Note Pad Archive for December, 2011

Austin Film Critics Association 2011 Awards

December 28, 2011 (Austin, TX) – The Austin Film Critics Association today announced its 2011 awards, with Martin Scorsese’s ode to classic cinema, HUGO, winning Best Film. It lead a group of awards that AFCA Founder and President Cole Dabney called “a unique blend highlighting the best of both Hollywood and indie filmmaking.” The hyper-stylized…

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Academy “Celebrates the Movies” as Poster Art Kicks Off Oscar® Campaign

“Whether it’s a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually.”

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15th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

“The Tree of Life”, Terrence Malick’s exploration of suburban family life in the 1950’s, received seven nominations for the 15th Annual Online Film Critics Society awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Malick), Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. Joining…

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Oklahoma Film Critics Circle names “The Artist” Best Film of 2011

Top 10 Films 1. “The Artist” 2. “Drive” 3. “The Descendants” 4. “Hugo” 5. “Shame” 6. “Moneyball” 7. “Midnight in Paris” 8. “Melancholia” 9. “Tree of Life” 10.“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Best Film “The Artist” Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist” Best First Feature Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” Best Actress Michelle…

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The association’s 20th annual awards saw ballots from 47 members, all film journalists working in print, radio and on-line media in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. TOP TEN FILMS The Descendants The Artist Hugo Moneyball The Tree of Life Drive Midnight in Paris Win Win War Horse The…

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Chicago Film Critics Climb Tree Of Life

PICTURE: The Tree of Life DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick (-) The Tree of Life ACTOR: Michael Shannon (-) Take Shelter ACTRESS: Michelle Williams (-) My Week With Marilyn SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks (-) Drive SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain (-) The Tree of Life ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Artist (-) Michel Hazanavicius ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Moneyball (-) Steven Zaillian…

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Golden Globe Nominee Reactions

The best reaction, was the first reaction … “”Best Motion Picture, Drama … Rampart opens January 27, but I don’t see it on the list here. There’s a lot of things left off the list here, I just wanna say …” – Woody Harrelson, reading the list of nominees for Best Motion Picture, Drama – which…

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The 69th Golden Globes Nominees

1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA a. THE DESCENDANTS Sofia Vergara Ad Hominem Enterprises; Fox Searchlight Pictures b. THE HELP DreamWorks Pictures, Participant Media; Touchstone Pictures c. HUGO Paramount Pictures presents a GK Films Production; Paramount Pictures d. THE IDES OF MARCH Columbia Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Crystal City Entertainment; Sony Pictures…

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December 14, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred seven pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical…

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Nominations Announced for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Actor Awards Ceremony will be Simulcast Live on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) LOS ANGELES (Dec. 14, 2011)—Nominees for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2011 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for outstanding action performances…

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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