20 Weeks Archive for November, 2006

20 Weeks – The Season That Couldn't Shoot Straight

This was the year when everyone was ready to cash in. A number of major Traditional Media outlets decided to ramp up their awards season efforts, chasing fading print ad dollars. Websites added new areas of “coverage” to their content, seeking awards ads. And studios almost all seemed ready to jump into the fray, ambitious and hopeful as we entered a new season.
And now, with 90% of the season to be defined, Oscar included, in the next two weeks of endless awards and nominations, there is the sense out there that, yawn, it’s all beyond boring.
We have been seeing all the same old reporting about how things are the same… but they haven’t been. More than half of today’s frontrunners were released in October or earlier. Does that change the reality of various strategies? No. But watch next year’s reporting reflect this year and not next year when next year rolls around.

The rest & the charts…

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20 Weeks To Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls landed in Beverly Hills (and across the country) last night

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20 Weeks To Oscar – Isn't It Romantic?

“Finally, Clint Eastwood was ready to lower the boom and let everyone have their ecstatic release. Come on, Clint

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16 Weeks To Oscar

The Rules: Episode One
There are all kinds of rules that really do have significance in the Oscar season. None of them are made of stone.
Each of us must bring our own experience and circumstance to the table when navigating the waters. Salty old sailors die at sea sometimes, so they don’t have all the answers. But give me experience over a “scientific” argument any day. Arrrrrr…

The Column
The Charts

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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho