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9/16 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Scientists vouch for ‘Contagion,’ Refn breaks down ‘Drive,’ Toronto takeaways

Posted by · 7:46 am · September 16th, 2011

• Scientists say “Contagion” is for real. [Associated Press] • James Rocchi talks “The Ides of March” with Best Supporting Actress hopeful Evan Rachel Wood. [MSN Movies] • Nicolas Winding Refn breaks down a scene from “Drive.” [Arts Beat]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 58 — Wrapping up the summer, fall festival preview, ‘Warrior’ and ‘50/50’

Posted by · 10:00 am · August 26th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your 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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Gordon-Levitt, Rogen and Reiser on tragicomedy and ‘50/50’

Posted by · 12:29 pm · August 19th, 2011

Yesterday I sang the praises of Jonathan Levine’s “50/50,” particularly the writing from real-life cancer survivor Will Reiser and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. Today, Summit has pointed us to a sit-down chat between the three regarding the film as part of Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord call for submissions of personal stories of tragedy blended with […]

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‘50/50’ draws laughs and tears, but Gordon-Levitt owns it

Posted by · 8:44 am · August 18th, 2011

It’s probably a bit ridiculous that I haven’t seen Jonathan Levine’s “The Wackness” yet. I have the screener somewhere around here and it’s just one of those films I keep forgetting to watch, despite constant encouragement to do so. Therefore, “50/50,” a dramedy from writer Will Reiser based on his own experience being diagnosed with […]

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‘50/50’ trailer

Posted by · 12:06 pm · May 28th, 2011

One film that could slip up on the awards season with an endearing, personal journey is “50/50,” from an original screenplay by Will Reiser (it’s fully his story) and directed by “The Wackness” helmer Jonathan Levine. I’m sure Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be someone to watch, but I’ve heard Anjelica Huston steals the show. The trailer […]

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Young stars speak out on ‘The Social Network’

Posted by · 11:51 am · January 27th, 2011

Newly minted Oscar nominee James Franco caused a bit of a ripple in the blogosphere the other day by casually slighting “The Social Network” — claiming the film fails to deal with the communication revolution that (to his mind) it’s supposed to be about, and further suggesting that its approach is too “classical” (read: conservative) […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 performances in Christopher Nolan films

Posted by · 10:25 am · July 13th, 2010

The word of the day Friday will most certainly be “Inception,” as casually interested movie-goers and anxious fanboys alike line up to take in Christopher Nolan’s latest effort. Now, I have suggested in this space that the film’s ensemble is an organic one, alive and driven.  And that the performances are separately less than their […]

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On the performances of ‘Inception’

Posted by · 2:48 pm · July 6th, 2010

As a number of people have pointed by asking, my review of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” doesn’t offer much perspective on the performances in the film.  The reason is probably a combination of a few things. For starters, I wanted to be as careful as possible to write a spoiler-free review that could be enjoyed by […]

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REVIEW: “Inception” (***1/2)

Posted by · 3:00 pm · July 5th, 2010

In reviewing 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” I wrote that director Christopher Nolan “has made a brief career of exploring characters built upon their somber, in some instances twisted pasts, however distant or immediate.” The theme continues with “Inception,” a film like nothing you have ever seen before that plays out like a two-hour therapy session, […]

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11/30 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:12 am · November 30th, 2009

• David Poland painstakingly seeks out assumed evidence to support his theory that “The Hurt Locker” will be this year’s Best Picture victor. [Movie City News] • John Horn sits down with “Precious” screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. [Los Angeles Times] • Dave Karger chats up Viggo Mortensen and his “Road” co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee. [Oscar Watch]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 actors under 30

Posted by · 10:39 am · October 6th, 2009

I wrote recently about how this year’s Best Actress race seems to ushering in a striking new wave of young talent, from the elfin throwback charm of Carey Mulligan to the rawer screen presence of Gabourey Sidibe, while a range of youthful names, from the long-hyped Abbie Cornish to the out-of-nowhere Katie Jarvis, have been […]

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8/28 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:13 am · August 28th, 2009

• “Avatar”-izing James Cameron’s past characters. [MTV Movies Blog] • Following “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow aiming for a similar visceral style for “Triple Frontier.” [The Playlist] • Joseph Gordon-Levitt: the new Heath Ledger? [The Guardian]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’

Posted by · 1:34 pm · August 10th, 2009

Okay, so I shelled out the cash last night to see “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” while I’m away in San Francisco.  It’s awful in many ways (most of them beginning with Joseph and ending with Gordon-Levitt, surprisingly enough).  But it was also, I thought, unbelievably enjoyable.  I’m on the tongue-in-cheek bandwagon, I guess. […]

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Heist/movie musical short film starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Posted by · 7:43 am · August 5th, 2009

It seems the folks behind the summer romance “(500) Days of Summer” have been up to some extra-curricular activities as of late.  Director Marc Webb and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel recently put together a short film inspired by heist cinema and movie musicals that is…frankly kind of pointless.  But it served as a […]

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7/17 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:42 am · July 17th, 2009

• Judd Apatow’s risky departure from formula with “Funny People.” [Wall Street Journal] • Denise Martin talks to “(500) Days of Summer” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. [Los Angeles Times] • PODCAST: Yours truly talks the Oscar’s move to 10, the “Let the Right One In” remake and more with John Campea et al. [The Movie Blog]

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7/13 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:24 am · July 13th, 2009

• Gael Garcia Bernal: activist. [Daily Telegraph] • Phil de Semlyen chats it up with Bruno. [Empire] • Michael Powell goes deep on “Golden Age” survivor Andrew Sarris. [New York Times] • Mike Jones profiles the child actors of Harry Potter, wonders if their fame can last beyond Hogwarts. [The independent]

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Caine confirmed in small role in ‘Inception,’ Gordon-Levitt also joins the cast

Posted by · 9:09 am · April 24th, 2009

I just got off the phone with Michael Caine for a piece I’ll have up momentarily concerning his rather striking performance in John Crowley’s “Is Anybody There?,” but while I had him cornered I thought I should ask him point blank about his potentially staring in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” a rumor that’s been bouncing around […]

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