Bullock calls for real comedy

Posted by · 10:55 am · March 22nd, 2010

It’s not like one needed a further reason to hop on the “We Love Sandra Bullock” train in this of all weeks, but the actress obligingly provides one anyway in this highly enjoyable Guardian interview with John Patterson. Speaking of the genre that has become her bread and butter over the years, she offers these […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Bullock receives the American Riviera Award

Posted by · 9:42 am · February 6th, 2010

“It” girl of the year, Sandra Bullock, was feted here in Santa Barbara last night.  The two-hour celebration of her career, a Q&A moderated by Pete Hammond with clips of her work thrown in here and there, was, to be perfectly honest, one of the better tributes I’ve seen, culminating with Forest Whitaker’s presentation of […]

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Blind sided by a charming pair

Posted by · 10:18 am · January 13th, 2010

I haven’t been much for “The Blind Side” this year.  I gave it a look pre-release and thought it was somewhat flat, expected it to be a modest hit (but was it much more than that) and maybe stir awards talk for Sandra Bullock but beyond that, I didn’t think it would move the needle […]

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Bullock to present Betty White with SAG honor

Posted by · 10:51 am · January 5th, 2010

Okay, who is Betty White’s publicist and has he or she slept at all this season? Seriously, first there were some scattered web ads pushing White’s performance in “The Proposal” for Best Supporting Actress, then there was this massive spread in the trades gunning for the same.  (That ad was lovingly chided by the cut-ups […]

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Good point

Posted by · 9:19 am · December 30th, 2009

I’d also suggest that the resurgence of women as box office makers or breakers is not to be under-estimated. Yes, women went to the movies before “Sex and the City: The Movie” last year (18 months ago), but it seems that since then there have been more women-oriented hits that can be solely claimed as […]

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7/28 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:56 am · July 28th, 2009

• Whoa.  Remember Anna Chlumsky? [CNN] • Do “Antichrist” and “The Proposal” peddle outdated views of women? [The Guardian] • Roger Ebert talks at length with “Funny People” director Judd Apatow. [Chicago Sun-Times]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘G-Force’ hits the G-spot

Posted by · 10:11 am · July 26th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. $32.2 million worth of Americans needed to see what happens when talking guinea pigs are entrusted with saving the world this weekend and have made “G-Force” our number one movie at the box office. Since I predicted $35 million last week, I can’t say this was […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Bombshell upon bombshell

Posted by · 5:23 pm · June 26th, 2009

Weird, unsettling week, this. Here’s how it went down: • In the week’s biggest movie news, the Academy threw us all for a loop by announcing a 10-nominee slate for the Best Picture category. • But even that shock was dwarfed in scale by the stunning news of Michael Jackson’s passing. • And in a […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Audiences accept Bullock’s ‘Proposal’

Posted by · 9:49 pm · June 21st, 2009

With absolutely nothing targeted towards the date crowd yet this summer, Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds took the stalest looking romantic comedy all the way to the top of the box office with $34.1 million. That’s far and away Bullock’s best debut as she’s used to figures in the high teens and then leggy runs […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Bad ‘Hangover’ for new openers and holdovers

Posted by · 1:11 pm · June 14th, 2009

After denying “Up” the bragging rights of a repeat at the top of the box office at the last minute, “The Hangover” has accomplished that feat itself. The R-rated comedy dropped a minuscule 26% to add another $33.4 million to the bank and give it a very real shot at $200 million-plus. That’s a benchmark […]

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5/15 Web Round-up

Posted by · 6:28 am · May 15th, 2009

• In the wake of the new “Nine” trailer, Ryan Adams takes a look at the story’s awards ancestry. [Awards Daily] • Helen O’Hara on the trouble with romantic comedies and how to fix them.  Screw it, I kind of want to see “The Proposal.” [Empire] • Andrew O’Hehir on why the original “Star Trek” […]

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I am human

Posted by · 6:26 pm · March 8th, 2009

I was amazed at the number of trailers I caught over the weekend for films I actually wanted to see.  I’m usually rolling my eyes or, better yet, taking a refreshment and/or bathroom break, but I lit up a little bit. The new “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” materials could really do no wrong for a guy […]

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