SANTA BARBARA: ‘Kells’ screens and the writers talk

Posted by · 3:09 pm · February 6th, 2010

It’s been a slow ramping up for me in Santa Barbara, coverage wise.  I’ve had some Wi-Fi difficulties that are being sorted and I’ve posted when I can from where I can, but a couple of notes on the last two days. Yesterday I took in a late afternoon screening of Tomm Moore’s “The Secret […]

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Could Baldwin be a sure thing for ‘It’s Complicated?’

Posted by · 5:41 pm · November 20th, 2009

Since I made my first Oscar nomination predictions in early June, I’ve had a weird hunch about Nancy Meyers’s “It’s Complicated” being something of a surprise package in the race. Now while I’ve known all along that Best Picture and Best Actress nods for the film were in the extreme wild-card class of prediction, a […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Original players

Posted by · 2:44 pm · November 16th, 2009

When I had the unmitigated gall last week to project a set of winners for this year’s Oscar race, I was a bit startled at how easy Mark Boal’s script for “The Hurt Locker” slid into the Best Original Screenplay slot.  Looking over the landscape of contenders in the category, it’s a little obvious why […]

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Same-but-different trailer for ‘It’s Complicated’

Posted by · 4:28 am · November 6th, 2009

Handily coinciding with its two male stars’ big news this week, the second trailer for Nancy Meyers’ romcom mostly overlaps with the first, with a few added flourishes. Despite having never liked a Meyers confection before, something about this one is working for me. Steve Pond has a mole who says the film is “absolutely […]

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‘It’s Complicated’ trailer

Posted by · 7:48 pm · August 6th, 2009

Looks frothy. Of course. But the way Alec Baldwin delivers the line “I like it” at the beginning kind of cracks me up.  Added ammunition for Meryl’s forthcoming lead actress nomination for “Julie & Julia”:

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Warm notices for Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’

Posted by · 12:45 pm · July 24th, 2009

Even before anyone had laid eyes on Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia,” I felt fairly confident in predicting the critical response: nice, unremarkable film dominated by a broadly entertaining, larger-than-life turn from Meryl Streep. And so it has come to pass. The trade papers are united in their lukewarm feelings on the film itself, while […]

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Catching up with the ten

Posted by · 11:54 am · July 19th, 2009

It slipped my mind to update the Oscar nomination predictions I made in early June, which were looking sorrily outdated with a scant 5 Best Picture nominees. (What a difference a month makes!) Anyway, if only to get with the 10-strong program, it was time for a midsummer tidy, so my updated predictions can be […]

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