The Spirit Awards to Announce Noms Live Tomorrow AM

There is nothing sweeter than the idea of The Hurt Locker winning Best Picture, or its director, Kathryn Bigelow, taking home the big prize. But, and I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, this was an expected win. Not only that, the Gothams and the Film Independent Spirits are...
Posted On 30 Nov 2009

Gotham Award Winners

via IndieWire: Best Feature The Hurt Locker — Kathryn Bigelow, director; Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro, producers (Summit Entertainment) Best Documentary Food, Inc. — Robert Kenner, director; Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein, producers...
Posted On 30 Nov 2009

Nine, trailer 3

Press Conference Reporter, Nine: “Have you run out of things to say?” Press Conference Groupie, 8¬Ω: “He’s lost. He hasn’t got anything to say.” It’ll be fun to see how nimbly Nine pings famous licks, riffs and phrases from 8¬Ω. (thanks...
Posted On 30 Nov 2009

Guide to the Precursers

Indiewire’s Peter Knegt does a good job laying out the award precursors coming soon to an Oscar blog near you. Actually, you could probably say it will becoming from all sides, from every angle and outlet and social networking tool near you. I’m scared of Oscars 2009...
Posted On 30 Nov 2009

The No-Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Truly Putrid

by John Villeneuve Every year some painfully half-baked, ill-conceived or inept films get submitted by countries from around the world for consideration in the Best Foreign Film category. However, this year seems to have more than usual. Which begs the question, if you...

Corliss singles out A Single Man

In the same TIME feature Sasha quotes below (and I now see was the platform for The Lovely Bones preview a few days ago), Richard Corliss has high praise for Colin Firth in A Single Man, and for first-time director Tom Ford: For close to three decades, Colin Firth has been a...
Posted On 30 Nov 2009

Contender 2010: Greenberg

Like Jason Reitman, Noah Baumbach has mastered the near-impossible knack of writing smart, memorable, quotable dialogue that doesn’t sound like a stand-up routine in search of a rim-shot. I suppose George Hickenlooper would mock a movie like this as a “puerile...
Posted On 30 Nov 2009

Martin Sheen on Hal Holbrook

I’ll bounce off Sasha’s angle once more to feature a second Variety tribute from one actor to another: I had the privilege of playing Hal Holbrook’s gay lover in the landmark TV film “That Certain Summer.” His character was a divorced father with a...
Posted On 30 Nov 2009

Invictus and Bones’ Reviews Coming Through

Richard Corliss, in a Fall Movie Preview, writes up Invictus admiringly: If there’s a whiff of colonialism in casting Hollywood stars as renowned South Africans, the actors work hard to find strength and nuance in their roles. Damon, beefed up for the occasion, makes...
Posted On 30 Nov 2009