‘Up in the Air’ up in the air

Posted by · 6:38 pm · November 14th, 2009

Sad Brad Smith performing “Help Yourself,” taken by First Showing‘s Alex Billington mid-flight during a Paramount/American Airlines stunt from New York to Los Angeles this afternoon.  Us Weekly, In Touch, Perez Hilton types aboard.

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 8 — ‘This Is It,’ music branch, ‘Invictus’ and ‘Avatar’ trailers, the Best Actor race and more

Posted by · 11:59 am · November 1st, 2009

We have a belated edition of Oscar Talk for you today.  We apologize for the lateness, but what better way to kick back on a Sunday afternoon than with yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE’s Thompson on Hollywood? In this eighth installment, we actually covered a lot of ground. This week’s topics: • With […]

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‘Help Yourself’ from ‘Up in the Air’ becomes the latest music branch rule book casualty

Posted by · 4:57 pm · October 30th, 2009

The music branch of the Academy sure hasn’t done the hard-working awards team at Paramount any favors lately. You might recall the 2007 fiasco surrounding Johnny Greenwood’s score for “There Will Be Blood,” which left his immaculate (some would say year’s-best) work ineligible due to arbitrary, overly subjective fine print concerning the dilution of the […]

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New ‘Up in the Air’ trailer features original song contender ‘Help Yourself’

Posted by · 9:47 pm · October 1st, 2009

A new trailer has dropped for Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air,” considerably more broad than the one the director conceived as an internet exclusive teaser, but still very much on the nose for the film’s tone and rhythms.  Furthermore, the final moments feature the Sad Brad Smith song “Help Yourself,” which will more than […]

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Two ‘Up in the Air’ tracks join the race for Best Original Song

Posted by · 8:22 am · September 10th, 2009

We’ve been getting you up to speed on the Best Original Song situation over the last couple of weeks.  After putting together a rough early look at some contenders, we revealed yesterday that Mary J. Blige would have a song in Lee Daniels’s “Precious.”  Today we’ve got the skinny on the music from one of […]

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