October 23, 2009

After running up a huge gross of more than $250 million worldwide since its late August opening, director Quentin Tarantino’s WWII epic “Inglourious Basterds” is now shifting gears from its initial marketing phase as a “popcorn picture” to serious Oscar contender.

Thursday that campaign seemed to begin in earnest for the Weinstein Co. when Tarantino was honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award for excellence in film at a black-tie gala at the Four Seasons Biltmore resort in Montecito, a voter-rich area with close to 100 Academy members in residence at various times.

Festival organizers threw a lavish cocktail party and sit-down dinner featuring generous clips of such Tarantino landmark movies as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill” and of course “Inglourious Basterds.” Among those in attendance were Douglas and wife Anne, who were seated next to the honoree, star Diane Kruger and the film’s producer, Lawrence Bender. Festival director Roger Durling and board President Jeffrey Barbakow (former MGM/UA head) both made amusing and well-received remarks. Comedian and Santa Barbara resident Dennis Miller shared a table with “Basterds” co-star Samm Levine along with the entire Barbakow clan, including wife Margot and sons Bennett and Max.

A consultant working on the film told me this campaign is a fun one so far, as the pressure is off. The film is already more successful than even their wildest hopes, so awards are just the icing on this particular cake. Considering the strong response the film seems to be getting in the industry, nominations for screenplay, directing, supporting actor (Christoph Waltz, maybe even Brad Pitt, too), editing, cinematography, sound, costumes and best picture are realistic goals in a wide-open season so far, especially if the film’s occasionally graphic violence doesn’t turn off queasy voters. With Oscar maven Harvey Weinstein calling the shots anything is possible, even with internal competition from other expected Weinstein contenders, including the still unseen “Nine,” “A Single Man” and perhaps “The Road” (at least for Viggo Mortensen).

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October 11, 2009

• x22 Candids – Last uploaded (07).
• x35 Pressjunkets & Photocalls – Last uploaded (09).

September 21, 2009

• x08 Inglourious Basterds (pressconf) – San Sebastian, Spain (09/18/09).
• x30 Inglourious Basterds (photocall) – San Sebastian, Spain (09/18/09).
• x42 Inglourious Basterds – San Sebastian, Spain (09/18/09).

Whoohoo! We’ve reached the 50,000 images mark @ BP Gallery. Enjoy!

September 20, 2009

• x38 Inglourious Basterds (photocall) – San Sebastian, Spain (09/18/09).
• x14 Inglourious Basterds (pressconf) – San Sebastian, Spain (09/18/09).

September 20, 2009

• x31 Inglourious Basterds – San Sebastian, Spain (09/18/09).

September 19, 2009

• x05 Inglourious Basterds (pressconf) – San Sebastián, Spain (09/18/09).

Be sure to watch several official videos, also the full press conference @ the official San Sebastian FF website. Thanks Intothegrinder.

It’s really interesting and fun to watch. Brad mentions his family, confirms their trip to kenya (he took the kids deep into Kenya for a week, as quoted), Moneyball is still not off the table, he has nothing coming up anytime soon tho Lost City of Z and World War Z are in development for Plan B. Screencaps later and possibly a transcript when I find the time this week. And of course lots more pics.