9 items from 2007
Anderson's tale of U.S. oil prospectors in a frontier town is nominated for film of the year and director of the year as well as actor of the year for Daniel Day-Lewis.
The nominations were announced Friday.
To win the best film award, Blood will have to fend off the mighty challenge of No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Zodiac and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Anderson will slug it out with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men), David Fincher (Zodiac) and Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) in the fight for director of the year.
The London Critics' Circle awards concentrate heavily on U.K. endeavors at the cinema, with eight of the 14 categories exclusively there to reward British talent.
British director of the year might just go to Dutch-born Anton Corbijn for his stint behind the lens of Control, with challenges from Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum), Shane Meadows (This Is England), Joe Wright (Atonement) and Danny Boyle (Sunshine).
The awards will be given out at a ceremony in the British capital Feb. »
Fifty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered in the original song category for the 80th Annual Academy Awards.
The songs, unveiled Wednesday, include four songs from August Rush as well as three each from Dan in Real Life, Enchanted, 56 Drops of Blood, Good Luck Chuck, Into the Wild and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen clips in random order Jan. 15 featuring each song for voting members of the music branch in Beverly Hills and New York. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.
The 80th Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 22.
The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are:
"Do You Feel Me" from American Gangster
"At the Edge of the World" from Arctic Tale
"Someday" from August Rush
"This Time" from August Rush
"Raise It Up" from August Rush
"Break" from August Rush
"Nothing's There" from Badland
"The Devil's Lonely Fire" from Badland
"A Hero Comes Home" from Beowulf
"The Stars of Orion" from Berkeley
"Say" from The Bucket List
"To Be Surprised" from Dan in Real Life
"My Hands Are Shaking" from Dan in Real Life
"I'll Be OK" from Dan in Real Life
"December Boys" from December Boys
"So Close" from Enchanted
"That's How You Know" from Enchanted
"Happy Working Song" from Enchanted
"Atkozott Egy Elet" from 56 Drops of Blood
"O, Atyam!" from 56 Drops of Blood
"Eleg!" from 56 Drops of Blood
"A Dream" from Freedom Writers
"Lyra" from The Golden Compass
"Good Luck Chuck" from Good Luck Chuck
"Shut Me Out" from Good Luck Chuck
"I Was Zapped by the Lucky Super Rainbow" from Good Luck Chuck
"Grace Is Gone" from Grace Is Gone
"Lullabye for Wyatt" from Grace Is Gone
"Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" from Hairspray
"The Tale of the Horny Frog" from The Heartbreak Kid
"China Doll" from Honeydripper
"It Will Stay With Us" from The Hottest State
"Never See You" from The Hottest State
"Society" from Into the Wild
"Guaranteed" from Into the Wild
"Rise" from Into the Wild
"First Amendment Blues" from Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone
"Hello (I Love You)" from The Last Mimzy
"Despedida" from Love in the Time of Cholera
"Huck's Tune" from Lucky You
"Little Wonders" from Meet the Robinsons
"Another Believer" from Meet the Robinsons
"Way Back into Love" from Music and Lyrics
"PoP! Goes My Heart" from Music and Lyrics
"Ordinary People" from Music Within
"Pretty Much Amazing" from Nancy Drew
"Falling Slowly" from Once
"If You Want Me" from Once
"Le Festin" from Ratatouille
"Land of Quiet Poems" from Resurrecting the Champ
"Love Will Still Be There" from September Dawn
"Royal Pain" from Shrek the Third
"Rule the World" from Stardust
"Before It's Too Late (Sam and Mikaela's Theme)" from Transformers
"Baby Don't You Cry" from Waitress
"Beautiful Ride" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
"Walk Hard" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
"Let's Duet" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
"Back Where You Belong" from The Water Horse
- The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. championed one of their own in Paul Thomas Andersons' There Will Be Blood. The Paramount Vantage epic is proving to have a filming-lot base full of supporters with Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly proving to be a popular second place choice. The anomaly here is: where is Ncfom among the list of winners and noms? What the last 24 hours is telling curious award season onlookers is the Coens and PTA are canceling each other's film out: each year-end critic associations are compelled to go with one or the other and rarely are we seeing both films part of the same list of season kudos. What this list below tells us is that Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone has a legitimate shot at bigger awards - her huge amount of support means that Cate's chances are dwindling little by »
A jury led by French actress Josiane Balasko and including actresses Linh Dan Pham, Sylvie Testud and Cecile Cassel bestowed the Hitchcock d'Or Grand Prize upon Mackenzie's coming-of-age comedy, which stars Jamie Bell as a 17 year-old misfit mourning his mother's sudden death who spies on the world from his treehouse.
The jury gave an honorable mention to John Carney's musical comedy Once, which took the audience award this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
"Foe" also went home with the Hitchcock Blanc, Kodak Limited prize for best photo direction.
The British Council gave it's 1,500 ($2,123) "Entente Cordiale" award for the best short film made by a graduate of French film school to Marcal Fores' Friends Forever.
The four-day event will see six U.K. movies vie for the fest's top prize. Competition titles this year include David McEnzie's Hallam Foe, Julian Jarrold's Jane, Asif Kapadia's Far North, Mark Jenkin's The Midnight Drive, Sarah Gavron's Brick Lane and John Carney's Once.
Gallic actress and director Josiane Balasko will lead a jury composed of fellow French female thesps Cecile Cassel, Linh Dan Pham, Claire Nebout and Sylvie Testud, actor Robin Renucci, comedian Laurent Gerra, British actress Imelda Staunton and documentary filmmaker Michael Grigsby.
