Note Pad Archive for January, 2012

Nominee Reactions

“I’m stunned and thrilled to hear about the nomination. I wish more than anything in the world that my wife Bridget O’Connor – who did the lion’s share of the adaptation – could be here to enjoy this moment. She would be so happy and so proud. I’m going to go and meet my daughter now and tell her how clever her mother was!”

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The Oscar Sidebar

Best Picture Release Dates: Midnight in Paris – May 20, 2011 The Tree of Life – May 27, 2011 The Help – August 10, 2011 Moneyball – September 23, 2011 The Descendants – November 16, 2011 Hugo – November 23, 2011 The Artist – November 25, 2011 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – December 25,…

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Nominations by Picture

The Adventures of Tintin • Original Score Albert Nobbs • Glenn Close – Actress in a Leading Role • Janet McTeer – Actress in a Supporting Role • Makeup Anonymous • Costume Design The Artist • Jean Dujardin – Actor in a Leading Role • Bérénice Bejo – Actress in a Supporting Role • Art…

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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 21, 2012) – Today the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. In addition to the competitive awards, the PGA honored several individuals with tribute awards includingLeslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven…

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London Film Critics Circle Awards 2011

FILM OF THE YEAR The Artist BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR (The Attenborough Award) We Need to Talk About Kevin FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR A Separation DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR Senna DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR Asghar Farhadi- A Separation BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER (The Virgin Atlantic Award) Andrew Haigh – Weekend…

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32nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations announced

London, Tuesday 20 December: The London Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the nominations today for its 32nd annual Film Awards in partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Voted for by over 120 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, the nominations are lead by TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and DRIVE, which both receive 6 nominations each. British…

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The Artist receives 12 nominations. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is nominated in 11 categories, Hugo has nine nominations, My Week with Marilyn has six nominations and The Help and War Horse are each nominated five times. Drive, The Iron Lady and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 have four nominations. The Descendants,…

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January 12, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA – The 5,783 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed Oscar nominations ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13. Ballots received after that deadline will not be counted. In the majority of…

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·         The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award is the only award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards to be voted for by the British public ·         Orange Wednesdays customers have selected the shortlist of five from a long list of eight determined by the award jurors ·         The winner will be announced at the awards on 12…

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The American Society of Cinematographers Nominates The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Tree of Life

LOS ANGELES, January 11, 2012 – Guillaume Schiffman, AFC (The Artist), Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Richardson, ASC (Hugo), Hoyte van Hoytema, FSF, NSC (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (The Tree of Life) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 26tb Annual American Society…

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2011 AWFJ EDA Awards Winners

EDA ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Best Film: The Artist Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Best Screenplay, Original: Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen Best Screenplay, Adapted: (TIE) The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Moneyball – Steven Zallian and Aaron Sorkin Best Documentary: Buck Best Animated Film: Rango Best Actress: Viola Davis…

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Oscar Shortlists 7 For Makeup

January 9, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 FEATURES ON OSCAR’S MAKEUP PALETTE Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Albert Nobbs” “Anonymous” “The Artist” “Gainsbourg:…

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2011 DGA Award Nominees

LOS ANGELES, CA: On January 9, 2012, DGA President Taylor Hackford announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011. “The directors nominated this year for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award have each demonstrated an inspired command of the medium.  The fact that their…

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The National Society Of Film Critics 2011 Awards

The National Society of Film Critics on Saturday, January 7th, 2012, chose “Melancholia” as Best Picture of the Year 2011. Kristin Dunst was named best actress for her performance in Lars von Trier’s film, and Brad Pitt was named best actor for his work in “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life.” Albert Brooks (or his…

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The Writers Guild Nominates…

Los Angeles and New York, January 5, 2012 – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2011. Winners will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2012, during simultaneous ceremonies…

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The Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominations

To be awarded January 9. Best Canadian film: Cafe de flore Small Town Murder Songs Starbuck Best actor in a Canadian film: Mohamed Fellag, Monsieur Lazhar Patrick Huard, Starbuck Peter Stormare, Small Town Murder Songs Best actress in a Canadian film: Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method Vanessa Paradis, Cafe de flore Ingrid Veninger, i am…

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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