Pedro Almodovar starts the buzz on Penelope Cruz in 2009

Posted by · 8:16 am · February 9th, 2009

Writing in the weekend’s New York Times Magazine, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar becomes one of the first to begin spitballing the efforts of an actress we’re likely to be talking about this time next year: Last year she finally came into her own in America, as she had already done in the rest of the world. […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Writers talk writing, Cruz walks the red carpet

Posted by · 11:38 am · January 25th, 2009

Yesterday was another busy event day for the Santa Barbara fest.  It was a shame the Director’s Panel was canceled, but participant Andrew Stanton switched gears to join Robert Knott (“Appaloosa”), Tom McCarthy (“The Visitor”) and Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”) for an Anne Thompson-moderated discussion on their work at the keyboard this year. It was […]

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Small pleasures: Guy’s best (and worst) of 2008

Posted by · 1:14 pm · January 2nd, 2009

It’s a lovely thing when you realize, at least part of the way through adulthood, that we still possess the ability to surprise ourselves. When left to graze at leisure, the mind can stumble upon some unexpected notions, frequently overriding the conclusions we thought we had reached after twelve months of watching, writing and (occasionally […]

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12/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:52 am · December 3rd, 2008

• Jeff Wells senses the “push back” against certain contenders, steps up to bat for “Revolutionary Road.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Yours truly chats it up podcast style with John Campea to dish on how early favorites are shaping up. [The Movie Blog] • David Poland reports on the BFCA’s newest category: Best Action Film. [The […]

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Baffling Golden Satellite noms unveiled

Posted by · 4:42 pm · November 30th, 2008

I’ve never been sure what purpose the Golden Satellite Awards serve. People are only dimly aware when they take place, nobody cares who wins — least of all the winners — and they manage to be irrelevant both as serious film awards and as Oscar bellwethers. Nevertheless, they roll around every year, and they’ve just […]

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INTERVIEW: Dennis Hopper

Posted by · 10:39 am · November 6th, 2008

The voice on other end of the line sounds nothing like the many wild and somewhat insane characters Dennis Hopper has portrayed throughout his career, which now spans more than 50 years. This is a man who has walked with James Dean (his mentor), John Wayne (who affectionately labeled him a “pinko”) and Francis Ford […]

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11/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:40 am · November 5th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil and Pete Hammond take aim at Dave Karger’s Oscar predix. [Gold Derby] • Peter Bart praises Sean Penn’s performance in “Milk,” says it soars to the top of the kudo list. [Peter Bart] • Xan Brooks picks five films President elect Obama should check out now that he’s headed to the White […]

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Adapting Philip Roth

Posted by · 10:05 am · October 7th, 2008

The author’s novels have suffered a tough road to the screen.

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WEEKLY WRAP: Newman remembered, Rudin/Weinstein, Foreign film race

Posted by · 10:00 pm · October 3rd, 2008

As we head into the weekend, here’s a quick overview of what we (and you) have been talking about at In Contention this week: • Kris paid tribute to the incomparable Paul Newman, as well as rounding up some of the man’s greatest performances. • As the Scott Rudin-Harvey Weinstein soap opera continues, Kris wonders […]

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10/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:28 am · October 3rd, 2008

• A clip from “Changeling.” [Oscar Watch] • And another. [The Envelope] • Or, if you prefer, the first five minutes of “Blindness.” [Yahoo! Movies] • David Poland breaks the news that “Che” will get its U.S. debut at AFI Fest here in Los Angeles — at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. [The Hot Blog] • […]

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‘Elegy’ the second film to go out to AMPAS

Posted by · 2:05 pm · October 1st, 2008

Screeners of Isabel Coixet’s “Elegy” are set to go out to Academy members this week, fresh on the heels of Sony Pictures Classics’ “Frozen River,” which went out over the weekend. Key pushes for the film are Best Actor (Ben Kingsley),  Penélope Cruz (Best Actress), Dennis Hopper (Best Supporting Actor), Patricia Clarkson (Best Supporting Actress) […]

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‘Broken’ beauty

Posted by · 6:27 am · September 2nd, 2008

The news that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights to “Broken Embraces,” the latest from Spanish master Pedro Almodovar, isn’t really much of a story. After all, SPC have handled Almodovar’s last nine features, and after the success of “Volver,” why would they stop now? However, it does provide a nice excuse to post this […]

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Reel Geezers not big on ‘Elegy’

Posted by · 11:24 am · August 25th, 2008

These getting old yet? Maybe not…but the closing line of this one is cute enough:

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