News Nuggets: New trailer debuts for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Kris Tapley mourns cinematographer Harris Savides, who died at age 55: “I hadn’t heard that cinematographer Harris Savides had been ill, certainly hadn’t known that he was on the ropes, but he has apparently passed away at the far-too-young age of 55. I don’t know the cause of death but I know this one’s a big blow to the industry. Savides most often collaborated with filmmaker Gus Van Sant. He shot films like ‘Finding Forrester,’ ‘Gerry,’ ‘Elephant,’ ‘Last Days’ and ‘Milk’ for the director. But he also worked with David Fincher from time to time (‘The Game,’ ‘Zodiac’), as well as Noah Baumbach (‘Margot at the Wedding,’ ‘Greenberg’). His final work will be seen in Sofia Coppola‘s ‘The Bling Ring,’ which releases next year.” IN CONTENTION

Frank Ocean predicts success at the Grammys: “Next week, Odd Future swag-core duo Mellowhype will drop their third full-length, ‘Numbers,’ but you can stream a fresh Frank Ocean-featuring track from it right now. ‘Astro’ is less aggro than much of the MH ouevre, highlighting Hodgy Beats‘ relaxed verses and the PBR&B guru’s buttery chorus, which predicts an invevitable Grammys appearance from the rising star who recently kicked off ‘Saturday Night Live‘s’ new season.” SPIN

Steve Pond interviews “Argo” Oscar contender Alan Arkin: “Alan Arkin has been acting since he was 10, which gives him 68 years in his current profession — though to be fair, he’s only been appearing in films for the last 50 of those years. First nominated for an Oscar in 1966 for ‘The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming,’ he didn’t take home the statuette until four decades later, when he won for ‘Little Miss Sunshine.’ He’s back in the awards conversation this year for Ben Affleck‘s ‘Argo,’ in which he and John Goodman come close to stealing the show as the producer and makeup artist who worked with the CIA to concoct a fake film (‘Argo’) that was used as a cover story to smuggle six American embassy workers out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.” THE WRAP

Scott Feinberg considers who benefits from Oscar’s earlier nominations: “This year, nomination voting will begin Dec. 17 and end Jan. 3. While this is bad news for the guilds (especially the DGA), which have claimed to influence the Academy but now will announce nominees after the Academy, it would appear to offer a boost for early awards shows that have not always attracted the cream of the crop of contenders. Last year, BAFTA Los Angeles held its Britannia Awards on Nov. 30 and feted Disney’s John Lasseter, ‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates and actress Helena Bonham Carter — top artists but not top-tier contenders or A-list toppers. This year, however, its Nov. 7 ceremony has lured, among others, ‘Lincoln‘ star Daniel Day-Lewis, ‘Django Unchained‘ filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and ‘Skyfall‘ star Daniel Craig, who are.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

New trailer released for “Zero Dark Thirty“: “While there’s no shortage of burly action hero types in Kathryn Bigelow‘s ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ it’s Jessica Chastain who’s front and center hunting down Osama bin Laden in the first trailer — and that in itself is worth noting as you mark your calendars for the December Oscar contender. I mean, how fantastically striking is the above image of Chastain, her shadow, and the American flag? Chastain plays a CIA operative attempting to locate the al-Qaeda leader, who was killed while in hiding in Pakistan nearly ten years after the 9/11 attacks. Chastain is joined by Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, and more in the tale of how a global network of operatives joined forces to bring bin Laden down.” MOVIELINE

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