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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Shutter Island' reopens | '127 Hours' news and views | Casting news for 'The Hobbit'

October 22, 2010 | 11:29 am

Pete Hammond delivers the scoop on a "high profile kick-off to Paramount's 'Shutter Island' Oscar campaign." As Pete reports, "American Cinematheque will present a retrospective of the film collaborations of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre the weekend of November 13 with the pair participating in a live 'conversation' following a November 14 screening. DiCaprio will appear in person while Scorsese will be satellited in from London where he is currently working on his new film 'Hugo Cabret.'" DEADLINE

• In the latest installment of their weekly Oscar Talk podcast, Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley dish about the odds of films like "Solitary Man" and "Welcome to the Rileys" making it into the race. THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

127 HoursGraydon Carter moderates a compelling Q&A with "127 Hours" director Danny Boyle and star James Franco and the real-life subject of the film Aron Ralston, who was forced to cut off his own arm when he was trapped by a boulder while hiking alone. LITTLE GOLD MEN

Sasha Stone admits, "I don’t think I’ve ever spent a more riveting or emotionally moving hour and a half in the theater as I did last night watching '127 Hours.' It confirms what I already knew about Danny Boyle: that he is a genius visually, intellectually, emotionally. He knows that it isn’t just the story of how Ralston got out of that canyon; it’s that key bit of truth we all must remind ourselves of everyday: life is not lived alone. We need each other. We need to be able to ask for help." AWARDS DAILY

• The American Society of Cinematographers has named three more honorees who will be feted alongside Roger Deakins at the 25th-anniversary edition of their kudos on Feb. 13. John Seale will receive the International Award, Michael D. O’Shea is to get the Career Achievement in Television Award, and photographer Douglas Kirkland will take home the Presidents Award. ASC

• Casting has come together for Peter Jackson's two-part film adaptation of "The Hobbit." As Harley W. Lond reports, "Martin Freeman will star as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage will play head dwarf Thorin Oakenshield. Other cast members — all of them to play dwarves — include Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton." MOVIEFONE

• "Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich and screenwriter Michael Arndt sit down with Terry Gross for a fascinating conversation about the making of this best picture contender as well as the history of the franchise. NPR

• The British Library has acquired more than 50 awards bestowed on the late Harold Pinter, including his 2005 Nobel Prize in literature. As Zainab Rahim reports, "The library acquired the awards through the government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme, which seeks to ensure that important cultural treasures pass into the UK’s public collections. The BL, which is also a charity that advocates for the preservation of knowledge, previously acquired the playwright’s archive in December 2007 including his handwritten notes, typed drafts covered in annotations and his Nobel Prize acceptance speech that he was unable to deliver due to ill health " THE STAGE

Photo: Danny Boyle, left, and James Franco on the set of  "127 Hours." Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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Top 2010 Oscars contenders so far: 'Toy Story 3' and ...?

June 20, 2010 |  9:18 am

"As the first half of 2010 draws to a close, serious Academy Awards contenders have yet to emerge," sighs Gregg Kilday in the Hollywood Reporter.

However, Kilday thereafter contradicts himself by citing several strong contenders already seen widely by the industry: "Toy Story 3," which "could become the first 2010 entry to make it into the circle of 10" for best picture, he says. And two breakout hits from Sundance — "Winter's Bone" ("Debra Granik's hardscrabble Ozarks-set drama") and "The Kids Are All Right" ("It's the sort of upscale crowd-pleaser that could find favor").

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Plus one critically hailed entry at Cannes: Mike Leigh's "Another Year" ("slice-of-life movie about a circle of middle-aged friends").

Jeff Wells pipes in at Hollywood-Elsewhere: "The best 2010 films I've seen thus far for their own merits (i.e., forget the awards race) are Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Biutiful' (Cannes), Doug Liman's 'Fair Game' (Cannes), Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos' (Cannes), Aaron Schneider's 'Get Low,' Noah Baumbach's 'Greenberg,' Roman Polanski's 'The Ghost Writer' and Philipp Stölzl's 'North Face.'

"The leading best picture Oscar candidates at this stage appear to be 'Inception,' 'Toy Story 3,' 'Fair Game,' 'Tree of Life,' 'Biutiful,' 'The Social Network,' 'Get Low,' 'Hereafter,' 'True Grit' and maybe 'London Boulevard.' "

Over at AwardsDaily, Sasha Stone breaks down the top contenders with strong opinions too. She downgrades "Toy Story 3" to the screenplay and sound editing race but elevates "Winter's Bone" beyond just the best actress race for Jennifer Lawrence's performance (which Wells touts as its strongest shot). Stone thinks it could land in the best picture race.

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Oscars voter: 'Toy Story 3' is a 'shoo-in for a best picture nomination'

June 19, 2010 |  3:27 pm
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Just received this e-mail sent via BlackBerry by an Oscars voter: "Attended the 'family' screening of 'Toy Story 3' at AMPAS this morning. It was probably the most crowded screening at AMPAS this year (plus there will be another screening of the film at the theater Sunday eve for adult members only). The movie is a shoo-in for a best picture nomination and will likely win best animated feature. Laughter throughout with two big rounds of applause at the end credits. Sniffling could be heard at end, reminding me of last year's 'Up.' "

Both the original "Toy Story" (1995) and the equally successful sequel, "Toy Story 2" (1999), predated the separate animated feature race at the Oscars. "Toy Story" contended for best original screenplay ("The Usual Suspects" won) as well as song and musical/comedy score ("Pocahontas" won both awards), and the sequel also had a song contender ("You'll Be in My Heart" from "Tarzan" won).

Photo: Pixar

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Will critically acclaimed 'Toy Story 3' win over Oscars too?

June 18, 2010 |  9:10 am

Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks Tim Allen Oscars Although "Toy Story 3" opens before the year is even half over, it is already a front-runner for the Oscars. Like "Up" -- last year's offering from Pixar -- "Toy Story 3" earned rave reviews, scoring an astounding 100% approval with Rotten Tomatoes and 90 at MetaCritic. This third trip to toyland could land a best picture nomination and is a strong contender in the animated feature race at the Academy Awards.

All of the old toys are back in "Toy Story 3" -- Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), Hamm (John Ratzenberger) and Barbie (Jodie Benson) -- joined by newcomers Ken (Michael Keaton) and Stretch (Whoopi Goldberg), among others. The film was helmed by "Toy Story 2" co-director Lee Unkrich from a script by Oscar champ Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine").

Both the original "Toy Story" (1995) and the equally successful sequel "Toy Story 2" (1999) predated the separate animated feature race at the Oscars. "Toy Story" contended for best original screenplay ("The Usual Suspects" won) as well as song and musical/comedy score ("Pocahantas" won both awards) and the sequel also had a song contender ("You'll Be in My Heart" from "Tarzan" won).

Pixar has produced five of the nine Oscar winners in the animated film category since it was introduced in 2001: "Finding Nemo" (2003); "The Incredibles" (2004); "Ratatouille" (2007); "Wall-E" (2008); and "Up" (2009). Pixar's other two films of this era also contended for this prize -- "Monsters, Inc." lost the inaugural race to "Shrek" and "Cars" was kicked aside by "Happy Feet" in 2006.

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