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!!!

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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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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.

Bing!

One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump