Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Will "Nine" be held for 10?


The Weinstein Company's acquisition of A Single Man during the Toronto International Film Festival presents the company with a dilemma. The Weinstein's market their films with Oscar in mind and it may just have too many contenders and not enough money to promote them properly.

A Single Man is a possible best picture nominee and Colin Firth (pictured) has emerged as the leading contender for the best actor Oscar. Julianne Moore is also in contention as a best actress nominee. The film is about the various stages of grief the Firth character experiences after the death of his lifetime partner.

Other Weinstein pictures eligible for the Oscar push are The Road and Inglourious Basterds. The Weinsteins have no choices on the latter film -- it has already gone into wide release -- and The Road has already been pushed back a year.

That leaves Nine, the musical re-invention of Fellini's 8½, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, and Marion Cotillard. This is the one film that was expected to give Clint Eastwood's Invictus a serious run for best picture. Now the depressing rumors circulating around Toronto involve the Weinstein's inability to promote all four films and the possibility that Nine will be pushed back to 2010.

I stress this is only a rumor, as is the story that Steven Spielberg has decided on Robert Downey Jr. to play Elwood P. Dowd in Spielberg's planned remake of Harvey.

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