Review: Patience pays off for refreshing animated tale 'The Little Prince'

Posted by · 5:59 pm · June 4th, 2015

Mark Osborne’s refreshing adaptation of the classic tale “The Little Prince” shows a patience most studio-produced animated flicks rarely allow these days.

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Paramount and Lionsgate do it up pre-Globes

Posted by · 10:04 am · January 17th, 2010

There will be a number of post-Golden Globes parties tonight — Summit, Warner Bros., Fox, Weinstein, etc. — but a pair of studios did it up Saturday night in honor of their nominees. First at the Chateau Marmont, Paramount toasted its stable with a star-studded, paparazzi-snapping affair.  Actually, it wasn’t the least bit comfortable.  Talk […]

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The Great Performances: 2000

Posted by · 7:14 pm · November 13th, 2009

Michael Douglas was robbed. The already Oscar-christened actor gave a career-best performance in 2000 in Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys,” but he got no love from the Academy. Worse, his performance was easily among the five best of the year and won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor prize. That having been said, I […]

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Great performers at their best

Posted by · 7:50 am · August 21st, 2009

After spending some time this summer watching some excellent films on DVD, I was inspired to write this piece about the great actors’ (living, with one exception) greatest performances. Narrowing it down to one each (brutal, believe me), I think have come up with a list of actors, young and old, that represents some of […]

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‘The Wolf Man’ moves to 2010

Posted by · 2:45 pm · July 28th, 2009

This is kind of a bummer.  I was actually really looking forward to “The Wolf Man,” starring Benicio Del Toro in the classic monster role and sure to be a showcase for makeup artist Rick Baker (not to mention design heads Rick Heinrichs and Milena Canonero. Today we get this, courtesy of ShockTillYouDrop.com: You’ll have […]

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The Stooges are set

Posted by · 12:15 pm · March 25th, 2009

Why does this project look like an absolute failure waiting to happen?  And strangely, only Penn seems to fit here.  Del Toro really doesn’t work for me in the role of Moe and there’s something, I don’t know…off about Carrey as Curly, but we’ll see what they come up with. Variety reports the casting news […]

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2/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:06 am · February 2nd, 2009

• How “The Wrestler” is rescuing professional wrestling. [The Independent] • Kim Voynar on spinning against the frontrunner. [Movie City News] • Michael Cieply writes up the Oscarcast as a production struggling to be exciting in the wake of an under-seen slate of nominees. [New York Times] • According to Christopher Nolan at the DGA […]

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Could Benicio Del Toro sneak into the Best Actor race?

Posted by · 10:29 am · January 21st, 2009

The first time I saw “Che” back in September at the Toronto International Film Festival I believed the performance of Benicio Del Toro was extraordinary and the film was one of the most exceptional achievements in modern cinema. For me, “Che” works as a massive work at more than four hours and exists because of […]

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‘Wrestler’ leads with five OFCS nominations

Posted by · 9:25 am · January 5th, 2009

A little late coming around to the Online Film Critics Society nominations, but eh, nothing terribly unique about them, beyond mentions for Benicio Del Toro in lead actor and “The Wrestler” in Best Pic (which led the field with five nominations).  I also like the novel choice of “Let the Right One In” as an […]

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12/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:55 am · December 17th, 2008

• Jeff Wells knows how to fix “Valkyrie” after the fact. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • John Campea suffers through the worst films of the year. [The Movie Blog] • Scientists claim that real-life relationships can’t live up to those in the movies. [Daily Telegraph] • Rob Turbovsky says biopics are hijacking real life for narrative gain. […]

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12/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:15 am · December 16th, 2008

• Jeff Wells shows his annual true colors, wants to know who should be taken down a peg of the agreed-upon Oscar contenders. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Tom O’Neil reports on a leaked Academy screener. [Gold Derby] • David Carr boils the season down to a couple of “mortal locks.” [The Carpetbagger] • Todd Longwell profiles […]

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‘Che’ — no respect in the precursor circuit so far

Posted by · 7:44 am · December 13th, 2008

“Nothing if not the movie of the year,” wrote Scott Foundas in LA Weekly. “One of the best films of the year,” declared Roger Ebert. “A great movie,” says J. Hoberman of the Village Voice.  “Che is a thing to be experienced.” “The film that places Steven Soderbergh in the ranks of the masters,” raved […]

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11/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:00 am · November 29th, 2008

Slim pickings today, but then what did you expect? Think of this as your leftover turkey sandwich. • The estimable Michael Wilmington goes to bat for “Australia” in a big way. [Movie City News] • Meryl Streep discusses her “career renaissance.” Uh, when did her career ever fade? [Los Angeles Times] • Simon Hattenstone talks […]

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Why ‘Che’ is a great film, but not Oscar material

Posted by · 8:42 am · November 9th, 2008

Most biographical films tend to play like sort of a “greatest hits” of that person’s life, and sadly much of the negative of that life is left out. Sir Richard Attenborough is most guilty of this with “Gandhi,” his hugely overrated epic about the Mahatma, who did everything short of walking on water in the […]

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AFI FEST: ‘Hunger,’ ‘Che’

Posted by · 7:48 pm · November 2nd, 2008

Four days and three screenings into the 2008 AFI Fest, I’m one-for-two and looking to add to the “win” column as much as possible in the next week.  It hit me this afternoon, though, that no two films could be better suited to an introductory update from the festival, two exercises in subverting the conventions […]

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LONDON: A note on ‘Che’

Posted by · 6:44 pm · October 29th, 2008

Since its contentious debut at Cannes in May, Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” has attained a  reputation in certain quarters as some kind of intimidating four-hour monolith, even a grand folly. The 252-minute running time is invariably the first detail given about the film, a figure that seems to awe and repel people in equal measure. So […]

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‘The Soloist’ moves into 2009

Posted by · 7:58 pm · October 16th, 2008

Well, I made my calls (since that Nikki is a kook), and yep, it looks like “The Soloist” is being pushed to March of 2009.  Opening the film there is “more fiscally sound” I’m told, but that’s to be expected.  With “The Road” looking to move to 2009 as well, this has become the best […]

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9/19 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:13 am · September 19th, 2008

• Peter Sciretta wraps up the Toronto Fest, live from Fantastic Fest.  It’s that time of the year… [/Film] • Oscar winner Diablo Cody responds to the haters: “I like my fake name.  It’s engraved on an Oscar.  Yours isn’t.” [MySpace] • Mark Olsen apparently reported over a week ago that Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt […]

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