INTERVIEW: Talking westerns and only westerns with ‘True Grit’ actor Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 1:26 pm · February 24th, 2011

Last year was the best opportunity to do the career retrospective thing with Jeff Bridges, right at the starting gun of an Oscar-winning steamroll through the film awards season. This time around, the actor is nominated for his sixth Academy Award, for his work in the Coen brothers’ “True Grit,” and it seemed a conversation […]

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Bingham wins a Grammy, set for Bonnaroo

Posted by · 10:37 am · February 15th, 2011

I didn’t see the Grammys this weekend.  In fact, I tend to avoid them like the plague.  But it was nevertheless an impressive slate of winners, so that’s a unique start. In any case, it’s worth pointing out that Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett’s “The Weary Kind” wrapped up a long awards march by […]

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Bingham at The Mint

Posted by · 10:44 am · July 1st, 2010

Hate to be an advocate, but last year’s Best Original Song winner Ryan Bingham hit the stage for a modest private showcase last night at The Mint in West L.A. and just nailed it. The new album, “Junky Star,” hits shelves September 7 and was produced by T Bone Burnett, as mentioned previously.  It’s like […]

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New Ryan Bingham album on the way

Posted by · 5:49 pm · June 14th, 2010

I’ve been meaning to address this nearly two-week old press release since I got back, but last year’s Best Original Song winner has a new album coming at the end of the summer.  “Junky Star” from Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses hits stores September 7.  An added bonus: T Bone Burnett, music supervisor on […]

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Interviews with the winners

Posted by · 10:25 am · March 8th, 2010

Before we close the book on 2009, here’s one last rundown of our interviews with this year’s Oscar recipients.  It was lovely to meet with them all as this was truly, for the most part, a season of camaraderie. “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos (Best Documentary Feature) “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges (Best Actor) Ryan Bingham and […]

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If YOU had a ballot

Posted by · 11:52 am · March 7th, 2010

Tonight’s the big night, and as we close in on the final hours of the 2009-2010 film awards season, I thought I’d offer up this list (another one!), which reflects how you, the readership, would like the night’s festivities to go.  These are the results of the daily polls that accompanied our Oscar Guide series […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: A very important date

Posted by · 11:43 am · March 7th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. May I introduce the film with the 14th biggest debut of all time, “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s also the biggest March debut, biggest 3D debut and third biggest non-sequel debut of all time. If your goal was to ensure that Tim Burton continues to lazily adapt […]

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Why ‘Lebowski’ will win Bridges the Oscar

Posted by · 4:40 am · March 7th, 2010

Spot quiz: how many award mentions did Jeff Bridges receive for his inspired comic turn in “The Big Lebowski” 11 years ago? If you guessed anything other than a single Satellite Award nod for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, you’d be wrong. (That’s right, even the Golden Globes preferred Robin Williams in “Patch […]

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Nut up or shut up: final predictions

Posted by · 11:36 am · March 6th, 2010

As I look over my final predictions for tomorrow night’s Oscar ceremony, I notice that I’ve made only one change — in the Best Live Action Short category — since taking my initial stab the day of the nominations.  And I haven’t made a single change since I started the Oscar Guide series. Am I […]

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Emotions run high at the Indie Spirits

Posted by · 8:49 am · March 6th, 2010

Last night’s Independent Spirit Awards ceremony was quite the touching affair, I have to say.  Early in the evening, tears were shed by Scott Cooper and Geoffrey Fletcher on stage as they accepted awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay respectively.  As Cooper and Fletcher are two of the gentlemen I’ve gotten to […]

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The Dude on The Dude

Posted by · 11:10 am · March 1st, 2010

Patrick Goldstein got Jeff Dowd on the record last week, vis a vis Jeff Bridges, and the result is a wonderful dedication to a guy who is frequently considered an American treasure.  Bridges, of course, took on the role of Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski in the Coen brother’s 1998 comedy “The Big Lebowski,” the character […]

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3/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:31 am · March 1st, 2010

• Geoffrey Fletcher writes up what Precious (and “Precious”) means to him. [Huffington Post] • Donna Freydkin talks to Vera Farmiga, who, by the way, has a lot of support for her nominated performance in “Up in the Air.”  (Just sayin’…) [USA Today] • Maggie Gyllenhaal offers a soundbite concerning the whirlwind campaign behind “Crazy […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Win for ‘Shutter,’ new films stutter

Posted by · 12:22 pm · February 28th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Kevin Smith has never had a number one film at the box office and Martin Scorsese has ensured that he won’t buck the trend in 2010. “Shutter Island” is the top box office performer for the second weekend in a row, dropping 46% to $22.2 million. […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Music (Original Song)

Posted by · 11:11 am · February 22nd, 2010

Year after year, the original song category tends to prove that something is broken in the music branch of the Academy.  But to be fair, that’s a bit of a half-truth overall, as the original score field has begun to loosen up a bit and allow for newbie talent to get a foot in the […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Send off with Santa Barbara’s own

Posted by · 10:46 pm · February 14th, 2010

The final day of activities at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival was an all-day tribute to local Jeff Bridges, screenings of his past work and a packed Lobero Theatre screening of “Crazy Heart” later in the day, as well as a post-screening Q&A moderated by yours truly.  The theater seats roughly 750 people and […]

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2/12 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:51 am · February 12th, 2010

• Steve Weintraub sits down with likely the only major Oscar play for forthcoming flop “The Wolfman,” Rick Baker. [Collider] • Guy Adams on “Crazy Heart”‘s crazy trip to the screen. [The Independent] • Harvey Weinstein is pretty damn sure “Inglourious Basterds” is winning Best Picture. [Notes on a Season]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Actor

Posted by · 10:07 am · February 10th, 2010

The Best Actor category solidified pretty early on this year. I imagine the eventual line-up had slid into place as early as November, and after the Screen Actors Guild made things more official, the predictable race unfolded from there. What we have now is a typical mixture of seasoned veterans, solid industry players and newcomers […]

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2/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:58 am · February 10th, 2010

• “Gong Show” host Chuck Barris optioned Thomas Cobb’s “Crazy Heart” once upon a time, but decided to travel the world in his yacht instead.  I’m sure Scott Cooper thanks him. [The Carpetbagger] • Whatever happened to Wes Bentley?  And question: One film equals a career? [New York Times] • Steve Pond on yesterday’s AMPAS […]

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