12/15 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Nudie ‘TRON,’ the Scotts eye westerns, Dorff talks Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

Posted by · 8:08 am · December 15th, 2010

• Behind the scenes of “How Do You Know.” [Making Of] • Anne Thompson talks to “The Company Men” director John Wells. [Thompson on Hollywood] • The western shows further signs of life under Ridley Scott and Scott Cooper’s helm. [Deadline]

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11/16 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Cooper to remake ‘Carancho,’ Liman talks ‘Fair Game,’ dogpiling on Harrison Ford

Posted by · 8:47 am · November 16th, 2010

• Scott Cooper set to remake “Carancho.” [Deadline] • Erik Childress looks forward to the self-aware “legitimate opinions” of critics groups. [Cinematical] • John Lopez writes up Oscar’s longshots. [Little Gold Men]

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Emotions run high at the Indie Spirits

Posted by · 8:49 am · March 6th, 2010

Last night’s Independent Spirit Awards ceremony was quite the touching affair, I have to say.  Early in the evening, tears were shed by Scott Cooper and Geoffrey Fletcher on stage as they accepted awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay respectively.  As Cooper and Fletcher are two of the gentlemen I’ve gotten to […]

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3/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:38 am · March 5th, 2010

• Patrick Goldstein defends his paper’s perceived hit campaign against “The Hurt Locker,” calls quoted second-hand information that wasn’t properly vetted “the most in-depth piece written about the film’s complex mixture of questionable dramatic license and vivid authenticity.”  Ahem, indeed. [The Big Picture] • Cathy Yan on Scott Cooper, Neill Blomkamp, Cary Fukunaga, etc. — the Oscar […]

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Tom Ford, Scott Cooper on Variety’s Directors to Watch list

Posted by · 10:03 am · January 21st, 2010

Variety’s annual Directors to Watch list lives up to its title more often than not, frequently highlighting names that go on to be hotter talking points in the year that follows. Last year’s list, for example, include “(500) Days of Summer” helmer Marc Webb, who recently signed on to reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise, as well […]

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OFF THE CARPET: All Globed out

Posted by · 11:13 am · January 18th, 2010

As it turned out, the only celebration I made it to last night was Fox’s Globes after-party at Craft in Century City.  Given that “Avatar” and “Crazy Heart” were two of three films to win more than one Globe (the other being Pixar’s “Up”), it kind of felt like the place to be. The early […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Precursor avalanche, best of 2009

Posted by · 6:57 pm · December 18th, 2009

• Kris wrapped up 2009 with his take on the year’s best films, also offering his own preferred nominees and winners in a range of categories. (I’ll chime in next week.) • “Up in the Air” led this year’s pack of Golden Globe nominees. • It also joined “Precious” and “Inglourious Basterds” at the head […]

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Talking ‘The Weary Kind’

Posted by · 9:21 am · December 16th, 2009

Speaking of original song contenders, we featured Ryan Bingham’s “The Weary Kind” a few weeks ago, but the New Mexico-bred crooner sat down with music consultant T Bone Burnett and “Crazy Heart” writer/director Scott Cooper at the film’s press day two weekends back to discuss the process of writing the soulful track.  Much of this […]

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INTERVIEW: Scott Cooper and Robert Duvall

Posted by · 11:44 am · December 15th, 2009

In a quiet corner of the Four Seasons restaurant late one afternoon, Robert Duvall gives “Crazy Heart” writer/director Scott Cooper a little grief for singing his praises too loudly. “Oh, quit playing humble,” he says. “Come on, man!” Earlier, when Cooper tries to pass credit for his film’s financing on to Duvall, the six-time Oscar […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The music of ‘Crazy Heart’

Posted by · 12:41 pm · December 3rd, 2009

This marks the first of this year’s Tech Support interviews series with below-the-line crafts personnel, an annual feature at In Contention. When Scott Cooper’s adapted screenplay “Crazy Heart” was making the rounds a few years ago, it had the kind of soul a guy like T Bone Burnett wants out of a country-western film. But […]

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INTERVIEW: Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 11:36 am · December 1st, 2009

For actor Jeff Bridges, whose career has already spanned five decades, Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart” was something of a homecoming and, the actor says, “a dream come true.” Bridges stars in the film as Bad Blake, a ramblin’ country-western singer who travels the Southwest playing dive after dive, cut from the same cloth as Hank […]

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‘Crazy Heart’ has the goods

Posted by · 2:31 pm · November 4th, 2009

It’s not just Jeff Bridges who leaps onto the Oscar landscape with Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart.” It’s possible in a few months that we’ll be talking pretty seriously about Maggie Gyllenhaal in the supporting actress race and, most certainly, T Bone Burnett’s contributions as the film’s music supervisor. Fox Searchlight screened the film this morning […]

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Fox Searchlight looks to salvage season with potential 2009 release for ‘Crazy Heart’

Posted by · 10:23 am · November 4th, 2009

Just when you thought last year’s Best Picture victor was down for the count, Fox Searchlight goes and shakes things up in November. First, some background… When we kicked off our coverage of the 2009-2010 Oscar season a year in advance, one of the more anticipated titles was Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart,” based on the […]

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