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Ang Lee took home Best Director at the Oscars, but it was Ben Affleck who would have won for “Argo” if he hadn’t been snubbed. Now Affleck looks like he is gearing up for another run at the award. Affleck’s and Matt Damon’s production company is adapting the upcoming book “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution”. Chris Terrio, who wrote “Argo” will write this film. The last big film about the Revolutionary War was “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson way back in 2000.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.


From Pi to Moses?

Steven Spielberg has officially dropped the project “Gods and Kings”, the biblical epic that will tell the story of Moses. Now reports are that the studio is hoping Ang Lee, fresh off his Best Director for “life of Pi” will helm the project. A rival Moses film, from Ridley Scott, is said to be nearing readiness for production with Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem attached to that project. Might we see two Moses films with Oscar pedigree going head to head?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It seemed to be a happy ending. “Argo” won Best Picture. Ben Affleck, who was snubbed as Best Director, was gracious. Everyone is happy right? Not the Iranian government. Now they are thinking about suing most likely Warner Brothers or Affleck over an “unrealistic portrayal”. It seems there’s still some more drama surrounding “Argo” to be played out.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Life of Pi” did well at the Oscars. Among the awards it received included Best Visual Effects and Best Director for Ang Lee. But workers of the visual effects company protested the award. The company is facing bankruptcy. When Bill Westenhofer tried to talk about it during his speech, he was cut off…by the “Jaws” theme song. Lee had this to say about the subject: “I would like it to be cheaper and not a tough business… it’s very hard for them to make money.”

That inspired Phillip Broste to write this:

Mr. Lee, I do believe that you are a thoughtful and brilliant man. And a gifted filmmaker. But I also believe that you and everyone in your tier of our business is fabulously ignorant to the pain and turmoil you are putting artists through.

You can read his full letter here. It’s pretty scathing. And I must say, I feel for them. I actually was surprised “Life of Pi” won as much stuff as it did and after reading this, part of me wishes it hadn’t. This is a messy situation that shines a light to a bigger problem in Hollywood.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Oscars 2013: Best Director

This could be another wide open category. Who will take home the trophy?

This year’s nominees are: Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln”, Michael Haneke for “Amour”, Benh Zeitlin for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Ang Lee for “Life of Pi”. With “Argo” getting so much momentum, this could be the year in decades that a Best Picture winner also doesn’t win Best Director since Ben Affleck did not get nominated.

Of these nominees, only Seitlin I think doesn’t stand any real shot of winning. The other four you could make a very strong case for. “Amour” is just beloved by so many people, this could be a case of the Oscars looking to give it some recognition, though that will probably come with a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Lee’s “Life of Pi” was extremely successful at the box office, wowed critics and is probably the most unique film of the five in this category. But “Silver Linings Playbook”, again I go back to if that film gains momentum, look out, because it could be a big night for that film. I think we’ll know early on if Russell has any shot. If any of the other actors from the film besides Jennifer Lawrence wins, I’d say he’s one of the two who can win. But my pick is Spielberg. With “Argo” getting so much attention, it’s easy to forget “Lincoln” used to be the big favorite to win Best Picture. This seems like this could be a consolation prize given to the film.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Argo” once again a big winner

Since being snubbed by the Oscars in the Best Director category, Ben Affleck and the film he directed and starred in, “Ar’go”, is on quite a roll. The film won Best Picture and Best Director at the BAFTA Awards. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor, Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress. Christoph Waltz took home Best Supporting Actor while Anne Hathaway took home Best Supporting Actress. “Brave” won Best Animated Film.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

After garnering a Best Director nomination at the Oscars for “The Fighter”, David Russell will be releasing the film “Silver Lining Playbook”. Russell will also reportedly direct Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”, which will tell the tale of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history. Russell directed the likes of Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.