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AD Readers Poll: Predict the Oscar screenplays

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Choose the 10 screenplays you think the Academy will nominate (not your own personal favorites). Cast your votes after the cut.

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OscarWatch: The Writers

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2010 can only be called the Year of the Director where the Oscar race is concerned. I wouldn’t presume to say anything deeper than that. Sometimes talking about the Oscar race feels like other contests that are judged superficially – political campaigns and horse races. In truth, we are talking about subjectivity. We are talking about art. We are talking about those things because good ideas still drive great movies….

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The Social Network: Friends in High Places

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We’re born alone. We die alone. But in between, we are connected to people. We are connected to them because we love them. We give birth to them or give birth to us. They call us up to talk on the phone about their problems. They sleep next to us at night. They make us laugh when we buy our coffee from them, or sit next to them on airports….

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Screenplay Watch: Will This be Sorkin’s First Oscar Nod?

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The Oscar race is a funny thing. I’m sure you’ll be as surprised as I was to learn that Aaron Sorkin, one of the best writers working in Hollywood, has never been nominated for an Oscar. The Oscar race is about timing, the skill of publicists, and the popularity of the stars involved … but usually it’s about the heat of the moment. In short, Oscar is a one-night stand.

Travers tweets ravelette* for The Social Network

Travers tweets ravelette* for The Social Network

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Peter Travers, via twitter: “David Fincher‚Äôs Social Network is the 1st film I’ve given **** in 2010. It‚Äôs the movie of the year that also brilliantly defines the decade.” (Travers ranks 5th in the unscientific poll we conducted last week, teasing out the top critics to find the “10 Most Influential.”) *ravelette is to rave as novelette is to novel. I’m claiming coinage rights.

Film Comment seal of approval for The Social Network

Film Comment seal of approval for The Social Network

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Scott Foundas steps forward with a hugely enthusiastic review for The Social Network in Film Comment. This is very rich material for a movie on such timeless subjects as power and privilege, and such intrinsically 21st-century ones as the migration of society itself from the real to the virtual sphere‚Äîand David Fincher‚Äôs The Social Network is big and brash and brilliant enough to encompass them all. It is nominally the…

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The Tourist reschedules for December arrival

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This shakes up the holidays with an unexpected jolt of adrenaline, doesn’t it? Reader Sean points out that Sony has upgraded The Tourist to First Class passage with a premiere route through the very heart of Oscar season. (Previously set to embark in February 2011). Several reliable sites confirm, but I’m interested this morning in the slant from box office mojo: Sony Pictures announced this afternoon that the Johnny Depp-Angelina…

The Town, trailer

The Town, trailer

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(thanks JUN) Aside from the knockout cast and fascinating dynamics of the premise, there’s another thing that jumps out at me from this trailer for The Town that gives me a tingle of appreciation. The phrase “From the studio that brought you…” is something we don’t see much anymore, and I like the pride inherent in the plug. Warner Bros does indeed seem to be reestablishing a sterling reputation it…

The Social Network, trailer 2

The Social Network, trailer 2

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The Social Network, teaser trailer

The Social Network, teaser trailer

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Not much needs to be said about the teaser for The Social Network. It serves a dual purpose with simple precision. Realigns any misconception that the focus would be Facebook users. And reinforces anticipation for those of us who already knew that. (thanks to Evie for the friend request)