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UPDATED: David Fincher may make a film about Facebook

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009

David Fincher is in early talks to direct Columbia’s untitled movie about the founders of the popular social networking site Facebook according to THR.

Aaron Sorkin is writing the project while Scott Rudin, Kevin Spacey, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing.

If a deal makes, Fincher could be behind the camera by the end of the year.

Fincher last directed one of last year’s awards darling, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” He came close to directing the period Eliot Ness serial killer movie “Torso” but Paramount allowed that project’s option to lapse. He still has the adaptation of the graphic novel “Black Hole” set up at that studio.

This just seems like a pointless kind of film that is just surfing the zeitgeist sea. However, Fincher does make some interesting films – Benjamin Button was a bit of a non-event for me though. How do you feel about a Facebook film?

UPDATE: Suddenly this sounds a bit more interesting. /Film have the news that the film will be based on a new book by Ben Mezrich called The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.

Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends–outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and long-time legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with women. Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance–and sexual success–was getting invited to join one of the university’s Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard. Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order. Which he used to find a more direct route to social stardom: one lonely night, Mark hacked into the university’s computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus–and subsequently crashing the university’s servers and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.

What followed–a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympic rowers–makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. Before long, Eduardo’s and Mark’s different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship faint cracks, which soon spiraled into out-and-out warfare. The collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart. The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost–and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.


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Oscars – 2009 Academy Awards Winners

Posted by LiveFor on February 23, 2009

The Oscars have been announced and looks like Slumdog Millionaire sweeped the board. Heath Ledger won best supporting and Sean Penn won best actor. What did you think of the results? Any surprises or totally predictable? Was Stephen Colbert correct in his predictions? There is an Oscars thread set up in the forum if you wish to have a chat about it.

Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader

Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Richard Jenkins in The Visitor
Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler

Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie in Changeling
Melissa Leo in Frozen River
Meryl Streep in Doubt

Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry for The Reader
David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant for Milk

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Josh Brolin in Milk
Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road

Best Original Screenplay: Milk written by Dustin Lance Black
Frozen River written by Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky written by Mike Leigh
In Bruges written by Martin McDonagh
WALL-E screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon. Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenplay by Eric Roth; Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
Doubt written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon screenplay by Peter Morgan

Best Animated Film: WALL-E
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda

Best Animated Short Film: La Maison en Petits Cubes

Lavatory – Lovestory
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up

Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. ZolfoChangeling – Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Dark Knight – Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
The Duchess – Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road – Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Best Costume Design: Michael O’Connor for The Duchess
Catherine Martin for Australia
Jacqueline West for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Danny Glicker for Milk
Albert Wolsky for Revolutionary Road

Best Make-up: Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan for The Dark Knight
Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz for Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire
Tom Stern for Changeling
Claudio Miranda for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Wally Pfister for The Dark Knight
Chris Menges and Roger Deakins for The Reader

Best Live Action Short Film: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig

Best Documentary: Man on Wire
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Trouble the Water

Best Documentary Short Film: Smile Pinki
The Conscience of Nhem
The Final Inch
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306

Best Visual Effects: Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin for The Dark Knight
John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan for Iron Man

Best Sound Editing: Richard King for The Dark Knight
Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes for Iron Man
Tom Sayers for Slumdog Millionaire
Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood for WALL-E
Wylie Stateman for Wanted

Best Sound Mixing: Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty for Slumdog MillionaireDavid Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick for The Dark Knight
Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt for WALL-E
Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt for Wanted

Best Editing: Chris Dickens for Slumdog Millionaire
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Lee Smith for The Dark Knight
Mike Hill and Dan Hanley for Frost/Nixon
Elliot Graham for Milk

Best Music: A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire
Alexandre Desplat for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
James Winner: Newton Howard for Defiance
Danny Elfman for Milk
Thomas Newman for WALL-E

Best Forgeign Film: Departures
The Baader Meinhof Complex
The Class
Revanche
Waltz with Bashir
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Oscars 2009 – Best Picture Profanity Reel

Posted by LiveFor on February 22, 2009

All five movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar re-cut to their profanity reels. Now combined in one video. Definitely contains spoilers…

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UPDATED: BAFTAS 2009 – Updates as the results get announced

Posted by LiveFor on February 8, 2009

The BAFTAS are currently still going on but here are the results as they are announced.

