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If you watched last night's episode on Bravo, you probably heard it too. While Kim and her wig were exiting stage left, she went on some type of long monologue and proceeded to call the cast the n-word. This, of course was bleeped out. But you can definitely hear it.
Click this website here to see the video, fast forward to 0:46
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Taking care of some overseas promotions, Carly Rae Jepsenshowed up at BBC Radio One Studios in London, England this morning (December 11).
Carly Rae Jepsen drops by the Radio 1 Breakfast show and chats to Grimmy about touring with Justin Bieber, spending Christmas in her PJ's and what she'd do with mushrooms and frogs!!?!
While most of America is bundled up in winter coats, Kate Walsh showed off her beach bod in a bikini in Miami Beach, Florida on Tuesday (December 11).
The 45-year-old actress showed she still has it in a tiny black bikini as she splashed around in the surf.
On Monday night, the "Grey's Anatomy" star attended Sephora’s VIB Holiday Cocktail Party in Miami Beach.
Meanwhile, her hit series spin-off "Private Practice" will air its final three episodes after the holiday break on ABC.
Kate Walsh attends Sephora’s VIB Holiday Cocktail Party on Monday evening (December 10) in Miami Beach, Fla.
The 45-year-old Private Practice actress wore an Isabel Marant dress and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Kate Walsh hits the black carpet at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Event honoring Bvlgari on Wednesday (December 5) in Beverly Hills, California.
Didn’t get a chance to read Girls creator Lena Dunham’s $3.7 million book proposal when it leaked online last Friday? Too bad — Gawker, the site that originally published the proposal, has removed it after being contacted by Charles Harder, the 26-year-old multihyphenate’s lawyer. Buzzfeed has taken down every image from a post titled “9 Passages From Lena Dunham’s Book Proposal Illustrated By Her Instagrams” as well.
But while Gawker writer John Cook got rid of the proposal itself — though it’s probably still floating around on the Internet, since Cook posted it as a downloadable Scribd file — he neglected to scrub several of its quotes from his original blog post despite Harder’s cease and desist. Instead, Cook has added snide commentary meant “to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham’s proposal” to each excerpt. Example: “The quoted sentence demonstrates that Dunham is incapable of conceiving a rationale for writing that doesn’t serve the goal of drawing attention to herself.”
Girls returns to HBO Jan. 13.
I went to my first Women's Action Coalition meeting at age three.
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence is indicative of a nauseating and cloying posture of precociousness that permeates the entire proposal.
I've been in therapy since I was seven.
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence is revelatory of Dunham's character in that it provides evidence that she has been examining her own thoughts and desires analytically from an absurdly young age. It is also indicative of a nauseating and cloying precociousness that permeates the entire proposal.
When I was about nine I developed a terrible fear of being anorexic.
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence is indicative of Dunham's self-dramatizing narcissism inasmuch as it presents what is obviously a desire for an attention-grabbing condition as a fear of developing said condition. It is also indicative of a nauseating and cloying precociousness that permeates the entire proposal.
When I was about nine I wrote a vow of celibacy.... I knew my mother had waited until the summer after she graduated [high school].
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence is indicative of a nauseating and cloying precociousness that permeates the entire proposal. It also demonstrates her obsessive and boundaryless relationship with her mother, who is friends with Meryl Streep.
At 24 I felt like an old maid....
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence demonstrates an oblivious cluelessness about time and its passage.
When I got to college I suddenly had the sense that my upbringing hadn't been very "real."
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence demonstrates a self-awareness on Dunham's part that the subject of her proposal—herself—was raised in exquisite privilege.
Once I had a vegan dinner party which was chronicled for the style section of the New York Times.
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence demonstrates that Dunham was so desperate to have the minutiae of her life—and her dietary choices—validated by cultural arbiters that she participated in coverage of a dinner party by the New York Times. It also demonstrates that she periodically deploys such validation as suits her needs.
Once at poetry camp I saw my friend Joana in a bikini.....
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: Come on. Poetry camp?
I immediately started seeing my mother's nutritionist, Vinnie.
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence demonstrates, by way of a blithe and effortless reference to her mother's domestic service-provider, that Dunham exists in a navel-gazing bubble of privilege where one's mother simply has a nutritionist.
