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Denzel Washington’s “Flight” closing this year’s New York Film Festival – ANALYSIS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Months ago, when Paramount teased the first official trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight,” the director’s return to live-action for the first time since “Cast Away” struck us as a riveting exploration of a human pilots potential faults in the midst of crisis. The movie looked like it would boast eye-popping aerial effects, and Washington would deliver the anticipated level of gut-punching bravado we’ve come to expect from him over the years.
It didn’t necessarily look awards worthy, though Zemeckis certainly has found himself in Oscar’s cat-bird seat more than once (going so far as to win Best Director for “Forrest Gump” back in 1995).
Yet as is annually the case, decisions are made that help the overall Oscar picture grow a little more clear with each passing day. And today, the New York Film Festival announced that Zemeckis’ “Flight” will close this year’s festival with a world premiere on Oct. 14.
Now we’re sitting up and paying closer attention.
Lats year, NYFF closed with a major Oscar player: Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” which had trotted through Telluride and Toronto before landing in Manhattan with a cache of awards buzz. Perhaps this year, NYFF wanted a world premiere all of its own? And maybe Paramount knows that it has something special, and is choosing to make a very noticeable splash by closing NYFF … with all of the Oscar press watching?
Here’s the “Flight” trailer, which is impressive and nerve-wracking … and possibly awards worthy. You make the call.

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Oscars: “Hugo,” “The Descendants” and the Writers Guild winners in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The final weekend before the Academy Awards, which will be held on Feb. 26, was bustling with Guild recognitions as Oscar contenders jockey for position and wait for what remains the biggest “game” in the entertainment industry. We’ll have ample coverage of the Oscars as the lengthy (lengthy!) marathon finally draws to a close. But for Monday morning, let’s run through the last few awards that were handed out before the Oscars finally get here:
- Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” won best original screenplay and “The Descendants” won best adapted screenplay at the Writers Guild of America awards Sunday night. If you ask me, both will take home the Oscars next Sunday.
- “The Descendants,” (edited by Kevin Tent, A.C.E.) and “The Artist” (edited by Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius) won Best Edited Feature Film (Drama) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical) respectively at the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards. “Rango” (edited by Craig Wood, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “Freedom Riders” (edited by Lewis Erskine & Aljernon Tunsil ) won Best Edited Documentary.
- At the same ceremony, Alexander Payne received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor, which was presented to him by his “Election” star Reese Witherspoon.
- “Hugo” and the sound mixing team of Production Mixer John Midgley, Re-Recording Mixer Tom Fleischman, and CAS and Scoring Mixer Simon Rhodes had a big night at the 48th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards on Saturday night. The family adventure won Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture, the evening’s top honor. The program also celebrated the professional contributions of Scott Millan, CAS, with the CAS Career Achievement Award.
- As the long, long season draws to a close, Jeff Wells argues that the race has value.
- But who benefits the most from this value? Did you see the L.A. Times’ breakdown of the Academy demographic. You might be surprised. Then again, you probably won’t be. “Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.”
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Producer Jim Burke for “The Descendants.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe [...]

