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1/28 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Puig hearts Bardem, eclectic slate of tune nominees, Bettany’s ‘Speech’ regret

Posted by · 8:51 am · January 28th, 2011

• Claudia Puig writes a love letter to “Biutiful” star (and Best Actor nominee) Javier Bardem. [USA Today] • Geoff Boucher and Rebecca Keegan note the eclectic flair of this year’s Best Original Score nominees. (More on those later). [The Envelope] • The Coen brothers: the cartographers of cinema. [The Guardian]

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Obama meets with the ‘Waiting for Superman’ kids

Posted by · 11:20 am · October 15th, 2010

In one of the round-ups this week I mentioned the White House visit that has been a nice bit of publicity for the “Waiting for Superman” cause (also discussed at length in today’s Oscar Talk podcast).  Below is a brief video of the meeting, which has been making the rounds.

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10/12 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Obama with the ‘Superman’ kids, handicapping the docs, ‘Debt’ delayed

Posted by · 9:04 am · October 12th, 2010

• President Obama met with children featured in the film “Waiting for Superman” yesterday. [Associated Press] • Handicapping this year’s documentary feature Oscar race. [Vulture] • Dave Karger explains his Gurus choices, calls “Love & Other Drugs” (one of his predicted Best Picture nominees) one of the sexiest films he’s seen in years. [Oscar Watch]

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Hollywood, Johannesburg

Posted by · 12:36 pm · November 9th, 2009

In January 2005, exactly one week after I left my birth town of Johannesburg to study film in the brighter lights of London, Darrell James Roodt’s earnest AIDS drama “Yesterday” became South Africa’s first Oscar nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Only a month later, the rather better “uCarmen eKhayelitsha” took the Golden […]

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Imalitchoofinish

Posted by · 11:00 pm · September 13th, 2009

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Obama reads ‘Wild Things’

Posted by · 10:11 am · August 24th, 2009

Speaking of “Where the Wild Things Are,” I’ve been looking for a reason to post this video of President Barack Obama reading the book to a group of children on the White House lawn for some time, but never really found an opportunity.  Take a look:

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What doesn’t kill you…

Posted by · 7:48 am · August 6th, 2009

You know that episode of “Weeds” during season 3, when Mary-Louise Parker’s Nancy Botwin gets a tattoo of a u-turn sign as a symbol of strength against a former adversary of the same name?  That kind of sums up why I want this Barack Obama socialism poster, fashioning the Commander-in-Chief after Heath Ledger’s Joker in […]

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Jolie tops female-powered Forbes list

Posted by · 2:59 am · June 5th, 2009

I must say I’m always somewhat fascinated by the annual Forbes 100 Most Powerful Celebrities list, not least because I’ve never really understood how they arrive at it. I have no doubt the financial publishing behemoth has some sort of intricate formula that factors in earnings and media exposure to somehow arrive at a rank […]

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Obama stumps for O’Brien

Posted by · 8:43 am · June 3rd, 2009

Last night’s show, by the way — a HUGE step up from the opening night jitters. 100% from start to finish. That’s what I’m talking about.

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Not Oscar related, but it made me laugh…

Posted by · 7:31 pm · January 21st, 2009

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Happy.

Posted by · 9:41 am · January 20th, 2009

That’s all I could possibly be. Right here. Right now. Here’s to tomorrow.

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1/20 Oscarweb Round-up — INAUGURATION EDITION

Posted by · 7:01 am · January 20th, 2009

“Inauguration Edition,” of course, is code for “there’s precious little movie-related talk out there right now, so forgive the slim pickings.” Here goes: • Yet another take on “how to fix the Oscar telecast.” Hey, I like Jack Nicholson. [Hollywood Reporter] • Patrick Goldstein wonders how the Obama presidency may impact on Hollywood. [The Big […]

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Tuesday is bigger than movies

Posted by · 8:35 am · January 18th, 2009

Way off topic for a moment, but I am Canadian, proud of my country, happy to be here, though I confess to having always been fascinated with American history and politics. There are many friends of mine in the United States and I enjoy visiting whenever I can. Cocoa Beach, Florida is a popular destination […]

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1/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · January 15th, 2009

• Kim Voynar responds to the foreign shortlist. [Movie City News] • Pete Hammond wonders if “The Dark Knight” in dicey waters with the “Reader” surge coming on strong. [Notes on a Season] • Tom O’Neil thinks keeping the Oscar presenters a secret until the big night is a mistake.  Eh, I dig it. [Gold […]

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INTERVIEW: Dustin Hoffman

Posted by · 9:24 am · December 26th, 2008

He doesn’t seem like Dustin Hoffman for some reason.  He sounds like Dustin Hoffman.  He looks like him.  But there aren’t really any traces of his decades-long assemblage of characters.  And he’s got an approachability that seems somehow uncommon for a star of his stature. But there he is, piecing together a sandwich with arugula, […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Doubt,’ Danny Boyle and a bit of politics

Posted by · 8:00 pm · November 7th, 2008

In a week in which there were more important things going on than the movies (an outlandish notion, I know), these were nevertheless some of the highlights: • Several takes from the AFI Fest, including disappointment in “Doubt” … • … but hearty cheers for “The Wrestler.” • We caught up (twice) with the thoroughly […]

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11/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:40 am · November 5th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil and Pete Hammond take aim at Dave Karger’s Oscar predix. [Gold Derby] • Peter Bart praises Sean Penn’s performance in “Milk,” says it soars to the top of the kudo list. [Peter Bart] • Xan Brooks picks five films President elect Obama should check out now that he’s headed to the White […]

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