1/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · January 15th, 2009

• Kim Voynar responds to the foreign shortlist. [Movie City News] • Pete Hammond wonders if “The Dark Knight” in dicey waters with the “Reader” surge coming on strong. [Notes on a Season] • Tom O’Neil thinks keeping the Oscar presenters a secret until the big night is a mistake.  Eh, I dig it. [Gold […]

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12/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:02 am · December 22nd, 2008

• The “Seven Pounds” dogpile continues. [/Film] • Ditto Baz Luhrmann and “Australia.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Regarding Luhrmann, Peter Bart warns the director away from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gasby.” [Peter Bart] • David Gritten talks to Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy about critics’ favorite “Slumdog Millionaire.” [Daily Telegraph] • Donna Freydkin spends some […]

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Oh dear

Posted by · 4:43 am · December 19th, 2008

The annihilation of “Seven Pounds” continues apace, with a crucifying NYT review from A.O. Scott: Frankly, though, I don’t see how any review could really spoil what may be among the most transcendently, eye-poppingly, call-your-friend-ranting-in-the-middle-of-the-night-just-to-go-over-it-one-more-time crazily awful motion pictures ever made. I would tell you to go out and see it for yourself, but you […]

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12/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:10 am · December 18th, 2008

• Ken Turan proves how really out of touch he is.  [Los Angeles Times] • David Poland defends “Seven Pounds” two years after being in the tank for Gabriele Muccino and “The Pursuit of Happyness.” [The Hot Blog] • Wow.  And it’s not even April Fool’s Day. [The Sun] • David Carr responds to the […]

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12/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:33 am · December 15th, 2008

• Nathaniel Rogers goes back to the well with some updated Oscar predictions. [The Film Experience] • Charles McGrath writes up the upcoming “Revolutionary Road” release. [New York Times] • Philip French remembers a bleak year in cinema. [The Guardian] • Similarly, John Horn notes the box office success of some challenging films this holiday […]

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Lumenick dive-bombs ‘Seven Pounds’

Posted by · 5:42 pm · December 11th, 2008

Jeez…this might get ugly: This diabetes-inducing reunion with director Gabriele Muccino (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) also didn’t score any nods from the easily persuaded Broadcast Film Critics Association, not to mention any awards from the L.A. or New York film critics (there were lots of snickers when somebody jokingly nominated Smith at yesterday’s NYFCC meeting, […]

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12/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:36 am · December 7th, 2008

• Pete Hammond reports on the week that was, including a lively “Seven Pounds” Q&A session. [Notes on a Season] • Jeff Wells responds with a second-hand swipe at the film. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • And Steven Zeitchik breaks embargo, writes up a positive assessment. [Risky Biz Blog] • Tom O’Neil points out how Oscar success […]

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Weird feeling…

Posted by · 2:44 pm · December 5th, 2008

The race is pretty much here, in front of our faces.  Last night and Wednesday night, “Seven Pounds” finally went before the press at large.  We can’t write about the film yet, however.  T.L. Stanley does a nice job of reporting last night’s hilarious Q&A session with the film’s principles here. Basically, all secrets are […]

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Column? We don’t need no stinking column.

Posted by · 2:31 pm · December 2nd, 2008

Turns out I don’t have the time to dig into a full column this week like I had hoped.  I’ll have to get into my thoughts on “Gran Torino” and “Seven Pounds” another time, but I do feel the need to note one thing in this week’s charts: “The Dark Knight” leaping into the Best […]

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Out and about

Posted by · 7:22 am · November 24th, 2008

Mostly silence on my end today.  I’m pushing the Oscar column to tomorrow due to a screening of “The Reader” this morning.  Might as well get one more under my belt before tackling an update.  This time next week “Gran Torino” will be out of the way, then it’s up to Sony when they want […]

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11/19 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:43 am · November 19th, 2008

• David Poland misses the stylistic point of “Revolutionary Road.” [The Hot Blog] • Anne Thompson is on the right track, though. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Dave Karger digs into the Oscar prospects of the elusive “Seven Pounds.” [Entertainment Weekly] • Pete Hammond covers the week in screenings, much of which you’ve already read here.  […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Getting to know you

Posted by · 7:19 am · November 17th, 2008

This is the first season I can think of, at least since I’ve been covering this crazy beat on the west coast, that studios have become so terrified by the media that guild screenings are preempting press screenings with such consistency. Some have whined about “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” screening for SAG 10 […]

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Oscar column? Ha.

Posted by · 10:21 am · November 10th, 2008

Nothing to show for myself yet again this week.  I swear, in seven days time, I’ll get my act in gear on that front.  But without something to push the passion, it’s kind of hard not to let other committments take hold. After AFI, some think “Doubt” has a Best Picture shot, others don’t.  I […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Who we are, who we want to be

Posted by · 9:07 am · October 6th, 2008

In an election year, topical films indicate a culture making sense of itself.

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‘Seven Pounds’ trailer removed, BUT…

Posted by · 4:22 pm · September 29th, 2008

…Brad Brevet has his own embedding do-hickey over at Rope of Silicon, so you can still see it there.  Hopefully he won’t get a cease and desist for my linking to him, but there we are.  Sony apparently jerked the YouTube embed down due to “copyright infringement.” I finally watched it, by the way (been […]

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‘Seven Pounds’ trailer

Posted by · 9:51 am · September 29th, 2008

Finally something from the upcoming Will Smith/Gabriele Muccino film:

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