Oscars: Reese Witherspoon to present to Alexander Payne at ACE Eddie Awards – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Reese Witherspoon, whose latest film “This Means War” opens in theaters next week, will join editor Kevin Tent, A.C.E. to present “The Descendants” director – and her “Election” collaborator – Alexander Payne with the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor at the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards. They will be held on Feb. 18.
The black-tie event will take place in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Witherspoon and Tent will be joined by industry luminaries such as Clint Eastwood, who will be presenting to Career Achievement honoree Joel Cox, A.C.E. and Dick Wolf who will present to Career Achievement Honoree Doug Ibold, A.C.E.
Additional presenters include Robert Forster, famed editor Anne Coates, A.C.E., Rumer Willis (90210), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, Castle), Robert Morse (Mad Men), Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Matthew Lillard (The Descendants), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Penelope Ann Miller (The Artist), Donald Faison (The Exes) and Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights).
As previously announced, Patton Oswalt will serve as the evening’s MC.
Nominees for the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards were previously announced and can be found at www.AMERICANCINEMAEDITORS.com.
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Producer Jim Burke for “The Descendants.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
- Producer Grant Heslov for “The Ides of March.”
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ACE Eddie Awards for best editing announced – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The American Cinema Editors announced their nominations for the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards Monday morning, recognizing outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television and documentaries.
Like the Golden Globes, the editors divide their films between “Dramatic” and “Comedic” categories, so its tough to peg how (or if) they play into the five Oscar nomination slots. At the very least, you can guess that the Academy’s five nominees will come from the five features listed below.
Winners will be revealed during ACE’s 62nd annual black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, the ceremony will be hosted by actor/comedian Patton Oswalt. Later this month ACE will announce the Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honoree and two Career Achievement honorees.
Here are the nominees for 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards:
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
The Descendants
Kevin Tent, A.C.E.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter, A.C.E.
Hugo
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.
Moneyball
Christopher Tellefsen, A.C.E.
War Horse
Michael Kahn, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):
The Artist
Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids
William Kerr & Michael L. Sale
Midnight in Paris
Alisa Lepselter
My Week with Marilyn
Adam Recht
Young Adult
Dana E. Glauberman, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
The Adventures of Tintin
Michael Kahn, A.C.E.
Puss in Boots
Eric Dapkewicz
Rango
Craig Wood, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Mister Softee”
Roger Nygard
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Palestinian Chicken”
Steven Rasch, A.C.E.
Modern Family: “Express Christmas”
Steven Rasch, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Breaking Bad: “End Times”
Kelley Dixon
Breaking Bad: “Face Off”
Skip MacDonald
Friday Night Lights: “Always”
Angela M. Catanzaro
The Good Wife: “Real Deal”
Hibah Frisina, A.C.E.
The Walking Dead: “Save the Last One”
Hunter Via, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Boardwalk Empire: “To the Lost”
Tim Streeto
Game of Thrones: “Baelor”
Frances Parker, A.C.E.
Homeland: “Pilot”
Jordan Goldman, David Latham
BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:
Cinema Verite
Sarah Flack, A.C.E. & Robert Pulcini

Downton Abbey, Episode 1.1
John Wilson, A.C.E.

Mildred Pierce, Part 1 

Affonso Gonçalves & Camilla Toniolo
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY:

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Joe Bini & Maya Hawke
Freedom Riders
Lewis Erskine & Aljernon Tunsil
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
David Tedeschi
BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES:
Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations: “Haiti”
Eric Lasby
Beyond Scared Straight : “Chowchilla”
Rob Goubeaux, A.C.E., Paul J. Coyne, A.C.E., Heather Abell, Audrey Capotosta, Maura Corey, Jeremy Gantz & Molly Shock
Whale Wars: “Race to Save Lives”
Eric Myerson, Pete Ritchie & Josh Crockett
Final Ballots will be mailed on January 23 and voting ends on February 9. The Blue Ribbon panels where judging for all television [...]

Steven Spielberg will get Producers Guild Award

HollywoodNews.com: I can’t believe it’s taken this long, but Steven Spielberg is finally getting the Producers Guild Award. It’s an honorary prize named after legendary David O. Selznick.
Spielberg will get the award on January 21st, right in the middle of Oscar season–in fact just days before the Academy Award nominations are announced. He may very well be up for some with his film version of “War Horse.” Past honorees include Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Roger Corman, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall , John Lasseter. Last year, Scott Rudin got the award in the middle of his big season with “The Social Network” and “True Grit.” This year Rudin is bringing “Moneyball”–a great movie which everyone has to see–to the Oscar dance. Congratulations to Spielberg, who’s probably the most famous movie maker in the world. But he’s also done an enormous amount of good with his Shoah project and other philanthropies.
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Hollywood Film Festival Honors “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Lubezki, Mirrione, and Murakami

