Apparition adopts Sundance pic ‘Rileys’

Posted by · 5:32 am · March 15th, 2010

Fresh off their first Oscar win (Best Costume Design for “The Young Victoria”), fledgling distributor Apparition has picked up a well-regarded Sundance indie that could end up buttressing their 2010 awards campaign for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” “Welcome to the Rileys,” a domestic drama starring James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo as bereaved parents […]

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2/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 11:08 am · February 5th, 2010

• Scott Bowles writes up the forthcoming Leo/Marty thriller “Shutter Island.” [USA Today] • Charting the piracy of this year’s Oscar nominees. [Waxy] • Pete Hammond gets James Cameron to puff his chest out on “Avatar”‘s box office potential, among other notes on the town. [Notes on a Season]

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Stars ‘Howl’ in Sundance

Posted by · 6:43 pm · January 26th, 2010

Our friend Anthony Breznican of USA Today picked up a copy of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” while in Sundance, and in honor of the Epstein/Friedman film of the same name, starring James Franco as Ginsberg and centered on the poet’s obscenity trial, had a few laughs with some of the stars in attendance at the fest.  […]

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1/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:46 am · January 22nd, 2010

• Nikki Finke says Oscarcast producers may be secretly considering a third host. [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Julian Sancton talks to the brilliant (and all but forgotten this season) Anthony Mackie. [Little Gold Men] • Davis Guggenheim’s education crisis documentary “Waiting for Superman” is Sundance’s first pick-up. [The Wrap]

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‘Five Minutes of Heaven’ trailer

Posted by · 4:14 am · July 3rd, 2009

I offered some very brief notes a while back on Oliver Hirschbiegel’s excellent “Five Minutes of Heaven,” which premiered on television here in the UK, but will thankfully get the theatrical release (along with VOD) it deserves Stateside in August. Thank God for IFC. (More thoughts after the cut.)

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EDINBURGH: ‘Humpday,’ ‘Adam’

Posted by · 9:49 am · June 26th, 2009

My last full day at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (which wraps up on Sunday) served up a pair of comparatively conspicuous U.S. titles. Both are comic ventures of a sort that made a splash (one via widespread critical and audience enthusiasm, the other via a high-profile pickup by Fox Searchlight) at the Sundance Film […]

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EDINBURGH: “35 Shots of Rum,” “Séraphine,” “The Maid”

Posted by · 6:57 am · June 24th, 2009

Tuesday was a day of mellower pleasures at the Edinburgh Film Festival, from an idle sun-soaked writing break in the park, to a chance conversation with Paddy Considine and Shane Meadows (both as smart and affably bloke-ish as you’d expect) outside the theater, to, most importantly, a trio of quietly impressive, character-oriented foreign-language titles. Two […]

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EDINBURGH: ‘London River,’ ‘Spread’

Posted by · 11:06 am · June 23rd, 2009

The past day has presented me with two films that made their first appearances at high-profile festivals early in the year: Scottish auteur David Mackenzie’s first U.S. effort “Spread” — a “look ma, I can act” venture of sorts for Ashton Kutcher — played at Sundance in January, while Rachid Bouchareb’s “London River” was a […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar nomination week

Posted by · 6:15 pm · January 23rd, 2009

• In case you’ve just emerged from a coma or something, the nominations for the 81st annual Academy Awards were unveiled. • And it’s fair to say we weren’t impressed. At all. • OK, maybe a little impressed. • Amid the chaos, Kris took a stab at what/who we should expect to emerge victorious on […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Globe surprises, best shots, BAFTA nods

Posted by · 6:00 pm · January 16th, 2009

Sorry the Weekly Wrap feature has been M.I.A. these past few weeks — between the holidays and various disasters, they got a bit forgotten. Anyway, it’s back this week, and what a busy week it was: • In a new annual institution at IC, Kris reviewed the top 10 shots of the year here … […]

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