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Film Bitch Awards Best Supporting Actress Prizes (2000-2011)

I'll announce 2012's nominees the second the write-ups are done (working on them this week). But until then another listy flashblack to year's past here at The Film Experience. My opinions have changed somewhat over the years (as many opinions should if we continue to evolve) and perhaps I'll detail which changes those were in the future but mostly I like to think of Awards, both mine and other people's as time capsules of What We Valued At That Moment.

So here you go... 

Nominees in Alpha Order

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy 

Diane Kruger, Farewell My Queen

Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere

write ups here 

Gold: Vanessa RedgraveCoriolanus

Silver: Sarah Bayet, A Separation

Bronze: Carey MulliganShame

Also Nominated

Jessica ChastainThe Help

Melissa McCarthyBridesmaids

Gold: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Silver: Melissa LeoThe Fighter

Bronze: Amy AdamsThe Fighter

Also Nominated

Kimberly Elise,
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Linklater's "Bernie" Turns A Fascinating Murder Story Into A Shallow Romp


Bernie, Richard Linklater's newest film, is an odd, disjointed, always fascinating but ultimately shallow movie about Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), a mortician and town vivant in Carthage, Texas, who inexplicably takes up with a nasty widow twice his age and then just as inexplicably murders her. The film is based off a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth (who shares screenwriting credit here), and has all the elements of drama except the drama itself.

Two enigmas swirl about the film, the first Black's Tiede, a gregarious, Christian, possibly gay and certainly eccentric assistant funeral director for whom the entire town of Carthage swoons. He sings like an angel at church, dispenses tax advice to his blue collar buddies, and goes above and beyond for the widows whose husbands he prepares for the afterlife.

Bernie meets his biggest challenge in Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine
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David Doernberg, 1967 – 2012

Production designer David Doernberg, who brought a sensitive, finely crafted and observant touch to many excellent independent films, died in New York on Friday after a battle with cancer.

Doernberg began his career in the late ’80s/early ’90s working on music videos for bands like Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and Superchunk. He quickly moved into independent features, working as a propmaster for films by Hal Hartley (Amateur), Daisy von Scherler Mayer (Party Girl) and Eric Schaeffer (If Lucy Fell). Soon after he became a production designer, bookending his career with films by Kelly Reichardt. He designed her 1994 debut film, River of Grass, as well as her 2010 period tale of frontier life on the Oregon Trail, Meek’s Cutoff. Other notable credits include Phil Morrison’s Junebug, Alison Maclean’s Jesus’s Son, Morgan J. Freeman’s Desert Blue, Todd Solondz’s Palindromes and Pete Sollett’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
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Interview: Rampart Writer/Director Oren Moverman

  • JoBlo
Oren Moverman has two films to his directing credit (aside from a number of writing credits including I'm Not There And Jesus' Son). This includes his latest crime drama Rampart and his last film - which also featured Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster . the Academy Award nominated The Messenger. Clearly, the man has a hell of a lot of talent telling intensely personal stories. In Rampart, Woody Harrelson plays a renegade cop who has trouble adjusting to a whole new world of law enforcement....
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Michael Shannon Talks Superman and Playing Zod

The Providence has an interview with Michael Shannon in which the pleasantly odd actor dishes some tiny tidbits on a little film he's currently working on called "Man of Steel." It's about a steel worker who makes his own superhero suit and fights crime. Oh no, wait. It's about some guy named Superman. Shannon plays it pretty close to the chest, so no serious bombshells are dropped. We get another confirmation that the film will be an origin story. We also find out that it's state of the art effects will by augmented with computer graphics somehow. Kidding aside, Shannon admits to doing a little wirework on the film, so at least some of it will look real. Shannon also confirmed that in between work on Superman and season three of "Boardwalk Empire" he will make "The Iceman" about a real life mafia hit man who killed a rather large amount of people.
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Oren Moverman To Write, Maybe Direct 'Terrorist Search Engine' For Scott Rudin & Jesse Eisenberg

Oren Moverman To Write, Maybe Direct 'Terrorist Search Engine' For Scott Rudin & Jesse Eisenberg
Israeli-born writer-director Oren Moverman isn't just the owner of one of the best bald heads this side of Greg Mottola,, he's also becoming one of the most in-demand screenwriters around. Having gotten early credits on the likes of "Jesus' Son," "Married Life" and Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," Moverman broke out with his 2009 directorial debut "The Messenger," which saw him, co-writer Alessandro Camon and star Woody Harrelson all nominated for Oscars. His follow-up "Rampart" is one of our most eagerly anticipated films at Toronto this year, and he's taken a number of high-profile screenwriting jobs of late, including biopics
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Jack Black and Michael Winterbottom Teaming Up For ‘Bailout’

Jack Black and Michael Winterbottom Teaming Up For ‘Bailout’
Is Jack Black trying to make a serious career course correction? First he's working with Richard Linklater and Shirley MacLaine on the strange true-life comedy [1] Bernie, and now he is set to star in Bailout, a dramedy to be directed by Michael Winterbottom. The film is based on a novel by Jess Walter called The Financial Lives of the Poets. (The author also scripted the film.) Here's the description of the book: Matt Prior quits his job as a business reporter to start, a Web site featuring poetry about finance, or money-lit. Unsurprisingly, it tanks, and Matt returns to the newspaper, only to be laid off with a meager severance package. Now not only are the Priors in danger of losing their house, but Matt is convinced that his wife, Lisa, is having an affair with an old boyfriend she rediscovered during her lengthy nightly Facebook sessions. With
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Jesus, and Jesus' Son

