VENICE: ‘Texas Killing Fields,’ ‘Faust,’ competition stragglers

Posted by · 7:39 am · September 9th, 2011

After a ten-day, 23-film Venice Competition that started slowly but respectably, hit a healthy stride midway through and began wheezing with exhaustion in its closing stages, things have finally ground to a permanent halt with “Texas Killing Fields” (**), the sophomore feature from Ami Canaan Mann — daughter of Michael,  who predictably takes a producer […]

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8/31 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Social media boost ‘The Help,’ actress Oscar plays, Bird Flu back ahead of ‘Contagion’

Posted by · 8:16 am · August 31st, 2011

• Anne Thompson talks to “Warrior” stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy and director Gavin O’Connor. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Lucas Kavner on the debt “The Help” owes to social media for its box office staying power. [Huffington Post] • Louis Virtel looks shines a light on five female roles that seem to have the […]

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1/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:28 am · January 6th, 2010

• Sam Mendes could clearly use a paycheck, signs up for the new Bond. [Heat Vision] • Navigating the season in “For Your Consideration” ads. [Vulture] • Rodrigo Perez points out some buried points in another outlet’s coverage, namely that Apparition is aiming for a Cannes bow for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” [The […]

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Playing up the humanity of ‘Avatar’

Posted by · 9:28 am · October 28th, 2009

All eyes on on the big four, films that have yet to screen but expect to play a heavy hand in the Oscar race: “Invictus” (which debuted a poster and a trailer recently), “The Lovely Bones” (which has screened internally at Paramount and is almost finished), “Nine” (which has been beginning to get a look […]

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First official image from ‘Avatar’

Posted by · 11:42 am · August 14th, 2009

Peter Sciretta at /Film woke up to a nice surprise in his inbox this morning: the first official image from James Cameron’s “Avatar” (which will be appearing in magazines shortly).  You’ve got Sam Worthington in front of a tank containing one of the avatars with that cool Cameron blue.  Very beautiful.  For more on “Avatar” […]

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COMIC-CON: James Cameron unveils impressive ‘Avatar’ footage

Posted by · 5:21 pm · July 23rd, 2009

James Cameron made his long-awaited trip to San Diego this afternoon for the world premiere of 25 minutes of footage from his upcoming film “Avatar,” and the reaction was as enthused as it could have been.  A scene-by-scene description is probably the best way to go about this, so first that, then quotes from the […]

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Sam Worthington is Perseus

Posted by · 10:19 pm · June 1st, 2009

(Courtesy: /Film)

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SHORT TAKE: “Terminator Salvation” (*1/2)

Posted by · 9:16 am · May 20th, 2009

I knew five minutes into McG’s cumbersome, misguided, lifeless “Terminator Salvation” that I would be writing a short take rather than a full review.  The film sucks inspiration out of the viewer in a staggering fashion.  It disavows intriguing ideas explored in the franchise to date and renders a potentially exciting re-launch of the material […]

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Danny Huston to play Poseidon in ‘Clash of the Titans’

Posted by · 10:13 am · April 29th, 2009

Boy, Danny Huston sure does seem to be going for the cash grab lately.  He’s a talented actor, so I sure wish he’d try to expand beyond the creative rut he’s in right now.  First “30 Days of Night,” then “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” now this?  We’re a long way from “The Proposition.” All that said, […]

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