Ellen Barkin at Sundance 2011

Ellen Barkin at Sundance 2011

In the film, Ellen plays a woman who throws a wedding at her parents house, which hurls her into the middle of a family crisis.

It’s always a good sign for a Sundance film when you see Harvey Weinstein trolling the lobby before the lights go down.

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Michelle Williams 2007

Michelle Williams 2007

Oscar nomination:is instant-runoff voting: In general, receiving consistent (but not spectacular) reviews is a asset to a film late in the vote-tallying process, when it will begin to pick up votes as a compromise choice as others are eliminated. But it can be vulnerable early on in the counting if it doesn’t rank at the top of at least some ballots.

This is definitely a flaw with instant-runoff voting, by the way: hypothetically, a film that received the highest ranking on average choice (say that literally everyone voted it in second place, and the first place votes were split between many different candidates) could be the first one eliminated. But political scientists have determined there is literally no such thing as a perfect voting system — it’s just a matter of picking which flaws you’re willing to tolerate.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired domestic rights to Jesse Peretz’s new film MY IDIOT BROTHER, which had its world premiere Saturday night at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The company also acquired distribution rights for the U.K., Germany, France and Japan. TWC will partner on the acquisition with Ron Burkle, who previously backed TWC founders Harvey and Bob Weinsteins’ bid to acquire Miramax Films and its library. Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Rashida Jones, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, TJ Miller, Janet Montgomery and Adam Scott star in the film, a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them.

Sundance screening: Meek’s Cutoff Kelly Reichardt 2010 | Spotlight | 104 min.Friday January 21, 2011 3:00 PM Egyptian Theatre

Reichardt, director, the subject of a Walker Art Center, Mineapolis, retrospective last year, said the museum is in discussions with distributor Oscilloscope Pictures to show the film in April, prior to its theatrical release.

Michelle Williams, Golden Globes

Michelle Williams, Golden Globes

In order to be nominated, a film or actor doesn’t need to be considered “good” by everybody, but instead “the best” by a few: academy members are essentially voting for one movie; each member’s ballot is counted towards one film, their number one vote. If that film receives the fewest amount of number one votes, then it’s the second pick that counts, and so on down the ballot so that the ballot is attributed to exactly one movie or performance.

This year, Blue Valentine and Michelle Williams could benefit from this rule. The film itself hasn’t had a huge box-office take, but those who have seen it are rapturous in their praise, particularly for the gutting performances by Gosling and Williams.
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For the fifth spot? Ms. Bening’s co-star Julianne Moore? Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”? Lesley Manville for Mike Leigh’s “Another Year”? Fourteen-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, a long shot for “True Grit”?
I’d say Williams is in by virtue of her campaign presence and Weinstein’s wiles;
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine (it just got bluer) Falling off the list somehow
Williams being in a tough-to-watch indie …each of them seems equally vulnerable–
I’m thinking that Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) have Oscar nominations in their future.

Michelle Williams on February cover

Michelle Williams on February cover

Twenty Weinstein library titles including Scary Movie 4 and Death Proof are available for rent on YouTube at $2.99 per film. But judging from the view tallies posted on YouTube for the films, few have noticed them: All together they’ve collected a whopping 649 views as of Jan. 12, which at $3 a pop, gives Google and Weinstein about $1,947 to split between them.
All the movies in the deal were released from 2004-2007, the awkward interregnum between Harvey Weinstein’s fall from Miramax, where he dominated the awards circuit with titles like Shakespeare In Love, to his inevitable comeback in 2008, when Vicky Cristina Barcelona began a new hot streak for the mogul. In mid-November of 2010 at the earliest, but probably weeks later than that, Weinstein films like Bobby and Hannibal Rising began getting promotion on the YouTube Store page.

Michelle Williams at NY Critics Circle Awards

Michelle Williams at NY Critics Circle Awards

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere.

