Today on indieWIRE we made very early Oscar predictions, we told you what to watch at home, Shia LaBeouf opened his big mouth and much more.
Oscar Predictions (Yes, We Know It’s Early)
It’s been roughly four months since indieWIRE‘s coverage of the mammoth 2010-2011 awards season came to an end. Our “For Your Consideration” column has lain dormant ever since, its most recent edition a advance stab at what might become of the next awards season. But with the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival just two months away, “next” is soon to be now. Thus, indieWIRE welcomes you to a special mid-year edition of our “For Your Consideration” column, which will begin running regularly beginning in September.
On Your Small Screen
This week on Small Screens Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood take us on a “Magic Trip,” celebs dish on New York City’s legendary Florent diner and much more.
“Terri” Gets a Good Mark
Eric Kohn caught the Sundance coming-of-age drama “Terri.” Here’s what he thought: “Azazel Jacobs’s 2008 drama “Momma’s Man” centered on an adult retreating to his parents’ house and yearning for the innocence of his teenage years. The director’s latest feature, “Terri,” centers on a teen fearing adulthood. Jacobs, working from a script by Patrick de Witt, takes a conventional coming-of-age story and does it proud, enlivening the plot with an almost experimental portrait of alienation and despair.” More here.
See a Candid Conan O’Brien
Rodman Flender, a friend of Conan O’Brien since their days at Harvard, followed O’Brien on his recent 32-city tour following O’Brien’s much ballyhooed separation from NBC. The resulting documentary, “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop,” hit select cinemas last Friday. Click here to find an exclusive scene from the film along with Flender’s thoughts on the shoot.
Who’s the New President of Millennium Films?
Mark Gill has been named president of Millennium Films. The former Miramax Films and Warner Independent head will lead the L.A.-based company that plans to produce and finance five to eight “star-driven, wide-release films per year” with budgets ranging from $20 – $80 million. Go here for more.
Film Movement acquired North American rights to Dusty Bias’ feature directorial debut, the Sundance quirky comedy “Prairie Love.” In other buying news, U.S. rights to Oscar winner Danis Tanovic’s latest, “Cirkus Columbia” were picked up by Strand Releasing.
John Lasseter Gets Another Award
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor Oscar-winning director John Lasseter (“Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Cars,” “Cars 2”) with the “Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment” and director David Yates (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. The honors will take place during a ceremony slated for November 30th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. More here.
How Much Does “Transformers” Suck?
Thompson on Hollywood reports: “”Transformers: Dark of the Moon” opens June 29 after its June 23 premiere at the Moscow Film Festival. So far reviews confirm that the third installment of this mega-franchise indeed delivers visual spectacle lacking from most post-Avatar 3-D. Some say the movie is too long and may actually make you miss Megan Fox’s acting chops. One writer compares Fox to Kate Winslet, while Brit replacement Rosie Huntington-Whiteley “suck[s] the life out of every scene she appears in,” says TotalFilm.” More here.
Someone Should Keep Their Mouth Shut
Speaking of “Transformers,” click here to learn what Shia LaBeouf has been saying about his former co-star Megan Fox (courtesy of The Playlist). What a cad.