WEEKLY WRAP: Hollywood mourns, foreign race, bait battle

Posted by · 6:03 pm · October 1st, 2010

• A grim week for Hollywood talent, as we said goodbye to Gloria Stuart, Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn and, most prematurely, Sally Menke. • Mexico’s “Biutiful” became the starriest entry yet on the Best Foreign Language Film longlist, now up to a round 60 titles. • This week’s Long Shot column examined the widely predicted […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 34 — Screeners arrive, ‘Social Network’ and ‘Let Me In’ open, ‘Secretariat’ thoughts, remembering Sally Menke

Posted by · 11:46 am · October 1st, 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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10/1 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Harris on his career, McCarthy remembers Menke, King wants vampires done right

Posted by · 8:31 am · October 1st, 2010

• Ed Harris opens up about his career (speaking of which, P.S.: I’m hearing a one-week qualifier for “The Way Back” may just happen after all). [MakingOf] • Stephen King: Do vampires right! [Entertainment Weekly] • Speaking of vampires, Steven Zeitchik sits down with “Let Me In” director Matt Reeves. [Los Angeles Times]

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9/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco’s poem picks, Bender remembers Menke, Reznor and Ross at a steal

Posted by · 9:03 am · September 29th, 2010

• James Franco, also starring in “Howl” this year, selects his favorite poems. [Vulture] • In remembering film editor Sally Menke, Lawrence Bender discusses the “Hi, Sally” Tarantino tradition. [Arts Beat] • Anne Thompson talks, well, a whole bunch of stuff with a busy Guillermo Del Toro. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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Bye Sally

Posted by · 9:49 am · September 28th, 2010

This is just the most awful news to wake up to.  Truly tragic, a blow right from left field. Film editor Sally Menke, long-time friend and collaborator with Quentin Tarantino who helped craft his films into some of the most memorable pieces of cinema ever, has passed away today at the far-too-young age of 56.  […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Film Editing

Posted by · 12:22 pm · February 12th, 2010

The Best Film Editing category tends to be a shadow of the Best Picture category in some ways. With there being 10 Best Picture nominees this year, however, the field was bound to nail down five of the contenders. So considering the old stand-by stat (no film has won Best Picture without an editing nomination […]

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12/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:23 am · December 7th, 2009

• Dear cry-baby Hollywood conservatives: Al Gore doesn’t even have that Oscar you want back. Talk to Davis Guggenheim. [Top of the Ticket] • Editor Sally Menke on how she and Quentin Tarantino “clicked.” [The Guardian] • Anne Thompson has 20 questions for “District 9” star Sharlto Copley. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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11/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:44 am · November 9th, 2009

• Colin Firth and Robert Zemeckis on making a surreal, stylized “A Christmas Carol.” [The Guardian] • A.O. Scott on darker thematic rhythms in recent children’s films. [New York Times] • Roger Ebert revisits “Hoop Dreams,” considers it “the great American documentary.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Film Editing — Volume II

Posted by · 11:08 am · October 29th, 2009

As I wrote in August, “Best Achievement in Film Editing” can be a difficult thing to define. Traditionally, we most notice film editing that is showy, usually in action films, musicals or movies that are not told chronologically. But does that make the editing better? If done well, it undoubtedly can add to the quality […]

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