SUNDAYE CENTZ: Glory for ‘Basterds’

Posted by · 10:29 am · August 23rd, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. An advertising campaign built around aggressive violence and the reputation of a polarizing director, a late August release date and mixed early word coming out of Cannes were all factors working against “Inglourious Basterds” leading up to its release. All for naught, however, as the film […]

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Spelling it out

Posted by · 5:24 pm · August 17th, 2009

At a dinner this weekend, two female friends of mine were contemplating whether or not to see “The Time Traveler’s Wife” in the face of largely withering reviews. They eventually decided in the negative, one of them sagely (if irrationally) concluding: “If they can’t even spell the title, what are the odds of them getting […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘District’ shines

Posted by · 10:40 am · August 16th, 2009

*All historic figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Internet hype doesn’t always translate into box office success, but “District 9” was able to live up to the buzz and debut with a strong $37 million and the top spot this weekend. For a film that cost a reported $30 million to make, this is […]

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8/11 Web Round-up

Posted by · 12:16 pm · August 11th, 2009

Apologies for the lateness today.  I’m hammering this out on the plane en route to Los Angeles.  God bless Virgin America/on-board Wi-Fi. • Alan Duke talks to the Jewish Eli Roth about his pro-Nazi short “Nation’s Pride.” [CNN] • Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader on why a hard R “MacGruber” might work. [Vulture] • […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘G.I.’ dough

Posted by · 10:27 am · August 9th, 2009

*All historical figures are adjusted to today’s dollars Paramount secured what is likely to be the last blockbuster opening of the summer with “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” this weekend. For a film that was plagued with bad buzz a few months ago and was withheld from most critics, a $56.2 million start is […]

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Eric Bana’s summer versatility

Posted by · 10:31 am · August 4th, 2009

One of the highlights of Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” for me was Eric Bana’s supporting performance, a perfect blend of jack-assery and sincere complexity that stood out from the otherwise troubled film (along with Adam Sandler’s rather brilliant portrayal).  It wasn’t until later, though, that it hit me how diverse Bana’s output has been so […]

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