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Oscar Watch: WGA Eligibility Issues Dog An Education, Weinstein Films

Oscar Watch: WGA Eligibility Issues Dog An Education, Weinstein Films
It's good to get an Oscar boost from the various guilds, but eligibility requirements often make that attention and credibility lift impossible.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2010 9:51 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Thirteen: Avatar, Lovely Bones, Crazy Heart, Parties

Kris Tapley and I discuss the week's frenetic doings: National Board of Review, parties for The Hurt Locker, Crazy Heart and The Lovely Bones, and the upcoming sci-fi monster Avatar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2009 12:30 AM
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Things I Heard on the Oscar Party Circuit

'Tis the season for Oscar parties. They come in different shapes and sizes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2009 11:31 AM
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Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms

Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms
It was amusing watching announcers Matt Dillon and Taraji Henson maul the global Independent Spirit Awards nominees live on UStream Tuesday morning: they couldn't wrap their tongues around many of the names. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire and The Last Station dominated with five nominations apiece. Best feature and best actor nominee 500 Days of Summer and best director James Gray (Two Lovers) were other big surprises. The announcement of Paramount's breakout thriller Paranormal Activity for best first feature (made for $15,000), brought gasps in the room. Excellent move: that film defines an indie breakout.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2009 4:08 AM
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Hillcoat Talks The Road

It's been a long haul for the film adaptation of the 2006 Cormac McCarthy bestseller The Road, which producer Nick Wechsler acquired before it was published. With backing from 2929 Entertainment and distributor The Weinstein Co., he approached Australian director John Hillcoat after he had made the much-admired 2005 western The Proposition, a stylishly gritty take on the genre written by Nick Cave and starring Guy Pearce and Danny Huston as estranged brothers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2009 9:23 AM
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Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video

Oscar Watch: Brothers, Vogue on Nine, Leibovitz Video
Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2009 4:37 AM
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Director Taylor Wood to Marry Nowhere Boy Star Johnson

I had heard about the love affair between 42-year-old artist/filmmaker Sam Taylor Wood and her 19-year-old star Aaron Johnson, who plays teen John Lennon in her debut feature Nowhere Boy, which closed the recent London Film Festival and opens stateside in 2010. Well, the BBC is announcing that they're planning to get married.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 31, 2009 12:07 PM
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LFF#: London Fest Closer Nowhere Boy

Amidst a resurgence of affection for The Beatles, London Film Festival closer Nowhere Boy marks a strong debut for Sam Taylor-Wood (a visual artist of some stature in the art world) and a breakout for Brit actor Aaron Johnson as teen John Lennon. But the small-scale 50s period film straddles two genres: musical biopic and family melodrama. The latter completely overwhelms the story.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2009 11:30 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode 4: A Single Man, A Serious Man, Bright Star, Get Low, The Last Station

In Oscar Talk, Episode 4, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I continue our discussion of all things Oscar. We cover the foreign language submissions (62 so far), the PGA and Oscar ten best films, the long-term forecast on Bright Star, Sony Pictures Classics’ Oscar hopefuls The Last Station and Get Low, and The Weinstein Co's Toronto buy A Single Man. We also veer off topic with discussions of New York Film Festival opener Wild Grass, Zombieland and Paranormal Activity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2009 9:29 AM
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Ortenberg Leaving Weinsteins

Tom Ortenberg has left the Weinstein Co. eight months after he joined them. The Weinsteins gave the story to Deadline Hollywood Daily.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2009 12:22 PM
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