SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Brothers’ gloom

Posted by · 11:11 am · December 6th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. As I already mentioned, the first weekend in December is a veritable dead zone at the multiplex as audiences start shifting more towards Christmas shopping and making vacation plans. Or maybe they are just too busy having sex. (More people are born in August than any […]

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‘Coraline’ leads the field of Annie nominees

Posted by · 11:13 am · December 1st, 2009

“Coraline” and “Up” both received nominations in eight categories.  “The Princess and the Frog” showed up in five while “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” showed up in four. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (3),  “Monsters vs. Aliens” (3), “9” (2), “Astro Boy” (2) and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2) brought up the rear with […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: New releases ‘Blind’ sided

Posted by · 5:55 pm · November 29th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? If you are Sandra Bullock or work for Warner Bros. then I think I already know the answer. The number one movie for the second weekend in a row is “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” with $42.5 million. This is a […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘Old Dogs,’ new pics

Posted by · 9:53 am · November 27th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. If you are like most of America, then you vaguely had an idea that some movies opened on Wednesday, you stuffed your face on Thursday and you will flock to the multiplex today. This five-day period is extremely lucrative for the box office […]

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11/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:43 am · November 25th, 2009

• “The Road” takes desolate journey from page to screen. [Wired] • Andrew O’Hehir talks “Bad Lieutenant” with Werner Herzog. [Beyond the Multiplex] • Anne Thompson says “Avatar” could debut at AICN’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon, of all places. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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EW’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ roundtable

Posted by · 1:42 pm · November 24th, 2009

Guy’s coverage from London here, but from Dave Karger’s Oscar Watch:

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11/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:23 am · November 23rd, 2009

• Dave Karger cusses with “Fantastic Mr. Fox” star Bill Murray. [Oscar Watch] • Owen Gleiberman whines about the snubbing of inferior documentaries, fails to recognize the solid slate of short-listed films we ended up with. [Entertainment Weekly] • Nicolas Rapold talks to the principals of “The Last Station.” [New York Times]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Doc shortlist, honorary Oscars and more

Posted by · 6:38 pm · November 20th, 2009

• The shortlist of contenders for the documentary Oscar was announced, surprising many — we dug into it a little. • The season’s first Oscars were handed out, as Lauren Bacall, Gordon Willis, Roger Corman and John Calley were celebrated at the Governors’ Awards. • This week’s Off the Carpet column broke down the wide-open […]

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Alexandre Desplat: Hollywood’s most prolific composer

Posted by · 10:09 am · November 17th, 2009

A quick glance at Alexandre Desplat’s 2009 resume reveals a whopping seven titles.  That’s pretty prolific for someone who offers up quality work each and every time out, rather than coasting on simplicity like a few other hard-working film music composers out there.  This weekend alone there are two films bearing Desplat’s musical signature — […]

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Wes Anderson and friends on ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Posted by · 3:39 pm · November 15th, 2009

“The reason Roald wrote such wonderful children’s books was that he could think like a child. Wes has that capacity too.” With this statement, at a cozy round-table interview in the dining room of bucolic Dahl homestead Gipsy House, Liccy Dahl makes clear her endorsement of Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” the auteur’s oddball adaptation […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Apocalypse wow

Posted by · 10:25 am · November 15th, 2009

*All historical figures are adjusted to today’s dollars. Roland Emmerich’s still got it. And by “it,” I mean the ability to make blockbuster hits out of the same movie again and again. “2012” opened at the top of the box office with $65 million and the seventh-biggest opening of 2009. It’s also the 10th-biggest November […]

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An invitation to dinner

Posted by · 3:19 pm · November 14th, 2009

In case you were wondering, these British (but American-accented) critters apparently celebrate Thanksgiving. Globalization is happening everywhere you look. Anyway, cute marketing gimmick — click the image for fun and games. More “Fantastic Mr. Fox” talk to come tomorrow, from the press junket I attended last month. You seen the film yet?

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11/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:05 am · November 13th, 2009

• Jeffrey Wells grills New York waitresses on their knowledge of the mere existence of “The Hurt Locker.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Oscar hopefuls “Anivl! The Story of Anvil” and “Food, Inc.” among IDA Award nominees. [Hollywood Reporter] • Tim Gray gets quotes making a case against The 10. [Variety]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘2012’ on the way

Posted by · 1:28 am · November 13th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. (This is the first of a new series of columns splitting the weekly Sunday Cents column in half. We’ll cover the weekend box office on Sundays and save the forecasts for Thursdays from here on out.) Roland Emmerich returns this weekend to popular landmark destruction for […]

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Studio FYC sites on the march

Posted by · 9:32 am · November 11th, 2009

It’s that time of year, when studios roll out their awards-centric websites for films in play.  You get screening info, news and notes, reminders of how AMAZING their films are (with critical quotes to back it up), goodies like screenplays and such, etc.  It’s a good way to see how wide the net is cast […]

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11/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:55 am · November 10th, 2009

• Deborah Sontag talks “The Messenger” with Oren Moverman, Woody Harrelson, etc. [New York Times] • Roger Ebert sits down with the fast-becoming new “it” girl, Gabourey Sidibe. [Chicago Sun-Times] • With movies still to be seen in 2009, Noah Forrest pegs “25th Hour” as the decade’s best.  Brave choice.  I’m a fan. [Movie City […]

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A more fantastic fox

Posted by · 9:17 am · November 7th, 2009

I don’t think I need to explain why I love this. Props to graphic designer Sam Smith (and Jeff Wells for bringing it to light).

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Fascinating look at voicing ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Posted by · 10:40 am · November 5th, 2009

Yahoo! Movies has an awesome exclusive look today behind the scenes of Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and the unusual process by which he and his team of actors recorded voices for the film.  Check it out:

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