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Cry Face, Dance Breaks, Doc Shorts

The Claire Danes Cry Face Project as wonderful as it sounds
iTunes Trailers Django Unchained got himself a new one just as the buzz was dipping to pin drop status
John August reacts to the lower-than-expected box office for Frankenweenie (which he wrote). I love how candid he is about temporary disappointments and what it all does or doesn't mean.
Nicks Flick Picks has been surveying the best of... 2012 in multiple categories (so far)
Movie City News on Seth MacFarlane's first Oscar sketch
Awards Daily Meryl Streep and other Hollywood power women are Drawing the Line about reproductive rights. Good for them! 

IMP Awards new character posters for Les Misérables
LA Times RIP to actor /sports star Alex Karras (TV's Webster). I'm disappointed that so few of the obits have featured Victor/Victoria in any memorable way! That's what I remember him best from.
Stale Popcorn on Bret Easton Ellis, Twitter and the Canyons trailer
/Film Shailene Woodley to become Mary Jane Watson in the new Spider-Man series. "Downgrade!" - crazed Kiki fan.
TV|Line Bryan Fuller's forthcoming Munsters remake series starring Portia deRossi may end with the pilot, which is airing as a standalone tv special this month
People did I forget to congratulate Audra McDonald and Will Swenson on their marriage? Two fine musical theater talents now legally fused into one power couple 
The Envelope on Lincoln's debut at NYFF. I love the opening 'graph referencing War Horse. Hee.

Steven Spielberg's long-gestating "Lincoln" finally arrived last night at the New York Film Festival, and as with any blessed event, the debut prompted a level of excitement not seen since ... well ... the last time Spielberg made a much-hyped, awards-season movie.

Must See
I can't stop watching this clip of Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung courtesy of Criterion

Apparently In the Mood For Love (one of my favorite films evah!) was originally conceived as a much lighter piece. Watching one of the all time great movie couples dance together all flirtatious/cool is multi-orgasmic. Try it! If you've never seen the movie get right on that. A wondrous film experience awaits you.

Oscar Documentary News!
Finally, the eight finalists for Oscars best Documentary Short have been announced. They are...

Paraíso (10 minutes) is about Mexican immigrants who clean windows on skyscrapers

  • The Education of Mohammad Hussein (Loki Films)
  • Inocente (Shine Global, Inc)
  • Kings Point (Kings Point Documentary, Inc)
  • Mondays at Racine (Cynthia Wade Productions)
  • Open Heart (Urban Landscapes Ic)
  • Paraíso (The Strangebird Company)
  • The Perfect Fit (SDI Productions Ltd)
  • Redemption (Downton Docs) 

You can read about all of those shorts at our newly updated Oscar Documentary Prediction Page. Enjoy

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Reader Comments (16)

I always loved that clip...it's Wong Kar-Wai crossed with Tarantino.

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Uma appears to have signed on for Nymphomaniac. I hope her career gets new forward momentum with this. Also...has she watched a Von Trier movie? Does she know how rough he is on his actors?
She's such a capable actress, she just needs the right director.

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

All I will say is this: Though Shailene Woodley is a...downgrade...at least they haven't confirmed her as Felicia Hardy.

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Now all I can think of it rewatching In the Mood for Love tonight.

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

Thurman was a supporting actress nominee and if she ever expects some serious traction for award season recognition for anything that's where it'll be. I hope she sees Kim Basinger as an example of how it can be done. Who would have thought she'd become an Oscar winner? Supporting allows the neglected and the nobody to rise up and have something in common with Meryl Streep.

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

I just can't stand Claire's face when she cries.

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Claire Danes really is an ugly crier. It worked nicely in "Little Women," though. If there's a time to cry ugly it's when you're dying.

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

Good point, 4rtful, there is nothing wrong with going with a supporting role. An Oscar is an Oscar, and going supporting is how Anne Hathaway is going to take it (I'm really feeling a win for her this year.)

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Okay, so Kar-Wai, Cheung and Leung need to

a) Make three more movies together at least

b) have one of them be a musical comedy remake of In the Mood for Love.

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

@Sean: Best Actress is such a mess this year I see it being an easy get for Hathaway also. She turns 30 with me this year and in actress terms she needs to become an Oscar winner right away. I wonder about Adams. If she happens to upset Hathaway due to Weinstein—will the Academy shut her out from here on—like previous Supporting Actress winners from 00's?

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

Django would've been so much better with Will Smith. More interesting, at least.
I love that Kerry Washington is actually in the movie though (lol).

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Nothing gets me in the mood for love like clips from In The Mood For Love. So cute!

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTB

At this point, I actually think it might be an uphill battle for Adams to even get in. The movie's doing decent business, but I almost think it opened too early? I think it's really all about PSH and Phoenix.

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

That Mood for Love video made my heart all fluttery for many reasons - one of which is the fact that it features the two most beautiful people who ever lived. Really just unfairly gorgeous.

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergoran

She's a lock for a nomination. Weinstein Co/general laziness and sexism will enable the Academy to scratch her name down again for Supporting the same as they have for Streep in Best Actress.

The Master is a auteur/actor's movie. Weinstein had Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Documentary Feature Length, Score—Harvey sells water to the ocean every season with the Academy and they accept it.

I really hate Weinstein but The Master deserves the award season muscle he's going to back it with.

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

Those Les Miz posters with Jackman and Crowe are hizzot. I cannot wait for this movie!

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlejandro
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