To begin, only minutes after I post the full version of Adele's new James Bond theme from Skyfall, Kris Tapley over at HitFix breaks my heart with a headline that reads "Will the use of the original James Bond theme on 'Skyfall' disqualify Adele's original song hopeful?"
I didn't even have to click the headline to know what he was referring to, but if you are unsure here's a snippet:
One of the cooler elements of the track is that it incorporates the original Monty Norman "Dr. No" theme that became, of course, the signature Bond melody. But while it's a nifty nod, it also might have done the song in where Oscar is concerned.
The rules are relatively clear about this. Per rule 15, category I B: "An original song consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture." The bold is the Academy's, not mine. So judging by that, just having that lingering bit of melody from the classic music is probably enough to keep it out of contention.
Ugh, we may have to be satisfied with simply enjoying the song and leaving it at that.
Next, while the plan was originally announced to have Steven Spielberg's Lincoln enjoy its world premiere only one day before its limited theatrical release on November 8, closing the AFI Fest, word now is it will serve as the "surprise" film at this year's New York Film Festival.
Deadline has the report, which should be looked at as good news for those keeping a close eye on the film as it shows Dreamworks has a little more faith in it than was originally perceived considering how close to the chest they've kept the majority of the marketing to this point.
And speaking of Lincoln, if you didn't catch the new trailer that aired during last night's Presidential debates you can catch it here.
Finally, this is how Silver Linings Playbook needs to be sold to thinking audiences. Not with the "playing for laughs" trailer, but with moments of drama met with comedy met with drama. Silver Linings and its stars -- Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, etc. -- deftly serve multiple masters playing up both comedy and drama and do so by managing to not only hit the comedic beats, but do so with satisfying dramatic effect.
Give this new clip from the film a look as Pat (Cooper) and Tiffany (Lawrence) bat the prescription ball around a bit before the film breaks for a dramatic moment before another break for comedy. I love the line, "You have poor social skills. You have a problem." Lawrence's response is just as much fun, "You say more inappropriate things than appropriate things." While learning something about the characters its done in an entertaining way and damn, I can't wait to see this movie again.