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DP/30: This is 40, actor Leslie Mann

4 Responses to “DP/30: This is 40, actor Leslie Mann”

  1. YancySkancy says:

    Is her hot minute of Oscar buzz totally gone? None of the Gurus are touting her, and I assume most of them have seen the film by now.

  2. David Poland says:

    The problem, Yancy, is that the race got very tight when ZD30 got shown. All of a sudden, you have two very strong French performances fighting for their lives, plus the 7-year-old girl, all against seeming locks of J-Law, J-Chas and strong repeat contenders in Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley, and NYFCC’s pick, Rachel Weisz.

    10 actresses, all of whom have a lot of support, is very rare. And Leslie, who is great in the film, is in a comedy… and hasn’t been nominated before.

    Leslie will likely get a Globes nod and lose to Jennifer Lawrence.

    Globes may also put aside Cotillard or Reva because they are in foreign language.

    Actress is usually one of those “sure… why not?” categories. Not this year. Not at all. Tougher than the guys this year.

  3. Lex says:

    What about Elle in Ginger and Rosa?

  4. YancySkancy says:

    I suspected as much,David. Same kinda situation that kept Kristin Wiig out of the running last year, I guess.

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DENNIS COOPER

The next thing that really changed my world and thoroughly influenced my writing were the films of Robert Bresson. When I discovered them in the late seventies, I felt I had found the final ingredient I needed to write the fiction I wanted to write.

INTERVIEWER

What was the final ingredient?

DENNIS COOPER

Recognizing that the films were entirely about emotion and, to me, ­ profoundly moving while, at the same time, stylistically inexpressive and monotonic. On the surface, they were nothing but style, and the style was extremely rigorous to boot, but they seemed almost transparent and purely content driven. Bresson’s use of untrained nonactors influenced my concentration on characters who are amateurs or noncharacters or characters who are ill equipped to handle the job of manning a story line or holding the reader’s attention in a conventional way. Altogether, I think Bresson’s films had the greatest influence on my work of any art I’ve ever encountered. In fact, the first fiction of mine that was ever published was a chapbook called “Antoine Monnier,” which was a god-awful, incompetent attempt to rewrite Bresson’s film Le diable ­probablement as a pornographic novella. So I came to writing novels through a channel that included experimental fiction, poetry, and nonliterary influences pretty much exclusively. I never read normal novels with any real interest or close attention.
~ Dennis Cooper Discovers Bresson

The whole world within reach.
~ Filmmaker Peter Hutton

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