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 »

“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.


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