The rehabilitation of David O. Russell

Posted by · 5:40 pm · December 13th, 2010

As “The Social Network” continues to steamroll its way through the season’s first act, and antsy analysts begin to look elsewhere for a bit of conflict in the race, I find myself wondering what kind of sneak attack David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” might yet launch in the Best Picture field. The film, which goes […]

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Palm Springs fest posts $100,000 reward for info on death of Ronni Chasen

Posted by · 9:35 am · November 18th, 2010

The press release: The Palm Springs International Awards Gala and Film Festival has issued a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of Ronni Chasen, who was shot and killed in the early hours on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Festival Chairman Harold Matzner issued […]

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Palm Springs fest to honor Portman and Firth

Posted by · 4:00 pm · November 16th, 2010

The Palm Springs International Film Festival may claim independent thought in the rationing of their performance awards, but rather like Santa Barbara, any West Coast fest that takes place in prime awards-season territory can’t claim to be free of the Oscar campaign circuit. After all, when their press release states that the two actors being […]

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Mariah Carey lit up in Palm Springs

Posted by · 11:49 am · January 6th, 2010

Harmless, but she’ll probably get derided here and there.  I laughed.  What’s more interesting is the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever seen an awards presenter stick around and add commentary to an award recipient’s acceptance speech. Anyway, have a look: And here’s the AP story declaring this news.

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Freeman to be feted by Palm Springs fest

Posted by · 1:20 pm · November 10th, 2009

I think there are just enough festivals out there where every contender can get his or her special tribute or designation.  What do you think? Anyway, the press release, in part: The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Morgan Freeman with the Career Achievement Award for Acting. Presented by Cartier, the […]

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1/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:45 am · January 8th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein waxes on about why he thinks “WALL-E,” “The Reader” and “The Wrestler” will be Oscar losers (for Best Pic). [The Big Picture] • Peter Bart observes Oscar campaign “combat fatigue” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. [Peter Bart] • Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard talk to KCRW’s Jason Bentley. [KCRW] […]

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1/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:46 am · January 6th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein busts Miramax’s balls for fudging a “Doubt” praise quote. [The Big Picture] • David Poland analyzes the top 10 collective for Oscar tea leaves. [The Hot Blog] • Sam Thielman reports from the NYC Lincoln Center Q&A with David Fincher… [Variety] • …and Lane Brown gives the director some more grief for […]

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