Other Oscar Nomination Predictions
I did predict a few little while ago, but much has changed in the interim and I feel it necessary to update my prediction season for the nominees, something I will do again in early February just before the nominations are announced.
The primary change is the fall of Nine, previously considered a shoe-in for most categories, which looks likely to win absolutely nothing outside of a possible couple of technicals. Add to that the rising popularity of Inglourious Basterds and the seemingly-unstoppable attention being given to The Hurt Locker, plus the apparently disastrous The Lovely Bones, and some things have to change.
Below then are my predictions for the top few categories, with some explanation as to why and, bold as it may be, my predictions for the likely winners in each category.
MOD Summer Round-Up #2 (July to September)
So, in the wake of Transformers revenging the fallen all over our minds, we were in need of cooling down from the sheer anger and exhaustion felt in the studio. Though Sunshine Cleaning should have been a great example of an indie to bring us back onto home turf, it ended up an underwhelming experience. The eminently crushworthy pairing of Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, along with the solid Alan Arkin and roles for Steve Zahn and Clifton Collins Jr, just couldn’t quite drive us into anything beyond a tepid lack of satisfaction. Ideas involved were strong, but the execution was half-hearted, even if all of the above tried really hard to elevate the material. Continue reading →
Round Up: Blunt for Sarah Marshall Spin-Off
MOD favourite Emily Blunt is reportedly signed on to star alongside Russell Brand in the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off, Get Him to the Greek. UPDATE: Apparently, this is not true.
The Italian trailer for Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s Game has turned up. The two are the duo that brought the cinematic poetry dubbed Crank.
A host of stand-up comedy features are to come to theatres in the US in the coming year.
Limp Bizkit front-man Fred Durst is to direct Psycho Killer, a movie written by Se7en scribe Andrew Kevin Walker.
Natalie Portman could end up playing the female lead role in Thor, possibly alongside Alexander Skarsgard…
Sunshine Cleaning enjoyed a startlingly successful per-theater average on its opening weekend, defying all expectations to be easily the year’s most successful on that measurement.
Garret Dillahunt. Somedays there are times when Devin doesn’t need to play advocate to speak the truth.
Brad Pitt’s Plan B company is to produce an adaptation of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager for Paramount.
Sony has picked up the US rights for Coco Before Chanel, the biopic of the fashion industry icon starring Audrey Tautou.