No one needs awards coverage this deep
We see it every year but it's really bugging me this time around
Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever in "Short Term 12"
I was thinking recently about something that really agitates me when it comes to the awards season, which is this notion that certain accomplishments are instinctively relegated to the "indie" bin of the Independent Spirit Awards or the Gotham Awards, like some ghetto of would-be Oscar contenders.
Every season when I have conversations with publicists and journalists about what's in the mix for awards, I tend to mention things like, oh, Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," or Woody Harrelson in "Rampart," to name a couple of examples. "Yeah but that's just Indie Spirits," someone will reply. And it bugs the ever-loving crap out of me.
I don't want to come off foolishly idealistic because we all know what's what, but why does it HAVE to be? Why can't that spotlight be shone? Why instinctively compartmentalize the season like that and not allow it to breathe a bit? I think we've always tried to be inclusive in our coverage rather than exclusive. Even if it's clear something isn't going to happen for this or that hopeful, we make it clear when they deserve to be in the ring. But others are far too quick to marginalize.
Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also star
Michael Fassbender in "The Counselor."
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It's been a while since a Ridley Scott film fully delivered on its pre-release promise: disagreement lingers as to what degree of disappointment "Prometheus" was, while the likes of "Robin Hood," "Body of Lies" and "A Good Year" languish largely unloved in his recent history. Still, given the sheer volume of talent involved, it's hard not to get a little excited for his upcoming thriller "The Counselor" -- not least because it represents the first time an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy has been filmed.
The film looks to be another fascinating meditation from a vital filmmaking voice
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Spike Jonze has been firing on all cylinders since his 1999 debut "Being John Malkovich." Every new film is cause for excitement, whether awards are in the picture or not. His is a vital voice and his latest, "Her," promises to deliver another fresh stroke in the filmmaker's feature career.
Nope, it's not a remake of the Ryan Gosling weeper
Laszlo and Andreas Gyemant in "The Notebook."
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Looks like Eastern Europe is currently leading the way in this year's Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Last week, Romania was the first country to officially submit an entry, with Berlinale Golden Bear winner "Child's Pose." Today, Hungary joined them with another European festival champ: "The Notebook," which won the top prize at last month's Karlovy Vary fest.
It’s hard to get up in arms without seeing the film
The cast of "Snowpiercer."
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It’s a familiar situation in the film blogosphere: everyone’s mad at Harvey Weinstein, and it’s not even the Oscar season. A few hours have passed since the news broke that the business-savvy mogul, famously nicknamed “Harvey Scissorhands” in industry quarters, might be making some cuts to South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” – and already the inflamed (and inflammatory) headlines are circulating by the dozen. “Harvey thinks America is too stupid for ‘Snowpiercer,’” runs the general gist and, well, let's calm down a little.
One of the late actor's final roles looks like a fun Searchlight romp
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini in "Enough Said"
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It's been a while since I giggled through a trailer like this. But then, of course, the sadness that hits when you think of James Gandolfini, gone. Sigh…
Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" is set for a premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month and looks to be a light romp for Fox Searchlight to play with this season. Globe potential? Maybe more? We'll see how it lands, but the trailer establishes it as something fun to take the edge off as the "serious" months knock on our door.
The film arrives on DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow
Reese Witherpoon talks about her character Juniper in "Mud"
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Over the weekend, Jeff Nichols' "Mud" quietly overtook "The Place Beyond the Pines" at the box office to become the specialty release champ on the year so far. Fingers crossed that its success there and with 151 of 154 critics noted at Rotten Tomatoes (boy do these three look silly) helps it find room in the upcoming Oscar season.
The film -- along with "Pines," in fact -- is set for release on DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow, so if you haven't caught it yet, you'll have your chance. To whet the appetite, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has offered us a glimpse at the special features of the package with this brief take from Nichols and Reese Witherspoon discussing the actress's character in the film.
The ceremony takes place on November 9, and will be televised on BBC America
A few updates and thoughts before the fall festival circuit sends us into the fray
Christian Bale waits patiently for the season to start, just like us.
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We have a host. Studios have made their fall festival moves. Potential season players like "Captain Phillips" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "The Fifth Estate" and "Gravity," etc., have secured their big reveals. Telluride is on the horizon and with it, the season. You ready to do this?
I'm not. Not yet, anyway. We looked at the sidebar and figured it's been a month, let's refresh the predictions and typically, a column comes with that. But what's there to say? Okay, there is this and that…
They don't make 'em like this anymore
If you were A24 Films you had to be a tad worried going into the opening weekend of "The Spectacular Now." The Sundance favorite received, um, spectacular reviews (81 on Metacritic, 90% on Rotten Tomatoes), but the art house market and audience can only expand so much in the summer. "Blue Jasmine" is already a powerhouse and "Fruitvale Station" and "The Way Way Back" continue to do very strong business. Could "Spectacular" find an audience during this traditionally slow time for prestige indies? Thankfully, there was no need for concern. "Spectacular" is off to an excellent start grossing $200,000 or $50,000 per theater. And, happily, it means the great performances from Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley will not be forgotten.