One of the great benefits of having a cast including Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Kate Hudson is that every magazine editor wants to be your best friend. Even with the print world slowly fading away, the star power of top contender "Nine" will be dominating your local newsstand or grocery aisle for the next few months. First up? The aforementioned quartet grace the cover of this November's VOGUE.
The issue features a widescreen candid shot of all the lovely ladies in the cast including Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and a seemingly out of place Fergie (was that photoshopped in?) as well as correspondent Plum Skyes intriguing set visit story which is all available online. Penelope Cruz, who also has "Broken Embraces" releasing next month, dawns the cover of this month's Vanity Fair, but chances are the "Nine" ladies will make their way there in either January or February's issue. Expect the rest of the cast to grace everything from Entertainment Weekly to Women's Wear Daily to Parade. Yes female moviegoers 25-50, you won't be able to escape the "Nine" publicity barrage.
In more significant news, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" became the first official screener sent to Academy members last week. As most Oscar followers know, the specially produced DVD features none of the extras consumers receive and is specially coded to make sure its not illegally duped or upload to the pesky internet. Still, it's unclear how helpful getting out before everyone else can be to a film's campaign. "Once" probably would have received its song nomination in any event, "The Namesake" and "Waitress" didn't get much bump, but it may have a boost to the stars of "Junebug" and last year's "Frozen River" who found surprising nods for Amy Adams and Melissa Leo respectively. This journalist hasn't had a chance to see the positively reviewed "Anvil" yet mostly because the constant deluge of publicity notices and opportunities for it started to reek of desperation. At this point, the rock band documentary will probably need all the help it can get to make the Academy's long form category.
Speaking of docs, on Friday the Academy announced that the nominees for best documentary short will be selected from the following qualifiers.
“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”
“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”
“Music by Prudence”
“Rabbit a la Berlin”
“Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak”
"Anything," a portrait of "Where The Wild Things Are" creator Maurice Sendak, recently screened at LA's Silent Movie Theater to extremely positive notices. Directed by Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs, it will be curious to see if it can make the cut.
One of this year's wild card candidates for Best Actor is former winner Nicolas Cage who will be campaigning for his performance in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." Cage and the movie have it's supporters (this pundit being one of them), but even after screenings at Telluride, Toronto and Venice, the comedic thriller couldn't leapfrog to a bigger distributor. Instead, First Look Studios will release the film this November on their own. Even without big guns behind it, Cage still has a chance of landing his third nomination (well, hopefully). An official trailer just debuted on Friday. It sells the movie as more of a legit thriller than it actually is, but you get a hint at the wackiness of Cage's performance.
Lastly, another questionable contender, Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones," released its first official teaser poster. The film's been skirting the line between prestige drama and commercial thriller over the past few months, but the new poster seems designed to appeal to the former. And with an overly commercial trailer in theaters for some time, it might be a strong move for the industry to take the movie more seriously.
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