News Nuggets: Interviews with ‘Win Win’s’ McCarthy and ‘Kevin’s’ Swinton

Thomas McCarthy discusses “Win Win“: “You throw Paul Giamatti and his persona and character into the mix, he’s got a history of playing some dubious characters, and I was very excited to see how that all coalesced and what the audience experience was. In a sense, you have the first few minutes of the movie to, for whatever reason, to like or get behind this guy and then he performs this act that’s tough to reconcile with this character. It was interesting to see audiences wrestle with that and still root for him at the end although you know he’s done wrong and deserves what he gets. I think to me that was always the most compelling thing about a story set in a very conventional world, suburban America.” AWARDS DAILY

Will Terrence Malick release a six-hour cut of “The Tree of Life“? “Filmgoers with a love for master filmmaking that tends toward the semi-linear embraced ‘The Tree of Life’ in a big way. So when word got out the original screenplay was three inches high and six hours long – and when cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki hinted in the press a few weeks ago that legendary auteur Terrence Malick had plans to work on a cut of the movie that might be several hours longer — happy forwards and retweets rippled through the cineaste community.” THE WRAP

Drive” tops Mark Harris‘s poll of underappreciated films that deserve to be in the Oscar conversation: “A couple of days ago I asked Oscarmetrics readers to tweet me the movies they wish were in the Best Picture discussion right now … Twitter is, of course, a self-selecting demographic that does not mirror Academy tastes, but what an interesting and vital Top Ten list you came up with: After ‘Drive,’ it included (in descending order) ‘Take Shelter,’ ‘50/50,’ ‘Win Win,’ ‘Margin Call,’ ‘Beginners,’ ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ ‘The Interrupters,’ and ‘Shame.’ To me, the most notable thing about this roster, aside from its quality, is that it doesn’t include a single studio release (by contrast, the consensus top ten includes six).” GRANTLAND

Tilda Swinton talks about “Kevin”: “I think it’s not social commentary. It has as much to do with the business of bringing up children as ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ had with the practical business with being pregnant. Kevin’s misanthropy and his violence and his general antipathy is really familiar to Eva — and that was another shift we had to make. [The source novel’s author Lionel Shriver] writes a tough cookie with Eva. We wanted to be as tough as we possibly could be … What I do know is that the more people that see this film, the better. The more seriously it’s taken, the more centrally positioned, all the better.” EW.COM

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is now Metacritic’s highest-rated Oscar contender: “Either the critics this year are a lot less agreeable, a lot less enthusiastic or Metacritic is being a collective hard ass in its scoring but either which way, the only films in the Oscar race to get near 90 have been ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Moneyball‘ and ‘The Artist.’  Now, Tomas Alfredson’s ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ has at last topped them, with no bad reviews in sight, not yet anyway. Much praise for Gary Oldman throughout.” AWARDS DAILY

Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams are Oscar’s music supervisors: “… barring any offensive comments or general dumbassery on either man’s part, Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams are to be the music supervisors for the February awards spectacular. How Zimmer, a renowned composer and Oscar winner himself (in 2010, for his ‘Inception’ score), will collaborate with Williams, the hip-hop super-producer, which could either be interesting or, well, a nonstarter. Either way, should they keep their jobs, ‘Phans’ is an intriguing combination.” VULTURE

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