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January 2010

Avatanic Box Office Watch – Records Will Be Broken

Avatanic Box Office Watch – Records Will Be Broken

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Jim Cameron’s Avatar is just a smidge away from toppling Titanic’s domestic box office record, something no film has been able to do since 1997. It is truly astounding, the money. With a $30 weekend take, it shows little signs of slowing down. Those who have seen it once want to return at least one more time to see it again.¬†¬† Chart after the cut. Reference: Box Office Mojo.

The Wonder of Avatar

The Wonder of Avatar

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The NY Post’s Larry Getlen takes a second look at Avatar and sees more in the film than he could have imagined: ‚ÄúThe idiosyncrasies of how people‚Äôs faces work ‚Äî the order in which their muscles flair ‚Äî that varies from person to person,‚Äù says Richard Baneham, the film‚Äôs animation supervisor. ‚ÄúSo for Zoe [Saldana, who played the Na‚Äôvi beauty Neytiri], our main goal was to [capture] her performance, to…

Grammys Winners

Grammys Winners

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Look, folks, better late than never. With Ryan sick and me in the state of moving from one place to another, we haven’t had much time to update today. And I’m someone who cares very little about the Grammys – they award people who sell the most records, for the most part. They bore me on top of that. The only reason to watch is for the music. But chat…

The State of the Race: She

The State of the Race: She

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There have been a very small handful of women who have gotten Directors Guild nominations. None had any chance of winning. Sixty two years of awards and not a single woman or black man (or black woman) has ever won the DGA. The DGA is the single most important guild in the Oscar race. Regular readers will recognize one of Awards Daily’s mantras clearly in play this year: the director…

Kathryn Bigelow Wins the DGA

Kathryn Bigelow Wins the DGA

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Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker TV Movie: Taking Chance Television Series: Mad Men Comedy Series: Modern Family Documentary – The Cove Musical/Variety – Obama Inauguration Reality TV – Build it Bigger

Sundance Award Winners: Winter’s Bone, Southern District

Sundance Award Winners: Winter’s Bone, Southern District

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(via IndieWire) Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: Winter’s Bone Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Winter’s Bone Directing Award, Dramatic: 3 Backyards Dramatic Audience Award: happythankyoumoreplease Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: Restrepo

DGA: Tom O’Neil Says Cameron Can’t Lose

DGA: Tom O’Neil Says Cameron Can’t Lose

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Over at Gold Derby, Tom O’Neil is convinced that Jim Cameron is your winner: “The Hurt Locker” juggernaut sweeping the Hollywood film industry and America’s movie critics right now may be largely isolated to those groups. DGA is comprised of more than 13,000 members who are scattered across the U.S. and don’t necessarily work in the feature film biz. Most, in fact, work in television, direct commercials, music videos, etc….

DGA: The Real People of Up in the Air

DGA: The Real People of Up in the Air

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Jason Reitman took to the Oprah Winfrey show on Friday and brought with him some of the folks who had been fired in real life and whom appeared in his film. The Oprah.com site has more in depth writing on it than it used to have, making it a little more like a blog (which makes me wonder if Oprah may be gone but not forgotten next year when her…

DGA Poll

DGA Poll

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DGA: Three Scenes – Inglourious Basterds

DGA: Three Scenes – Inglourious Basterds

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Recently, I had the occasion to speak with Quentin Tarantino (will be posting the interview soon) and I told him that my three favorite scenes in Inglourious Basterds both involved Landa and the way he toys with people.¬†¬† In all three scenes, he starts off charming but by the end becomes sinister. To me, this is a running theme in Tarantino’s work: personality extremes. 1. Shosanna’s Escape. The opening scene…