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Tuesday November 23rd, 2010

YOUR DAILY FIX OF OSCAR: 11/23/10

  • The Odds: Steve Pond reports that “The King’s Speech” was received very warmly by Oscar voters who attended its first official Academy screening on Saturday night at the 1,000-seat Samuel Goldwyn Theater, which one member told him was about 85% full. (According to Pond, “The turnout appears to be about the same as the attendance for ‘The Social Network,’ which also drew a strong reaction when it screened at the Goldwyn in early October.”) Another Academy member shared with Pond his immediate reaction: “Of course it will get all the English vote,” a key constituency that could prove to be a difference-maker in a close best picture race.
  • The Hollywood Reporter: Leslie Bruce, Randee Dawn, Todd Longwell, Carita Rizzo, Lauren Schutte, and Andrew Wallenstein profile — as part of the weekly magazine’s annual “Next Gen” special edition — a number of individuals who had breakthrough years in 2010 and have growing influence in the industry, including actors Andrew Garfield (“Never Let Me Go”/“The Social Network”) and Aaron Johnson (“Nowhere Boy”), actresses Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”) and Rooney Mara (“The Social Network”), and writer-directors Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”) and Shana Feste (“Country Strong”).
  • Deadline Hollywood: Nikki Finke passes along the news that the Art Directors Guild has selected Patricia Norris as this year’s recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. Norris, who has been nominated for best costume design Oscar five times — for “Days of Heaven” (1978), “The Elephant Man” (1980), “Victor/Victoria” (1982), “2010” (1984), and “Sunset” (1988) — will be presented with the award at the 15th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on February 5th.
  • Awards Daily: Sasha Stone pays tribute to Ronni Chasen, the publicist whose murder last week rocked Hollywood and remains an unsolved mystery. Stone shares the last email that she received from Chasen, in which the publicist tried to sell her on the prospects of Michael Douglas for a best supporting actor nod for “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” and writes, “Here’s to Ms. Chasen. And here’s to all the hard-working men and women who really and truly make the Oscar world go round. They never step up to take any of the credit… knowing that the more light is put on them the easier we can see the strings.”
  • Radar Online: An unattributed report summarizes and shares video of a segment from last night’s episode of “Chelsea Lately” on E! in which the talk show host Chelsea Handler and actress Anne Hathaway discussed Hathaway’s extensive nudity and numerous sex scenes with Jake Gyllenhaal in “Love and Other Drugs,” which hits theaters tomorrow. Hathaway tells Handler, “We decided from the get-go that real sex was out… We watched some films that do real sex and, I don’t know, that makes me feel weird.”

Photo: Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech.” Credit: The Weinstein Company.

Thursday October 21st, 2010

YOUR DAILY FIX OF OSCAR: 10/21/10

  • Star: The gossip rag’s latest cover features an unauthorized photograph of “Solitary Man”/“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” star Michael Douglas, who is battling throat cancer, looking extremely sick. Douglas’s hair has gone completely white; his face is now wrinkled everywhere; his eyes look sunken in; and his throat appears to be severely scarred. To see a man who was so vibrant reduced to this is enough to bring tears to the eyes.
  • Slash Film: Peter Sciretta, in a post from June that we only discovered today, exposes the “Easter Eggs” — “hidden little bits of trivia that act as inside jokes to fans of Pixar’s films” — that the digital animation studio snuck in to “Toy Story 3.” Among them: numerous references to the number 95 (the year in which the first “Toy Story” was released); a letter from “Carl and Ellie Fredrickson” (the elderly couple in “Up”); and a flyer for Pizza Planet (a fictional restaurant that has been referenced in all every Pixar film except “The Incredibles”).
  • Los Angeles Times: Stephen Zeitchik wonders why Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter,” which opens nationwide tomorrow, appears to have divided critics “along generational lines.” He surveys reviews of the film and concludes, “Many younger reviewers — those in their 30s and 40s, and maybe inching into their early 50s — are coming down hard on the movie. Most of those among the older generation? They’re finding much to embrace.” Why? “The simple explanation, I suppose, is that a movie preoccupied with mortality will appeal more to older filmgoers than younger ones.”
  • Knoxville: Terry Morrow, in a post from August that we only discovered today, reports that “Get Low,” which has been advertised as “a true tall tale,” is actually more true and less “tall tale” than most people realize. As it turns out, there really was a Felix Bush (the tortured character portrayed by Robert Duvall) — Felix Breazeale (nickname: “Bush”), to be precise — and, much like the character in the movie, he teamed up with a local funeral home operator and organized a “pre-death” funeral “party” for himself that “turned into one of the biggest community gatherings in the history of Roane County.”
  • INDIEwire: Pete Knegt performs a post-mortem on the nominations for the Gotham Independent Film Awards that were announced on Monday and concludes “there’s probably very little the Gothams have suggested about the overall awards race” except for the strength of Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone.” That little indie wound up with the same three nominations that “The Hurt Locker” received en route to winning the best picture Oscar — “which is not at all to suggest that ‘Winter’s Bone’ is going to surprise anyone in that regard,” Knegt hastens to add.
  • The Dish Rag: Elizabeth Snead catches up with “Country Strong” director Shana Feste, who believes that Gwyneth Paltrow’s performance in the film will bring the actress her first Academy recognition since she was nominated for and won the best actress Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). Feste says, “This is a complete departure for her. She plays an alcoholic in desperate need of a comeback. She sings, plays guitar, and dances.” (Paltrow will be performing the film’s title song at the Country Music Awards on November 10.)
  • Hitfix: Drew McWeeny mourns Pixar’s decision to replace Brenda Chapman as the director of “Brave” (formerly titled “The Bear and the Bow”), one of the studio’s next films. Chapman, who is being succeeded by Mark Andrews, was to have been the first female director of a Pixar film. McWeeny reports that many in the animation community have reacted to this news with great disappointment, “not because she’s a woman, but because that particular woman developed that story, and because she has proven with her work that she’s got a real voice as a storyteller.”
  • Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells, who has been salivating over “Love and Other Drugs” ever since he first heard good things about it back in February, has finally seen the film and is anything but disappointed. He believes “it is first and foremost a hit… sharp and polished and beautifully shot and acted and cut… with sass and wit and ultra-frank sexuality and generous nudity and undercurrents that are ‘Jerry Maguire’-ish at times… [director Edward] Zwick’s finest film yet… [and] could easily qualify as one of the ten best picture contenders.”

Photo: Michael Douglas. Credit: Star.