Awards Watch Archive for February, 2011

King’s Speech To Enunciate $300-Million-Plus Worldwide

King’s Speech To Enunciate $300-Million-Plus Worldwide

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17 Days To Oscar: Just Keep Swimming

In the end, after all the shouting, it is about The Movie and The Academy Demographic. It is forever tempting to see The Academy as a monolith. It’s not. 5800 people is a lot of people. But the basic principles of movie marketing apply. Flukes happen, but there are movies that appeal to certain demographics and not to others. And The Academy, big as it is, has certain kinds of taste.

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Social Network Reigns With London Critics Circle, The King’s Speech Runs Up

Critics Are The Same All Over Social Network Reigns With London Critics Circle, The King’s Speech Runs Up

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Oscar Ads Sell Out

Oscar Ads Sell Out

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Gurus o’ Gold: Has Anything Changed This Week?

As voting continues, The Gurus are asked, “Anything? Anything?”

And the answer is…

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Gurus o’ Gold – February 3, 2011

This week, the Gurus offer their view of the Best Picture race. (Not much happening there.)

Also, what are the most likely upsets on the big night? You’ll have to look for yourselves, but ladies first.

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DP/30 – 43 Oscar Nominees

30 minutes, charring with an Oscar nominee. Either you can sneak into the Nominees Lunch on Monday or you can watch them hanging out on DP/30…

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DP/30 @ Sundance: Reagan, Eugene Jarecki

Being released just in time for Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, political documentarian Eugene Jarecki (The Trials Of Henry Kissinger/Why We Fight) delivers a powerful film covering the life, politics, and ideas of Ronald Reagan. We talked about the work at Sundance.

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24 Days To Oscar: Racers, Stop Your Engines

It’s an interesting moment in the Oscar race. There is a lot of activity… and not much at all that anyone can do to change their fate. This is not to say that one should not be out there shaking hands and kissing babies (or just reminding people that you are in the race and…

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Subject Of Wasteland Doc, Denied Visa To Attend Oscars

Brazilian Artist Vik Muniz, Subject Of Wasteland Doc, Denied Visa To Attend Oscars (Português)

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“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