Good Morning All on a Thursday in November...
Steve McQueen's "Shame", which I think is the best film of the year thus far (and features two Oscar worthy performances from Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan) continues to build some momentum in its uphill fight for awards season recognition. This past few days saw the release of a new stateside trailer and a boost from its success in leading the nominations for the British Independent Film Awards.
Consequently, we're beginning to see the effects of Fox Searchlight's campaign in terms of Oscar prognosticators and "Shame's" awards profile...some "experts" are beginning to think that some Oscar love is possible. Check the stories and links below.
New "Shame" trailer links:
The Playlist: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/u.s_trailer_new_clip_for_nc-17_rated_shame_starring_michael_fassbender/#
Film Misery: http://www.filmmisery.com/2011/11/trailer-poster-synopsis-for-steve-mcqueens-festival-hit-shame/9845/
"Shame's" BIFA nominations story:
Thompson on Hollywood: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2011/10/31/how_brit_awards_impact_oscars/
Fox Searchlight: http://content.foxsearchlight.com/inside/node/5009
The Playlist: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/the_amazing_race_shame_tinker_tailor_kevin_lead_noms_at_british_independent/
(Also note that TFF #38 film "We Need to Talk About Kevin" got some BIFA love with 6 nomnations)
All of that leads to the next story which is the...
NEW GURUS OF GOLD CHART
Movie City News has its new Gurus chart up and a perusal of it shows that "Shame" is making some headway. It's not there yet, but it does seem to be gaining some traction for Best Pic, Actor and Supporting Actress...at least they're on the board (and Fassbender is lurking in the #6 spot for a Best Actor nom).
Othe Telluride notes from the Gurus new chart: "The Descendants" and "The Artist" continue to track well. "Albert Nobbs" is still in good shape for two acting noms (Close and McTeer). Tilda Swinton is hanging around in the Best Actress category (We Need to Talk ABout Kevin).
Check the new chart: http://moviecitynews.com/2011/11/gurus-o-gold-november-1-2011/
GEORGE AND KEIRA
A couple of interviews from TFF #38 film actors that were posted yesterday. First, TFF #38 Tributee George Clooney talks "The Descendants" in this video posted by the LA Times The Envelope:
And Keira Knightley talks about "A Dangerous Method" in this post from Hollywood.com:
Terrence Malick..."The Tree of Life"...won Cannes in May...was picked up by Fox Searchlight after a secret screening in Telluride last year (at TFF #37). It's safe to say that MTFB/FAC is mildly obsessive. But, hey, it's OK...he makes a film every 8 years or so...until now. Now, he's going film-making crazy. He's got what was once called "The Burial" (no news on what it will be called) filmed and now news that he has not one but two films in the offing (plus the semi-doc that is a companion piece to "Tree of Life"). I'm confused. This does NOT sound like Malick.
Nonetheless, here's the scoop from a number of sources...
The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/terrence-malick-ryan-gosling-christian-bale-255938
The Playlist: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/terrence_malick_to_shoot_lawless_knight_of_cup_back-to-back_in_2012_both_wi/
Rope of Silicon: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/terrence-malick-lines-films-bale-blanchett-gosling-mara/