The Great Performances: 2001

Posted by · 6:23 pm · November 20th, 2009

In one of the weakest years in memory, not just for performances but for great films, 2001 saw Denzel Washington and Halle Berry knock “two birds out with one stone,” as the former declared on Oscar night, as two African Americans won the top acting prizes for the first time ever.  And it was difficult […]

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Cormac McCarthy on adaptation and ‘The Road’

Posted by · 8:54 am · November 13th, 2009

As much as John Hillcoat’s filmization of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” didn’t work for me, I think it remains one title that could spring a surprise or two this awards season. Though the film has some high-profile detractors including Todd McCarthy and Roger Ebert, many have been profoundly affected by the film, while its prestigious […]

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The Great Performances: 1998

Posted by · 2:03 pm · October 30th, 2009

For all my bitching about Roberto Benigni winning Best Actor in 1998 for his incessant mugging in “Life is Beautiful,” I was also thrilled the Academy watched enough films and paid enough attention to realize that Edward Norton was deserving for his magnetic turn as a neo-Nazi who sees the light in “American History X.” […]

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The Great Performances: 1996

Posted by · 10:15 am · October 16th, 2009

1996 was an odd year, a year when the independent cinema dominated the weak product emerging out of Hollywood. I am going to confess right off the top of this article (as I have numerous times before) that I was not a fan of “The English Patient,” which for me remains one of the most […]

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Billy Bob Thornton: “I’m an asshole all the time. What’s the big deal?”

Posted by · 11:52 am · April 22nd, 2009

“Hump-backed geeks” of the world might take some umbrage: Click here and here for the background.  And yes, Billy Bob.  I can tell by looking at you that you were there when the Beatles came along.

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Thornton cancels Canadian tour after being an asshole

Posted by · 11:15 am · April 11th, 2009

Comeuppance.  From the AP: Billy Bob Thornton’s band has canceled the rest of its Canadian tour after the actor compared the country’s fans to mashed potatoes with no gravy in a testy interview that caused a sensation online. The Boxmasters opened for Willie Nelson on Thursday in Toronto, where they reportedly were booed and met […]

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Is Billy Bob Thornton smoking Joaquin’s stash?

Posted by · 4:03 pm · April 8th, 2009

Jeez. What an ass. Saw this over at Hollywood Elsewhere:

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