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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SANTA BARBARA: That’s a wrap

Posted by · 2:33 pm · February 1st, 2009

Today is the last day of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which I have had an absolute blast covering for the past nine days.  It was a great breather after the build-up to the Oscar nominations (which exhausts us all), but I’m back in Los Angeles and ready to round out the season properly. […]

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Chalk one up for ‘WALL-E’

Posted by · 6:12 am · November 11th, 2008

The Academy has revealed the 14-strong shortlist of films competing in the Best Animated Feature category, and, well, it doesn’t make for very inspiring reading. What’s most significant about the news is that it means the nominees will, as usual, be limited to three films; to accommodate five, more than 15 shortlisted titles are required. […]

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