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Oscar Talk, Episode 3

Oscar Talk, Episode 3
Kris Tapley and I wrap up the Oscar changes post-Toronto Film Fest, from the Coens' A Serious Man to new Weinstein pick-up A Single Man.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 18, 2009 10:20 AM
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Oscars: France Picks A Prophet, Spain Misses Broken Embraces

As expected, France has submitted SPC's Cannes pick-up A Prophet for Oscar consideration. And Spain has not submitted Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces. Check out the foreign line-up at The Film Experience, which keeps track of the foreign Oscar race. 21 films have already been submitted.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 17, 2009 8:51 AM
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TIFF#: The Boys Are Back's Owen Goes Family

TIFF#: The Boys Are Back's Owen Goes Family
Everyone goes into Toronto with a schedule of films to watch. And that list changes with buzz. Some movies fall off due to bad WOM, while others become must-sees. IndieWIRE's in-progress critics' poll of 34 films is indicative of the movies that everyone went to see-- and the ones that nobody did.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2009 2:23 AM
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TIFF#: A Single Man Ignites Fest's First Big Sale

TIFF#: A Single Man Ignites Fest's First Big Sale
I was lining up to see designer Tom Ford's first feature A Single Man this morning as the deal was closing for The Weinstein Co. to release the picture. This acquisition title has generated more heat than anything else so far. (Critical buzz is also strong on Get Low, but buyers seem to be holding back on the Robert Duvall picture.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2009 7:36 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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TIFF#: Precious Producers Want Credit

TIFF#: Precious Producers Want Credit
Without Colorado-based producers Sarah Siegel-Magness and her husband Gary Magness, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire might never have been made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2009 7:51 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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Toronto Day Two: The Coens Deliver with A Serious Man

Toronto Day Two: The Coens Deliver with A Serious Man
Joel and Ethan Coen's Latest, A Serious Man, is a portrait of a period (1967) and place (Minnesota) and milieu (Jewish) that the brothers know very well. They cast it with excellent actors; Richard Kind as pathetic Uncle Arthur and Adam Arkin as a well-heeled lawyer are probably the only recognizable names. The writer-directors start the movie off in a wintry shtetl, evoking the dread spirit the dybbuk hovering over an uneasy marriage. This movie is utterly assured, personal, serious, sad and very funny.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2009 9:51 AM
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Oscar Predicts Chart 2009

Oscar Predicts Chart 2009
Well here’s the list of predictions for Oscar wins (in italics) in all categories including shorts. Until March 7th!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 9, 2009 1:26 AM
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Telluride Wrap: Oscar Buzz for An Education, Up in the Air, The Road

Telluride Wrap: Oscar Buzz for An Education, Up in the Air, The Road
It was a solid if not stellar year at Telluride. Co-directors Tom Luddy and Gary Meyer persevered through the crazy economy by cutting back their budget (due to sponsor fall-offs) without sacrificing their high programming standards. "We made a commitment to figure out how to do more with less," says Meyer. After the well-publicized Into the Wild/Juno year of 2007, festival attendance broke records in 2008 but fell off slightly this year; passes sold more slowly, and absent sponsors didn't import the usual squads of corporate clients.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 8, 2009 5:17 AM
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