing history of the American filmmaking revolution through the lens of the 1968 nominees for Best Picture, one of my first thoughts was, “This would make a great film.” I was thinking narrative, though, mainly because key figures like Rex Harrison and, of […]

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Oscilloscope nabs Sendak doc

Posted by · 3:47 pm · February 9th, 2010

One of my smaller disappointments of last week’s Oscar nominations was the failure of Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs’s lovely “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak” to secure a nod in the documentary short category. (You might remembert Kris’s enthusiastic endorsement of the film back in October.) Admittedly, I have not […]

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Don’t wait for the remake

Posted by · 5:42 pm · February 4th, 2010

Enterprising young distributor Oscilloscope was obviously hoping for an Oscar nomination when they scheduled a February release for Denmark’s terrific entry, the wickedly off-kilter thriller “Terribly Happy.” It would have been sly timing, if only the Academy’s foreign-language branch hadn’t killed its hopes at the shortlist stage. No matter. Oscar nod or not, it remains […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Why it should be ‘The Messenger’

Posted by · 9:46 am · January 4th, 2010

The writing is on the wall. “Nine” is on the precipice, teetering, on the brink of falling from the Best Picture ranks, 10 nominees or not. Speculation flies as to which film will be the beneficiary (as most concede this is the only slot in flux, though there are certainly compelling arguments against a secure […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Post early for Christmas

Posted by · 1:35 pm · October 7th, 2009

London is in the midst of a postal strike. No mail, be it far-flung postcard or electricity bill, has popped through my front door for over a month. I recently had to stroll into Soho to pick up my London Film Festival accreditation pack by hand. And rather discouragingly, my local post office today put […]

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Wishing Adam Yauch a speedy recovery

Posted by · 12:27 pm · July 20th, 2009

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has been diagnosed with cancer in his salivary gland.  We at In Contention wish him a fast and speedy recovery following his upcoming surgery. A lifelong Beasties fan I may be (I’ve seen them live twice here in LA), but Yauch is also a hero to the independent film […]

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7/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:56 am · July 3rd, 2009

• A to Z on Michael Mann — all you needed to know about the director. [Empire] • Oscilloscope jumps on the video-on-demand bandwagon, partnering with Warner Digital Distribution. [indieWIRE] • The 10 sexiest gangster girlfriends of all time. [Film School Rejects] • Oh, by the way.  Weeks after outlets jumped the gun, David Carradine’s […]

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