Cinema Audio Society nominees

Posted by · 7:31 pm · January 7th, 2009

The five contenders for the 2009 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards are: “The Dark Knight” “Iron Man” “Quantum of Solace” “Slumdog Millionaire” “WALL-E” So this is the second “Defiance” snub that has surprised me so far, following Eduardo Serra coming up short with the lensers earlier today. “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man” and especially “WALL-E” […]

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12/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:37 am · December 28th, 2008

• Joe Morgenstern wraps up the year. [Wall Street Journal] • Michael Lerman on the most misunderstood films of 2008. [Spout Blog] • Jeffrey Wells tries to draw some parallels between the year’s Best Picture hopefuls and the presidential contenders of 2008. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • James Rocchi podcasts it up with yours truly on year-end […]

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That dude who wrote ‘The Usual Suspects’ makes the rounds

Posted by · 1:12 pm · December 27th, 2008

Alright, I’m only joshing Christopher McQuarrie with the “that dude” quip.  Count me in the “Usual Suspects” boat, a film I’ve been in the tank for ever since it sparked something in me 13 years ago (along with Michael Mann’s “Heat”).  Both movies played a serious part in forging the film lover before you. McQuarrie’s […]

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12/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:55 am · December 17th, 2008

• Jeff Wells knows how to fix “Valkyrie” after the fact. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • John Campea suffers through the worst films of the year. [The Movie Blog] • Scientists claim that real-life relationships can’t live up to those in the movies. [Daily Telegraph] • Rob Turbovsky says biopics are hijacking real life for narrative gain. […]

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10/31 Oscarweb Round-up — HALLOWEEN EDITION!

Posted by · 5:51 am · October 31st, 2008

• Tom O’Neil podcasts it with Rosemarie DeWitt. [Gold Derby] • Jeffrey Wells comes back to the “Valkyrie” poster with admiration a few weeks later. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • John Campea is excited about the “WALL-E” Best Picture campaign. [The Movie Blog] • Debuting the new “Valkyrie” trailer. [Yahoo! Movies] • Anne Thompson takes her first […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Editing — Volume One

Posted by · 10:59 am · October 30th, 2008

Swoosh.  Bang.  Grunt.  Clink.  Crash. These sorts of sounds can add a lot to a film’s mood and plot even though they are not recorded during filming and have to be created and mixed in later on. The individuals who create these effects are rewarded for their efforts in the category of Best Sound Editing.  […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Mixing — Volume One

Posted by · 11:56 am · October 2nd, 2008

“Wait a minute, wait a minute.  You ain’t heard nothing yet!” Those words from Al Jolson forever changed filmmaking in 1927, ushering in “talkies” and bringing about the beginning of the end of the silent film era. The Academy Award for sound mixing recognizes the artists who fashion a film’s audio side.  It must be […]

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OFF THE CARPET: When the movies play second fiddle

Posted by · 2:19 pm · September 29th, 2008

Short column this time around because there are just a few specific things on my mind. It’s been a relatively slow couple of weeks in the wake of the Toronto International Film Festival.  At least on the surface.’ Behind the scenes, studios are circling their wagons, securing Oscar ad buys, prepping their fall product and […]

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New ‘Valkyrie’ trailer

Posted by · 11:02 pm · September 25th, 2008

And a new behind-the-scenes featurette has landed at Yahoo!

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Sweet new ‘Valkyrie’ poster

Posted by · 7:09 pm · September 25th, 2008

I’m loving it.  Though the film still gives me some hesitation.  A behind-the-scenes featurette will debut at Yahoo! in a few hours, FYI.

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Oops…

Posted by · 3:06 pm · September 4th, 2008

I just realized that I failed to add “Valkyrie,” the Tom Cruise film that has stopped and started like nobody’s business, back to the charts in this week’s Oscar update.  Oh well, we’ll adjust the next time around (when Torotno is safely behind us).

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Could everyone just leave Tom Cruise alone?

Posted by · 7:59 am · August 20th, 2008

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but the en vogue nature of dog-piling Tom Cruise has started to really get under my skin. Sure, Rachel Abramowitz and Anne Thompson are playing the pity card in their tone, but you get the pouring-salt-on-wounds vibe nonetheless.  At Variety, Thompson calls “Lions for Lambs” a flop twice […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Valkyrie” by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander

Posted by · 8:44 am · August 19th, 2008

“God promised Abraham that he would not destroy Sodom if he could find just ten righteous men. I have a feeling that for Germany it may come down to one.” So what has Christopher McQuarrie, the man responsible for creating Keyser Soze, been up to since “The Usual Suspects” (and the oft-forgotten “The Way of […]

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‘Valkyrie’ changes tack

Posted by · 4:54 pm · August 13th, 2008

Well, I’ll be. In what appears to be Tom Cruise Week in showbiz newsland, the most surprising development is the return of the long-suffering “Valkyrie” to the 2008 release slate. Bryan Singer’s WWII thriller, a project that has been maligned virtually from the get-go, will now bow on US screens on 26 December. That will […]

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No Oscar for ‘Valkyrie’ in 2008

Posted by · 9:49 am · May 12th, 2008

I have to admit, I was looking forward to “Valkyrie,” Bryan Singer’s film about the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944. Yes, I’m aware that the film stars Tom Cruise, but the remaining cast, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Wilkinson was intriguing. The film also re-united Singer with Christopher McQuarrie, his screenwriter from […]

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The buried

Posted by · 11:01 pm · April 29th, 2008

Okay, I think we’re done cleaning out all the kinks here for the night. I wanted to mention, however, that the old site is still out there in cyberspace for you to peruse. Check it out here. It’s a little buggy over there in the wake of the move, but I’ll iron all that out […]

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Milking that ‘Valkyrie’ teet

Posted by · 11:55 pm · April 22nd, 2008

I don’t disagree with a lot of what Michael Cieply has to say about the counted-out “Valkyrie” in this recent New York Times piece. Indeed, the Web is the greatest offender when it comes to instant declarations. It’s a tough balance that plenty of webmasters, myself included, struggle with on a daily basis. Indeed, there […]

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What’s the f***ing point?

Posted by · 8:25 pm · April 8th, 2008

It’s one thing for a report to land by a Hollywood trade that an upcoming release is getting another bump to the next quarter for unverified reasons. But come on. I don’t know if it’s just me, but Slate’s Kim Masters always seems to be fishing for a story. I don’t take issue often because […]

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