Note Pad Archive for December, 2005

311 Feature Films Vie for 2005 Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — Three hundred eleven feature films will compete for the Academy Award® for Best Picture of 2005, it has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Marking a 16.5% increase from 2004, the 2005 total of eligible features marks the first time in 32 years that as many…

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Academy Announces Visual Effects Competitors

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films in consideration for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 78th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Batman Begins” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”…

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42 Songs Compete for 78th Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 42 original songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered for the 78th Academy Awards®. The original songs, along with the motion picture, are listed below in alphabetical order: “Along the River” from “End of the Spear” “Angels Talk”…

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Golden Globe Nods

Best Picture Drama Brokeback Mountain The Constant Gardener Good Night, and Good Luck A History of Violence Match Point Best Picture, Musical/Comedy Mrs. Henderson Presents Pride Prejudice The Producers Squid and Whale Walk the Line Best Director Woody Allen, Match Point George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck Peter Jackson, King Kong Ang Lee, Brokeback…

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Harry Potter Arrives

They actually tried to deliver the film last Thursday… but what is of interest is that the 154 mminute movie showed up on two discs, not one.

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BFCA Nominations

It’s that kind of year… Anything can happen. BEST PICTURE Brokeback Mountain Capote Cinderella Man The Constant Gardener Crash Good Night, and Good Luck. King Kong Memoirs of a Geisha Munich Walk the Line BEST ACTOR Russell Crowe – “Cinderella Man” Philip Seymour Hoffman – “Capote” Terrence Howard – “Hustle & Flow” Heath Ledger –…

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NYT’s David Brooks Complains That Munich Doesn’t Embrace The Notion Of A Black & White Evil

Op-Ed Columnist What ‘Munich’ Left Out By DAVID BROOKS Published: December 11, 2005 Every generation of Americans casts Israel in its own morality tale. For a time, Israel was the plucky underdog fighting for survival against larger foes. Now, as Steven Spielberg rolls out the publicity campaign for his new movie, “Munich,” we see the…

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Madagascar Nominated for People’s Choice Award

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NBR Delays: The Press Release

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 Dear Journalists, Editors, Marketing and Publicity representatives — Due to an incomplete eligibility mailing to the National Board of Review screening committee, and in fairness to all eligible films, filmmakers and actors, the NBR is postponing its Awards announcement until Monday morning, December 12th. In consideration of the incomplete nature of…

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Fistbiscuit Returns!

Hmmmm… Cinderella Man DVD tagline… “The odds were against him… his comeback was incredible… and the story is true.” Oscar nominee Seabiscuit‘s ad theme… “The horse is too small, the jockey too big, the trainer too old, and I’m too dumb to know the difference.”

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Screener Count – Dec 1

Via BFCA – 35 films so far… no Fox, no Sony, and no Universal. Some Academy members have received Walk The Line and In Her Shoes, but not The Family Stone.

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You’d Have To Be Drunk To Vote For…

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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