10/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:59 am · October 16th, 2008

• Patrick Kevin Day gets some choice words from costumer Jacqueline Durran about the shoot-from-the-hip nature of working with Mike Leigh. [Los Angeles Times] • Tim Burton is too busy to see “The Dark Knight.” [Hero Complex] • Josh Brolin was initially insulted at the offer to play George W. Bush. [USA Today] • Shock […]

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10/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:38 am · October 15th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil mulls over the Hollywood Film Festival honorees. [Gold Derby] • Peter Bart is paralyzed in front of his absentee ballot after watching two Presdential fuck-ups in “W.” and “Frost/Nixon.”  WTF? [Peter Bart] • Jeffrey Wells ponders the glut of Best Actress contenders at Sony Pictures Classics. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • David Frost makes […]

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10/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · October 13th, 2008

• Robert Abele gets Josh Brolin to reveal his inner ‘W.’ [The Envelope] • Tom O’Neil gnaws on the Oscar potential of Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married.” [Gold Derby] • Peter bart makes a lot of presumptions and assumptions about the craven mentality of duel performers in a given Oscar season. [Peter Bart] • […]

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Oliver Stone on Bill Maher

Posted by · 1:17 pm · October 11th, 2008

Boy, Oliver Stone is a terrible television interview.  Don’t get me wrong, I could listen to him wax on all day long.  He’s usually at his best when he taps into that weird, oblivious monologue (listen to the director’s commentary of “JFK” for thorough evidence of this).  But anyway, it’s nice to see him out […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Rudin bails, Brolin buzz, original scores

Posted by · 8:00 pm · October 10th, 2008

And this, as they say, is the week that was: • In the biggest news of the week, Scott Rudin has washed his hands of the whole “The Reader” fiasco by taking his name off the film. What now? • Lots happening on the music front this week, with Universal offering a taste of the […]

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Josh Brolin talks ‘W.’

Posted by · 6:19 am · October 9th, 2008

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10/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:41 am · October 9th, 2008

• Dave Karger not only thinks Ralph Fiennes is in the supporting actor race for “The Duchess,” he thinks he is Heath Ledger’s main competition. [Oscar Watch] • Eight documentary shorts have been short-listed by AMPAS. [Oscars.org] • Jeffrey Wells reports that Lionsgate Films is pissing off Portland area critics by not screening “W.” for […]

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More buzz for Brolin

Posted by · 5:00 pm · October 8th, 2008

The mixed notices for Oliver Stone’s “W.” — some of which seem to be simultaneously admiring and bewildered — make it quite clear that the film isn’t going to be a player in the top categories. But we pretty much knew that all along. Josh Brolin’s performance, however, is another story altogether. After the stunning […]

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Josh Brolin goes on the record about the Shreveport arrest

Posted by · 5:53 am · October 8th, 2008

This is the juiciest scoop Jeff Wells has had in a long time.  While interviewing Josh Brolin at yesterday’s “W.” junket, he got the actor on the record regarding that arrest in Shreveport earlier in the summer.  You remember, back when poor Jeffrey Wright got the business end of a taser and allegedly had to […]

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10/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:17 am · October 8th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil wonders if Bill Maher can cure his Emmy drought with an Oscar instead. [Gold Derby] • Patrick Goldstein calls ‘W.’ a “mess,” confirming my worst fears… [The Big Picture] • Erica Abeel corners Mike Leigh at the New York fest. [indieWIRE] • Bill Murray talks “City of Ember,” his divorce. [Associated Press] […]

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10/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:23 am · October 7th, 2008

• David Poland writes up a mini-reaction to “W.”  Yours truly will get a crack this morning. [The Hot Blog] • Jeffrey Wells, meanwhile, can’t wait to see it. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Jeremy Piven in “Speed the Plow?”  Best…casting…ever? [The Daily Beast] • Yet another article wondering how “Body of Lies” will fare in the […]

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Weiser on the prescience of ‘Wall Street’

Posted by · 2:09 pm · October 6th, 2008

Buried in the pages of the Los Angeles Times’ entertainment section over the weekend was this intriguing op-ed from “W.” screenwriter Stanley Weiser.  But it wasn’t his upcoming George W. Bush biopic he had on the mind, it was 1987’s “Wall Street,” which Weiser co-wrote with Oliver Stone. It’s a real coup for the Times, […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Who we are, who we want to be

Posted by · 9:07 am · October 6th, 2008

In an election year, topical films indicate a culture making sense of itself.

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10/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:28 am · October 6th, 2008

• Choire Sicha talks to Ellen Burstyn about “W.” and her new memoir. [Los Angeles Times] • A year later, Jeffrey Wells still very much hearts “Things We Lost in the Fire.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Peter Knegt profiles “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet. [indieWIRE] • David Gritten corners the Coen brothers across the pond. […]

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Paul Cantelon’s beautiful ‘W.’ score

Posted by · 8:57 am · October 4th, 2008

A huge thank you to commenter Markku who points us to emusic.com’s sampling of Paul Cantelon’s original score for Oliver Stone’s “W.” I have to say, it’s a beautiful piece of work on the whole.  Lots of haunting melodies, plenty of southern flavor here and there, a nice waltz thrown in to emphasize the bumbling […]

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Peter Bart weighs in on ‘W.’

Posted by · 5:59 pm · October 3rd, 2008

Well, it isn’t really a review, but: Last week I saw Oliver Stone’s “W.,” an engrossing film which reminds us that the man who made “Platoon” hasn’t lost his edge. Part polemic, and part parody, “W.” explores the love-hate relationship between George Bush senior and junior. Alrighty.

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10/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:02 am · October 2nd, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells reports that Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers” has been pushed to 2009. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Patrick Goldstein hypothesizes that the year-end Oscar glut is detrimental to quality films and, in a round about way, that studios should forgo the Oscar spending.  Gasp! [The Big Picture] • David Poland apparently missed the qualifier “largely” in […]

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10/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:05 am · October 1st, 2008

• Kim Voynar joins Movie City News.  here’s hoping she gets paid. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Steven Soderbergh will make a third Che Guevera film if “Che” makes at least $100 million at the box office.  A.K.A., Steven Soderbergh won’t be making a third Che Guevera film. [The Playlist] • Blind people protest “Blindness.”  I mean, […]

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