It shouldn’t be a “rule” in the first place

Posted by · 11:23 am · January 27th, 2009

I’m sure the Academy will pat itself on the back for having the courage to ignore its own specifications that only three producers be credited for the Best Picture nominations, but the fact remains, this is and has been a stupid, troublesome rule, far too conservative for its own good.  We all remember the unfortunate […]

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The battle over ‘The Reader’

Posted by · 10:13 am · September 23rd, 2008

The news that Scott Rudin and Harvey Weinstein are in a tug-of-war over the release date of “The Reader” isn’t really news at all.  We were talking about this over a month ago, back when it seemed Rudin had won the debate.  But the pieces slowly fell into place and a 2008 release became a […]

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Why I will miss Sydney Pollack

Posted by · 12:39 pm · May 29th, 2008

It has now been nearly four days since filmmaker Sydney Pollack passed away. The loss was not crippling for me, however, because of equal parts expectancy and, strangely, indifference. As fine a filmmaker as Pollack was, he was always something of an afterthought in my cinema-going experience. I want to be measured here, because the […]

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Sydney Pollack (1934-2008)

Posted by · 11:31 am · May 29th, 2008

Trained as an actor at Sanford Meisner’s famed Neighborhood Playhouse — the stomping grounds of Robert Duvall — Sydney Pollack connected to actors because he was one of them…and a damned fine one at that. In fact, his comedy “Tootsie” is not only the greatest American comedy ever made, it is also the greatest study […]

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I want to say something about Sydney Pollack…

Posted by · 3:09 am · May 27th, 2008

…and I will.  When the time is right.  The irony is, of course, that his passing follows so closely behind that of his friend and colleague Anthony Minghella.  I hope they are at peace together, and however expected yesterday’s news might be, sadness is the overriding emotion at the moment. In the meantime, I’m compiling […]

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Remembering Anthony Minghella

Posted by · 3:11 pm · March 23rd, 2008

I’ve been tucked away on an island for the past week, stuck largely in a news vacuum and certainly free of the bindings of daily internet briefings. But it saddens me to return to the shocking news of Anthony Minghella’s passing. The Variety report indicates a brain hemorrhage as the cause of death, though Minghella’s […]

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