10/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · October 13th, 2008

• Robert Abele gets Josh Brolin to reveal his inner ‘W.’ [The Envelope] • Tom O’Neil gnaws on the Oscar potential of Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married.” [Gold Derby] • Peter bart makes a lot of presumptions and assumptions about the craven mentality of duel performers in a given Oscar season. [Peter Bart] • […]

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10/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:28 am · October 6th, 2008

• Choire Sicha talks to Ellen Burstyn about “W.” and her new memoir. [Los Angeles Times] • A year later, Jeffrey Wells still very much hearts “Things We Lost in the Fire.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Peter Knegt profiles “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet. [indieWIRE] • David Gritten corners the Coen brothers across the pond. […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Religulous” (***)

Posted by · 10:17 am · October 3rd, 2008

I went into Bill Maher and Larry Charles’s “Religulous” expecting the usual close-minded schtick from Maher.  It seems the comedian is given to rational discourse on any topic except for religion where, indeed, it is the very notion of rationality that enjoys his full concentration.  He sticks his fingers in his ears and screams “La, […]

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9/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:39 am · September 29th, 2008

• A happy ending of sorts for Matilda Rose in the wake of Heath Ledger’s death. [Agence France-Presse] • Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct “Thor.”  Weird, but badass. [Variety] • Tom O’Neil traces Paul Newman’s frustrating quest for Oscars. [Gold Derby] • James Rocchi talks to “Miracle at St. Anna” director Spike Lee. […]

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Andrew Sullivan takes Bill Maher to task on religion

Posted by · 11:45 am · September 20th, 2008

As much as I love and respect every perspective Bill Maher has on current events, I have been and remain skeptical that his upcoming film “Religulous” will represent any effort on his part to open up a bit from his skewed, incredibly insulting and borderline ignorant stance on the subject of faith and religion. As […]

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Tom-O chats up Larry Charles and “gangsta” Bill Maher

Posted by · 8:41 am · September 18th, 2008

It’s awesome to hear Maher talk about his infamous streak of Emmy losses here. It’s doubtful he’ll break the streak this year, but dammit, give this man the award. I’d say he’s probably deserved it year in and year out, with the exception of a few Jon Stewart victories:

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‘Religulous’: Variety is a believer

Posted by · 5:10 am · August 22nd, 2008

Concerns have been expressed on this site that Larry Charles’ and Bill Maher’s “Religulous” would emerge as an exercise in left-leaning smugness, taking potshots at easy, cherry-picked targets to equate faith with absurd naivete. Certainly, the jokey, swiftly-edited trailer didn’t do much to shift this feeling. But Variety’s review of the film paints a decidedly […]

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Ridiculous

Posted by · 8:07 am · July 15th, 2008

You know, I enjoy Bill Maher’s work very much. More often than not, despite adamant opinions, he has the ability to come down in an even-handed manner on more than a few issues, hot button and otherwise. But one thing that has always driven me mad has been his absolute ignorance and over-dependence on hyperbole […]

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