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New York -- The Golden Globes are getting a lot of support.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has accepted bids from several studios to classify actors in its supporting categories despite comparatively significant screen time.
The Hfpa allowed Miramax's push for Philip Seymour Hoffman's complicated cleric Father Flynn in "Doubt" and Dev Patel's soft-spoken Jamal Malik in "Slumdog Millionaire" as supporting roles in the Golden Globes race, nominations for which will be announced Dec. 11.
And after what was said to be heated discussion, they ultimately accepted the Weinstein Co.'s positioning of Kate Winslet's Nazi guard Hanna Schmitz in "The Reader" as a supporting actress, ensuring the star of "Revolutionary Road" will not compete against herself. Ralph Fiennes and David Kross, who play younger and older versions of conflicted lawyer Michael Burk, also were accepted as supporting actors, making the movie a rarity: a non-ensemble film with no lead. »
- By Steven Zeitchik
Cinematical have a new poster for The Reader starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes in what looks like the most typical of Oscar baits. Let's set the scene: Post-wwii Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Burk re-encounters his former lover (Winslet) as she defends herself in a war-crime trial. I'll be honest, there is no way that I will ever watch this film. I'm sure it's probably great, but it's just not something that »
- James Thoo
It's a common experience to read a book slated for a film adaptation and then approach the movie, if at all, with a trepidation bordering on fear. As an optimist who doesn't get too offended when his favorite stories get changed for a different medium, I generally try to minimize that reaction. Yet that is exactly how I feel about Stephen Daldry's imminent adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's The Reader. A large part of me is convinced that Schlink's lovely, challenging little novel - almost more of an essay than a novel, really - can't possibly survive Daldry's questionable prestige picture instincts. The book demands a small film, melancholy, withdrawn. Can we get that from one of the year's big Oscar hopefuls?
The logline IMDb plot summary [Ed.: corrected upon being informed that this is not the official studio "logline"] is already all wrong: "Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Burk »
- Eugene Novikov
3 items from 2008
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