Sundance 2003 takes prizes at National Society of Film Critics awards.

A lot of films from last year’s Sundance, including American Splendor, Lost in Translation (thanks JW!) and The Station Agent took home awards at the National Society of Film Critics awards.

AP: “American Splendor,” the life story of a grumpy file clerk who attains cult celebrity status by becoming a comic book writer, took best picture honors at the National Society of Film Critics awards Saturday. Clint Eastwood’s working class crime drama “Mystic River” was second in the voting for best picture and Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” a quirky tale of two Americans finding friendship while in Japan, took third. Eastwood got the nod for best director for “Mystic River;” Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini won best screenplay for “American Splendor;” and Bill Murray won best actor for “Lost in Translation.” Charlize Theron’s performance in “Monster” earned best actress honors, while Peter Sarsgaard was named best supporting actor for his role in “Shattered Glass.” Patricia Clarkson took the best supporting actress prize for two films: “The Station Agent” and “Pieces of April.” Aki Kaurismaki won the award for best foreign language film as director of “The Man Without a Past.” The society’s pick for best nonfiction film was Nicolas Philibert’s “To Be and to Have.”

New offices: 30 West 21st Street

We (VentureReporter.net) just spent the day moving into our new office space at 30 West 21st Street. How ironic that five years later we are able to afford the rent in Silicon Alley again!

We moved in with Connors Communications, the most excellent PR firm in the world run by the most excellent Connie Connors. Connie was one of the first advertisers in Silicon Alley Reportershe bought ads before it even existed!

So, anyway, if you’re looking for us you know where to find us, and if you’re looking for a great PR firm I can’t say enough good things about Connors!

Yahoo Instant Messenger to go down today.

This is a first. Yahoo IM is going to go down at midnight tonight for scheduled maintenance.I guess I can’t complain since Yahoo IM is free, but the couple of times Yahoo went down WITHOUT notice over the past couple of years we had some big problems at my last company (VentureReporter.net). It is amazing how quickly you can become dependant on something like IM.

YahooSystemAdmin: In continuing to provide a quality service, Yahoo! Messenger will be unavailable temporarily while under going a scheduled maintenance at 8:00 PM PST today. You will automatically be disconnected at that time. Please finish any conversations in progress before that time. After the maintenance has been completed, you will be able to successfully login. For more information visit http://messenger.yahoo.com/maintenance

Sprewell takes apart Knicks and Dolan

Went to see Sprewell came back to the Garden on Tuesday night and was not disappointed. Sprewell put on a show in his TimberWolves uniform, but you could tell his heart was still in New York.

Spree made a point of letting James Dolan, the worst executive in sports, know exactly what a mistake he made by trading him for the soft Keith Van Horn. Spree let his game do some of the talking, with 31 points, but he didn’t stop there he yelled in profanities in Dolan’s face. The fans heckled Dolan from behind.

While I don’t agree with Spree letting loose on the profanities (there are a lot of kids in the arena), he has a lot of heart and firethings the Knicks desperately need and wish they had.

LimeWire=Amazing

So, I’ve been a big Kazaa fan for years (almost as good as the old Scour if you remember that). Then I get my Mac running OS X and install Limewire on it and I’m all like “wow, this is fast, stable and look at all the files in the network.”

Then I realize, oh snap! This is available for PC too. So, I install it on my PC and I’m like this is written in Java and it’s like stable “shut up!”

So, like, if you want a really cool P2P network sharing app that isn’t, like, all spywareand stuff go get LimeWire. You will not be disappointed.

Who says a blog can't be worth a million now?!

Well Nick Denton, it looks like a blog can be worth a millionor in Daily Candy’s case $3.5-$4m!

Yes, I know Daily Candy is an email newsletter but let’s be honest here: there is no difference between Daily Candy and Gawker.

So, Nick, I think you owe me sushi or something (I’ll wait till you sell Gawker.com and hit you up for Nobu or better yet, Ginzo). Nice job Dany Levy (below)!

Media mogul Bob Pittman is satisfying his sweet tooth for daily

Pittman, the architect who helped build AOL and MTV into household names, has gobbled up DailyCandy, the trendy Web site featuring tips on everything from restaurants and nightclubs to sample sales and beauty finds.

