Deadline writers will, of course, be covering the announcements and looking at the field (and any surprise inclusions or, more likely given the stiff competition this year, exclusions), now that we’re finally here at the nominations.
Separately, I’ll be doing an audio podcast with Awards Columnist Pete Hammond, who may also do a video conversation with our sibling site on YouTube, ENTV.
Oscar fans should check out “Deadline Awards Watch,” my latest audio podcast with Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond.
This week, we’re talking how the whiz-bang new Oscar voting system is driving more traditional voters crazy (and what that might mean for getting a representative sample of Academy voters for the nominations); and talk about whether emotional responses to last week’s Connecticut tragedy will lead to negative reactions for films such as “Django Unchained” and “Jack Reacher” that debut over the holiday week. Finally, Pete handicaps the highly competitive race for the Best Picture nominations now that we’re nearly a week into the process.
Deadline founder Nikki Finke is wondering whether “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham getting just a little bit too exercised over nosy newsy coverage of her $3.5 million book project, a self-described hilarious take on everything from sex to travel to work.
First, Nikki says, Gawker was pushed by Dunham legal reps to take down a 66-page proposal for the project (Nikki in the past has posted book proposals from Hollywood types) and then started pushing for the site to take down 12 single-sentence quotes from the proposal.
Gawker, to its credit, is stiff-arming the legal geeks on the 12 quotes. The geeks should review the legal exemptions under copyright for fair use in issues of significant journalistic interest. It would probably be a better use of their time. And Dunham could work on making her material for the book more amusing than Nikki and Gawker have so far judged it to be.
Read the whole piece here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/lena-dunham-touchy-touchy-touchy-about-her-3-5m-book-proposal/
After a slow start, Deadline’s Nikki Finke says the domestic box office rebounded very strongly and is on track for a record five-day haul. That has to be great news for entertainment companies that haven’t exactly had a lot of wins for much of this year, either financially or critically.
Read all the details here, as Nikki keeps updating with more news as it develops throughout the weekend: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-holiday-box-office-starts-so-so-rise-of-the-guardians-underperforms-life-of-pi-overperforms-red-dawn-as-expected-breaking-dawn-2-still-1-bond-skyfall-2
"Many who wrote asked if there was anything they could do. There is something. If you are lucky enough to still have parents alive, or siblings or other relatives you’ve lost touch with, please make time to call them. See them if you can. Life is so fragile, and at times like this you realize that family, friends, and faith are the only permanent things. And I learned I have those in abundance, and in places I had not anticipated."
Deadline’s Mike Fleming, writing about what matters on his return to work two weeks after the death of his 80-year-old father from head injuries sustained during Hurricane Sandy.
As a colleague of Mike’s now at two different publications, and a member of a far-flung and occasionally slightly dysfunctional family, let me second his thoughts here. Welcome back, Mike. Everyone else, kiss the ones you love, and find the ones you lost track of, and figure out how to make it at least a little better.
Read all of Mike’s note to readers here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/mike-fleming-is-back-and-most-grateful/
If you missed it over the weekend, my latest “Deadline Big Media” podcast with Deadline.com Executive Editor David Lieberman.
This week, we look at the impacts of last week’s election results on Big Media stocks and Wall Street in general; examine why Jeff Bewkes says now is not the time for a Time-Warner online broadband channel; and discuss what is driving the call to shift TV ratings measures from three to seven days, as the CEOs of Disney and CBS are calling for. Lionsgate, a big movie advertiser, is okay with such as shift, but wants “some adjustments.”
Hear it all here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/deadline-big-media-with-david-lieberman-episode-9/
Oh, and there’s a link there so you can subscribe to the podcast automatically, if you’re the sort who knows what the term “podcatcher” means. We’re still awaiting approval from Apple to post the show on iTunes.
Check out Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond, who sits down on camera with Brian Corsetti from our sibling site ENTV to talk about Deadline’s big “Contenders” event this Saturday (watch the video here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/pete-hammond-details-deadlines-the-contenders-confab-video/ )
In the video, Pete discusses topics such as the impact of the new Oscar schedule on late-arriving films trying to snag a nomination, along with the early favorites for Oscar attention in live-action and animated features, and among a number of excellent individual performances. Pete also talks about The Contenders’ event’s Media Moguls panel, in which he will moderate a discussion among a remarkable collection of eight studio chiefs.
The day-long Contenders event itself also will feature highlights from about two-dozen Oscar-worthy movies from 10 studios, with Pete talking after each clip with key personnel from each film.
If you’re a voting member of the Motion Picture Academy or one of the Hollywood guilds such as SAG-AFTRA or the DGA, the event is free. Just click through on the Contenders ad on Deadline to RSVP and guarantee your seat.
Machinima Prime, the videogame-oriented YouTube channel, is having a very good week or so.
First, it snagged a big award from the tech site AlwaysOn (run by my former Red Herring publisher Tony Perkins), and now, for the first time, it’s topping Deadline’s weekly rankings of YouTube original-content channels. And this is before the next Halo sequel drops.
Deadline’s David Lieberman, who tracks all the ups and downs of these channels, has the scoop here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/deadline-youtube-channel-ranking-2/
Deadline’s Nikki Finke explains why she chose, with other Deadline reporters, to boycott the “National Entertainment Journalism Awards” conducted by the L.A. Press Club this year: http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/why-deadline-is-boycotting-la-press-clubs-entertainment-awards-contest-this-year/
It’s a long list of concerns about the awards, the way they’re judged, who participates, and the Press Club’s motivations. It’s definitely worth pondering as other news outlets trumpet their nominations as a badge of honor.
It’s also an opportunity for Columbia Journalism Review or American Journalism Review to take a closer look at the awards themselves. I’m betting Nikki might share a couple of pungent opinions with any AJR/CJR reporter who gave her a call.
And yes, to Nikki’s point, it will be great when the awards process involves more knowledgable judges, higher standards for qualifying stories and much more.