‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’ poster flaunts what Taraji P.’s got

Posted by · 11:16 am · August 5th, 2009

Okay, I can’t stand Tyler Perry’s movies and I think “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” is an awful title (and a film I honestly hadn’t heard of until today), but when Drew McWeeny posted this exclusive poster premiere over at HitFix, my jaw hit the ground and, well, I had to share. See, […]

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Last minute jitters

Posted by · 10:16 am · February 19th, 2009

I’ll have a post up later today running a comb through my final predictions.  Tomorrow we’ll showcase all contributor picks (as well as the “Who deserves it?” poll results), but for now, I thought I’d share my pain with the readership. By pain, I mean last minute jitters, those creepy, crawling, gut-twisting thoughts that leave […]

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‘A little blingier’

Posted by · 7:45 am · February 17th, 2009

Admittedly, it’s a little difficult to feel any sympathy for Oscar nominees when they discuss their frantic awards-season schedules. Oh poor you, it must be such a pain in the ass having to attend fittings for your free designer gown, or to attend yet another dinner held for the sole purpose of celebrating your wonderfulness. […]

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2/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:30 am · February 13th, 2009

• Dave Karger posts his final predictions, is still on the Sean Penn express. [Entertainment Weekly] • The other David, in his non-Bagger persona, sings the praises of this year’s Oscar long shots. [New York Times] • T.L. Stanley peeks at the entertainment on offer at next week’s Spirit Awards. (Teri Hatcher spoofing “Wendy and […]

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The last time Taraji P. Henson was on Oscar’s stage

Posted by · 7:26 am · February 3rd, 2009

I was inspired to hunt this clip down after that Three 6 Mafia item I mentioned yesterday.  Eesh, remember the awful scene recreations for the original song contenders that year?  Ouch.  Anyway, maybe Taraji will grace the stage on different auspices this year.  For now, this is what we’ve got: My guess is this will […]

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Unlucky thirteen?

Posted by · 7:07 am · January 27th, 2009

Stu Van Airsdale is cheekily posing a scenario whereby “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” converts precisely zero of its 13 nominations into victory on Oscar night. It’s not really worth picking holes in his argument — though we could start with the fact that “Button” is nominated for Sound Mixing rather than Sound Editing, […]

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‘An incredible time to be alive’

Posted by · 1:02 pm · January 24th, 2009

Is there anyone out there with a beating heart who doesn’t like Taraji P. Henson? Wherever you stand on “Benjamin Button,” it’s hard not to be happy for her. A humble, hard-working character actress who has soldiered through a lot of films well beneath her abilities, she has finally made good on that stunning “Hustle […]

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“Did you like the work? Buy the ticket!”

Posted by · 10:30 am · January 16th, 2009

This isn’t exactly new, but I just stumbled across this video, one of a series from the Hollywood Reporter’s actress Oscar roundtable last month. THR has had several such sessions this season, but I really liked the chemistry and empathy between these five wonderful women — Michelle Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Emma Thompson, Amy Adams […]

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‘Doubt’ leads with five SAG noms

Posted by · 7:54 am · December 18th, 2008

(Apologies for the delay getting these up this morning.  I had technical difficulties signing in and had to scoot shortly after the announcement.  Here are the belated nominees with commentary.) The Screen Actors Guild didn’t have much up its sleeve this morning for its heavily anticipated nominations announcement.  No left-field zingers, no “3:10 to Yuma” […]

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McPaper catches up with Pitt and Fincher

Posted by · 6:31 am · December 1st, 2008

(I use the Mcmoniker with love, Scotty.) Scott Bowles caught up with David Fincher and Brad Pitt, the respective director and star of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” over the weekend.  It’s a typical profile piece in many ways but I thought Bowles did a nice job digging into the relationship these two guys […]

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Karger predicts paydirt for ‘Button’

Posted by · 6:39 am · November 22nd, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, Dave Karger revealed that he’d seen “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” offering a single “wow” as his response. He now feels able to expand on that slightly, though “wow” is still his general gist: “Button” is an Oscar movie with a capital O, with jaw-dropping production values, a soaring […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by Eric Roth

Posted by · 12:15 pm · August 26th, 2008

“Time is the most precious of God’s gifts. It is untouchable, unseeable, unknowable…it is as light as a feather…as heavy as a stone…Time, my darling, what precious little there is, is all we have…” I’ve known from Eric Roth for a few years now. I’ve spent some time investigating his process, picking apart his tendencies […]

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Now that it’s in English…

Posted by · 12:10 pm · June 19th, 2008

httpv://youtube.com/watch?v=DelAqaM_p1Y And in Quicktime here.

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