Awards Archive for October, 2006

Interesting Screener Thing

I just threw Little Miss Sunshine into the DVD player for the first time, mostly to make sure the disc was working, and I have had a bit of a baby revelation .
This movie plays a lot better on DVD than on a big screen.
People talk about the number of DVDs and the delivery dates a lot. But a small scale movie with strong performances, a lot of close-ups, and of course, status as a comedy, does seem to have a real advantage on DVD. And in this case, it is a movie with a lot of pastels, which really jump in a different way on the TV screen. The color is dense in a way you rarely see on TV.
I was already feeling like LMS had moved into a likely BP slot. But watching it on TV, even more so. I think that a lot of people who were so-so-on it will see it over the holidays with their families who want to watch it and find themselves surprised by being more engaged.

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I'll Show You The Life Of The Penquin!!!

I don

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Taking Sides?

Interesting that Time.com (who knows if it will be in print?) decided to run a Jeff Ressner piece mocking Paramount

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Cha CHING!!!

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Fox Searchlight got Little Miss Sunshine to Academy members first, but Tony Angellotti and Universal Studios gets the prize for the first massive, lavish effort to overspend its way back into the Oscar race with the United 93, which did $31.5 million domestically and $42.5 million, but got excellent reviews when it arrived back in April.
Three full olive green pages in a local newspaper today recreated a promotional piece that was sent out with the DVD, arriving on doorsteps of guild members over the last few days. (Added Note: Academy members, of course, do not get the insert, as The Academy continues to maintain the illusion that their members are not being solicited, ut only received gently marked DVDs for their convenience.)
(The inside and close-up of pull quotes after the jump.)
The big question is whether U has shot the majority of its U93 budget here and now. Could the studio really spend the millions and millions it dropped on buying Seabiscuit a Best Picture nomination in the face of hundreds of layoffs, primarily on the TV side of the company? Will they really spend more in the chase than they donated to the family charities and building funs of the victims of United 93?
Hmmmm

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Seriously Dumb

Who allows this to happen?
The L.A.Times, which owns Gold Derby and is desperately trying to sell more advertising by printing a weekly Envelope pullout (Yes, now you can read all that weak content you ignored on the web in print! Wahoo!!!) lost its mind last week and & allowed Tom O’Neill to sell the idea that Diana Ross, who made 3 films in her entire career, the last one 28 years ago, is a potential danger to the awards hopes of Dreamgirls.
There are a lot of arguments that can be made against any film’s award hopes. Some are smart. Some are stupid.
But some, especially when stretched to four pages, make you wonder just how far we are willing to go to court non-existent controversy in journalism. This, of course, comes on the heels of O

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“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

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh