Sony adds Almodóvar’s ‘Skin’ to 2011 slate

Posted by · 12:24 pm · September 16th, 2010

No surprise at all, this, given that Sony Pictures Classics has distributed Pedro Almodóvar’s last five features in the US, but the specialty outfit has already started beefing up next year’s prestige lineup by acquiring the Spanish auteur’s next outing, “The Skin That I Inhabit.” We first reported on the film, which is currently in […]

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‘Life, Above All,’ ‘Uncle Boonmee’ enter Oscar race

Posted by · 12:54 pm · September 13th, 2010

I lost track of the foreign-language Oscar submissions while I was away in Venice, so the entry of my own favored horse into the race seems like a good occasion to catch up. If you kept up with my Cannes coverage, you might remember that I made a slightly off-center prediction while reviewing the South […]

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TIFF: ‘Barney’s Version’ returns home, raves for Giamatti

Posted by · 6:22 am · September 13th, 2010

Last night’s North American premiere of “Barney’s Version” in Toronto was something of a homecoming for the Canadian production — it was, of course, first unveiled on Friday at the Venice Film Festival, where its soft-centered middlebrow appeal rather stood out against the more rigorous auteurism of its fellow Competition titles. If Richard J. Lewis’s […]

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Underdog ‘Dagenham’ may have the AMPAS touch

Posted by · 12:30 pm · September 11th, 2010

In Friday’s Oscar Talk, Anne and I pondered the Oscar potential of Sony Pictures Classics’ typically robust stable of contenders.  So far the best bet to have already hit theaters is Aaron Schneider’s “Get Low,” which could be a below-the-line play as well as a Best Actor possibility for Robert Duvall. Films from Rodrigo Garcia, […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Barney’s Version” (***)

Posted by · 7:25 am · September 10th, 2010

Venice Film Festival Too few film reviews open with the wisdom of Feargal Sharkey, so it brings me great pleasure to begin this one by saying that a good heart these days is, indeed, hard to find. That’s the chief conclusion to be taken from not just the narrative but the execution of “Barney’s Version,” […]

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Sony Classics acquires ‘Barney’s Version’

Posted by · 9:32 am · September 8th, 2010

An awards contender for Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman?  We’ll see.  The press release, in part: Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US rights to BARNEY’S VERSION from producer Robert Lantos (EASTERN PROMISES, BEING JULIA, SUNSHINE). BARNEY’S VERSION is directed by Richard J. Lewis and based upon Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic […]

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Keep an eye on it

Posted by · 9:35 am · July 13th, 2010

Writing from Cannes in May, I broke form to issue my only concrete Oscar prediction of the year: that Oliver Schmitz’s South African AIDS-crisis drama “Life, Above All” (then competing in the Un Certain Regard strand) will be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar next year, and could even win. “Is it that […]

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‘Another Year’ goes to Sony Pictures Classics

Posted by · 7:40 am · May 19th, 2010

Mike Leigh’s latest, easily the consensus critical darling of Cannes thus far, was never going to have trouble finding a U.S. distributor — the only question was whether it would be the equally plausible candidates Focus or Sony who got there first. As ScreenDaily reported earlier today, it’s the latter: Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American […]

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Sony Classics adopts ‘The Illusionist’

Posted by · 8:16 am · April 26th, 2010

Quelle surprise. “The Illusionist,” Sylvain Chomet’s long-gestating follow-up to the Oscar-nominated “The Triplets of Belleville,” has found the US distributor we all knew it eventually would. Sony Pictures Classics today announced their acquisition of the film, which they are readying for an end-of-year release — mirroring the strategy they took with “Belleville” back in 2003. […]

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Sony Classics nabs Dutch foreign Oscar entry

Posted by · 8:25 pm · January 31st, 2010

So we’re potentially looking at four of the five nominees being housed under one roof domestically.  Interesting.  The press release, in part: Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US rights to the Dutch film, WINTER IN WARTIME from High Point Films, the theatrical division of Carey Fitzgerald’s London based High Point […]

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Sony Classics nabs ‘Mother and Child’

Posted by · 11:23 am · November 2nd, 2009

One of the big hits at this year’s Toronto Film Festival was Rodrigo Garcia’s “Mother and Child.” Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson each began to stir the awards buzz pot, but a distributor wasn’t stepping forward (as has been increasingly the case lately). Well, the always game Sony Pictures Classics seems to […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Post early for Christmas

Posted by · 1:35 pm · October 7th, 2009

London is in the midst of a postal strike. No mail, be it far-flung postcard or electricity bill, has popped through my front door for over a month. I recently had to stroll into Soho to pick up my London Film Festival accreditation pack by hand. And rather discouragingly, my local post office today put […]

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From the ‘Last Station’ release

Posted by · 2:53 pm · October 3rd, 2009

The film, as you know, was revealed to be a Sony Classics acquisition earlier in the week.  It’s a slow day (being the weekend and all), so I figured I’d toss these quotes from the just-landed press release officially announcing the pick-up (the bold is mine): With THE LAST STATION, Michael Hoffman has crafted a […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Foreign contenders and underdogs

Posted by · 6:18 pm · October 2nd, 2009

• The deadline for Best Foreign Language Film entries passed, as Israel and Italy bucked conventional wisdom with their selections. • Among the better-received contenders, however, were major festival prizewinners from Australia and Greece. A full list of submissions here. • As the smaller studios beef up their Oscar prospects, this week’s Off the Carpet […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 4 — Foreign submissions, PGA’s 10, ‘A Single Man’ a Best Picture possibility?

Posted by · 10:41 am · October 2nd, 2009

Recorded yesterday, here’s the fourth installment of Oscar Talk with yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE.  We took the week off last Friday due to traveling conflicts, but we’re back on today. On the docket: • Anne and I discuss the foreign language film submissions, up to 62 entries so far (61 at the […]

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Weekend SPC food for thought

Posted by · 11:40 pm · September 25th, 2009

First, Barker and Bernard are unfortunately forced to go on the record and defend themselves against rather naive and myopic attacks from the blog-o-sphere. Second, one of David Poland’s inside baseball “State of the Union” DP/30s is dedicated to the duo. Well worth your time if you’re interested in the business of show.

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festival pick-ups, the season’s fetes and the PGA’s 10

Posted by · 8:12 pm · September 25th, 2009

• We wrapped up Toronto as Lee Daniels’s “Precious” took the festival’s audience award, putting it on a solid track for Oscar. • We got a look at the first trailer for “Harry Brown,” which may or may not be an awards film for actor Michael Caine.  John, you’ll recall, isn’t feeling it. • We […]

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Sony Classics holding ‘Get Low’ until 2010

Posted by · 10:52 am · September 25th, 2009

Those of you anticipating Aaron Schneider’s “Get Low” and a potential second lead actor Oscar for Robert Duvall will have to wait a little longer.  Sony Pictures Classics will not be releasing the film this year and is priming it for a mid-2010 release.  No Oscar qualifying run is planned for 2009 either. Sony Classics, […]

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