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October 5, 2010

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The Next Three Days poster evokes King of Cool

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Poster for The Next Three Days features Russell Crowe with a steely cool and thousand-yard stare that Katey Rich at CinemaBlend says marketers are describing as “Steve McQueen-inspired.” Not to mention the aviator shades. Check it out full-size after the cut, alongside a couple of vintage McQueen posters that have the same chalk-sketch appeal.

SPC first with Academy screeners

SPC first with Academy screeners

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It comes as no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics is first out of the gate (again!) with DVD screeners sent¬†to Academy voters. According to veteran AMPAS member Ken Rudolph’s¬†invaluable record-keeping, SPC¬†recently¬†mailed out Animal Kingdom,¬†a hopeful contender¬†for Jacki Weaver in Supporting Actress, along with other possible nominations, and¬†also¬†the Annette Bening/Naomi Watts vehicle Mother and Child. Two years ago, SPC¬†played early bird¬†with the Frozen River DVD, and we all know where that…

Trailer for Julie Taymor’s The Tempest

Trailer for Julie Taymor’s The Tempest

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THE LOVELY BONES

Peter Jackson to Direct The Hobbit

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Deadline’s Nikki Finke broke the story, I suppose there will be a fight about that, but here it is. The news at last that Peter Jackson will take on the challenge of directing The Hobbit. I don’t know why it felt like such a tease all along; didn’t it always seem like was going to do it? The big part of The Hobbit story that interests me is how much…

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Mattie and Ree: Girl Teens Taking Charge

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It’s a good thing that 2010 is bringing to the big screen positive role models for teen girls in at least two films. As the mother of a 12 year-old, this gives me hope that teenagers don’t just have truly shallow vessels out there to look to for guidance. In the same year we have “16 and Pregnant” on MTV, we also have Winter’s Bone and True Grit. I can’t…

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Peter Weir’s The Way Back Just Entered Oscar Race

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The press release just went out with the news that Peter Weir’s The Way Back will get its Oscar run this year. That is good news, possibly, for Ed Harris as a very very strong supporting actor contender. In fact, it may be a game-changer for that category. It also could be a strong contender to take one of the ten slots for Best Picture and Weir, a favorite of…

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True Grit Positioned as a “Major Player” and Dave Karger’s Preliminaries

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Dave Karger runs down the categories one by one, and is seeing True Grit as potentially the film to beat. Dave Karger is usually the one who does the early picks on EW and, as we all know, they are right at least three, but often four or five out of five. Here, he runs down the categories (smart of him since he is always being asked on Twitter about…

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NYFF: Another Year

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New York Film Festival impressions by Brian Whisenant Attending fim festivals, at dinner parties, in bars, or wherever I might be hanging out with fellow cinephiles, the question “What is your favorite movie” inevitably enters the conversation. I always begin the answer with the Mike Leigh film “Secrets & Lies…but in a 5 way tie.” And in the 10 or so years since the last of those 5 films was…

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100 best directorial debuts? Not quite.

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The Online Film Critics Society haphazardly picks the “100 Best First Films”. Predictable list, and the ranking falls into disarray for me after the first few obvious milestones. At #23, #36, & #47, Polanski’s Knife in the Water, Nichols’ Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf, and Mendes’ American Beauty are all far too low, with some hinky choices sitting higher. And The Shawshank Redemption at #24? Please. Airplane is ridiculously high…