COMIC-CON: Fox brings ‘Apes’ and Andrew Niccol’s new vision of the future

Posted by · 5:43 pm · July 21st, 2011

After all the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” riff-raff cleared the drain this morning (sorry), I finally made it to Hall H in the afternoon, for 20th Century Fox’s panel. The slate of films previewed included Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” Andrew Niccol’s “In Time” and Rupert Wyatt’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” I figure I’ll start […]

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Toasting the ‘Social Network’ DVD release

Posted by · 8:32 am · January 7th, 2011

Sony pulled out all the stops last night with a big to-do soiree on behalf of the DVD/Blu-ray release of “The Social Network.” You go to these things, you expect a certain level of restraint, and then I’m pulling up to Spago and they’ve got the red carpet rolled out and the flashbulbs are popping […]

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12/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Timberlake’s Harvard honor, ‘Kids’ and the “steak eaters,” HFPA/Clark tension

Posted by · 9:39 am · December 29th, 2010

• Golden Globes tension as Dick Clark and HFPA fued over contract. [The Wrap] • Justin Timberlake gets a prestigious Harvard award. [Pop Eater] • Anne Thompson on the obstacles her #2 film of the year, “The Kids Are All Right,” will face with the “steak eaters.” [Thompson on Hollywood]

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12/10 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘The Fighter’ moves in, Sturgess taks ‘The Way Back,’ Timberlake gets serious

Posted by · 8:10 am · December 10th, 2010

• Elle Fanning: the next Golden Child. [New York Times Magazine] • Pete Hammond joins the flavor of the week: “The Fighter” is insinuating itself into the Best Picture race in a big way. [Deadline] • Anne Thompson chats with “The Way Back” star Jim Sturgess. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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12/1 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Timberlake’s campaign, Portman’s weight loss and unused Ledger footage

Posted by · 8:30 am · December 1st, 2010

• Rumors fly concerning Heath Ledger’s Joker making an appearance in “The Dark Knight Rises” via unused footage from “The Dark Knight.” (Not gonna happen.) [Stuff.co.nz] • Does Natalie Portman’s “Black Swan” weight loss mean Oscar gold? [Movieline] • David Poland sits down with “Get Low” screenwriters Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell. [The Hot […]

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Jackman turns down Oscar hosting gig

Posted by · 6:03 pm · November 7th, 2010

With the season now unshakeably upon us, it’s time to dust off the annual conversation topic of who should host the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. I am prompted to do so, of course, by Deadline’s recent scoop that 2009 host Hugh Jackman — the first choice of new Oscarcast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer […]

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INTERVIEW: Patricia Clarkson

Posted by · 8:26 pm · November 5th, 2010

“I’m going to bring back the letter,” a flustered Patricia Clarkson announces as she makes her way to our lunch table, ever-so-slightly rain-mussed but otherwise immaculate in black and cream, a jaunty matching fedora astride her familiar blonde mane. “I’m never late. I blame email for this. I’m only just getting acquainted with it.” She […]

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“I’m trying to take this seriously!”

Posted by · 9:09 am · September 30th, 2010

To preempt the inevitable, no, probably not worth a separate post, but I caught up with SNL on the DVR last night and it made me laugh:

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9/30 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Blind-siding Christians with ‘Secretariat,’ chatting up Gibney and Reznor, Armond strikes

Posted by · 9:02 am · September 30th, 2010

• David Poland sits down with “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” director Alex Gibney. [Movie City News] • On the innovative marketing strategy of “Freakonomics.” [New York Times] • Xan Brooks and Henry Barnes talk “Made in Dagenham” director Nigel Cole and actress Rosamund Pike. [The Guardian]

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The Cain and Abel of ‘Social Network’

Posted by · 1:58 pm · September 28th, 2010

As much as the film ticks certain prestige-film boxes — hell, it’s a socially conscious biopic from a respected, Oscar-nominated filmmaker — I still find myself doing something of a double-take when I hear “The Social Network” referred to as the Best Picture contender to beat. When was the last time a film so steeped […]

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9/20 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Timberlake’s Oscar hopes, Brolin’s peculiar suggestions, flurry of Toronto purchases

Posted by · 9:39 am · September 20th, 2010

• Tom O’Neil wrangles up perspectives on Justin Timberlake’s Oscar potential for “The Social Network.” [Gold Derby] • Steven Zeitchik sits down with “Catfish” directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. [Los Angeles Times] • Debating the ethics of movie spoilage on a user-generated web encyclopedia might be the very definition of futility, but the Gray […]

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Schemers trying to control their little worlds

Posted by · 9:10 pm · September 14th, 2010

It’s intriguing that two of the most press shy entrepreneurs of the internet age – Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parker – have suddenly participated in two dense magazine profiles this month.  It’s almost as if there was a film depicting key moments in their lives set for imminent release and they want to set the […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich

Posted by · 4:40 pm · July 27th, 2010

(NOTE: This week’s Page to Screen text is the source material for David Fincher’s upcoming film “The Social Network.”) If, with its short, sketchy chapters and preponderance of surface-level description, Ben Mezrich’s “The Accidental Billionaires” resembles less a work of literary non-fiction than a treatment for a more substantially developed screenplay, that’s probably precisely what […]

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9/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 23rd, 2009

• Hugh Jackman speaks out on his Emmy win and whether he’d return as Oscar host. [Vulture] • “A Serious Man,” Colin Firth the big winners in a Toronto critics poll. [indieWIRE] • Mary Pilon sits down with activist and star of “The Cove,” Ric O’Barry. [Speakeasy]

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Ryan Reynolds cast in ‘Green Lantern’

Posted by · 7:13 pm · July 10th, 2009

It all started with a recent Hollywood Reporter piece claiming that Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake (WTF) were up for the lead role in WB’s “The Green Lantern” (a script I’ve had for a while but preferred to satisfy the inner geek in me by reading the Geoff Johns saga in full, leading […]

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