1/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:56 am · February 18th, 2010

(Your non-Harvey-influenced round-up for the morning…) • Is Armando Iannucci planning to take the world of “In the Loop” to HBO? [CHUD] • Bill Mechanic responds to criticism over move to eliminate original song performances. [The Odds] • Actors on an actorless “Avatar.” [Los Angeles Times]

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An evening at the CCMAs

Posted by · 10:46 am · January 16th, 2010

Alright, now that the booze and the hangover have worn off, let’s talk last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. It was a decently produced evening, the venue having shifted from the Santa Monica Civic Center to the Hollywood Palladium, right in the middle of Tinseltown.  The scheme of having 10 tables rounding the stage representing […]

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9/18 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:32 am · September 18th, 2009

• Matt Damon on packing on the pounds for “The Informant!,” among other things. [USA Today] • Which earth crisis documentary is for you? [Beyond the Multiplex] • In honor of “A Prophet,” newly submitted as France’s foreign film Oscar representative, a list of the best-ever prison films. [Awards Daily]

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The ‘real’ Ferris Bueller mourns John Hughes

Posted by · 11:22 am · August 13th, 2009

If anything good can be said to have from such a sad event, the premature passing of John Hughes has at least inspired an unusually high standard of obituary-writing. The personal connection still felt by an entire generation with his films has manifested itself in a number of heartfelt, idiosyncratic tributes from a wide range […]

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8/13 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:59 am · August 13th, 2009

• Todd Gilchrist talks to “The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard” star Jeremy Piven. [Cinematical] • Anthony Breznican has the scoop on Charlyne Yi and “Paper Heart.” [USA Today] • Who’s your favorite cinematic psychopath? [Talking Movies]

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8/12 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:32 am · August 12th, 2009

• Kevin Kelly digs into the J.J. Abrams “Dark Tower” project. [Cinematical] • In honor of “Julie & Julia,” 10 blogs that could be movies. [Film School Rejects] • Liam Neeson walks his first red carpet since the death of wife Natasha Richardson. [Associated Press]

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8/11 Web Round-up

Posted by · 12:16 pm · August 11th, 2009

Apologies for the lateness today.  I’m hammering this out on the plane en route to Los Angeles.  God bless Virgin America/on-board Wi-Fi. • Alan Duke talks to the Jewish Eli Roth about his pro-Nazi short “Nation’s Pride.” [CNN] • Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader on why a hard R “MacGruber” might work. [Vulture] • […]

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A.O. Scott remembers John Hughes as the Godard of a generation

Posted by · 11:11 am · August 10th, 2009

I’m stilling a bit bummed from the news of director John Hughes’ sudden passing last week in New York.  Even though he was years past his prime, these things come to mark the end of an era and signify an abrupt change that is, well, slightly unwelcome. The tributes and remembrances have been coming fast […]

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8/10 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:57 am · August 10th, 2009

• Charles Burress chats up legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki. [Los Angeles Times] • John DeVore goes fly fishing in Vermont for the “A River Runs Through It” Blu-ray junket. [Premiere] • A.O. Scott wraps up the summer with a tired old argument against the dumbed down summer movie season. [New York Times]

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8/7 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:54 am · August 7th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein revisits a collection of filmmakers’ tributes to John Hughes, “the Tolstoy of American teenagers.” [The Big Picture] • The irrepressible Pedro Almodovar talks aging, Cruz and “Broken Embraces.”  On a side note, how sweet is the photo to the right? [Daily Telegraph] • Meryl Streep has a problem with male bloggers. Love you […]

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R.I.P. John Hughes

Posted by · 3:51 pm · August 6th, 2009

Stolen from us, a true staple of the 1980s cinema, “Mr. Mom,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Weird Science,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Home Alone,” the great “Christmas Vacation” and, of course, a personal favorite I’ll defend to the ends of the earth,” “The Breakfast Club.”  Dead at 59 from a […]

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9/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:11 am · September 26th, 2008

• David Poland takes stock 22 weeks out, and somehow thinks early buzz on Sean Penn’s “Milk” performance is “soft.” [Movie City News] • Warner Bros. sends out a mailer offering Academy members the choice of a Blu-ray “Dark Knight” awards screener.  Wally Pfister’s nomination moves further into place. [The Hollywood Reporter] • In a […]

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