Best in show 2010: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 10:07 am · December 17th, 2010

The week, and with it, the bulk of my 2010 coverage, draws to a close today with a look at the best of the best. I’m offering up a personal list of superlatives, including most Oscar categories and some other fun fields thrown in for good measure. A tradition at this point. There will be […]

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Visual effects race whittled down to 15

Posted by · 3:43 pm · December 10th, 2010

This is the first year the race for Best Visual Effects will feature five nominees.  So take a third of these lucky semi-finalists and there we are.  The five I think most are expecting to show up are still in the mix. The most surprising omission for me is “Black Swan,” which used digital wizardry […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Makeup — Volume I

Posted by · 11:14 am · August 12th, 2010

Makeup and hairstyling builds characters by transforming actors with realism or imagination that would otherwise be lacking on the screen. With the announcement that the Best Visual Effects is expanding to include five nominees this year, Best Makeup now remains the sole category to have three nominees, chosen from a “bake-off” of seven finalists which […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘Babies’!

Posted by · 1:44 pm · May 7th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. The babies are finally here guys! You’ve oohed and ahhed at penguins and oceans and Michael Moore, but this documentary finally gives you the chance to ooh and ahh at humans. Specifically, little ones. There’s also a silly sounding movie about a man who wears a […]

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Ebert versus the third dimension

Posted by · 8:26 am · May 4th, 2010

By now, you may have read Roger Ebert’s lengthy nine-point diatribe against 3D in Newsweek — it has certainly generated a substantial amount of online conversation in the last few days. On the face of it, as a declared 3D agnostic myself, I should be pleased with the article: when a “Clash of the Titans” […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: For real this time, ‘Dragon’ ‘Back-Up’ to #1

Posted by · 12:08 pm · April 25th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. No photo finishes and no Monday recounts needed. “How to Train Your Dragon” has definitely topped the chart this weekend, four weeks after debuting there. The last time a film leapt back up to number one after a three week hiatus was “The Passion of the […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘Ass’ vs. crass

Posted by · 12:12 pm · April 16th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Ever since it unveiled footage at Comic-Con last year, fanboys and internet hounds have been frothing at the mouth for Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick Ass” and now it has finally arrived. Internet buzz is deafening, but also misleading as it’s never quite clear whether we are looking […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Date’ and ‘Titans’ clash

Posted by · 12:05 pm · April 11th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Every studio but Fox is reporting that “Clash of the Titans” won the box office this weekend, but Rupert Murdoch and co. insist it was, in fact, “Date Night.” Final results won’t be unveiled until tomorrow, but for now, we have to take their word for […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Save the ‘Date’

Posted by · 3:13 pm · April 9th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. The one and only new studio release this weekend is “Date Night” from Fox. The film stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey, who both have legions of fans from their Thursday night NBC television shows, and a number of decent box office hits under their belt […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Cash of the ‘Titans’

Posted by · 8:34 am · April 4th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Alright. “Clash of the Titans” is the number one film at the box office with a weekend take of $61.4 million. Is that a tally worthy of the Gods? Simply put, in my opinion, no. Let’s set aside the 3D for a second and just pretend […]

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Snakes on a dame

Posted by · 7:05 pm · January 19th, 2010

Slow news day, and I’ve been at a “Tonight Show” taping this afternoon, so, apologies.  (Though Tarantino is quite good on the show, while Paul Bettany is also great in his segment.  Give it a look.) Anyway, I did stumble on to this.  Of all these Alamo Drafthouse specialty posters, I think the one I’d […]

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‘Clash of the Spartans’

Posted by · 4:39 pm · November 10th, 2009

(Courtesy: Yahoo! Movies)

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What the $%@& is up with all the rehashing, Tinseltown?

Posted by · 10:27 am · June 4th, 2009

Doesn’t it just feel like you’re Arnold over there lately, strapped into that chair and force-fed the disgusting mindwipe that is Hollywood product these days? Patrick Goldstein has written a piece that touches on something that has been digging further and further under my skin the last couple of weeks: Hollywood’s disgusting rehashing of previous […]

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Sam Worthington is Perseus

Posted by · 10:19 pm · June 1st, 2009

(Courtesy: /Film)

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Danny Huston to play Poseidon in ‘Clash of the Titans’

Posted by · 10:13 am · April 29th, 2009

Boy, Danny Huston sure does seem to be going for the cash grab lately.  He’s a talented actor, so I sure wish he’d try to expand beyond the creative rut he’s in right now.  First “30 Days of Night,” then “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” now this?  We’re a long way from “The Proposition.” All that said, […]

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The professional

Posted by · 5:20 pm · April 27th, 2009

It’s not as if we were short of reasons to admire Liam Neeson in the first place. The man is a remarkable actor, by all accounts an intelligent, decent human being, and even in the face of his wife’s untimely passing, has always managed to keep his private life laudably, well, private. But even by […]

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Liam Neeson = Hollywood’s go-to mentor

Posted by · 10:39 am · April 9th, 2009

Can we just assume that whenever the Hollywood moguls in all their infinite, maniacl wisdom decide to actually film an unending epic based on the Bible, Liam Neeson is likely to get the role of God? We’re already talking about the guy who mentored both Batman and Obi Wan Kenobi, who starred as the magical […]

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