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Wednesday January 26th, 2011

“DEEP VOTE” ON “BARNEY’S VERSION,” “LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS,” “TANGLED”

Deep Vote,” an Oscar winning screenwriter and a member of the Academy, will write this column — exclusively for ScottFeinberg.com — every week until the Academy Awards in order to help to peel back the curtain on the Oscar voting process. (His identity must be protected in order to spare him from repercussions for disclosing the aforementioned information.)

Thus far, he has shared his thoughts in column one about his general preferences; column two about Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer) and Solitary Man” (Anchor Bay Films, 5/21, R, trailer); column three about Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer), “Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer), and “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics, 5/7, R, trailer); column four about Get Low” (Sony Pictures Classics, 7/30, PG-13, trailer), “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features, 7/9, R, trailer), and “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer); column five about “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer), “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions, 12/17, R, trailer), and “Shutter Island” (Paramount, 2/19, R, trailer); column six about Inception” (Warner Brothers, 7/16, PG-13, trailer), “Made in Dagenham” (Sony Pictures Classics, 11/19, R, trailer), and “Somewhere” (Focus Features, 12/22, R, trailer); column seven about Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/29, PG-13, trailer), “Fair Game” (Summit, 11/5, PG-13, trailer), and “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate, 12/17, PG-13, trailer); column eight about Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company, 12/29, R, trailer), “The Fighter” (Paramount, 12/10, R, trailer), and “True Grit” (Paramount, 12/22, PG-13, trailer); column nine about The Ghost Writer” (Summit, 2/19, PG-13, trailer), The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company, 11/26, R, trailer), and “The Town” (Warner Brothers, 9/17, R, trailer); column ten about Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight, 12/3, R, trailer), “Conviction” (Fox Searchlight, 10/15, R, trailer), and “I Am Love” (Magnolia, 6/18, R, trailer); column eleven about his nomination ballots; and column twelve about All Good Things” (Magnolia, 12/3, R, trailer), “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics, 8/13, R, trailer), and “The Way Back” (Newmarket, 12/29, PG-13, trailer).

This week, he assesses three more films: “Barney’s Version” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/3, R, trailer), “Love and Other Drugs” (20th Century Fox, 11/24, R, trailer), and “Tangled” (Disney, 11/24, PG, trailer).

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Saturday January 8th, 2011

YOUR DAILY FIX OF OSCAR: 1/8/11

  • Company Town: Ben Fritz writes that “the Hollywood awards screener is finally catching up with the digital age,” as Fox Searchlight becomes the first studio to make some of its films available to awards voters as free downloads off of Apple’s iTunes. (The nearly 100,000 voting members of the Screen Actors Guild will be provided with a special code that will enable them to access “127 Hours,” “Black Swan,” and “Conviction” as often as they’d like through the end of SAG voting.) The move, Fritz notes, “could mark the first step in an industry-wide shift toward making digital copies of movies available to voters for all awards, eventually ending the costly, time-honored practice of producing and sending physical copies of their DVDs.” According to the piece, Fox co-chairman Jim Gianopulos “said his studio is also in talks with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose members vote for the Oscars, and with the British Film Academy, about making iTunes downloads available to their voters as well.”
  • Inside TV: Christian Blauvelt reports that “the dream James Lipton has pursued for 17 years has finally come true,” as actor Jim Carrey recently consented to be interviewed by Lipton for “Inside the Actor’s Studio” after holding out for many years because — believe it or not — he’s actually “extremely shy,” at least according to Lipton. The episode will air on Monday night at 8pm EST on Bravo. (Carrey, who is promoting the raucous new comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris,” in which he plays a gay con-artist, will also be hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. According to PopWatch writer Margaret Lyons, “This is Carrey’s second time hosting. The first was way back in 1996 — back when Norm MacDonald was doing Bob Dole and Carrey was promoting ‘The Cable Guy.'”)
  • The Race: Tim Appelo notes that the up-and-coming actor Andrew Garfield “makes a point of never seeing the movies he stars in” — he fears that doing so will make him more self-conscious in front of the camera — “but at Thursday’s Spago [DVD release] party for ‘The Social Network’… Garfield said that even Spider-Man [the iconic role that he is inheriting from Tobey Maguire] is not strong enough to resist peer pressure from the makers of ‘The Social Network.'” “They made me watch that one,” he confessed to Appelo.
  • AMPAS: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shares the news that “10 scientific and technical achievements represented by 22 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation” on February 12, noting that “unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2010.  Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.” This year’s honorees are being recognized for a wide variety of accomplishments — among them, the “development of influential facial motion retargeting solutions,” “the development of the Cablecam 3-D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies,” and “the software design and continued development of cineSync, a tool for remote collaboration and review of visual effects.”

