OFF THE CARPET: Field of adaptations

Posted by · 8:34 am · November 23rd, 2009

As always, the year’s adapted screenplay race is much more competitive than the original screenplay race. But what’s intriguing to note is that of the anticipated “big four” still to be widely screened, three of them are right in the thick of this discussion. In the case of “Nine,” there is a chance for Anthony […]

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Bigelow, Ephron, ‘Up,’ ‘Transformers’ to be honored at Hollywood fest

Posted by · 9:50 am · September 30th, 2009

The awards keep coming for “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow, who is already set to be feted at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.  As her film’s star Jeremy Renner takes down the Breakthrough Actor award at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival, Bigelow herself will receive the Hollywood Director Award, fest director Carlos de Abreu […]

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Back East with the ladies of ‘Julie & Julia’

Posted by · 8:05 am · July 31st, 2009

Earlier in the week I offered up my (surprisingly) positive assessment of Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia,” a shrewdly adapted narrative that features two of my favorite performances of the year from Meryl Streep (as famed chef Julia Child) and Stanley Tucci (as her loving husband, Paul). Today in the pages of USA Today, Susan […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Julie & Julia” (***1/2)

Posted by · 9:14 am · July 28th, 2009

It’s probably a little cliche to lead a review of Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia” with a phrase like “I’m not wired for movies like this.”  It ends up being a back-handed compliment to the film and doesn’t exactly illuminate why it’s a successful piece of work, but that is, nevertheless, the first thought that […]

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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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New Yorker semi-reviews ‘Julie & Julia,’ exalts Streep

Posted by · 3:48 am · July 4th, 2009

As far as I know, Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia” is still under a reviewing embargo, but the New Yorker’s Ariel Levy has sneakily buried a brief, incisive critique of the film at the tail of a substantial profile of Ephron. (Thanks to Jeff Wells for pointing it out.) You’ll need a subscription to read […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: Alexandre Desplat

Posted by · 9:30 am · February 5th, 2009

Over the last several years, Alexandre Desplat has gone from being a relatively unknown (in the United States anyway) French composer to emerging as one of the most acclaimed and sought after commodities in the business today.  Receiving his second Oscar nomination this year for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Desplat has continued to […]

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