The Descendants

Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited on NPR to talk about the adapted screenplay race. It surprised host Rachel Martin that the screenplay race, it turned out, wasn’t so much about the individual screenplays as it was about ...
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There are few movies that feel like they could give The Artist some heat: Hugo and The Descendants.  Perhaps, as many a Tweeter will tell you, “it’s been The Artist since Cannes.” And okay, fine.  Maybe.  What makes The Artist ...

I think I am on the brink of getting fired this year for my squirrelly predictions on both Gold Derby and The Gurus of Gold.  When you pick something outside of the general thinking you are often written off for ...

One of the threads running through this year’s Oscar race is the single father who must pull things together for the sake of his kids.  This is especially poignant in three films – Moneyball, The Descendants and We Bought a ...

(new TV spot in advance of tomorrow’s premiere in NY and LA) Already standing in strong position with the critics, The Descendants stock rises with raves today from A.O. Scott, Glenn Kenny, Betsy Sharkey and the rare 4-star review from ...

(new TV spot in advance of tomorrow’s premiere in NY and LA) Already standing in strong position with the critics, The Descendants stock rises with raves today from A.O. Scott, Glenn Kenny, Betsy Sharkey and the rare 4-star review from ...

Gurus link In our ongoing search for Oscar’s best picture winner, which doesn’t necessarily define the best film in a given year, we continue to grope around in the dark. War Horse began screening in various theaters around the country ...

As we contemplate where we’re going and where we’ve been it’s important to take note of how things stand right now. To my mind, there are three films that could win Best Picture if the Oscars were held today. So ...

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This year’s shortlist is: 360 The Artist The Deep Blue Sea The Descendants Faust The Kid With A Bike Shame Trishna We Need To Talk About Kevin  The shortlist for Best British Newcomer is:

George Clooney talks and Scott Foundas listens in this exclusive video from Telluride courtesy of HitFix.

Sasha’s own hand-held giggle-cam videography.

Sideways is a perfect film.  The more you watch it the more of itself it reveals.  It is a story of a greatly flawed man who clatters selfishly forward — his book, his breakup, his misery.  If he is given ...

Peter over at AwardsCorner has done a fairly exhaustive rundown of Best Picture contenders and all I want to do is sharpie all over it. But I think it’s a good starting place. You might be able to just work ...

(Thanks to phantom, who proposes what looks to be an airtight formula: “Clooney + Payne + Fox Searchlight = Oscar Gold ?”)

The Descendants gets a Dec 16th release, positioning director Alexander Payne and George Clooney in a prime holiday showcase slot for maximum awards impact. As late as last November, Fox Searchlight had this family drama tentatively slated for late-entry year-end ...

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