August 29, 2016

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Hollywood Contenders: Awards Race Highlights – AUG 28

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“When I was first met with the news that this part of my past had come up, my knee-jerk reaction was selfish,” said Parker during the Q&A, according to Ebony, who also spoke with the filmmaker after the panel. ”
“Nate Parker Speaks On Rape Trial and Past Treatment of Women: ‘I Was a Dog’- – Hollywood Reporter.
“Toronto International Film Festival to Screen ‘The Birth of a Nation’ as Planned” – The New York Times
“Nate Parker: Earlier Comments Made ‘From A Standpoint Of Ignorance.’ – Deadline
“Nate Parker’s Alleged Sins Won’t Keep Me From Seeing ‘The Birth of a Nation.’” – Daily Beast
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The Birth of A Nation by Nate Parker: “People Need to See the Movie”

Oscars Prez CHERYL ISAACS says “THE BIRTH OF A NATION” too important to judge by Director’s Past.
“I know just by the conversation that has gone on at Sundance that it’s clearly a movie that filmgoers should go and see,” Cheryl Boone Isaacs says of the Nate Parker’s film.
Speaking to TMZ on Thursday, when asked about the “rape issue” regarding Nate Parker, she said “That’s one issue, that’s his personal issue. And then there’s the issue of the movie.”
She added, “The important thing is for people to see it and enjoy the film, be impressed by the film. And I think that is what is very important. People need to see this movie.”

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The Most Predictable Oscars – The 88th Academy Awards

By Michael Russnow
As a show it was middling, opening with an attractive display of globes emblazoned with “Courage,” “Talent,” “Heart” and “Passion,” then a film montage before emcee Chris Rock hit the stage.
As someone who didn’t appreciate Rock as host 11 years ago it was a bit surprising to see a much more subdued performance, sometimes very funny and other times flat. Everyone was waiting for what he’d say in the midst of the Academy controversy brought about by only White people nominated in the twenty acting categories.
He mused about the fifteen Black people in the film montage and called the evening’s event “The White People’s Choice Awards.” However, he was more pointed in his jokes at the boycott attempt instigated by Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. He made fun of Jada’s outrage, considering her lack of film impact and mocked Will Smith for getting $20 million for The Wild, Wild West.
A later so-called tribute to Black History Month, featured Angela Bassett seemingly honoring Will Smith, only to state the true honoree was Jack Black. That’s how it went, with Rock reminding us Black exclusions hadn’t been dealt with in the sixties, because the community was more concerned with voting rights and lynchings.
Thus, the point was made, more so when African American Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs alluded to changes in the Academy with hopes that the industry will greenlight films and possibilities for people of color. Only then can the Academy nominate more such people.
The writing awards were the first conveyed, with Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy winning for Spotlight and Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for The Big Short, getting original and adapted screenplay Oscars respectively. My main concern was that writers once again are not shown on screen, whereas faces of the directors get the actor treatment, though their personas are mostly unrecognized. Plus they got to talk about their films.
For the writing nominations a script page was shown, followed by a print-out of the dialogue just before the actors spoke the lines. I’m pretty sure most people know actors don’t improvise their roles, so this was unnecessary.
It was also distracting to see a short résumé under each of the presenters. If their accomplishments aren’t known, why put them on stage?
And worse, not to mention confusing, throughout the evening was a ridiculous crawl, like a ticker tape at the bottom of the screen once […]

Oscars: The Inside Scoop

By Michael Russnow
There’ve been 97 minority actors nominated since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel became the first Black Oscar recipient for playing a servant in Gone With The Wind. And that is part of the problem, because for many, many years Blacks and other minorities were relegated to roles not only of a supporting nature but indicative of the racist times when their lots in major professions were limited.
There’ve been 97 minority actors nominated since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel became the first Black Oscar recipient for playing a servant in Gone With The Wind. And that is part of the problem, because for many, many years Blacks and other minorities were relegated to roles not only of a supporting nature but indicative of the racist times when their lots in major professions were limited.
Who’s to blame for that? There’s little doubt those at the studios and production companies who package feature films create more opportunities for white-dominated films, and if there are that many more white-dominated films, even granted that many suck, the greater number released has more potential to draw the sort of attention that earns Academy approbation.
Some of the outcry this year is because there were movies and performances, most notably Straight Outta Compton and performances by Will Smith in Concussion and Michael B. Jordan in Creed which drew terrific notices, and there certainly could be an argument as to whether they should be nominated. One question, though, is who, among the nominees, would you erase to make room for these choices?
Aren’t there always great films and performances left out? Indeed this year, Maggie Smith in the little seen The Lady in a Van and Johnny Depp in Black Mass were outstanding. As was Jason Segel in the apparently forgotten The End of the Tour. Also Helen Mirren in Trumbo.
Some of the outcry this year is because there were movies and performances, most notably Straight Outta Compton and performances by Will Smith in Concussion and Michael B. Jordan in Creed which drew terrific notices, and there certainly could be an argument as to whether they should be nominated. One question, though, is who, among the nominees, would you erase to make room for these choices?
Aren’t there always great films and performances left out? Indeed this year, Maggie Smith in the little seen The Lady in a Van and Johnny Depp in Black Mass were outstanding. As was Jason Segel […]

The 2016 Golden Globes: But as Entertainment it was mostly so-so.

