Getting around to the BFCAs

Posted by · 10:26 am · December 9th, 2008

A late night premiere and after party kept me in bed most of the morning.  It happens.  So I’m just now coming around to today’s BFCA announcement.  First, some reactions (full disclosure, I am a member of the organization). First and foremost, the group subtracted one category (Best Family Film) and added another (Best Action […]

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‘Slumdog,’ ‘Torino’ win big at NBR

Posted by · 11:19 am · December 4th, 2008

The National Board of Review has announced its list of winners for the 2008 awards season and Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire” is the big champ, taking down three awards including Best Film and a tie for Best Adapted Screenplay with Eric Roth’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”  Dev Patel also won the award for […]

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Official ‘Defiance’ website launches

Posted by · 11:28 am · November 6th, 2008

Paramount Vantage has launched the official site for Edward Zwick’s “Defiance,” which closes out this year’s AFI Fest on Sunday. Throughout the site, you can hear samples of James Newton Howard’s beautiful (and Oscar-bound) score.  You can also dive into the history of the narrative with lots of awesome and informative bells and whistles.  One […]

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Too many independents?

Posted by · 4:38 pm · October 21st, 2008

I know I’m just one of many who have been concerned about the future of independent film, following the closing in quick succession of Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures, and the incorporation of Paramount Vantage into the main body of the studio. Someone who has a different perspective on matters, however, is Miramax head Daniel […]

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Vantage Guilds goes live

Posted by · 6:49 am · October 2nd, 2008

Paramount Vantage has proven year in and year out that it has a commitment to all of its Oscar hopefuls, from the most recognizeable of stars to the most obscure craftsmen, via the Vantage Guilds website.  This year’s rendition has finally goes live and it shows a lot of promise. At the moment it’s just […]

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POLL: Which studio will pick up ‘The Wrestler?’

Posted by · 7:05 am · September 8th, 2008

UPDATE 9:24 a.m.: Boy, I expected this to have a short shelf-life, but not an hour or two!  Anyway, check here for the latest and check out the new poll in the sidebar. EARLIER: This poll might have a short shelf life, since studios are chomping at the bit in Toronto right now and a […]

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Shameless

Posted by · 2:54 am · August 28th, 2008

Sitting at a bus stop in London’s Shoreditch at 2am, waiting for the ever-elusive night bus home, I had rather a long time to contemplate the new UK poster for “The Duchess,” Paramount Vantage’s Keira Knightley costume flick… … and my initial reaction was that, to my surprise, I rather liked it. Clean, stark, beautifully […]

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Step right up…Best Original Song is there for the taking

Posted by · 8:20 pm · August 20th, 2008

Generally around this time of year I start to compile a list of original songs for consideration in our charts…but I have to say, I’m having a hell of a time coming up with a respectable roll call. What have we got so far this year?  Peter Gabriel’s “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” seems to […]

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Israel leaves Vantage: “It’s not the same company”

Posted by · 8:20 am · July 16th, 2008

This strikes me as very bad news indeed. Amy Israel, head of acquisition and production at Paramount Vantage, has been shown the exit. You’d think overseeing the production of such titles as “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood,” and acquiring, among others, “An Inconvenient Truth,” would count for something. Apparently not. […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Stuck in the middle with…what?

Posted by · 6:23 pm · June 29th, 2008

Since we’ve finally reached the midway point of 2008, it seemed as good a time as any to post the first “Off the Carpet” column since our year in advance take over four months ago. First and foremost, I’m in a unique situation this year.  Being in London since mid-May, I’ve found myself looking from […]

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OFF THE CARPET: 2008, a year in advance

Posted by · 3:20 pm · February 26th, 2008

Another year, another set of wins…and another look ahead at what’s in store NEXT year. It’s never too late to take a long gander at what we might see dominating the film awards landscape in 365 days, and with that in mind, I’ve been doing my usual mulling over the possibilities for a few weeks […]

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