by Steve Dollar

"Jesus is just alright with me" goes the refrain to the Doobie Brothers' 1970s sing-along, a cheerful ode to the only begotten son's Nixon Era vogue as a pothead's antihero. Hippie Jesus branded rolling papers and bonded groovy seekers at folk mass. And he apparently inspired that most demonic of actors, Klaus Kinski, to dedicate a one-man show to the Prince of Peace. The year was 1971, and in Peter Geyer's documentary Klaus Kinski: Jesus Christ Savior, the occasion was anything but a love-in. Kinski, then 45, was winding down a prolific year with 10 movies released, most of them spaghetti Westerns with names like Il venditore di morte and Giu la testa … hombre (whose tagline read: "A fistful of Death"), plus a few psycho thrillers on the sleazy order of La bestia uccide a sangue freddo. Maybe he wanted to reconnect with a passionate role. Instead, his Nov.
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Exclusive: Billy Crudup Talks Eat, Pray, Love

Billy Crudup discusses his new role opposite Julia Roberts in the film based on the popular book by author Elizabeth Gilbert

Actor Billy Crudup made a name for himself in the late '90s in a series of gritty and dramatic roles in such films as Sleepers, Inventing the Abbotts, Without Limits, Hi-Lo Country and Jesus' Son but it was his breakout role in Cameron Crowe's semi-biographical film Almost Famous that made him a household name. Since then the actor has wisely transitioned his career from leading man to that of an accomplished character actor taking on supporting roles in high profile films with exceptional directors such as Tim Burton's Big Fish, J.J. Abrams's Mission: Impossible III, Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd, Zack Snyder's Watchmen and Michael Mann's Public Enemies. Now the veteran actor is teaming up with director Ryan Murphy (Glee) and
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A Soldier's Story

Some roles are hard to shake. Ben Foster ("3:10 to Yuma," "Alpha Dog," "Six Feet Under") found this out the hard way on a recent promotional tour for his new film "The Messenger." At Hunter Airfield Base in Georgia, he started experiencing severe leg pain from an injury he never suffered. His leg "froze up," he says. "I couldn't walk downstairs without limping. It was so strange." Foster plays a soldier recovering from leg and eye injuries after returning from Iraq. "The mind and the imagination are really curious places. I'm sure those things will drift. That's what we do" as actors, he says. "We allow ourselves to believe things. It's just an occupational hazard." He adds, "I definitely need a vacation soon."Foster's vacation will have to wait, as he is currently shooting a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson thriller "The Mechanic" with Jason Statham in New Orleans. And still,
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2009 Austin Film Festival Wrap-up

The 16th annual Austin Film Festival opened with a true screenwriting gem, Serious Moonlight. Penned by the late Adrienne Shelley around the same time she created WaitressShelley was murdered shortly after wrapping Waitress, before she had the opportunity to direct Serious Moonlight. I loved Waitress, and have been a fan of Adrienne Shelley since seeing her act in Hal Hartley’s The Unbelievable Truth and Trust. Serious Moonlight | Review "...the script is chock-full of clever Hitchcockian twists along with a impeccably strong (and mysterious) conclusion. Serious Moonlight is very conservatively directed by first-timer Cheryl Hines (who acted in Waitress with Shelley)." ____________________________________________________ I have long been curious about C.D. Payne’s 1993 epistolary novel Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp, and unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to read it prior to the Aff screening of Miguel Arteta’s film. Nonetheless, into the Paramount I went… I must
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Messenger, The | Review

Director: Oren Moverman Writer(s): Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman Starring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone After recovering from wounds inflicted during a tour of duty in Iraq, the heroically decorated Will (Ben Foster) is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification Office in the drab environs of suburban New Jersey. Upon his return stateside, Will is greeted with some flowers and a shag by Kelly (Jena Malone) – the girl he left behind. Unfortunately, this hello is also goodbye as Kelly is engaged to another man. Despite his cool expression we know that Will is emotionally devastated. Will’s superior officer, Tony (Woody Harrelson), is a recovering alcoholic carrying other apparent psychological baggage as well. Tony catholically abides by the casualty notification manual – meaning that he avoids any gestures of sympathy (most importantly he does not touch the next of kin) – and his goal is to get
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The Messenger's Ben Foster is Transcendental

Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in The Messenger. The Messenger is the incredibly personal story of two soldiers whose daily duty is to inform families their loved ones have died in action. Injured Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (Ben Foster) is spending his last three months as part of Army's Casualty Notification alongside Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), a strong-jawed patriot who wants to stick to the script. As Will struggles with his new job, he also finds himself falling for war widow Olivia Pitterson (Samantha Morton), whom he and Tony informed about the death of her husband. A striking debut from screenwriter (Jesus' Son, I'm Not There) turned director Oren Moverman, who co-wrote the film with producer Alessandro Camon, The Messenger puts a human face on the casualites of a war where photos of the dead didn't even make the newspapers. The result? A powerful portrayal of the everyday struggles
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Exclusive: 'The Messenger' Poster Premiere

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Cinematical has just received this exclusive poster for The Messenger -- scribe Oren Moverman's directorial debut starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, and Jena Malone. What a jolt, eh? The dark and stern look in Harrelson's eyes is a far cry from all the zombie fighting we've been watching him tackle lately, and this is also a decidedly more adult role for Foster (who you might remember from 30 Days of Night and X3).

Yes, this is a new Iraq War drama, but between the talent involved and the fact that this comes from the pen behind Jesus' Son and I'm Not There, this should make for a bold, brave journey -- one said to be quite the emotional rollercoaster ride. Jessica Barnes first posted about the film back in February of 2008 when Foster signed on, and Morton and Harrelson signed on soon after.
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