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Brokeback Starts Lassoing The Wins

Key Artsmall.jpgFollowing the L.A. Film Critics announcement on Saturday that Ang Lee‘s Brokeback Mountain was their top choice of the year, the film was also named one of the American Film Institute‘s top 10 films of the year and topped the Broadcast Film Critics Association list of nominated films with 8 nominations.
It also pulled in an estimated $109,000 per screen for a opening weekend gross on 5 screens of just shy of $550,000, according to Box Office Mojo.
Don’t be surprised if this kudo parade continues. The film is already a critical darling and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it made an impact at the box office, as well. We may be a conservative country in many places, but there are enough film goers in cities across the country to give the film decent numbers. Now don’t think I am predicting a $100 million blockbuster, here, but it’ll do just fine.

Awards A Go-Go: The Silly Season Commenceth And I Get Sucked Into The Silliness

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Brokeback Mountain. The Constant Gardener. Capote. Good Night, and Good Luck. Just a few films that are deserving of official kudos in this artificial yearly segment we call “Awards Season.” Fall is the time for the studios, mini-majors and indies to trot out their most notable of notables for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Foreign Press, Independent Spirit Awards, various guilds and unions, the public and of course for the critics. The New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association as well as groups from cities all over the world have awards announcements and dinners, while publications correlate the information in charts, graphs and columns in the vain attempt to look smarter than the other guy.

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A Little Perspective On The Toronto International Film Festival

logo_filmFest.gifThis year marks my return to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as a journalist, after five years absence. As I have remarked on many an occasion, the TIFF is my favorite North American film event and it is right up there with the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Berlinale as one of the premiere film-related experiences in the world. While I am having fun with friends, seeing some excellent films and, I hope, doing some good work, when I come home at night it all seems like just so much bullshit. The devastation on the Gulf Coast makes all this art and commerce, vodka and tonics, seem so insignificant.

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Mehta’s Water To Open Toronto; Fest Announces 24 More Pics

Deepa Mehta‘s Water will open the 30th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8th. The film, a world premiere, is one of 25 films announced yesterday by the festival. Others include the North American premiere of Ang Lee‘s upcoming Brokeback Mountain, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini and Anna Faris and will screen in the Masters section.

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