Edinburgh calling

Posted by · 9:25 pm · June 15th, 2009

In a little over an hour, I’ll be hopping on a (very) early morning train and making the 300 mile journey up north to Edinburgh. Ordinarily, this alone would be cause for excitement — for me, Scotland’s capital, with its curious combination of twisty Medieval quirk, stately academia and cooler-than-thou cultural swagger, is one of […]

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LOL

Posted by · 12:37 pm · February 27th, 2009

How did I miss this? From the Guardian’s Oscar wrap earlier this week: When Miley Cyrus told news media that Angelina Jolie is her “favourite figure from history,” was it because she thinks that Jolie is Alexander the Great’s mother, Colin Farrell the King of Macedonia and Brad Pitt Achilles? Sure, why not? Priceless. But let’s […]

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Best Actor race — shades of ’74 and ’02

Posted by · 6:26 am · February 10th, 2009

The 1974 Academy Award nominees for Best Actor were Jack Nicholson in “Chinatown,” Al Pacino in “The Godfather, Part II,” Albert Finney in “Murder on the Orient Express,” Art Carney in “Harry and Tonto” and Dustin Hoffman in “Lenny.”  There had been some mild surprise that Gene Hackman had been passed over for his work […]

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NYT Mag’s Great Performers

Posted by · 12:52 pm · February 5th, 2009

The New York Times Magazine has launched a sweet set of slide shows, “Great Performers,” narrated by journalist Lynn Hirschberg featuring Oscar nominees Frank Langella, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Mickey Rourke, Penelope Cruz (saucy shots!), Kate Winslet and Robert Downey Jr. These shots of Winslet and Rourke are definitely my favorites.  Loky has become a […]

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2/4 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:35 am · February 4th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein reports on his self-moderated producers panel from last week’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival. [The Big Picture] • The Gurus o’ Gold pick their ones and twos. [Movie City News] • Angelina Jolie has, uh…misplaced her “Girl, Interrupted” Oscar. [Daily Telegraph] • Tom O’Neil, meanwhile, gives Meryl Streep shit for leaving hers […]

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1/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:03 am · January 29th, 2009

• Looks like Mickey Rourke isn’t going to get into the ring after all. [Associated Press] • Perhaps in response to snarky items like this? [Vulture] • Kim Voynar deconstructs the Oscar nominations a week later. [Movie City News] • In case it wasn’t obvious from the start, Joaquin Phoenix has been punkin’ y’all. [Entertainment […]

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“Alan Parker had a boner…”

Posted by · 7:38 am · January 28th, 2009

Sorry — just now getting this up on the site.  Brilliant stuff: More here.

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OFF THE CARPET: Welcome to phase two

Posted by · 9:10 am · January 26th, 2009

The nominations and all their ghastly reality are behind us.  The first two major guilds have spoken.  “Slumdog Millionaire” continues a long, slow (too slow for Searchlight) march toward Oscar, and ironically enough, the only film to win two awards at last night’s SAG ceremony was the one a lot of people were pissed got […]

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Guessing the weekend’s guilds

Posted by · 12:13 pm · January 24th, 2009

I’ve been giving my picks out to various aggregators this weekend but haven’t bothered with a post of my own.  Go figure. I feel like the only sure thing at the SAG is Heath Ledger’s victory in the Best Supporting Actor category, but while everyone else is banking on Sean Penn and Kate Winslet in […]

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OFF THE CARPET: From the horse’s mouth

Posted by · 7:47 am · January 12th, 2009

The last two weeks have been a leaf blower to the debris an awards season can accumulate.  Individuals with some real say in the ultimate Oscar picture have finally gone on the record, painting a rather clear picture of the industry’s favorite films of 2008. But before diving into the realities of the various guild […]

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If nominated, will Clint win Best Actor? I think so…

Posted by · 10:26 am · January 10th, 2009

Though it ain’t over till it’s over, I think the five nominees for best actor have all but been decided.  Come nomination morning, I expect to hear the names of Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Frank Langella, Mickey Rourke and Richard Jenkins. Of course I have no way of knowing if this is how things will end […]

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1/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:46 am · January 6th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein busts Miramax’s balls for fudging a “Doubt” praise quote. [The Big Picture] • David Poland analyzes the top 10 collective for Oscar tea leaves. [The Hot Blog] • Sam Thielman reports from the NYC Lincoln Center Q&A with David Fincher… [Variety] • …and Lane Brown gives the director some more grief for […]

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New to DVD, the real Frost/Nixon Watergate interviews

Posted by · 8:46 am · December 16th, 2008

As Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon” continues to step up during the film awards season this year, it might be worth noting that Liberation Entertainment has gone to the trouble of putting together a hell of a study guide: “Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews,” currently available on DVD. Patching together the Watergate portion of Sir David Frost’s […]

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Sean Penn on course for Oscar #2, and he deserves it

Posted by · 7:36 am · December 14th, 2008

With two of the major critics awards won, actor Sean Penn seems to be headed for his second Academy Award for Best Actor for his brilliant work in “Milk.” Penn’s work through the 1980s and 1990s defined him as one of the greatest actors of his generation (if not the best) and certainly on the […]

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Skeletor yields Nixon?

Posted by · 7:14 am · December 3rd, 2008

Anthony Breznican’s USA Today profile of “Frost/Nixon” star Frank Langella is a nice sprint through the actor’s career with nice anecdotes from this year’s Best Actor hopeful.  But sue me for relishing the send-off more than anything else: In the 1980s, his movie career waned, but one high-profile performance was that skull-faced villain Skeletor in […]

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Are the Oscars a popularity contest? Sort of.

Posted by · 6:57 pm · November 10th, 2008

Over at his increasingly active OscarWatch blog, Dave Karger is bringing up the age-old issue of whether or not the Oscars are a popularity contest. The post is in part a response to Tom O’Neil and Pete Hammond’s dismantling of Karger’s predictions in the Best Actor race, where he declared the frontrunners to be Sean […]

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Rousing Best Actor race shaping up

Posted by · 9:20 am · November 5th, 2008

In a year I maintain to be disappointing, I must confess that the sprint to the finish is looking more and more exciting all the time, with an exceptional crop of actors vying for Best Actor nominations. This could very well be the year that Clint Eastwood wins an acting Oscar, or that the previously […]

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My back, my aching back…thoughts on ‘Milk’ and ‘Frost’

Posted by · 10:07 pm · October 28th, 2008

This is why I don’t do the festival thing.  Multiple screenings back-to-back always plagues the faculties. Anyway, David Poland was eager to iPhone in his “First!” response on “Milk,” and while I agree with his assessment of Sean Penn’s phenomenal portrayal, I can’t share his overall enthusiasm for the film itself. On the whole, it’s […]

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