Spinning

Posted by · 7:33 am · July 23rd, 2011

Apologies for the black-out yesterday. After the Paramount panel (which I covered on Twitter, FYI), I had to jet back to LA for the Soundgarden show (easily the best concert experience I’ve had — unbelievable). But I’m going to try and write on the ride back down to San Diego this morning. For now, I’ll […]

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Another year, another Con…

Posted by · 3:02 pm · July 20th, 2011

…and a thinner Con, at that. There was very little on the convention schedule that grabbed my attention when it was released last week. I’ll be on hand for the Fox panel tomorrow, hoping to get some good vibes from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.” I’ll be there for Paramount and Steven Spielberg on Friday when we […]

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COMIC-CON: Wrapping it up…are we getting through?

Posted by · 5:44 pm · July 25th, 2010

My Comic-Con experience ended a bit sooner than I expected this morning when I woke up and decided whatever was on the Sunday docket wasn’t as fetching as a three-hour ride in traffic back to LA. That’s how exhausting the convention was this year. Here’s the thing. We all know Comic-Con and its 125,000-plus attendees […]

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COMIC-CON: Universal brings ‘Paul’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ oh my

Posted by · 7:54 pm · July 24th, 2010

With its “Scott Pilgrim” presence already dominating the scene here at Comic-Con, Universal publicity didn’t need to do much else to be top of the nerd mountain this weekend. Then they went and blew the roof off. The studio first offered up a sizzle reel for Greg Mottola’s sci-fi comedy “Paul,” which went over well […]

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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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Hollywood remembers ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Posted by · 10:41 am · August 30th, 2009

As you have probably been made aware, Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the release of “The Wizard of Oz” in the U.S., a milestone which has inspired a number of tribute pieces this past week — including our own edition of The Lists dedicated to the classic. For their part, the LA Times has […]

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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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5/29 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:55 am · May 29th, 2009

• More news on the James Tobak/Brett Ratner/Robert Evans John DeLorean biopic.  This could be fascinating, but…Ratner? [The Carpetbagger] • Patrick Goldstein responds to the news that Sony, Scott Rudin and Kevin Spacey will bring the Somali pirate saga to the big screen. [The Big Picture] • Catherine Shoard talks to Diane Kruger about her […]

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Tweet of the day

Posted by · 1:42 pm · April 9th, 2009

I guess it’s pretty serious when the director can’t even snap off a few keep-sakes.

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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: Best Sound Mixing — Volume One

Posted by · 11:56 am · October 2nd, 2008

“Wait a minute, wait a minute.  You ain’t heard nothing yet!” Those words from Al Jolson forever changed filmmaking in 1927, ushering in “talkies” and bringing about the beginning of the end of the silent film era. The Academy Award for sound mixing recognizes the artists who fashion a film’s audio side.  It must be […]

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Favreau returns

Posted by · 12:35 pm · July 10th, 2008

So according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Jon Favreau is officially directing “Iron Man 2.” While I may not have been as gung-ho for “Iron Man” as most, I’m more than glad to see him come back. The first film, to me, felt like a good movie begging for a great sequel, and I think the […]

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Audiences to see a different ‘Iron Man’ than critics?

Posted by · 12:26 pm · May 1st, 2008

At Monday’s screening of “Iron Man,” I was sad to see that Samuel L. Jackson’s much-anticipated cameo as S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury wasn’t in the cut. Though director Jon Favreau has suggested the scene might surface in the DVD release. Well New York Mag’s Vulture blog points us today to a Comic Book Resources story […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Iron Man” (***1/2)

Posted by · 1:47 am · May 1st, 2008

You know, I find myself agreeing with many of the criticisms leveled at “Iron Man” in some quarters this week, rather than adhering to the admittedly overreaching raves pouring out of others. Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. are working from very thin material here, from a horribly green four-person screenwriting team. Set pieces seem […]

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Could Robert Downey Jr. own this year?

Posted by · 6:36 am · April 30th, 2008

I remember when Robert Downey Jr. was cast in the role of Tony Stark for Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man,” my colleague David Poland made the shrewd observation that the former drug-addled wash-up was once again insurable. Not that I like putting such language to an actor I love so much, but the truth is, he […]

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OFF THE CARPET: 2008, a year in advance

Posted by · 3:20 pm · February 26th, 2008

Another year, another set of wins…and another look ahead at what’s in store NEXT year. It’s never too late to take a long gander at what we might see dominating the film awards landscape in 365 days, and with that in mind, I’ve been doing my usual mulling over the possibilities for a few weeks […]

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