Portman and Coppola for Christian Dior

Posted by · 10:47 am · February 22nd, 2011

As Nina Sayers might observe, “Ooh, look how pink! So preeeeetty.” Minor fluff, but the ad does point out just how well-matched Natalie Portman’s lissome screen presence is to Sofia Coppola’s fey visual sensibility — how has a feature collaboration between the two not happened yet? (If the male decoration looks familiar, by the way, […]

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What came after “the year of the woman?”

Posted by · 3:26 pm · December 27th, 2010

This time last year, we were still in the thick of a long-running “year of the woman” narrative, as female filmmakers enjoyed critical, festival and box-office success, plus an unprecedentedly high profile in the awards season –culminating in that history-making Best Director win for Kathryn Bigelow (as well as a Best Picture nod for Lone […]

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12/7 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Bridges’s terms for ‘Legacy,’ Coppola on ‘Somewhere,’ Gurus take another stab

Posted by · 8:39 am · December 7th, 2010

• Jeff Bridges to “TRON Legacy” producers early on: “Tell me the things you are going to do that no one’s ever done before.” [The Wrap] • Sofia Coppola talks “Somewhere” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph] • Jesse Eisenberg on awards season, narcissism and his feelings about an Oscar nomination. [Movieline]

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11/22 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Coen talks ‘Somewhere’ with Coppola, ‘Country Strong’ a drama, no love for Herzog

Posted by · 8:45 am · November 22nd, 2010

• Joel Coen shows up at an east coast screening of “Somewhere” to conduct a Q&A with Sofia Coppola. [Inside Movies] • Tom O’Neill reports that the HFPA has classified “Country Strong” as a drama. [Gold Derby] • Our own Guy Lodge reacts to the recently released (and apparently unauthorized) “Winnie” trailer. [The Guardian]

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“The ennui of just sleeping for a living and looking cute.”

Posted by · 11:28 pm · November 7th, 2010

On the heels of the first installment of Lex “Just a Guy” G’s Oscar Chat, a preview of “Somewhere”:

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11/3 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Hereafter’ works for AMPAS, Plame and Wilson talk ‘Game,’ Coppola on the Chateau

Posted by · 8:07 am · November 3rd, 2010

• Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson on “Toy Story 3” reviews, Oscar campaign, and sequel chances. [Vulture] • Steve Pond reports a positive reaction to Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” at a recent Academy screening. [The Odds] • Gregory Ellwood sits down with Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson, subjects of Doug Liman’s “Fair Game.” [HitFix]

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Cholodenko: Hollywood “lopsided” against female directors

Posted by · 5:41 pm · October 4th, 2010

In Oscar-watching, causes can be seasonal things: there’s no guarantee that what the industry and the media jointly declare a crucial issue one year will last to the next. In 1991, “Beauty and the Beast” earned applause for breaking the animation ceiling in Best Picture, but it took 18 years (and a format change) for […]

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James Cameron tops Guardian’s “most powerful” list

Posted by · 8:55 am · September 24th, 2010

There has been some debate this morning in the British corner of the Twitterverse about the merits of The Guardian’s inaugural Film Power 100 list, which claims to represent the 100 industry figures current wielding the most power over, and influence on, UK filmgoers. It’s an ungainly and frequently baffling collection of names, mashing together […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Venice winners, Toronto bites, ‘Network’ raves

Posted by · 7:05 pm · September 17th, 2010

• Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” surprised many by taking top honors at the Venice Film Festival; we took a closer look at the Lido winners. • Meanwhile, we were considerably less than wowed by the festival closer, Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest.” • This week’s Off the Carpet column reflected on the unusual depth of this year’s […]

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9/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:51 am · September 15th, 2010

• Anne Thompson sits down with Golden Lion winner Sofia Coppola, from Venice. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Patrick Goldstein on Hollywood’s on-going lover affair with mobster cinema. [The Big Picture] • Pete Hammond concurs with the Oscar buzz surrounding “The Social Network” after a slew of screenings in New York and Los Angeles. [Deadline]

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VENICE: Arrivederci, and notes on the winners

Posted by · 7:16 am · September 12th, 2010

(Updated list of Venice award winners here.) If you were on the Lido to the bitter end of the festival — and closing with “The Tempest” made it a very bitter end indeed — last night’s Golden Lion win for Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” didn’t come as the shock it did to everyone else. In the […]

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REVIEW: “Somewhere” (***1/2)

Posted by · 6:21 am · September 3rd, 2010

Venice Film Festival Who’d be Sofia Coppola? (As an artist, I mean – I’m sure plenty of women would gladly trade for her beauty, wardrobe and Parisian rock-star husband.) No sooner had her bijou, highly personal breakthrough picture netted her an Oscar, atop countless critical valentines, than an acidic chorus of detractors began chiding her […]

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Coppola, Schnabel, Reichardt in Venice competition lineup

Posted by · 3:50 am · July 29th, 2010

UPDATE: The festival website has a list of out-of-competition selections, which include two directorial efforts from the Brothers Affleck: Ben’s “The Town” and Casey’s Joaquin Phoenix doc “I’m Still Here.” EARLIER: Before you ask: no, “The Tree of Life” is nowhere to be seen. Not that that’s a surprise by this point. There is a […]

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‘Somewhere’ poster

Posted by · 8:32 am · June 12th, 2010

The first one-sheet for Sofia Coppola’s latest — starring the Château Marmont, apparently, with support from Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning — isn’t the most striking image around, but it’s of a piece with the woozy, offhand visual approach in the marketing of her previous films. I feel like I know exactly what to expect […]

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Tarantino to head Venice jury

Posted by · 7:27 pm · May 6th, 2010

Berlin went with Werner Herzog. Cannes with Tim Burton. Now Venice clearly felt they had to follow suit by tapping an eccentric auteur as jury president for the 67th Venice Film Festival in September. Quentin Tarantino will take the job. It will, of course, be Tarantino’s second stab at chairing the jury of a major […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 memories from TIFF

Posted by · 8:01 am · September 8th, 2009

One of the joys of my life is the 10 days in September I spend at the Toronto International Film Festival, bringing the film world to our city, the world press, and enough stars to take over Hollywood. The little festival that could, as it was known in the 1970s and early-1980s, The Festival of […]

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Sofia Coppola checks into ‘Somewhere’

Posted by · 8:28 am · April 17th, 2009

It seems to have become fashionable to dismiss Sofia Coppola as a lightweight in recent years, so news of her fourth feature film may be greeted with trepidation by some folks. Not me, though. My relationship with “Marie-Antoinette” has shifted over time from guarded admiration to fully-blossomed love, while “Lost in Translation” remains, for me, […]

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DGA discrepancies with AMPAS are not uncommon

Posted by · 9:39 am · January 9th, 2009

The announcement of this year’s DGA nominees has left the sense that the races for Best Picture and Best Director are over.  Not so.  While the guild and Academy line up most of the time, and have a decent track record with the directing branch, we must not forget the years that proved otherwise.  This […]

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