‘The Conspirator’ trailer

Posted by · 9:30 am · January 27th, 2011

Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” was kicking up some Oscar buzz before it bowed at Toronto this year. Lukewarm reactions and a March release sealed the deal that it wasn’t going to figure in the awards season.  But it was picked up by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions and could be groomed for a run later this […]

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TIFF: Lionsgate/Roadside grabs ‘Conspirator,’ Hawkins belle of the ball, Black’s melodramatic upbringing

Posted by · 10:26 am · September 15th, 2010

It seems Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” has become the first significant sell of Toronto (a few things have been picked up here and there already).  Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions (which is really stepping it up this year) have nailed down the domestic rights, but go ahead and strike the film from your longlists.  It won’t […]

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OFF THE CARPET: The year of the woman, take two?

Posted by · 9:11 am · September 13th, 2010

It wasn’t by coincidence that the three photos decorating the season’s introductory installment of this column two weeks ago represented lead actress contenders in the 2010 Oscar race. After all the talk of 2009 being “the year of the woman,” owing much to the number of female directors who found themselves in the mix (and […]

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TIFF: ‘Conspirator,’ ‘Everything Must Go’ bow, praise for ‘Dagenham’

Posted by · 10:44 pm · September 11th, 2010

More from Toronto tonight, so let’s dive in… Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” bowed this evening at a packed gala screening.  At Hollywood News, Sean O’Connell brings up the already-getting-tired 9/11 parallels (which started with Patrick Goldstein earlier).  He calls Redford’s casting decisions “questionable” but considers the film “a solid effort, a compelling legal drama and […]

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TIFF: Not so ‘Funny,’ ‘Super’ buyer interest, Redford still looking

Posted by · 10:48 am · September 11th, 2010

Things are slow moving at the start of this year’s fest.  People are catching up with press screenings of this and that, some of them Venice or Telluride or Cannes, with a few Toronto first-timers thrown in. Firstly, Scott Weinberg joins the dogpile on Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” […]

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9/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:54 am · September 10th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells, meanwhile, re-posts his thoughts on James Solomon’s screenplay. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Pete Hammond reports extensively from Wednesday’s “Tangled” event on the Disney lot. [Deadline] • Tim Gray on Venice’s unique role in film history. [Variety]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Costume Design — Volume I

Posted by · 11:56 pm · July 30th, 2010

Costume design in many ways represents much about the Oscars: glitz, glamor, beauty. But obviously threads do much more than make movie stars look attractive.  They build character, set mood, define period and serve as a defining design aspect of a film. Like art direction, the nominees for here overwhelmingly fall into one of two […]

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‘Never Let Me Go,’ ‘Rabbit Hole’ among Toronto premieres

Posted by · 9:05 am · July 27th, 2010

Toronto International Film Festival organisers unveiled a typically cluttered lineup of galas and premieres for this year’s edition — including, as usual, a number of films pencilled in as 2010 awards contenders. Of the 50 titles announced thus far, half will be world premieres: those include such highly anticipated works as Mark Romanek’s “Never Let […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Art Direction — Volume I

Posted by · 10:45 pm · July 16th, 2010

As we like to point out in this space each year, the Academy Award for Best Art Direction is presented to two individuals who have different but key roles in designing a film’s sets and props. The first of these, the production designer, is the director of the film’s art department, responsible for the supervision […]

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