Awards Archive for November, 2006

What happened to the Indie Spirit Awards?



Surprise Screening Event?

Very quietly, Warner Bros booked the New Beverly Cinema, L.A.’s only revival house right now, with a double feature of The Good German and Casablanca, including a Good German Q&A, tonight.
They must have told someone, rught?
There may be some group invited, but regular tickets are for sale…


Terribly Important Borat Videos

Yes, Borat fever isn’t quite dead yet.
First, Cindy Street shows just how enraged she really is… she her voice crack with anger and see Gloria Allred try to grab 15 more seconds of fame….

And then, for your viewing pleasure, the Love Theme from Borat, which threatens to knock the Dreamgirls, Dixie Chicks, Melissa Etheridge, and Dolly Parton right out of the Best Song race


Questions For A Sunday Evening

Q: If Notes on a Scandal opens and closes with Dame Dench and Cate Blanchett is the object of her driving force in the film, why would Blanchett be considered a Lead by a voting group?
A: Because they only have 5 nominees in Supporting and 10 in Lead, so she can be assured a nomination.
Q: Is Volver a comedy or a drama?
A: Depends if you think you


The Good German Push

Anyoe who had any question about whether WB was intending to associate The Good German with their classics, like Casablanca, will find a clear answer in this pakage the studio sent out this week.
More images from the package in the following pop-ups….
Detail of the letter
Cover of the enclosed promo booklet
The players


Yeah… This'll Get Her That Nomination..

She ain’t unattractive… but this Vanity Fair topless shot of Sienna Miller appearing to be having a butt after a hard afternoon of “auditioning” ain’t the road to Oscar.


The BFCA Takes A Beating

The press release is after the jump…
But the Broadcast Film Critics Association, a group I am a member of, took a big step backwards this year, as the awards glut seems to have finally found its first casualty.
After years of being taped on one night and shown on E! on another night, with low end production values and editing for time, BFCA made the move to a network, albeit a small one (The WB) two years ago. The shows were live. Over those last 3 years, the venue expanded from The Beverly Hills Hotel to The Wiltern to The Santa Monica Civic.
But The WB became the CW and the other WB network stations became MyNetwork


The Departed Win Charade

I try to stay out of the Criticizing Pete Hammond business. He


Will Smith Goes to The Shrink

From Today’s Hot Button…
Smith offered a very interesting story about a technique that Michael Mann passed along to him on Ali. In order to find the psychological depth of characters, Mann sends screenplays he is working on to five psychologists/psychiatrists for their analysis. They give him notes about the psychological underpinnings of the characters and their actions. Smith has taken to using the same 5 therapist technique, which he explained has offered him great tidbits with which to build character.


Is This The Image That Ends O'Toole's Oscar Push?

Or is this look the one that makes everyone excited that he is so game?
After the jump, casting makes all the difference…

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Quote Unquotesee all »

“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