1/31 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Aronofsky and Russell on sex scenes, Rudin v. Weinstein, Hammond on snubs

Posted by · 9:30 am · January 31st, 2011

• Darren Aronofsky and David O. Russell reveal a dislike for filming sex scenes. [Hollywood Reporter] • Krista Smith, meanwhile, sits down with Russell to talk “The Fighter.” [Little Gold Men] • Rebecca Keegan and Nicole Sperling write up Scott Rudin vs. Harvey Weinstein. [The Envelope]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Working on Zuck’s “likability”

Posted by · 8:21 am · January 18th, 2011

Over at The Envelope, Claudia Eller and Jessica Guynn are wondering the same thing I was when I watched Scott Rudin accept his Golden Globe for Best Picture Sunday night: “Rudin’s thanks to Mark Zuckerberg and Co. at the Golden Globes suggest that the production’s and company’s relations have improved. But have they?” They write: […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

CINEJABBER: Where’s the exit?

Posted by · 11:34 am · January 8th, 2011

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here. A busy week that one was.  And an even busier one on the way.  DGA and VES Monday, ASC Tuesday, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and ACE Friday, Golden Globes Sunday — whew!  And today we’ll have the National Society of Film Critics put a bow […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Cinejabber

Rudin’s reasoning for Steinfeld in supporting

Posted by · 10:13 am · January 7th, 2011

During last night’s DVD release party for “The Social Network” I ended up in a spirited debate with producer Scott Rudin about the category placement of Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit.” Thankfully it went beyond ideas of the Hollywood star system and strategy and into the philosophy of the narrative itself. Since it’s been such […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

1/7 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Exit’ credit complaint, Rudin’s PGA record, tequila and that ‘Black Swan’ lesbian scene

Posted by · 8:01 am · January 7th, 2011

• Does a complaint about uncredited art used in “Exit Through the Gift Shop” lend credence to the veracity of the film? [The Carpetbagger] • Tim Appello on “Black Swan”‘s supposedly tequila-laced lesbian scene. [The Race] • The narrative on Peter Weir this year continues to be about the unfortunate fact that he’s part of […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

James Franco dreams big, then bigger

Posted by · 6:24 pm · January 3rd, 2011

Many actors eyeing early directorial projects tend to focus on something both modest and close to home, a performance-oriented piece on which to cut their teeth for more formally ambitious works in the future. Try telling that to James Franco. In perhaps the most unlikely heartthrob-behind-camera move since Kevin Costner announced his intention to make […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

OFF THE CARPET: Giving thanks

Posted by · 9:41 am · November 22nd, 2010

As we move into turkey (or tofurkey, if that happens to be your speed) week 2010, it seems proper, if a tad bit obvious, to take a moment and give thanks. So in lieu of a proper analysis of the season’s progression this week, allow me to express my boundless, breathless appreciation for the following: […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Off the Carpet

WEEKLY WRAP: Weinstein takes the gloves off, Hollywood mourns its own, doc and animated fields shortlisted

Posted by · 11:10 am · November 20th, 2010

• The Academy honored legends Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, Jean-Luc Godard and Kevin Brownlow at the annual Governors Awards. • Kris attended a Summit Entertainment holiday party, chatting with the talent in attendance. • Disney revealed a clever plan geared toward presenting “Toy Story 3” as a legitimate Best Picture contender. • The Weinstein […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Rudin tapped for PGA’s Selznick Award

Posted by · 9:18 am · November 15th, 2010

It looks to be a pretty good year for producer Scott Rudin.  “The Social Network” has already opened and done quite well for a fall drama (not to mention the awards buzz that keeps piling on).  “The Way Back,” which he executively produced, is another great collaboration with Peter Weir, and the Coens’ “True Grit” […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

11/10 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Biutiful’ crew on the circuit, Hooper’s Hollywood education, Weinstein v. Rudin II

Posted by · 9:54 am · November 10th, 2010

• Anne Thompson ponders how the year’s mainstream studio pics might fare with Oscar. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Patrick Goldstein catches up with Tom Hooper and the director’s Hollywood education. [The Big Picture] • Steve Pond dutifully reports from a “Biutiful” post-screening Q&A with members of the crew. [The Odds]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Fincher’s ‘Social Network’ nails human frailty

Posted by · 10:45 pm · September 13th, 2010

The best films are rarely about just one thing, but rather that one thing as reflected through a variety of narrative prisms.  And there is something to be said about a film that manages to distill an era while profoundly conveying a character study within. David Fincher’s “The Social Network” may be the quintessential story […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Reviews

‘The Social Network’ trailer

Posted by · 11:15 am · June 26th, 2010

The teaser for David Fincher’s upcoming “The Social Network” hit the net at Mashable yesterday.  If you’re somehow unaware, it’s a biopic (weird to say that, no?) on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg from a script by Aaron Sorkin, based on Ben Mezrich’s novel “The Accidental Billionaires.”  There is no footage, just a lofty tease that […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Fincher and Mulligan for ‘Dragon Tattoo?’

Posted by · 11:41 am · March 15th, 2010

As hard as it is to imagine the button-cute Carey Mulligan festooned with body art and facial piercings, kicking all kinds of corporate ass, it’s an intriguing possibility we must now consider. Over the past few days, the newly-minted Oscar nominee’s name, along with that of director David Fincher, has been connected with the much-fancied […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ set to open AFI

Posted by · 10:00 am · September 24th, 2009

AFI Fest kicks off on October 30 and runs for about a week.  Generally it’s catch-up time for me as a number of the festival circuit flicks make it a requisite Fall stop, but the opening and closing Galas tend to be first-looks for the most part. Last year “The Soloist” ultimately bowed out of […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Hope Davis lands a Tony nomination for ‘God of Carnage’

Posted by · 9:36 am · May 5th, 2009

Back in March I expressed some slight irritation over the fact that Marcia Gay Harden was pulling attention away from my new crush Hope Davis for her admittedly brilliant turn on Broadway in “God of Carnage.”  It’s not like I have it in for Harden or anything, mind you.  All four principles in the cast […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

‘Julie & Julia’ teaser poster

Posted by · 9:13 am · April 8th, 2009

I’m still hearing supporting from pretty much everyone on Meryl Streep’s awards hopes here, by the way.  One of three Scott Rudin projects that could find itself in the running this year (the others being “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” and the new Nancy Meyers flick — four if “Margaret” ever finds its way to the […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

And now for something completely different

Posted by · 10:13 am · March 23rd, 2009

Never let it be said that the Brothers Coen are predictable in their choice of projects. Having had their greatest crossover success to date with a film that dabbled in elements of the genre, Variety reports that they are set to make their first all-out Western — a remake of that hoary 1969 oater “True […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Yeah, but it could have actually won the prize…

Posted by · 12:44 pm · January 25th, 2009

…that’s all I’m saying.

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily