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'The Way Back' among final films eligible for Oscars

31 December 2010 9:45 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Four films -- "Another Year," "Biutiful," "Blue Valentine" and "The Way Back" -- are having low-profile L.A. premieres this week in order to be eligible for this year's Oscars. Rule 3 of the academy's lengthy list of regulations dictates that "the required Los Angeles County qualifying run (described in Rule Two Paragraph 2) must begin between January 1, 2010, and midnight of December 31, 2010." And, among those Rule 2 requirements, the release must be "for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County; for a qualifying run of at least seven consecutive days; and be advertised and exploited during their Los Angeles County qualifying run in a manner considered normal and customary to the industry." However, the expectation among campaigners is that most of the voters will see these films at home on screeners rather than in cinemas. They received "Biutiful" back on Nov. »

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Big Oscar hopes for Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan in ‘The Way Back’-See Video (IrishCentral)

31 December 2010 2:42 AM, PST | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Read More- Colin Farrell’s role in ‘The Way Back’ one of his least favorite Read More- Saoirse Ronan stuns crowds at ‘The Way Back’ premiere Irish duo Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan’s latest film ‘This Way Back’ has been described by critics as brilliant and wildly under-appreciated. The film is on limited release for Oscar purposes and is not generally available in the U.S. yet but has opened overseas The New Republic has called it ‘the Best Film of 2010” and noted ….”in this astonishing story of a 4,000-mile journey as some prisoners escaped from the gulag in Siberia and walked to India, the stress is not just on the terrible times and the exhausting ordeal. It is also a film that says this is a miraculous world, and the people in it are no less amazing. That view is not fashionable, I suppose, and so the best »

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Season's Greetings and a look ahead to 2011's big releases...

31 December 2010 1:32 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just a quick note to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone here at Flickering Myth, and to say thank you for your support during this past year.

We'll be posting our 'Top 10 Movies of 2010' on New Year's Eve, but for the moment here's a selection of films to look out for in the coming year...

The Green Hornet (dir. Michel Gondry)

The Way Back (dir. Peter Weir)

The Mechanic (dir. Simon West)

Sanctum (dir. Alister Grierson)

The Eagle (dir. Kevin Macdonald)

Gnomeo and Juliet (dir. Kelly Asbury)

I Am Number Four (dir. D. J. Caruso)

Unknown (dir. Jaume Collet-Serra)

Drive Angry (dir. Patrick Lussier)

Hall Pass (dir. Farrelly Brothers)

The Adjustment Bureau (dir. George Nolfi)

Rango (dir. Gore Verbinski)

Battle: Los Angeles (dir. Jonathan Liebesman)

Red Riding Hood (dir. Catherine Hardwicke)

Paul (dir. Greg Mottola)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (dir. »

- flickeringmyth

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2010's Most Memorable Critical Dust-Ups

30 December 2010 7:17 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Unlike 2009, there were no punches thrown between critics, at least that we know of, though it didn't make it any less strange a year for film writers. While there was no assault, that didn't rule out blackmail - as when FirstShowing.net's Alex Billington was accused by rival movie website writers of threatening to ruin Universal's secret screening of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World" at Comic-Con by revealing the time and location in advance - or the far more serious allegations of sexual abuse against IESB.net founder Robert Sanchez, who fled the country only to turn up at the first press screening of "Tron: Legacy" in November.

In substantially better developments, "At the Movies" sadly came to an end with Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott at the helm, but will be born anew under original co-host Roger Ebert's watchful eye with Associated Press critic Christy Lemire in one »

- Stephen Saito

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January 2011 Preview

30 December 2010 3:43 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

To allow breathing room for the swarm of movies that hit theaters each December, Hollywood has historically burnt off its less-exciting fare in January. With a few exceptions, that seems to be the case again in January 2011. Without an Avatar-like holdover from December, it's inevitable that January 2011 will fall short of January 2010's record-setting $1.06 billion gross. Jan. 7The first weekend of January finds Nicolas Cage movie Season of the Witch facing the planned nationwide expansion of Country Strong. Season of the Witch, which was delayed from March 2010, doesn't seem to have much going for it. Medieval-set movies that don't involve Robin Hood rarely make much money, and Mr. Cage's drawing power has been spotty, including relatively soft returns for Kick-Ass ($48.1 million) and The Sorcerer's Apprentice ($63.2 million). Additionally, Season marks distributor Relativity Media's second nationwide release following The Warrior's Way, which was botched so badly that it earned less than $6 million since opening early December. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Oscar Race: 241 Screenplays & 77 Scores Eligible For Oscars

30 December 2010 2:18 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays (134 original and 107 adapted) are eligible for Best Screenplay nominations and 77 films are eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right).

Earlier we shared the 248 films eligible for Best Picture. Even though there are great deal of films that were amazing movie going experiences, Academy voters are likely only to concentrate on the films that have garnered awards from other organizations. 

Below are the front runners for each of the categories thanks to Awards Daily:

Best Original Screenplay

Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg -The Kids Are All Right David Seidler – The King’s Speech Christopher NolanInception Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlinBlack Swan Mike Leigh – Another Year Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric JohnsonThe Fighter Derek CianfranceBlue Valentine

Best Adapted Screenplay

Aaron SorkinThe Social Network »

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Your Daily Fix Of Oscar: 12/30/10

30 December 2010 2:10 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

The Hot Blog: David Poland claims that “True Grit,” the Coen brothers Western, “has muscled its way into the frontrunner slot to win best picture” as a result of its solid box-office performance over the long Christmas weekend. (It generated $36.1 million, good enough for second place behind “Little Fockers,” which brought in only $9 million more.) Methinks Poland is too smart to actually believe that and is just hoping to generate some late phase one traffic to his site and/or be the one guy who made a crazy pick that somehow came true (as Tom O’Neil attempted last year with “Inglourious Basterds”). Jeff Wells (here) and Sasha Stone (here) seem to concur.

New York Times: Manohla Dargis, Stephen Holden, and A.O. Scott, the newspaper’s three film critics, share their five selections for what/who this year’s Oscar nominees “should be” in this Sunday’s edition. Having obtained an early copy, »

- Scott Feinberg

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Academy Names 241 Screenplays and 77 Scores Eligible for the Oscar

30 December 2010 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We know you were losing sleep over it, so we're happy to be the first to tell you that Furry Vengeance and Yogi Bear are both eligible to be nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars on January 25. Also that Marmaduke score that has been wearing out your iPod? It's eligible too. However, the inclusion of these 2010 masterpieces really isn't that big a surprise. With final nominations just over a month away the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays - 134 original and 107 adapted - are eligible for a Best Screenplay nomination and that music from 77 films is eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right [1]). Add those to the 248 films eligible [2] for Best Picture and Oscar voters have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Kind of. See the full lists, the favorites and read the rules after the jump. »

- Germain Lussier

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The Academy Lists 241 Screenplays and 77 Scores Eligible for the Oscar

30 December 2010 9:28 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The AMPAS have named 241 scripts eligible for the Academy Awards — 134 original, 107 adapted. Unlike the WGA, Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon will be considered.

The AMPAS have also released the list of nominees for best score. The list was narrowed down to 77 scores, which makes Best Original Score the 2011 Oscar the category with the least number of films under consideration. The scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are Alright and The Fighter will not be eligible to compete this year. Clint Mansell‘s Black Swan score and Carter Burwell‘s True Grit score were disqualified attributed to a designation within Rule 16 of the Academy’s Special Rules for Music Awards (5d under “Eligibility”), which excludes “scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” Meanwhile, the scores for The Kids Are All Right, »

- Ricky

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O’Russell, Aronofsky, Cholodenko, Cianfrance, Weir and Hooper sit down to talk ratings, awards and more

30 December 2010 3:09 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

If you are into your film, and I take that you are considering that you are reading a movie website, then it would be worth you checking out this fantastic roundtable interview with some of Hollywood’s top film directors, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

?David O. Russell (The Fighter), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are Alright), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Peter Weir (The Way Back) and Tom Hooper (The King’S Speech) all sat down to talk to the trade about their respective movies.

Take a look.