Bafta fellowship – TERRY GILLIAM

Best Film – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Christian Colson

Leading Actor – MICKEY ROURKE The Wrestler He had the best speech of the night so far

Leading Actress – KATE WINSLET The Reader

Best Director – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Danny Boyle

Orange Rising Star Award – NOEL CLARKE Adulthood, Dr Who

Best Supporting Actor – HEATH LEDGER The Dark Knight

Special Visual Effects – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON Eric Barba / Craig Barron / Nathan McGuinness / Edson Williams

Best Supporting Actress – PENÉLOPE CRUZ Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Outstanding British Film – MAN ON WIRE Simon Chinn / James Marsh

Best Foreign Film – I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG Yves Marmion / Philippe Claudel

Michael Sheen and David Frost presented the best original screenplay – IN BRUGES

Cinematography – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

Best adapted screenplay – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film – STEVE McQUEEN Director/Writer – Hunger

Michael Balcon award for outstanding contribution to British cinema – Pinewood and Shepperton studios

Make up and hair – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON Jean Black / Colleen Callaghan

Best Sound – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Glenn Freemantle / Resul Pookutty / Richard Pryke / Tom Sayers / Ian Tapp

Best Music – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE A. R. Rahman

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations

Posted by LiveFor on January 27, 2009

The BAFTA nominations came out a while back and I thought I had posted them but obviously not. Here they are and appear similar to the Oscar nominations. Check out the award at the bottom as you can vote for your rising star of 2009.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 8 February.

BEST FILM
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Ceán Chaffin
FROST/NIXON – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
MILK – Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen
THE READER – Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – Christian Colson

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
HUNGER – Laura Hastings-Smith, Robin Gutch, Steve McQueen, Enda Walsh
IN BRUGES – Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh
MAMMA MIA! – Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman, Phyllida Lloyd, Catherine Johnson
MAN ON WIRE – Simon Chinn, James Marsh
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD
for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film
SIMON CHINN (Producer) – Man On Wire
JUDY CRAYMER (Producer) – Mamma Mia!
GARTH JENNINGS (Writer) – Son of Rambow
STEVE McQUEEN (Director/Writer) – Hunger
SOLON PAPADOPOULOS, ROY BOULTER (Producers) – Of Time And The City

DIRECTOR
CHANGELING – Clint Eastwood
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – David Fincher
FROST/NIXON – Ron Howard
THE READER – Stephen Daldry
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – Danny Boyle

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BURN AFTER READING – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
CHANGELING – J. Michael Straczynski
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG – Philippe Claudel
IN BRUGES – Martin McDonagh
MILK – Dustin Lance Black

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Eric Roth
FROST/NIXON – Peter Morgan
THE READER – David Hare
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD – Justin Haythe
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – Simon Beaufoy

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX – Bernd Eichinger, Uli Edel
GOMORRAH – Domenico Procacci, Matteo Garrone
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG – Yves Marmion, Philippe Claudel
PERSEPOLIS – Marc-Antoine Robert, Xavier Rigault, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
WALTZ WITH BASHIR – Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli, Ari Folman

ANIMATED FILM
PERSEPOLIS – Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
WALL•E – Andrew Stanton
WALTZ WITH BASHIR – Ari Folman

LEADING ACTOR
FRANK LANGELLA – Frost/Nixon
DEV PATEL – Slumdog Millionaire
SEAN PENN – Milk
BRAD PITT – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
MICKEY ROURKE – The Wrestler

LEADING ACTRESS
ANGELINA JOLIE – Changeling
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS – I’ve Loved You So Long
MERYL STREEP – Doubt
KATE WINSLET – The Reader
KATE WINSLET – Revolutionary Road

SUPPORTING ACTOR
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. – Tropic Thunder
BRENDAN GLEESON – In Bruges
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – Doubt
HEATH LEDGER – The Dark Knight
BRAD PITT – Burn After Reading

