Oscarweb Round-up: Too much anal rape for Oscar?
After avoiding it scrupulously for months, as is my custom, I was finally faced with the trailer for David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" when I paid good money to see "Immortals" last night. (More on that later.) Though the film looks as dourly impressive as I'd expect, any number of reasons why it doesn't look like a major Oscar play ran through my head: too cool, too hot, too genre, too done. One I didn't think of was "too much anal rape," but Fincher himself offers that as a strike against its Academy Award chances in this chat with EW. He's willing to campaign, but the overall impression you get is of a man who really doesn't give a shit. And cheers for that. [Entertainment Weekly]
Anthony Kaufman on the challenges of marketing arthouse wolves like "Drive" in multiplex-friendly sheep's clothing. [indieWIRE]
Finally, as a helpful distraction from the here and now of awards season, The Guardian is live-streaming perhaps the greatest of all cinematic trilogies. [The Guardian]