Cougar in a corset

Posted by · 4:08 pm · May 19th, 2009

Jane Shilling has a piece at the Telegraph about the gender politics of “Chéri” — specifically, the social disruption engendered by a romantic relationship between a middle-aged woman and a young man. Describing “Chéri” author Colette, and by extrapolation the character of Léa (played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the film), as “the original cougar,” Shilling […]

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5/4 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:17 am · May 4th, 2009

• Premiering a Brad Pitt character poster from “Inglourious Basterds.” [Ain’t It Cool News] • Digging into the world of fan-made films across the pond. [The Guardian] • John Hiscock talks to J.J. Abrams about selling a re-imagined “Star Trek” to classic stars and fans alike. [Daily Telegraph] • Peter Knegt kicks of “(123) Days […]

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1/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:31 am · January 7th, 2009

• Noah Forrest talks with “Che” scribe Peter Buchman. [Movie City News] • David S. Cohen takes a deeper look at the visual effects bake-off. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Tom O’Neil chats with Dave Karger and Michael Musto about the seemingly Oscar-locked Heath Ledger. [Gold Derby] • Reed Johnson talks to the descendents of “Defiance”‘s […]

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‘Defiance’ strikes out with the trades

Posted by · 6:27 pm · November 11th, 2008

Ed Zwick may just be one of those directors who will never be in critics’ good graces: a fine technical craftsman and a no-nonsense storyteller, even his best films remain as resolutely unfashionable in execution as they are noble in intention. Nothing wrong with that, of course — I’m no real fan, but films like […]

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No time for a proper review, but…

Posted by · 6:44 pm · November 9th, 2008

…I really liked “Defiance.”  To my mind it might be Ed Zwick’s finest film since “Legends of the Fall,” largely because he’s busied himself with more-trite-than-usual material for the last few years.  It isn’t a grand slam more so than a steadily guided ship and for the most part, it works. I’m heading out the […]

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11/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:43 am · November 7th, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells is basically cool with “Doubt.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Anne Thompson chimes in, too. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Steven Zeitchik draws parallels from this year’s political figures to the films in the Oscar hunt. [Risky Biz Blog] • Patrick Goldstein goes after the Oscar bloggers! [The Big Picture] • David Poland responds! [The […]

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Bond bows, UK critics shrug

Posted by · 7:00 am · November 1st, 2008

It was probably inevitable. After “Casino Royale,” the first entry in the retooled, Daniel Craig-led James Bond franchise, garnered unprecedented critical acclaim (and even awards attention, on this side of the Atlantic at least) for a 007 pic, the follow-up, “Quantum of Solace,” is having a more muted reaction. The reviews are in, and they’re […]

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EXCLUSIVE: New ‘Defiance’ poster

Posted by · 6:00 pm · October 9th, 2008

We just acquired the sweet new one-sheet for Edward Zwick’s “Defiance.”  Maybe cashing in on a little of that Bond love for Daniel Craig this season, this poster is certainly more appealing than the previous art work:

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9/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:44 am · September 23rd, 2008

• Does the Governor really deserve to top a list of the 10 most talentless people in Hollywood? [The Movie Blog] • Richard Rushfield hangs out at the Emmys’ Governor’s Ball. [The Envelope] • Fans ask Daniel Craig the questions. [The Guardian] • Logan Hill’s four “must see” films at this year’s New York Film […]

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9/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:07 am · September 22nd, 2008

• “Real” men of the screen are a dying breed, according to Peter Bart. [Peter Bart] • Journos keep beating a dead horse about the new “At the Movies” failure. [eFilmCritic] • And again. [The Hot Blog] • Anne Thompson salutes Telluride and New York for steering clear of high profile American cinema, but as […]

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Forster on Bond: It’s about character

Posted by · 4:27 am · August 21st, 2008

Odd to be linking to Time Out twice in one day, but I couldn’t let this interview with Marc Forster, director of the keenly awaited “Quantum of Solace,” go by. The interview finds Forster in London, scrabbling to complete the first edit of the latest 007 outing in a fortnight’s time. Many eyebrows were raised […]

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Bond song battle goes on… and on

Posted by · 2:31 am · July 12th, 2008

I’m taking yesterday’s news that Alicia Keys is the “top contender” to sing the theme song for “Quantum of Solace” with a grain of salt. I’ve had my eye on this story for a while, and since initial frontrunner Amy Winehouse became a hazy prospect, any number of names have been thrown into the pot. […]

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Not diggin’ it…

Posted by · 3:53 pm · June 11th, 2008

But I hear Liev Schreiber is the one to watch in this one:

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