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OSCAR MOGULS: Jeff Robinov Q&A

The Deadline Team of Nikki Finke, Pete Hammond, and Mike Fleming have spent recent days interviewing the studio moguls to gauge their perspective on this very close Oscar race:

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12 Nominations: 8 Inception, 1 The Town, 2 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part One, 1 Hereafter

DEADLINE’s Nikki Finke: Obviously I can’t believe that Chris Nolan was not nominated for Best Director for Inception.
JEFF ROBINOV: Me, neither.

DEADLINE: What was it like at Warner Bros when they announced the nominations? Was it funereal?
ROBINOV: I think we were all disappointed for Chris, more than Chris was for Chris. Chris doesn’t take any of this personally. At least in my experience of him, he’s very sanguine about the whole thing. I just felt very sorry for him because I thought that he deserved it and I know Barry Meyer and Alan Horn and everybody else at the studio felt the same way. Plus, we all had a tremendous amount of pride in the film. You become very protective of it, very parental in a way.

DEADLINE: How do you explain this snub — again?
ROBINOV: He’s never really had, and his movies never really had, the critical support that some of these other films have had. As you go through a lot of the nominations, frankly, it’s just confusing. All of them are good movies and all of them are well directed, but none of them faced the challenges that Chris faced. … Read More »

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Christopher Nolan To Receive Modern Master Award At 26th Santa Barbara Fest

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: In a move that could give a kick-start to the Warner Bros  campaign to land major Oscar recognition for their brainy summer blockbuster Inception, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present the film’s writer/director/producer Christopher Nolan with its highest honor, the Modern Master Award on January 30th at the historic Arlington Theatre. The award, which was first given in 1995, is designed for an  “individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry”. Past recipients have included, among others,  Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Jodie Foster,  Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Clint Eastwood and last year, James Cameron. Read More »

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‘Inception’ Passed $200 Million Last Night

Chris Nolan’s Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures film has made $201.7M in 19 days.

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Angelina Jolie’s ‘Salt’ Spices Up Weekend; But Chris Nolan’s ‘Inception’ Still Big No. 1

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: These numbers will be refined in the morning. But sources have given me early North American grosses now for the Top 10. Hollywood expected Inception to hold well in the large markets and on both coasts and it did with a $43.5 million second weekend and new domestic cume of $143.6M. But Salt definitely put some pepper into Friday’s and Saturday’s box office with a $36.5 million weekend. Thanks to these big #1 & #2, the overall weekend grosses looks like $160M, or +12% from last year. The other newcomer  Ramona and Beezus joined an already crowded family film market and finished with $8 million: Read More »

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Nolan’s ‘Inception’ Passes $100M In 7 Days

The Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ Inception is now only the 5th film this year to gross over $100M in its first week of release joining Toy Story 3, Alice In Wonderland, Iron Man 2, and the Twilight Saga: Eclipse. But it’s the only 2D original film to do so. Warner Bros says the official number going into today is $100,155,000.

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‘Inception’ Could Pass $100M Thursday PM


That’s domestic grosses over just 7 days’ time. Monday’s take for Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures was a surprisingly large $10.19M. Hollywood was right: Chris Nolan’s 2D pic has strong legs.

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