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- Paul Heath

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Oscar voters unwrap holiday screeners

29 December 2010 4:36 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Oscar nomination ballots were mailed Monday and must be back by Jan. 14. As that is nine days earlier than last year, the schedule for screeners has also shifted forward. Forty-nine more movies have been sent out since "Animal Kingdom" and "Mother and Child" were mailed on Sept. 29. Most of these were in voters hands long before the holidays. However, among those out of the gate later were many of the frontrunners including "The King's Speech" (Dec. 15) and "Black Swan," "The Fighter," and "True Grit" all of which were mailed Dec. 14. See the full calendar here. Editor's Note: One more screener arrived since we built this chart. Oscar voters got "The Way Back" this week. »

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The Way Back review

29 December 2010 3:53 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Perhaps it's not that surprising people have challenged the facts behind the novel that inspired Peter Weir's The Way Back - it's the story of a group of men who escaped a Soviet gulag in the 1940s and made their escape to India across more than four thousand miles on foot. The premise reads like the kind of thing many would struggle to believe even with cast-iron proof.

Bearing that in mind, apparently Weir sees his film as true inasmuch as it deals with individual events that really happened, more than he sees it as an adaptation of a verifiable first-hand account. The exhaustive research he undertook to back up what did go into the film and the gritty, lived-in production values certainly give it a stamp of authenticity regardless of whether or not these people actually existed.

The thing is in trying to include so many different stories »

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A Look Back At My 30 Interviews From This Awards Season Thus Far

29 December 2010 12:38 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Here’s a look back at the 30 extensive, 1-on-1 interviews — from A(ronofsky) to Z(sigmond) — that I have conducted over the course of the 2010 awards season thus far. I really have to pinch myself when I reflect on just how many wonderful opportunities I have had to speak with the people most responsible for the best films of this year — and many others — and how many more exciting interviews are already being lined up for the coming weeks and months. For now, though, enjoy…

Darren Aronofsky (director, “Black Swan”) Brigitte Berman (documentary filmmaker, “Hefner”) Halle Berry (actress, “Frankie and Alice”) Danny Boyle (co-writer/director, “127 Hours”) Jeff Bridges (actor, “True Grit”) Matt Damon (actor, “True Grit”) Stephen Dorff (actor, “Somewhere”) Kirsten Dunst (actress, “All Good Things”) Robert Duvall (actor, “Get Low”) Colin Firth (actor, “The King’s Speech”) Andrew Garfield (actor, “The Social Network”) Ryan Gosling (actor, “Blue Valentine”) Hugh Hefner (documentary subject, »

- Scott Feinberg

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The Way Back Review

29 December 2010 10:44 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Before you go into The Way Back, know this; it is not a World War 2 survivalist epic. Instead, it's a grounded, emotional story about the human beings will to survive a huge amount of suffering. Instead of supplying the audience with the obvious horrors of War (shootings, explosions, etc), this particular film focuses instead on the after effects for survivors. Starvation, disease and loss of spirit are the killers here.  The Way Back is based on the true story of a group of prisoners, whom escape a Russian Gulag in Siberia in the winter of 1940. After their daring escape, the group must cross the dangerous terrain to reach Mongolia, where they will hopefully find freedom from the Communist regime that hunts them. Filling out the cast are Ed Harris (Pollock, A History Of Violence), Colin Farrell (Miami Vice, Phone Booth) and Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones). Director Peter Weir's »

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Highly Acclaimed Films Not Eligible for the Writers Guild Awards

29 December 2010 9:46 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

According to /film, Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon are ineligible for nominations for the WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America have just released the list of eligible films, and none of these highly acclaimed films are on the ballot. The guild’s rules restrict nominations to productions that aren’t produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines. Also not appearing on the ballot is Biutiful, The Ghost Writer, Nowhere Boy, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and The Way Back. Here is a full list of films that are eligible.

Original screenplays:

All Good Things

Black Swan

Brooklyn’S Finest

Burlesque

Casino Jack

City Island

Company Men

Conviction

Country Strong

Cyrus

Due Date

Easy A

The Fighter

Frankie & Alice

Frozen

Furry Vengeance

Get Low

Greenberg

Grown Ups

Hereafter

Holy Rollers

How Do You Know?

