Awards Archive for November, 2006

What happened to the Indie Spirit Awards?



Surprise Screening Event?

Very quietly, Warner Bros booked the New Beverly Cinema, L.A.’s only revival house right now, with a double feature of The Good German and Casablanca, including a Good German Q&A, tonight.
They must have told someone, rught?
There may be some group invited, but regular tickets are for sale…


Terribly Important Borat Videos

Yes, Borat fever isn’t quite dead yet.
First, Cindy Street shows just how enraged she really is… she her voice crack with anger and see Gloria Allred try to grab 15 more seconds of fame….

And then, for your viewing pleasure, the Love Theme from Borat, which threatens to knock the Dreamgirls, Dixie Chicks, Melissa Etheridge, and Dolly Parton right out of the Best Song race


Questions For A Sunday Evening

Q: If Notes on a Scandal opens and closes with Dame Dench and Cate Blanchett is the object of her driving force in the film, why would Blanchett be considered a Lead by a voting group?
A: Because they only have 5 nominees in Supporting and 10 in Lead, so she can be assured a nomination.
Q: Is Volver a comedy or a drama?
A: Depends if you think you


The Good German Push

Anyoe who had any question about whether WB was intending to associate The Good German with their classics, like Casablanca, will find a clear answer in this pakage the studio sent out this week.
More images from the package in the following pop-ups….
Detail of the letter
Cover of the enclosed promo booklet
The players


Yeah… This'll Get Her That Nomination..

She ain’t unattractive… but this Vanity Fair topless shot of Sienna Miller appearing to be having a butt after a hard afternoon of “auditioning” ain’t the road to Oscar.


The BFCA Takes A Beating

The press release is after the jump…
But the Broadcast Film Critics Association, a group I am a member of, took a big step backwards this year, as the awards glut seems to have finally found its first casualty.
After years of being taped on one night and shown on E! on another night, with low end production values and editing for time, BFCA made the move to a network, albeit a small one (The WB) two years ago. The shows were live. Over those last 3 years, the venue expanded from The Beverly Hills Hotel to The Wiltern to The Santa Monica Civic.
But The WB became the CW and the other WB network stations became MyNetwork


The Departed Win Charade

I try to stay out of the Criticizing Pete Hammond business. He


Will Smith Goes to The Shrink

From Today’s Hot Button…
Smith offered a very interesting story about a technique that Michael Mann passed along to him on Ali. In order to find the psychological depth of characters, Mann sends screenplays he is working on to five psychologists/psychiatrists for their analysis. They give him notes about the psychological underpinnings of the characters and their actions. Smith has taken to using the same 5 therapist technique, which he explained has offered him great tidbits with which to build character.


Is This The Image That Ends O'Toole's Oscar Push?

Or is this look the one that makes everyone excited that he is so game?
After the jump, casting makes all the difference…

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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