Hero takes a fall

Posted by · 6:35 pm · June 16th, 2011

In coming up with an idle, pop-related title for this post, I was faced with two choices: the one I eventually went with, or “We don’t need another hero.” I decided against the latter — partly because I’m sure other writers have already exhausted it, partly because The Bangles can always do with another shout-out […]

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Something else to remember Laura Ziskin by

Posted by · 4:43 pm · June 13th, 2011

Across the movie blogs today, you’ve probably seen news of the sad passing of Hollywood super-producer Laura Ziskin, who lost a long battle with breast cancer over the weekend. Most of the obituaries have her name welded to the word “Spider-Man” in their headlines — certainly, her revival of the franchise in 2002 remains the […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘127 Hours’ star James Franco

Posted by · 10:29 am · October 26th, 2010

James Franco sits in one of the countless, nondescript rooms on the sixth floor of the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles remembering the time he first met mountain climber Aron Ralston in the same building, perhaps in a room not unlike this one. It wasn’t even a year ago — January, to be exact, […]

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10/6 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Making the case for dual ‘Kids’ nods, FX nabs ‘Social’ rights, Stone up for Stacey

Posted by · 9:15 am · October 6th, 2010

• On the hunt for “Catfish”‘s Angela Wesselman-Pierce. [Los Angeles Times] • Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes write up the beginnings of the season (with a little quotage from yours truly). [New York Times] • Scott Feinberg makes the case for both Annette Bening and Julianne Moore getting nominated for “The Kids Are All Right.” […]

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CINEJABBER: One more time to kill the pain

Posted by · 2:31 pm · October 2nd, 2010

Catch the idea behind these weekend posts here. I don’t have much in the way of a conversation starter this week.  However, I was happy to see Emma Stone’s career taking off with the news that she’ll be offered the Mary Jane Watson role in Sony’s “Spider-Man” reboot. Many first took notice of the actress […]

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9/27 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Wall Street’ timing, Oscar’s love affair with social relevance and a real-life ‘Whistleblower’

Posted by · 8:32 am · September 27th, 2010

• Does “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” have poor timing Oscar-wise? (Or, I don’t know, did it just kinda stink?) [The Guardian] • On Kathy Bolkovac, the real-life whistleblower of Toronto title “The Whistleblower.” [Lincoln Journal Star] • Andrew Garfield has played “Spider-Man” before, FYI. [Daily Telegraph]

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SHORT TAKE: “Kick-Ass” (**)

Posted by · 4:50 am · April 6th, 2010

“With no power comes no responsibility,” smirks high school student Dave Lizewski (aka Kick-Ass) over halfway through British director Matthew Vaughn’s slick, smug bubblegum-burst of a superhero movie. “Except that’s totally not true.” This essentially meaningless inversion of Lizewski’s Marvel stablemate Peter Parker’s motto – one wonders which half of the original aphorism is “totally […]

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5/19 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:54 am · May 19th, 2009

• Anthony Breznicaan reports on the big “Christmas Carol” to do at Cannes. [USA Today] • John Hiscock talks to Ron Howard about getting around the Vatican’s disapproval of “Angels & Demons” while filming on location. [Daily Telegraph] • David Cox, meanwhile, believes the film will indeed hurt the Catholic Church with its depiction of […]

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10/31 Oscarweb Round-up — HALLOWEEN EDITION!

Posted by · 5:51 am · October 31st, 2008

• Tom O’Neil podcasts it with Rosemarie DeWitt. [Gold Derby] • Jeffrey Wells comes back to the “Valkyrie” poster with admiration a few weeks later. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • John Campea is excited about the “WALL-E” Best Picture campaign. [The Movie Blog] • Debuting the new “Valkyrie” trailer. [Yahoo! Movies] • Anne Thompson takes her first […]

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REVIEW: “The Incredible Hulk” (***1/2)

Posted by · 3:30 pm · June 9th, 2008

When Ang Lee set out to direct the first feature film adaptation of Marvel’s Incredible Hulk property five years ago, some things were…different. Lee was coming off of the major awards success of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which led audiences – many of them skeptics – to ponder what he might be able to accomplish […]

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