‘Coraline’ leads the field of Annie nominees

Posted by · 11:13 am · December 1st, 2009

“Coraline” and “Up” both received nominations in eight categories.  “The Princess and the Frog” showed up in five while “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” showed up in four. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (3),  “Monsters vs. Aliens” (3), “9” (2), “Astro Boy” (2) and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2) brought up the rear with […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Editing — Volume II

Posted by · 3:27 pm · October 8th, 2009

Back in July, I took an initial stab at the “zaps,” “booms,” “clinks” and “bams” of the sound editing category.  Since then, several titles have been seen, moved on to 2010 or popped up as new comers.  Let’s take a look… With “Green Zone” and “The Wolf Man” delayed until next year, the category’s potential […]

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We can officially add ‘A Christmas Carol’ to the animated list

Posted by · 11:23 am · October 8th, 2009

Yesterday we covered the animated feature film race and the potential for the category to have five nominees this year, largely dependent on Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol” being submitted as animation (a decision completely in his hands).  As it turns out, the film will indeed be submitted for consideration. That, along with “Tinker Bell […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Cloudy’ clears up box office

Posted by · 11:12 am · September 21st, 2009

(EDITOR’S NOTE: My fault on the belated nature of Chad’s column.  Back on track next week.) *All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. It had been almost two months since a PG-rated film hit the marketplace and parents were desperate for something to take their kids to. The result is “Cloudy With a […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Do Bad’ does good!

Posted by · 9:34 am · September 13th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Another day, another dollar for Tyler Perry. The man has released two films a year since 2006 and can’t seem to be unsuccessful if he tried. “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” is an easy candidate for worst title of the year, but it opened […]

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CONTEST: Win some ‘9’ goodies

Posted by · 9:48 am · September 9th, 2009

Today is 9-9-09, and we all know what that means: the theatrical release of Shane Acker’s animated film “9.”  Seriously, how serendipitous can you get with a release date? Anyway, with the film’s release comes an opportunity to win some goodies from the film.  We’ve got a nice picture book, which comes in its own […]

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‘At the Movies’ reboots

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 9th, 2009

The new iteration of “At the Movies” debuted this weekend with A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips.  The duo tackled Shane Acker’s “9,” the Sandra Bullock comedy “All About Steve,” Guillermo Arriaga’s “The Burning Plain” (with a rather swift and wrong-headed assessment from b0th, I feel) and Mike Judge’s “Extract,” among others.  Here’s an online exclusive […]

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9/9 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:32 am · September 9th, 2009

• Roger Deakins, Alexandre Desplat and Colleen Atwood added to Hollywood film fest honorees. [Variety] • Matt Damon talks “Bourne 4.” [Empire] • Viggo Mortensen planning an early retirement after the release of “The Road?” [Cinema Blend]

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9/8 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:26 am · September 8th, 2009

• John Hillcoat and Joe Penhall already looking for life after “The Road.” [Variety] • The “Slumdog” kids set to star opposite Anthony Hopkins? [PR Inside] • Eugene Hernandez reports from the Telluride tribute to Viggo Mortensen. [indieWIRE]

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Number nine, number nine…

Posted by · 11:15 am · August 23rd, 2009

Many of you have already spotted an interesting trend in a number of 2009 films this year: the proliferation of the number nine. There is, of course, “District 9,” which is already in theaters.  Any good Oscarwatcher knows about the forthcoming musical adaptation “Nine” from The Weinstein Company and Rob Marshall, a film that could […]

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Hollywood focused on the end of the world as we know it

Posted by · 12:10 pm · August 10th, 2009

I’ve been meaning to write this piece for a while now, but I never got around to it.  Paul Harris at The Guardian beat me to the punch, so I’ll run his thoughts instead. The recent wave of post-apocalyptic films flooding and being prepared for the marketplace is intriguing indeed.  Fads always pop up in […]

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8/6 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:29 am · August 6th, 2009

• Nikki Finke takes umbrage with the “Nation’s Pride” trailer being used to promote “Inglourious Basterds.” [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Graeme McRanor sits down with “District 9” composer Clinton Shorter. [Jawbone.tv] • Top 10 movie pregnancies. [The Film Experience]

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COMIC-CON: Wrapping it up

Posted by · 9:51 am · July 26th, 2009

I wish I could tell you how awesome the “Iron Man 2” footage form yesterday’s Paramount panel was, but Hall H was packed to the gills and even us schmoes int he VIP line couldn’t get in because it was at capacity.  Without a doubt, the event was the most popular attraction at this year’s […]

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COMIC-CON: Acker, Bekmambetov and Burton showcase ‘9’

Posted by · 4:11 pm · July 24th, 2009

Focus Features rolled out an extended clip of Shane Acker’s “9” a few moments ago to adulating fans who seemed more eager to ask producer Tim Burton a slew of peripheral questions and offer the usual “you’re an inspiration” sentiments to the macabre-obsessed director.  So it goes at Comic-Con. But on the issue at hand, […]

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Comic-Con on the way

Posted by · 9:31 am · July 20th, 2009

Like the rest of the web geek world, I guess, I’m gearing up for this year’s San Diego Comic Con International, which begins with preview night on Wednesday. All eyes, of course, are on Thursday’s slew of events, a treasure trove of goodies that made for a ton of Sophie’s choices when putting together my […]

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‘9’ clip

Posted by · 3:44 pm · July 17th, 2009

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Shoddy screening rooms: a rant

Posted by · 9:04 am · July 17th, 2009

This will be a lot of inside baseball that many of you just don’t care about.  For that, I’m sorry, but sometimes you have to get something off your chest. A guy like me has little to nothing to complain about when it comes to screening films in Los Angeles.  I see films early, free, […]

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In honor of tonight’s screening

Posted by · 4:28 pm · July 16th, 2009

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