May 28, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The release of "The Adventures of Tintin" trailer last week revealed the look of director Steven Spielberg's long-gestating adaptation of the popular European comic series. The story of an intrepid young reporter on a hunt for a ship's treasure inspired by the work of Belgian artist Herge, "Tintin" was shot in a shadowy film-noir style using the same performance-capture technology that James Cameron deployed on "Avatar. " The trailer's scenes of photo-real characters adventuring in an animated world raise anew a question that has bedeviled the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recent years: how to treat films that use performance capture, or motion capture, as the technique is also called.
February 13, 2011 |
While the value of an Oscar is priceless, the price tag of an Academy Award campaign is dear. Yet the win isn't about the statuette alone; it's also about the film's enhanced earnings potential. This year, the average bill for the Oscar hunt of a multiple nominee is $10 million to $15 million, according to Tom O'Neil, whose website, goldderby.com, is the gold standard for all things Oscar. Ever since 1999, when mogul Harvey Weinstein ambushed contender Saving Private Ryan with his $15 million ad blitz for Shakespeare in Love , Oscar spending has exploded.
January 26, 2011
TODAY, OSCAR snubees are wondering what they have to do to get a nomination. Cut off an arm? Possibly. It worked for James Franco in "127 Hours," for "True Grit," and for "Winter's Bone. " All of these limb-rending epics scored nominations for cast and crew yesterday, while other folks went home . . . empty-handed. Like Chris Nolan. His hit "Inception" scored nine nominations, second only to "True Grit" (10) and "The King's Speech" (12), but he was again shut out in the race for best director (shades of "The Dark Knight")
October 6, 2010 |
LOS ANGELES - Organizers of the Academy Awards are ironing out the logistics of moving the ceremony up to late January or early February in 2012, and that could mean that Oscar voters may be watching contending films - and voting for the winners - on their laptops. Next year's ceremony will be held Feb. 27, but an earlier date could allow the academy to steal back some of the thunder from other award shows and boost TV ratings. But any date switch - which has yet to be approved by the academy - has been complicated by the National Football League, which is considering adding two games to its schedule.
March 8, 2010
Actor: Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart Actress: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side Documentary short: "Music by Prudence" Animated short: "Logorama" Live action short: "The New Tenants"
February 24, 2009 |
IT'S THE DAY after the Oscars in economic-crisis America. Mind if we warm our cold fingers a little longer in that Swarovski-crystal glow? Scanning the post-show reviews, producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark scored well. With congenial song-and-dance hunk Hugh Jackman in the host-seat, the Oscars had more sizzle and less snipe - or, as Jackman promised Barbara Walters during her pre-show special, "a little more show and a little less biz. " Having previous winners laud nominees in specific categories got good reviews.
February 20, 2009 |
So the door slammed shut on The Dark Knight. James Franco wasn't nominated for Milk - or for his stoner dealer dude in Pineapple Express. Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" - how did that not get a best-song slot? (Hey, there are still two slots open - it's not too late!) And Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long) and Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) - they wuz robbed. Get over it. The 81st Academy Awards ceremony is two days away - Sunday, 8 p.m., 6ABC - and while there are slights, omissions, and head-scratchers, there is still much to celebrate.
February 20, 2009 |
Are you an Oscarologist? If you answer correctly eight or more of these questions, consider yourself a grad of the college of Academy knowledge. 1. The Oscar winner who is the child and grandchild of Oscar winners: (a) Michael Douglas (b) Jane Fonda (c) Gwyneth Paltrow (d) Sofia Coppola 2. The Academy Award winner who can boast that Mom and Dad are also winners: (a) Robert Downey, Jr. (b) Angelina Jolie (c) Liza Minnelli (d) Anjelica Huston 3. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at: (a)
February 14, 2008
The Inquirer's movie critics, Steven Rea and Carrie Rickey, are spending the week before the Feb. 24 Academy Awards predicting the winners of the races. On Friday, they agreed that Ruby Dee ( American Gangster ) was the likely winner of the best supporting actress trophy. Today, they take up best supporting actor. Bardem, the Spanish actor best known here for Before Night Falls , is pretty great, too, with that impassive face like an Easter Island statue. And, Lordy, Wilkinson plays the raving, lucid born-again moral lawyer like he was in an Arthur Miller play.
January 23, 2008 |
Merciless killings in 1980s West Texas. Merciless greed in turn-of-the-20th-century California. Corporate deception and law-biz ethics gone haywire in contemporary New York. Thwarted love and twisted lies in World War II Britain. And, oh yeah, a pregnant 16-year-old getting on with her life, her homework, and her hipster bons mots in modern-day suburbia. There you have the 2008 Academy Award best-picture nominees: No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Michael Clayton, Atonement and Juno.