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Broadcast Film Critics Give Ten Nominations to Inglourious Basterds and Nine

The Broadcast Film Critics Movie Awards nominations in a whopping 25 categories are dominated by Inglourious Basterds and Nine, with ten nominations each, followed by Avatar, with nine and The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air with eight and The Lovely Bones with six. While not every category will match up with the ultimate Oscar nominations (some have six slots), this list of ten best picture nominees could be close to the final Oscar list--no District 9, The Lovely Bones, Star Trek or The Last Station (which got savaged by At the Movies).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2009 10:29 AM
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Must -Sees: The Last Station, Up in the Air, Bright Star

Must -Sees: The Last Station, Up in the Air, Bright Star
Must-Sees:Jason Reitman's Up in the Air has been deemed a too-dark marketing challenge. But the movie's strength is the way it skips past conventional genre cliches while deftly taking its characters through romantic escape and isolation--and the tough economy. Paramount Pictures is one of the few studios that can market both big and little movies. Up in the Air may be on its way to some Oscar nominations: it won four awards from the National Board of Review, including best picture of the year. It's tied with Precious for number one on the Gurus 'O Gold. Reviews are stellar: Tomatometer: 84%. Metascore: 81.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2009 1:00 AM
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National Board of Review Picks Up in the Air as Best Film of 2009

National Board of Review Picks Up in the Air as Best Film of 2009
Again, the National Board of Review is not always a forecaster of things to come, but rather a bellwether of where the momentum is at this moment in time. (It tends to be a bit New York-centric.) Thursday, the NBR (made up of East Coast educators, mostly) named Jason Reitman's third film, the uncategorizable Up in the Air the best film of the year. The movie which is both funny and serious starts a limited run on Friday and has scored 86% on the Tomatometer so far.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2009 7:25 AM
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20 Questions for Up in the Air's Jason Reitman

20 Questions for Up in the Air's Jason Reitman
It's hard to believe that a filmmaker as assured as Jason Reitman is 32 and has made just three feature films, including Up in the Air, which is about to open limited December 4 after earning raves from audiences and critics on the international film fest circuit. Here he talks about his airline obsession, pie chart, directing George Clooney as well as 60 non-actors who had been laid off, and why this was the right movie to make at the right time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2009 8:46 AM
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Up in the Air TV Spot

Here's the TV spot of Jason Reitman's adaptation of Walter Kirn's Up in the Air, starring George Clooney as an air-mile-obsessed executive, that was shown on the season finale Mad Men.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2009 11:38 AM
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Oscar Talk, Episode 8: This is It, Hosts, Best Actor, Precious, Prophet

Oscar Talk, Episode 8: This is It, Hosts, Best Actor, Precious, Prophet
During this week's Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate the Best Actor category (we disagree on Matt Damon), discuss Precious and Mo'Nique, assess the music branch's spotty nominating track record, agree on the excellence of French Oscar submission A Prophet and mull the pool of potential Oscarcast hosts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2009 9:59 AM
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Fall Fest Update, Clooney, Burton, Von Trier, Weinsteins

Festival News:The AFI Festival has selected as its opener Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl book. The fest takes place October 30 - November 7, 2009 in Hollywood. The movie is yet another George Clooney vehicle coming out this fall (along with Up in the Air and The Men Who Stare at Goats). The bad news: the star has to promote them all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2009 8:27 AM
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Reitman Talks Up in the Air, Clooney

Reitman Talks Up in the Air, Clooney
Six years ago, Jason Reitman picked up the Walter Kirn novel Up in the Air and showed it to his father Ivan (Ghostbusters), who acquired film rights. Jason took a short stab at a film treatment of the book about a businessman who is obsessed with collecting frequent flier miles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2009 11:54 AM
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TIFF#: Toronto Day Five: Get Low Builds Buzz

With distributor ranks cut to the quick and a dicey domestic market for indie films, sales are slow at this year's TIFF. There are plenty of excellent and not so good films on view, but buyers are hanging back. "It's a buyer's market," says ex WMA agent Cassian Elwes. "They'll figure out which ones they want and wait until the sellers are desperate and then buy them."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2009 9:14 AM
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Oscar Talk 2: Bright Star, An Education, The Road, Up in the Air

Oscar Talk 2: Bright Star, An Education, The Road,  Up in the Air
In Contention's Kris Tapley and I talk 0scars again post-Telluride (Up in the Air, An Education, Bright Star and The Road) and pre-Toronto. And we disagree this time!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2009 10:13 AM
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