Gregory Elwood discusses the announcement of the 2013 SAG Awards Nominations and their impact on the Oscar race.
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Talk about timing.
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal - the directorial duo behind the academy award winning film “The Hurt Locker” --
-- are poised to cash in on the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. The two have been working on a film tentatively titled “Kill Bin Laden” -- in the works BEFORE the Al Qaeda founder was actually killed. ENews reports - Bigelow’s indie film...
“...takes its inspiration from a failed special-ops mission to take out the Al Qaeda leader and was looking to roll cameras sometime this year.”
The question now - with a story we all know the ending to - is Bigelow’s film worth being made? The LA Times’ 24 Frames blog weighs in.
“... the Bin Laden killing is one of the few post-9/11 military tales with a satisfying conclusion for American audiences. But it's also tough to make a story suspenseful when everyone on the planet knows how it ends.”
Despite that - Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and Superman Returns, says...
"I could see a kind of ‘All the President's Men,’ where we track moments of intelligence and how agents followed the trail... Just because we know how the story ends doesn't mean it can't be interesting...”
One person excited for Bigelow’s film is movie critic Michael Sragow from the Baltimore Sun who says...
“For all those who yearn for ‘granular detail’ about the hunt for and defeat of Bin Laden, this Bigelow-Boal collaboration can't come too soon.“
And for those who don’t want to wait - fear not. Showbiz Tonight explains -- the film could be released sooner than you think...
ANCHOR: “Hollywood has been scrambling to fast-track and to figure out how they can capitalize on this moment.”
As of now, Bigelow has declined to comment on the project but plans on a release to coincide with the 2013 Oscar race.
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She’s nominated for The Fighter, and now she’s putting up a fight of her own. Actress Melissa Leo is taking the Oscar race into her own hands by running personal campaign ads inside industry publications. Every year, studios and production companies buy ads to convince Oscar voters to pick their movies in all categories.
But as one blogger notes, actors, well, don’t.
“Taking out a personal trade ad is quite unusual, and Oscar watchers often advise against it because it can make a nominee look desperate and egotistical.”
The ads show Leo dressed up in faux fur, leaning toward the camera, with just the word “consider” running above her picture.
But with the amount of buzz surrounding Leo’s role, Tampa’s WFLA says running these ads seems like a waste of time.
“Oscar noms are out and there are a couple of choice performances that are being pegged as sure bets in a mighty unsure business (FLASH) Melissa Leo is a three-time winner already having nailed the Critic's Choice, Golden Globe and Screen Actor Guild's nods for actress in a supporting role.”
HitFix points out- there are two extremes actors take when securing Oscar votes, and Leo’s ads might not be that big of a surprise after all…
“Leo has always seemed a bit ‘off’ and it's one thing not to campaign as her co-star Christian Bale is successfully doing, but it's another thing to appear greedy or to want it too much.”
But as Deadline Hollywood discovered, Leo’s campaign ads don’t have much to do with the Oscar race...
“She explained the ads followed months of her frustration at not being able to land magazine covers, even with all the awards and attention for The Fighter. Leo is 50 years old and she attributes the media’s lack of interest to ageism and because of that and other factors she’s not considered ‘box office.’”
Commentators discussed Leo and her fellow nominees on Good Day New York, claiming later-in-life success is all the press an actress needs…
MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: “You look at how much attention Melissa Leo has gotten this year. And she’s been doing really consistent work for years and years, and been nominated before. But, now she’s cleaning up - she’s winning all these awards, and that’s put her on a different track and in a different category."
JOHN ROTHKOPF: “It can change the complexion of a career entirely, like someone like Jacki Weaver who’s a very respected Australian actress, but has never been nominated for an Oscar. Now suddenly she can consider Hollywood Films.”
Whatever the reasoning behind Leo’s ads, at least one person won’t hold them against her…
“Look, it’s a dirty business, the Oscar race…The fact that anyone would judge her for that and withhold their vote for THAT reason is yet more fodder for the general conclusion that the Oscars are nothing more than a popularity contest.”
So, what do you think? Are Leo’s campaign ads a brilliant PR move, or desperately bizarre?
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Kevin Polowy, from Moviefone****, joins Better to discuss the upcoming Oscar reaces, discussing who should win and who actually will.
It was a GOLDen weekend at the box office.
Hi everyone I'm Andrea Rene and this is the box office recap
for get the daily****.
1. Fool's Gold - 22 million
Well if two beautiful bronzed stars can't bring the people to
the box office, what can right? Matthew McConaughey and Kate
Hudson teamed up again for box office success. This comedy
stars the pair as a married couple that rekindles their
romance while chasing buried treasure. This is worth watching
just for the shots of Matthew without his shirt! YUMMY!
2. Welcome home Roscoe Jenkins - 17.1 mill
No stranger to box office success, coming in second isn't so
bad for Martin Lawerence. This comedy shows what happens when
Hollywood talk show host Roscoe Jenkins returns to his home
town where people don't see him as anything but ordinary.
Features a roster of stars including James Earl Jones, Cedric
the Entertainer, Mike Epps, and Mo'Nique among others.
3. Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
TOur - 10.5 million
Miley is doing well at the box office again, big shocker!
Disney decided 1 weekend wasn't enough of a release for their
golden child and looks like it paid off.
4. The Eye - 6.6 million
Jessica Alba's horror flick drops down to number 4 but remains
in the top 5. In this Japanese remake she plays a woman who
receives an eye transplant with some very unpleasant side
effects, including seeing the dead.
5. Juno - 5.72 million (total $118 million)
I just get a smile when I see Juno return to the box office
week after week. It is truly the little engine that could and
not only did it pass the $100 million mark, they are in a
tight Oscar race as well. Once again, if you haven't seen this
yet, you're not one of the cool kids.
That's it for the box office recap. I'm Andrea Rene for get
the daily**** and be sure to check back for box office
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