Kate Beckinsale: Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive

Posted by · 12:13 pm · October 2nd, 2009

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8/4 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:54 am · August 4th, 2009

• Kate Beckinsale talks about the gritty new roles peppering her career as of late. [The Times] • The top 20 horror films of the last 20 years. [Entertainment Weekly] • Recounting “District 9″‘s serendipitous path to the screen. [Los Angeles Times]

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A night at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Posted by · 10:43 pm · January 8th, 2009

It’s an event that keeps on getting better and better, a little awards show that’s escalated into one of the hallmarks of the film awards season, whether the “we’re one of the best Oscar predictors” stuff is annoying or not (which it is). The night had a number of surprises, but in a sense, one […]

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12/20 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:27 am · December 20th, 2008

• Darren Aronofsky interviews Danny Boyle about the technical aspects of “Slumdog Millioniare.” [/Film] • Erik Childress catches up with the season mid-way through the first phase. [eFilmCritic] • David Carr takes note of the big Universal trade spend.  Hey, if you’re going to decide against advertising with the lowly online types, you might as […]

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Getting around to the BFCAs

Posted by · 10:26 am · December 9th, 2008

A late night premiere and after party kept me in bed most of the morning.  It happens.  So I’m just now coming around to today’s BFCA announcement.  First, some reactions (full disclosure, I am a member of the organization). First and foremost, the group subtracted one category (Best Family Film) and added another (Best Action […]

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Hell of a thesp

Posted by · 1:32 pm · December 6th, 2008

I mostly enjoyed this by-the-numbers Adam Liptak New York Times piece concerning Rod Lurie’s upcoming “Nothing But the Truth.”  I’d say this little anecdote about Vera Farmiga’s acting prowess is probably the best part of an otherwise ho-hum article, though: But the film’s most striking performance comes from Vera Farmiga, who plays the C.I.A. operative, […]

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Posters for ‘Nothing But the Truth,’ ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’

Posted by · 6:48 am · December 6th, 2008

Yari Film Group has just released the poster art for its awards season duo, Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth” and Brian Goodman’s “What Doesn’t Kill You.”  Each of these films is struggling under the weight of big-spending studios this season, and it’s a shame.  Each contains an exemplary 2008 performance (Kate Beckinsale in “Truth” […]

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11/19 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:43 am · November 19th, 2008

• David Poland misses the stylistic point of “Revolutionary Road.” [The Hot Blog] • Anne Thompson is on the right track, though. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Dave Karger digs into the Oscar prospects of the elusive “Seven Pounds.” [Entertainment Weekly] • Pete Hammond covers the week in screenings, much of which you’ve already read here.  […]

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Release date for ‘Nothing But the Truth’

Posted by · 9:31 pm · October 2nd, 2008

Yari Film Group has locked in the release date of December 19th for Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth,” hoping to cash in on the awards season on the heels of mainly positive reaction at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  My thoughts are here. In my opinion, the film’s best chances at nominations are […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Nothing But the Truth” (***)

Posted by · 1:19 pm · September 8th, 2008

I gave a brief reaction to Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth” a few weeks ago, but I thought now would be a good time to fully explore what the film has to offer.  Debuting tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Truth” holds up on multiple viewings and, given the particulars of the narrative, […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Indies on the march

Posted by · 7:39 am · September 8th, 2008

Maybe mid-way through the Toronto Film Festival, two things are strikingly clear: Darren Aronofsky has the goods with “The Wrestler” and Danny Boyle’s streak of successful versatility at the helm continues with “Slumdog Millionaire.” Both films, which enjoy pre-Toronto success at Venice and Telluride respectfully, are also evidence that surprises will happen this time of […]

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Let’s hear it for the ladies!

Posted by · 1:18 pm · September 2nd, 2008

Wow, what a damn fine year for lead actress performances.  When was the last time you heard anyone say that? I caught some flack recently when I took Meryl Streep off my predicted five nominees in the category.  “How can the Goddess miss?”  Well, she can, and she has, but regardless, the point is that […]

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Audiences to handle ‘Nothing But the Truth’ in Toronto

Posted by · 6:39 pm · August 18th, 2008

The final announcements for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival will land tomorrow morning, and one of the films that will be on the list is Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth.” The festival organizers have been hopeful that they could show the flick as a Gala and now they’ll be doing just that. ‘Truth’ […]

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REVIEW: “Superman Returns” (***)

Posted by · 5:09 pm · June 27th, 2006

When he was appointed to bring one of the most socially complex comic book series to the screen in the form of 2000’s “X-Men,” director Bryan Singer had in front of him the opportunity to usher realism and tangibility into the genre. While that first installment in a franchise that has this year gone terribly […]

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