Summit hits the ground running with first screener of the season: Chris Weitz’s ‘A Better Life’

Posted by · 2:37 pm · September 14th, 2011

Deadline’s Pete Hammond already reported that this was imminent, but since it arrived on my doorstep this morning, it seemed worth conveying here. Summit Entertainment is first out of the gate this year with FYC screeners aimed at drawing attention back to Chris Weitz’s “A Better Life.” I was a big fan of Weitz’s film, […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘A Better Life’ director Chris Weitz

Posted by · 10:11 pm · June 15th, 2011

Filmmaker Chris Weitz has taken a ride on a rather inconsistent career path since making a splash (along with brother Paul) with 1999’s “American Pie.” He followed that raunchy comedy with the critically mauled Chris Rock starrer “Down to Earth” before bouncing back with the beloved intimate romantic comedy “About a Boy.” He then fled […]

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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 […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 41 — Governors Awards, animated and doc feature shortlists, circuit festivities and remembering Ronni Chasen

Posted by · 11:20 am · November 19th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Underdog season

Posted by · 10:50 am · September 28th, 2009

It suddenly occurred to me when I got a screening invite last week to “That Evening Sun,” a potential awards prospect for lead actor Hal Holbrook, that the film actually had a distributor: Freestyle Releasing. Freestyle is a boutique company that doesn’t have a lot on deck, but it reminded me of how spread out […]

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9/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:49 am · September 28th, 2009

• Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski arrested in Zurich for 1977 rape charge. [CNN] • Steven Zeitchik reports that Summit was set to be the first out of the gate with awards screeners this year with “The Hurt Locker.” Would it have made a difference? [Risky Biz Blog] • Nathaniel Rogers considers Julianne Moore’s Oscar chances […]

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Summer hopefuls that can go the distance

Posted by · 9:29 am · June 15th, 2009

Over at Examiner.com, Jeff Sneider (you know him around these parts as “The InSneider”) has put together a rundown of the 10 summer movies that have a shot at awards glory.  In my post-Cannes Oscar column I mentioned how dreadfully quiet the first half of the year has been for awards hopefuls.  After all, this […]

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‘Che’ and ‘Hurt Locker’ find distributors in Toronto

Posted by · 11:23 am · September 10th, 2008

It looks like IFC Films, not Magnolia Pictures (as originally expected), has picked up the much-discussed “Che” at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Here’s Anne Thompson on why.  Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq film “The Hurt Locker,” which is stunning critics all over the place, was scooped up by Summit Entertainment. How interesting is it that […]

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