‘Coraline’ leads the field of Annie nominees

Posted by · 11:13 am · December 1st, 2009

“Coraline” and “Up” both received nominations in eight categories.  “The Princess and the Frog” showed up in five while “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” showed up in four. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (3),  “Monsters vs. Aliens” (3), “9” (2), “Astro Boy” (2) and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2) brought up the rear with […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Wild Things,’ you make everything…groovy

Posted by · 1:59 pm · October 18th, 2009

Well, it was maybe the most anticipated PG-rated film amongst the young adult set since “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” and “Where the Wild Things Are” landed with a bang this weekend. The Spike Jonze adaptation grossed $32.5 million to top the box office and justify all the bickering and problems during production […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Education’ lands, animation expands

Posted by · 2:09 am · October 10th, 2009

• After a quiet week for awards news, this week’s Off the Carpet column contemplated the depth of the Best Actress race. • A topic that Kris and Anne also debated in this week’s episode of Oscar Talk. • Speaking of Best Actress, “An Education,” with its nomination-bound performance by Carey Mulligan, finally hit theaters […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Editing — Volume II

Posted by · 3:27 pm · October 8th, 2009

Back in July, I took an initial stab at the “zaps,” “booms,” “clinks” and “bams” of the sound editing category.  Since then, several titles have been seen, moved on to 2010 or popped up as new comers.  Let’s take a look… With “Green Zone” and “The Wolf Man” delayed until next year, the category’s potential […]

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We can officially add ‘A Christmas Carol’ to the animated list

Posted by · 11:23 am · October 8th, 2009

Yesterday we covered the animated feature film race and the potential for the category to have five nominees this year, largely dependent on Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol” being submitted as animation (a decision completely in his hands).  As it turns out, the film will indeed be submitted for consideration. That, along with “Tinker Bell […]

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Animated feature forecast: could be ‘Cloudy’

Posted by · 2:57 pm · October 6th, 2009

Over at The Odds (The Wrap’s new Oscar blog, in case you haven’t been reading), Steve Pond brings up the fierce competition of this year’s animated feature category and brings up an intriguing tidbit worth considering. In looking through Time Out London’s list of the 50 greatest animated films of all time, collected by the […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Zombie’ lands at the top

Posted by · 12:46 pm · October 4th, 2009

Fox may not be able to get teens excited about horror comedy but Sony sure can as “Zombieland” debuted with an impressive $25 million and the number one spot.The studio  makes a killing off these types of relatively low budget genre titles (“Obsessed”, “Lakeview Terrace”) and you have to hand it to the marketing department […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Foreign contenders and underdogs

Posted by · 6:18 pm · October 2nd, 2009

• The deadline for Best Foreign Language Film entries passed, as Israel and Italy bucked conventional wisdom with their selections. • Among the better-received contenders, however, were major festival prizewinners from Australia and Greece. A full list of submissions here. • As the smaller studios beef up their Oscar prospects, this week’s Off the Carpet […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Great ‘Balls’ on fire

Posted by · 10:57 am · September 27th, 2009

America lined up for seconds as “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, dropping only 19% to $24.6 million. That’s a fantastic hold for the only family film out in the market and makes $100 million a very real possibility, if not a formality. It […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festival pick-ups, the season’s fetes and the PGA’s 10

Posted by · 8:12 pm · September 25th, 2009

• We wrapped up Toronto as Lee Daniels’s “Precious” took the festival’s audience award, putting it on a solid track for Oscar. • We got a look at the first trailer for “Harry Brown,” which may or may not be an awards film for actor Michael Caine.  John, you’ll recall, isn’t feeling it. • We […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Cloudy’ clears up box office

Posted by · 11:12 am · September 21st, 2009

(EDITOR’S NOTE: My fault on the belated nature of Chad’s column.  Back on track next week.) *All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. It had been almost two months since a PG-rated film hit the marketplace and parents were desperate for something to take their kids to. The result is “Cloudy With a […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Do Bad’ does good!

Posted by · 9:34 am · September 13th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Another day, another dollar for Tyler Perry. The man has released two films a year since 2006 and can’t seem to be unsuccessful if he tried. “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” is an easy candidate for worst title of the year, but it opened […]

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