TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume II

Posted by · 12:17 pm · October 22nd, 2009

As more films have been unleashed, the race for the visual effects Oscar now appears clearer than it did three months ago.  I’m starting to feel the race for the final three will really be down to a handful of films. As I explained in August, a shortlist of seven films will be announced in […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘District’ shines

Posted by · 10:40 am · August 16th, 2009

*All historic figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Internet hype doesn’t always translate into box office success, but “District 9” was able to live up to the buzz and debut with a strong $37 million and the top spot this weekend. For a film that cost a reported $30 million to make, this is […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festivals beckon, ‘District 9’ opens

Posted by · 7:05 pm · August 14th, 2009

• The New York Film Festival unveiled a decidedly foreign lineup, with Alain Resnais and Pedro Almodovar at either end. • Speaking of festivals, the long-awaited “The Road” was among the titles added to the Toronto slate this week. • With everyone excited about “District 9” this week, we took time to chat to the […]

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8/13 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:59 am · August 13th, 2009

• Todd Gilchrist talks to “The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard” star Jeremy Piven. [Cinematical] • Anthony Breznican has the scoop on Charlyne Yi and “Paper Heart.” [USA Today] • Who’s your favorite cinematic psychopath? [Talking Movies]

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The Ballad of G.I. Joe

Posted by · 8:59 pm · August 12th, 2009

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8/11 Web Round-up

Posted by · 12:16 pm · August 11th, 2009

Apologies for the lateness today.  I’m hammering this out on the plane en route to Los Angeles.  God bless Virgin America/on-board Wi-Fi. • Alan Duke talks to the Jewish Eli Roth about his pro-Nazi short “Nation’s Pride.” [CNN] • Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader on why a hard R “MacGruber” might work. [Vulture] • […]

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Debating ‘G.I. Joe’ on Attack of the Show

Posted by · 5:52 pm · August 10th, 2009

IC friends David Poland (Movie City News/The Hot Blog) and Robert Sanchez (IESB) appeared on G4’s Attack of the Show today to talk the “G.I. Joe” brouhaha and it was a pretty decent discussion.  I was hoping for more fireworks since I know Sanchez is a fan and Poland, of course, not so much.  But […]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’

Posted by · 1:34 pm · August 10th, 2009

Okay, so I shelled out the cash last night to see “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” while I’m away in San Francisco.  It’s awful in many ways (most of them beginning with Joseph and ending with Gordon-Levitt, surprisingly enough).  But it was also, I thought, unbelievably enjoyable.  I’m on the tongue-in-cheek bandwagon, I guess. […]

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Super Movie Friends on ‘G.I. Joe’

Posted by · 10:40 am · August 9th, 2009

I haven’t “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” yet.  I wasn’t one of the Paramount chosen and I’ve been moving my girlfriend up to San Francisco this weekend, but at some point, we do plan to dish out our hard-earned cash in town for a look-see.  Color me curious. Anyway, David Poland has put together […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘G.I.’ dough

Posted by · 10:27 am · August 9th, 2009

*All historical figures are adjusted to today’s dollars Paramount secured what is likely to be the last blockbuster opening of the summer with “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” this weekend. For a film that was plagued with bad buzz a few months ago and was withheld from most critics, a $56.2 million start is […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume I

Posted by · 11:51 am · August 6th, 2009

“How did they do that?”  Movie-goers often ask this in response to spectacular visual effects, one of few elements of a film, apart from acting, directing or story, that a studio might choose to sell a film directly on. Not surprisingly, the Academy’s award for Best Visual Effects is definitely the most mainstream-friendly of all […]

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8/6 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:29 am · August 6th, 2009

• Nikki Finke takes umbrage with the “Nation’s Pride” trailer being used to promote “Inglourious Basterds.” [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Graeme McRanor sits down with “District 9” composer Clinton Shorter. [Jawbone.tv] • Top 10 movie pregnancies. [The Film Experience]

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Quote of the day

Posted by · 11:01 am · August 5th, 2009

Good work Paramount, not screening G.I. Joe got everyone to talk about it (some twice) and you don’t even have to deal with the reviews. Twittered by Brad Brevet of Rope of Silicon.

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8/5 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:40 am · August 5th, 2009

• Tom O’Neil wonders whether “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is Razzie-bound. [Gold Derby] • Devin Faraci, meanwhile (one of the “easy marks” Paramount screened the film to over the rest of the nation’s critics), comments on the “No ‘Joe’” brouhaha. [CHUD] • And Steve Weintraub talks to the film’s screenwriter, Stuart Beattie. [Collider]

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8/4 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:54 am · August 4th, 2009

• Kate Beckinsale talks about the gritty new roles peppering her career as of late. [The Times] • The top 20 horror films of the last 20 years. [Entertainment Weekly] • Recounting “District 9″‘s serendipitous path to the screen. [Los Angeles Times]

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8/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:06 am · August 3rd, 2009

• Steven Miessner, the Academy’s white-gloved “keeper of the Oscars,” dead at 48. [USA Today] • Steve Weintraub talks “The Princess and the Frog” with directors Ron Clements and John Musker (at Comic-Con). [Collider] • The unmade films of Stanley Kubrick, including “Foucault’s Pendulum,” “Napoleon” and “Perfume.” [Empire]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Funny’ money

Posted by · 1:47 pm · August 2nd, 2009

*All historical figures are adjusted to today’s dollars. It was no laughing matter at the box office this weekend as Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” opened at the top spot with a disappointing $23.4 million. Not only is that lower than both “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” but it’s also the lowest figure […]

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7/31 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:03 am · July 31st, 2009

• Rose Byrne, leading lady at last. [Daily Telegraph] • More on the story that won’t go away as the “Moneyball” drama spills into the pages of Vanity Fair. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Stephanie Zacharek wonders whether the “Judd Apatow moment” might be over. [Salon]

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