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DGA: Bigelow!

Well, I guess the headline says it all, doesn’t it? But I’ll say it again. Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film: Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Documentary: Louie Psihoyos – The Cove via: Steve Pond For the TV awards and whatnot: Awards Daily

Sundance 2010 winners

Here are the key Sundance awards handed out Saturday night. Grand Jury Prize, US Dramatic: Winter’s Bone – Debra Granik (director) Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan Yorkin (producers) Grand Jury Prize, US Documentary: Restrepo – Sebastian Junger, Tim Heatherington (directors/producers) Audience Award, US Dramatic: Happythankyoumoreplease – Josh Radnor Audience Award, US Documentary: Waiting for Superman – (read…)

DGA prediction: Bigelow

The Directors Guild of America winners will be announced sometime tonight. I was going to go with James Cameron over his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow – there’s a compelling argument to be made for the DGA not accepting screeners which kind of sets Hurt Locker back since no one saw it in theaters – but I (read…)

Behind the Scenes: The Red Riding Trilogy

Here’s a little promo piece for The Red Riding Trilogy that’s probably playing on IFC. It’s just some clips and interview snippets and hype, but if you’re not convinced to check it out when it begins hitting theaters on 2/5 (and IFC VOD on 2/3), you should have a look. If you’re already on board, (read…)

Pick the Oscar nominees, win a Criterion DVD!

The Oscar nominations will be announced bright and early Tuesday morning (2/2/10) so that means it’s time for the annual LiC Pick the Nominees contest. Last year, LiC reader Pierre de Plume won himself a fantastic movie t-shirt from the fine folks at Muze. If memory serves, he chose the “Oh, stewardess. I speak jive” (read…)

New on DVD: Amelia, Love Happens, Zombieland

New DVDs coming Tuesday, February 2 (Next week: A Serious Man, Couples Retreat and The Time Traveler’s Wife. Pre-order here.) Amelia. Hillary Swank is Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and who later disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Richard Gere is her (read…)

Press Release: Here come the Oscar nominated shorts

Press Release For Immediate Release Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures present “The Oscar® Nominated Short Films 2010” In theatres February in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom LONDON, UK, 29th January 2010 – Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures will once again bring the wildly popular Oscar® nominated short film programme (Live-Action and Animation) to (read…)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Sequels never sleep. I’m going to need a lot more convincing on this one. The mobile phone sight gag was pretty good though. Source: IMDB (via Cinematical)

Gallery of movie titles is more awesome than it sounds

One of the ideas I had for the Rotating Picture of Movie Fun up there on the top right of the LiC screen was to do screen captures of movie titles. It turns out a Dutch web designer Christian Annyas has already stolen my thunder with titles and end cards from scores of movies from (read…)

Miramax Films: 1979 – 2010

You could argue that Miramax died when company founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein left in 2005, but today after months of rumors, reduced production slates and layoffs, it became official: Miramax is no more. In the immediate term, 80 people are out of jobs and a handful of films that have already been produced  will (read…)

Trailers: Red Riding 1974, 1980 & 1983

I’ll be getting my first look at the Red Riding Trilogy tonight… all three films in a row. Based on four novels by David Pearce which are in turn partly based on the real life “Yorkshire Ripper” case that plagued England in the 1970s, Red Riding was originally produced for English television and has played (read…)

Weekend Forecast: January ends with a wimper

Lowlights opening this weekend include Mel Gibson’s EDGE OF DARKNESS and Kristen Bell’s WHEN IN ROME

Review: North Face (2010) ***

This true German mountain climbing story features some harrowing climbing sequences, but the dramatic subtext tends to weigh it down.

