Last minute jitters

Posted by · 10:16 am · February 19th, 2009

I’ll have a post up later today running a comb through my final predictions.  Tomorrow we’ll showcase all contributor picks (as well as the “Who deserves it?” poll results), but for now, I thought I’d share my pain with the readership. By pain, I mean last minute jitters, those creepy, crawling, gut-twisting thoughts that leave […]

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Art Directors Guild Nominees

Posted by · 9:47 am · January 9th, 2009

Period Films “Changeling” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “Doubt” “Frost/Nixon” “Milk” Fantasy Films “The Dark Knight” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” “Iron Man” “The Spiderwick Chronicles” “WALL-E” Contemporary Films “Burn After Reading” “Gran Torino” “Quantum of Solace” “Slumdog Millionaire” “The Wrestler” Alright, so more surprising guild love for “The Wrestler.”  […]

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Cinema Audio Society nominees

Posted by · 7:31 pm · January 7th, 2009

The five contenders for the 2009 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards are: “The Dark Knight” “Iron Man” “Quantum of Solace” “Slumdog Millionaire” “WALL-E” So this is the second “Defiance” snub that has surprised me so far, following Eduardo Serra coming up short with the lensers earlier today. “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man” and especially “WALL-E” […]

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11/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:58 am · November 3rd, 2008

• Probably running out of things to talk about, Peter Bart reviews the New York Times’ Holiday Movies section. [Peter Bart] • Monika Bartyzel aggregates reactions to Richard Dreyfus’s poo-pooing of “W.” on “The View.”  Damn it must be cool to do and say whatever the fuck you want to. [Cinematical] • Jason Solomons talks […]

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Bond bows, UK critics shrug

Posted by · 7:00 am · November 1st, 2008

It was probably inevitable. After “Casino Royale,” the first entry in the retooled, Daniel Craig-led James Bond franchise, garnered unprecedented critical acclaim (and even awards attention, on this side of the Atlantic at least) for a 007 pic, the follow-up, “Quantum of Solace,” is having a more muted reaction. The reviews are in, and they’re […]

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What might have been

Posted by · 7:00 am · October 31st, 2008

It’s James Bond day here in the UK, and to celebrate the opening of “Quantum of Solace,” The Guardian has a nice little feature: a round-up of several Bond themes that never were. Whether submitted on spec, or commissioned by the producers who then changed their minds, it makes for some fascinating listening. Can you […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Editing — Volume One

Posted by · 10:59 am · October 30th, 2008

Swoosh.  Bang.  Grunt.  Clink.  Crash. These sorts of sounds can add a lot to a film’s mood and plot even though they are not recorded during filming and have to be created and mixed in later on. The individuals who create these effects are rewarded for their efforts in the category of Best Sound Editing.  […]

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10/21 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:55 am · October 21st, 2008

• Kim Voynar sets up Film Essent at MCN. [Movie City News] • Tom O’Neil collects some more guesses from Oscar prognosticators. [Gold Derby] • And he reports that “Slumdog Millionaire”‘s Dev Patel will be campaigned as a supporting actor. [Gold Derby] • John Campea explores the reasons why “The Dark Knight” will land a […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume One

Posted by · 9:45 am · October 16th, 2008

While cinematographers and film music composers may sometimes find themselves featured in the media more than many of their crafts artist colleagues, the one “tech” discipline awarded by the Academy that often brings people into the movie theaters on its own is visual effects. The category is whittled down to three nominees after the year’s […]

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10/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · October 13th, 2008

• Robert Abele gets Josh Brolin to reveal his inner ‘W.’ [The Envelope] • Tom O’Neil gnaws on the Oscar potential of Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married.” [Gold Derby] • Peter bart makes a lot of presumptions and assumptions about the craven mentality of duel performers in a given Oscar season. [Peter Bart] • […]

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EXCLUSIVE: New ‘Defiance’ poster

Posted by · 6:00 pm · October 9th, 2008

We just acquired the sweet new one-sheet for Edward Zwick’s “Defiance.”  Maybe cashing in on a little of that Bond love for Daniel Craig this season, this poster is certainly more appealing than the previous art work:

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Mixing — Volume One

Posted by · 11:56 am · October 2nd, 2008

“Wait a minute, wait a minute.  You ain’t heard nothing yet!” Those words from Al Jolson forever changed filmmaking in 1927, ushering in “talkies” and bringing about the beginning of the end of the silent film era. The Academy Award for sound mixing recognizes the artists who fashion a film’s audio side.  It must be […]

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Stop the presses: random, anonymous people say it’s ‘Button’ vs. ‘Nixon’

Posted by · 10:37 am · September 29th, 2008

In this otherwise solid piece from the New York Times’s Michael Cieply, I was taken aback by the following aside, taken anonymously from a publicist (or publicists) that obviously has a stake in this year’s Oscar race: Some publicists who specialize in Oscar campaigns are privately predicting a year-end shootout between “Button” and “Frost/Nixon,” a […]

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9/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:39 am · September 29th, 2008

• A happy ending of sorts for Matilda Rose in the wake of Heath Ledger’s death. [Agence France-Presse] • Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct “Thor.”  Weird, but badass. [Variety] • Tom O’Neil traces Paul Newman’s frustrating quest for Oscars. [Gold Derby] • James Rocchi talks to “Miracle at St. Anna” director Spike Lee. […]

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Naming and shaming

Posted by · 5:37 am · September 24th, 2008

I think it’s fair to say that Jack White and Alicia Keys’ Bond theme (which so disappointed yours truly) is not going down all that well. So much so that Popjustice, one of my personal favourite websites, is seeking retribution.

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POLL: How do you feel about Bond’s missing catch phrases in ‘Quantum of Solace?’

Posted by · 12:53 pm · September 22nd, 2008

In this morning’s Oscarweb round-up, we linked to a story in London’s Independent newspaper about the upcoming 22nd installment of the James Bond franchise, “Quantum of Solace.”  It appears director Marc Forster and company have opted to exclude the infamous catch phrase, “Bond. James Bond.” from the film’s script.  Also getting the cut is the […]

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9/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:07 am · September 22nd, 2008

• “Real” men of the screen are a dying breed, according to Peter Bart. [Peter Bart] • Journos keep beating a dead horse about the new “At the Movies” failure. [eFilmCritic] • And again. [The Hot Blog] • Anne Thompson salutes Telluride and New York for steering clear of high profile American cinema, but as […]

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‘Quantum of Solace’ theme is out

Posted by · 5:03 pm · September 18th, 2008

It’s finally landed. “Another Way to Die,” the theme song recorded by Jack White and Alicia Keys for the latest installment of the Bond franchise, made its radio debut earlier today — listen to it here and see what you think. I must say, on first listen, I’m a little disappointed. Perhaps it’s a grower. […]

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