From 15 Down to 7, Oscar Visual Effects Shortlist Announced! 


Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is among the seven films being considered for a visual effects Oscar nomination. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlist which was originally overcrowded with 15 possible candidates.

Now we have seven films, and they are:

“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Hereafter”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”
“Scott Pilgrim vs the World”
“Tron: Legacy”

We'll find out on Tuesday, January 25 which five films will make it to the final Oscar round. And then, we'll watch the winner get the trophy during the 83rd Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, February 27.

To see the original 15 candidates, click here.

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Best Adapted Screenplays According to USC Libraries Scripter Award! Check Out Full List of Nominees! 


"True Grit" is one of the nominees of the 23rd Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. Founded by the Friends of the USC Libraries, the award honors the author(s) and screenwriter(s) of the year's best motion picture adapted from a printed work. So Oscar fans take note, this is a great predictor of the Best Adapted Screenplay category.

According to the USC Award guidelines, "the Scripter Award selection committee is comprised of Writers Guild of America members, Academy Award-winning and -nominated screenwriters, authors, film industry executives, faculty, and selected members of the board of the Friends of the USC Libraries."

The winners will be announced Feb. 4.

Here's the complete list of nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

*** "127 Hours" written by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, based on Aron Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place

*** "The Ghost Writer" written by Roman Polanski, based on the novel by Robert Harris called The Ghost

*** "The Social Network" written by Aaron Sorkin, based on Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal

*** "True Grit" written by Joel and Ethan Coen, based upon Charles Portis' classic Western novel

*** "Winter's Bone" written by Debrra Granik and Anne Rosellini, based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell

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Robert Pattinson to Play Multi-Billionaire in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" 


Goodbye Colin Farrell, hello Robert Pattinson!

The "Twilight" actor stepped into the role that once belonged to Farrell. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pattinson has signed to star in "Cosmopolis" from director David Cronenberg based on the novel by Don DeLillo.

A Wikipedia entry reveals the plot as:

Cosmopolis is the story of Eric Packer, a 28 year old multi-billionaire asset manager who makes an odyssey across midtown Manhattan in order to get a haircut. The stretch limo which adorns the cover of the book is richly described as highly technical and very luxurious, filled with television screens and computer monitors, bulletproofed and floored with Carrara marble. It is also cork lined to eliminate (though unsuccessfully, Packer notes) the intrusion of street noise.

Like James Joyce's Ulysses, Cosmopolis covers roughly one day of time and includes highly sexed women and the theme of father-son separation. Packer's voyage is obstructed by various traffic jams caused by a presidential visit to the city, a funeral procession for a Sufi rap star and a full-fledged riot. Along the way, the hero has several chance meetings with his wife, seeing her in a taxi, a bookstore, and lying naked in the street, taking part in a movie as an extra. Meanwhile, Packer is stalked by two men, a comical "pastry assassin" and an unstable "credible threat". Through the course of the day, the protagonist loses incredible amounts of money for his clients by betting against the rise of the yen, a loss that parallels his own fall. Packer seems to relish being unburdened by the loss of so much money, even stopping to make sure he loses his wife's fortune as well, to ensure his ruin is inevitable.


This is an interesting project for Cronenberg, known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, since "Cosmopolis" is more of a character study rather than an out-and-out bloody tale. But I am looking forward to seeing the director's vision.

It's also interesting to note that Pattinson will be back to explore the father-son theme that was heavily pronounced in his last dramatic vehicle, "Remember Me," with Pierce Brosnan playing his distant dad. (Check out my interview with Pattinson for "Remember Me" by clicking here)

Cronenberg is planning to shoot "Cosmopolis" in Toronto in mid-May. Pattinson will be joining Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard who are both already on board.

As for Farrell? Well, the "Ondine" actor chose to do Columbia's remake of "Total Recall" instead. Really Colin? (Watch my interview with Farrell for "Ondine" right here)

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Barbra Streisand in Talks to Play Mama Rose in New "Gypsy" Movie Adaptation! 


Everything may be coming up roses for Barbra Streisand fans and "Gypsy" lovers. The icon is in talks to star in "Gypsy," a new film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Warner Bros., which created the 1962 adaptation starring Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood, is making the new incarnation.

