Emma vs. Audrey

Posted by · 2:24 pm · August 10th, 2010

British papers have probably made more of Emma Thompson’s recent dismissal of Audrey Hepburn than her slightly flip comments warranted, but it has prompted an interesting amount of side-taking over the merits of one of Old Hollywood’s most beloved (or so we thought) icons. If you’re new to this story, Thompson’s jabs at Hepburn were […]

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Mulligan set for ‘My Fair Lady’

Posted by · 3:09 am · March 25th, 2010

Between Carey Mulligan and Mia Wasikowska, it seems the industry has no need for other 20-something actresses — they’ll divvy up all the plum parts between them. Days after Mulligan’s name was connected to the English-language remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” comes the news that she’s to play Eliza Doolittle in the […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the supporting ladies

Posted by · 9:37 am · October 26th, 2009

A few weeks ago in this space I took a dedicated look at the lead actress category.  With little in the way of actual development (this season is curiously divided on the timeline as we’ve got maybe another month before more major titles begin screening), I figured it would be a good idea to keep […]

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The Great Performances: 1995

Posted by · 4:06 pm · October 10th, 2009

Based on some of the comments I received last week regarding my article on great acting, I took the suggestion of a young lady and am kicking off a series of articles, one per week, that will explore the best performances ofeach year, beginning today with 1995.  So let’s go back and work our way […]

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Great performers at their best

Posted by · 7:50 am · August 21st, 2009

After spending some time this summer watching some excellent films on DVD, I was inspired to write this piece about the great actors’ (living, with one exception) greatest performances. Narrowing it down to one each (brutal, believe me), I think have come up with a list of actors, young and old, that represents some of […]

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Mulligan makes her move

Posted by · 6:30 am · January 20th, 2009

Don’t say I didn’t give you the heads-up on this one. Looking over the Sundance lineup last month, I singled out Lone Scherfig’s “An Education” as a title about which I was particularly excited — not least because it stars Carey Mulligan, a lovely young Brit for whom I’ve been predicting big things for some […]

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“Did you like the work? Buy the ticket!”

Posted by · 10:30 am · January 16th, 2009

This isn’t exactly new, but I just stumbled across this video, one of a series from the Hollywood Reporter’s actress Oscar roundtable last month. THR has had several such sessions this season, but I really liked the chemistry and empathy between these five wonderful women — Michelle Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Emma Thompson, Amy Adams […]

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BAFTA predictions

Posted by · 2:00 pm · January 14th, 2009

The BAFTA nominations drop tomorrow, and while I hardly covered myself in glory with my foreign film Oscar forecast yesterday, I’m going to wade into the murky waters of prediction once more. On the one hand, it’s a fool’s errand trying to predict the BAFTA nods, as they can frequently be the most perverse and contrarian awards […]

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12/27 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:54 am · December 27th, 2008

• Lou Lumenick thinks “Revolutionary Road” might be too grim to resonate this Oscar season. [Lumenick on Film] • Tom O’Neil chats with “Last Chance Harvey” star Emma Thompson. [Gold Derby] • Todd Leopold wraps up the year in a meandering piece that touches on Heath Ledger, Sarah Palin and…Niels Bohr. [CNN] • Steve Weintraub […]

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INTERVIEW: Dustin Hoffman

Posted by · 9:24 am · December 26th, 2008

He doesn’t seem like Dustin Hoffman for some reason.  He sounds like Dustin Hoffman.  He looks like him.  But there aren’t really any traces of his decades-long assemblage of characters.  And he’s got an approachability that seems somehow uncommon for a star of his stature. But there he is, piecing together a sandwich with arugula, […]

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With love from me to you

Posted by · 9:53 am · December 2nd, 2008

I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed Variety’s recent series of articles in which prominent actors champion some of their personal favourite performances of 2008, including many of the most discussed contenders of the season. It’s a simple idea, but executed with real thought and sincerity. The pieces are interesting not just because of the more […]

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Looking for comedy in the awards world

Posted by · 4:12 pm · November 16th, 2008

Over at his OscarWatch column, Dave Karger recently asked a question that has been bothering me for some time regarding this year’s awards race. Namely, how the hell are the Golden Globes going to fill out the ballot in the Comedy/Musical races? Best Actress looks solid enough. So far, we have two clear-cut frontrunners — […]

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REVIEW: “Last Chance Harvey” (***)

Posted by · 7:42 am · November 9th, 2008

Remember “Falling in Love?” I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t. A modest join-the-dots 1984 romantic drama charting the will-they-won’t-they courtship between two married New York commuters, it should never have gone beyond the dimensions of a TV screen… …but for the fact that the two commuters happened to be played by Robert De Niro […]

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‘Last Chance Harvey’ added to AFI Fest line-up

Posted by · 1:47 pm · October 14th, 2008

Overture is getting serious about this film’s Oscar prospects.  Here’s the press release, in part: The director, [Joel] Hopkins, as well as [Dustin] Hoffman and [Emma] Thompson, are confirmed to attend. “AFI holds a standard of excellence for all things film and beyond.  We are honored that LAST CHANCE HARVEY was chosen for the festival […]

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‘Harvey’ on the radar

Posted by · 4:45 pm · October 7th, 2008

Some of our keen-eyed readers may have noticed my review on these pages of the Dustin Hoffman-Emma Thompson starrer, “Last Chance Harvey,” earlier today. The film, another feather in the cap for hard-working new outfit Overture Films, is due for a late December release, just in time for viable awards consideration. We’ve temporarily taken the […]

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REVIEW: “Stranger Than Fiction” (****)

Posted by · 1:20 am · September 9th, 2006

Marc Forster’s “Stranger Than Fiction” really ought to be referred to as Zach Helm’s “Stranger Than Fiction.”  While the “Finding Neverland” helmer does a sensational job conveying the brilliant and elaborate story to the screen, it is evident throughout that the writer’s intentions are being taken care of. And thank God for that, because Helm’s […]

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