Inception »

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‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘King’s Speech’, ‘Toy Story 3?, and ‘Never Let Me Go’ Ineligible for WGA Awards

29 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Don't expect to see Winter's Bone, King's Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon nominated for the WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America have revealed the list of eligible films, and none of the previously mentioned highly acclaimed movies/screenplays are on the ballot. Before you get up in arms, you must realize that the guild's rules restrict nominations to productions aren't produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines. Other films missing from the WGA ballot include Biutiful, The Ghost Writer, Nowhere Boy, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and The Way Back. Of the animated feature films, Zack Snyder's Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole passed, while more highly acclaimed movies like Pixar's Toy Story 3 and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon were deemed ineligible. Last year, several of the high-profile award contenders weren't eligible for WGA Awards, »

- Peter Sciretta

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Flash: Final December Forecast

29 December 2010 12:23 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Best Picture

Frontrunners

The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)

“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company, 11/26, R, trailer)

The Fighter” (Paramount, 12/10, R, trailer)

Inception” (Warner Brothers, 7/16, PG-13, trailer)

Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight, 12/1, R, trailer)

The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features, 7/9, R, trailer)

True Grit” (Paramount, 12/25, PG-13, trailer)

“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer)

Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer)

Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company, 12/29, R, trailer)

Major Threats

“Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer)

The Town” (Warner Brothers, 9/17, R, trailer)

The Ghost Writer” (Summit, 2/19, PG-13, trailer)

Shutter Island” (Paramount, 2/19, R, trailer)

Somewhere” (Focus Features, 12/22, R, trailer)

“Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/31, PG-13, trailer)

Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate, 12/17, Tbd, trailer)

Possibilities

“Waiting for ‘Superman’” (Paramount Vantage, 9/24, PG, trailer)

Inside Job” (Sony Pictures Classics, 10/8, PG-13, trailer)

Secretariat” (Disney, 10/8, PG, trailer)

Get Low” (Sony Pictures Classics, 7/30, PG-13, trailer)

Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions, 12/29, R, trailer)

Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer)

Best Director

Frontrunners

David Fincher »

- Scott Feinberg

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Zapped: King’s Speech, Winter’s Bone Not Eligible for WGA

28 December 2010 3:42 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Steve Pond reports that several scripts are now not eligible for the WGA, according to their online balloting: “The King’s Speech,” “Winter’s Bone,” “Toy Story 3,” “Blue Valentine »

- Sasha Stone

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Film Of The Week: The Way Back

28 December 2010 1:15 PM, PST | GreenCine Daily | See recent GreenCine Daily news »

by Vadim Rizov

When you have—as with The Way Back—an old-fashioned, grueling trek odyssey with plenty of far-off shots of tiny figures crossing a vast landscape, there's a danger in making it sound like an awards-season anachronism for the old folks. Describing the difficulties he had getting financing for his first film in seven years, director Peter Weir sounded surprisingly like a man who feels out of time: "One [studio exec] said 'We aren't in that kind of business anymore.' I thought what kind of business? Show business?" Truly, Weir has more to offer than mere old-school, impress-through-sheer-scale spectacle. That same sound byte might've been uttered by David Lean at his most peevish; when Lean was interviewed by Gerald Pratley on the CBC in March 1965 (collected in the out-of-print, Andrew Sarris-edited anthology Interviews with Film Directors), he sniped the kitchen-sink realism and other "obscure" films rising in awards prominence. »

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Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess in first look photos for “Upside Down”

27 December 2010 5:26 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Kirsten Dunst’s revival continues.

The actress, whose career hit an all-time high with the “Spider-Man” franchise but sidetracked after spending time in rehab, has earned some of her best reviews for the murder mystery “All Good Things.” She’ll next appear in Walter Salles adaptation of Jack KerouacOn the Road” with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund.

But today we’re getting our first look at a sci-fi romance Dunst will headline with Jim Sturgess (“The Way Back”). Titled “Upside Down,” the film revolves around star-crossed lovers who appear to live in different worlds but find ways to cross paths. Because there’s a sci-fi element, it seems this one will be more confusing than we’d care to admit.

We also don’t know when the film will open. Slash Film predicts a 2012 opening for the picture, which is being directed by Juan Solanas. »

- Sean O'Connell

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