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Monday November 22nd, 2010

YOUR DAILY FIX OF OSCAR: 11/22/10

  • 60 Minutes: Lara Logan profiles the actor/producer Mark Wahlberg, who she says “has made a career of reinventing himself like no one else in show business,” just a few weeks before the release of “The Fighter,” a film that he produced and stars in as his childhood hero. He takes her back to Boston and opens up about his “reckless youth,” including an assault that he committed at the age of 16 that left a man blind and resulted in him serving 45 days in jail. That harrowing experience, he says, gave him the drive to make something more of his life — first as a rapper, then as a model, and now as an Oscar-nominated actor and producer who is on the brink of unveiling his “proudest achievement” yet.
  • Gold Derby: Tom O’Neil claims that certain members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association “absolutely love” the recent blockbuster thriller “Red” and says that we should “expect it to bag noms for best comedy/musical picture, actor (Bruce Willis) and maybe even supporting actor (John Malkovich as a conspiracy-minded LSD tripper) and supporting actress (Helen Mirren as a machine-gun-toting Rambo).”
  • New York Times: Brooks Barnes adds to the mounting expectations of “Tangled,” the 50th animated film from Disney, which reportedly cost $175 million to make and “will carry global marketing costs in excess of $100 million.” Disney’s chief creative officer John Lasseter, who has spent over three years working on the film since the 2006 Disney-Pixar merger left him in charge of the studio, tells Barnes: ““This film is as good as a Pixar film, but it’s classic Disney, and I love that: heart, humor, beauty, music, wonderment, the love story.”
  • The Big Picture: Patrick Goldstein highlights one of the most glaring omissions from the recently released list of films eligible for this year’s best documentary feature Oscar: Werner Herzog’s visually stunning 3-D doc “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” He was previously snubbed five years ago for his critically-acclaimed doc “Grizzly Man” (2005), but was nominated three years ago for “Encounters at the End of the World” (2007).
  • Awards Tracker: Susan King reports that best actress hopeful Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”) will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2011 Vanguard Award following a career tribute on February 5. According to the festival, the award was created to annually recognize “an actor who has forged his/her own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film.” Previous recipients have included Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christoph Waltz.
  • Imageworks: As part of the no-holds-barred Oscar campaign for “Alice in Wonderland,” the special effects firm Sony Pictures Imageworks has invited select journalists to have tea with the visual effects and animation team responsible for the film, as well as to have “an individual opportunity to sit at an Avid at Sony Pictures Imageworks with one of our editors and a member of the visual effects and animation production team” for a demonstration of some of the work that went into the production of the film’s “nearly 2500 visual effects and animation shots.”
  • Los Angeles Times: Mark Olsen profiles the 24-year-old writer/director/actress Lena Dunham, who has made a big impression with “Tiny Furniture,” her debut film, and is now being “courted by Hollywood.” As Dunham puts it, her story could be succinctly described as: “girl makes movie about being a loser and then gets un-loserly things to happen to her.”
  • Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells confirms that director Steven Spielberg will indeed adapt a still-to-be-written Tony Kushner script about Abraham Lincoln into a feature film, and that the 16th president will be played not by the Irish actor Liam Neeson, who was the rumored frontrunner for the part, but rather by the British actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Cinephiles largely cheered the casting of the two time best actor Oscar winner (who traveled on Friday to Springfield, Illinois and received a tour of relevant historical sites from Lincoln historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.) The film is due out in 2012.
  • The Film Experience: Nathaniel Rogers chats with the 37-year-old actress Juliette Lewis, who was nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar nearly two decades ago for “Cape Fear” (1991) and is hoping to be nominated for it again for this year’s Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction.” She has only two brief scenes in the film, but, as Rogers writes, audiences can’t take their eyes of her when she’s on screen, and it seems likely that they will lead to other, more substantial acting roles for her in the near future.

Photo: Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter.” Credit: Paramount.

