Tom Ford, Scott Cooper on Variety’s Directors to Watch list

Posted by · 10:03 am · January 21st, 2010

Variety’s annual Directors to Watch list lives up to its title more often than not, frequently highlighting names that go on to be hotter talking points in the year that follows. Last year’s list, for example, include “(500) Days of Summer” helmer Marc Webb, who recently signed on to reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise, as well […]

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12/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:38 am · December 3rd, 2009

• Donna Freydkin talks “Brothers” and  transitioning to an adult role with Natalie Portman. [USA Today] • Laura M. Holson talks to Tom Ford and others about the former Gucci creative director’s feature film debut, “A Single Man.” [New York Times] • Roger Ebert four-stars “Up in the Air.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

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OFF THE CARPET: Field of adaptations

Posted by · 8:34 am · November 23rd, 2009

As always, the year’s adapted screenplay race is much more competitive than the original screenplay race. But what’s intriguing to note is that of the anticipated “big four” still to be widely screened, three of them are right in the thick of this discussion. In the case of “Nine,” there is a chance for Anthony […]

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Welcome to the club

Posted by · 4:44 am · November 15th, 2009

Roger Corman, Lauren Bacall and Gordon Willis show off the Oscars they received at last night’s Governors’ Awards. (The fourth honoree, John Calley, could not attend.) More pictures and video footage of the presentations are at the official AMPAS site here. (On a side note, one pic on the Academy site is captioned “Honorary award […]

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Same-but-different ‘A Single Man’ trailer

Posted by · 4:18 am · November 8th, 2009

Well, they may have buggered up the poster, but they knew better than to mess with the gorgeous trailer we saw back in September. The Weinsteins’ first official trailer for Tom Ford’s startling debut replays the lush, wordless montage of the original, with a couple of Oscar-chasing quotes inserted for effect. (And not subtly, either: […]

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‘A Single Man’ poster

Posted by · 2:55 am · November 5th, 2009

Talk about a missed opportunity. The film boasts one of the year’s most unique visual sensibilities and the best they can do is slap Tom Ford’s trademark lettering over an already-ubiquitous still? And call me cynical, but are they trying to hide the fact that it’s about a gay man? Anyway, thanks to Glenn for […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Minority report

Posted by · 5:49 pm · October 15th, 2009

When the Academy Awards roll around in March, it will have been precisely two decades since the unlikely figure of Kim Basinger blasted Academy voters’ conservatism on air at the 1989 ceremony, with specific regard to their sidelining of “Do the Right Thing,” Spike Lee’s groundbreaking study of urban interracial tension. “We’ve got five great […]

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9/17 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:12 am · September 17th, 2009

• Success.  The Tokyo International Film Festival bows to global pressure and allows screening of “The Cove.” [Variety] • Jeffrey Wells gets a comment from festival jury chief Alejandro González Iñárritu. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Anne Thompson spends some quality time with Michael Moore. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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VENICE: Who will take the gold … and who should

Posted by · 5:46 am · September 12th, 2009

And so it comes to this. Ten days of blazing sunshine, free-flowing Prosecco, occasionally “Brazil”-style administration and – oh, right – a few films too, will come to a head tonight as Ang Lee and his merry band of jurors will name the supposed best of the fest. I’ve written before about the near-futility of […]

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‘A Single Man’ trailer

Posted by · 4:30 am · September 12th, 2009

The more I think about Tom Ford’s debut feature “A Single Man” (not to be confused with “A Serious Man” — keep up!), which unspooled yesterday to a very warm Venice reception, the more I like it. I wrote my review on the fly, so I’m not sure if my full admiration for the film’s […]

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SHORT TAKE: “A Single Man” (***1/2)

Posted by · 6:26 am · September 11th, 2009

Venice Film Festival In a curious way, revered fashion designer Tom Ford had a defined auteur’s stamp before he ever so much as shot a frame of his debut film: from his louche advertising campaigns to his infamous curation of Vanity Fair’s 2007 Hollywood issue to the forms and textures of his designs themselves, Ford […]

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The five Venice titles I’m most curious to see

Posted by · 7:20 pm · September 1st, 2009

At the crack of dawn, I board a flight to Italy — so this time tomorrow, if all goes well, I’ll be writing to you from the water-riven city of Venice after having attended a festival screening of John Hillcoat’s “The Road.” It’s both my first visit to the city and my first taste of […]

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Venice lineup includes ‘The Road,’ ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’

Posted by · 8:01 am · July 30th, 2009

(UPDATE: For whatever reason, my initial source failed to mention that George A. Romero’s latest zombie opus, “Survival of the Dead,” is also in competition.) In years past, the Venice Film Festival has unveiled several titles that went on to figure significantly in the awards season ahead — “Brokeback Mountain,”The Queen,” “Far From Heaven” and […]

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