12/12 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:41 am · December 12th, 2008

• Sean Penn writes in support of dictators Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro. [The Nation] • James Kirchick skewers him as “a friend to gays and anti-gay dictators alike.” [The Advocate] • And Patrick Goldstien is right on top of it. [The Big Picture] • Earlier, Goldstein calls the Golden Globes “the ultimate Hollywood fantasy.” […]

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Golden Globes: ‘Slumdog,’ ‘Button’ steady…whither ‘Milk?’

Posted by · 6:20 am · December 11th, 2008

Well, I said yesterday one should always expect oddities with the Golden Globes … but even with that in mind, they never fail to pull out some genuine “WTF” moments. Tom Cruise’s goofy Best Supporting Actor nod for “Tropic Thunder” may have been the most eccentric revelation of the morning, but surely the most significant […]

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Looking for comedy in the awards world

Posted by · 4:12 pm · November 16th, 2008

Over at his OscarWatch column, Dave Karger recently asked a question that has been bothering me for some time regarding this year’s awards race. Namely, how the hell are the Golden Globes going to fill out the ballot in the Comedy/Musical races? Best Actress looks solid enough. So far, we have two clear-cut frontrunners — […]

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Bart’s ‘non-Oscar’ list

Posted by · 2:31 am · June 9th, 2008

Variety’s Peter Bart is spinning his Oscar wheels at his new blog. The post is a efw days old at this point, but his “non-Oscar list” is a cute little aside worth a look. He chalks actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Sarah Jessica Parker up as being on the list by sheer fact that […]

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Four Girls in New York

Posted by · 5:34 am · June 2nd, 2008

Is there anything to say about this film “Sex and the City” that is driving women into movie houses all across the United States? According to box office reports this morning, the film made $55.7 million in 3,285 theaters. It generated a reputable $16,968 per screen average according to Nikki Finke. It dominated the Friday […]

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Best in show 2005: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 12:00 am · December 23rd, 2005

It’s time to really round out the year and offer up my picks for awards in 2005. In addition to the typical categories – which finally see their winners announced today – you’ll find some other fun arenas for awards citation. Call it a mish-mash of MTV-Awards-type kudos and other frequently heralded categories we find […]

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SHORT TAKE: “The Family Stone” (***1/2)

Posted by · 6:36 am · September 3rd, 2005

Thomas Bezucha’s “The Family Stone” is as refreshingly scripted as one can hope for. His film has magnificent ideas. His characters are thoroughly crafted with a richness unbecoming of the current cinema. His tale brings with it a warmth and a spirit that permeates like the finest emotional experience. It should be noted that the […]

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