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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 61 — Wrapping up Toronto, ‘Moneyball’ and Brad Pitt’s Oscar positioning, Roland Emmerich’s ‘Anonymous,’ ‘Rampart’ and turning out the lights

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:53 am · September 16th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty [...]

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OFF THE CARPET: Strong year for double-dippers

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:58 am · September 12th, 2011

We find ourselves right in the middle of the big Toronto press junket, er, film festival, where 200-plus films are landing, many of them as world premieres, and the landscape of this year’s Oscar race is really beginning to take shape. As I looked out at the various films in play this year, it suddenly [...]

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Jessica Chastain wins award in Venice — more to come?

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 4:38 pm · September 3rd, 2011

Nathaniel Rogers tipped me off today to the fact that Jessica Chastain has won her first (of many?) award of the season in Venice. The prize, presented by “W.E.” director Madonna, was the Gucci Award for Women in Film. And it’s a pretty good pick when you consider how prolific she is this year. Chastain [...]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 58 — Wrapping up the summer, fall festival preview, ‘Warrior’ and ‘50/50’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:00 am · August 26th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty [...]

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OFF THE CARPET: Closing the book on summer 2011

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:38 am · August 22nd, 2011

The summer movie season has come to an end, and what an interesting season it was. We saw three billion-dollar grossers for the first time ever in one year, let alone one three-month spread (thank you, 3D). We saw a bit of a glass ceiling for comic book movies, proving nothing is a sure thing [...]

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Penn on Malick, part deux

Posted by Guy Lodge · 4:25 am · August 22nd, 2011

I originally posted this in the previous comment thread, but since the web seems to have latched onto this story, I think it’s worth highlighting more prominently. The media is determined to interpret Sean Penn’s fairly reasoned personal reservations about “The Tree of Life” as some kind of ego-driven attack — but before everyone starts [...]

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Sean Penn bitch-slaps ‘Tree of Life’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:41 am · August 21st, 2011

It seems actor Sean Penn is still upset about the fact that so much of his performance in “The Tree of Life” was left on the cutting room floor. I guess he and Adrian Brody can drown their woes in a few down at the pub. Said the actor to French magazine Le Figaro: I [...]

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FIPRESCI names ‘The Tree of Life’ film of the year

Posted by Guy Lodge · 10:38 am · August 19th, 2011

Well, did anyone expect otherwise? FIPRESCI, the international association of film critics that routinely hands out its own award at film festivals, has named Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” the winner of its annual Grand Prix award — for the film voted the year’s finest in a poll of their 200-plus membership. (Before anyone [...]

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Starting the prediction game

Posted by Guy Lodge · 3:18 pm · July 28th, 2011

Right, I stayed out of the Oscar prediction racket for a while — partly to give myself a vacation from any such thoughts after 2010′s long, wearying season, and partly because I found myself struggling to blindly sort a pile of late-year prestige titles that struck me from afar as a little lean. The latter [...]

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Twigs off ‘The Tree of Life’

Posted by Guy Lodge · 7:58 am · July 13th, 2011

After two internet-free weeks in the Italian countryside, I’m gradually sifting through recent film news and coming to the conclusion that I chose as good a fortnight as any to drop out of the world. (File “Cars 2″ and “Transformers Trois” under Things That Can Wait; ditto the Oscar-motivated fang-sharpening of rival Glenn Close and [...]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 57 — SPECIAL EDITION! — Oscar’s rule change, prospects at the mid-way point, Spielberg hitting the zeitgeist, lead actress race already looking contentious

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:54 am · July 8th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty [...]

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East-coasters on the theology of ‘The Tree of Life’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 1:17 pm · June 30th, 2011

Last week you’ll recall we covered the west coast leg of “Insights, Inspirations and Impact,” a philosophical and religious panel discussion of Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” Fox Searchlight has made a few clips from the New York leg available and I thought I’d post those up for further digestion. So…SPOILERS. First you’ll hear [...]

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‘Tree of Life’ contest winner!

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 12:14 am · June 29th, 2011

Thanks to everyone for participating in last week’s contest to win an official poster for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” It was the usual healthy crop of possibilities, but I was most taken by Jackson’s sweet, streamlined entry, which wonderfully captures the director’s work, I think: Characters dissolve In the majestic landscape Of human [...]

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No refunds

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 6:08 pm · June 23rd, 2011

Passed along via Twitter by Christopher Misch (originally posted by a guy named Joe Meyers) snapped at the Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT:

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Discussing the theology of ‘The Tree of Life’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 11:29 pm · June 22nd, 2011

Fox Searchlight is really outdoing itself on “The Tree of Life.” When the studio picked up the title last year, I knew it was in caring hands. But I never really expected such pristine handling every step of the way. Tonight Searchlight held bi-coastal panel discussions with religious and non-religious leaders to discuss differing perspectives [...]

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CONTEST: Win a ‘Tree of Life’ poster

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 12:28 am · June 22nd, 2011

I’ve had this poster for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” sitting in a tube in the office for weeks now. Since I don’t really have space for it on the wall, and seeing as it’s a bit fresh given the on-going roll-out of the film in theaters, I thought I’d offer it up in [...]

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Nolan and Fincher on the impression left by Malick

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 7:32 pm · June 15th, 2011

Those are three heavyweight names to stuff into one headline, but thanks to some shrewd marketing on the part of Fox Searchlight Pictures, it’s a reality. Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” continues to roll out in its platform release, landing in a boatload of new cities this weekend. As the film prepares to go [...]

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Malick goes deeper underground

Posted by Guy Lodge · 11:57 am · June 10th, 2011

First up, some good news for our British readers: the distribution wrangles surrounding “The Tree of Life” have been resolved, and Fox Searchlight will bring the film to UK screens on July 8. Not much longer until you can join the conversation. Given Terrence Malick’s usual work rate, it feels almost perverse to begin talking [...]

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