Aronofsky at Edinburgh

Posted by · 10:15 am · June 24th, 2009

As someone who prefers watching movies to listening to others talk about them, I probably haven’t attended as many of the In Person Q&A sessions at this year’s Edinburgh festival as I should have. Sam Mendes lost out in my priority scale to “The Red Shoes,” while the likes of Bill Forsyth and Brenda Blethyn […]

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Nolan out for third Batman? Who could step in?

Posted by · 8:54 am · June 17th, 2009

Bill Ramey over at Batman on Film has posted a rather disconcerting report this morning regarding the status of Christopher Nolan’s involvement with a third film in the lucrative Batman franchise.  The info, which is hardly concrete, comes from one of the numerous Bat-related sources Ramey has acquired over 12 years of focusing his site […]

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Best Vanity Fair shots

Posted by · 12:09 pm · February 3rd, 2009

More here.

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Golden Globes: Feeling the love

Posted by · 1:06 pm · January 12th, 2009

As I curled on the couch in the wee small hours of the morning, watching last night’s Golden Globes telecast with only a hot toddy and a handful of chatty IC commenters for company, it occurred to me that I was hearing an awful lot of one word as the evening unfolded. And that word […]

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INTERVIEW: Marisa Tomei

Posted by · 12:48 pm · January 9th, 2009

I’m coming around to Marisa Tomei rather late in the publicity game this year.  I didn’t make it to Venice or Toronto and we just haven’t crossed paths here in L.A. during this exhausting — as always — Oscar season.  But the first thing I have to ask is if she feels the pressure yet. […]

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DGA discrepancies with AMPAS are not uncommon

Posted by · 9:39 am · January 9th, 2009

The announcement of this year’s DGA nominees has left the sense that the races for Best Picture and Best Director are over.  Not so.  While the guild and Academy line up most of the time, and have a decent track record with the directing branch, we must not forget the years that proved otherwise.  This […]

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Guessing the DGA

Posted by · 9:56 am · January 7th, 2009

So, with SAG, PGA and ASC out of the way, and with WGA still to come in a matter of hours, I guess it’s worth mentioning that the big daddy guild is announcing tomorrow: the Directors Guild of America (DGA).  Now’s as good a time as any to take a stab at guessing the nominees… […]

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1/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:46 am · January 6th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein busts Miramax’s balls for fudging a “Doubt” praise quote. [The Big Picture] • David Poland analyzes the top 10 collective for Oscar tea leaves. [The Hot Blog] • Sam Thielman reports from the NYC Lincoln Center Q&A with David Fincher… [Variety] • …and Lane Brown gives the director some more grief for […]

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Broadway helmer Diane Paulus on ‘The Wrestler’

Posted by · 10:33 am · January 5th, 2009

I stumbled across this interesting bit of praise for “The Wrestler” amid Variety’s typically dense Award Central section.  The high marks come from Broadway director Diane Paulus, who is set to open a revival of “Hair” on March 5.  I love her equation of professional wrestling to “one of the most powerful expressions of theater […]

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Mick Foley has a nice day with ‘The Wrestler’

Posted by · 8:46 am · December 21st, 2008

I think there are few who would disagree that the audience to sell for Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” was a guy like Mick Foley — a.k.a. “Mankind,” “Dude Love,” and “Cactus Jack” — a cross-federation staple of the professional wrestling world who’s lived through his fair share of ladder matches, barbed-wire-inflicted line-of-duty injuries and, certainly, […]

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12/20 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:27 am · December 20th, 2008

• Darren Aronofsky interviews Danny Boyle about the technical aspects of “Slumdog Millioniare.” [/Film] • Erik Childress catches up with the season mid-way through the first phase. [eFilmCritic] • David Carr takes note of the big Universal trade spend.  Hey, if you’re going to decide against advertising with the lowly online types, you might as […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Marisa Tomei featurette

Posted by · 5:23 pm · December 19th, 2008

(The exclusive on this runs out on Monday, so you’ll probably find the video in a few other spots.  So I figured I’d revert to YouTube, since I can’t get my Flash embedding to work and the Quicktime file takes a lot of bandwidth.  Enjoy.) Marisa Tomei has put together a nice career renaissance as […]

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Waiting on the Gotham crowd

Posted by · 6:03 am · December 10th, 2008

Alright, so last year, the NYFCC announcement came down close to 10:00 a.m. PST, so I expect in the next few hours we’ll have some answers.  You can check on the group’s official site to watch the winners clock in as announced (unless something changes this year), but for now, I’ll wager a couple of […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Finding a happy place

Posted by · 12:52 pm · December 8th, 2008

I’m reaching that sweet spot of the Oscar season.  That moment right on the cusp of major precursor announcements when critics and audiences begin to join a conversation that’s been talked in circles by us pundits for a few months.  The vacuum is slipping away and the clarity of perspective shines through. Yeah, I can […]

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Great shot

Posted by · 9:55 pm · December 7th, 2008

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Will ‘The Wrestler’ bring The Boss a second Oscar?

Posted by · 6:36 am · December 7th, 2008

It’s been 13 years since Bruce Springsteen was nominated for an Oscar (1995 for the title track to Tim Robbins’s “Dead Man Walking”) and two more since he’s taken the award home (1993 for “Streets of Philadelphia”).  With little in the way of competition beyond songs like “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” from “Hamlet 2” and […]

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Fox Searchlight double-bills two classics with ‘The Wrestler’

Posted by · 12:21 pm · December 5th, 2008

Fox Searchlight Pictures will be screening its awards season favorite “The Wrestler” in tandem with two classics of American cinema next week: Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” and Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.”  The event, to be held at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, has been dubbed: “Contenders: A Look at Film Heavyweights.” Each film, […]

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INTERVIEW: Mickey Rourke

Posted by · 10:02 am · November 9th, 2008

Mickey Rourke fucked up his career.  Who am I to say that though?  I don’t get to chastise the guy, pass judgment, even comment really.  It’s a cliche to say it, so why not be specific otherwise: Mickey Rourke had some shit to work out.  Who doesn’t? He looks at you with stone eyes that […]

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