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS – Doubt
PENÉLOPE CRUZ – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
FREIDA PINTO – Slumdog Millionaire
TILDA SWINTON – Burn After Reading
MARISA TOMEI – The Wrestler

MUSIC
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Alexandre Desplat
THE DARK KNIGHT – Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
MAMMA MIA! – Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – A. R. Rahman
WALL•E – Thomas Newman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
CHANGELING – Tom Stern
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Claudio Miranda
THE DARK KNIGHT – Wally Pfister
THE READER – Chris Menges, Roger Deakins
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – Anthony Dod Mantle

EDITING **
CHANGELING – Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
THE DARK KNIGHT – Lee Smith
FROST/NIXON – Mike Hill, Dan Hanley
IN BRUGES – Jon Gregory
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – Chris Dickens
**As there was a tie in this category there are six nominations

PRODUCTION DESIGN
CHANGELING – James J. Murakami, Gary Fettis
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo
THE DARK KNIGHT – Nathan Crowley, Peter Lando
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD – Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – Mark Digby, Michelle Day

COSTUME DESIGN
CHANGELING – Deborah Hopper
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Jacqueline West
THE DARK KNIGHT – Lindy Hemming
THE DUCHESS – Michael O’Connor
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD – Albert Wolsky

SOUND
CHANGELING – Walt Martin, Alan Robert Murray, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff
THE DARK KNIGHT – Lora Hirschberg, Richard King, Ed Novick, Gary Rizzo
QUANTUM OF SOLACE – Jimmy Boyle, Eddy Joseph, Chris Munro, Mike Prestwood Smith, Mark Taylor
SLUMDOG MILLIONARE – Glenn Freemantle, Resul Pookutty, Richard Pryke, Tom Sayers, Ian Tapp
WALL•E – Ben Burtt, Tom Myers, Michael Semanick, Matthew Wood

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Eric Barba, Craig Barron, – Nathan McGuinness, Edson Williams
THE DARK KNIGHT – Chris Corbould, Nick Davis, Paul Franklin, Tim Webber
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL – Pablo Helman, Marshall Krasser, Steve Rawlins
IRON MAN – Hal Hickel, Shane Patrick Mahan, John Nelson, Ben Snow
QUANTUM OF SOLACE – Chris Corbould, Kevin Tod Haug

MAKE UP & HAIR
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Jean Black, Colleen Callaghan
THE DARK KNIGHT – Peter Robb-King
THE DUCHESS – Daniel Phillips, Jan Archibald
FROST/NIXON – Edouard Henriques, Kim Santantonio
MILK – Steven E. Anderson, Michael White

SHORT ANIMATION
CODSWALLOP – Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod
VARMINTS – Sue Goffe, Marc Craste
WALLACE AND GROMIT: A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH – Steve Pegram, Nick Park, Bob Baker

SHORT FILM
KINGSLAND #1 THE DREAMER – Kate Ogborn, Tony Grisoni
LOVE YOU MORE – Caroline Harvey, Anthony Minghella, Sam Taylor-Wood, Patrick Marber
RALPH – Olivier Kaempfer, Alex Winckler
SEPTEMBER – Stewart le Maréchal, Esther May Campbell
VOYAGE D’AFFAIRES (THE BUSINESS TRIP) – Celine Quideau, Sean Ellis

THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
MICHAEL CERA – Juno, Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist
NOEL CLARKE – Kidulthood, Adulthood, Dr Who
MICHAEL FASSBENDER – 300, Hunger, Eden Lake (possible The Sweeney)
REBECCA HALL – Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Frost / Nixon
TOBY KEBBELL – Control, RocknRolla
Vote for your Rising star of 2009

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The Random – True Lies 2, Preacher, Heath Ledger, Benjamin Button, Torso, London Boulevard, G.I. Joe, Star Trek

Posted by LiveFor on January 23, 2009

Tom Arnold is talking about getting True Lies II together again, and with Arnold Schwarzenegger on board – “If all goes as planned, the day Arnold leaves office, we will again team with Jim Cameron and do a comedy. Jim says it might not be called True Lies II, but it will be fun.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John August will be stepping in for scripting duties on the adaption of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher. Sam Mendes is still down to direct it. Wouldn’t it be cool if they could get Clint Eastwood to play the Saint of Killers.

