PAGE TO SCREEN: “Shutter Island” by Dennis Lehane

Posted by · 1:20 pm · July 9th, 2009

Deep into Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel noir “Shutter Island,” there’s a wonderfully telling exchange between the two central characters. Reflecting on the gothic heights to which their situation has spiralled, one observes, “It’s all a bit Grand Guignol, don’t you think?” His partner’s reply: “I don’t know what the fuck that means.” Ostensibly a nod […]

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Take the money and run, part two

Posted by · 3:59 pm · April 13th, 2009

Just a few days after I bemoaned the fact that an actor of Jackie Earle Haley’s calibre must resort to headlining a retread of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” comes even more depressing news. Almost fifteen years after collecting an Oscar nomination for a performance that most actresses would find to be career-making, poor Elisabeth […]

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Take the money and run

Posted by · 10:25 am · April 7th, 2009

Jackie Earle Haley’s recently resuscitated career is a textbook example of how true the banal platitude “the nomination is the reward” can sometimes be. Prior to 2006, the former child star hadn’t made a film for 13 years; one devastating performance (in Todd Field’s undervalued “Little Children”), a smattering of critics’ awards and a richly […]

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1/12 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:31 am · January 12th, 2009

• Jeffrey Wells responds to last night’s Golden Globe Awards. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • David Carr gets some choice quotes from twofer victor Kate Winslet in the press room. [The Carpetbagger] • Guy Adams, meanwhile, comments on the actress’s “downbeat” role choices. [The Independent] • Karina Longworth’s eight Globe moments that transcended cynicism. [Spout Blog] • […]

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Jackie Earle Haley unmasked on set of ‘Watchmen’

Posted by · 9:44 am · August 15th, 2008

It’s no secret that, despite some nay-saying and general anxiety about Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Watchmen,” I have been on board since we first caught a glimpse of the trailer back in July. I got the sense that Snyder’s visual style might be strangely suited to the material in a surprising sort of way that could […]

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The nominees react

Posted by · 10:30 am · January 23rd, 2007

After a few weeks of frigid, citrus terrorizing temperatures, if you step outside this morning in Los Angeles, it’s a beautiful, cloudless, sunny day. But it’s a little sunnier for those who were greeted with Oscar nominations, whether expected or unexpected. I had the opportunity to talk with a few of the lucky souls who’ve […]

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