11/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:00 am · November 18th, 2009

• The swashbuckling spirit behind “Pirate Radio.” [Los Angeles Times] • Anne Thompson wants to know where the screeners of “The Hurt Locker” are.  Probably waiting on “New Moon” box office receipts. [Thompson on Hollywood] • The gall: Why Roger Corman doesn’t deserve an Oscar.  Apparently there’s a “pro” side on the way. [Cinematical]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Apocalypse wow

Posted by · 10:25 am · November 15th, 2009

*All historical figures are adjusted to today’s dollars. Roland Emmerich’s still got it. And by “it,” I mean the ability to make blockbuster hits out of the same movie again and again. “2012” opened at the top of the box office with $65 million and the seventh-biggest opening of 2009. It’s also the 10th-biggest November […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘2012’ on the way

Posted by · 1:28 am · November 13th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. (This is the first of a new series of columns splitting the weekly Sunday Cents column in half. We’ll cover the weekend box office on Sundays and save the forecasts for Thursdays from here on out.) Roland Emmerich returns this weekend to popular landmark destruction for […]

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A chauvinist moment

Posted by · 3:16 pm · November 10th, 2009

Regular readers will know that I’m something of a fan of January Jones. The 31 year-old star of “Mad Men” (which wrapped its third season this week, though me and my fellow Brits haven’t even got started) has essayed the best female character in American film or TV in two years, gives great interview and, […]

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Briefly, on ‘Pirate Radio’

Posted by · 1:00 pm · October 6th, 2009

I don’t know why, but this “Pirate Radio” trailer (which has been around a while) is really doing it for me.  I saw it yesterday before a screening of “Zombieland.” And how long before Philip Seymour Hoffman completes his trilogy of rock types?  He knocked Lester Bangs out of the park in “Almost Famous” and […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Whittling further as convention flees

Posted by · 11:56 am · August 3rd, 2009

Another month, another step closer to the awards season.  As the summer winds down and the industry slowly begins to square itself with the off-season’s bombshell Oscar news, the picture becomes a little clearer.  Kind of. Universal Pictures, in a move speculated upon endlessly by now, shuffled two of its contenders — Paul Greengrass’s “Green […]

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Focus’s ‘Boat’ gets a new title: ‘Pirate Radio’

Posted by · 11:11 am · July 28th, 2009

A few weeks ago we learned that the folks at Focus Features would be re-editing Richard Curtis’s “The Boat That Rocked” for U.S. shores in an effort to whip the project, which didn’t fare well with critics across the pond, into more profitable shape.  Now I’m hearing the title is also getting a change, to […]

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