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Weekend Recap: New Film Art, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Controversy Thickens, Casting Watch, and Awards Talk

Weekend Recap: New Film Art, 'Zero Dark Thirty' Controversy Thickens, Casting Watch, and Awards Talk

Two new pieces of film art were revealed this weekend. Twitch posted striking new images from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi thriller “Snowpiercer” of a futuristic ice-scape.  With a cast including Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt and Ed Harris,“Snowpiercer,” will be Bong’s first English-language movie, released by Weinstein Co. Also revealed was new art from animation director Sylvain Chomet’s “Triplets of Belleville” prequel, “Swing Popa Swing.”  Chomet’s film revisits the kooky singing trio and tells the story of the siblings’ relationship with their father.

Just when you thought it was winding down, the “Zero Dark Thirty” controversy continues.  Academy actor David Clennon issued a release that said: “Following my conscience, I will not vote for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ in any category.” Two longtime liberal activists, Ed Asner and Martin Sheen, are joining Clennon to ask actors not to vote for the film for Best Picture. Asner noted in his memo: “One of the brightest female directors [Kathryn Bigelow] in the business is in danger of becoming part of the system.” (More about Clennon and Asner’s statements along with some analysis at The Nation).  The controversy is not hurting “Zero Dark Thirty” at the box office, where it went wide this weekend and took the number one spot.

Sony, meanwhile, issued a response to Clennon’s comments as  Sony Motion Pictures chairman Amy Pascal stated: “We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in AMPAS as a platform to advance their own political agenda.”

And “Zero Dark Thirty” financier Megan Ellison tweeted her reponse to Bigelow’s Oscar omission: “Kathryn Bigelow was robbed. So f—ed up. #recount.”

Before she became a Golden Globe winner, “Girls” creator/star Lena Dunham sat down for a probing interview by Charlie Rose on January 10, 2013. (Also on that show was an awards panel of New York critics: Slate’s Dana Stevens, The New Yorker’s David Denby, The NYT’s Tony Scott, and Columbia film professor Annette Insdorf.) To check it out, head to Audible.

Comedian Louis C.K. might join David O Russell’s untitled Abscam film, alongside actors Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams. The film follows a financial conman and his female accomplice (Bale and Adams), who are forced to work with a federal agent (Cooper) to fight the mob.  No word as of yet on C.K.’s role, but it should be a significant one.

The Gurus o’ Gold have posted their Academy Awards chart after the announcement of nominees.  “Lincoln” is in the lead for Best Picture, followed by “Life of Pi” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Head to the two-page spreadsheet here.

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