FINAL final nomination predictions

Posted by · 5:00 am · January 25th, 2011

Just so it’s on the record. I wavered back and forth in Best Visual Effects, but I’ve finally landed on “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” scoring one for the underdogs. My final forecast here.

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CONTEST: T-shirt giveaway!

Posted by · 9:03 am · January 24th, 2011

Alright, we have our last contest of the year.  But it’ll have a quick turnaround, so don’t snooze if you’re interested. First, the prize.  We have T-shirts for “Animal Kingdom” (you remember the one), “TRON Legacy,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Tangled” up for grabs.  And the contest will be predictions-based. This weekend I […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Final analysis, part one

Posted by · 8:57 am · January 20th, 2011

It seems hard to believe that it’s been more than six months since I wrote this year’s introductory Tech Support column ( a dissection of the art direction race). Much has changed since then, naturally, as we are less than a week away from the big day when we find out the nominees for the […]

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‘Scott Pilgrim,’ ‘Hereafter’ make visual effects bake-off

Posted by · 4:19 pm · January 5th, 2011

As we await the USC Scripter finalists (which should drop any minute), I should pass along the Academy’s bake-off finalists in the Best Visual Effects category. Last month the field was narrowed down to 15 titles. Today, seven titles remain, from which five nominees will be selected in a bake-off (which is an odd extra […]

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Inevitable list of WGA ineligibilities surfaces

Posted by · 7:42 pm · December 28th, 2010

Steve Pond is on the news today that a number of this year’s screenplays will be ineligible for WGA consideration (and therefore should be kept in mind when nominations are revealed next week). First and foremost, we all know Pixar films never fall under WGA signatory regulations, so Michael Arndt’s work on “Toy Story 3” […]

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‘Black Swan’ leads Online Film Critics Society noms

Posted by · 8:58 am · December 27th, 2010

The nominations list just announced by the OFCS features most of the expected names, but with a few welcome twists: nice to see Edgar Ramírez and LAFCA winner Kim Hye-ja lending some international flavor in the lead acting categories, while the Best Original Screenplay bid for “Greenberg” cuts pleasingly against the grain. Interesting, too, to […]

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‘Winter’s Bone’ leads Detroit critics nods with six

Posted by · 6:09 pm · December 10th, 2010

This is a somewhat more interesting set of nominations, even if it is flowing in the general current of the season for the most part.  I like the love for Gosling and even Edgar Wright (despite my feelings on the film).  Have a look at the full slate at The Circuit.

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Visual effects race whittled down to 15

Posted by · 3:43 pm · December 10th, 2010

This is the first year the race for Best Visual Effects will feature five nominees.  So take a third of these lucky semi-finalists and there we are.  The five I think most are expecting to show up are still in the mix. The most surprising omission for me is “Black Swan,” which used digital wizardry […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume II

Posted by · 8:19 pm · December 2nd, 2010

I find it somewhat appropriate to be ending my in-depth looks at the crafts categories with a discussion of Best Visual Effects. This is, after all, a category which awards the sort of behind-the-scenes crafts work that is often prominently displayed in advertisements and talked about with reverence after the film ends. When looking at […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume I

Posted by · 9:07 am · September 9th, 2010

How often do you go to the movies to escape? To be immersed into a different world, whether it be fantastical, thrilling or action-packed? For many movie-goers, if not most, the answer is “frequently.” Visual effects often play a massive role in this experience.  Studios invest heavily in them and frequently try to sell films […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Six Flags > Movies

Posted by · 10:38 pm · August 22nd, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Sorry this is checking in a little late today but I’ve been at Six Flags all day having the time of my life. I hadn’t been since they opened a crazy new ride called Tatsu and it kind of blew my mind, but the X will […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Stop giving Friedberg & Seltzer your money!

Posted by · 1:16 pm · August 20th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Alright guys. Enough is enough. The only thing less funny than a spoof movie made by Friedberg & Seltzer is the conceptual gag that America keeps playing where we ironically buy tickets to see them. Just to make fun of it, of course. Only problem is […]

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‘Scott Pilgrim’ vs. the sound

Posted by · 1:54 pm · August 17th, 2010

I want to take a moment to note that, regardless of my feelings on the film, I’m really bummed about the box office performance of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” not least of all because Edgar Wright is one of the good guys.  He’s making movies for all the right reasons. In any case, it’s […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: AARP Action Squad!

Posted by · 3:15 pm · August 15th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. The internet had been buzzing for weeks. Would the fact that he spent most of the decade in straight to video titles hurt his box office clout. Did Dolph Lundgren still have the box office muscle we all thought he had or did the lackluster performance […]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’

Posted by · 8:11 pm · August 13th, 2010

I’m feeling like pretty much the only guy on the block not losing my shit over Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” and as always, I’m fine with that.  But it hits theaters as part of summer 2010’s last gasps and I’d like to hear your thoughts, so cut loose with them in the […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Nerdgasm!

Posted by · 4:37 pm · August 13th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. If you are a nerd, this is the weekend for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re an action movie nerd, video game nerd or self-help nerd, Hollywood has you covered. All in all, it’s an abnormally stacked August weekend with three films that all have breakout […]

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COMIC-CON: Wrapping it up…are we getting through?

Posted by · 5:44 pm · July 25th, 2010

My Comic-Con experience ended a bit sooner than I expected this morning when I woke up and decided whatever was on the Sunday docket wasn’t as fetching as a three-hour ride in traffic back to LA. That’s how exhausting the convention was this year. Here’s the thing. We all know Comic-Con and its 125,000-plus attendees […]

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COMIC-CON: ‘Scott Pilgrim’ preaches to an enthusiastic choir

Posted by · 3:54 pm · July 25th, 2010

Perhaps the most ubiquitous presence at Comic-Con this year has been Universal’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” The film held a traditional panel Thursday evening, was screened three times to audiences including the public, was fully visible with a massive ad on the north side of the Hilton Bayfront and took over the Hilton Gaslamp […]

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