Shame star Carey Mulligan in W Magazine.

Shame star Carey Mulligan in W Magazine.

Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen pose during the ‘Shame' portrait session at Vue West End on October 14, 2011 in London, England.

Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen pose during the ‘Shame' portrait session at Vue West End on October 14, 2011 in London, England.

Some category placement news -

  • Fox Searchlight will campaign Brad Pitt in Best Supporting Actor for The Tree of Life. Jessica Chastain will be in Best Supporting Actress for the same film. 
  • Fox Searchlight will also mount a campaign for Carey Mulligan in Best Supporting Actress for Shame. 
  • Barrymore producers hope to get a distribution deal in place so as to run Christopher Plummer in Best Actor for his performance. Plummer is already a contender in Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners.

(Source: deadline.com)

First Look @ Shame

Fox Searchlight recently acquired the distribution rights to "Shame" and the first footage from the controversial film has surfaced on the internet. The footage begins at around 2:30. Last night, Fassbender was awarded the prestigious Volpi Cup for his performance in the film and has emerged as a possible contender for an Oscar nomination.

Deal Expected For “Shame” By Saturday

Interesting tidbit from this Variety article re: US buyers at TIFF -

"Take Steve McQueen’s tale of sexual obsession, "Shame,” produced by See Saw Films, the shingle behind “The King’s Speech.” After the pic’s screenings in Venice and Telluride, U.S. buyers, including Fox Searchlight, the Weinstein Co. and at least two others are circling despite its explicit subject matter. A deal is expected by Saturday.”

Check out this great article by Pete Hammond about the Telluride Film Festival in which he discusses the difficulties Shame is encountering in finding a distributor, Tilda Swinton’s Oscar hopes and, of course, George Clooney.

Michael Fassbender and screenwriter Abi Morgan attend the premiere of “Shame" at the Venice Film Festival.

Michael Fassbender and screenwriter Abi Morgan attend the premiere of “Shame" at the Venice Film Festival.

Nicole Beharie and Michael Fassbender on the set of Shame. Both actors are earning positive notices for their work in the film which screened this morning at Venice and will screen later at Telluride.

Nicole Beharie and Michael Fassbender on the set of Shame. Both actors are earning positive notices for their work in the film which screened this morning at Venice and will screen later at Telluride.