Awards Watch Archive for October, 2005

You Go, LAT! is open. Enjoy the vanilla.

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58 Countries Vying for 2005 Foreign Language Film Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — A record fifty-eight countries from four continents, including new entrants Costa Rica, Fiji and Iraq, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film Award category, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today. The 2005 submissions are: Argentina, “El Aura,” Fabian Bielinsky, director; Bangladesh, “Shyamol Chaya,” Humayun Ahmed, director; Belgium, “The…

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Capote Image From New Yorker

Would you give an Oscar to these men? Clifton Collins, Jr. & Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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The Cinea thing

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Cinea finally landed one… Disney… for this year. So far, no one else. And apparently, Universal, Sony, and Paramount have passed on the technology. But here is where it gets interesting. With Cinea in place, Disney could be comfortable sending out all of their films (Chicken Little, Shopgirl) )almost…

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The Producers Trailer (America)

Not only is the trailer for The Producers a vast improvement over the one that leaked out from Europe a few months ago, but it is one of the best marketing examples in recent months. *They get in a good 4 or 5 big laughs in 2 minutes. *They address any question people might have…

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Image Of The Day

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The White Countess Gets Dated

Sony Classics sets for a limited run on 12/21

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19 Weeks To Go

20 Weeks To Oscar It’s a commercial movie… it’s an Oscar movie… it’s both a commercial movie and an Oscar movie. It’s been niche theme week at The Hot Button and the discussion extends here today, as the business of chasing Oscars has become a very distinct niche in recent years. The Lord of the…

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A Lovely Send Off

While James Ivory was in the midst of a difficult shoot of The White Countess in Shanghai, the director called Sony Classics chief Tom Bernard and Michael Barker and told them that they should start planning something big for the premiere of the film… he wanted something special. Little did he (or anyone else) know…

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The Family Stone Movies To Dec 16

The Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2005 IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS,THE FAMILY STONE IS MOVING TO DECEMBER! LOS ANGELES…Twentieth Century Fox is capitalizing on the feel-good playability of this holiday comedy and its amazing ensemble cast (Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes, Dermot Mulroney, Craig…

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20 Weeks To Oscar – Week One

The Year Of The Actor This year, you have Phoenix & Witherspoon making the great love story of Johnny and June Carter Cash work… Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins are this year’s Hope & Crosby (though Hope was never nominated)… Capote is about Phil Hoffman… All The King’s Men relies on Sean Penn’s ability to…

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First Screenplay To Arrive In Voters’ Homes…

Broken Flowers

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GoldDerby Daringly Brings Oscar Contenders Into Focus

Now, in early October, Tom O’Neil manages to reduce his lists of contenders down to a shockingly skimpy 25 frontrunners, here

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The New Cinea Is Here! The New Cinea Is Here!

My SV300 Secure DVD Player arrived today, as I suspect it arrived for all BFCA members. Academy members got their’s last year. Cinea has told some folks that at least 3 studios have signed up for their program already, though according to the trades, none of the deals are official yet. I was kind of…

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Dates Moving

The Family Stone moves from Nov 4 to Nov 11 Pride & Prejudice moves from Nov 18 to Nov 11

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Very Clever

DreamWorks is pushing Match Point as “From Director Woody Allen,” as opposed to the traditional Woody Allen push. Here is the trailer.

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg