A bit of context

Posted by · 11:52 am · November 8th, 2009

From the moment it was commissioned, this was intended STRICTLY as a “defined the decade” list, regardless of qualitative considerations. Go back and re-read it in that light, recover from the horror of “Saw” and “Mamma Mia!”’s inclusion (Guy’s right to single these out, but they aren’t the only ones: I personally loathe “Slumdog”, for […]

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The Telegraph picks the decade’s Top 100

Posted by · 2:03 pm · November 6th, 2009

I’ve lately been immersed in a marathon of DVD viewing and re-viewings, catching up on films that slipped through the cracks and reassessing former favorites — all in preparation for my own year-end “Best of the 2000s” list. It’s a process that has resulted in some unexpected fringe challengers (“Longing,” an underexposed work of New […]

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Streep sells

Posted by · 1:02 pm · August 16th, 2009

I may have said a while back that Meryl Streep is the most bankable actress in the business at the moment (despite her lowly ranking on the Forbes 100), but I didn’t quite mean it in this way. “Julie & Julia” may not be performing at quite the same level as “Mamma Mia!” or “The […]

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8/13 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:59 am · August 13th, 2009

• Todd Gilchrist talks to “The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard” star Jeremy Piven. [Cinematical] • Anthony Breznican has the scoop on Charlyne Yi and “Paper Heart.” [USA Today] • Who’s your favorite cinematic psychopath? [Talking Movies]

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Again, uh…

Posted by · 3:58 am · February 18th, 2009

Following yesterday’s thrilling/indifferent/perplexing (adjust according to age) revelation that Robert Pattinson is a likely presenter at Sunday’s Academy Awards, Sasha Stone has excavated some further hints as to who to expect on stage — and it seems Beyoncé Knowles, “High School Musical” tweens Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, as well as young “Mamma Mia!” duo […]

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BAFTA admits it needs mending

Posted by · 5:22 pm · January 31st, 2009

Interesting. Variety reports that BAFTA is to re-evaluate its voting process — and it appears to be a direct response to the widespread criticism that greeted this year’s nominations, which baffled pundits and industry folk alike with some questionable inclusions (Tilda Swinton, Freida Pinto, a whopping eight nods for “Changeling”) and equally baffling snubs (most […]

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Brit critics follow the script

Posted by · 11:38 am · January 29th, 2009

It seems we really have reached consensus here. The Richard Attenborough Film Awards, a relatively new set of awards voted on by regional UK critics, haved chimed in with nearly everyone else, handing their Film of the Year and Director of the Year honours to Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire.” They stuck with the well-awarded in […]

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1/20 Oscarweb Round-up — INAUGURATION EDITION

Posted by · 7:01 am · January 20th, 2009

“Inauguration Edition,” of course, is code for “there’s precious little movie-related talk out there right now, so forgive the slim pickings.” Here goes: • Yet another take on “how to fix the Oscar telecast.” Hey, I like Jack Nicholson. [Hollywood Reporter] • Patrick Goldstein wonders how the Obama presidency may impact on Hollywood. [The Big […]

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BAFTA predictions

Posted by · 2:00 pm · January 14th, 2009

The BAFTA nominations drop tomorrow, and while I hardly covered myself in glory with my foreign film Oscar forecast yesterday, I’m going to wade into the murky waters of prediction once more. On the one hand, it’s a fool’s errand trying to predict the BAFTA nods, as they can frequently be the most perverse and contrarian awards […]

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CDG nominees

Posted by · 4:00 pm · January 13th, 2009

I’ve been out and about, so apologies for getting to the Costume Designers Guild nominees late: Contemporary Film “Iron Man” (Laura Jean Shannon and Rebecca Bentjen) “Mamma Mia!” (Ann Roth) “Sex and the City” (Patricia Field) “Slumdog Millionaire” (Suttirat Larlarb) “The Wrestler” (Amy Westcott) Period Film “Changeling” (Deborah Hopper) “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” […]

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ACE nominees

Posted by · 8:59 am · January 12th, 2009

They sure cranked these out early this morning.  Thanks to N8 for posting in the comments section.  This year’s American Cinema Editors (ACE) nominees are: Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter) “The Dark Knight” (Lee Smith, A.C.E.) “Frost/Nixon” (Mike Hill, A.C.E. & Dan Hanley, A.C.E.) […]

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1/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:58 am · January 5th, 2009

• “Che” tops David Poland’s top 10 list, which also includes…”Mamma Mia!”  That’s originality for ya. [The Hot Blog] • David Carr does some number crunching on a few Best Picture contenders. [The Carpetbagger] • Michael Cieply spends some time with the producers of this year’s Oscar telecast. [New York Times] • Lewis Beale on […]

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12/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:50 am · December 8th, 2008

• Lou Lumenick runs down his 10-best list… [Lumenick on Film] • …and calls “Mamma Mia!” the guilty pleasure of the year. [Lumenick on Film] • Peter Sciretta gets a juicy tid-bit on the “Forrest Gump” sequel “Gump & Co.” from screenwriter Eric Roth: 9/11 killed the idea and all the principles decided it wasn’t […]

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Globes rule ‘Rachel,’ ‘W.’ are dramas

Posted by · 6:09 pm · December 2nd, 2008

For those of you puzzling over whether certain titles will fall into the drama or musical/comedy categories at the Golden Globes, Tom O’Neil has a handy list to clarify matters. Most significantly, “W.” has not been accepted by the HFPA as a comedy, despite the film being submitted as one. This isn’t exactly new information […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Button,’ ‘Reader’ screen… uncertainty reigns

Posted by · 8:00 pm · November 28th, 2008

• After a false start, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” was finally unveiled, to considerable applause… but is it too chilly? • Maybe. In his gutsy early predictions, Kris names “Slumdog Millionaire” the one to beat. • InContention readers, however, are less sure. • In a week of revelations, “The Reader” also screened — […]

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Sigh

Posted by · 6:41 pm · November 26th, 2008

Screen Daily delivers the bewildering news: Day one sales of “Mamma Mia! – The Movie” have beaten “Titanic”‘s record, to become the fastest selling DVD of all time in the UK. Sales reached 1.669 million units, following its launch on November 24. The previous record for day one DVD sales was held for 10 years […]

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Looking for comedy in the awards world

Posted by · 4:12 pm · November 16th, 2008

Over at his OscarWatch column, Dave Karger recently asked a question that has been bothering me for some time regarding this year’s awards race. Namely, how the hell are the Golden Globes going to fill out the ballot in the Comedy/Musical races? Best Actress looks solid enough. So far, we have two clear-cut frontrunners — […]

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Will BAFTA stick by their own?

Posted by · 7:15 am · November 16th, 2008

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the BAFTA Awards. On the one hand, they can be far more daring and playful in their choices than the American Academy — this is an organisation, after all, that has handed their Best Film award to such enduring works as “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” […]

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