Dinard-bound cinephiles will also be treated to 20 French premieres including such titles as Anthony Byrne's How About You, Kevin Macdonald's documentary Mon Meilleur Ennemi and Lenny Abrahamson's Garage. The public will vote on a short film prize awarded by the British Council.
- If Once is ultimately a collection of great songs in search of a movie, then that’s okay. The richness of the music moves the story along in ways that amuse and distract. Any good movie is not concerned with a breaking down of process but rather the finished work itself. But we’ll get back to that later.This tells the story of Guy (Glen Hansard), an Irish street musician who fixes vacuums at his dad’s Hoover shop and spends his free time playing guitar down on Grafton Street. He is performing one of his original tunes when Girl (Markéta Irglová) stops by, loves his songs, and creates the set up for a movie romance. Girl is apparently unfamiliar with the rest of the formula since she later rebukes Guy’s sexual advances. He becomes embarrassed and seeks friendship instead. It’s at this point that it »
NEW YORK -- Novelist-turned-director Paul Auster's fantasy The Inner Life of Martin Frost and Argentinean director Alexis Dos Santos' coming-of-age feature Glue will open the 36th annual New Directors/New Films festival, hosted by the Museum of Modern Art's film department and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Other recent Sundance entries set to be screened at the festival are Andrea Arnold's Scottish thriller Red Road, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's Ugandan conflict documentary War/Dance and Craig Zobel's music biz scam exam The Great World of Sound.
Frost, based on a character in Auster's 2002 novel The Book of Illusions, stars David Thewlis as a writer haunted by bizarre characters who appear during his much-needed vacation at a country house. Irene Jacob, Michael Imperioli and Sophie Auster co-star.
Paul Auster is a slightly odd choice for a fest showcasing "new or emerging international directors" given that he helmed 1998's Lulu on the Bridge and co-directed 1995's Blue in the Face with Wayne Wang. »
- A very popular title at Sundance, Fox Searchlight Pictures made a post-fest pick up of the Irish musical drama titled Once. Starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, this is a modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. Filmmaker John Carney's film won the Sundance film fests' Audience Award in the World Cinema - Dramatic section. For more on the film - visit the production website. »
PARK CITY -- Described by Irish director John Carney as an "art house musical," "Once" was one of the unheralded small films that took people by surprise and became a sleeper hit at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Audience Award. The story of a street musician and an immigrant girl who connect and then disconnect, the film has enormous charm and zero pretense. It deserves to find a home in theaters, where it should win over an indie audience with its likable characters and terrific music. At press time, "Once" was on the verge of being picked up.
Carney, who started out as bass player in the Irish band the Frames and became a filmmaker, had long been thinking about how to stage a modern musical. His solution was to make his main character a street musician (known as a busker in Ireland) and the heroine a Chechnyan immigrant who plays the piano, and have their relationship be expressed by the music they make together.
For the guy (the characters are never named), Carney had the good fortune to recruit Glen Hansard, the redheaded, charismatic lead singer of the Frames. For the girl, he found a beautiful Czech musician named Marketa Irglova, who was only 18 when shooting started. Hansard and Irglova already were friends and had made an album together, and they both get to the emotional truth of their parts with a naturalness that more seasoned performers rarely capture.
He's struggling to make a living singing on the street, and she sells roses to passersby to support her mother and young child. Struck by this guy singing his heart out, she starts a conversation and takes him to a music shop where she practices at lunchtime. As they run through a song titled "Falling Slowly", a soaring lament for wounded lovers, the camera films them separately and then together in the same frame, and it's clear that their musical bond is struck.
Hansard's character is talented, funny and tormented by the woman he has lost, while Irglova still is wondering what to do about the husband she left back home. It is impossible not to root for these appealing people to get together, but it might be the wrong time and place for them.
In the tradition of movie musicals, he wants to record some songs for a demo and recruits a motley crew of street musicians and rents studio space for a weekend. After the session, he plans to take off for London to try to win back his girlfriend, despite the growing attraction for his new friend.
The set-up of the film allows for wall-to-wall music. The tunes, most of them written by Hansard, are powerfully performed with a Gaelic directness in a folk-rock vein. As the songs come together in the studio, the music and their feelings build to a climax that is achingly real. In a Hollywood film, there is no doubt that they would wind up together. Here the maturity of the filmmaking allows for the possibility of disappointment. The accomplishment of the film is that it's just as satisfying.
Although made quickly and cheaply (the film was financed by the Irish Film Board), "Once" has an appropriately rough-hewn look, the visual equivalent of a talented garage band. Lensing by Tim Fleming on Dublin location captures the spirit of a town that is booming around characters who don't quite fit in. But their indomitable spirit comes through loud and clear in this lovely film.
Screenwriter-director: John Carney
Producer: Martina Niland
Executive producer: David Collins
Director of photography: Tim Fleming
Production designer: Tamara Conboy
Music: Glen Hansard, Markets Irglova
Costume designer: Tiziana Corvisieri
Editor: Paul Mullen
Guy: Glen Hansard
Girl: Marketa Irglova
Guy's dad: Bill Hodnett
Girl's mother: Danuse Ktrestova
Ex-girlfriend: Marcella Plunkett
Timmy Drummer: Hugh Walsh
Lead guitarist: Gerry Hendrik
Bassist: Alastair Foley
Bill: Mal Whyte
Eamon: Geoff Minogue
Running time -- 88 minutes
No MPAA rating
9 items from 2007
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