11/16 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Cooper to remake ‘Carancho,’ Liman talks ‘Fair Game,’ dogpiling on Harrison Ford

Posted by · 8:47 am · November 16th, 2010

• Scott Cooper set to remake “Carancho.” [Deadline] • Erik Childress looks forward to the self-aware “legitimate opinions” of critics groups. [Cinematical] • John Lopez writes up Oscar’s longshots. [Little Gold Men]

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Ford does Letterman

Posted by · 10:20 am · November 9th, 2010

I’m not all that high on Roger Michell’s “Morning Glory” or Harrison Ford’s gravelly-voiced portrayal of a curmudgeonly news man, but I enjoyed his sit-down with David Letterman last night.  Part two after the jump.  (Mike Ryan, meanwhile, charts the actor’s response to “Star Wars” questions throughout the years at Movieline.)

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Harrison Ford to receive Santa Barbara’s Kirk Douglas Award

Posted by · 3:44 pm · September 29th, 2010

The press release, in part: In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to present the fifth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM to the legendary Academy Award-nominated actor/producer Harrison Ford… “I’m delighted to give this award to Harrison Ford,” commented Kirk Douglas. […]

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COMIC-CON: Universal brings ‘Paul’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ oh my

Posted by · 7:54 pm · July 24th, 2010

With its “Scott Pilgrim” presence already dominating the scene here at Comic-Con, Universal publicity didn’t need to do much else to be top of the nerd mountain this weekend. Then they went and blew the roof off. The studio first offered up a sizzle reel for Greg Mottola’s sci-fi comedy “Paul,” which went over well […]

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Baldwin, Ford, Affleck … Clooney?

Posted by · 4:15 pm · July 6th, 2009

Isn’t it funny how there are some high-profile films that you anticipate, see, thoroughly like at the time … and then promptly forget about until they crop up on late-night TV, in conversation or in some news archive, and you think, “Hey, that wasn’t half bad?” Such is the sort of flashback I had while […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Enemies’ surfaces, Edinburgh launches

Posted by · 6:11 pm · June 19th, 2009

• Michael Mann’s much-awaited “Public Enemies” finally peeked out from behind the covers, generating much early discussion, if no permitted reviews. • A rumor circulated that Christopher Nolan might leave the Batman franchise, prompting heated speculation over a potential replacement. • Across the pond, we kicked off our coverage of the Edinburgh Film Festival, with […]

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Mo’ money, mo’ problems

Posted by · 3:08 am · June 16th, 2009

Power and money don’t go hand in hand, it would seem. If Forbes’ recent list of the world’s most powerful celebrities — you remember, the one that informed us that Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston wield more power than Barack Obama — was quite amusing, their new ranking of Hollywood’s 20 biggest earners is simply […]

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Great performances in bad movies

Posted by · 8:21 am · April 3rd, 2009

It happens, sometimes when a really fine actor manages to give a brilliant performance in a terrible or weak film, a diamond in the rough. In fact, some of the best actors working have shone brightly in bad films as far back as the 1940s, though I will focus on the 1970s to present day […]

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10/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:46 am · October 26th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil ponders Angelina Jolie’s Oscar hopes yet again… [Gold Derby] • …and rather pointlessly takes a shot at Sean Penn. [Gold Derby] • Peter Bart is charmed by Clint Eastwood’s development through the years. [Peter Bart] • Eastwood, meanwhile, offers up 12 key influences on his life in movies. [Entertaiment Weekly] • Peter […]

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Edward Norton and the not-so-jolly green giant

Posted by · 9:51 am · June 24th, 2008

What can be said of the fearless Edward Norton, who recently became an on-screen comic book hero?  I never understood his choice to take on the role of Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk.  And now, post-release, I’m still puzzled. He walked into a franchise that became a fast mess just five years ago.  And […]

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Greatest non-nominated perfs: too many to count…

Posted by · 6:38 am · June 17th, 2008

…but I’ll try.  A sprint of sorts through deacades of deserving contenders (in my opinion, of course). I ask you this: How did those lovable characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” portrayed so brilliantly by Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Lion) and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch), fail to be nominated in […]

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10 things I hate about ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’

Posted by · 9:47 am · May 24th, 2008

1) Mac McHale In a long line of wonderful secondary characters — Sallah, Marcus Brody, Henry Jones Sr., Short Round — screenwriter David Koepp, and whoever might have made their mark on the screenplay prior, manages to crank out a pointless, unbelievably benign individual who sits in the stomach of the film like a glass […]

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More than just an icon

Posted by · 10:05 am · May 20th, 2008

Though best known as the fedora-wearing, bull whip-cracking hero of the Indiana Jones films, Harrison Ford has forged a strong career as an actor, with an impressive filmography that has, in many quarters, gone sadly unnoticed. One of the downsides to being a movie star — or an actor best known for work in blockbusters, […]

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First review of ‘Crystal Skull’ lands in the Sunday Times

Posted by · 6:05 am · May 18th, 2008

It seems John Harlow of the Times of London has managed a screening of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” at some point in the last week, sure to rub a number of self-perceived entitled journalists the wrong way. What’s more, he’s gone ahead with a full review, a totally positive assessment […]

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