Calling the longshots

Posted by · 5:47 pm · February 1st, 2010

So this Steve Pond piece, titled “How Oscar Could Surprise — and Scare — Us,” is what we like to call hedging our bets.  It’s a chance to address some bubble matters so that we have something to point to and say, “Look, I toldja!” (Is that officially trademarked by Nikki Finke yet?) Anyway, I […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 4:29 pm · December 18th, 2009

Wrapping up my perspective on the year today, a personal list of superlatives, Oscar categories and other silly nonsense. Swing back around on Monday for the ultimate wrap-up, my list of the best films of the decade. Best Picture “A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Best Director Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “A Serious Man” Best Actor […]

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12/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:23 am · December 7th, 2009

• Dear cry-baby Hollywood conservatives: Al Gore doesn’t even have that Oscar you want back. Talk to Davis Guggenheim. [Top of the Ticket] • Editor Sally Menke on how she and Quentin Tarantino “clicked.” [The Guardian] • Anne Thompson has 20 questions for “District 9” star Sharlto Copley. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the leading gentlemen

Posted by · 10:31 am · November 2nd, 2009

We’ve taken concentrated looks at the lead actress and supporting actress categories in recent weeks.  Now let’s turn our attention over to the fellas. Behind the Best Picture race, of course, the lead actor competition is perhaps the most hotly anticipated award of a given Oscar telecast.  Movie stars are born, Hollywood staples are rewarded […]

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8/31 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:36 am · August 31st, 2009

• With “Luke and Brie are on a First Date” finding its way to an Amazon release, our own Chad Hartigan gets his film re-reviewed. [Spout Blog] • Stephen Zeitchik wants to know why Ang Lee can’t catch a break. [Risky Biz Blog] • Gregory Ellwood sees (er, hears) awards prospects in Alexandre Desplat’s “Coco […]

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Blomkamp on a budget

Posted by · 12:37 pm · August 19th, 2009

Speaking of “District 9,” which doesn’t look to go away any time soon, Chris Lee at Hero Complex has just posted a great interview with director Neill Blomkamp, coming at things from the angle of the film’s low price tag of $30 million.  It dovetails nicely with this Film Junk piece, titled “What Hollywood Can […]

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‘District 9’ receives most Academy applause in years

Posted by · 8:16 pm · August 17th, 2009

The unexpected fiscal and critical success of “District 9” has stirred the proper awards talk in the right circles.  The film looks to be pretty stiff competition in the nomination races for sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects, perhaps even film editing.  But given the mood of a recent Academy screening here in Los […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festivals beckon, ‘District 9’ opens

Posted by · 7:05 pm · August 14th, 2009

• The New York Film Festival unveiled a decidedly foreign lineup, with Alain Resnais and Pedro Almodovar at either end. • Speaking of festivals, the long-awaited “The Road” was among the titles added to the Toronto slate this week. • With everyone excited about “District 9” this week, we took time to chat to the […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘District 9’ star Sharlto Copley

Posted by · 12:01 pm · August 13th, 2009

When actor Sharlto Copley first pops up on screen in Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9,” it isn’t a grand movie moment in the style of John Wayne’s arrival (albeit out of focus) in John Ford’s “Stagecoach” by any means.  In fact, viewers might instinctively expect Copley’s character, Wikus Van De Merwe, to be a supporting player, […]

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Neill Blomkamp on the necessity of setting ‘District 9’ in Joburg

Posted by · 11:34 am · August 12th, 2009

I’ll be posting my interview with “District 9” star Sharlto Copley later today or tomorrow, but in the meantime, I thought I’d pass along this Andrew O’Hehir interview with the film’s newbie director, Neill Blomkamp, over at Salon. The piece is wide-ranging, moving from Blomkamp’s background in digital effects and advertising to Copely’s performance to […]

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‘District 9’ on the way

Posted by · 10:04 am · August 6th, 2009

Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” is primed to explode on the cinema landscape next week.  At least I hope it is.  I’m never good at reading the populist pulse, especially as it pertains to predicting box office and things like that, but on a $30 million budget, and being an exceptional piece of work that should […]

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Sharlto at the Four Seasons

Posted by · 9:11 am · July 29th, 2009

A double feature this morning and afternoon will keep me away from the computer for a spell, but stay tuned for an interview with Sharlto Copley either later today or tomorrow.  I got a few minutes with the “District 9” star yesterday and am anxious to dig into the quotes.  Sharp guy, caught in the […]

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COMIC-CON: Peter Jackson receives standing ovation at first ever Con appearance

Posted by · 11:31 am · July 25th, 2009

Peter Jackson made his long-awaited first trip to Comic-Con yesterday in support of Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9,” which screened to a select audience Thursday. He received the expected standing ovation by the many Ringers and Bad-Tasters in attendance. “This is a moment to remember for the rest of my life,” he said after snapping a […]

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COMIC-CON: Peter Jackson and Neil Blomkamp unveil ‘District 9’ to eager first audience

Posted by · 9:22 am · July 24th, 2009

Last night Peter Jackson showed up at the Horton Plaza United Artists theater a few blocks north of the convention center with protege Neill Blomkamp and actor Sharlto Copley in tow.  The occasion: the first ever screening of Blomkamp’s “District 9,” a sci-fi installment that finds itself in the midst of a heavy “what the […]

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