OFF THE CARPET: Closing the book on summer 2011

Posted by · 8:38 am · August 22nd, 2011

The summer movie season has come to an end, and what an interesting season it was. We saw three billion-dollar grossers for the first time ever in one year, let alone one three-month spread (thank you, 3D). We saw a bit of a glass ceiling for comic book movies, proving nothing is a sure thing […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Transformers’ way out in front

Posted by · 11:25 am · July 3rd, 2011

Yes, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” inevitably took the top spot this holiday weekend, but there is cause for serious sadness. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” crossed the billion dollar mark worldwide. I weep. But “Midnight in Paris” is just a few mil away from being Woody Allen’s highest grossing film ever, so […]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’

Posted by · 10:31 am · May 20th, 2011

I’ve already warned you to stay away. Guy spared himself in Cannes. But plenty of you will nevertheless take in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (I’m so sick of these gigantic titles) this weekend. So, if you can stomach thinking about it afterward, please come back and let us know what you thought. […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 56 — Special Edition! — Cannes so far, ‘Tree of Life,’ Von Trier, taking the 2011 awards pulse

Posted by · 8:32 am · May 20th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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On painful ‘Tides’

Posted by · 10:55 am · May 14th, 2011

Guy was balancing two options in Cannes this morning: Take in the press screening of Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” or catch up on some much-needed rest. Given that I had already suffered the experience, I suggested he spare himself the 130-odd minutes of anguish and, I don’t know, lie in […]

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The Super Bowl spots

Posted by · 7:52 pm · February 6th, 2011

7. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” Outrageous.  Make it stop. 6. “Cowboys & Aliens” Though cluttered, expands on what we’ve seen. 5. “Captain America: The First Avenger” Not a bad trailer but something lingering still has me on guard. 4. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” A true teaser, promising escalation but more contained.

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2/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:10 am · February 11th, 2010

• John Lopez digs into the preferential voting system in intense depth.  Maybe nothing you haven’t already read.  And I’m kind of over it. [Little Gold Men] • Charlie Wilson — yes, that one — has left us to our own wars. [Variety] • Penelope Cruz says “thanks, no thanks” to Lars Von Trier, opts […]

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11/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:30 am · November 17th, 2009

• “Avatar” to hold its world premiere in Leicester Square, London, December 10. [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Nathaniel Rogers isn’t phased by his signed non-disclosure agreement, breathlessly (but briefly) enthuses about “Nine.” [The Film Experience] • Johnny Depp becomes Hollywood’s highest paid actor with a £21 million ($42 million) salary for “Pirates of the Caribbean: […]

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’

Posted by · 12:52 pm · September 11th, 2009

That’s the official title of the fourth “Pirates” film, releasing the summer of 2011, according to word emanating from D23 in Anaheim.  Thoughts?

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