9/8 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:26 am · September 8th, 2009

• John Hillcoat and Joe Penhall already looking for life after “The Road.” [Variety] • The “Slumdog” kids set to star opposite Anthony Hopkins? [PR Inside] • Eugene Hernandez reports from the Telluride tribute to Viggo Mortensen. [indieWIRE]

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‘Trainspotting’ named best British film of last 25 years

Posted by · 5:29 pm · August 31st, 2009

The Observer has just assembled one of the more interesting lists I’ve seen in some time — a collective of the 25 best British films of the last quarter-century, compiled from the votes of over 60 critics, film professionals and assorted outside voices, ranging from Ben Kingsley to Peter Morgan to our friend Anne Thompson. […]

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In praise of the studio suits

Posted by · 12:49 pm · August 13th, 2009

It’s a few days old, but I only just got to this excellent Guardian piece in which Danny Leigh wonders whether Hollywood studio executives are done a disservice by the widespread perception of them as ruthless corporate shills with little sense of artistic responsibility. (An image best typified in semi-fictional form, of course, by Kevin […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Kicking the tires on a new season

Posted by · 11:52 am · July 11th, 2009

Today marks the beginning of a fourth year of Tech Support here at In Contention. Over the past four years, we’ve sought to bring the otherwise under-reported crafts categories and crafts artists the attention they seldom receive, despite their enormous contributions to the art of cinema. This year, we plan on looking at nine of […]

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All together now — awwww…

Posted by · 1:43 am · June 12th, 2009

As if Dev Patel hadn’t had enough luck this year, he’s only gone and nabbed Freida Pinto into the bargain. The relationship between the 19 year-old Brit and the stunning 24 year-old actress has been something of an open secret for a while, but the couple have finally confirmed it to the press: The pair […]

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Live your life

Posted by · 12:29 pm · June 7th, 2009

Make no mistake, I found 9 year-old Rubina Ali as adorable in “Slumdog Millionaire” as everyone else did. I also found her a rather more expressive actress than her elder incarnation, Freida Pinto. And I was as sad as anyone to hear of her home, along with those of many others, being bulldozed by the […]

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6/5 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:58 am · June 5th, 2009

• Carmike Cinemas honcho S. David Passman III gets back to basics, like cleaning the bathrooms. (This story hits home with me because I grew up going to a shoddy Carmike theater.) [Company Town] • Headline of the month.  Not film related, but necessary for your morning LOL dose. [MyFoxBoston.com] • Drew McWeeny dives head-long […]

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I don’t want my MTV

Posted by · 4:01 pm · May 4th, 2009

What do Paramore, The Rock and Kate Winslet have in common? Why, they’re all nominees for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, of course. Like, duh. I have no idea what the MTV Movie Awards are for. Nobody knows or cares who wins them. (Who took Best Actor laurels last year? I doubt Will Smith could […]

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Tell me something good

Posted by · 5:09 pm · May 3rd, 2009

I quite enjoyed this NYT series of “memos to Hollywood” from Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, which include some well-deserved chiding of the Internet, the MPAA ratings board, and romantic comedy producers, among others. But I was disappointed that when it came to the ever-popular sport of bashing the Academy Awards, Scott only had this […]

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The reality of the ‘Wolverine’ leak and box office

Posted by · 12:06 pm · April 16th, 2009

You may have already heard about a certain workprint for Fox’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” leaking onto the Internet two weeks ago since the resulting firestorm and fallout has been covered and re-covered by bloggers, journalists and former journalists alike.  So there’s not much left to say on the issue. I do, however, want to go […]

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With the emphasis on ‘Ho’

Posted by · 10:01 am · March 25th, 2009

Here’s an, um, interesting addition to “Slumdog Millionaire’s” long list of accomplishments: how many Best Original Song winners are treated to a Pussycat Dolls remix? Words fail me. (Memo to Ms. Scherzinger: it’s pronounced “jye,” not “jay.”)

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TECH SUPPORT: Postmortem

Posted by · 11:03 am · February 27th, 2009

What can I say? It was a big night for “Slumdog Millionaire” at the 81st Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. While I do like the film a great deal, I found its dominance this awards season unnecessarily monotonous.  For instance, I preferred Thomas Newman’s work in both music categories this year, but I was nonetheless […]

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Thank you, Nick Hornby

Posted by · 10:27 am · February 26th, 2009

As many of you already know, one of my central irritations of this year’s Oscar season has been the “Slumdog” backlash, an unnecessarily cruel response to a brilliant film’s rather boring sweep of all the major film awards over the past three months.  I understand it on one level, because no one wants a predictable […]

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Mike Leigh on Hollywood, Mickey and losing an Oscar

Posted by · 2:46 am · February 26th, 2009

If, like yours truly, you’re one of those who believe that British auteur Mike Leigh was robbed on Sunday night, you’ll thoroughly enjoy his Oscar diary. Ever the Hollywood outsider, Leigh attended the Academy Awards with his two adult sons as his guests, and he reflects on the ensuing madness with all the droll, dry […]

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‘Slumdog’ sweep joins Oscar’s actorless trio

Posted by · 11:34 am · February 24th, 2009

UPDATE: Okay, this is what happens when you skim emails too quickly and don’t do the research on your own.  I’ve corrected the statistical errors on my part.  THIS should be on the money: Not sure if this bit of trivia has already been consumed and digested, but thanks to Jeremy who sent it in […]

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‘Slumdog’: what just happened?

Posted by · 8:12 am · February 24th, 2009

Two days after the fact, in the comedown after six months of relentless Oscar hype, and the beautiful, surreal nature of what happened on Sunday is starting to sink in. Sure, “Slumdog Millionaire” was the red-hot favorite. Sure, it had won everything else going and had been ingeniously campaigned by one of the savviest studios […]

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2/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:29 am · February 23rd, 2009

The day after. This will be the final installment of the Oscarweb Round-up this year.  I always enjoy scouring the net to find these little gems here and there and I hope you have enjoyed the daily cheat sheet.  Special thanks to all the hard-working journalists and pundits who keep cranking out copy to fill […]

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Ebert gathers his thoughts

Posted by · 9:41 am · February 22nd, 2009

Ahead of tonight’s ceremony, Roger Ebert has collected some final, scattered musings — among them, a modest semi-boast that he predicted tonight’s probable “Slumdog” victory a mere 60 seconds after seeing the film last summer. He also anticipates a successful hosting performance from Hugh Jackman (the combination of being both Australian and a youngest sibling […]

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