John Legend and The Roots perform ‘Shine’

Posted by · 1:16 pm · November 2nd, 2010

In lieu of a proper “listen to” item on John Legend’s “Shine” from “Waiting for Superman” (since I’ve already featured the tune twice), I thought I’d post up this video of the singer performing the song with The Roots in studio. At the end of the day, I think this track has a real shot […]

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Obama meets with the ‘Waiting for Superman’ kids

Posted by · 11:20 am · October 15th, 2010

In one of the round-ups this week I mentioned the White House visit that has been a nice bit of publicity for the “Waiting for Superman” cause (also discussed at length in today’s Oscar Talk podcast).  Below is a brief video of the meeting, which has been making the rounds.

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10/12 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Obama with the ‘Superman’ kids, handicapping the docs, ‘Debt’ delayed

Posted by · 9:04 am · October 12th, 2010

• President Obama met with children featured in the film “Waiting for Superman” yesterday. [Associated Press] • Handicapping this year’s documentary feature Oscar race. [Vulture] • Dave Karger explains his Gurus choices, calls “Love & Other Drugs” (one of his predicted Best Picture nominees) one of the sexiest films he’s seen in years. [Oscar Watch]

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10/8 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Superman’ does well, Paramount grabs Reitman’s next, Lane on ‘Secretariat’

Posted by · 8:00 am · October 8th, 2010

• Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” has performed better than several other high profile releases. [The Envelope] • David Poland sits down with “Let Me In” director Matt Reeves. [Movie City News] • Paramount to distribute Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult,” written by Diablo Cody. [Hollywood Reporter]

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John Legend performs ‘Shine’

Posted by · 1:55 pm · October 2nd, 2010

A few months back we featured a video of John Legend performing Best Original Song contender “Shine” from “Waiting for Superman.” Today, though, via Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, I stumbled across this more, well, “produced” video of the singer crooning the tune. It’s a gorgeous piece of music (and a highpoint of a post-screening […]

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‘Waiting for Superman’ does Oprah

Posted by · 9:36 am · September 23rd, 2010

I offered up my thoughts on Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” back when the film played the Los Angeles Film Festival in June.  My position is that the film, however emotional, doesn’t necessarily tell us anything we don’t already know and plays loose and fast with facts in order to slightly sensationalize the issue. All […]

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9/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:48 am · September 17th, 2010

• The Chateau Marmont, setting of Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” is ready for its close-up across the pond. [The Independent] • Jay Fernandez reports from the Washington premiere of “Waiting for Superman,” which received a “monumental stamp” when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called it a “Rosa Parks moment.” [Hollywood Reporter] • Trent Reznor releases five […]

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9/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:01 am · September 7th, 2010

• The Gurus o’ Gold step up to the plate of a fresh season, each of us picking 15 unranked bets for Best Picture likelihood pre-Toronto. [Movie City News] • Jeffrey Wells begs to differ on the notion that Gemma Arterton has a shot at awards success in “Tamara Drewe,” which he calls “the most […]

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8/30 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:10 am · August 30th, 2010

• Rooster Cogburn must be a leftie this time out, because his patch covers his right eye!  See! [American Thinker] • Naturally, Thomas Friedman goes to bat for “Waiting for Superman.” [New York Times] • Lane Brown points out a strong season of lead actress contenders on the horizon. [Vulture]

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Calling all original song contenders

Posted by · 6:11 pm · July 19th, 2010

As we get closer and closer to the film awards season, I thought maybe it was a good time to round up all the potential original song contenders.  It’s generally a good idea to keep track of these things, so let’s see what we have so far. One of the best bets is probably Randy […]

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More halfway-mark blues

Posted by · 8:20 am · July 5th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I commented upon the scarcity of viable awards contenders released in the last six months, coming to the unsurprising conclusion that there hasn’t been much to, well, comment upon. In the past few days, however, Variety’s Tim Gray and EW’s Dave Karger have revisited the subject … and haven’t come up […]

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Still waiting…

Posted by · 12:06 pm · June 22nd, 2010

Liberal Hollywood is all set to shoot its wad over Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” which held its Los Angeles premiere last night at the LA Film Festival and opens in theaters sometime in the fall.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because if nothing else Guggenheim’s film will start a much-needed conversation.  The decision-makers […]

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John Legend’s ‘Shine’ from ‘Waiting for Superman’

Posted by · 5:37 pm · June 8th, 2010

Paramount is having a nice to-do for Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for ‘Superman’” June 21st during the Los Angeles Film Festival.  To say the least, following great notices at Sundance, it’s a documentary feature hopeful come year’s end.  Legend will be on hand to perform “Shine,” his original song for the film, which apparently plays over […]

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‘Waiting for Superman’ trailer

Posted by · 11:52 am · May 8th, 2010

Note the added quotes.  Something had to give with the trademark.  I’ve heard nothing but stellar things about this since Sundance.  From Davis Guggenheim:

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‘Winter’s Bone’ takes Sundance gold

Posted by · 6:03 am · January 31st, 2010

Talk about a good day for female filmmakers. Hours before Kathryn Bigelow’s history-making triumph at the DGA Awards, Debra Granik took the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance (in the U.S. Dramatic strand) for her critically lauded sophomore feature “Winter’s Bone.” Granik and co-writer Anne Rosselini also took screenwriting honors for the film. The film is […]

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1/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:46 am · January 22nd, 2010

• Nikki Finke says Oscarcast producers may be secretly considering a third host. [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Julian Sancton talks to the brilliant (and all but forgotten this season) Anthony Mackie. [Little Gold Men] • Davis Guggenheim’s education crisis documentary “Waiting for Superman” is Sundance’s first pick-up. [The Wrap]

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Ones to watch at Sundance 2010… maybe

Posted by · 3:11 pm · December 2nd, 2009

I always get a curious thrill from looking down the list of films selected to compete at the Sundance Film Festival — the 2010 batch of which has just been announced by festival directors John Cooper and Trevor Grath. You know there are at least one or two titles there that we’ll all be talking […]

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