Every ice pop I ate, every movie I watched, every poem I wrote was tinged with a fearful loss.
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence is preposterously hackneyed and demonstrates an "I workshopped it at Oberlin" level of quality that permeates the proposal.
Cassie was a very fat girl we knew who we had nicknamed fat Cassie because she also wasn't that nice.
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence demonstrates that Dunham and her friends cruelly mocked a young girl struggling with her weight.
I've never kept a diary, [because] if a girl writes in her diary and no one's there to read it did she really write at all?
Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence demonstrates that Dunham is incapable of conceiving a rationale for writing that doesn't serve the goal of drawing attention to herself.
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'Man Of Steel' Trailer: Everything We Learned About Superman's Return
After thoroughly schooling the world in how a well-made trailer can synthesize all the hype a movie needs, the latest preview for Zack Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel" left us thinking about everything we learned over the course of two and a half minutes.
With our first look at the villain, an ethics lesson with Pa Kent, and one powerful superbeard, the newest "Man of Steel" trailer left us plenty of nerdiness to chew on until it hits theaters in June of next year. This is what has us thinking today.
The Man Behind the Super
As this is a Christopher Nolan-produced Superman movie based on a story he co-wrote with "Dark Knight Trilogy" collaborator David S. Goyer, we expected some gravitas, and, boy, did we get gravitas! Snyder dedicates the first half of the trailer to exploring Clark Kent's humanity before he accepts his mantle as the savior of the world.
"The world's too big, mom," he says.
"Then make it small. Focus on my voice. Pretend it's an island out in the ocean," replies his mother, as played by Diane Lane.
A common complaint about Superman is that he is the most difficult to relate to, considering the whole "god" thing. Starting off the trailer with such a vulnerable moment proves that Snyder and company are heading in a different direction with the character.
Supposed to Let Them Die?
And just as we're introduced to a young, innocent Clark Kent, here comes Pa Kent to take it all away. While living a lie is "normal" among the people of Smallville, Kansas, Clark faces the dilemma of saving a bus full of children and revealing himself or letting them all die. When explaining himself to his adoptive father, the boy who would be Supes puts the question to him. "What was I supposed to do? Just let them die?"
"Maybe," says his dad, hinting at the more morally complex take on the myth of Superman.
What's so great about Superman? The answer is "He can fly." Filming the hero's most iconic superpower has always been a make-or-break issue for Superman movies, so it should please the dedicated fans to see "Man of Steel" tackling flying in a new, creative, and aesthetically beautiful way. After a quick trip to the arctic, Supes prepares to take off, lingering on the ground for a moment as the snow and stones around his fist shift and float. It's a smart interpretation that we have never seen before and the type of thing a reboot calls for.
After arriving late for the red carpet, Victoria Beckham joined her bandmates for the curtain call of Viva Forever!, a new musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls.
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The L.A. City Attorney isn't wasting any time ... TMZ has learned, prosecutors have already filed papers asking the court to revoke Lindsay Lohan's probation.
TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. City Attorney had been planning to file docs asking the judge to revoke her probation in her jewelry heist case ... but now, it's official. As sources told us, prosecutors are "out for blood."
According to the L.A. City Attorney's office, prosecutors want Lindsay's probation revoked because of the criminal charges recently filed against her in Santa Monica, stemming from her car accident on PCH this summer ... after which she lied to cops about being behind the wheel.
But the City Attorney's move is just a formality -- the judge doesn't need prosecutors' input ... she'll be revoking Lindsay's probation on her authority alone.
Lindsay is set to be arraigned tomorrow morning on 3 misdemeanor counts -- lying to cops, obstruction, and reckless driving.
Lindsay Lohan's impromptu tour with The Wanted has come to an end.
Sources tell E! News that the embattled LiLo will has canceled plans to jump the pond to be with her new Wanted pal, Max George. This also means she won't be hopping over to Dubai with the Brit-pop group.
Why the sudden about-face? While some peeps in The Wanted camp thought it was because Lohan is forbidden to leave the U.S. because of her probation issues, she actually is allowed to travel abroad.
Perhaps it's because she and George aren't officially dating. "All they're doing is hanging out," a source said of the twosome, who are no longer following each other on Twitter.
While Lohan is believed to still be in New York, her attorney will be in a Los Angeles courtroom tomorrow for an arraignment on the misdemeanor changes stemming from her November traffic accident in Santa Monica, in which the Porsche she was driving collided with a truck.
