CDG nominees

Posted by · 4:00 pm · January 13th, 2009

I’ve been out and about, so apologies for getting to the Costume Designers Guild nominees late: Contemporary Film “Iron Man” (Laura Jean Shannon and Rebecca Bentjen) “Mamma Mia!” (Ann Roth) “Sex and the City” (Patricia Field) “Slumdog Millionaire” (Suttirat Larlarb) “The Wrestler” (Amy Westcott) Period Film “Changeling” (Deborah Hopper) “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” […]

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Golden Globes: Feeling the love

Posted by · 1:06 pm · January 12th, 2009

As I curled on the couch in the wee small hours of the morning, watching last night’s Golden Globes telecast with only a hot toddy and a handful of chatty IC commenters for company, it occurred to me that I was hearing an awful lot of one word as the evening unfolded. And that word […]

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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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ASC nominees

Posted by · 8:58 am · January 7th, 2009

The American Society of Cinematographers have announced their annual list of nominees, which are: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Claudio Miranda) “The Dark Knight” (Wally Pfister) “The Reader” (Roger Deakins and Chris Menges) “Revolutionary Road” (Roger Deakins) “Slumdog Millionaire” (Anthony Dod Mantle) I’m pleasantly surprised by the “Reader” inclusion.  Though I didn’t care for […]

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Guessing the WGA: the adaptations

Posted by · 8:07 pm · January 6th, 2009

(Original screenplay predictions here.) The adapted field is a little easier to manage.  But I wouldn’t look to USC’s typically road-less-traveled nominees for much of a barometer for the adapted screenplay race, however.  That’s folly of a different sort.  So we’re left to our own devices. Once again, foreign and animated films are not eligible […]

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USC Scripter nominees — ‘Iron Man’ surprises!

Posted by · 8:52 pm · January 5th, 2009

Now THAT’s what I call crashing the party.  I don’t know how you nominate “Iron Man” over “The Dark Knight” in a category such as this, but nice to see someone standing up and being original. The 2008 USC Scripter nominees are: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “Iron Man” “The Reader” “Revolutionary Road” “Slumdog […]

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Pre-PGA housekeeping

Posted by · 4:34 am · January 5th, 2009

I hadn’t realized I’d let my predictions linger, unattended, since November — I revised them in my head and guess I thought that would somehow magically appear on the site. Anyway, I thought it best to do some cobweb-clearing before the PGA announcement later today (for the record, I’m going with “Button,” “Knight” “Milk,” “Slumdog” […]

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PGA noms coming next week

Posted by · 12:04 pm · January 2nd, 2009

The Producers Guild of America announces its nominees Monday.  Then the DGA wraps up the big three (after PGA and SAG) on Thursday.  I expect “The Dark Knight” is a no-brainer nominee here and the likely winner.  After that, I’d say “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Slumdog Millionaire” are likely, especially in the […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The Crafts of ‘Revolutionary Road’

Posted by · 6:43 am · January 2nd, 2009

In less than a decade, filmmaker Sam Mendes has established himself as one of the most intriguing directors of his generation. “Revolutionary Road,” his fourth film to date, hit theaters over last weekend. Regardless of its Oscar fate in the writing, directing and acting categories, the film seems poised to be a major player in […]

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1/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:36 am · January 2nd, 2009

• David Poland looks at the race nine weeks out from the angle of release marketing and strategy. [Movie City News] • Nathaniel Rogers is knee deep in his annual (extensive) year in review features.  Read it.  Now. [The Film Exerience] • Jeffrey Wells passes on some notes from a friend making some dubious comparisons […]

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My picks for the 10 BEST films of the year

Posted by · 11:04 am · December 29th, 2008

It’s no secret that I don’t expect 2008 to be remembered as a banner year for cinema, though with that said, there are plenty of exceptional films to be remembered. Perhaps 2007 spoiled us and got our hopes up and 2008 brought far too many let downs and disappointments from great filmmakers. Usually when I […]

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12/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:43 am · December 29th, 2008

• Anita Singh looks at the upcoming year of the dog for British movie-goers, including “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” “Bolt,” “Marley and Me” and “Wendy and Lucy.” [Daily Telegraph] • “A Christmas Tale” tops Andrew O’Hehir’s list of the 10 best indie films of 2008. [Beyond the Multiplex] • Jonathan Miles talks to newly minted Oscar […]

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December winner predictions

Posted by · 7:07 am · December 27th, 2008

Before we get to the end of the month here I thought I’d go ahead and toss up another set of winner predictions.  This’ll be the last pre-nom set.  I’ll go back to them next month, probably the day of the nominations announcement.  But for now, it’s really all blind guessing, as always. For last […]

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12/27 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:54 am · December 27th, 2008

• Lou Lumenick thinks “Revolutionary Road” might be too grim to resonate this Oscar season. [Lumenick on Film] • Tom O’Neil chats with “Last Chance Harvey” star Emma Thompson. [Gold Derby] • Todd Leopold wraps up the year in a meandering piece that touches on Heath Ledger, Sarah Palin and…Niels Bohr. [CNN] • Steve Weintraub […]

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INTERVIEW: Michael Shannon

Posted by · 9:53 am · December 24th, 2008

If you’ve seen James Marsh’s “Man on Wire,” then you know of Philippe Petit’s dazzling tight-rope walk between the towers of New York’s World Trade Center on the morning of August 7, 1974.  What you probably don’t know is that while Petit was criss-crossing back and forth between the towers for roughly 45 minutes, Michael […]

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12/24 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:23 am · December 24th, 2008

• “The Headless Woman,” “Night and Day” and “Tony Manero” head up a list of the year’s best undistributed titles. [indieWIRE] • Speaking of lists, here’s one of cult and campy holiday flicks. [Cinematical] • Josh Horowitz goes toe-to-toe with David Fincher. [MTV] • Slow down, Hoss.  Lou Lumenick thinks Dev Patel is going to […]

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POLL: Does ‘Revolutionary Road’ deserve the precursor shaft?

Posted by · 2:40 pm · December 23rd, 2008

We need a new poll.  The last one might have helped turn this place into a “Dark Knight” vs. “WALL-E” battlefield, but with that in mind, I should point out the results were “The Dark Knight” by a hair. But with John’s recent piece on the season’s snubbing of “Revolutionary Road,” aside from some notices […]

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Sam Mendes: he didn’t f#$% it up

Posted by · 8:28 am · December 23rd, 2008

In light of John’s recent praise piece on “Revolutionary Road,” I thought it a good time to shine a light over on indieWIRE and Peter Knegt’s recent interview with director Sam Mendes. Here are a few power quotes from the helmer: The most common comment from friends of mine who had read the book was, […]

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