TELLURIDE: Clooney takes center stage

Posted by · 5:43 pm · September 3rd, 2011

George Clooney has been tapped this year for one of Telluride’s three big tributes, and it’s certainly the biggest of the trio. Whether it’s press and patrons schmoozing with the star at yesterday’s Patron Brunch, whispers around town (“Did you hear George Clooney is here?” “I really hope ‘The Ides of March’ is a TBA.”) […]

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‘District 9,’ ‘In the Loop’ also ineligible for WGA

Posted by · 12:55 pm · January 6th, 2010

With all the WGA casualties popping up this morning I thought I’d track down the eligibility concerns of a handful of other films in the mix and, lo and behold, some other high-caliber work doesn’t make the cut with the guild. Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell’s “District 9,” for starters, is not eligible.  It was […]

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London Film Festival shortlists nine titles for top prize

Posted by · 8:04 am · October 7th, 2009

I mentioned recently that the London Film Festival is upping its profile by adding a couple of new awards to its roster, including a crowning Best Film prize. This, I felt, was a positive development for a festival that becomes a richer, more rewarding cinematic showcase by the year. However, I must admit to being […]

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‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ poster

Posted by · 9:24 am · September 10th, 2009

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Original Score — Volume I

Posted by · 10:51 am · September 2nd, 2009

As long as humanity has been recording history, music has been immensely important in society. Not only can it be joyous and entertaining, but it can capture the mood and feel of a time and a place. Cinema has been no exception in this regard. The creation of original music for a film is awarded […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Whittling further as convention flees

Posted by · 11:56 am · August 3rd, 2009

Another month, another step closer to the awards season.  As the summer winds down and the industry slowly begins to square itself with the off-season’s bombshell Oscar news, the picture becomes a little clearer.  Kind of. Universal Pictures, in a move speculated upon endlessly by now, shuffled two of its contenders — Paul Greengrass’s “Green […]

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7/29 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:23 am · July 29th, 2009

• Quentin Tarantino set to raise funds with special Chi-town screening of “Inglourious Basterds.” [Chicago Tribune] • Andrew O’Hehir on the lawsuit that could derailed the “Hobbit” adaptation. [Beyond the Multiplex] • In a tight economy, how do you decide what films deserve your hard-earned cash? [The Guardian]

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More images from ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Posted by · 8:34 am · July 24th, 2009

Over at USA Today, Susan Wloszczyna has an exclusive first look at nine new images from Wes Anderson’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” plus some insight into the film’s screenplay: The much-expanded plot has been tweaked to include many elements found in Anderson’s other films, including a dysfunctional clan and a male rivalry. The four Fox […]

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Could ‘Mr. Fox,’ ‘Carol’ join toon Best Pic hopefuls?

Posted by · 5:30 pm · July 10th, 2009

JoBlo has an exclusive first look today at the central character from Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” a Scott Rudin-produced animated Roald Dahl adaptation.  The film was recently shifted from Fox over to Fox Searchlight for the purposes of distribution, lest a small, niche film such as this be lost in the shuffle.  But I […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: Alexandre Desplat

Posted by · 9:30 am · February 5th, 2009

Over the last several years, Alexandre Desplat has gone from being a relatively unknown (in the United States anyway) French composer to emerging as one of the most acclaimed and sought after commodities in the business today.  Receiving his second Oscar nomination this year for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Desplat has continued to […]

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