‘The Dark Tower’ to make for epic transmedia production

Posted by · 2:50 pm · September 8th, 2010

Ron Howard on board makes me nervous, but the plan is ambitious enough to give me goosebumps.  Your thoughts?

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12/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:01 am · December 15th, 2009

• Karina Longworth holds her nose and writes about Oscar, but makes a compelling case for “Avatar” as the “timeliest” film of the season. [Little Gold Men] • The film’s star, Zoe Saldana, on the state of women in Hollywood. [Speakeasy] • Charting the best music documentaries of the decade. [The Playlist]

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‘American Graffiti’ — why it still resonates, 36 years later

Posted by · 8:56 am · July 24th, 2009

George Lucas grew up in a small town, Modesto, California, where on Friday nights the guys hopped in their freshly washed and waxed cars and cruised the streets, rock and roll blaring out of the rolled down windows. Everyone knew each other so the streets were alive as though one big party were happening. Lucas, […]

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5/19 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:54 am · May 19th, 2009

• Anthony Breznicaan reports on the big “Christmas Carol” to do at Cannes. [USA Today] • John Hiscock talks to Ron Howard about getting around the Vatican’s disapproval of “Angels & Demons” while filming on location. [Daily Telegraph] • David Cox, meanwhile, believes the film will indeed hurt the Catholic Church with its depiction of […]

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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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Keep hidden

Posted by · 11:08 am · May 17th, 2009

In trying to disentangle the order of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming projects (in the wake of this week’s news that the master is taking on Sinatra), AwardsDaily’s Ryan Adams takes a peek at the range of titles that IMDB Pro lists on the director’s slate. I am mistrustful of IMDB’s information at the best of times, […]

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Realization: Dan Brown is tailor made for TV

Posted by · 12:06 pm · May 7th, 2009

I’m not going to review “Angels & Demons.”  Sometimes the idea of tearing a film apart just doesn’t quite appeal to me, believe it or not.  But watching the expected unfold on the Sony lot last night, it suddenly occurred to me that Dan Brown’s bloated if intriguingly researched fiction has no place on the […]

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Ron Howard on Real Time

Posted by · 11:35 pm · April 12th, 2009

Ryan Adams over at Awards Daily reminded me of Ron Howard’s Friday appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, so I figured I’d offer the same trio of clips here.  It was actually a pretty sober and valuable half hour chat, I thought.

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Who almost starred in the season’s Oscar nominated films?

Posted by · 11:37 am · February 17th, 2009

The folks at notstarring.com have put together a list of the year’s Oscar contenders and the stars who turned down opportunities to star in them.  There is, of course, Nicolas Cage in “The Wrestler” and Russell Crowe in “Australia.”  Heath Ledger is also mentioned for the latter (somehow I didn’t know that). “The Curious Case […]

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Start from scratch, Academy

Posted by · 6:19 am · February 12th, 2009

I do love a good rant about the Academy Awards. And Ryan Gilbey is, for my money, one of the sharpest, most entertaining film writers around these days. So it figures that a Gilbey-written attack on the Oscars, in the lefty political mag the New Statesman, should make for good reading. Gilbey cheerfully admits that […]

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The new millennium Oscars?

Posted by · 9:53 am · January 18th, 2009

Looking back over the previous Oscar winners for Best Picture since 2000, the start of a new century (and a new millennium), I find myself wondering sometimes what the hell the Academy was thinking.  It’s no secret I disagree with the Academy a lot, but I can also admit that when they get it right, […]

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DGA discrepancies with AMPAS are not uncommon

Posted by · 9:39 am · January 9th, 2009

The announcement of this year’s DGA nominees has left the sense that the races for Best Picture and Best Director are over.  Not so.  While the guild and Academy line up most of the time, and have a decent track record with the directing branch, we must not forget the years that proved otherwise.  This […]

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DGA nominees

Posted by · 10:10 am · January 8th, 2009

I think we’re locked and loaded, folks… David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight” Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon” Gus Van Sant, “Milk” Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire” What more is there to add at this point?  This is where John Shanley needed to show up if there was any more hope […]

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Guessing the DGA

Posted by · 9:56 am · January 7th, 2009

So, with SAG, PGA and ASC out of the way, and with WGA still to come in a matter of hours, I guess it’s worth mentioning that the big daddy guild is announcing tomorrow: the Directors Guild of America (DGA).  Now’s as good a time as any to take a stab at guessing the nominees… […]

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New to DVD, the real Frost/Nixon Watergate interviews

Posted by · 8:46 am · December 16th, 2008

As Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon” continues to step up during the film awards season this year, it might be worth noting that Liberation Entertainment has gone to the trouble of putting together a hell of a study guide: “Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews,” currently available on DVD. Patching together the Watergate portion of Sir David Frost’s […]

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12/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:10 am · December 10th, 2008

• The Gurus settle on a predicted five that seems to be becoming “the knowledge.” [Movie City News] • David Poland, meanwhile, takes the opportunity to spotlight 10 under-the-radar contenders. [Movie City News] • Always eager for a “look, we said something about it first” story, Steve Weintraub calls an exclusive (seriously, we need to […]

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11/30 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:55 am · November 30th, 2008

• Nathaniel Rogers muses on the Best Supporting Actor contest. [Film Experience] • Tom O’Neil ventures a tenuous (to me, at least) theory about gay roles and the Oscars. [Gold Derby] • Despite his fandom, Jeff Wells has some reservations about “Slumdog Millionaire.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • A study of Hollywood’s ongoing fascination with the Holocaust. […]

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11/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:51 am · November 11th, 2008

• Peter Bart worships at the alter of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. [Peter Bart] • Tom O’Neil reports on the 14 animated features submitted for toon consideration this year… [Gold Derby] • …and he interviews “Changeling” psycho Jason Butler Harner inside Hannibal Lecter’s prison cell deep in the bowels of the Hollywood Museum. [Gold […]

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