13 items from 2010
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 ). Add those to the 248 films eligible  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
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, »
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 248 feature films are eligible for best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. According to THR, 274 films were eligible in 2009, and 281 in 2008. If I had to guess which films will be selected I would have to say Inception, Black Swan, Social Network, King’s Speech, Winter’s Bone, The Fighter, True Grit, 127 Hours, Toy Story 3 and Rabbit Hole.
To make the cut, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.
Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.
Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion »
In 2009, THR reports, 274 films were considered eligible for the Best Picture Oscar, but this year that number has dropped just a small amount it seems. Rules state that to make the cut, for the movie award that every film maker dreams of winning, an eligible feature must a) have a running time of over 40 minutes, b) must open in a commercial picture in L.A. County by the stroke of 12am on the 31st of December and run for seven days, and c) must have been shown in theatres on 35mm or 70mm, or in a qualifying digital format. Tough, eh?
With that in mind, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announced on Monday the 248 films that are eligible to win.
Prepare for the long list…
All Good Things
Anton Chekov’S The »
- Laura Stackhouse
tEver look at the Oscar nominations and think, “Seriously how did that get nominated?” Well, a little peak behind the curtains reveals how your Best Picture sausage is made.
The Academy looks over all the feature films released in the present year and then breaks them down for eligibility under the following:
Films must be at least forty minutes long, which is the designation for “feature length.”Films must have their first public exhibition/distribution as a theatrical motion picture; no more than 10 minutes or 10% (whichever comes first) can be displayed in a “nontheatrical medium” prior to the film’s theatrical release.The publicly exhibited film must be within the following specs: 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixelsAnd finally, the film must be available for paid admission in a commercial theater in L. »
- Kristy Puchko
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 248 feature films are eligible for best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. The number is down from previous years -- According to THR , 274 films were eligible in 2009, and 281 in 2008. The list of 248 eligible films have been sent with a nominations ballot to all active and life members of the Academy "who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than ten pictures." The ten films receiving the highest number of votes shall become the nominations for final voting for the Best Picture award. The nominations will be announced live on January 25th 2011 at 5:30am psd. The rules for eligibility is as follows: Films must be feature length (defined as over 40 minutes) Publicly exhibited by means of 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution »
- Peter Sciretta
After grabbing the U.S. rights to Johnny Tri Nguyen’s actioner “The Clash”, Indomina Releasing is now going into the French horror movie business with Franck Richard’s “The Pack”. Press release below. Indomina Releasing, a new distributor of feature films, acquired all North American rights to the French horror film, The Pack , from international sales agent, Films Distribution. The Pack first premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where Indomina executives first saw the movie. The film, starring Yolande Moreau ( Micmacs, The Last Mistress ) and Emilie Dequenne ( The Girl on the Train ), was written and directed by Franck Richard, produced by Verane Frediani, Christophe Louis and Frank Ribiere, and executive produced by Priscilla Bertin, Jeremy Burdek, Nadia Khamlichi and Adrian Politowski. Indomina Releasing’s Vice President of Acquisitions Rob Williams and Films Distribution’s Managing Partner Nicolas Brigaud-Robert negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. The deal was »
The sequel remained at the top of the charts, but the sunshine – and the reviews – lured many away. Meanwhile Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me succeeded in tempting a mass market with niche fare
While over in the Us, Sex and the City 2 has slid down the box-office charts to a relatively humble fifth position, in the UK it's a different story, with the female-friendly sequel once more strongly dominating the market. After two weekends in the Us, it has grossed $73.1m, a figure that would suggest a UK result in the £7-8m range, by industry rule of thumb. In fact, Sex and the City 2 has taken £13.7m here.
But it's not all good news for Carrie and pals. Warm weather caused most films to experience heavy drops from the previous weekend, but none remaining in the top 10 were bigger than Sex and the City 2 »
- Charles Gant
As close to a gritty American New Wave film as a 2008 Chilean movie is likely to get, Pablo Larraín's "Tony Manero" plays like equal parts "Taxi Driver," "Scarecrow," "Badlands" and "Saturday Night Fever," which is no coincidence, as it's set in 1978 and the protagonist -- a short, glowering 50-ish crook living in Santiago -- is obsessed with the "Fever," John Travolta and somehow reproducing the film's disco glamour in his own life. Before long, though, right around the time he impulsively beats a feeble old woman to death with his fists and steals her TV, we understand that he is not merely a misfit but a sociopath. Anything can happen.
The film has an early Scorsese-ian set of factors -- our hero Raúl's impenetrable showbiz obsession echoes "The King of Comedy," too -- but it also feels very 21st century-indie, all handheld grit, impatient jump cuts and brooding urban malaise. »
- Michael Atkinson
The Girl On The Train is not an easy film to watch. The pacing is a strange combination of slow and disjointed, but the overall result is not all bad. In fact, the strangest thing about this film, directed co-written by André Téchiné, is that despite the awkwardness of the film it maintains a certain level of intrigue that asks the viewer to keep watching, even when they’re unclear as to exactly where the story is going or why.
André Téchiné (Wild Reeds) weaves a coming-of-age story with a story of young ignorant love, focusing on the experience of a young woman named Jeanne, played by Émilie Dequenne. Jeanne lives with her widowed mother Louise, played by the ever-magnificent Catherine Deneuve, who seems to serve more as a friend and roommate than a mother at times. The two women are very much alike in some ways, despite their difference in age, »
Chicago – Here’s a film that pulls off the tricky feat of moving quickly while taking its time. Like its rollerblading protagonist, “The Girl on the Train” is constantly on the move, hurtling headfirst into a series of interlocking relationships. Yet the director, André Téchiné, is less interested in his story’s destination than he is with the journey his characters take, and the various circumstances that lead them to make life-altering, often inexplicable choices.
With a career spanning over thirty years, Téchiné has truly emerged as one of France’s most gifted filmmakers. His storytelling approach has always been more poetic than plot-driven, and his latest work is no exception. Any moviegoer expecting “Girl on the Train” to be a penetrating examination of the real-life incident at its core will be disappointed. The film is an adaptation of Jean-Marie Besset’s play, which was inspired by a 2004 media »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Apr 22, 2010
Andre Techine has been one more the more internationally admired filmmakers for decades with films like My Favorite Season and The Wild Reeds earning him quite the reputation among Francophiles and art house aficionados. The release of a new Techine film sends at least minor waves through critical and foreign film communities in the United States (more so in Europe) but his latest, the oddly assembled The Girl on the Train, has been receiving mostly mixed reviews. It’s mostly a mixed drama with some elements that truly work and the clear ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »
Based on a play by Jean-Marie Besset, André Téchiné’s The Girl On The Train tells the true story of a young woman who claimed to be the victim of an anti-Semitic attack on a Paris suburban train, only to be exposed as a liar when her story failed to add up. In a city fraught with ethnic tensions, her tall tale opened up fault lines between races, religions, and political affiliations running far deeper than the peculiar lie itself. Much like Laurent Cantet’s great 2001 film Time Out, The Girl On The Train considers a well-known tabloid »
13 items from 2010
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