9/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco’s poem picks, Bender remembers Menke, Reznor and Ross at a steal

Posted by · 9:03 am · September 29th, 2010

• James Franco, also starring in “Howl” this year, selects his favorite poems. [Vulture] • In remembering film editor Sally Menke, Lawrence Bender discusses the “Hi, Sally” Tarantino tradition. [Arts Beat] • Anne Thompson talks, well, a whole bunch of stuff with a busy Guillermo Del Toro. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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Foundas on ‘Social Network’: “Big, brash and brilliant.”

Posted by · 4:43 pm · August 19th, 2010

If you’ve read the script for Aaron Sorkin’s “The Social Network” then you know it’s powerful stuff waiting to be unleashed on the season.  Well, Scott Foundas is first out of the gate with an extremely early critique of the film, and it’s all thumbs up from Brett Ratner’s best bud.  To wit: David Fincher’s […]

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Fall festivals ready for their close-up

Posted by · 12:03 pm · August 17th, 2010

In the last couple of weeks the major fall film festivals have unveiled aggressively competitive line-ups, and the amount of potential awards product landing at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York is, as usual, vast. There are plenty of overlapping exhibitions but as for firsties, Venice will get dibs on Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Julie […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festivals beckon, ‘District 9’ opens

Posted by · 7:05 pm · August 14th, 2009

• The New York Film Festival unveiled a decidedly foreign lineup, with Alain Resnais and Pedro Almodovar at either end. • Speaking of festivals, the long-awaited “The Road” was among the titles added to the Toronto slate this week. • With everyone excited about “District 9” this week, we took time to chat to the […]

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Resnais and Almodóvar bookend world-flavored NYFF lineup

Posted by · 5:54 am · August 12th, 2009

indieWIRE has the full lineup for this year’s New York Film Festival, which runs from 25 September to 11 October, and at a glance, it looks remarkably like a greatest-hits lineup from May’s Cannes festival. This year, both the NYFF’s opening and closing films have been plucked from the Croisette. Alain Resnais’s “Wild Grass,” for […]

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10/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:17 am · October 8th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil wonders if Bill Maher can cure his Emmy drought with an Oscar instead. [Gold Derby] • Patrick Goldstein calls ‘W.’ a “mess,” confirming my worst fears… [The Big Picture] • Erica Abeel corners Mike Leigh at the New York fest. [indieWIRE] • Bill Murray talks “City of Ember,” his divorce. [Associated Press] […]

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More than just happy

Posted by · 4:41 pm · October 4th, 2008

I’ve already discussed how many critics seem to be misinterpreting Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” and its protagonist, Poppy, by interpreting it as a sheer feelgood work — and in doing so, missing much of the film’s complex, subtle social observation. So I’m glad to see that Mike Leigh has addressed the issue at a NYFF press […]

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10/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:02 am · October 2nd, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells reports that Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers” has been pushed to 2009. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Patrick Goldstein hypothesizes that the year-end Oscar glut is detrimental to quality films and, in a round about way, that studios should forgo the Oscar spending.  Gasp! [The Big Picture] • David Poland apparently missed the qualifier “largely” in […]

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9/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:11 am · September 26th, 2008

• David Poland takes stock 22 weeks out, and somehow thinks early buzz on Sean Penn’s “Milk” performance is “soft.” [Movie City News] • Warner Bros. sends out a mailer offering Academy members the choice of a Blu-ray “Dark Knight” awards screener.  Wally Pfister’s nomination moves further into place. [The Hollywood Reporter] • In a […]

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9/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:44 am · September 23rd, 2008

• Does the Governor really deserve to top a list of the 10 most talentless people in Hollywood? [The Movie Blog] • Richard Rushfield hangs out at the Emmys’ Governor’s Ball. [The Envelope] • Fans ask Daniel Craig the questions. [The Guardian] • Logan Hill’s four “must see” films at this year’s New York Film […]

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9/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:07 am · September 22nd, 2008

• “Real” men of the screen are a dying breed, according to Peter Bart. [Peter Bart] • Journos keep beating a dead horse about the new “At the Movies” failure. [eFilmCritic] • And again. [The Hot Blog] • Anne Thompson salutes Telluride and New York for steering clear of high profile American cinema, but as […]

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