INTERVIEW: ‘The Town’ screenwriter, director and star Ben Affleck

Posted by · 2:14 pm · November 10th, 2010

Actor — and as of late, filmmaker — Ben Affleck makes his way to a cozy corner of Santa Monica’s Casa Del Mar hotel restaurant. He’s coming from a “Dad’s event” at his daughter’s school, he says, propping his feet up on a nearby chair. Currently shooting Terrence Malick’s latest film in Oklahoma, the multi-hyphenate […]

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Eric Roth on film noir

Posted by · 2:23 am · August 25th, 2010

Screenwriter Eric Roth, as ever, has a plate full of projects these days.  When he’s not working through an NFL-sanctioned Vincent Lombardi biopic with Robert De Niro, he’s perhaps working on his adaptation of Erik Larson’s “The Devil in the White City.” Then there are original scripts that have been lying around, waiting for filmmakers […]

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Quote unquote

Posted by · 2:56 pm · January 4th, 2010

In one of yesterday’s comment threads, a bit of a discussion built up concerning the quotability (or otherwise) of “Avatar,” and how this factored into its potential pop-culture significance. It’s a subject that was also brought up a while back by Cinematical’s Erik Davis, who wondered whether the film’s oft-repeated refrain of “I see you” […]

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Oh yeah — nominee reactions…

Posted by · 12:09 pm · January 25th, 2009

I didn’t do the usual nominee reaction thing this year since I was in route to Santa Barbara, but I did send off some emails to friends and acquaintances that found themselves in the mix first thing Thursday morning. Marisa Tomei could only manage an “OMG!” from her BlackBerry before likely being whisked away to […]

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Santa Barbara heats up

Posted by · 5:29 pm · January 22nd, 2009

The air smells cleaner.  The sound of waves crashing outside the hotel room is soothing.  The hippies are dancing in the streets. It’s nice to get away from the mess of this morning and the frustration of Oscar season in general for eight days.  But the awards circuit isn’t out of sight by any means.  […]

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Separated at birth

Posted by · 12:20 pm · January 19th, 2009

Thanks to Hollywood Elsewhere for pointing out this amusing video, which … well, it speaks for itself, really:

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Best ‘Button’ TV spot of the year…

Posted by · 11:44 am · January 9th, 2009

…maybe the best TV spot of the year period.  Though it could have been longer.  I’m sure you’ve all seen the commercial featuring Arcade Fire’s “My Body is a Cage,” but in case you haven’t, I’m including it below. It’s a shame the film came up nil last night.  I spoke to Eric Roth this […]

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Is ‘Dark Knight’ an original screenplay?

Posted by · 10:56 am · December 30th, 2008

Or is this Bob Verini article in the latest issue of Script Magazine just desperately in need of a fact checker?  Normally I wouldn’t bring it up, but crazy stuff like this happens all the time.  Clearly, it’s a case of “based on characters created by,” etc.  But there tends to be a lot of […]

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12/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:43 am · December 29th, 2008

• Anita Singh looks at the upcoming year of the dog for British movie-goers, including “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” “Bolt,” “Marley and Me” and “Wendy and Lucy.” [Daily Telegraph] • “A Christmas Tale” tops Andrew O’Hehir’s list of the 10 best indie films of 2008. [Beyond the Multiplex] • Jonathan Miles talks to newly minted Oscar […]

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OFF THE CARPET: A season less ordinary…or is it?

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

The critics have nearly concluded their annual kudos dish.  The first guild has spoken, giving us some sliver of insight into what Academy members might think of the 2008-2009 Oscar season.  With such a thin crop of contenders, the tome has been “broad, but shallow, playing field,” leaving the opportunity for multiple films to find […]

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Golden Globes: the nominees react

Posted by · 12:00 pm · December 11th, 2008

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association tipped its collective hat to a number of the season’s hopeful contenders this morning, so it’s time to hear some reactions. Generally, a piece such as this is bound to consist of a bunch of gushing, perhaps even boilerplate gratitude from the nominees. And one certainly couldn’t fault them for […]

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12/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:10 am · December 10th, 2008

• The Gurus settle on a predicted five that seems to be becoming “the knowledge.” [Movie City News] • David Poland, meanwhile, takes the opportunity to spotlight 10 under-the-radar contenders. [Movie City News] • Always eager for a “look, we said something about it first” story, Steve Weintraub calls an exclusive (seriously, we need to […]

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12/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:50 am · December 8th, 2008

• Lou Lumenick runs down his 10-best list… [Lumenick on Film] • …and calls “Mamma Mia!” the guilty pleasure of the year. [Lumenick on Film] • Peter Sciretta gets a juicy tid-bit on the “Forrest Gump” sequel “Gump & Co.” from screenwriter Eric Roth: 9/11 killed the idea and all the principles decided it wasn’t […]

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‘Slumdog,’ ‘Torino’ win big at NBR

Posted by · 11:19 am · December 4th, 2008

The National Board of Review has announced its list of winners for the 2008 awards season and Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire” is the big champ, taking down three awards including Best Film and a tie for Best Adapted Screenplay with Eric Roth’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”  Dev Patel also won the award for […]

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‘Button’ drops (UPDATED with audio)

Posted by · 3:04 pm · November 22nd, 2008

UPDATED (5:30 p.m.): Alright, now that I’m home and away from the shuffle, I can unfold some further thoughts on this.  Judging by the mood of the room — mostly guild members and industry types, a lot of press folks have decided on the 6:00 screening — the verdict is a big thumbs up.  Lots […]

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Winded from the start

Posted by · 11:58 am · November 12th, 2008

This is well off topic, since it’s such a slow news day (and week), but is anyone else ever thrown for a loop by the longish headlines that appear on New York Times stories?  They seem to get more drastic in the arts & leisure section. I’ve had my hand at writing for the Times, […]

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Sweet buzz for ‘Button’ effects

Posted by · 3:54 pm · October 16th, 2008

Fresh on the heels of Gerard’s visual effects Tech Support column this morning, I got an email from an industry friend who keeps his eye on the tech races and, indeed, the Oscar races in general.  It seems “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which was always going to be a delicate effects balance, is […]

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‘Button’ footage raises concerns at Telluride

Posted by · 1:53 am · August 30th, 2008

Well I was willing to let the first murmurs go by without commentary, but the more I poke around, the more I’m hearing that the footage from David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” shown last night at the director’s tribute is underwhelming to say the least. This is disconcerting.  As much as I […]

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