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Variety’s Todd McCarthy doesn’t quite know what to make of Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York – he seems to be saying that it is admirably ambitious yet a painful sit. Either way, it looks strong on writing and acting: Despite the general air of unpleasantness and anxiety, and the general feeling that the film, like […]

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Not sure how long this is going to be around but Cinematical has just posted this Benjamin Button trailer (dubbed in Spanish). They say it looks like a cross between Burton and David Fincher – to me, it looks like Terry Gilliam all the way. Slashfilm first posted it. We ...

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Or schmuck for a lifetime! Richard Dreyfuss in talks to play tricky Dick Cheney, aka The Dark Lord. Is Dreyfuss sinister enough? He’s been sinister in the past – he played a Rush Limbaugh-type, mean conservative in Rob Reiner’s The American President.

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The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw (not to mention the folks at Cinematical) seem to think that the one true film has emerged: The Cannes film festival now has a serious contender for the Palme d’or. Steven Soderbergh’s four-and-a-half hour epic Che, about the revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was virile, muscular film-making, ...

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Thanks to the readers who pointed out that, indeed, Che was panned by Variety’s Todd McCarthy, who writes: Neither half feels remotely like a stand-alone film that would satisfy audiences on its own, while the entirety offers far too many aggravations for the paltry rewards it offers. Scattered partisans are ...

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Jeff Wells, who comes up for air to write: I know I predicted this based on a reading of Peter Buchman’s script, buy [sic] the first half of Steven Soderbergh’s 268-minute Che Guevara epic is, for me, incandescent — a piece of full-on realism about the making of the Cuban ...

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This is a very strange but interesting video. I bring this to you for three reasons. The first, there is a great clip of Angelina in the film seeing her “son” for the first time. The second, to see what it was like the moment L’Exchange (Changeling) came to an ...

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As we speak, festival-goers are watching the four hour Che Guevara double epic. I am not sure I’ll be around to report on the reactions to Che so keep an eye out for those early reviews. The AFP has released an excerpt:

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Swiped this from Poland’s The Hot Blog: Comme Au Cinema It looks a little weird, a little funny, a little Charlie Kaufman. And I’m thinking it’s going to need a lot of love from critics if it’s to be hoisted onto the awards circuit. No one else writes the way ...

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One of my favorite filmmakers, Spike Lee, was out in rare form at the Cannes film fest talking about the whitewashing of black soldiers during WWII as he prepares to release Miracle at St. Anna РOctober release date?: Lee said: “There were many African-Americans who survived that war and ...

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Remember last season when producer extraordinaire Christine Vachon named High School Musical one of the top ten films of the year? Well, can you feel the excitement? I can feel the excitement. Zac forever!

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So, it was suggested that we add Iron Man to visual effects and sound. Good suggestion. I’m opening this thread for you all to let loose your suggestions – but please keep them only to either movies that have been seen and WIDELY reviewed, that is, actual critics have reviewed ...

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In a press conference with Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie the director and star said that the title change from Changeling to The Exchange was something they hadn’t yet heard, as the AFP reports: Eastwood picked up on a line of questioning at the post-screening press conference about the elusive ...

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Thanks to a tip from a reader, The Changeling has changed its name to “The Exchange,” according to Screen Daily. Variety’s Todd McCarthy gives it high praise, “emotionally powerful and stylistically sure-handed”: A dozen filmmakers could have taken a dozen different approaches to the same material — sensationalistic, melodramatic, expose-minded, ...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose name is mud with we Californians at the moment for, among other things, his decision to cut the budget for education by a shocking amount. Why would you cut education when the state is falling behind as it is? Why? I guess if you’re someone like Arnold ...

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioKyxGkBRro[/youtube] Got this via Kottke and I really have no idea what it is, why it was made or where it came from but it sure is funny in that way only David Lynch can be funny. No one else could really get away with this, could they? Not Woody ...

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Thanks to Cliff for pointing out the Australia trailer . It’s looking very epic, very plump, very camp. Who can resist that? Certainly not we here at Awards Daily. Here are some screen grabs.

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Charlie Kaufman gets to chatter away in this Q&A about his new movie Synecdoche, which will screen for all at Cannes later in the week. So what’s it about? Well, you know, it’s a simple story really: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: I HEARD THE SCRIPT STARTED OUT AS YOU WANTING TO ...

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Todd McCarthy writing a quick blurb in Variety (full review posted shortly – hey, it’s the age of instant news!): One of the most eagerly and long-awaited series follow-ups in screen history delivers the goods — not those of the still first-rate original, 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but ...

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Amid bizarre internet happenings, stories about so-called bad buzz, stories about it being imaginary, or the movie being the next Da Vinci Code – on thing’s for certain: folks are jumpy. And that is all. The movie is still going to break the bank, no doubt, as all bases appear ...

The State of the Race

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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...
In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

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