Heath Ledger’s ‘Dark Knight’ Oscar Nomination arrives on the Anniversary Of his death.

The LATimes have the interesting news that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button may not be profitable despite being nominated for a load of Oscars.

Paramount has let the rights to the novel behind the film adaptation of Torso lapse meaning David Fincher’s planned film is all up in the air. Paramount had an option on the novel and had the rights to extend that option but let that slip last month. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

Colin Farrell is to star in London Boulevard with Keira Knightley. The crime drama based on Ken Bruen’s novel of the same name, is to be directed by the writer of The Departed, William Monahan, who is making his directorial debut. Farrell will be playing a London-based criminal just released from a stint in prison who tries to give up his gangster way of life by becoming a handyman for a reclusive actress, played by Knightley. First Showing have more.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to Stephen Sommers about G.I. Joe“I always loved the old Bonds. It’s funny now how Bond wants to be Bourne. I loved Quantum of Solace, but it was like, man, this is a completely different movie to the Bonds I grew up with. In a very contemporary way, G.I. Joe is inspired by the memory of the kind of movies I saw when I was younger. I remember being in the theater for Thunderball and the big underwater battle at the end of that movie just blew my socks off. In G.I. Joe, there’s an underwater battle under the polar icecap that’s Thunderball times 10!”

USAToday.com has a first look at the new line of Star Trek toys which will be released in association with JJ Abrams’ new film. The Transporter PlaySet comes with Scotty and features real transporter beam effects (I assume that doesn’t mean the ability to teleport objects is contained within it’s plastic structure).

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2009 Oscar Nominations are out

Posted by LiveFor on January 22, 2009

The nominees for the 81st Academy Awards have been announced. Looks rather interesting. No Dark Knight for Best Picture although Heath Ledger gets the nod.However, it is up for Best Editing which is a bit odd as I felt the editing in places was an absolute mess.

The 81st Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 22nd at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood with a live airing on ABC starting at 8 PM (EST).

PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
Clint Eastwood – Changeling
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon

ACTOR
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Courtney Hunt – Frozen River
Mike Leigh – Happy-Go-Lucky
Martin McDonagh – In Bruges
Dustin Lance Black – Milk
Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon – Wall-E

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Eric Roth & Robin Swicord – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley – Doubt
Peter Morgan – Frost/Nixon
David Hare – The Reader
Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire

ANIMATED FEATURE
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Wall-E

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
The Class
Departures
Revanche
Waltz With Bashir

ART DIRECTION
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Tom Stern – Changeling
Claudio Miranda – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Wally Pfister – The Dark Knight
Chris Menges & Roger Deakins – The Reader
Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
The Conscience of Nhem En
The Final Inch
Smile Pinki
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306

ANIMATED SHORT
La Maison en Petits Cubes
Lavatory – Lovestory
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up

LIVE-ACTION SHORT
Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

VISUAL EFFECTS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

COSTUME DESIGN
Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Duchess
Milk
Revolutionary Road

MAKEUP
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

FILM EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire

SOUND MIXING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
Wanted

SOUND EDITING
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E
Wanted

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
James Newton Howard – Defiance
Danny Elfman – Milk
A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire
Thomas Newman – Wall-E

ORIGINAL SONG
“Down to Earth” from Wall-E
“Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire
“O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire

I think Slumdog Millionaire will clean up this year. What are your thoughts? Any surprises?

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Poster

Posted by LiveFor on January 6, 2009

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on December 30, 2008

Director: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond
Running Time: 159 minutes
Score: 7 / 10

This review is by thorneer and may contain spoilers


“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” would seem to have everything going for it – major stars, an enormous budget, and a conceit that can’t be beat. However, in the end it’s that very conceit that hamstrings an otherwise wondrous piece of movie-making.

