In Contention

Summit hits the ground running with first screener of the season: Chris Weitz’s ‘A Better Life’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 2:37 pm · September 14th, 2011

Deadline’s Pete Hammond already reported that this was imminent, but since it arrived on my doorstep this morning, it seemed worth conveying here. Summit Entertainment is first out of the gate this year with FYC screeners aimed at drawing attention back to Chris Weitz’s “A Better Life.” I was a big fan of Weitz’s film, [...]

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Mark Harris joins the discussion with fringe lead actor picks

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:26 pm · September 12th, 2011

Two years ago author and journalist Mark Harris wrote what I think is one of the most salient Oscar season observances ever squeezed out of this unnecessary corner of the web. I always look to him for one of the most above-the-fray, but smart and informed, perspectives on a given season. And this piece over [...]

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9/7 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Summit’s ‘Better Life’ first screener with a chance, ‘Contagion’ peeps, Murphy reactions

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:06 am · September 7th, 2011

• Pete Hammond reports that Summit’s “A Better Life” is the first screener to go out “from a movie that has any chance in hell of getting a nomination.” [Deadline] • Bryan Alexander talks to the principals of Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion.” [USA Today] And naturally, everyone has something to say about Eddie Murphy…

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OFF THE CARPET: Closing the book on summer 2011

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:38 am · August 22nd, 2011

The summer movie season has come to an end, and what an interesting season it was. We saw three billion-dollar grossers for the first time ever in one year, let alone one three-month spread (thank you, 3D). We saw a bit of a glass ceiling for comic book movies, proving nothing is a sure thing [...]

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INTERVIEW: ‘A Better Life’ director Chris Weitz

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:11 pm · June 15th, 2011

Filmmaker Chris Weitz has taken a ride on a rather inconsistent career path since making a splash (along with brother Paul) with 1999′s “American Pie.” He followed that raunchy comedy with the critically mauled Chris Rock starrer “Down to Earth” before bouncing back with the beloved intimate romantic comedy “About a Boy.” He then fled [...]

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