Ya might wanna sit down for this one, Arrow fans. TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively that the CW show — which is already exceeding its hot limit with Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell — has just hit a major bull's eye by signing Teen Wolf alum Colton Haynes.
"We were big fans of Colton from Teen Wolf and we are thrilled he's joining Arrow," says executive producer Greg Berlanti of the actor, who is set to begin appearing on the show in 2013 as none other than Roy Harper.
DC Comics aficionados will recognize that name as the young marksman who has been known as, since his debut in 1941, the Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy, Teen Titans member Arsenal, and the Justice League's drug-addicted, one-armed Red Arrow. While details on this iteration's possible secret identity are being kept, well, secret, Haynes' Harper is being described by The CW as "a handsome, street-savvy, teenager from 'the Glades,' the harsh, poverty-stricken portion of Starling City."
The recurring role will provide a love interest for Willa Holland's Thea (who is also nicknamed "Speedy"...hmmmm), as well as some serious juice for the show's growing mythology. According to the network's breakdown on the character, in addition to falling for Ollie's little sister after crossing paths "in an unexpected way," Roy is "destined to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow." In other words, this is awesome.
The casting comes just two months after Haynes shocked Teen Wolf fans by tweeting out his decision to leave MTV's hit drama, although there is nothing surprised about how fast it took another show to snatch him up. Seriously, look at the guy.
The wedding's back on – though it may be a good idea to save that gift receipt.
Hugh Hefner, 86, officially confirms that he is once again engaged to Crystal Harris, 26, telling his Twitter followers, "I've given Crystal Harris a ring. I love the girl."
And to prove it, Harris posted photos of the big diamond sparkler, calling it "my beautiful ring."
Neither announced a wedding date, though sources tell PEOPLE they're planning to tie the knot at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve.
Whether that still happens remains to be seen.
This is the plan they had in 2011 – a wedding at the mansion – except that Harris called it off just days before the nuptials were scheduled to happen in front of 300 invited guests.
The onetime Playmate of the Month then ripped Hef's bedroom skills, calling him a two-second man, to which Hefner replied, "I missed a bullet" by not marrying her.
A year later, Hefner's "runaway bunny" bounded back to him.
Candids of Emma and her mum at JFK Airport, NYC 11 Dec 2012
Former New York Giants running back and oft-maligned broadcaster Tiki Barber went ahead and gave America the formal go-ahead to just drop trou and let ‘er rip today, ending what was no doubt an uncomfortable “do we or don’t we poop on Tiki Barber” dilemma for the country and ushering in a new period of relations between him and the formerly strained anuses of those around him.
The well-travled dealmaker, who, when we last left him, was makin’ phone calls, wearin’ ties, and offering himself up as a ritual human flag football sacrifice, appeared on the Howard Stern show this morning. Instead of maintaining some air of normalcy, as he tried (and failed) to do during this famously fun Mike Francesa interview, Barber dropped all pretense of being a sane human being and just went ahead and got weird with it.
The RIAA has handed out its Gold and Platinum album certifications for November, and Taylor Swift's RED earned a 3x Multi-Platinum award in only one month. With the October release of Red, Swift has earned her fastest rise yet to Triple Platinum success. Her career album certifications now surpass 15 million sold across five separate records in the US. Meanwhile, new holiday albums from Scotty McCreery and Blake Shelton, Christmas with Scott McCreery and Cheers It's Christmas, respectively, turned RIAA Gold in November. Merry Christmas, Baby from Rod Stewart also went Platinum in just one month.
November's top RIAA song certification was awarded to Carly Rae Jepsen for going 6x Multi-Platinum with her ubiquitous track, "Call Me Maybe." Another omni-present song, "Gangnam Style" by PSY, made its debut on RIAA's G&P chart in November, certifying Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum. Four other artists earned their first Platinum song download awards in November: Florida Georgia Line for "Cruise," Imagine Dragons for "It's Time," Skrillex for "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," and The Lumineers for "Ho Hey."
Admit it how many of you bought the album? What's your favorite song from RED?
Summary: When a notorious criminal is forced to return to London, it gives a detective one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.
