The Great Performances: 1997

Posted by · 8:03 am · October 23rd, 2009

1997 was a great year for actors, but a tough year for Oscar; how do you choose when there are so many deserving nominees? It’s that age-old issue that some award-worthy performances are going to be left out, which though unfair and sad, is very much part of the Academy Awards and frankly what makes […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 Tarantino characters

Posted by · 12:31 pm · August 18th, 2009

It’s been over a month since we cranked out an installment of The Lists, but with Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” set for release on Friday, it seemed a good time to cook up a new collective. When most people praise Tarantino’s skill as a screenwriter, they tend to focus on his well-honed ear for dialogue.  […]

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Refreshing

Posted by · 1:56 pm · February 22nd, 2009

“My natural reaction was, ‘Aw, s***!’  There’s that one little second when they call your name and you think, ‘Maybe the law of averages is gonna catch this motherf***er now. I’m gonna win this one!’ And I didn’t.  I didn’t forget the camera was there, I just didn’t give a f***. So I went with […]

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Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes to share a swan song

Posted by · 2:16 pm · August 11th, 2008

Perhaps I missed this little tid-bit in the sad news over the weekend, but apparently Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes are staring alongside Samuel L. Jackson in November’s “Soul Men.”  I TOTALLY didn’t realize that. We get this from the New York Daily News (via The Movie Blog): Is “Soul Men” cursed? The upcoming comedy, […]

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LaBute’s ‘Lakeview Terrace’ poster

Posted by · 8:53 am · July 23rd, 2008

Cinematical has an exclusive on the first poster for Neil LaBute’s upcoming “Lakeview Terrace.” We’ve had our eye on this film on the contenders pages for some time. It could go either way as an awards contender, with seemingly attractive roles for Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington. LaBute has been off the […]

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Movie stingers: do they work?

Posted by · 4:39 am · July 8th, 2008

If you saw “Hancock” over the weekend, you probably noticed a brief scene in the middle of the closing credits sequence featuring Mike Epps and meant as a funny punch for your theater exiting pleasure. It got me thinking about inter- and post-credit sequences — called “stingers” — and whether they ought to be eliminated altogether.  I ask this despite […]

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Audiences to see a different ‘Iron Man’ than critics?

Posted by · 12:26 pm · May 1st, 2008

At Monday’s screening of “Iron Man,” I was sad to see that Samuel L. Jackson’s much-anticipated cameo as S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury wasn’t in the cut. Though director Jon Favreau has suggested the scene might surface in the DVD release. Well New York Mag’s Vulture blog points us today to a Comic Book Resources story […]

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