Towne toasts Arndt’s success

Posted by · 1:57 pm · November 13th, 2010

I had the loveliest time last night at a reception in honor of “Toy Story 3” writer Michael Arndt hosted by the great Robert Towne.  The night began to wrap up and with nearly all guests having left, things segued to the hotel bar as USA Today’s Anthony Breznican, director Lee Unkrich, composer Michael Giacchino, […]

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Ford does Letterman

Posted by · 10:20 am · November 9th, 2010

I’m not all that high on Roger Michell’s “Morning Glory” or Harrison Ford’s gravelly-voiced portrayal of a curmudgeonly news man, but I enjoyed his sit-down with David Letterman last night.  Part two after the jump.  (Mike Ryan, meanwhile, charts the actor’s response to “Star Wars” questions throughout the years at Movieline.)

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9/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:49 am · September 28th, 2009

• Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski arrested in Zurich for 1977 rape charge. [CNN] • Steven Zeitchik reports that Summit was set to be the first out of the gate with awards screeners this year with “The Hurt Locker.” Would it have made a difference? [Risky Biz Blog] • Nathaniel Rogers considers Julianne Moore’s Oscar chances […]

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In praise of model and practical effects work in ‘Moon’

Posted by · 9:25 am · August 17th, 2009

The success of Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9,” (thoughts) and hopefully (eventually), Duncan Jones’s “Moon” (review) has fed into what I’ve been consistently calling a banner year for sci-fi cinema in 2009.  That is, of course, assuming “Avatar” does come along and lay a giant egg in December. One of the galvanizing aspects to, well, two […]

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North by northwest, via Tatooine

Posted by · 12:06 pm · August 15th, 2009

I don’t even like “Star Wars,” but I would hang this on my wall in a heartbeat: (Courtesy: io9)

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‘American Graffiti’ — why it still resonates, 36 years later

Posted by · 8:56 am · July 24th, 2009

George Lucas grew up in a small town, Modesto, California, where on Friday nights the guys hopped in their freshly washed and waxed cars and cruised the streets, rock and roll blaring out of the rolled down windows. Everyone knew each other so the streets were alive as though one big party were happening. Lucas, […]

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Unfortunate then and now

Posted by · 9:03 am · June 15th, 2009

(Courtesy: /Film)

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Your ranked list of the 10 most influential films of all time

Posted by · 9:43 am · June 10th, 2009

And with that, our poll series comes to a screeching halt.  I’ve already offered some thoughts on how all of this turned out.  I hope readers unfamiliar with some of the films I’ve been harping on will take that to heart and at least seek them out.  You owe it to yourself as a film […]

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WALL2-D2 and EVE-3PO

Posted by · 4:08 pm · June 6th, 2009

(Courtesy: Worth 100, via /Film)

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POLL: the most influential films of all time, round one, part four

Posted by · 3:23 pm · May 6th, 2009

I decided to bump today’s poll an hour to give some extra lead time to the sad news of director Marc Rocco’s passing, but I don’t think it ultimately mattered much.  The three survivors of last week’s slate were “Casablanca,” “The Matrix” and “Star Wars.”  On to a new set of 10. Again, the groupings […]

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Which moments hooked you?

Posted by · 11:43 pm · April 24th, 2009

I love the current poll series about the most influential films of all time, but it got me thinking about the moments in movies that hooked me on cinema forever. You know, the ones we see as kids that have an enormous impact on us, forever bonding us to this art form we all so […]

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TCM’s top 15 most influential classic movies

Posted by · 12:33 pm · April 13th, 2009

Well, here’s something I guess.  Rope of Silicon points us to TCM’s list of the top 15 most influential “classic” films of all time.  I actually started working up such a list for the site a while back but abandoned it for whatever reason.  It was going to include all comers, though, not just classic […]

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This made me laugh out loud

Posted by · 6:48 pm · March 19th, 2009

(Courtesy: /Film)

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11/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:34 am · November 26th, 2008

• Jeff Wells is beside himself because Oscar prognosticators understand “Che” has a snowball’s chance in hell at a best Picture nomination. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Noah Forrest podcasts “Changeling” screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski. [Movie City News] • Anne Thompson gets the “Australia” goods from Hugh Jackman. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Tom O’Neil, meanwhile, wonders if […]

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11/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:49 am · November 9th, 2008

• Steve Weintraub has a sweet four-video series on Ben Burtt’s process for creating the sounds of “WALL-E” and the “Star Wars” films.  Worth a look if you’re into the tech arena like we are. [Collider] • Bad news for Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia.”  A forced happy ending. [News.com.au] • Cherry Jones gives her approval of […]

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A rebel we can believe in

Posted by · 9:36 am · September 12th, 2008

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Amazing

Posted by · 3:13 pm · August 15th, 2008

I didn’t notice this until today, but it looks like “The Dark Knight” leap-frogged “Pineapple Express” on Tuesday, the first non-weekend day it has over-earned the stoner comedy over the past week and a half.  And it’s been on top of it since.  It’s also nipping at the heels of the “Tropic Thunder” daily take […]

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Edward Norton and the not-so-jolly green giant

Posted by · 9:51 am · June 24th, 2008

What can be said of the fearless Edward Norton, who recently became an on-screen comic book hero?  I never understood his choice to take on the role of Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk.  And now, post-release, I’m still puzzled. He walked into a franchise that became a fast mess just five years ago.  And […]

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