Makeup bake-off leaves seven

Posted by · 4:40 pm · January 11th, 2010

Via AMPAS press release, the final group includes: “District 9” “Il Divo” “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” “The Road” “Star Trek” “The Young Victoria” Well, there was always one spot in flux for me here and most recently I was giving it to “Cirque du Freak” for […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume II

Posted by · 12:17 pm · October 22nd, 2009

As more films have been unleashed, the race for the visual effects Oscar now appears clearer than it did three months ago.  I’m starting to feel the race for the final three will really be down to a handful of films. As I explained in August, a shortlist of seven films will be announced in […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume I

Posted by · 11:51 am · August 6th, 2009

“How did they do that?”  Movie-goers often ask this in response to spectacular visual effects, one of few elements of a film, apart from acting, directing or story, that a studio might choose to sell a film directly on. Not surprisingly, the Academy’s award for Best Visual Effects is definitely the most mainstream-friendly of all […]

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‘Up’ becomes Pixar’s second-highest grosser ever

Posted by · 10:22 am · July 5th, 2009

I expect Chad may get into some of this later in today’s Sunday Cents column (unless his silly inflation observation gets in the way), but Pixar’s “Up” grossed another $6.5 million today, bringing the domestic total to $264.8 million, surpassing the $261.4 million “The Incredibles” racked up in the fall of 2004 to become the […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Stocked ‘Up’

Posted by · 12:43 pm · May 31st, 2009

In the biggest non-shock of the year, Pixar has released a unanimously acclaimed new film and it has topped the box office. What is a little surprising is that “Up” managed to make $68.2 million despite a distinct lack of anthropomorphism. While Disney suits will have to continue to sweat over how they are going […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Terminator’ frustration

Posted by · 5:09 pm · May 24th, 2009

Hollywood tried something it rarely does this Memorial Day weekend: it opened two huge sequels at the same time. The last time anything remotely similar happened was the same holiday weekend in 2005 with “The Longest Yard” and “Madagascar.” They were really just fighting for second place, though, as the second weekend of “Star Wars: […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Holy hit

Posted by · 12:19 pm · May 18th, 2009

God is so 2006. “Angels & Demons” was the number one movie at the box office this weekend but the $48 million it raked in is barely more than half of the $84.5 million registered by “The Da Vinci Code” in its opening frame. What happened? Three things. First, the free publicity generated by the […]

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5/18 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:20 am · May 18th, 2009

• “Star Trek” looks to be a hit off-world. [The Carpetbagger] • It looks like Kenneth Branagh and Marvel have found their Thor: Chris Hemsworth from “Star Trek.” [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Jeff Sneider takes a long, hard look at the MTV Movie Awards. [Examiner.com] • Tom O’Neil poses the obvious question: Will “Angels & […]

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