SUNDAY CENTS: Taking ‘Hood’ stock

Posted by · 4:16 pm · May 16th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott helped steal $37.1 million from the poor on behalf of the rich as “Robin Hood” enters the chart in second place this week. The humorless duo courted the older adult audience, and in that respect, this is a solid enough debut. […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘Robin’ of schlocksley

Posted by · 2:12 pm · May 14th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Fresh off a tepid debut at Cannes, Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe have unleashed their fifth collaboration upon the world. Forget Scorsese and DiCaprio, these guys are taking actor-director bromance to another level. Together, they’ve given us Oscar winning hits (“Gladiator”), non-Oscar winning hits (“American Gangster”) […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: The ‘Iron’ is still hot

Posted by · 6:39 pm · May 9th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. “Iron Man 2” landed with a softer than expected $133.6 million to easily win the weekend. Now, is it even possible for $133.6 million to ever be disappointing? That’s the ninth biggest opening weekend of all time for crying out loud. Plus the film has already […]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘Iron Man 2’

Posted by · 4:25 pm · May 7th, 2010

The summer movie season launches today with the high octane, multiplex-flexing “Iron Man 2.” I’ve already offered up a few comments in today’s Oscar Talk special, and Guy gave it some ink last week, but cut loose with your own views here once you see it today, over the weekend, whenever.  Thumbs up?  Thumbs down?  […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 26 — Special Edition! — Catching up, Cannes on the way, ‘Iron Man’ kicks off the summer season

Posted by · 3:58 pm · May 7th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk, your one-stop kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. It’s been a while, so there was plenty to cover in this, the first of three off-season podcasts we’ll offer up through the summer. On the docket today… • With Cannes around the corner, we briefly size things […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘Babies’!

Posted by · 1:44 pm · May 7th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. The babies are finally here guys! You’ve oohed and ahhed at penguins and oceans and Michael Moore, but this documentary finally gives you the chance to ooh and ahh at humans. Specifically, little ones. There’s also a silly sounding movie about a man who wears a […]

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Stunningly stupid

Posted by · 12:27 pm · May 7th, 2010

FINAL UPDATE (5/11/10): JoBlo has now posted an apology letter from Tom Perkins, the accused.  It’s as dubious as you might expect but at least the whole thing has some closure. UPDATE (5/9/10): You’ll notice that the video is now indicated as “private” and can’t be viewed.  But this guy got his comeuppance on the […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Iron Man 2” (**1/2)

Posted by · 6:34 am · May 3rd, 2010

“Good is the enemy of Great,” wrote Jim Collins, in one of the more high-maintenance self-help plans you’re likely to encounter. As nice a thought as it is, this law appears to have no place in the world of the Hollywood franchise blockbuster, where Crap is the enemy of pretty much everything, and Good is […]

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Because it made me laugh

Posted by · 7:22 am · April 20th, 2010

Is “Iron Man 2” really just 10 days away? This is the buzziest thing I’ve seen about it.

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‘Iron Man 2’ trailer

Posted by · 10:01 am · March 8th, 2010

And now for something completely different…

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My most anticipated films of 2010

Posted by · 9:45 am · January 1st, 2010

Annually I put together a hasty list of my most anticipated films of the New Year on January 1.  I got rid of the pomp and circumstance around the perennial post a while back and just stuck with the list.  But a couple of things… I’m not sure if Kevin Macdonald’s “The Eagle of the […]

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9/2 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:37 am · September 2nd, 2009

• “A Serious Man,” a glossary. [Focus Features] • Peter Knegt writes up 10 things the fall fests could tell us about the awards season. [indieWIRE] • Julian Fellowes talks Robert Altman eight years after “Gosford Park,” bringing back memories (old school Oscar Central readers know). [The Wrap]

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One more parting shot…

Posted by · 10:09 am · July 26th, 2009

Snapped by Jon Favreau on the Hall H stage during the “Iron Man 2” panel discussion: And a taste of Kevin Smith at the Con, where he talks about the fact that the title “A Couple of Dicks” may not hold (My camera lost battery power half-way through.  Apologies):

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COMIC-CON: Wrapping it up

Posted by · 9:51 am · July 26th, 2009

I wish I could tell you how awesome the “Iron Man 2” footage form yesterday’s Paramount panel was, but Hall H was packed to the gills and even us schmoes int he VIP line couldn’t get in because it was at capacity.  Without a doubt, the event was the most popular attraction at this year’s […]

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The intersection, nay, collision of art and commerce

Posted by · 9:30 am · July 22nd, 2009

This morning has been quite the disenchanting read on the internet.  Everywhere I turn, it’s all the same content: “Nightmare on Elm Street” set visit reports, ogling nothing images released from “Iron Man 2,” Comic-Con preparations with the requisite trappings, “OMG, Sam Raimi’s gonna direct ‘World of Warcraft,’” etc.  Bleak indeed.  It seems to be […]

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Comic-Con on the way

Posted by · 9:31 am · July 20th, 2009

Like the rest of the web geek world, I guess, I’m gearing up for this year’s San Diego Comic Con International, which begins with preview night on Wednesday. All eyes, of course, are on Thursday’s slew of events, a treasure trove of goodies that made for a ton of Sophie’s choices when putting together my […]

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First look at Mickey Rourke in ‘Iron Man 2’

Posted by · 5:08 pm · June 9th, 2009

Courtesy of USA Today, Screen Rant and Jon Favreau’s Twitter page, we get our first peek at Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in “Iron Man 2.”  Quite low-tech, which is interesting.  Thoughts? Side-by-side comparison with a comic depiction of Whiplash after the jump.

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Downey suits up one more time

Posted by · 10:27 pm · April 30th, 2009

(Courtesy: USA Today)

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