HollywoodNews.com: 2011 Hollywood Film Festival Honors “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Lubezki, Mirrione, and Murakami
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Editor Stephen Mirrione, Production Designer James Murakami and Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar will be honored at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, have announced that Academy Award nominated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki will be honored with the “Hollywood Cinematographer Award,” Oscar-winning editor Stephen Mirrione will be presented with the “Hollywood Editor Award,” Academy Award-nominated production designer James Murakami will receive the “Hollywood Production Designer Award,” and Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 24, 2011.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. “It is a great pleasure to recognize the extraordinary talent of Emmanuel Lubezki, Stephen Mirrione, James Murakami and Scott Farrar,” said Mr. de Abreu, “and to honor their achievements and contributions to filmmaking.”
ABOUT EMMANUEL LUBEZKI
A four-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, most recently was the cinematographer of Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” a film that has received great acclaim. It stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain in a riveting story about a Texas family in the 1950s finding themselves seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life. Emmanuel’s remarkable work has alternated between edgy and art-house fare (“Like Water for Chocolate,” “A Little Princess,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “The New World,” and “Children of Men” among others). Presently Emmanuel is filming Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
ABOUT STEPHEN MIRRIONE a.c.e.
Academy Award winner, Stephen Mirrione, recently completed editing both George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” (2011) and Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” (2011). This marks Mirrione’s sixth collaboration with Soderbergh, having first worked with the director on “Traffic” (2000). That film won four Academy Awards including Best Film Editing for Mirrione. Other films with Soderbergh include “The Informant!” (2009), “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001) and its two sequels “Ocean’s Twelve” (2004) and “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007).
Mirrione has edited all of the films directed by Clooney beginning with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (2002) and including the acclaimed political drama “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005), and the period football [...]

Denzel Washington boarding “Flight” with Zemeckis?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: After years of toiling in motion-capture animation on projects like “The Polar Express” and “A Christmas Carolm” Robert Zemeckis is returning to live-action (yay!) and he may be bringing Denzel Washington with him (double yay!).
Zemeckis, who helmed a handful of masterpieces such as “Cast Away” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy, is “in negotiations” to helm the drama “Flight” for Paramount. Based on a John Gatins script, “Flight” follows a substance-abusing pilot who must land a plane following a system malfunction. THR notes that Denzel Washington is “loosely attached to star.”
Zemeckis might be heading back to live-action after audiences turned their collectiove noses up to Disney’s “Mars Needs Moms” last month. The film tanked. No matter the reason, it’s refreshing to hear that a vital storyteller like Zemeckis is getting back in the business, as he hasn’t directed a substantial live action film since “Cast Away” back in 2000.
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Robert Zemeckis’s “Yellow Submarine”: A Bomb In the Making

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Wow! We dodged a bullet on this one. The planned live action — or stop animation remake — of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” has been canceled by Disney.
This is a relief. Despite director Robert Zemeckis‘s best intentions, this was a bomb in the making–and with a $150 million price tag. Conflicting reports from the trades claim that Disney ditched the project after Zemeckis’s “Mars Loves Moms” was a box office catastrophe this weekend. (It took in $6.9 million this weekend; cost was $150 million.) Zemeckis can still set the project up elsewhere, but please, really, don’t. Instead, why doesn’t Apple Corps just make “Yellow Submarine” available on DVD and Blu Ray. It’s a classic, and hard to find. Zemeckis should go ahead and put together the sequel to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” … Meanwhile, one Beatle sighting: Paul McCartney shopping for luxe cashmere at Christopher Fischer in East Hampton. A Beatle has to stay warm, y’know!
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“Mars Needs Moms” director Simon Wells

