Indie Spirits, HBO and Weinstein party down on Oscar eve

Posted by · 11:06 am · February 27th, 2011

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind.  The Indie Spirits was a lovely affair, though they really need to figure out the show aspect because it kind of fell apart this year.  I didn’t see it on television so maybe it was edited into shape, but in the room, it just felt like chaos. I […]

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Mann trying his ‘Luck’ with TV once again

Posted by · 8:51 am · October 11th, 2010

Doesn’t it feel like television is moving into a new golden age?  Everything from hour dramas to half-hour comedies is as impressive as ever and top filmmaking talent continues to make the jump.  We’ve already seen Martin Scorsese’s impact with “Boardwalk Empire” this year and if there’s one thing I’m looking forward to on the […]

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HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ quenches thirst for good TV

Posted by · 12:07 pm · September 20th, 2010

Moving away from the big screen for a moment, I’ve been looking for a series to come along and take the place of “Deadwood” (RIP), and I think I may have found it.  It’s not that HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” is immediately up to the genius level of David Milch’s series, but it absolutely showcases the […]

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‘Mildred Pierce’ trailer

Posted by · 7:57 am · September 13th, 2010

Okay, this isn’t theatrical coverage, but one of the projects I’ve had my eye on for some time is Todd Haynes’s remake/re-adaptation of “Mildred Pierce.” It has been developed as a mini-series and looks incredibly striking, if viewed through a much different prism than Michael Curtiz’s original film.  Check out new trailer for the event […]

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‘Mildred Pierce’: bring it on

Posted by · 9:55 pm · February 11th, 2010

This is the first time I can remember a TV movie rising to the top of my “gotta see it” pile, but how can you not be excited for the forthcoming Todd Haynes four-hour “Mildred Pierce” HBO mini-series with Kate Winslet?  I forgot all about this project, which has been in the works for some […]

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10/14 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:46 am · October 14th, 2009

• Dave Karger, in a slow news week, digs up the old “‘Hangover’ for Best Pic” notion.  No. [Oscar Watch] • Jeff Wells face-to-face with “Fantastic Mr. Fox” director Wes Anderson. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Susan King talks to editing legend Anne V. Coates, whose career was showcased at the Academy last night. [Los Angeles Times]

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HBO’s Spielberg-produced mini-series ‘The Pacific’

Posted by · 1:48 pm · June 22nd, 2009

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HBO ‘Dark Knight’ promos featuring the Pixies

Posted by · 6:42 pm · June 8th, 2009

Last year’s box office hog (and Best Picture no-show) “The Dark Knight” premieres on HBO this Friday, June 13.  There is nothing particularly creative about using the Pixies’ “Where is my Mind?” on these promo commercials of course, but I love the juxtaposition anyway. (Courtesy: Superherpo Hype)

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‘Deadwood’ to re-air on DirecTV

Posted by · 10:23 am · May 22nd, 2009

David Milch’s “Deadwood” was, to my mind, the best show on TV until it was unceremoniously canceled in 2006.  It’s heartbreaking that its many complex plot threads were left twisting in the wind and that, in all likelihood, Milch will never bother with the feature films he once promised would close the chapter on his […]

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‘Grey Gardens’ redefines Drew Barrymore as an actress

Posted by · 2:13 pm · April 19th, 2009

In a stunning, Oscar-worthy performance that redefines her as an actress, Drew Barrymore is nothing short of miraculous as Little Edie in “Grey Gardens,” the latest knockout from HBO. Nothing the actress has shown us before will prepare you for her transformation into the eccentric character she portrays in this fine film. I remember seeing […]

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David Gordon Green catches his stride in comedy

Posted by · 10:06 pm · March 8th, 2009

It has to be doubly sweet for my southern brethren to take in HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” every Sunday night, but even if this country detail or that passes below your radar, or heck, even if you don’t know a blatant Ric Flair gag when you see one, I can’t imagine anyone not laughing their […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Appaloosa’ composer Jeff Beal

Posted by · 7:59 am · October 10th, 2008

Like a number of film music composers, Jeff Beal makes his home north of Los Angeles in the rocky, canyoned city of Agoura Hills.  One feels a sense of the old west before even seeing the ranch-style houses in his neighborhood and the tail-flipping horses tied out back.  Questions about his work on “Appaloosa,” Ed […]

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Retro

Posted by · 12:03 am · May 11th, 2008

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1NKoMNy5bY

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On the posterity of history

Posted by · 5:28 pm · April 21st, 2008

I forgot to mention below that there were two specific moments in last night’s closing installment of “John Adams” that struck a definite chord with me. Both regarded the perception of history when it is given to interpretation and glorification, as Adams accosted a painter at his artistic license and as Giamatti read his warning […]

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John Adams rides off into the sunset

Posted by · 12:22 am · April 21st, 2008

Well I held back on talking about HBO’s “John Adams” after viewing the second episode last month, but now that it’s over, allow me to speak up on what has become a very popular mini-series event. I was happy to see that the Alien and Sedition Acts finally made an appearance last week, albeit a […]

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Almost there

Posted by · 10:52 pm · March 26th, 2008

Robert De Niro’s “The Good Shepherd” has been running on HBO this month. I stopped flipping to watch some of it this evening, kind of caught up in the brief year-ago nostalgia, but mostly transfixed with a film that is so close, yet so far. I remember when I first saw the film at the […]

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Don’t tread on me

Posted by · 12:07 pm · March 24th, 2008

I’m starting to wonder if a 7-part mini-series was the best way to go on “John Adams.” While there were some great moments with Tom Wilikinson in last night’s third installment, I have to confess, it was largely boring on the whole. Who would go back and re-watch something that tedious? The history, thankfully, was […]

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HBO’s “John Adams”

Posted by · 7:24 pm · March 16th, 2008

I must say, I’m slightly agitated by the approach HBO’s latest mini-series, “John Adams,” seems to be taking. Granted one cannot build a 7-part event around a hero too clearly flawed, but the fact remains that Adams wasn’t exactly the most noble of our founding fathers. Being a journalist, I can’t personally celebrate he of […]

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