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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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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

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“Any time a movie causes a country to threaten nuclear retaliation, the higher-ups wanna get in a room with you… In terms of getting the word out about the movie, it’s not bad. If they actually make good on it, it would be bad for the world—but luckily that doesn’t seem like their style… We’ll make a movie that maybe for two seconds will make some 18-year-old think about North Korea in a way he never would have otherwise. Or who knows? We were told one of the reasons they’re so against the movie is that they’re afraid it’ll actually get into North Korea. They do have bootlegs and stuff. Maybe the tapes will make their way to North Korea and cause a fucking revolution. At best, it will cause a country to be free, and at worst, it will cause a nuclear war. Big margin with this movie.”
~ Seth Rogen In Rolling Stone 1224

“Yes, good movies sprout up, inevitably, in the cracks and seams between the tectonic plates on which all of these franchises stay balanced, and we are reassured of their hardiness. But we don’t see what we don’t see; we don’t see the effort, or the cost of the effort, or the movies of which we’re deprived because of the cost of the effort. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice may have come from a studio, but it still required a substantial chunk of outside financing, and at $35 million, it’s not even that expensive. No studio could find the $8.5 million it cost Dan Gilroy to make Nightcrawler. Birdman cost a mere $18 million and still had to scrape that together at the last minute. Imagine American movie culture for the last few years without Her or Foxcatcher or American Hustle or The Master or Zero Dark Thirty and it suddenly looks markedly more frail—and those movies exist only because of the fairy godmothership of independent producer Megan Ellison. The grace of billionaires is not a great business model on which to hang the hopes of an art form.”
~ Mark Harris On The State Of The Movies