Starring: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, David Morrissey, Andrea Riseborough
I AM SO PUMPED I've been waiting for this trailer since Mark and James got attached. I'm not going to be able to handle them both on the big screen. Also, where the heck is Mark Strong's tag?
Source: trailer | summary
A clip from her appearance on Conan
Most flawless person on television, breaks stereotypes in 90 seconds. I lol'd so hard @ the end
Adam Lambert excited to sing Madonna track at VH1 DIVAS
VH1 Divas host Adam Lambert spilled some major beans in the office today when pumped for info about the event! Wearing remnants of a Movember ’stache and some serious wrist candy, Adam let slip that he was 'allegedly' chosen by Madonna‘s camp to cover one of her songs for the show. Yup, just like a prayer, Adam’s voice will be taking us there next Sunday.
The 'proud Madonna fan' stopped short of revealing which Madge hit he’ll perform, but Adam did give us the low-down on what tackling a track by that iconic diva means to him. Which Madonna song do you think he’ll glam rock the best?
Psy talks about Madonna
…when asked who the most memorable partner he’s worked with was thus far during his past few months of promotions, Psy responded the legendary Madonna remained the most memorable.
He explained, “Madonna was very fascinating. I went to the performance rehearsal and found Madonna laying on the stage floor. After seeing me, Madonna told me, ‘On stage you can touch me wherever you want.’”
He went on to the laughter of the set, “Since she’s a senior way above me, I did as she wanted!”
That said, before we get into this week’s predictions, it might be interesting to address something that comes up a lot in the comment section: Campaigning. What is it? Who does it? Is it a product of modern times (spoiler alert: no.)? In short, campaigns are about getting your film to be seen and remembered among the 8 billion screeners that pile up at the end of the year – often, achieving that means holding as many screenings and Q&As as you possibly can, selling a memorable narrative to go along with the film, and getting the most recognizable faces attached to that project (actors and some directors) out there, reinforcing the message for you. So without further ado, let’s start with what the film executives have to say on the matter, move on to some campaigning history, and then hear from an “awards consultant”:
For Film Executives, Oscars still hold a more personal value than just its monetary possibilities
Katzenberg: When I came to Hollywood, I was 23 years old and from New York. The dream, as a young kid starting out in this business, is to own a house in Malibu Beach and win an Academy Award. (Laughter.) One was the fantasy of, you know, Beach Blanket Bingo or whatever, the good life. That was the representation of what [the late former Paramount owner] Charlie Bluhdorn used to call the "Bank of America award." And the other side of it was the achievement of something great in the eyes of your peers. And the Academy Awards were then and are today -- irrespective of anything else in terms of what they are to the outside world -- for our community, they are the pinnacles of success. That's always the yin-yang that you get so caught up in, which is, "Is this about the way our customers see our business, or is it about the way we see ourselves?"
THR: Jeffrey, how did you feel in 1999 when Saving Private Ryan lost best picture to Shakespeare in Love? You were running DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen.
Katzenberg: It's very hard. Shakespeare in Love was a wonderful movie, but for me, someone who grew up on movies and remembers seeing Spartacus as a kid on Broadway, Saving Private Ryan is one of the great movies of all time and will stand the test of time. How that happened will always be a mystery to me.
Barker: That's one I'd like to see the vote on. It could have been one vote; we don't know.
THR: Harvey Weinstein changed the game with his campaign for Shakespeare in Love. Did you realize it at the time?
Katzenberg: Most of these executives here have been in business with Steven Spielberg over the years, and one of the things I've always respected enormously about Steven is that there is no such thing as campaigning, even during our DreamWorks phase. It was like: "Forget it. I don't do this. This is not what the Academy is about. I don't believe in it." He forbade us from campaigning. Terry Press, who is as good at this as anybody, was shackled with duct tape over her mouth.
Barker: I personally think it is totally overdone. I'm a little bit on Mr. Spielberg's side. I think you have to spend on an Academy campaign to get the Academy members to see the film, but I don't think they're influenced beyond that.
Katzenberg: Unfortunately, that's not true. I mean, honestly, that's no longer the case.
Gianopulos: It's sort of like campaign reform legislation in the political arena. Unless everybody plays by the rules and agrees to them, it's not going to stop. Rob and I are both members of the board of the Academy, and the Academy has tried to put some lids on what people can do and some of the practices that have gotten out of hand.
