Calling the longshots

Posted by · 5:47 pm · February 1st, 2010

So this Steve Pond piece, titled “How Oscar Could Surprise — and Scare — Us,” is what we like to call hedging our bets.  It’s a chance to address some bubble matters so that we have something to point to and say, “Look, I toldja!” (Is that officially trademarked by Nikki Finke yet?) Anyway, I […]

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Studio FYC sites on the march

Posted by · 9:32 am · November 11th, 2009

It’s that time of year, when studios roll out their awards-centric websites for films in play.  You get screening info, news and notes, reminders of how AMAZING their films are (with critical quotes to back it up), goodies like screenplays and such, etc.  It’s a good way to see how wide the net is cast […]

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7/21 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:03 am · July 21st, 2009

• The forthcoming release of “Julie & Julia” delays author Julie Powell’s follow-up book. [New York Observer] • Seth Rogen takes “Entourage” (which is slowly jumping the shark this season) and its creators to task. [Movieline] • Going to Comic-Con?  Download the official iPhone app. [Apple]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Toronto looming, ‘Education’ rising

Posted by · 6:19 am · July 18th, 2009

• Lots of buzz over “An Education” this week, with a new trailer and poster unveiled … and the talk isn’t only about Carey Mulligan. • We kicked off a new season of Tech Support with a look at the runners and riders for Best Cinematography. • Darwin biopic “Creation” will open this year’s Toronto […]

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7/13 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:24 am · July 13th, 2009

• Gael Garcia Bernal: activist. [Daily Telegraph] • Phil de Semlyen chats it up with Bruno. [Empire] • Michael Powell goes deep on “Golden Age” survivor Andrew Sarris. [New York Times] • Mike Jones profiles the child actors of Harry Potter, wonders if their fame can last beyond Hogwarts. [The independent]

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SUNDAY CENTS: One fine gay

Posted by · 11:19 pm · July 12th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Sacha Baron Cohen’s full frontal assault on audiences took the top spot at the box office this weekend with an estimated $30.4 million from 2,756 screens. Considering that “Borat” made $29 million from 837 screens in its debut and then $31 million from 2,566 in its […]

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Letterman and Brüno sell the movie

Posted by · 12:09 pm · July 10th, 2009

“Don’t you want to see a crazy gay Austrian who isn’t the governor of California?” What can I add to that? Enjoy:

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10/7 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:24 am · July 10th, 2009

• How “Brüno” could forever change Hollywood’s depiction of homosexuality. [Slate] • Or should that be “Humpday?” [Time] • Jodie Foster goes back behind the the camera, directing and starring opposite Mel Gibson in “The Beaver.” Ahem. [Variety] • Given the ubiquity of the Harry Potter kids, Gill Pringle considers the rise of the well-behaved […]

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7/7 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:38 am · July 7th, 2009

• Good piece from David Poland about the age-old disconnect between audiences and critics. [The Hot Blog] • Marshall Fine implores you to see “Humpday” instead of “Bruno.” Why not see both, I say. [Hollywood & Fine] • While we’re on that subject, “Transformers” won the weekend box-office battle after all. Ew. [New York Times] […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Photo finish on ‘Ice’

Posted by · 11:09 am · July 5th, 2009

*Historical figures quoted are adjusted to today’s dollars. It was another close race at the box office this weekend with estimates calling it an exact tie between “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” but Monday actuals might tell a different story. The third entry in the animated series (only […]

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6/30 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:01 am · June 30th, 2009

• Paul Dergarabedian bangs the Oscar gong for…”Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?” [Hollywood.com] • Kim Voynar wraps up the LA Film Fest. [Movie City News] • Claudia Eller calls out Hollywood’s A-list for under-performing at the box office this summer while no-name productions have prevailed. [Los Angeles Times] • Brad Brevet kicks the tires […]

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Bruno on Conan

Posted by · 4:14 pm · June 26th, 2009

Here’s part one. Part two after the jump:

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‘Bruno’ cut out of respect to Jackson

Posted by · 2:16 pm · June 26th, 2009

Well, that was quick. The Guardian reports that, following the coinciding events of last night’s “Bruno” premiere and Michael Jackson’s tragic passing, a hasty — and possibly permanent — cut has been to the film. The scene in question pits Sacha Baron Cohen against Jackson’s sister LaToya: The offending scene features Cohen, in the guise […]

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6/25 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:00 am · June 25th, 2009

• Eugene Hernandez quotes the industry on Oscar’s move to 10. [indieWIRE] • Christy Lemire goes back to the 2008 Oscar season to point out the obvious films that might have been included in the Best Picture race were there 10 nominees last year. [Associated Press] • Michael Speier and Carolyn Giardnia write basically the […]

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6/16 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:00 am · June 16th, 2009

• Tom O’Neil ponders the awards prospects of comedy box office hit “The Hangover.” [Gold Derby] • Eugene Hernandez talks to Dennis Hopper at CineVegas. [indieWIRE] • Joe Flint, meanwhile, chastises Heather Graham for again playing the girl with the heart of gold from the wrong side of the tracks. [Company Town] • Miki Turner […]

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6/8 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:52 am · June 8th, 2009

• The “Oh yeah, what happened to her?” blurb of the week. [Associated Press] • Yours truly covers Grant Morrison’s latest monthly, “Batman and Robin.” [Batman on Film] • David Poland analyzes the brave new world of media ad buys. [The Hot Blog] • Tom O’Neil on Geoffrey Rush’s new acting triple crown with last […]

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Put to bed?

Posted by · 5:02 pm · June 3rd, 2009

Though I’m sure there will be those who want to peg this as damage control.  From the AP: Eminem says he knew full well what he was about to face at the MTV Movie Awards — including Sacha Baron Cohen’s bare butt. Enimem told the Web site RapRadar.com that the much-talked about stunt was all […]

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‘Bruno’ poster

Posted by · 2:40 pm · April 24th, 2009

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