Sunday Film News Roundup — February 24th, 2013
So tonight is the big night. The official end to the 2012 movie season, which, most likely, will honor the middle ground of an otherwise fantastic movie year (except DDL and whoever wins the animated categories). We’ve all made our picks of who we think should win versus who we think will win, and despite the online voting snafus, a winner will be crowned.
But enough of that. We’ve talked Oscar way too much this week. I’m already sick of it and the awards are still a little under 12 hours away. We could talk about the Independent Spirit Awards, where Silver Linings Playbook ran the table. There should be a budget limit. No one wants to see a movie with Bradley Cooper, Chris Tucker and Robert De Niro win a Spirit Award. It goes against the spirit of being independent. Was there really that much risk involved with making Silver Linings Playbook compared to some no-names making a movie that potentially won’t even make it into Slamdance? That’s real risk.
Anyway, we could talk about the Razzie Awards, which were held last night in Los Angeles. Breaking Dawn Part 2 was the big “winner” of the night, edging out the likes of That’s My Boy and A Thousand Words for Worst Picture. The Razzie Awards are a better idea in theory than they are in actuality. I didn’t even watch any of the nominated films, so its hard to participate.
Basically, I’m just ready for the 2013 movie season to finally start, to get out from under the 2012 stragglers and the January Junk and move into the March mini-blockbusters far away from awards speculation, and to have my Twitter feed be useful again.
News, links, etc:
-Really sad to hear of the passing of film critic and Japanese film authority Donald Richie earlier this week. His book on Ozu was one of the first film books I bought. It’s really a huge blow. (Criterion Current)
-Even more sad news (fuck this week), the man who invented the blue screen, Petro Vlahos, died this week. What’s with this week? (NY Times)
-Some last minute Oscar predictions before tonight’s telecast? Nate Silver is probably right. (NY Times)
-Is George Clooney’s co-nomination as producer of Argo the secret driving its success? (HitFlix)
-It’s not unexpected, but Amour swept the major categories at the Cesar Awards, the French version of the Oscars. (Deadline)
-EW sticks its head firmly up its ass with this godawful preview of the Best Animated Short category, which they obviously wrote about without seeing more than two of the films (Head Over Heels, Adam and Dog and Fresh Guacamole are surely not fun childrens’ films). (Cartoon Brew)
-The new 60 second Dior ad with Natalie Portman, directed by Sofia Coppola. (Playlist)
-Movie theater chains are starting to charge studios to show trailers. Should the studios pay? How often do you see a trailer for the first time in a theater these days? (LA Times)
-What does Sixto Rodriguez think about his new-found fame in the States? (THR)
-Could Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit be hooking up again? It likely won’t be as interesting as when they hooked up the first time. (/Film)
-Nightline goes behind the scenes at Pixar with Brave director and producer Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian. I know its part of the culture there and they’ve done it on previous films where the director was replaced, but not once did they mention Brenda Chapman when asked about basic story elements that she added (like a wild mane of red hair). (ABC)
-Okay, apparently it’s not the “85th annual Academy Awards” anymore. (The Wrap)
-ESPN is branching out the 30 for 30 series into the Nine for IX series, about women in sports and directed by female directors. (Playlist)
-Nicholas Hoult could actually be pretty genius casting as the young Han Solo. (Moviefone)
-Clerks III now likely a book, released one chapter at a time. To incorporate fan feedback. Because nothing is better than when art asks its fans what they want. (Vulture)
-The Pub, fun with rotoscoping by Joseph Pierce. (Cartoon Brew)
-Fat, by Gary Fouchy, Yohann Auroux Bernard, and Sebastien De Oliveira Bispo. (Cartoon Brew)
-The Raftman’s Razor, about two teenage comic nerds, which played Sundance this year. (7:17) (Badass Digest)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-A new trailer for the Tribeca darling and Sundance winner, the NY graffiti drama Gimme the Loot, which I’m kind of on the fence about but still looking forward to. Once upon a time this kid wanted to be the biggest writer in New York but it never happened. I had a sweet black book though. (First Showing)
-The trailer for season 2 of Veep, which starts April 14th on HBO. (YT)
-Jane Campion’s new short TV miniseries, Top of the Lake, starring Elizabeth Moss. It starts airing on Sundance Selects on March 18th. (Playlist)