I wonder if they get sick of seeing their own movie. Even if they love that movie. Even if it’s the passion project of a lifetime, I wonder if there isn’t a little fatigue about it, especially when we’re coming up on a year of promoting it. Like, everywhere.
Blue Valentine premiered exactly 11 months ago at Sundance. Since then it’s been a long road to distribution and we’re now just a couple of weeks from its theatrical release, but only in select cities, and with an NC-17 rating which means that many theatres will pass on carrying the movie because it won’t result in profits for the house. Some of you were asking what a difference the dreaded NC-17 makes. Money is the difference.
Having said all that, you do have to admire their dedication to the movie. And of course there’s an award strategy built in here too. Michelle Williams has already been nominated for a Spirit Award. Gosling’s chances are much slimmer, because the field is SO tight this year. If there were six spots, he’d be in a better position. But how do you include Gosling before Firth, Franco, Duvall, Bridges, and Eisenberg?
Anyway, Michelle and Ryan were both in New York for the Blue Valentine screening last night as Harvey Weinstein presided over the festivities. Harvey is backing Williams hard. But she’ll have to take out Nicole Kidman and/or Julianne Moore if she wants a shot. Because there’s no way Bening, Portman, and Jennifer Lawrence won’t be included. This has been an amazing year of performances.
Also attached – Gosling on Saturday headed for New York getting fully examined through security. First he went through the scanner. Then the TSA person decided he needed a pat down too. There’s an unlisted job benefit, non?
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