2/23 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Leo speaks again on Adgate, hosts speak out on show, Burwell on ‘Grit’ score

Posted by · 8:14 am · February 23rd, 2011

• Melissa Leo tells a different story on Adgate: She was doing what Parmount told her to do. [Daily Beast] • Telecast hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway in their first interview on the upcoming festivities. [Hollywood Reporter] • Meanwhile, Tom Sherak tells Susan Wloszczyna we’ll like the style of the show. [USA Today]

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INTERVIEW: ‘The Way Back’ actor Jim Sturgess

Posted by · 10:45 am · January 11th, 2011

When Jim Sturgess’s agents set up a meeting with director Peter Weir, who was casting for his new film “The Way Back,” the actor’s brain was in a different place.  He was in the middle of filming Philip Ridley’s “Heartless” and portraying a troubled soul character.  He had filmed until six in the morning and […]

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1/7 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Exit’ credit complaint, Rudin’s PGA record, tequila and that ‘Black Swan’ lesbian scene

Posted by · 8:01 am · January 7th, 2011

• Does a complaint about uncredited art used in “Exit Through the Gift Shop” lend credence to the veracity of the film? [The Carpetbagger] • Tim Appello on “Black Swan”‘s supposedly tequila-laced lesbian scene. [The Race] • The narrative on Peter Weir this year continues to be about the unfortunate fact that he’s part of […]

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12/30 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Pixar postage stamps, ‘Inception’ most-Tweeted, what Hollywood can do better

Posted by · 8:17 am · December 30th, 2010

• Your favorite Pixar characters soon to grace postage stamps. [USPS] • “Inception” tops 2010’s list of most-tweeted movies. [The Independent] • Neville Page on his part in designing “TRON Legacy.” [The Wrap]

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12/23 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Oscar’s age preferences, hear the King’s speech, ‘True Grit’ and ‘Winter’s Bone’ parallels

Posted by · 11:39 am · December 23rd, 2010

• Anne Thompson talks with “The Way Back” director Peter Weir. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Nathaniel Rogers charts Oscar’s age preferences. [The Film Experience] • Melinda Newman sits down with “True Grit” and “TRON Legacy” star Jeff Bridges. [Awards Campaign]

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THR’s directors round table

Posted by · 6:57 am · December 21st, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter sure kicked up some controversy with that writers round table last month. This one featuring directors of the season has been making the rounds so I thought I’d post it up:

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INTERVIEW: ‘The Way Back’ actor Ed Harris

Posted by · 10:21 am · December 7th, 2010

When actor Ed Harris was doing the press rounds for his second directorial effort, “Appaloosa,” in 2008, he was frequently asked who was on his wish list of collaborators. He remembers saying a couple of times that he’d like to work with Peter Weir again because he had such a good time on the 1998 […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Giving thanks

Posted by · 9:41 am · November 22nd, 2010

As we move into turkey (or tofurkey, if that happens to be your speed) week 2010, it seems proper, if a tad bit obvious, to take a moment and give thanks. So in lieu of a proper analysis of the season’s progression this week, allow me to express my boundless, breathless appreciation for the following: […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 39 — ‘Megamind,’ ‘The Way Back,’ Oscar’s actress contenders and more

Posted by · 9:00 am · November 5th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your 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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‘The Way Back’ again

Posted by · 9:51 am · October 27th, 2010

I took in a second screening of Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” last night after seeing and loving it at the Telluride Film Festival last month (enough to write about it a second time while I was there, in fact).  What was confirmed for me was that the majesty of the film and the overall […]

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“Miniature golf with Terrence Malick”

Posted by · 11:07 pm · October 25th, 2010

If you read around sites like The Hot Blog or Hollywood Elsewhere, you’re sure to have read some colorful commentary from “LexG.”  And if you follow him on Twitter or catch his YouTube videos, you likely know it spills over.  Some hate him.  I love the guy. So naturally, “Oscar Chat” caught my eye.  I […]

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CINEJABBER: Drifting along in the same stale shoes

Posted by · 9:44 am · October 16th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here. And speaking of the weekend, thank God it’s here.  That’s all I can say.  I’m still pushing through Peter Weir’s catalogue.  Next up: “Dead Poets Society,” which I probably haven’t watched since I owned the VHS.  But more and more, I’m finding that “The Way […]

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POLL: What is your favorite Peter Weir film?

Posted by · 12:50 pm · October 11th, 2010

Last week’s query regarding David Fincher’s filmography turned out to slightly favor “Fight Club” over the rest of his work.  I’ve been spending the last week or two diving back into Peter Weir’s offerings, especially topical given the recent announcement of “The Way Back” as an official contender in this year’s Oscar race.  So it […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 35 — ‘Secretariat’ hopes, ‘The Way Back’ enters the race, ‘Nowhere Boy,’ ‘Hereafter’ and listener questions

Posted by · 8:23 am · October 8th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your 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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Peter Weir and ‘The Way Back’ set to enter the race

Posted by · 10:19 am · October 5th, 2010

Good news for Peter Weir fans.  I’m hearing a press release announcing that the Aussie director’s first film in seven years will be given a fighting chance in this year’s film awards season is imminent. The film, of course, is “The Way Back.” Newmarket Films was announced as the distributor on opening day of this […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 31 – Searchlight’s busy season, ‘The Way Back’ and a not so brave new world for similar filmmaking, Toronto anticipations

Posted by · 1:38 pm · September 10th, 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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TELLURIDE: That’s a wrap on the “Show”

Posted by · 11:08 am · September 7th, 2010

If you’ve been keeping up with the Telluride coverage then you know my thoughts on the 10 films I was able to catch over that four-day spread.  So I’m not going to bore you with a tedious recap here.  Instead, now that I’m back and relaxed in LA, not looking at the clock and rushing […]

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INTERVIEW: Peter Weir

Posted by · 10:49 am · September 7th, 2010

Telluride Film Festival For director Peter Weir, the pacing of his output has become almost as measured as his brand of cinema. The Australian has built a career around art house grandeur, but his work has slowed to a handful of films per decade, in stark contrast to the frequency of the 1970s and 1980s. […]

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