ACE nominees

Posted by · 7:23 pm · January 11th, 2010

For me, “District 9” is the biggest and most pleasant surprise for me in this morning’s American Cinema Editors announcement.  If ever the film looked like a lock for a Best Picture nomination, now is that time, I have to say.  Getting in over presumed Oscar frontrunners “Precious” and, most especially, “Inglourious Basterds,” that’s a […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 movie-related moments of 2009

Posted by · 12:38 pm · December 29th, 2009

As the year (and decade) slowly winds down, I thought it would be a pretty good time to revive our long-slumbering Lists feature here at In Contention.  And what better way to do so and salute the year at hand than to lay out the most significant movie-related moments of 2009? The American Film Institute […]

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AFI’s moments of significance in 2009

Posted by · 1:14 pm · December 28th, 2009

They should add an “L” between the “F” and the “I.”  American Film List Institute.  Anyway, this just arrived via press release.  The criteria is apparently “accomplishments of considerable merit; influences with either a positive or negative impression; trends, either new or re-emerging; anniversaries or memorials of special note; and/or movements in new technologies, education, […]

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12/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:47 am · December 28th, 2009

• Pete Hammond can’t let go of this notion that “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” is a Best Picture contender.  A bunch of number 10 slots aren’t going to cut it, Pete.  [Notes on a Season] • Adam B. Vary notes the curious absence of Gene Hackman from the silver screen since the 2004 bomb […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Slight ‘Christmas’

Posted by · 10:30 am · November 8th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. The first weekend in November is considered the official kick-off of the Holiday season at the box office and so it’s appropriate that Robert Zemeckis’s yuletide digital experiment, “A Christmas Carol,” is the film leading the way. The film grossed $31 million for the weekend to […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: That was it?

Posted by · 1:27 pm · November 1st, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars Michael Jackson’s concert footage was finally released upon the public amid a whirlwind of hype that caused many, including myself, to get a little carried away. The documentary grossed $21.3 million from the three-day weekend, second only to “Fahrenheit 9/11” for docs, and $32.5 million since […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 8 — ‘This Is It,’ music branch, ‘Invictus’ and ‘Avatar’ trailers, the Best Actor race and more

Posted by · 11:59 am · November 1st, 2009

We have a belated edition of Oscar Talk for you today.  We apologize for the lateness, but what better way to kick back on a Sunday afternoon than with yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE’s Thompson on Hollywood? In this eighth installment, we actually covered a lot of ground. This week’s topics: • With […]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’

Posted by · 6:32 pm · October 28th, 2009

I’ve committed some thoughts on “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” to print already, but since this thing is going to be a blockbuster, I figured it would be great to get some reader reaction.  Let us know what you think after you give it a look either this week or over the weekend.

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Thoughts on ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’

Posted by · 8:54 am · October 28th, 2009

I was going to sit down and write a proper review of “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” but I hit a wall pretty fast.  I don’t know how to review something that was never meant to be a cinematic work of art.  It succeeds on so many levels but it also doesn’t aspire to a […]

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10/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:05 pm · October 27th, 2009

• Rodrigo Perez has details on the “Precious” soundtrack. [The Playlist] • Ricky Gervais to be drunk, unrehearsed at Golden Globes. [Reuters] • Scott Feinberg ponders the Carey Mulligan vs. Meryl Streep debate. [And the Winner Is…]

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10/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:16 am · October 26th, 2009

• Steve Pond chimes in on the rarity of tandem Oscarcast producing teams. [The Odds] • Peter Knegt reports from a women-in-film panel at London fest. [indieWIRE] • David Poland sits down with Paul Schneider to talk “Bright Star.” [Movie City News]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Jigsaw scared off by ‘Paranormal Activity’

Posted by · 12:03 pm · October 25th, 2009

Four weeks after opening on 12 screens with only midnight shows, “Paranormal Activity” has topped the box office and made mincemeat out of the “Saw” series. Paramount’s no-budget thriller earned $22 million this weekend on 1,945 screens and saw its total stretch past $60 million. This type of ascent to the summit hasn’t been seen […]

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10/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:48 am · October 5th, 2009

• Lee Daniels and his cast and crew had a blast making “Precious,” despite the gut-wrenching display on screen. [Movieline] • Hugo Rifkind sits down with Wes Anderson to talk “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which is set to open the London Film Festival. [The Times] • Dennis Lim talks to Nicolas Winding Refn about his film […]

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‘This Is It’ trailer

Posted by · 9:02 am · September 14th, 2009

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‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It’

Posted by · 7:34 am · September 9th, 2009

(Courtesy: Yahoo! Movies)

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