Friedman: If it was left unbridled, it would get really bad.
Moore: Some of the spend is political. The pressure comes from the filmmakers and the talent when they start to ratchet things up because they see what someone else is doing and they're saying, "Why aren't you doing the same thing for my movie?"
Langley: To Rob's point, when you do vanity campaigns, you look at it like that.
You can watch the full roundtable here.
Great Moments in Oscar Campaigning (and Not-So-Great)
Returning to prominence with the title role in "Mildred Pierce" after nearly a decade of lackluster, largely unsuccessful movies, Joan Crawford hires press agent Henry Rogers to mastermind what might have been the first true Oscar campaign.
Planting items in gossip columns, calling friends at the studios and making sure Crawford was available and cooperative with any reporters who wanted to talk to her, he turned his client into the odds-on favorite by Oscar night -- at which point a terrified Crawford refused to attend the show because, she said, she knew she was going to lose.
Undaunted, Rogers notified the press that his client was in bed with a 104-degree fever, while dispatching a makeup artist and a hairstylist to her house just in case. Crawford won, and Rogers brought the press when he delivered her Oscar after the ceremony.
Said the admiring publicist later, “the photo of her in bed clutching the Oscar pushed all the other winners off the front page.”
The low-key drama "Marty" becomes the first film whose production cost ($340,000) is less than the price of its Oscar campaign ($400,000).
With extensive pre-release screenings to foster word-of-mouth, ads bearing endorsements from the likes of Charlton Heston, Dean Martin and Jane Russell, nonstop personal appearances by the film’s likeable star, Ernest Borgnine, and an unprecedented offer to send a 16-millimeter print of the movie to the home of any Academy member, the film’s promotional blitz nets it four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
To support his expensive, flag-waving epic "The Alamo," John Wayne mounts one of the most excessive Oscar campaigns in history, with ad after ad essentially suggesting that it would be unpatriotic not to vote for his film, “the most expensive picture ever made on American soil.”
His campaign results in six nominations -- including one for supporting actor Chill Wills, who proceeds to outstrip his costar with a campaign of unparalleled tastelessness – at fifty-eight, after half a century in film, Wills realized this was his only chance to win the award. Thus, he didn't hesitate to print ads like:“We of The Alamo cast are praying harder than the real Texans prayed for their lives at the Alamo for Chill Wills to win the Oscar.” “Cousin Chill's acting was great,” he wrote, signing, Your Alamo cousin.” Another ad read: “Win, lose, or draw. You're still my cousins and I love you all.”
Comedian Groucho Marx, appalled by Wills's methods, wrote back: “Dear Mr. Wills. I am delighted to be your cousin. But I'm voting for Sal Mineo (nominated for Exodus). Wayne himself didn't approve of Wills's campaign tactics and reproached him in print, which prompted Groucho Marx's comment, “For John Wayne to impugn Chill Wills's taste is tantamount to Jayne Mansfield criticizing Sabrina for too much exposure.”
Wayne blasts Wills, press agent W.S. “Bow-Wow” Wojciechowicz takes the rap, and "The Alamo" wins but a single Oscar, for sound.
A press agent with a penchant for flash, Allan Carr, mounts a campaign designed to turn a three-hour Vietnam film from little-known director Michael Cimino into an Academy favorite, and then use the awards buzz to hype the film’s release.
Carr’s tactics, which include exclusive year-end runs in L.A. and New York, lots of private screenings and a push targeted at critics’ groups, help land "The Deer Hunter" five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Cimino subsequently torpedoes his career with his next film, the expensive disaster "Heaven’s Gate," while Carr goes on to produce the 1989 Oscars, widely derided as the worst ever.
Feverish for Academy recognition after her well-received role in the indie movie Anna, veteran actress Sally Kirkland pulls out all the stops in the most feverish one-woman blitzkrieg campaign the Academy has ever seen.
She hires two press agents, writes personal letters to every single Academy member and gets Shelley Winters to make 150 phone calls to voters. Kirkland lands a nomination but loses to Cher … and 25 years later, she’s still a fixture at Oscar shows.
Sally Kirkland, the moment it was all over:
Campaign Managers: The Secrets of an Awards-Season Influencer
After years toiling in the trenches of Oscar campaigns, the sought-after awards consultant has in the past two years helped The Weinstein Company secure 29 Oscar nominations and win back-to-back Best Picture Oscars -- the first for "The King’s Speech" and the second for that unlikely winner earlier this year, the black-and-white non-talkie "The Artist."