By Michael Russnow
I’ve not been a fan of Ricky Gervais in his three previous outings, finding his humor to be more of a struggle to appear adventurous and outrageous in the search for comedy, but often winding up tasteless and, worse, often flat.
This year, and perhaps due to his past incarnations, he spent a lot of time mock apologizing for so-called transgressions and, while sometimes amusing — on occasion he really was amusing — his material was on the whole rather middling.
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Farewell My Dear Friend Murray. I’ll be missing you

Farewell my dear friend Murray. I’ll be missing you.
“This is my baby. This is when it all started. This is my pride and joy, my first Oscar win in 1974.”
Meet Murray Weissman, one of the earliest Oscar consultants, who on this day is proudly showing off a blow-up photo on the wall of his North Hollywood publicity agency commemorating that day almost 40 years ago when, as executive in charge of the motion picture press department at Universal Pictures, he reveled in the seven Academy Awards won by “The Sting,” George Roy Hill’s wry tale of Depression-era con men starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
Weissman was so happy following the hard-fought victory over the other nominees, including “The Exorcist,” that he rushed to costume designer Edith Head’s bungalow on the lot the next day and asked to borrow seven of her personal Oscar statuettes so he could pose for a photo that also featured him holding the front page of the old Los Angeles Herald-Examiner with its headline trumpeting the victory — Universal’s first best picture since 1930’s “All Quiet on the Western Front.” as per Robert Welkos at Los Angeles Times.
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Murray,
I want you to know that you have been a big part of the Hollywood Film Awards. Your availability at all times, your unwavering support and your Hollywood teachings were all INVALUABLE to keep on going. A million thanks.
Carlos and Janice

Is Michael Moore’s Documentary Propaganda?

By Michael Russnow
Mr. Moore is more of a propagandist, and while most of what he portrays is technically true his editing and narrative are in large part misleading. It’s the old chestnut of whether an omission is actually a lie, and I believe it is a lie if what’s omitted creates false impressions.
As the film hasn’t been released, I won’t give away many “spoilers,” though Where to Invade Next is hardly a Who-Dun-It. Even the title is somewhat deceptive, as we quickly realize that, instead of suggested mock invasion areas, Moore travels to countries whose ideas and practices he believes are better than ours and then “conquers” them to bring these solutions home. That said, the title is my least concern.
The problem is, while I support what Moore finds better achieved in the countries visited, he has cherry picked aspects of their social and political lifestyle and has left stuff out, distorting the big picture. For the purpose of this article, I’ll deal with his trips to France, Germany, Norway, Italy, Iceland and Tunisia. What does he find particularly exciting about France? Why, the food, of course.
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Quentin Tarantino: “The Hateful Eight” is a Bloated Film

By Michael Russnow
Quentin is an intriguing writer, who creates characters different from many we’ve seen and imbues them with personalities and fascinating incidental dialogue that gives three dimension to what they’re all about. The problem with this film is that there is so much attention paid to each character and their interactions with each other that it becomes like an overwritten stage play, static where it should have been exciting. Almost every one of them appears to have an individual moment to assess one of the others, with the rest sitting idly by in the background until their turns come.
This is not always the case, of course, but it slows the pacing down, not to mention the fact that we are well over an hour into the movie before the shit starts to hit the fan. Then, a little after that we have an almost unheard of in today’s filmmaking era — even with long movies — 13-minute Intermission.
This, after enduring, yes enduring, several minutes of an overture at the beginning, played not over cinematic visions but while we stare at a slide that simply says “Overture.” While Ennio Morricone’s music is triumphant as it often is, the tune is so loud and played over and over that we are sitting there wondering what the hell is going on?
Afterwards there are several minutes of credits, which means that the film has not done very much of anything for about 10 minutes, except to leave us panting for that moment when something appears with a title card indicating that Chapter One is before us.
And then the action, such as it is, begins with a wide shot vista of a crucifixion with a desolate snowy background as a stagecoach comes upon a man, Major Marquis Warren, a bounty hunter played by Samuel L. Jackson who is beside his stranded wagon. In the course of a lot of talky, sometimes interesting conversation — though more like a fearsome questionnaire — dominated by another bounty hunter John Ruth, played by Kurt Russell, Jackson is allowed to hitch a ride with his collection of dead bodies strapped on top. We also meet Russell’s charge who will provide him with a lot of cash, ruthless killer Daisy Domergue, portrayed by Jennifer Jason Leigh, one of the film’s prime delights, as she spews racist epithets the minute Jackson is permitted to join them inside the coach.
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Oscars: Johnny Depp to Get Kudos from Palm Springs Film Fest

The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala for his performance in “Black Mass.” Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and presenting sponsor Entertainment Tonight, will be held Saturday, January 2, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11.

Above Amber Heard and husband, Johnny Depp, at 2015 Hollywood Film Awards – Nov 1
“Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, Black Mass, Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garner awards attention. It is our honor to present the 2016 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, to Johnny Depp.”
Past actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Eddie Redmayne. In the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, Penn and Redmayne went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth and Pitt received Oscar® nominations.
Depp can currently be seen in “Black Mass,” which tells of the unholy alliance between ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) and childhood friend-turned-FBI agent, John Connolly (Joel Edgerton). The bond, forged growing up on the streets of South Boston, would test the limits of loyalty in a town that answers to its own unwritten code. Blinded by ambition, Connolly convinces Bulger to inform on their common enemy, the Italian Mafia. The deal allows Bulger to expand his criminal empire with complete impunity, threatening to destroy both men, their families, and the very city that made them. Based on true events, the film is directed by Scott Cooper and features an ensemble cast, also including Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, W. Earl Brown, David Harbour, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott and Juno Temple. The screenplay is by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neil. Produced by John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick and Tyler Thompson.
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