BOX OFFICE: ‘Megamind’ outsmarts ‘Due Date’

Posted by · 11:34 am · November 7th, 2010

Keep forgetting to post these.  “For Colored Girls” opened to respectable numbers, per the usual for Perry.  I never saw the film because suddenly there was a cone of silence from the studio on invites (make of that what you will) and I didn’t much feel like chasing it down. “Secretariat” is holding okay.  “Red” […]

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‘Secretariat’ makes for a bumpy ride

Posted by · 9:17 am · October 4th, 2010

Last month, it was somewhat fascinating to watch Randall Wallace’s “Secretariat” a day after Anton Corbijn’s “The American.” There is no comparison to draw between the two, of course, but if the latter is the ultimate “show, don’t tell” film, then the former is most certainly the ultimate “tell, don’t show” film. Mike Rich’s screenplay […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 34 — Screeners arrive, ‘Social Network’ and ‘Let Me In’ open, ‘Secretariat’ thoughts, remembering Sally Menke

Posted by · 11:46 am · October 1st, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, a one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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My dream ballot: part two

Posted by · 3:21 pm · February 1st, 2010

Yesterday, I began my far-fetched wishlist of nominees for tomorrow’s announcement with a look at the technical categories. Today we move into the big races. And as much as I thought I had my favorites clearly mapped out in my head, a rundown of the eligible titles made for some very crowded races indeed. Once […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Disgrace’ star Jessica Haines

Posted by · 9:35 am · December 4th, 2009

When I begin my phone conversation with Jessica Haines by telling her how insistently I prodded her publicist to set up our interview – the reverse is so often the case – she responds with a bashful laugh. “I can believe that,” she says, in a warm South African drawl. “Not many journalists have bothered […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Consider this

Posted by · 2:34 pm · November 18th, 2009

There’s nothing like an Oscar season to prove what a small number five (or even ten) is. We may only be in November, but already, months of conversation, covering a broad canvas of Oscar sure-shots and long-shots alike, have devolved into a ruthless mathematical elimination process, as previously five-wide categories fill up with safe bets. […]

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David Poland’s Oscar underdogs … where are the ladies?

Posted by · 1:50 pm · November 13th, 2009

For those of you bored of reading the same ever-narrowing list of names in the assorted Oscar-speculation pieces across the web, David Poland’s latest column is a slight breath of fresh air. Decrying the fact that many pundits are making ludicrous long-shot calls like “This Is It” for Best Picture, while ignoring more deserving contenders […]

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The Great Performances: 1999

Posted by · 9:18 pm · November 7th, 2009

1999 was a strange year.  And it’s hard to believe a full decade has slipped past since.  There were some great award-winning performances, to be sure, but there seemed to be just as many not nominated that certainly should have been. Ten years later, I remain stunned that Reese Witherspoon was not nominated for her […]

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10/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:54 am · October 8th, 2009

• Jamie Foxx wants “Ray” director Taylor Hackford to tackle the actor’s planned Mike Tyson biopic. [MTV Movies Blog] • Jeffrey M. Anderson talks to “A Serious Man” star Michael Stuhlbarg. [Green Cine Daily] • Patrick Goldstein wants to know why Michael Moore got dolled up for Sean Hannity. [The Big Picture]

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9/21 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:22 am · September 21st, 2009

• Zooey Deschanel is off the market. [CNN] • “Creation”: “One of the most robust defenses of atheism and agnosticism ever to appear in a mainstream film.” [The Guardian] • The 10 principles of hybrid distribution. [indieWIRE]

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SHORT TAKE: “Disgrace” (***1/2)

Posted by · 2:32 pm · September 17th, 2009

“As long as one is alive, one is all right.” These words, spoken with pithy irony by John Malkovich halfway through Steve Jacobs’s brilliant, bruising adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel “Disgrace” — which opens Stateside tomorrow — encapsulate a post-apartheid South Africa more riven by crime and inequality than the bandages of democracy can cover. […]

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‘Disgrace,’ ‘Hunger’ among other Toronto winners

Posted by · 5:50 am · September 14th, 2008

If you were remotely surprised that “Slumdog Millionaire” took the People’s Choice Award at Toronto, you’ve clearly been living under a rock for the past month. The  award is an auspicious one, having previously annointed such international Best Picture contenders as “Chariots of Fire,” “Shine,” “Life is Beautiful” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Whether or […]

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9/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:49 am · September 11th, 2008

• James Rocchi gets “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow on the record. [Cinematical] • Ditto Anne Thompson. [Thompson on Hollywood] • David Poland has considerable praise for John Malkovich’s work in “Disgrace.” [The Hot Blog] • Anthony Kaufman reports Toronto as a shot in the industry’s arm. [Wall Street Journal] • A.O. Scott from that […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Burn After Reading” (*1/2)

Posted by · 12:26 pm · September 6th, 2008

I really didn’t like “Burn After Reading,” but I laughed.  A LOT. I think the Coen brothers are probably the only filmmakers who can generate such a reaction.  The entire film is expendable.  It doesn’t even work on the grounds of slapstick, really.  It’s a series of events strung together, no point, no thematic ingenuity, […]

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Under the radar: ‘Disgrace’

Posted by · 3:59 am · August 20th, 2008

With the Toronto festival just around the corner, one title set to bow there that isn’t garnering that much attention yet is Australian production ‘Disgrace,’ the long-gestating adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner J.M. Coetzee’s searing 1999 masterpiece. That’s not exactly surprising, given that it’s a sophomore effort from a director, Steve Jacobs, whose previous credit, the […]

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‘Burn’ poster

Posted by · 12:38 am · June 18th, 2008

Thanks to Cinematical:

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Cannes update: Eastwood scores…again

Posted by · 6:35 am · May 20th, 2008

Well, I’m pleased to report that my initial doubts about Clint Eastwood’s latest, “Changeling,” were obviously unfounded. His Angelina Jolie-starrer, based on a true story about a child’s kidnapping in 1920s Los Angeles, premiered this morning at Cannes, and, judging from the reviews so far, the man’s impeccable recent run of form hasn’t hit a […]

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