That track record, plus a reputation for quiet, unrelenting pursuit and savvy strategic moves, has cemented her status as the person to hire if you want to win an Oscar.
“I know no tricks, I know no black magic,” she told TheWrap. “There are no tricks. It’s all about the movies. But if you’re not committed and competitive and thinking in a clever way, you’re not going to succeed.”
Taback is accomplished but not unique; she is one of a near-army of Oscar consultants who have established themselves as key conduits to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, schmoozing, gleaning info, passing intelligence and offering insider advice to movie studios and producers.
“A great consultant is equal parts awards season strategist, media planner, social butterfly, publicist, partisan pit bull, film promoter and hand holder for those who believe their films are truly worthy of the distance,” observed Sony’s Steve Elzer, who has hired many in his time.
“At the end of the day, these people can only do so much in terms of formulating a blueprint to get your film in front of the right eyeballs. Ultimately, the film itself has to shine through and do the heavy lifting,” Elzer told TheWrap.
Taback has been up close with Harvey Weinstein as he has pioneered Oscar campaigning techniques, from establishing phone banks in the ‘90s (which were subsequently banned) to winning endorsements for his movies from prestigious Academy members like Robert Wise, or from historic figures like Dolores and Carmen Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughters, who spoke out last year on behalf of "The Artist."
A key to that campaign, Taback said, was its focus on the fact that the movie was shot in Los Angeles. “People fell in love with that,” she said.
“I helped for that message to get out there. I look for the story that people need to be know that can be buried in the back of the film.” Another key tactic involved holding back the DVD screener until the last moment -- it arrived in mailboxes the day the ballots were due -- so that AMPAS voters were almost “forced” to see the movie on the big screen, with an audience.
This year, Taback is thinking hard about David O. Russell’s "Silver Linings Playbook," Paul Thomas Anderson’s "The Master" and Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained," new works from three of this generation’s leading film auteurs. “I’m listening a lot to what they’re saying and how they came to make their films,” she said.
“It’s really different with someone like David Russell or PTA or Quentin. We don’t give them a formula and say, ‘This is what you need to do.’ I’m really involved with them in the process. We do it with them.”
On the whole, Taback has moved away from “the fancy lunches and dinners.” Instead, she said: “Screen, screen, screen. Don’t make your movie feel precious. Make it feel accessible.” And so she is. In recent weeks, she was out late running between a screening of "Silver Linings Playbook" at the Egyptian Theatre and a last-minute LACMA presentation of Anderson’s favorite war movies.
As for Oscar whispering?
Taback says she talks to members of the Motion Picture Academy “a lot less than you would think. Everyone thinks we have a secret stash of Academy members we can convince,” she joked. “We can ask members to watch the film. When they get 80 films, we can say, ‘If you haven’t watched this film, would you watch it? I think you’d appreciate it.’ And that’s the most I’ll say.”
This is an excerpt of the article The Secrets of an Awards-Season Influencer, which can be read in full here
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A sign of approval from the RZA is no small feat, and Django Unchained earned his stamp of approval. While general audiences won't be able to officially view Quentin Tarantino's newest film until it opens on Christmas Day, the Wu-god gave an early review, via Twitter.
As a student of Tarantino's cinematic game, RZA loved the flick which stars Jamie Foxx as the title character. He started things off by responding to criticism from his directorial debut, The Man With The Iron Fist, of which he wrote, “We are entitled to our own opinions on whatever subject we choose. Yet without proper understanding of a subject an opinion can be frivolous.”
From there the New York native announced that each of the film's stars—Foxx, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo Di Caprio, and Sam Jackson— were all on “their A game.”
Overall, Django has received mostly positive critiques and is said to be a sure-fire choice in the Oscar race.
But there are those who take issue with the slavery plot, but according to the actors attached, its Tarantino's vision that puts Django in its own category. “We knew there was going to be controversy. The question is: What is not a realistic depiction?” DiCaprio said told Vibe magazine. “I would argue that it is. It is Quentin's re-creation; this character doesn't exist. There's nobody that is documented to do what Jamie's character has done at the time. But the documentaries I saw went even further.”