Nuggets: Plummer channels Barrymore; Gervais to ‘live-snark’ the Golden Globes?

Oscar-winner Cliff Robertson has passed away: “Cliff Robertson, who was 88 when he died Saturday at his Stony Brook, N.Y., home of natural causes, had not been a force in the film industry for years, and had not been in the top ranks of leading men even at his prime. But he made a difference nonetheless in his 50-plus-year career.” USA TODAY

Alexandr Sokurov‘s “Faust” bests Oscar hopefuls for top honors at the Venice Film Festival: “Aleksandr Sokurov‘s ‘Faust,’ a retelling of Goethe’s tragedy … was awarded the Golden Lion by [lead juror Darren] Aronofsky a few minutes ago. We had to miss the film ourselves, but word was wildly divergent, with European critics raving, but British and American ones left distinctly cooler by the project.” INDIEWIRE

Patrick Mullen praises “We Need to Talk About Kevin” at the Toronto Film Festival: “‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ set an awfully high bar for the next week of the festival. The film truly lives up to the raves that Sasha [Stone] and many others have heaped upon it already … [Tilda Swinton’s] laudably understated performance ranks among her best.” AWARDS DAILY

Breakout star Jessica Chastain won the “New Hollywood” award along with Ryan Gosling at the Deauville Film Festival: “Top honors went to Jeff Nichols’s ‘Take Shelter,’ a film of which I’m a big proponent. To start the festival, though, one of the film’s stars, Jessica Chastain, shared the ‘New Hollywood’ award with Ryan Gosling. It’s notable as the second festival notice for the actress, following the Gucci Award for Women in Film at the Venice fest.” IN CONTENTION

Nikki Finke reports that Ricky Gervais is interested in “live-snarking” the next Golden Globe Awards with a little help from his friends: “From Ricky Gervais’ blog: What do you think of this? A live 3 hour podcast during The Golden Globes. Me and a few chums (like Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Karl Pilkington, Jon Stewart, Larry David popping in and out) doing our own alternative commentary. People at home can have the telly on with the sound down listening to us online say things that no broadcaster could get away with.” DEADLINE

Owen Gleiberman raves aboout the performances of Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender in “A Dangerous Method” in Toronto: “Fassbender brings Jung the tormented angelic mind-bender to life. He and Mortensen turn Jung and Freud into X-men of the unconscious. They know they’re freaks, and that’s their liberation.” EW.COM

Dan Snierson offers a look at HBO’s “Englightened,” starring Emmy- and Oscar-nominated actress Laura Dern: “Interested in seeing Laura Dern as ‘an agent of change’ — not to mention, a woman who can create a rather disturbing elevator scene? Empower yourself by watching the first trailer for the new HBO drama ‘Enlightened.’ Dern plays Amy Jellicoe, a troubled corporate exec who suffers a nervous breakdown, receives treatment at a mental health facility in Hawaii, and then returns to work as a new person.” EW.COM

Scott Feinberg thinks Christopher Plummer could win an Oscar for upcoming “Barrymore”: “It features a performance by veteran thespian Christopher Plummer that is so good that it could feasibly bring the 81-year-old the Oscar that has eluded him for so long if the film is picked up and promoted by a capable distributor. What’s so special about the film, which was adapted from a 1996 Broadway production for which Plummer won the Tony for best performance by a leading actor? It’s a one-man show – literally.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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