Archive for August 2nd, 2008

Brokeback Mountain at the Academy…

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008



The “Great To Be Nominated” series, featuring the picture from each Academy Awards year that received the most nominations without winning the Best Picture award, continues its fifth and final season with three titles in July, then concludes in August.  Each evening will also include animated and live action short subjects, original advertising trailers, outtakes and other surprises to offer up a snapshot of that particular year.  The very best prints available will be screened at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, one of the finest screening facilities in the world.


 Brokeback Mountain (2005)




Monday, August 4 – BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) – 132 mins.  E. Annie Proulx’s acclaimed short story about the thwarted love between two young men became a heartbreaking romantic drama under the direction of Oscar winner Ang Lee.  The film received eight nominations, including Best Picture (Diana Ossana, James Schamus, producers), Actor in a Leading Role (Heath Ledger), Actor in a Supporting Role (Jake Gyllenhaal), Actress in a Supporting Role (Michelle Williams) and Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto); it won for Directing (Ang Lee), Music – Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla) and Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Larry McMurtry, Ossana).  The film will be preceded by animated short nominees BADGERED and 9.  Scheduled post-film discussion panelists include producer and screenwriter Diana Ossana and production designer Judy Becker.


Check out Andre Soares analysis of Brokeback Mountain on his web site, the Alternative Film Guide



Hollywood Boulevard Characters…

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Character building on Hollywood Boulevard


 Costumed characters stand in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater to entertain the tourists (AFP/Getty Images)


Hollywood is full of wannabes. The nearest most of them will get to fame is Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame, dressed as Superman or Wonder Woman. The characters are a big tourist attraction and are now the subject of a documentary. David Willis went to meet some of them.


August 1, 2008


Superman stubbed out a cigarette and started searching for his keys. Adjusting his blood-red cape, he flashed a final glance at a web camera pointed at Hollywood Boulevard.


It was a hot summer’s day and tourists were spilling out of gaily painted buses and flooding the strip.


The superhero descended from his one-bedroomed apartment two stairs at a time, stopping briefly to banter with his Mexican neighbours before striding for the boulevard a block away.


Christopher Dennis was once an unemployed actor working at a hamburger joint across the street.


After several diners told him he looked like Christopher Reeve, he made himself a Superman costume and spent a day posing for pictures on the Walk of Fame.


That was 17 years ago. He earned $600 in tips that day alone and has not worked as a waiter since.


It was not long before Superman was joined by Elvis Presley and Charlie Chaplin, and nearly two decades later, the community that Chris founded has mushroomed to more than 80 characters. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)