‘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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THE LONG SHOT: Popular mechanics

Posted by · 6:19 pm · November 25th, 2009

“My God, they’ve thrown in everything but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Quoted by writer Anthony Holden in his gossipy history “The Oscars,” this was one publicist’s dismayed response to the 1990 Academy Award nominations, which included such unusual concessions to popular (as opposed to critical) opinion as a Best Picture nomination for “Ghost” and […]

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The economics of 3D … and why I don’t care

Posted by · 6:36 pm · August 6th, 2009

I’m going to sound about three times my actual age for saying this, but I’ll say it anyway: I could not care less about 3D. I know it’s important, I know it’s fun, I know it’s the future. I know all this largely because almost 20 years ago, a group of cheery traveling 3D promoters […]

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Regrettable: ‘Ice Age 3’ becomes highest grossing animated film overseas

Posted by · 4:24 pm · August 6th, 2009

Those who follow the site know I’m a “Finding Nemo” devotee.  The film has grown on me more and more over the years, and despite landing at #3 on my 2003 top 10, I’ve been toying with the idea of including it in my top 10 films of the decade list (which will be unveiled […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Wild about ‘Harry’

Posted by · 12:12 am · July 20th, 2009

*All historical figures are adjusted to today’s dollars. To the surprise of no one, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was the number one movie at the box office this weekend with $79.5 million. The film made an additional $80.1 million on Wednesday and Thursday, so Daniel Radcliffe and company have just under $160 million […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Buried treasure, reading pleasure

Posted by · 11:30 pm · July 11th, 2009

Entirely slipped my mind to do this on Friday, but here’s what we (and you) were talking about this week: • At 2009’s halfway mark, this week’s list shone a light on the year’s most undersung films thus far. • In Page to Screen this week, we eagerly sank our teeth into Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter […]

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Small victories

Posted by · 2:28 pm · July 7th, 2009

As “Transformers” hangs on by a hair to the the top spot for another week Stateside, there’s at least some minor consolation for the film’s detractors (and Michael Mann champions) in the weekend figures for the UK box office, where it wasn’t even a contest for the win: Title Weekend Takings Total to Date 1. […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Photo finish on ‘Ice’

Posted by · 11:09 am · July 5th, 2009

*Historical figures quoted are adjusted to today’s dollars. It was another close race at the box office this weekend with estimates calling it an exact tie between “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” but Monday actuals might tell a different story. The third entry in the animated series (only […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Box office ‘Trans’-stormed!

Posted by · 3:37 pm · June 28th, 2009

After a critical mauling the likes of which is usually reserved for Uwe Boll, Michael Bay’s mega-budget sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” opened to the second largest five day opening of all-time behind “The Dark Knight.” Is that surprising? Not really. The original film is one of only two non-sequels in the last three […]

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