Is this a new strategy?

Posted by · 12:36 am · February 12th, 2009

I’ve been flipping back and forth between Leno and Letterman and so far I’ve seen four Oscar TV spots: two for “The Reader,” one for “Slumdog Millionaire” and one for “The Wrestler.”  Instead of the usual 30 second trailers, there is interview footage edited in.  Rourke from “The Wrestler,” Boyle from “Slumdog” and besting the […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar nomination week

Posted by · 6:15 pm · January 23rd, 2009

• In case you’ve just emerged from a coma or something, the nominations for the 81st annual Academy Awards were unveiled. • And it’s fair to say we weren’t impressed. At all. • OK, maybe a little impressed. • Amid the chaos, Kris took a stab at what/who we should expect to emerge victorious on […]

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Hare takes on the critics

Posted by · 8:14 am · January 19th, 2009

You’d think an artist as established as Sir David Hare might, in the course of his long career, have learned to take a bit of criticism in his stride. However, amid a rather odd flare-up between the venerable British playwright/screenwriter and Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, Hare comes off looking decidedly thin-skinned. The source of conflict […]

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12/12 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:41 am · December 12th, 2008

• Sean Penn writes in support of dictators Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro. [The Nation] • James Kirchick skewers him as “a friend to gays and anti-gay dictators alike.” [The Advocate] • And Patrick Goldstien is right on top of it. [The Big Picture] • Earlier, Goldstein calls the Golden Globes “the ultimate Hollywood fantasy.” […]

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‘Reader’ draws praise, but is it too remote for Oscar?

Posted by · 12:30 pm · November 30th, 2008

After a couple of days in post-screening limbo, the reviews for “The Reader” are in, and while there’s much praise for the film, I suspect the response may not be quite what Harvey Weinstein was hoping for. The general impression appears to be that it’s intelligent, well-crafted and delicately performed, but as Kris anticipated recently, […]

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