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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Inglorious Basterds' screening reports | 'Up in the Air' lands endorsement

December 18, 2009 |  2:26 pm

Inglorious Basterds posterPaul Vitello attends a screening of "Inglorious Basterds" at New York's Jewish Theological Seminary and reports, "most of the 300 people who came, after applauding for a long time, stamping feet and whooping, stuck around to hear the panel: a Bible scholar, a distinguished rabbi, the seminary’s chancellor and the producer of the movie." As Paul writes, "The first scholar to speak was Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, who has a doctorate in Jewish thought from Hebrew University. 'Wow, that was fun,' he said. The audience laughed. 'I’m not supposed to feel that way, I know -- I’m Jewish,' he added, getting more laughs. The rest of the 45-minute discussion was pretty much a review of all the reasons -- theological, historical and psychological -- why Chancellor Eisen should let himself feel good about seeing extreme violence done to extreme bad guys." NEW YORK TIMES

Jeff Wells was in the audience when "Quentin Tarantino was interviewed by Elvis Mitchell last night at the Museum of Modern Art's downstairs theatre following a screening of 'Inglourious Basterds.'" As Jeff writes, "You could feel the worship in the room as Tarantino made his way down the aisle. He's as much of a celebrity as any big-name actor. Nobody is better at giving an audience a good time." HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

• "Inglorious Basterds" is but one of 274 films deemed eligible by the academy to compete for Oscars this year. On Friday, the academy confirmed that the roster of films in contention all had met the following criteria: "Open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, Dec. 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days." And as the news release states, "Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format. Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category." AMPAS

Up in the Air poster • Of those 274 movies in contention, Lane Brown likes the looks of "Up in the Air." As Lane explains in the weekly Oscar futures column, "'Hurt Locker' took the major critics' prizes and 'Nine' got more SAG and BFCA nods than expected, but 'Air' scored the most Golden Globe nods, did big business at the box office, and got a love letter from Frank Rich. It still feels like the front-runner." Lane is less keen on the Oscar hopes of "Invictus" -- "Did the Globes snub it for Best Drama because they'd already nominated Eastwood, Freeman and Damon, thus guaranteeing their attendance at the ceremony anyway --  or because it's not that great? It's certainly no 'Gran Torino' at the box office." NEW YORK

• While "Up in the Air" helmer Jason Reitman took part in a compelling round-table discussion organized by Elizabeth Guider and Matthew Belloni, Clint Eastwood was absent. Also on hand were Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), James Cameron ("Avatar"), Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Peter Jackson ("The Lovely Bones") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds"). Among the subjects covered by the directing half dozen -- their insider status, the need for final cut, the woes of test screenings, and being deemed 'difficult.'  HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Dave Karger introduces the first installment of his video chat with "Nine" star Penelope Cruz who was selected by "Entertainment Weekly" to take part in "Time Inc.'s 'Live & Unfiltered,' in which each magazine invites a notable name from the world it covers for a conversation in front of a select audience." Dave thinks Penelope, "having earned Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance as Daniel Day-Lewis’ endearingly needy mistress, Carla, in 'Nine,' seems well on her way to scoring a second consecutive Oscar nod in the category." In this first part of the interview, "Cruz talks about how the Pink Panther, of all characters, inspired her sexy dance moves." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Two-time Oscar-winning production designer Terence Marsh ("Dr. Zhivago," "Oliver") will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Art Directors Guild at the 14th annual awardsfest on Feb. 13. Previous recipients include Ken Adam, Robert Boyle, Albert Brenner, Henry Bumstead, Roy Christopher, Stuart Craig, Bill Creber, John Mansbridge, Harold Michelson, Jan Scott, Paul Sylbert and Dean Tavoularis. ADG

Top photo: "Inglourious Basterds"  poster. Credit: Weinstein Co.

Bottom photo: "Up in the Air" poster. Credit: Paramount

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A bit disturbing and quite telling that this group of theologians and Biblical scholars would cheer violence and revenge.


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