11/1 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Four Lions’ on tour, Thompson remembers ‘Back to the Future,’ The Boss talks ‘The Promise’

Posted by · 7:28 am · November 1st, 2010

• Devin Faraci goes on the road with Chris Morris and his film, “Four Lions.” [Badass Digest] • Brian Truitt talks “Back to the Future” with Lea Thompson, 25 years later.  I always forget it was nominated for Best Original Screenplay.  (AWESOME.)  [USA Today] • Bruce Springsteen talks the making of “Darkness on the Edge […]

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‘The Cove’ set for prime time debut

Posted by · 2:56 pm · August 27th, 2010

I sometimes wonder what Louis Psihoyos might have been able to convey to a massive television audience if Fisher Stevens hadn’t bum-rushed the microphone when “The Cove” won Best Documentary, and/or Oscarcast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic hadn’t decided to play Psihoyos off before he had a chance to speak up (all on account […]

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Psihoyos responds to ‘Cove’ push-back

Posted by · 10:24 am · June 5th, 2010

Stumbled across this at Hollywood Elsewhere:

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Interviews with the winners

Posted by · 10:25 am · March 8th, 2010

Before we close the book on 2009, here’s one last rundown of our interviews with this year’s Oscar recipients.  It was lovely to meet with them all as this was truly, for the most part, a season of camaraderie. “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos (Best Documentary Feature) “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges (Best Actor) Ryan Bingham and […]

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If YOU had a ballot

Posted by · 11:52 am · March 7th, 2010

Tonight’s the big night, and as we close in on the final hours of the 2009-2010 film awards season, I thought I’d offer up this list (another one!), which reflects how you, the readership, would like the night’s festivities to go.  These are the results of the daily polls that accompanied our Oscar Guide series […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Documentary Feature

Posted by · 9:05 am · February 23rd, 2010

The year’s documentary feature category hasn’t offered up a lot of suspense so far this season. One contender has been a dominant force on the circuit and the nominations, for the most part, lined up accordingly. A lot of the intrigue, of course, is taken out by the mid-season announcement of a 15-film shortlist, which […]

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‘Up in the Air,’ ‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘Cove’ win at WGA

Posted by · 8:29 pm · February 20th, 2010

Insert token analysis here.  Longest…Oscar…season…ever.

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The top 10 shots of 2009: part two

Posted by · 12:46 pm · February 17th, 2010

In case you missed the first part of our look at the best shots of 2009, go ahead and catch up here.  Before getting into the top five, however, I’d like to spotlight a few examples that almost made the cut but just missed. First and foremost, “Inglourious Basterds” is obviously a favorite around these […]

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INTERVIEW: Louie Psihoyos

Posted by · 12:49 pm · February 15th, 2010

Louie Psihoyos is a vegetarian.  Go figure.  On the sunny afternoon of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, we meet at a West Hollywood vegetarian cafe to discuss “The Cove,” the former National Geographic photographer’s first foray into the world of feature filmmaking, and a stand-out piece of activism that seems to galvanize most anyone who’s […]

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‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘Hangover’ win with ACE

Posted by · 10:08 pm · February 14th, 2010

Friday we spotlighted the film editing category in our daily Oscar Guide feature.  Tonight at the Beverly Hilton, the editors themselves had their say at the 60th annual ACE Eddies ceremony. Bob Murawski and Chris Innis were the big winners in the drama category for “The Hurt Locker” (my prediction for the Oscar win), while […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festival coverage, celebrating The Dude and more

Posted by · 3:21 pm · February 14th, 2010

• This week’s installments of the Oscar Guide covered the animated feature, sound mixing, lead actor, live action short and film editing categories. • Kris toasted the career of Jeff bridges with his list of the actor’s top 10 performances (off-site). • We caught up with “Red Riding: 1974” director Julian Jarrold as well as […]

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SANTA BARBARA: ‘The Cove’ honored

Posted by · 11:32 pm · February 10th, 2010

I didn’t realize it had been fully six months since I saw “The Cove” beginning to end until I sat down to watch it again this evening at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.  The screening was in honor of the film’s receiving the Sir David Attenborough Award, given annually to a film exhibiting excellence […]

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‘The Cove’ sees the light of day in Japan

Posted by · 9:44 am · February 9th, 2010

The press release, in part: The Works International is delighted to announce the acquisition of Academy Award® nominated documentary THE COVE by Japanese distributor Medallion Media which is planning a tentative release date of April 2010 in Japan. Until now Japanese distributors have shied away from the award-winning documentary which generated huge coverage and controversy […]

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February winner predictions

Posted by · 10:18 am · February 3rd, 2010

These appeared at Movie City News’s Gurus o’ Gold page this morning, so you probably already saw them.  Here they are in any case, since, you know, I guess it’s about that time: Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker” Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker” Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart” Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, […]

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‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘The Cove’ win with DGA

Posted by · 11:43 pm · January 30th, 2010

I don’t want to be presumptuous and say something like, “It’s time to call this thing,” but it’s difficult to argue with the two biggest guild crowns ON TOP OF the critical sentiment “The Hurt Locker” is dragging into phase two. Kathryn Bigelow has won the DGA award for her work on the film, becoming […]

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January winner predictions

Posted by · 10:59 am · January 27th, 2010

It’s time for me to go to the well one more time before next week’s big announcement.  That’s right, six days and the mystery of the 10 will finally be answered.  But first, some blind (since there are no nominations yet) guesses.  Just trying to find the right balance here: Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker” […]

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‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘Up,’ ‘The Cove’ win with PGA

Posted by · 5:56 pm · January 24th, 2010

Wow.  Summit Entertainment’s “The Hurt Locker” took down Goliath to win the PGA award tonight.  I’m at a total loss.  The film has asserted itself, rather dramatically, as a film to contend with, one that won’t be stampeded by the “Avatar” express.  And I am, quite frankly, ecstatic at the notion. Actor Jeff Bridges presented […]

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An evening at the CCMAs

Posted by · 10:46 am · January 16th, 2010

Alright, now that the booze and the hangover have worn off, let’s talk last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. It was a decently produced evening, the venue having shifted from the Santa Monica Civic Center to the Hollywood Palladium, right in the middle of Tinseltown.  The scheme of having 10 tables rounding the stage representing […]

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