2/8 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: HFPA counter-sues, Moore wants more ‘9/11’ money, how Harvey got his groove back

Posted by · 8:04 am · February 8th, 2011

• David Poland talks “In a Better World” with the film’s director, Susanne Bier. [The Hot Blog] • The HFPA counter-sues it’s former publicist. [The Wrap] • Michael Moore is suing Harvey Weinstein for “Fahrenheit 9/11” profits. [TMZ]

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Kathryn Bigelow elected to AMPAS Board of Governors

Posted by · 12:41 pm · July 7th, 2010

Well, this is a pretty nifty ascent for a director whose seven previous features received not a sniff of an Oscar nod between them. Four months after becoming the first female Best Director winner in Oscar history, Kathryn Bigelow has been named one of three first-time electees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and […]

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Michael Moore on ‘Hurt Locker’ politics

Posted by · 5:37 pm · March 8th, 2010

One of the most common lines (usually used in praise) on our newly-crowned Best Picture winner is that it’s deliberately apolitical, taking no sides in the Iraq conflict as it aims simply to present the soldier’s experience on the ground. Kathryn Bigelow herself dismissed that as something of a misconception in a recent interview with […]

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11/20 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:29 am · November 20th, 2009

• With his directorial debut “The Merry Gentleman” on the way, Michael Keaton gets a profile across the pond. [The Guardian] • Laura Almo sits down with “Up in the Air” editor Dana Glauberman. [Editors Guild Magazine] • “Avatar”‘s Sigourney Weaver remembers the days when James Cameron’s crews didn’t live in fear. [Vulture]

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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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10/8 Oscarweb Round-up

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

• Jamie Foxx wants “Ray” director Taylor Hackford to tackle the actor’s planned Mike Tyson biopic. [MTV Movies Blog] • Jeffrey M. Anderson talks to “A Serious Man” star Michael Stuhlbarg. [Green Cine Daily] • Patrick Goldstein wants to know why Michael Moore got dolled up for Sean Hannity. [The Big Picture]

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10/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:41 am · October 6th, 2009

• Steve Pond asks five important questions about the expanded Best Picture category.  #1, #3 and #5 have been covered at length in this space.  #2 is philosophical and worth considering.  #4 is a practical issue at hand, I imagine. [The Odds] • On set with the Coens directing “A Serious Man.” [MakingOf] • Nicolas […]

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10/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:04 am · October 2nd, 2009

• Maurice Sendak’s one nit-pick with the adaptation of his “Where the Wild Things Are.” I agree with him. [io9] • Capturing the miniature worlds of the film. [Los Angeles Times] • Adding a new dimension to Woody and Buzz Lightyear. [New York Times]

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9/30 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:57 am · September 30th, 2009

• Roger Ebert talks “Capitalism: A Love Story” with Michael Moore. [Chicago Sun-Times] • Noah Forrest stands up for Megan Fox against a weird culture of hatred toward the actress. [Movie City News] • George Clooney vs. George Clooney at the November box office. [Vulture]

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“Solipsism” and Moore on Maher

Posted by · 2:26 pm · September 26th, 2009

Last night, on Maher, [Michael Moore] talked about wanting to make a movie that was so outrageously honest that no studio would ever fund another one of his movies. Epic Fail, Mike. There is not a single thing exposed in the body of Capitalism: A Love Story that Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, David Letterman, and […]

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Michael Moore does Leno

Posted by · 5:31 pm · September 16th, 2009

Speaking of which, thoughts on the new show?

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9/15 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:15 am · September 15th, 2009

• James Rocchi sits down with Jason Reitman to talk “Up in the Air.” [AMC TV] • Jeffrey Wells bangs the Best Picture drum for Rodrigo Garcia’s as-of-yet un-acquired “Mother and Child.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Michael Douglas talks “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” [Empire]

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Michael Moore sticks foot in mouth

Posted by · 7:39 am · September 9th, 2009

I recently had a conversation with someone about Michael Moore and why he has a dicey professional reputation, and the answer — not to put the filmmaker on the couch — was interesting.  Here’s Moore, making money hand over fist yet crying out against the evils of capitalism and the greed of corporatism.  Perhaps it […]

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9/9 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:32 am · September 9th, 2009

• Roger Deakins, Alexandre Desplat and Colleen Atwood added to Hollywood film fest honorees. [Variety] • Matt Damon talks “Bourne 4.” [Empire] • Viggo Mortensen planning an early retirement after the release of “The Road?” [Cinema Blend]

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REVIEW: “Capitalism: A Love Story” (***)

Posted by · 4:16 pm · September 5th, 2009

Venice Film Festival It was well before Michael Moore dropped an extensive archive-footage chunk of a Franklin D. Roosevelt speech into the last reel of “Capitalism: A Love Story” that the following thought entered my head, but the appearance of FDR and his homespun common sense crystallized it: Michael Moore is this generation’s Frank Capra. […]

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‘Capitalism’ poster

Posted by · 3:16 pm · August 27th, 2009

(Courtesy: Fandango)

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8/5 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:40 am · August 5th, 2009

• Tom O’Neil wonders whether “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is Razzie-bound. [Gold Derby] • Devin Faraci, meanwhile (one of the “easy marks” Paramount screened the film to over the rest of the nation’s critics), comments on the “No ‘Joe’” brouhaha. [CHUD] • And Steve Weintraub talks to the film’s screenwriter, Stuart Beattie. [Collider]

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Venice lineup includes ‘The Road,’ ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’

Posted by · 8:01 am · July 30th, 2009

(UPDATE: For whatever reason, my initial source failed to mention that George A. Romero’s latest zombie opus, “Survival of the Dead,” is also in competition.) In years past, the Venice Film Festival has unveiled several titles that went on to figure significantly in the awards season ahead — “Brokeback Mountain,”The Queen,” “Far From Heaven” and […]

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