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some animated heroes only dream of going to infinity and beyond. Not Milo. The brave young boy found at the heart of Walt Disney’s “Mars Needs Moms” leaves the dreaming to toys, actually boarding a rocket ship headed to the red planet when Martians kidnap his mom for an experimental, parental program.
Working from a children’s book by “Bloom County” creator Berkeley Breathed, Simon Wells and his “Mars” team have devised an interplanetary adventure that’s sure to please rambunctious, imaginative adolescents while striking a heartfelt chord with the parents who paid for the movie ticket and snacks.
Wells opted to tell his story using motion-capture technology, the kind used by “Mars” producer Robert Zemeckis for “The Polar Express” and “A Christmas Carol.” It seemed like a natural fit for the sci-fi-tale he wanted to spin.
“What is the role of motion capture? To me, motion capture shouldn’t be making cartoony movies. Not the sort of ‘Madagascar’ movies, because people don’t move like that,” Wells explained. “There’s no point in trying to get an actor to do a Tex Avery movement. But if you create a stylization of look and movement that is caricatured but not cartoony, that’s the place that motion capture ought to be living.”

But mo-cap wasn’t Zemeckis’ only contribution to the “Mars” process. Wells and his wife, Wendy, enjoyed an intensive writing session as they collaborated on their screenplay, receiving crucial feedback from Zemeckis at almost every step of the journey.
“Wendy and I felt like we went to a graduate screenwriting program,” Wells said of he and his wife’s creative process. “We had a one-on-one for a year with Bob Zemeckis. It was just fantastic.”
In fact, Zemeckis pointed at one of his most-cherished films as a blueprint with which “Mars” needed to follow, and Wells whole-heartedly agreed.
“He tore apart the third act of our screenplay, not once but twice,” Wells said. “But the thing that is amazing about Bob is that he can do that and you leave the meeting going, ‘Oh great, we get to write it again and make it right!’ [Laughs]
“But he really kind of clarified our thinking on narrative drive, and oddly enough, we used ‘Back to the Future’ a great deal in our conversations as a structural sign post. He brought it up as an example of a simple story. And we were like, ‘Wait a minute. That’s actually a [...]

“The Social Network” wins ACE Awards

HollywoodNews.com: “The Social Network,” (edited by Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter) and “Alice in Wonderland” (edited by Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Feature Film (Drama) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical) respectively at the 61st Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in nine (9) categories of film, television and documentaries. The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing. “Toy Story 3” (edited by Ken Schretzmann & Lee Unkrich, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “Exit Through the Gift Shop” (edited by Tom Fulford & Chris King) won Best Edited Documentary. Television winners included “Modern Family: Family Portrait”
(edited by Jonathan Schwartz) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye” (edited by Hunter Via) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “Treme: Do You Know What it Means” (edited by Kate Sanford, A.C.E. & Alexander Hall) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial
Television, “Temple Grandin” (edited by Leo Trombetta, A.C.E.) for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, and “If You Really Knew Me: Colusa High” (edited by Rob Goubeaux, Jeremy Gantz, Hilary Scratch, Ken Yankee, Mark S. Andrew, A.C.E., Heather Miglin, John Skaare & Paul J. Coyne) for Best Edited Reality Series.
The Student Editing Competition winner was Ruben Jacques Sebban of AFI who beat out hundreds of competitors from film schools and universities around the country. Javier Bardem presented the honor.
Christopher Nolan received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by Aaron Eckhart. Lifetime Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Michael Brown, A.C.E. and Michael Kahn, A.C.E presented by filmmakers Joe Sargent and Steven Spielberg respectively. Their careers were highlighted with clip reels and praise from friends and colleagues during the affair. Edgar Burcksen, A.C.E., and Vincent LoBrutto received the prestigious Robert Wise Award. The evening was presided over by ACE President Randy Roberts, A.C.E. Serving as Master of Ceremonies was comic genius – Ken Jeong.
Other presenters included an all-star line up including Academy Award® nominated actress from THE FIGHTER, Amy Adams, Academy Award® nominated director of THE FIGHTER, David O. Russell, “Dexter” star Lauren Velez, “Glee” star Dot-Marie Jones, “True Blood” star Sam Tramell, star of the upcoming SPIDERMAN Tobey [...]

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