Photo: Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech.” Credit: The Weinstein Company.

Thursday October 14th, 2010

YOUR DAILY FIX OF OSCAR: 10/14/10

  • Variety: Andrew Stewart notes that Julian Schnabel’s “Miral” isn’t the only film from The Weinstein Company with a release date change this week. According to the studio, Ben Affleck’s “The Company Men” has also been pushed back — but, unlike “Miral,” not out of this year’s race — from October 22 to December 10. No reason for the move was provided.
  • Deadline Hollywood: Nikki Finke passes along the Academy’s announcement that it has chosen eight short subject documentaries (from a list of thirty that were eligible) for its short list of contenders for a 2011 Academy Award, three to five of which will receive actual nominations and one of which will take home a statuette.
  • New York Times: Maureen Dowd calls “Fair Game” — the story of Valerie Plame Wilson (Naomi Watts) and Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) — “a vivid reminder of one of the most egregious abuses of power in history,” noting, “They were the Girl and Boy Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and we should all remember what flew out.”
  • The Film Experience: Nathaniel Rogers spots the fun stat that Jesse Eisenberg would bump Matt Damon off the list of the top 10 youngest nominees for the best actor Oscar if — as he is widely expected to — he receives a best actor nomination for “The Social Network.” Eisenberg would be 27 years old, as was Damon when he was nominated for “Good Will Hunting” (1997), but 14 days younger.
  • Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells writes that Rosamund Pike “easily gives the most arresting performance” in both “Made in Dagenham” and “Barney’s World,” portraying “elegant, well-educated wives of character and principle” in both, and urges Academy members to look beyond those films’ flaws and nominate one of her performances for best supporting actress. (Scott agrees.)
  • The Washington Post: Tim Craig and Bull Turque report that Michelle Rhee, the no-nonsense chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools (who is featured prominently in Davis Guggenheim’s doc “Waiting for ‘Superman’”), has resigned from her post after 3.5 years. The city’s “presumptive mayor-elect” (who, in a recent primary, ousted the mayor who appointed Rhee) said it was a “mutual decision” to part ways, but Rhee described it as “heartbreaking.”
  • The Wrap: Steve Pond reports that Bruce Davis, the Academy’s executive director and “highest-ranking salaried employee,” will be retiring after 30 years spent overseeing some of the most monumental shifts within AMPAS. In an email to his staff, Davis wrote, “Organizations and individuals both benefit from periodic shifts in perspective.”
  • The Playlist: Oli Lyttelton believes there are “plenty of viral Internet comedy shows out there competing for your procrastination time,” but “none of them have managed to be as consistently funny and generally excellent” as Zach Galifianakis’s “Between Two Ferns” on the Funny or Die site. In the latest installment, Galifianakis sits down with “Red” star Bruce Willis, and hilarity quickly ensues.

Photo: Tommy Lee Jones and Ben Affleck in “The Company Men.” Credit: The Weinstein Company.

Friday September 17th, 2010

“BARNEY’S VERSION” NEEDS A 2.0

My strong sense is that as far as the awards season goes, Richard J. Lewis’s “Barney’s Version” (Sony Pictures Classics, TBD, trailer), which had its North American premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, is dead-on-arrival. The film, which I saw on Tuesday, is an adaptation of Canadian author Mordecai Richler’s novel of the same title, which I’ve never read but know is quite well-regarded. Unfortunately, the film is meandering, overlong, and even somewhat offensive.

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