As we enter film awards season this year, a new trick has entered the fray. Cunnilingus: it’s this year’s disabled/abused/gay/mental illness/foreign accent!
While it is always satisfying to see an onscreen acknowledgement that a man might do a little bit more during sex than pump and grunt, I approach this latest cinematic development freighted with qualms, and not just because of the intimation that getting in between a woman’s legs is … edgy and niche… First, it means watching actresses practise, in close-up, at length, their sex faces, which is almost as painful as listening to Nicole Kidman’s English accent in The Hours…
Which brings us back to the point that it is apparently easier, or at least more acceptable, to show cunnilingus between two women than a man and a woman: neither Black Swan nor The Kids . . . were threatened with an NC-17 rating to my knowledge. But then, of course, women don’t mind doing it to each other. They don’t find it so, you know, gross. And it’s probably easier for them, right? What, with their inside knowledge of the area, so to speak. Hadley Freeman

Michelle Williams 2011 Critics Circle

Michelle Williams 2011 Critics Circle

Miramax today announced the first appointments to its new Management team. Steve Schoch has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, responsible for finance and accounting, business development, operations and IT. Mr. Schoch, 52, has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience, with companies in a broad group of industries including entertainment, biotech and the Internet. Prior to joining Miramax, he served as Vice President Global Commercial Operations Financial Planning & Analysis at Amgen. Before joining Amgen in 2001, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at eToys, in particular spearheading their IPO. Earlier in his career, he held various financial leadership positions with the Walt Disney Company and Times Mirror Company. Schoch received his Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

The Weinstein Company has planned another theater expansion for January 14 as Blue Valentine was up 264 percent to $704,339, which translated to a solid $17,608 per-theater average and a 16th place finish on the overall weekend chart. So far, the drama is outperforming past Ryan Gosling limited releases Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl, and has already topped the final tally of Michelle Williams’ Wendy and Lucy. In 12 days in theaters, Blue Valentine has earned $1.15 million.

Adolphus Busch IV
 Lewis and Clark Community College.

Lewis and Clark Community College.

connected to soccer

connected to soccer

– got that?
Adolphus Busch IV, uncle of August Busch IV, lives outside St. Louis on a 2,000-acre working farm and has generally stayed out of the public eye.
Busch relative busted at Godfrey beer bash
March 26, 2008 2:34 PM

GODFREY – Adolphus August Busch V, 17, was arrested and charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. He allegedly admitted drinking three beers. A Madison County sheriff’s deputy said those arrested were drinking Natural Light, an Anheuser-Busch product, and rum.

Busch V listed the same address in O’Fallon as Adolphus Busch IV, a member of the same family that founded the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

“Neither this individual nor his parents are employees of Anheuser-Busch,” brewery spokeswoman Francine I. Katz said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “This company therefore has no involvement in this matter.”

Busch V posted $100 bond Wednesday and was released, authorities said.

Eight other young people also were arrested at a residence in Godfrey. Authorities said they are connected to the men’s soccer team at Lewis and Clark Community College.

The teenagers were arrested at an apartment in the 1200 block of Surrey Court in Godfrey, the home of Andrew R. Herr, 18.

Herr answered the door and allowed deputies inside. The deputies were responding to a complaint of a noise disturbance.

“While speaking with Herr, the deputies observed eight additional subjects inside the apartment, along with an abundance of open beer cans,” a news release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said.

The young people arrested and charged arrested allegedly admitted to having consumed beer, and some submitted to blood-alcohol tests that confirmed they had been drinking. Herr showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent and allegedly admitted drinking five or six beers. A blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent constitutes a legal presumption of intoxication in Illinois.

All of the suspects were taken to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville, except for one female juvenile, who was turned over to the custody of her mother.

Also arrested and charged were Kimberly Ann Kahre, 18, of St. Charles; Courtney Rose Holt, 17, of St. Charles;

As InBev (slowly) puts the wheels in motion to remove Anheuser-Busch’s (BUD) board, a new character in the drama is emerged: Adolphus Busch IV. Adolphus, BUD’s founder’s great grandson, is not to be confused with his nephew, Augustus Busch IV, the founder’s great great grandson.

Adolphus is on InBev’s slate of directors since BUD was sold to InBev . So who is this modern-day Benedict Arnold / shareholder hero, anyway? Here are some fun facts :

* Adolphus Busch IV has been a vocal proponent of the buyout from the start.

* Adolphus thinks an InBev buyout could be “a blessing for everybody.”

* Adolphus hasn’t spent much time directly involved in the company, but still has made a career working with beer makers.

* Adolphus gave the maximum allowed contribution to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Presidential primary