1/4 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: 2010 in cinematography, ‘True Grit’ vocal ticks, Affleck on Postlethwaite

Posted by · 7:03 am · January 4th, 2011

• Jordan Raup gets into the game of recognizing the year’s best in cinematography.  (My annual “Top 10 Shots of the Year” column will hit later this month, FYI.) [The Film Stage] • Stephen Schaefer bemoans the broadcast realities and “cookie cutter sameness” of critics awards in the 21st century. [Boston Herald] • David Poland […]

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12/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Timberlake’s Harvard honor, ‘Kids’ and the “steak eaters,” HFPA/Clark tension

Posted by · 9:39 am · December 29th, 2010

• Golden Globes tension as Dick Clark and HFPA fued over contract. [The Wrap] • Justin Timberlake gets a prestigious Harvard award. [Pop Eater] • Anne Thompson on the obstacles her #2 film of the year, “The Kids Are All Right,” will face with the “steak eaters.” [Thompson on Hollywood]

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12/15 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Nudie ‘TRON,’ the Scotts eye westerns, Dorff talks Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

Posted by · 8:08 am · December 15th, 2010

• Behind the scenes of “How Do You Know.” [Making Of] • Anne Thompson talks to “The Company Men” director John Wells. [Thompson on Hollywood] • The western shows further signs of life under Ridley Scott and Scott Cooper’s helm. [Deadline]

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9/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 13th, 2010

• Richard Corliss, clearly irritated by early Oscar buzz, comes down hard on “The King’s Speech” and seems to think it is “bad enough” to win the Oscar for Best Picture. [Time] • Colin Firth, meanwhile, responds to said Oscar buzz. [The Hollywood Reporter] • Regarding “Let Me In,” Stephanie Zacharek contends “like a piece […]

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REVIEW: “Somewhere” (***1/2)

Posted by · 6:21 am · September 3rd, 2010

Venice Film Festival Who’d be Sofia Coppola? (As an artist, I mean – I’m sure plenty of women would gladly trade for her beauty, wardrobe and Parisian rock-star husband.) No sooner had her bijou, highly personal breakthrough picture netted her an Oscar, atop countless critical valentines, than an acidic chorus of detractors began chiding her […]

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Clips from ‘Never Let Me Go,’ ‘Somewhere’

Posted by · 10:24 am · August 31st, 2010

With the fall festival circuit merely hours away (Guy is already getting settling in Venice), we’ve got a pair of clips from two anticipated titles to pass along today. First, there is Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” which is exclusive to Venice and features Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning in what isn’t likely to be an Oscar […]

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Sofia Coppola checks into ‘Somewhere’

Posted by · 8:28 am · April 17th, 2009

It seems to have become fashionable to dismiss Sofia Coppola as a lightweight in recent years, so news of her fourth feature film may be greeted with trepidation by some folks. Not me, though. My relationship with “Marie-Antoinette” has shifted over time from guarded admiration to fully-blossomed love, while “Lost in Translation” remains, for me, […]

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Goldenthal to score Mann’s ‘Enemies’

Posted by · 3:38 pm · June 30th, 2008

Exciting news.  This is without a doubt my most anticipated film of next year.  The press release, in part, on Goldenthal jumping on board: Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal (Frida) has been signed to score Universal Pictures’ action-thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann, Public Enemies. Currently shooting in Chicago, Public Enemies stars Johnny Depp and Christian […]

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REVIEW: “World Trade Center” (***1/2)

Posted by · 12:39 pm · August 2nd, 2006

“World Trade Center” is a nearly flawless account of something so personal, yet so universal, that it leaves the instigating events of September 11, 2001 almost as an afterthought – lipstick on the rim of a wineglass long emptied. he triumph of commanding such humanity in the face of a story that could have easily […]

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