Wednesday October 13th, 2010

YOUR DAILY FIX OF OSCAR: 10/13/10

  • Awards Daily: Sasha Stone passes along the latest ratings from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which tend to predict fairly accurately the films that stand the best shot at Oscar nominations. As of yesterday, Pixar’s animated “Toy Story 3” held the top spot with a score of 97, just ahead of “The Social Network” at 95.
  • The Playlist: Kevin Jagernauth wonders why Paramount’s marketing campaign for “Morning Glory” — a comedy starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton that is slated to open in four weeks — has been virtually “non-existent.” The film, he writes, “was originally slated for a summer release… [but] was pushed back amid word that the studio was eyeing some kind of dark horse comedy entry in the awards season race,” but such a scenario now seems unlikely.
  • Deadline Hollywood: Pete Hammond obtains a leaked copy of the Academy’s color-coded screening schedule of foreign language films, which he explains and summarizes, noting that 65 nations submitted entries this year and that Iceland’s “Mamma Gogo” and Israel’s “The Human Resources Manager” will be the first to screen for voters, on October 18.
  • Hitfix: Drew McWeeny describes the action-comedy “Red” as “uneven” and “fairly familiar stuff,” but still calls it “one of the most enjoyable things I’ve seen this year” and highly recommends it. I’ll admit that it’s hard to argue with a cast that includes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Mary-Louise Parker!
  • The Odds: Steve Pond notes that the aforementioned Morgan Freeman hasn’t given a performance that will make him a part of this year’s awards discussion, so “the American Film Institute has stepped in to pick up the slack” by announcing that they will be presenting the 73-year-old with their Lifetime Achievement Award at a dinner in June.
  • Speakeasy: Jen Yamato reports that “The American” star George Clooney and President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Darfur, which the actor has studied and visited on numerous occasions. Clooney reportedly called on Obama to do everything in his power to prevent a north-south civil war in the aftermath of January’s vote on southern independence, noting, “We’re not policy makers, we’re just megaphones.”
  • Movie Line: Chris Rosen writes that last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring comedian Andy Samberg as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg found an unlikely fan in “Zuck” himself, who posted on his Facebook page, “I’m a big Andy Samberg fan so I thought this was funny.” Facebook staffers: permission to laugh!
  • Hollywood Elsewhere: Jeff Wells previews “Committed,” the latest film from the Oscar nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”), which focuses on the experiences of several directors at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival and will soon appear on the AMC television channel.
  • Cinematical: Alison Nastasi passes along “Hatchet 2” director Adam Green’s response to a blogger’s inquiry about what has become of his gruesome film in the aftermath of it being pulled from all AMC theaters last week.

Photo: President Obama and the young subjects of “Waiting for ‘Superman’” visit in the Oval Office yesterday. Credit: The White House.

Friday September 3rd, 2010

SPIKE IN SPORTS-RELATED CONTENDERS

A year after “The Blind Side” and “Invictus,” there is another, even larger crop of awards hopefuls that all focus on what we might broadly describe as “the sporting life”:

  • “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, trailer) — Danny Boyle follows up his Oscar winning “Slumdog Millionaire” with the true story of Aron Ralston (played by James Franco), an avid mountain climber who took a canyoneering trip that changed his life forever.
  • “Boxing Gym” (Zipporah, 10/22, trailer) — Frederick Wiseman, the veteran doc filmmaker, turns his lens on a boxing gym in Austin, Texas and the eclectic group of people who patronize it, all driven by the common goal of achieving their personal best.
  • “The Fighter” (Paramount, 12/10, no trailer yet) — David O. Russell directs the moving story of Boston-bred boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his half-brother (Christian Bale), who battled with drug addiction while training him for his fights.
  • “Racing Dreams” (Hannover House, 5/21, trailer) — Oscar nominee Marshall Curry follows three adolescents, each charismatic and talented go-kart drivers, in this doc about the year that will determine whether or not they have a chance at making it to the big-time.
  • “Secretariat” (Disney, 10/8, trailer) — Randall Wallace adapts William Nack‘s acclaimed book about Secretariat’s remarkable run to the Triple Crown into a feature film that stars Diane Lane as the horse’s owner and John Malkovich as its trainer.
  • “The Tillman Story” (The Weinstein Company, 8/20, trailer) — In this doc, Amir Bar-Lev presents the true story of the life and death of Pat Tillman, who gave up a multi-million dollar NFL contract to serve in Iraq, and about whom many untruths have been told.

How does the Academy typically respond to sports-related films? Here’s a rundown of the many that have scored nominations and wins over the years…

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