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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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 16 — ‘Nine’ stumbles, so cui bono? Plus ‘Avatar’ as frontrunner and forecasting the films of 2010

Posted by · 10:42 am · January 1st, 2010

Welcome to the first installment of Oscar Talk of 2010 and, indeed, of the new decade. Oscar Talk is your weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. It’s been two weeks since we dug into the Oscar race in this space. Here’s what’s on the docket today: • Rob Marshall’s […]

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12/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:58 am · December 29th, 2009

• John Campea talks to “Avatar” star Stephen Lang. [AMC Entertainment] • Scott Feinberg spotlights 50 performances that “shoulda been contendas” in the 2009 Oscar race. [And the Winner Is…] • Nikki sez Warner Bros. has broken the studio’s own domestic box office record by crossing $2 billion across the States.  Wowsers. [Deadline Hollywood Daily]

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Oh yeah, the ‘Nine’ embargo lifted…

Posted by · 10:18 am · December 4th, 2009

It’s one of those things when you show a film early and hold everyone to an embargo for a number of weeks.  I imagine there are people like me who run out of the passion and desire to write about some films, and over the last few weeks, “Nine” has been that film for me. […]

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Rob Marshall and ‘Pirates’ … why not?

Posted by · 3:08 am · August 1st, 2009

It seems I’m one of the few people who isn’t particularly bothered by the admittedly surprising prospect of Rob Marshall directing the fourth go-round of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Variety first floated the news yesterday that the Oscar-nominated choreographer-turned-filmmaker is in talks to take the reins of Disney’s megabucks franchise from Gore Verbinski, prompting a […]

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“There was something…really dark about me.”

Posted by · 9:55 am · June 24th, 2009

What is beautiful/sexy anyway these days?  Is classic back in?  Does bombshell still register?  Who knows, but for me, very much so lately, actress Marion Cotillard seems to be a certain embodiment. A taste thing, obviously.  Subjective.  But I put her near the head of the pack in a business so hung up on boiler-plate […]

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Year-in-advance winner predictions

Posted by · 11:26 am · February 27th, 2009

Yes, I’m insane, but before I leave off this year’s year-in-advance week, by request, I thought I’d throw up a random set of winner predictions and see if I was close to the target next February.  Last year I managed three correct guesses (four if you count Winslet for the wrong movie), two of them […]

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Pedro Almodovar starts the buzz on Penelope Cruz in 2009

Posted by · 8:16 am · February 9th, 2009

Writing in the weekend’s New York Times Magazine, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar becomes one of the first to begin spitballing the efforts of an actress we’re likely to be talking about this time next year: Last year she finally came into her own in America, as she had already done in the rest of the world. […]

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And Fergie makes ‘Nine’

Posted by · 2:15 am · July 20th, 2008

Ugh, they had to ruin it, didn’t they? Yes, apparently the woman whose most significant artistic achievement thus far has been introducing the term “lady lumps” to the popular vocabulary is joining the most star-spangled cast in recent memory. She will play the prostitute from the Day-Lewis character’s youth, who was responsible for his sexual […]

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Kate Hudson joins ‘Nine’

Posted by · 2:01 am · July 15th, 2008

I wrote back in May about the embarrassment of riches that is the cast of “Nine” – Rob Marshall’s upcoming filmization of the hit Broadway musical based, in turn, in Fellini’s “8½.” Now, as if Daniel Day-Lewis, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard weren’t enough names to fit on the […]

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Day-Lewis in line for ‘Nine?’

Posted by · 1:57 am · May 15th, 2008

OK, so the dream cast potentially just got dreamier. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Variety reports that none other than Daniel Day-Lewis (one almost feels that should be preceded with a Sir, no?) is in talks to play the lead in Rob Marshall’s film version of “Nine” — the Broadway show that is in […]

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