Note Pad Archive for January, 2006

Thelma Adams’ Oscar Snubs!

Are the Oscars over yet? I know that this year the Oscar season is shorter, but it already seems like a one-horse race: Brokeback Mountain. Here are some contenders that were seriously snubbed when the final nominations came down yesterday: BEST PICTURE: Walk the Line was this year’s Ray, only sharper — great performances, great…

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On Schedule

Golden Globe Coverage… No Front Page Spoilers… Winners On Separate Page… 19. Best Actor/Comedy/Musical (7:18p) 18. Best Director (7:13p) 17. Best Original Song (6:49p) 16. Best Score (6:47p) 15. Best Foreign Language Film (6:39p) 14. TV – Series/Comedy (6:36p) 13. Best Screenplay (6:28p) 12. TV – Actress – Mini/MOW (6:18p) 11. TV – Actor –…

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How Many Have You Seen? The 311 Films Eligible For Oscar

ADAMS WAY THE ADVENTURES OF SHARK BOY AND LAVA GIRL IN 3-D AEON FLUX ALIENS OF THE DEEP ALONE IN THE DARK THE AMITYVILLE HORROR ANGELS WITH ANGLES ARE WE THERE YET? THE ARISTOCRATS ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 ASYLUM BAD NEWS BEARS THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE BALLETS RUSSES BATMAN BEGINS BE COOL THE…

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Robert Altman to Receive Honorary Academy Award®

Robert Altman Beverly Hills, CA — Director-producer-writer Robert Altman has been voted an Honorary Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Award, an Oscar® statuette, will be presented at the 78th Academy Awards® Presentation on March 5, 2006. The Honorary Award will be given to Altman…

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Scientific and Technical Achievements To Be Honored with Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the 17 winners of Scientific and Technical Academy Awards, which will be presented at The Beverly Hilton on Saturday, February 18. Awards Administration Director Rich Miller said that unlike other Academy Awards, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards do not have…

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Academy Announces Films in Competition for Achievement in Makeup

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Makeup for the 78th Academy Awards®. The films in consideration are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” “Cinderella Man” “A History of Violence”…

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Seven Films Sound Off for 2005 Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films in consideration for Achievement in Sound Editing for the 78th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”…

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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