2/24 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Hanks to present two off the bat, Elton John on Best Actress, Twitter Best Pic reviews

Posted by · 9:07 am · February 24th, 2011

• Pete Hammond reports that Tom Hanks will present Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography to start the show, so we’ll know very quickly if a sweep for “The King’s Speech” is afoot. [Deadline] • Glenn Kenny talks up the underrated “Shutter Island” a year after its release. [The Film Talk] • It’s been a […]

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James Franco joins the Twitterfolk

Posted by · 8:00 pm · February 18th, 2011

After viewing his art exhibition yesterday, I suggested James Franco might want to remove one string from his bow, but the man apparently thinks he hasn’t been busy enough lately: he can now add “celebrity Twitterer” to his increasingly long list of occupations. There’s not much yet on the @jamesfranco account to prompt discussion — […]

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Howard Stern live-Tweeting ‘Private Parts’

Posted by · 2:43 pm · February 12th, 2011

A nice segue from today’s Cinejabber headline.  Howard Stern recently joined the ranks of Twitter after re-signing to Sirius Satellite Radio for a new five year contract.  Today, he’s live-Tweeting “Private Parts,” which, to my knowledge, is the first instance of a celebrity giving a real-time commentary of his or her film via the online […]

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1/31 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Aronofsky and Russell on sex scenes, Rudin v. Weinstein, Hammond on snubs

Posted by · 9:30 am · January 31st, 2011

• Darren Aronofsky and David O. Russell reveal a dislike for filming sex scenes. [Hollywood Reporter] • Krista Smith, meanwhile, sits down with Russell to talk “The Fighter.” [Little Gold Men] • Rebecca Keegan and Nicole Sperling write up Scott Rudin vs. Harvey Weinstein. [The Envelope]

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12/30 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Pixar postage stamps, ‘Inception’ most-Tweeted, what Hollywood can do better

Posted by · 8:17 am · December 30th, 2010

• Your favorite Pixar characters soon to grace postage stamps. [USPS] • “Inception” tops 2010’s list of most-tweeted movies. [The Independent] • Neville Page on his part in designing “TRON Legacy.” [The Wrap]

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10/27 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Sticking up for Swinton, AMPAS joins Twitter, 15 years of Fox Searchlight

Posted by · 9:11 am · October 27th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells does his part to re-inject Tilda Swinton’s performance in “I Am Love” back into the Oscar conversation. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • The Academy is ready for its close-up — on Twitter! [Twitter] • Celebrating 15 years of Fox Searchlight Pictures. [/Film]

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10/4 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: On Gekko and Zuckerberg, Oscar season on Twitter, clamoring for ‘Social’ reactions

Posted by · 8:46 am · October 4th, 2010

• Peter Lattman sits down with “Inside Job” director Charles Ferguson. [Dealbook] • A.O. Scott on the drive and determination of Gordon Gekko and Mark Zuckerberg. [New York Times] • Scott Feinberg puts together a massive, comprehensive list of Oscar contenders and pundits on Twitter.  Follow away! [ScottFeinberg.com]

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AFI’s moments of significance in 2009

Posted by · 1:14 pm · December 28th, 2009

They should add an “L” between the “F” and the “I.”  American Film List Institute.  Anyway, this just arrived via press release.  The criteria is apparently “accomplishments of considerable merit; influences with either a positive or negative impression; trends, either new or re-emerging; anniversaries or memorials of special note; and/or movements in new technologies, education, […]

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11/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:46 am · November 11th, 2009

• Steven Zeitchik plays things from the other side of the coin, says a high Best Picture profile for “Up” could cause the film in the animated feature category. [Hollywood Reporter] • Jeffrey Wells takes aim and fires heavily on “Precious.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • The People’s Choice Award nominations are here.  I KNOW you care.  […]

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Tweeting for Oscar

Posted by · 7:25 pm · October 28th, 2009

The few of you who do follow my Twitter account will have gathered by now that, compared to some, I’m not the most active correspondent in that medium — limiting my thoughts to 140 characters is a trial more often that not. However, should I ever find myself in the hunt for an Oscar (hey, […]

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Twitter a la carte: future marketing tool?

Posted by · 7:46 pm · August 22nd, 2009

I was watching the Redskins game this afternoon, doing some work on my computer, and the announcers mentioned something called Redskins Twackle.  I was already on the net so I figured I’d give it a look, and this is what I got: In a nutshell, it’s a Twitter interface for Redskins fans.  Obviously something like […]

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#CNNFail

Posted by · 3:12 pm · June 14th, 2009

I’m glad someone picked this up: As the Iranian election aftermath unfolded in Tehran–thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to express their anger at perceived electoral irregularities–an unexpected hashtag began to explode through the Twitterverse: “CNNFail.” Even as Twitter became the best source for rapid-fire news developments from the front lines of the riots […]

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The ‘Up’ crew Tweets from The Croisette

Posted by · 10:12 am · May 14th, 2009

Guy is handling all of the Cannes updating splendidly, so I’ll just impede on his turf this once.  I don’t know if readers have kept up with or even been privy to the consistent Twitter updates coming from “Up” co-director Pete Docter in Cannes, but it’s a nice way to feel like you’re right there […]

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5/12 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:02 am · May 12th, 2009

• Alex Billington takes a few snaps of upcoming release poster artwork in Cannes (including “Shutter Island” and “A Christmas Carol”), then, the web being what it is, he slaps his watermark all over them. [First Showing] • Kevin Costner keeps the western’s light flickering with an upcoming A&E mini-series. [The Hollywood Reporter] • The […]

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Kutcher wins

Posted by · 10:51 am · April 17th, 2009

You might remember that Ashton Kutcher vs. CNN post from a few days ago.  Well, it looks like Kutcher closed the Twitter gap fast and finally topped the news organization’s Breaking News feed to 1 million followers.  Now he will “ding dong ditch” Ted Turner’s home, as promised.  And this, my friends, is what is […]

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More on the Twitter apocalypse: Ashton Kutcher vs. CNN

Posted by · 10:10 am · April 15th, 2009

Recently I wrote about the dawn of the journo Twitter apocalypse, the idea that the micro-blogging platform will somehow have a considerable impact on the journalistic form.  I have my doubts.  And even if the possibility is there for Twitter to be a tool of the journalistic trade, I find myself wondering whether it should. […]

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The dawn of the journo Twitter apocalypse

Posted by · 12:41 pm · March 17th, 2009

I was having lunch with a publicist recently who seemed to be totally confused at how Twitter was going to affect her job.  You know, someone sees a film, Twitters something about it off the cuff and suddenly there’s a conversation to be contained. My point of view is that there is nothing I can […]

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