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20 Weeks To Oscar: Nomination Morning


In meetings all over town this morning, the question of whether Phase II will be a war or a love letter is being determined. Me? I think the door is open just wide enough for people to come out fighting. But we shall see… about this time next week, just before every single person alive is honored in Santa Barbara, we will know.

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Sundance Review: NIGHT COMES ON


Spiro shows deftness as a visual storyteller, unafraid to allow the camera to linger on the little moments that make a compelling character.

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The Daily Buzz from Sundance (Day 3)


Day Three ranges across film genres and guests. We start off with the Russo brothers who are here at the Sundance film festival to receive the Founders Award from Slamdance, along with Peter Baxter from Slamdance. We move on to speak with Rainbow Experiment director Christina Kallas and Isaiah Blake, a part of the cast. Closing the podcast: the We the Animals feature team.

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The Weekend Report

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The Daily Buzz from Sundance (Day 2)

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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The Daily Buzz Podcast from Sundance

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“It is a great honor and joy to be here, today with a picture that remains faithful to all my convictions and the images I have loved since infancy.  I want to thank the Academy and my professional colleagues for their kind disposition towards The Shape of Water. I share these nominations with all the young filmmakers in Mexico and Latin America who put their hopes in our craft and the intimate stories of their imagination.” Guillermo del Toro

“JR and I have made our film Faces Places to be seen, shared and loved.
We felt good to have been chosen in the medium-short list of 15 documentaries of some quality…
But, being chosen in the short-short list of 5 films makes us feel good-good!
And it also means that we are now in competition with 4 other good-good films.
The competition is not that funny, but it’s the way it goes. Whatever happens, we will enjoy the party. For French artists it is an honour anyway.” – Agnès Varda and JR

 “While Logan was always going to be perceived as the last chapter in a successful “super hero” franchise, and a final performance in this role by my brilliant friend Hugh Jackman, Scott Frank, Michael Green and I always viewed the task of writing it as, first and foremost, an opportunity to make a dramatic character piece, one that just so happened to feature beloved comic book characters. We are so grateful for the nomination.” James Mangold, Scott Frank and Michael Green

“I don’t know what he would have done if he didn’t find someone like himself. She had that spirit, that electricity that was comparable to his. She was wild in a way that he wanted to be wild. She would go off with her girlfriends in the summer and hitchhike all over the place, have adventures. She was kind of an outsider and from the wrong side of the tracks, and he was certainly attracted to that. In Hibbing, she was as bohemian as anybody in Greenwich Village.”
Echo Helstrom Casey, 75, Bob Dylan’s High School Girlfriend, The Original “Girl From the North Country”

“‘You used to be a comedian,’ the boy said.”
Bill Cosby Returns To Stand-Up

“In the old days, there were movies – the ‘Carry On’ comedies, for example – which always had a man leering after women. And the women always outwitted him – he was a fool. We weren’t afraid of him and we weren’t afraid to slap him down. What makes it different is when the man has economic power, as Harvey Weinstein has. f you spread your legs because he said ‘be nice to me and I’ll give you a job in a movie’ then I’m afraid that’s tantamount to consent, and it’s too late now to start whingeing about that.”
Elder Author Germaine Greer Criticizes Younger Women

Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, Shape Of Water, Three Billboards
DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan, Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro
ACTRESS: Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep
ACTOR: Timothée Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mary J. Blige; Allison Janney, Lesley Manville, Laurie Metcalf, Octavia Spencer
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Willem Dafoe, Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer, Sam Rockwell
ORIGINAL: Big Sick, Get Out, Lady Bird, Shape Of Water, Three Billboards
ADAPTED: Call Me By Your Name, Disaster Artist, Logan, Molly’s Game, Mudbound
DOCUMENTARYAbacus, Faces Places, Icarus, Last Man in Aleppo, Strong Island
ANIMATED: Boss Baby, Bread Winner, Coco, Ferdinand, Loving Vincent

VFX: Blade Runner 2049, Guardians 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars, War For The Planet
: Beauty & the Beast, Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, Shape of Water, Victoria & Abdul
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Fantastic Woman, The Insult, Loveless, On Body and Soul, The Square


“The critics are pretty disconnected from the mass appeal. Most of the critical reviews you read are English language, just U.S. Critics are an important part of the artistic process but are pretty disconnected from the commercial prospects of a film. If people are watching this movie and loving it, that’s the measurement of success. And if the critics get behind it or don’t, that’s a select group of social media influencers talking to a specific audience.”
Netflix Defensive On Critics Judging “Bright”

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“Desire is a thing that you can’t even localize – you don’t know where it begins and where it ends… I was fascinated by all this nonsense that goes on in our heads when we desire someone and we don’t know how to say so.”
~ Andre Aciman on Call Me By Your Name

There cannot be a human being who has fewer thoughts on the whole question of word processing than I do. I’ve never even seen a word processor. I am hopelessly archaic. For me the typewriter hasn’t even been invented yet, so how can I speak to this matter? I protest! A man who has never learned to type is not going to be able to add anything to this debate. As far as I’m concerned, computers have as much to do with literature as space travel, perhaps much less. I can only write with a ballpoint pen, with a Rolling Writer, they’re called, a black Rolling Writer on a lined yellow legal pad on a certain kind of clipboard. And then someone else types it.

And someone else edits?

No one edits. I edit. I refuse to be edited.

Do you revise much?

Sometimes, but not often.
~ Harold Bloom