9/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:54 am · September 25th, 2009

• Pete Hammond suggests Steven Spielberg as Oscarcast producer. [Notes on a Season] • Steve Pond likes the idea, tries to turn over some news as to who might have been tapped, comes up with nothing. [The Odds] • Kyle Buchanan chats with “Coco Before Chanel” star Audrey Tautou. [Movieline]

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Spielberg and Crichton’s swashbuckler

Posted by · 12:43 pm · August 27th, 2009

I’ve been of the mind for quite some time now that a good (operative word) pirate film is way overdue.  The “Pirates of the Caribbean” films are fine and all, the first one especially.  Blending the mythos of a pirate story with that of, essentially, a ghost yarn was a brilliant way to make the […]

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8/27 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:32 am · August 27th, 2009

• Steven Spielberg to take on Michael Crichton one more time with “Pirate Latitudes.” [USA Today] • Anne Thompson is on Toronto doc watch. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Mike Leigh starts in on his “Happy Go Lucky” follow-up. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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8/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:06 am · August 3rd, 2009

• Steven Miessner, the Academy’s white-gloved “keeper of the Oscars,” dead at 48. [USA Today] • Steve Weintraub talks “The Princess and the Frog” with directors Ron Clements and John Musker (at Comic-Con). [Collider] • The unmade films of Stanley Kubrick, including “Foucault’s Pendulum,” “Napoleon” and “Perfume.” [Empire]

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HBO’s Spielberg-produced mini-series ‘The Pacific’

Posted by · 1:48 pm · June 22nd, 2009

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On TCM now…

Posted by · 6:29 pm · June 5th, 2009

Richard Schickel’s documentary “Spielberg on Spielberg.”  Just finished talking about “Duel” (what I maintain to be a top five Spielberg effort to this day) and “Jaws.”  Ths is critical viewing to anyone interested in filmmaking.  It’s a treat to hear the director talking at length about his own work.  This is a guy who has […]

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5/20 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:26 am · May 20th, 2009

• Peter Sciretta asks for your most hated uses of CGI in movie history. [/Film] • Charlie Kaufman talks “Synecdoche, New York,” his “mutant horro film,” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph] • IMAX plans to cozy up next to James Cameron’s “Avatar” for an extended run. [The Carpetbagger] • Donna Freydkin chats up “Terminator Salvation” […]

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Who almost starred in the season’s Oscar nominated films?

Posted by · 11:37 am · February 17th, 2009

The folks at notstarring.com have put together a list of the year’s Oscar contenders and the stars who turned down opportunities to star in them.  There is, of course, Nicolas Cage in “The Wrestler” and Russell Crowe in “Australia.”  Heath Ledger is also mentioned for the latter (somehow I didn’t know that). “The Curious Case […]

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2/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:52 am · February 10th, 2009

• At least Ron Rosenbaum kind of gets it.  Though he apparently thinks he’s the only one a bit miffed at the redemption angle.  Do some more Googling, Ron. [Slate] • Joining the “Reader” bash, Noah Forrest pleads with the Academy not to hand the Oscar to Kate Winslet. [Movie City News] • Jeff Wells […]

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Nominees luncheon under way

Posted by · 2:19 pm · February 2nd, 2009

Today is the big Academy luncheon for this year’s Oscar nominees.  The AP’s Sandy Cohen and The Carpetbagger’s Michael Cieply are filing from the event. This is one of the most fascinating aspects of the season for me because of the varying personalities you find mingling together.  Right now, M.I.A. is chowing down with Kate […]

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One last Bat analysis

Posted by · 7:51 pm · January 21st, 2009

I was happy to help my pal Scott Bowles out with this USA Today piece, taking up the task of analyzing the Best Picture chances of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” But I was slightly misquoted and a thought was tossed in without the right context toward the end: “You can argue that The Dark […]

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INTERVIEW: Amy Adams

Posted by · 11:42 am · January 14th, 2009

Amy Adams has arrived.  No “doubt” about it. Sunday she was sitting at a table with Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and John Patrick Shanley at the Hollywood Foriegn Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards where she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, one of five nods the film received. Surrounded by major artists such as Ron […]

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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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12/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:27 am · December 14th, 2008

• Rod Lurie wants to steer comparisons of “Nothing But the Truth” away from Judith Miller, evokes Susan McDougal. [Los Angeles Times] • The company behind releasing his film, meanwhile, goes into chapter 11. [Variety] • Is the Academy ready to award digital performances? [Variety] • Sasha Stone spotlights the seasons actor reunions. [Awards Daily] […]

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Eastwood/Spielberg team up with Peter Morgan on ‘Hereafter’

Posted by · 11:05 am · November 14th, 2008

The day-to-day deal signings and rumored particulars that end up in the trades are generally no interest to me.  I like to wait until we get a little further down the road, but this project really caught my attention. Peter Morgan is sure to leap further toward the head of the writing class this year […]

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Helmers of the English language, the best and why: part two

Posted by · 12:43 pm · November 2nd, 2008

This is the second part of a feature running down the 10 best filmmakers working in the English language.  For part one, click here, and stay tuned in the coming weeks for a similar feature on European helmers. PETER JACKSON I know this one will bother some people but what Jackson accomplsihed with “The Lord […]

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TRUTH

Posted by · 1:10 pm · October 9th, 2008

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Mixing — Volume One

Posted by · 11:56 am · October 2nd, 2008

“Wait a minute, wait a minute.  You ain’t heard nothing yet!” Those words from Al Jolson forever changed filmmaking in 1927, ushering in “talkies” and bringing about the beginning of the end of the silent film era. The Academy Award for sound mixing recognizes the artists who fashion a film’s audio side.  It must be […]

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