Casual Browsing: Say It Won't Be So

It’s a three horse race, people. From now until next Sunday you’ll see a rotating theme of prognostications claiming that either The Departed, Babel, or Little Miss Sunshine have a lock on the Best Picture Oscar. Despite this weekend’s latest Babel prediction (Gold Derby), I can’t fight off this unholy premonition that a film whose greatest comedic achievements borrow heavily from the Chevy Chase handbook may be rewarded for its transgressions. At least Marty cites his source material.

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— Return of the Mack: Peter O’Toole makes the best out of an otherwise mundane Academy Awards photo-op, sidling up to Penelope Cruz in a very inside-baseball Class of 2007 Oscar Nominee portrait. Play Where’s Wahlberg, Breslin, and Murphy – via Cinema Blend.

OscarWatch delves into the nitty-gritty of The Departed scripting process with screenwriter William Monahan.

— Oscar nominated Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) finally steps up and accepts the sole responsibility for the corruption of Britney and Christina Aguilera, circa The Micky Mouse Club days. From Starpulse.

— Serving as balance to the pomp and circumstance of the stuffy Oscar proceedings to come, the weekend after (March 2nd) marks the premieres of the down and dirty Black Snake Moan and David Fincher’s Zodiac. IESB provides 11 videos and clips of Ricci-in-chains and Samuel L. singing the blues, and another 9 from Zodiac, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. And in case you missed it – Grindhouse, in final theatrical trailer form.

Solace in Cinema talks up Mister Lonely, the next film from reclusive wunderkind writer/director –Harmony Korine (Gummo), starring Samantha Morton and Werner Herzog. Much more from Korine, with set pics from the film, here. (pdf file)

— In can’t-leave-well-enough-alone remake news: Ron Howard conspires to smear the good name of Cache’, Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke’s brilliant, understated thriller, which starred Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil – for my money, the best film of 2005.

— Another frightful notion that thankfully, seems to be losing steam – Film Junk shoots down rumors that Zach Braff is prepared to take on an Elliot Smith biopic.

— “With all due respect to Cheech & Chong, Smiley Face is the ‘Citizen Kane’ of Stoner Movies.” – Zoom In hypes the fresh out of Sundance comedy, starring Anna Faris.

— “A few years ago they were doing amateur dance routines in shopping centres and playing with Lego; now they’re sporting tuxes at the Oscars.” – Checkups on Gen-X music video directors gone Hollywood (Jonze, Gondry, Jonathan Glazer, Mike Mills, et. al) are so hot right now, the latest coming from The Guardian. (Via Serendipity Book)

Posted by Ted Zee on February 18th 2007 | Home Page | 0 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

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