Zelda Rubinstein, Actress: 1933 – 2010

Character actress Zelda Rubinstein, whose spot in the pop culture firmament will forever be secure as the medium Tangina in Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, died today at the age of 76. She had been hospitalized for several weeks following a heart attack late last year. Source: Radar (via Vulture)

Sundance: ‘Kids’ purchased, the ‘Killer Inside’ Casey Affleck plus ‘Winter’s Bone’

The Sundance Film Festival keeps rolling through to Sunday, but all of the world premieres have been seen. Many journos and industry types will be packing their bags and heading home while others will be mopping up and catching additional screenings of hot titles they missed the first time around. Consider this post a similar (read…)

You had to figure it would happen sooner or later

Eagle-eyed LiC readers probably already noticed the new Facebook link over to the right. That’s right, after months of gentle encouraging (i.e. passive-aggressive prodding) from a few loyal readers, I decided to make an official Living in Cinema Facebook presence. If you’re not already one of the unwashed Facebook masses, you can ignore this post. (read…)

Trailer 2: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Here’s another less teasery, but equally disappointing trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They’re taking what amounts to a stylish but pretty straight-forward mystery/thriller and turning it up to 11. Tattoo is a richer, more entertaining film than the way it’s being portrayed here which is all flash and drama. I guess they  (read…)

700 Miles 2010: is ‘Kids’ the first Sundance sensation? [UPDATED]

Is KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT w/Bening, Moore, Ruffalo and Wasikowska the first Sundance darling of 2010?

700 Miles From Sundance 2010: Tillman Story, Blue Valentine

BURIED gets bought, plus the documentary about Pat Tillman and scenes from a marriage between Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

Poster: The Runaways

Click to enlarge This already made the rounds a couple of days ago, but it had a tacky, annoying, watermark splashed on it from a certain cable channel that used to play music videos but now only plays shitty reality shows. I’ll always credit the originating source of a trailer or poster (to the extent (read…)

Producers Guild of America Awards go BOOM

Here are your somewhat surprising PGA awards: Best Picture: The Hurt Locker Animated Feature: Up Documentary: The Cove I think it’s fair to say the Oscar best picture race is wide open leaning in favor of The Hurt Locker. I think this is the first bit of awards news I’ve been genuinely thrilled about. I’m (read…)

700 miles from Sundance 2010: Kristen Stewart is a hit as Jett

Kristen Stewart is solid as Joan Jett but it sounds like Michael Shannon steals the show in THE RUNAWAYS, while Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut JACK GOES BOATING is an acting showcase and the Duplass Brothers turn up with their most mainstream film to date with CYRUS starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill and Catherine Keener

Watercooler: Titanatar!

Ok, so Cameron’s AVATAR is going to catch Cameron’s TITANIC at the box office. Now can it also win 11 Oscars? I’m officially out of the Cameron doubting business so: maybe.

700 miles from Sundance 2010: Please Give, Waiting for Superman, Welcome to the Rileys, Four Lions and Buried

Sundance round-up: Holofcener, Guggenheim tackles education, Kristin Stewart strips for James Gandolini, a Jihadist farce, but Ryan Reynolds BURIED in a box might be the find of the festival.

Down the street from Sundance: Soderbergh does Slamdance

Longworth and Taubin take a look at Soderbergh’s Spaulding Gray documentary AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE.

The SAG Awards are ‘Basterds’

And the Screen Actors Guild Award winners are…

New on DVD: Jane Campion’s ‘Bright Star’

BRIGHT STAR, Clive Owen in THE BOYS ARE BACK, Drew Barrymore’s WHIP IT, Bruce Wills in SURROGATES and Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT

700 miles from Sundance 2010: Gordon-Levitt in ‘Hesher’ and John Wells’ ‘Company Men’

Coverage from around the internet of Sundance’s first buzzworthy title CATFISH, plus Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HESHER and John Wells’ THE COMPANY MEN starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones.

Jean Simmons, Actress: 1929 – 2010

Actress Jean Simmons died Friday of lung cancer in Santa Monica at age 80. In over 60 years in movies, theater and television, Simmons had an innocent, refined girlish quality that, to me, set her apart from the other beauties of her day. I first remember her either later in her career on TV where (read…)





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