The plan behind Pittman’s investment, say sources familiar with the situation, is to help transform DailyCandy from a Web site into a multimedia player that could extend its brand into magazines and books, stand-alone television shows and perhaps even shopping or restaurant guides.

The Pilot Group, an investment firm founded by former AOL chief Pittman, quietly bought privately held DailyCandy a few weeks ago for roughly $3.5 million to $4 million, sources familiar with the situation told The Post.

Lord of the Rings quick review: Amazing! Four Stars, Oscar for Best Picture for sure.

Just got back from the 9:50AM showing of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. I decided to use a vacation day just to see it!

In a word: amazing. Perhaps the best film about friendship ever made. Three and half hours and it felt like 15 minutes. Everything about the film is perfect, or close to perfect: the characters, the acting, the special effects, the action, the pacing. If it doesn’t win Best Picture it will be the greatest crime since Dances With Wolves beat out Goodfellas.

However, you do need to see the first two films at least once, perhaps twice, in order to really be able to follow the nuances of the characters and their interpersonal relationships.

Elvis Mitchell has a great review in the Times, but I would NOT read it until after you see the movie as it gives away too much.

Anyway, you won’t be disappointed by this film. Just go see it.

Anyone going to Sundance? Anyone want to blog with me?

As many of you know I got the film bug when I rewrote and acted in Wayne Wang’s film Center of the World. Roger Ebert loved the film (he told me he liked my performance at last year’s Sundance!), most other reviewers didn’t care for it too much. It was certainly experimental (shot on digital video,lots of improvisation, $4m budget, etc) and fun to do.

So, I’m going to Sundance again this year. I’m going to blog it for a site here at weblogsinc.com. If anyone here wants to join me just post me a message form here: http://calacanis.weblogsinc.com/contact/?Subject=1

I can’t pay you, I can’t get you into films and I can’t get you a press pass. However, if you’re going anyway and want to share some thoughts on the event, films and experience let me know.

best Jason

Yet another reason to fly JetBlue: Free Wifi in JFK!

I’m blogging this from the Jetblue terminal at JFK here in New York. This is the second airport that JetBlue now has wifi in, the other is my destination Long Beach. As many of you know I’m huge fan of JetBlue (I interviewed their CEO a couple of years ago and put him on the cover of the Silicon Alley Reporter).

However, I’m still really upset about them giving my personal information and about a couple of million other people’s information to the Army to test potential new security measures. Now, if JetBlue asked me I actually would have opted in, but to do it without telling me that is just wrong (and illegal). I’m actually shocked JetBlue hasn’t done a “make good” for customers who had their privacy compromised.That is so, well, not-JetBlue.

The great thing about JetBlue is that they have totally raised the bar of customer service *while* lowering costs. Value is the new black. So much so that other airlines and photocopying their business plan (TED and SONG). The result? The stagnant airline industry is actually starting to surprise us. I love when free markets heat up, especially ones with such established players.

OK, they’re calling my flight

Jeesadfsf sad fds

Sorry for spending so much time on this subject today, but its on my mind. Jeff Jarvis thinks i should invite a few more candidates over for coffee before making up my mind on Clark. Maybe i should. It would be Dean, Kerry, and Gephardt if i had to choose. Dean because he’s in front and knows something about the Internet and its power to fuel democracy like nothing else. Kerry because i like him, i think he’s a good man, he served his country well in Vietnam, and i mostly agree with his politics. And Gephart because i think he is the truest to his core beliefs with the possible exception of Wes Clark. But i don’t think any of these three has a chance in hell of beating Bush next year.

Sad day for NBA: Alonzo retires

Heat v KnicksThis was a really sad week for the NBA and New York Knicks fans. Alonzo Mourning retired due to a freak kidney disease that has turned off the bright flame that could have been one of the best centers in NBA history.

I still remember the brawl at MSG (pictured above) when former teammates Larry Johnson and Mourning went out it. You might remember Jeff Van Gundy ridding on Zo’s leg trying to break it up.

It really is the end of an era. An era when the NBA, driven by the Knicks, was hard core. When players played defense, and when winning was more then your stat line.

Sad.