There's no writer or director attached to the project yet, but Joel Silver is producing. So far, Streisand has met with the play's lyrics writer, Stephen Sondheim, and book writer, Arthur Laurents, but THR is reporting that the deal is far from done.

What are you looking for Miss Babs?

Based on the memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical and the original film explored the relationship between Gypsy Rose (Wood), a burlesque dancer, and her mom, Rose Hovick, a quintessential stage mother played to the hilt by Russell in the movie version, and Ethel Merman on Broadway.

Streisand would be playing the stage momma! You'll be swell, you'll be great Babs!

While we're waiting for her decision, let's relive the original film by watching the trailer below:



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Nominations for Art Directors Guild Awards! 


The Art Directors Guild has announced nominees for its 15th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards! Winners will be revealed on Feb. 5.

Here's the complete list of nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2010

PERIOD FILM

TRUE GRIT -- Jess Gonchor
THE KING'S SPEECH -- Eve Stewart
SHUTTER ISLAND -- Dante Ferretti
ROBIN HOOD -- Arthur Max
GET LOW -- Geoffrey Kirkland

FANTASY FILM

ALICE IN WONDERLAND -- Robert Stromberg
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 -- Stuart Craig
INCEPTION -- Guy Hendrix Dyas
TRON: LEGACY -- Darren Gilford
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER -- Barry Robison

CONTEMPORARY FILM

BLACK SWAN -- Therese DePrez
THE SOCIAL NETWORK -- Donald Graham Burt
THE FIGHTER -- Judy Becker
THE TOWN -- Sharon Seymour
127 HOURS -- Suttirat Larlarb

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2010

SINGLE CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES

MAD MEN -- Episode: PUBLIC RELATIONS -- Dan Bishop
TRUE BLOOD -- Episode: TROUBLE -- Suzuki Ingerslev
TUDORS -- Episode: #407 -- Tom Conroy
24 -- Episode: 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. -- Carlos Barbosa
GLEE -- Episode: BRITNEY/BRITTANY -- Mark Hutman

TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

SECRETS IN THE WALL -- Robb Wilson King
REVENGE OF THE BRIDESMAIDS -- Marcia Hinds

EPISODE OF A HALF HOUR SINGLE-CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES

MODERN FAMILY -- Episode: HALLOWEEN -- Richard Berg
30 ROCK -- Episode: LIVE SHOW -- Keith Raywood, Teresa Mastropierro,
Peter Baran
OUTSOURCED -- Episode: HOME FOR THE DIWALIDAYS -- Joseph P. Lucky
UNITED STATES OF TARA -- Episode: TROUBLE JUNCTION -- Cabot McMullen
COMMUNITY -- Episode: BASIC ROCKET SCIENCE -- Derek R. Hill

EPISODE OF A MULTI-CAMERA VARIETY, OR UNSCRIPTED SERIES

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode: HOST - BETTY WHITE / JAY.Z -- Keith Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph DeTullio
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER -- Episode: NATURAL HISTORY -- Stephan G. Olson
HELL’S KITCHEN -- Episode: 810 -- John Janavs
CONAN -- Episode: #1.1 -- John Shaffner & Joe Stewart
TWO AND A HALF MEN -- Episode: HOOKERS, HOOKERS, HOOKERS -- John Shaffner

AWARDS, MUSIC or GAME SHOWS

82nd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS -- David Rockwell
2010 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS -- Florian Wieder
62nd PRIME TIME EMMY AWARDS -- Steve Bass
67th GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Brian J. Stonestreet
SUPER BOWL XLIV -- Bruce Rodgers

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS FOR 2010

COMMERCIALS AND MUSIC VIDEOS

MILK -- Commercial: THE DENTIST -- Jeffrey Beecroft
FARMERS INSURANCE -- Commercial: FROZEN PIPES -- Ken Averill
CAPITAL ONE -- Commercial: RAPUNZEL -- Jeremy Reed
FORD FIESTA -- Commercial: LAUNCH -- Floyd Albee
DOS EQUIS -- Commercial: ICE FISHING -- Jesse E. Benton

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