LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: Chad’s best of 2010

Posted by · 8:56 pm · January 18th, 2011

When it came time to choose a snappy title for my year-end retrospective, the one that seemed to fit best is the one given to all my columns at In Contention this year. Oscar and I have shared a mutual disinterest in what the other feels to be award-worthy for a few years now and […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Kicking the tires on the circuit

Posted by · 8:42 am · November 29th, 2010

On the precipice of December, the season feels at once stale and fresh. We’re in the post-Thanksgiving food coma paradox that hits every year. But things are going to start heating up real soon. The last two films out of the gate, “TRON Legacy” and “True Grit” (both ironically starring Jeff Bridges), have already started […]

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9/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:51 am · September 15th, 2010

• Anne Thompson sits down with Golden Lion winner Sofia Coppola, from Venice. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Patrick Goldstein on Hollywood’s on-going lover affair with mobster cinema. [The Big Picture] • Pete Hammond concurs with the Oscar buzz surrounding “The Social Network” after a slew of screenings in New York and Los Angeles. [Deadline]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Inception’ shakes ‘Salt’

Posted by · 4:15 pm · July 25th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Despite the collective nerd consciousness being zeroed in on the events happening in San Diego, there were enough nerds elsewhere to propel “Inception” to a second week at the top of the box office. Actually that’s unfair, it’s not just nerds who are seeing the movie […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: WTF?

Posted by · 3:47 pm · July 11th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Forget everything I said about it being ballsy marketing your movie with a bunch of unknown, potentially scene-stealing creatures. I forget that if the creatures are at all adorable, then you automatically debut with $60 million at the box office. Seriously. What happened with “Despicable Me?” […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: I ain’t got time to bleed

Posted by · 4:27 pm · July 9th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Summer keeps puttering along and based on the reaction to Kris’s multiple posts on the subject, we’re all just biding our time until “Inception” comes out. I knew people wanted to see it, but I can’t remember the last time people were refreshing their browsers to […]

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MONDAY CENTS: Rob bless America

Posted by · 1:54 pm · July 5th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Happy Independence Day everyone! I trust you ate some grilled meat, camped out on a beach for the day and saw some fireworks. I know I did. Apparently, others also went to see a movie called “New Moon” had $186.9 million after six days and so […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Grown Ups’ and their toys

Posted by · 1:47 pm · June 27th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Adam Sandler’s agent successfully convinced him that cancer was way less funny than Kevin James’s blubby body falling down repeatedly and that agent has his finger on America’s pulse. “Grown Ups” is not the number one movie this weekend, though, so we’ll come back to it […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Wonder toys

Posted by · 4:57 pm · June 20th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. As it turns out, Armond White was unable to convince most Americans to not see “Toy Story 3.” Pixar’s eleventh animated feature became their highest debuting in history with a $109.0 million weekend. That also makes it the third biggest June debut and third biggest animated […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Taking the temperature

Posted by · 8:28 pm · May 23rd, 2010

Now that we’re on the other side of Cannes, I felt it was a good time to put a finger to the wind, stare into the tea leaves, shake the magic 8-ball and basically just take stock of where we’re at roughly three months away from the start of the 2010-2011 film awards season. The […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 19 — Sundance, David and Goliath, potential surprises, Bullock/Streep

Posted by · 11:41 am · January 29th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk, a weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. Two weeks since our last installment, Sundance is fading away and nominations announcement is a mere four days away. In our last pre-nom discussion, we dig into the following: • Fresh off of Sundance, we briefly discuss the […]

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1/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:53 am · January 29th, 2010

• Krista Smith sits down with dark horse Best Supporting Actor contender Christian McKay. [Little Gold Men] • Pete Hammond reports on the town’s goings-on, including Jason Reitman’s program of films for the New Beverly Theater. [Notes on a Season] • A master list of FYC screenplays available for download. [MovieCultists]

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Is there a ‘Precious’ in this year’s Sundance lineup?

Posted by · 7:16 am · January 27th, 2010

When (at this stage, I think it’s safe to say “when”) “Precious” and “An Education” land Best Picture nods on Tuesday morning, there will be an interesting trivia note to attach to the occasion: they’ll be the first Sundance competition entries since 2001 to make it all the way to Oscar’s top race. Indeed, “Precious” […]

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