News Nuggets: International Cinephile Society nominates ‘A Separation’

International Cinephile Society, made up of film journalists, scholars, and historians around the world, announce their nominees for 2011: “The emotionally charged, exquisitely crafted Iranian family drama ‘A Separation‘ tops this year’s ICS slate with 10 nominations, followed by master filmmaker Raoul Ruiz‘s swan song ‘Mysteries of Lisbon,’ which has 9. Neo-noir thriller ‘Drive‘ keeps it harsh but cool with 7 nods, sharing that distinction with Terrence Malick‘s poetic reconciliation ‘The Tree of Life.’ Meanwhile, a much-sought-after pair of smaller films, ‘Weekend‘ and ‘Margaret,’ rushed our ballots late in a strong showing despite limited visibility.” ICS

“The Words” is the first major acquisition at the Sundance Film Festival: “I’m told that CBS Films is closing the first 7-figure deal of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, paying a minimum guarantee of around $2 million with a $1.5 million P&A commitment for The Words. The Brian Klugman/Lee Sternthal-directed drama stars Bradley Cooper as a struggling writer who discovers a lost manuscript, claims it as his own and becomes a literary sensation. All good until a man claiming to be the real writer (Jeremy Irons) shows up at his doorstep.” DEADLINE

Corey Stoll discusses Woody Allen‘s approach during “Midnight in Paris“: “He recounts the speed at which Woody works. He doesn’t want the actors to obsess too much on the work and wants to keep things more spontaneous. ‘With this I lucked out. At a certain point after my final take of the closeup he said “that’s 100% what I was looking for.”‘ I can’t help but register surprise that Allen spoke to him at all. You hear stories. ‘That was the only praise that I heard the entire time! He’s not big on ass-kissing.’ Amusingly enough, Allen’s purposeful steering of the actors away from actual biography towards communal fantasies presented a slight obstacle for Stoll after the fact. ‘I’ve sort of been asked a lot of questions about Hemingway.'” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Steve Buscemi will reprise his Emmy-nominated guest role on “30 Rock“: “The ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ actor will appear in the Feb. 16 episode of ’30 Rock,’ series creator/star Tina Fey tells EW. Buscemi — who has guest-starred on the NBC comedy multiple times and directed an episode — will not only reprise his role as private detective Len Wosniak, he’ll also helm this installment.” EW.COM

Guy Lodge champions Vanessa Redgrave on his dream Oscar ballot: “Oh, Vanessa Redgrave, what happened? I can only imagine that BAFTA, Globe and SAG awards voters ejected their ‘Coriolanus‘ screeners (if indeed they ever played them) before they got to her monumental reading of Volumnia’s key monologue, pleading her son for a political about-face, and thereby missed 2011’s best few minutes of screen acting. Their loss… and hers, sadly.” IN CONTENTION


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