Fincher’s characters tend to be psychos, paranoiacs, obsessives, some of whom struggle vainly against the darkness in their own souls, but many others who have embraced it. Benjamin Button is none of the above, and that’s perhaps his problem. Button, born “under unusual circumstances” in 1918 New Orleans, spends his early life literally surrounded by death, raised, as he is, by an orderly in a home for the elderly. As a prematurely old man himself (an effect achieved by fantastic MOCAP work from Pitt), perhaps it’s not surprising that as he grows into a body with which he may truly engage the world, he is more content to observe appreciably.

Now, this may be true to the spirit of the character, but unfortunately for Fincher and his screenwriter, Eric Roth, it doesn’t make for very interesting cinema. At a recent screening, Roth referred to Button’s character as the “anti-Gump”, a classification that seemed both apt and problematic. This film will certainly earn comparisons to Robert Zemeckis’ modern classic(also written by Roth), but where that film had a truly fascinating central character, who experienced as many mistakes and tragedies as victories and happiness, Fincher and Roth’s protagonist is a cipher. There’s a telling sequence around the middle of the film, where Button, by now a merchant seaman holed up in a dingy hotel in Murmansk, strikes up a relationship with a bored wife of a minor British official (Tilda Swinton). Unable to sleep, they meet each night for tea and good conversation (and later, sex). But instead of letting us hear what those conversations are about, he simply creates a montage, set to music, of various meetings fading into one another. By the time Swinton’s character departs the film, we know next to nothing new about Benjamin other than that he has trouble sleeping and likes hot tea. The fact is that even Swinton’s character, on screen for perhaps fifteen minutes, is more engaging. It’s a frustrating glimpse of what might have been, had the filmmakers chosen to put the character before the gimmick, instead of the other way around.

Which brings us to Cate Blanchett. As Daisy, whom Benjamin meets as a young girl and who grows into a luminously beautiful and troubled ballet dancer, Blanchett shines as brightly as she ever has on screen. Unlike Benjamin, Daisy is not content to simply accept whatever life throws her way – she has dreams and attempts to act on them, and does her best to lead a normal, interesting life. Benjamin, passive as always, must quietly observe as she grows out of the playmate of his “youth” and into a somewhat headstrong woman who nonetheless possessed of enormous potential. His loyalty pays off, though, when circumstances bring them together again at a time when they both happen to be the same age – a fleeting moment, and one they will cherish. But again, the relationship between couple and audience is one-sided, because while we can see why Daisy would wish to return to the rock-steady loyalty of Benjamin, it’s unclear what he feels about her other than a regard (she’s certainly lovely enough). We are told in rather soggy voice-over narration (spread throughout the film) that Daisy is “the most beautiful person I’d ever seen”, but that’s all we’ll get.

And so it goes, for nearly three hours. We cut frequently, and irritatingly, back to a modern-day hospital in New Orleans, where a dying Daisy asks her daughter (Julia Ormond) to read to her from Benjamin’s diary as Hurricane Katrina pounds on the windows. There’s something being said in these scenes about regret and the passage of time, but the appealing Ormond’s character is one-note, and Blanchett seems nearly suffocated under pounds of old age makeup. It’s from this diary whence springs Benjamin’s narration, but, as Mr. Roth pointed out, Gump this ain’t. Suffice it to say that the budget is up there on screen as we go on this strange trip through the twentieth century with Brad Pitt as our guide. A possibly unintentional (I doubt it) laugh arises mid-film when Benjamin finally reaches something around Pitt’s own age. He strides into a garage in the mid-50’s, decked out in leather jacket and shades, and whips a tarp off a motorcycle, on which he speeds out to the harbor to do some bare-chested sailing on a boat he builds himself (the shades remain on his head). It’s a knowing wink to the wish-fulfillment of the casting – who wouldn’t want their old crotchety husband to get younger and younger until they looked like Brad Pitt? – and a clever way to underscore the underlying tragedy of the situation. Sure, he looks like Brad Pitt in “Fight Club”, “Se7en”, “Thelma & Louise”, but eventually he’s going to look like Brad Pitt in “Cutting Class”, and then Brad Pitt in seventh grade, and finally Brad Pitt as a toddler, and that’s not so sexy.

