2/1 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Wolverine, Iron Man to present, ‘Superman’ snub “reverse McCarthyism,” Franco’s class

Posted by · 8:27 am · February 1st, 2011

• Greg Ellwood shrewdly notes potential motive to announcing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) first as presenters at this year’s Academy Awards. [Awards Campaign] • Tom Hooper and Geoffrey Rush respond to the notion of cutting “The King’s Speech” to appease a PG-13 rating. [Inside Movies] • “Master Class: Editing James […]

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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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INTERVIEW: Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 11:36 am · December 1st, 2009

For actor Jeff Bridges, whose career has already spanned five decades, Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart” was something of a homecoming and, the actor says, “a dream come true.” Bridges stars in the film as Bad Blake, a ramblin’ country-western singer who travels the Southwest playing dive after dive, cut from the same cloth as Hank […]

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Paramount marketers getting a bit lazy?

Posted by · 10:36 pm · May 10th, 2009

Oh, I kid the good folks over on Melrose.  But tell me these two layouts weren’t switched at birth:

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘X’ marks the spot

Posted by · 2:53 pm · May 3rd, 2009

After all the hype, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” opened with a solid $87.0 million at the box office this weekend.  Both “X2” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” started with over $100 million* but “Wolverine” does better the $72.6 million of Bryan Singer’s original from 2000. When a film is received as poorly as Brett Ratner’s third […]

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Whaaa?

Posted by · 11:15 am · January 23rd, 2009

Richard Corliss’ rundown of yesterday’s Oscar nominations, following the familiar “will win/should win/wuz robbed” template, features some typically against-the-grain opinions, including the surprising (to me, at least) that Best Supporting Actress is the strongest of this year’s acting races. (“Three of the nominated ladies are Oscar-worthy,” he writes. And what are Rourke, Penn and Jenkins? […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Final preview special, part two

Posted by · 3:49 pm · January 21st, 2009

This is part two of my last glance at the year’s tech category contenders.  For part one, click here. Best Music (Original Score) Now here is a category where there are no locks. Nonetheless, considering the success of their films and scores in awards season to date, A.R. Rahmen (for “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Alexandre Desplat […]

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Visual Effects Society nominees

Posted by · 2:19 am · January 19th, 2009

Oh yeah, another guild (well, industry award I should say) this week: the Visual Effects Society (VES).  The group’s typically unnavigable list of kudos contenders can be found below and after the jump. It’s interesting to note “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” having a decent showing throughout, yet failing to make it to the […]

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CDG nominees

Posted by · 4:00 pm · January 13th, 2009

I’ve been out and about, so apologies for getting to the Costume Designers Guild nominees late: Contemporary Film “Iron Man” (Laura Jean Shannon and Rebecca Bentjen) “Mamma Mia!” (Ann Roth) “Sex and the City” (Patricia Field) “Slumdog Millionaire” (Suttirat Larlarb) “The Wrestler” (Amy Westcott) Period Film “Changeling” (Deborah Hopper) “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” […]

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Art Directors Guild Nominees

Posted by · 9:47 am · January 9th, 2009

Period Films “Changeling” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “Doubt” “Frost/Nixon” “Milk” Fantasy Films “The Dark Knight” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” “Iron Man” “The Spiderwick Chronicles” “WALL-E” Contemporary Films “Burn After Reading” “Gran Torino” “Quantum of Solace” “Slumdog Millionaire” “The Wrestler” Alright, so more surprising guild love for “The Wrestler.”  […]

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Cinema Audio Society nominees

Posted by · 7:31 pm · January 7th, 2009

The five contenders for the 2009 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards are: “The Dark Knight” “Iron Man” “Quantum of Solace” “Slumdog Millionaire” “WALL-E” So this is the second “Defiance” snub that has surprised me so far, following Eduardo Serra coming up short with the lensers earlier today. “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man” and especially “WALL-E” […]

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AMPAS narrows the visual effects field to seven

Posted by · 10:11 am · January 6th, 2009

Last month, the Academy whittled the contenders for Best Visual Effects down to 15 hopefuls.  Today, the branch has chipped away at it further. And then there were seven: “Australia” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “Iron Man” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” “The Mummy: […]

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USC Scripter nominees — ‘Iron Man’ surprises!

Posted by · 8:52 pm · January 5th, 2009

Now THAT’s what I call crashing the party.  I don’t know how you nominate “Iron Man” over “The Dark Knight” in a category such as this, but nice to see someone standing up and being original. The 2008 USC Scripter nominees are: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “Iron Man” “The Reader” “Revolutionary Road” “Slumdog […]

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My picks for the 10 BEST films of the year

Posted by · 11:04 am · December 29th, 2008

It’s no secret that I don’t expect 2008 to be remembered as a banner year for cinema, though with that said, there are plenty of exceptional films to be remembered. Perhaps 2007 spoiled us and got our hopes up and 2008 brought far too many let downs and disappointments from great filmmakers. Usually when I […]

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Runnin’ on empty: the best films of 2008

Posted by · 9:25 am · December 15th, 2008

Just to say it once more, because I’ve certainly brought it up enough, 2008 was not a good year for film-goers. That’s an incredibly subjective quip, of course, but I certainly found myself struggling with the level of quality on display with each and every screening, the oasis of the Oscar season ultimately proving to […]

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AFI list a blend of commercial and independent cinema

Posted by · 1:56 pm · December 14th, 2008

The American Film Institute has unveiled its schizophrenic list of the top 10 films of the year, and it’s a strangely delightful mixture of populist choices and more fringe contenders. The appearance of “Iron Man” is as interesting as “Wendy and Lucy” popping up, but I don’t think this collective will do much to help […]

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15 films vie for visual effects recognition

Posted by · 7:41 pm · December 12th, 2008

A little late to the party on this.  Been out, so, apologies.  But it looks like AMPAS has narrowed the Best Visual Effects field to 15 contenders, as follows: “Australia” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” “Cloverfield” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” “Hancock” “Hellboy II: […]

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Take that, Oscar: Grammy nominates ‘Dark Knight’ duo

Posted by · 3:24 am · December 4th, 2008

The Academy’s petty disqualification of Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s score for “The Dark Knight” from Oscar contention has already caused much gnashing of teeth on these pages, so here’s something to compound the embarrassment. It seems the Grammy voters are rather less fussy. Zimmer and Howard’s work was nominated yesterday in the category […]

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