3/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:17 am · March 3rd, 2010

• Claude Brodesser-Akner reports that a Sacha Baron Cohen Oscarcast sketch has been nixed to spare James Cameron’s feelings.  It was a dumb idea anyway. [Vulture] • Steven Zeitchik on what I’ve been saying until I’m blue in the face: Meryl Streep’s silence has done her no favors during phase two, while Team Bullock continues […]

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What might have been

Posted by · 2:25 am · February 20th, 2010

I agree with Anne Thompson in yesterday’s edition of Oscar Talk when she cautiously says that the hosting is one of the few things she’s not worried about in the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. Steve Martin — tried, tested and funny on two previous hosting dates — is the definition of a safe pair of […]

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7/21 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:03 am · July 21st, 2009

• The forthcoming release of “Julie & Julia” delays author Julie Powell’s follow-up book. [New York Observer] • Seth Rogen takes “Entourage” (which is slowly jumping the shark this season) and its creators to task. [Movieline] • Going to Comic-Con?  Download the official iPhone app. [Apple]

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Letterman and Brüno sell the movie

Posted by · 12:09 pm · July 10th, 2009

“Don’t you want to see a crazy gay Austrian who isn’t the governor of California?” What can I add to that? Enjoy:

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Bruno on Conan

Posted by · 4:14 pm · June 26th, 2009

Here’s part one. Part two after the jump:

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‘Bruno’ cut out of respect to Jackson

Posted by · 2:16 pm · June 26th, 2009

Well, that was quick. The Guardian reports that, following the coinciding events of last night’s “Bruno” premiere and Michael Jackson’s tragic passing, a hasty — and possibly permanent — cut has been to the film. The scene in question pits Sacha Baron Cohen against Jackson’s sister LaToya: The offending scene features Cohen, in the guise […]

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6/23 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:44 am · June 23rd, 2009

• How Sacha Baron Cohen ensnares his victims. [Daily Telegraph] • 26 titles announced for this year’s Toronto fest. [indieWIRE] • Anna Pickard breaks down the recent “2012” trailer. [The Guardian] • Gina Piccalo talks to Shohreh Aghdashloo, star of “The Stoning of Soraya M.” [Los Angles Times] • Noah Forrest joins the “Year One” […]

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6/8 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:52 am · June 8th, 2009

• The “Oh yeah, what happened to her?” blurb of the week. [Associated Press] • Yours truly covers Grant Morrison’s latest monthly, “Batman and Robin.” [Batman on Film] • David Poland analyzes the brave new world of media ad buys. [The Hot Blog] • Tom O’Neil on Geoffrey Rush’s new acting triple crown with last […]

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Put to bed?

Posted by · 5:02 pm · June 3rd, 2009

Though I’m sure there will be those who want to peg this as damage control.  From the AP: Eminem says he knew full well what he was about to face at the MTV Movie Awards — including Sacha Baron Cohen’s bare butt. Enimem told the Web site RapRadar.com that the much-talked about stunt was all […]

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6/1 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:40 am · June 1st, 2009

• Did you miss Eminem’s close encounter with Sacha Baron Cohen’s bare ass?  Never fear. [The Guardian] • Pixar’s “Up” reminds of the lonely sport of cluster ballooning. [Los Angeles Times] • Was Universal going for scary or sexy with the “Drag Me to Hell” poster? [The Big Picture] • Eric Snider notes the failure […]

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‘Bruno’ poster

Posted by · 2:40 pm · April 24th, 2009

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Red band ‘Bruno’ trailer lands

Posted by · 12:55 pm · April 2nd, 2009

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Who should host the Oscars?

Posted by · 4:39 pm · October 24th, 2008

This morning I linked to our friend John Campea at The Movie Blog who offered up a list of 15 possibilities for host of this year’s Oscar festivities.  Producers Bill Condon and Larry Mark are hard at work putting the show’s particulars together (when Condon has a few moments away from that Richard Pryor biopic […]

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AMPAS invites 105 to the party

Posted by · 11:47 am · June 23rd, 2008

The Academy has officially announced the 105 people it has invited to join its ranks this year; they range from obvious recent winners (Marion Cotillard, Diablo Cody), to cool commercial forces (Judd Apatow, Sacha Baron Cohen), to less glamorous but equally deserving names such as documentarian Nanette Burstein and composer Michael Giacchino. Looking down the list, it’s […]

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Bruno vs. Dan Brown in 2009?

Posted by · 7:09 am · June 18th, 2008

I just came across this story, which may or may not be old news, indicating the US release of Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming “Bruno” as May 15, 2009.  As the end of the article notes, that will put the film in direct competition with the new Dan Brown adaptation, “Angels & Demons,” with Tom Hanks […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (***)

Posted by · 4:44 pm · July 25th, 2006

I’m no fan of Will Ferrell’s comedic sensibilities in the slightest, but “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is probably the best film of his typical mold to hit screens yet.  I know “Anchorman” has its devoted, and “Old School” was apparently good enough in the eyes of Bravo to make it to an […]

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