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Awards buzz, Indie News, Disney Confab

by Anne Thompson
August 25, 2009 4:00 AM
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In Indie news, despite Inglourious Basterds' rousing start, the Weinsteins aren't out of the woods. They weren't taking any chances. They upped their media spend by several millions in the week before the opening, targeting their weakest link, women. It worked. The WSJ explains why the Weinsteins face a long road ahead.

Michael Fassbender popped in The Hunger and Inglourious Basterds. But wait until you see Fish Tank. That's the sexy role that will break him out with women. Here's IFC's interview.

Taking up some of the slack from the departing Senator, Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group is cementing their already close relationship with Bob Berney and Bill Pohlad's new distrib outfit Apparition by giving them Sundance and Seattle hit Black Dynamite, a blaxploitation comedy, to release this October.

Check out Strongbad's amusing cartoon about the difference between indie and independent.

Over at Disney, as far as I'm concerned, the more we can all listen to John Lasseter describe what it is that Pixar does so well, the better. Here he answers a fan's question about how the script for Up was written.

And this fall Disney is mounting a new Comic-Con style expo.

The New York Times has devised a nifty but confusing-to-read chart showing the differing box office patterns of summer and holiday releases vs. longer slower fall runs. The chart shows that:

Summer blockbusters and holiday hits make up the bulk of box office revenue each year, while contenders for the Oscars tend to attract smaller audiences that build over time.
Thompson on Hollywood

Time posts Barack Obama's vacation reading list. Tom Friedman, David McCullough, Richard Price, Kent Haruf and George Pelecanos are very happy.

Recent production news: Gus Van Sant is lining up his next, Restless, for Columbia and Imagine.

Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's Facebook movie The Social Network is a go, reports CHUD. Here's Sorkin video on how he got roped into taking on the adaptation of Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires.

On the Awards circuit, after some confusion about conflicting dates for the announcement of the nominations for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild's SAG Awards, the Globes announcement is now scheduled for December 15 and SAG for December 17, 2009.

Kris Tapley hears Oscar buzz around Michelle Monaghan's role in James Mottern's long-on-the-shelf indie flick Trucker, which debuted at Tribeca in 2008. I'm not sure Monterey Media and Plum Pictures are in a position to launch a proper Oscar campaign.

Here's the trailer:

The director interview is an aspect of film criticism that troubles The Cine File.

Venerable Hollywood film processor Technicolor adapts to the digital age.

Here are rare photos of the very young Beatles.

And in a yummy 20-minute video interview, David Tennant bids farewell to Dr. Who:


  • Sergio | August 26, 2009 3:55 AMReply

    Talk about Oscar buzz I would say that Audrey Tautou is a sure bet for a nod as Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel. A truly engaging, elegant, captivating film and now that she's older and has lost her "cutesy-poo" gamine persona Tautou is turning into a real actress.

  • ProgGrrl | August 25, 2009 6:24 AMReply

    Those of us who have managed to see the BBC series DEVIL'S WHORE or catch a screening of Ozon's ANGEL, are already well aware of the appeal of Michael Fassbender.

    Such a shame that US audiences cannot have access to either one via legal distribution.

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