Pitt does a fine job. It’s a pity that Fincher, who has used him to such great effect twice before, didn’t let him cut loose. Instead this is his most low-key performance since Meet Joe Black, in which he played Death, who was really just a nice young man curious about the world. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much all that Benjamin Button is, and, if nothing else, he knows more about death than just about anybody around. Too bad that a film that means to affirm life turns out to be rather lifeless.

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The Random – Watchmen court case, The Devil’s Commandos, Shoot out at Benjamin Button screening, Green Hornet, Eartha Kitt has passed away, Hairspray

Posted by LiveFor on December 29, 2008

Will Fox be distributing Warner’s “Watchmen“? A Los Angeles federal judge has ruled that Rothman’s crowd owns the distribution rights to the superhero picture, representing a setback for WB’s plans to release the pic in March. Variety has more on this surprising story..

Disney has bailed out of co-financing the third movie in Walden Media’s “Chronicles of Narnia” series, according to published reports.

Twentieth Century Fox’s Jennifer Aniston-Owen Wilson starrer “Marley and Me” led the crowded pack of Christmas Day openers, grossing an estimated $14.8 million from 3,480 playdates to become the best opening ever for Dec. 25.

Kam Heskin will reprise her role as Paige Morgan – a part she’s played since Julia Stiles hung up the glass slippers after the first film – in a fourth “Prince and Me” film. The new film, set to lens Feb 9, will be directed by Catherine Cyran.

Tony Todd (“Candyman”), Christopher Showerman (“Big Game”) and Ethan Phillips (TVs “Star Trek : Voyager”) and will star in director Tim ‘Voyager’ Russ’s “A Night at the Bijou“. The film tells of a rock band and group of friends who work at a movie theater who race to find a replacement for their injured drummer in time for their “Big Break” show.

The creators of the “Gilligan’s Island” TV series want to see Michael Cera (“Superbad”, “Juno”) play the title character in a film version.

Thomas Jane (“The Mist”) is set to star in a World War II action horror film called ”The Devil’s Commandos”. Its rumoured that Jane will also direct the film.

A man enraged because a family was talking during a Christmas showing of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” dealt with the situation by shooting the father and pelting the son with popcorn.

Shawn Levy tells MTV he nixed a couple of characters from the upcoming “Night at the Museum 2” at the last minute. “We actually had a whole Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong thing, where we were going to have them get into a wrestling match at the door of the capsule, like who goes first,” Levy said of a planned cameo from the lunar trotting pair. “But we thought it would be historically blasphemous!”

The Punisher : War Zone” will be skipping theaters altogether in Australia. Rumour has it it’s going direct-to-DVD in April.

Adam Shankman tells Collider that the “Hairspray” sequel won’t be happening anytime soon. ”That certainly will not happen this year. There’s only an outline and we’re out to writers.” Shankman also said the “Topper” remake, something he planned to do with Steve Martin, is “kind of in lame duck land” right now.

Teresa Palmer is planning to reunite with “2:37” director Murali K.Thalluri on a film. “When I did 2:37, I had never acted before. It was such a lucky break. He picked me off the street and said come and be in a movie. He’d never done a movie before either. Now we’ve both had a bit more on-set experience, and matured, I think there could be a great collaboration between us.”

The legendary Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer at the age of 81. The African-American actress and singer with one of the most ‘purrr-fect’ voices to ever grace the screen or stage starred in such films as “The Mark of the Hawk,” “Erik the Viking,” “Boomerang,” “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Holes”. Her most memorable work though lies in her renditions of songs like “Santa Baby”, and her role as Catwoman in three episodes of the classic 1960’s “Batman” TV series.

Last week it was announced that Stephen Chow had abandoned his position as director on upcoming film adaptation of “The Green Hornet” – but was still set to co-star in the film as the Hornet’s sidekick, Kato. Well, Apparently Chow’s considering not playing Kato now. He’s blaming it on scheduling (saying he wants to film some Jack Black-Superhero film)

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