Note Pad Archive for November, 2005

Sony Classics

In previous years, Sony Classics has been loathe to spend the money to send out all their candidates on DVD to BFCA members. That changed today as the entire SPC collection arrived. Good show. Nominations for Capote, Breakfast on Pluto, and Junebug are legitimate possibilities… even for phillistines like us.

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Not So Indie Spirit

The InDependent Spirit nominations were announced this morning. Laura Linney came in from New York and was stuck mispronouncing a wide array of names, as did her indie co-presenter Mark Ruffalo. (Guillermo Arriaga is a good one to learn, Mark… better than Rob Reiner for you.) But that’s just meaningless folderol… The winners? Sony Classics…

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Gurus O’ Gold – Week 2

Best Picture & The Best Actress Possibilities. What do you think?

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Thanksgiving Turkeys

What’s your choice of stuffing?

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Sasha Stone Reports…

NBR back to Dec 7…

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O’Neil’s Tight Best Actress Race

Comically, Tom O’Neil takes the position that the race for Best Actress is strong this year. But even he can barely come up with enough names to fill the Golden Globes ballot. In total, he offers 13 possibles. Three are mentioned on page one (Huffman/Zhang/Knightley). Three more are mentioned on the next two pages (Danes/Kilcher/Witherspoon)…

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More Movies…

Today was the first real arrival of a bunch of movies at one time and I suspect it wil continue tomorrow and Wednesday. Six films, all with Techinicolor Secutity markings, from WIP, NL, and DW. Two of WIPs films arrived, interestingly, in small DVD covers, not the traditional DVD box. I can’t imagine they save…

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The Gurus o’ Gold

Who do the Oscar prognosticators think is out in front? Now you know.

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NBR Date

I’m really not sure if this has been reported, but I gather that NBR will push its award announcement to December 9 to accomodate a Munich screening. They will still be first to announce, followed by BFCA and HFPA, I believe. (Added, Sat 8p – A rep from Universal says they know nothing about this…

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HFPA Moves Hustle & Flow To Drama

Supporters of the film see this as a positive move. I see it as an easy way of leaving the film and Terrence Howard out of the nominations without being accused of racism. After all, who is going to argue that George Clooney or David Strathairn or Russell Crowe or Ralph Fiennes shouldn’t make it…

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Ten Films to Compete for Animated Feature Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — Ten films will compete in the Best Animated Feature Film category in the 2005 Academy Awards® competition. The 10 films have been accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the short films and feature animation branch of the Academy, which has recommended to the Academy’s Board of Governors…

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20 Weeks – 15 Weeks To Go

“What drew me onto the Brokeback bandwagon at this moment was that I don’t think Geisha will draw 80% of the “romantic saga” voters at the Academy. Moreover, in direct comparison, Geisha suffers from its limitations. Brokeback has the dryness and love of inaction that pushed me away from it… but it is still more…

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Academy Announces Documentary Films in Competition for 78th Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the list of films that will continue on in the voting process in the category of Best Documentary Feature for the 78th Academy Awards. Eighty-two films had been eligible in the category. The 15 films from which the five nominees will…

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First Cinea Disc…

And on top of being unable to be viewed on any DVD player other than your own, including other Cinea players, there was shrink wrap, two taped sides of the container and… Then, when you actually pop the disc in the Cinea, you get this message… And then a request for yet another pledge of…

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The Final Oscar Short List

How short is a list of 15 films amongst 82 eligibles? That would make the Best Picture shortlist (based on last year’s 269 eligible entries) at 49. Are there really 49 B.P. eligible films that you think are worth of consideration? The one good thing is that this list will give, I hope, lots of…

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The Oscar Short List

The dozen begin to get notified… so far… 39 Pounds of Love (HBO/No Theatrical) After Innocence (New Yorker/Showtime) The Boys Of Baraka (ThinkFilm) Darwin’s Nightmare (International Film Circuit) The Devil & Daniel Johnston (SPC) Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (IFC) Favela Rising (ThinkFilm/HBO) Mad Hot Ballroom (Par Classics) March of the Penguins (WIP)…

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Wow! adds another “expert” with good gathering, but almost no analytical skills… Box Office Mojo man Brandon Gray. It’s becoming almost fun to watch them flail.

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The Envelope Tries To Fill Space, Episode 15

James Bates counts Harvey out of the Oscar race, based on… anyone?… anyone?

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The BFCA Made-For-TV Movie Category

We have a front-runner… TNT’s Into The West. How do I know? They sent us the whole thing in a DVD set. The people who send their films have a huge advantage in BFCA voting because the group is made of writers who don’t get to watch that much TV. And so few television networks…

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Depp Honor Coming

On Friday, 11/11, Johnny Depp gets the Tribute treatment at AFI in a move for The Libertine, which he really wants to help succeed.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon