12/20 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Angie’s potential embarrassment, best perfs destined to be snubbed, top 10s

Posted by · 8:47 am · December 20th, 2010

• PR experts tell Kim Masters that critical pans of “The Tourist” could make Angelina Jolie’s support for her Golden Globe nomination in the form of attending the ceremony “potentially embarrassing.” [Hollywood Reporter] • Guy Adams, meanwhile, takes aim at the HFPA’s susceptibility to bribery this year. [The Independent] • The 25 best performances from […]

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‘King’s Speech’ leads Globe nods, ‘True Grit’ shut out

Posted by · 4:53 am · December 14th, 2010

True to form, the Golden Globe nominations are a buffet of the good, the bad and the unconscionably hideous — with perhaps a touch more emphasis than usual on the third of those this year. I refer, of course, to those largely mortifying Comedy/Musical races, where HFPA voters solved the lack of obvious contenders this […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Swan’-tastic

Posted by · 9:15 am · December 12th, 2010

A few things of note: “Tangled” passed the $100 million earlier this week; “Black Swan” pulled in $3.5 million on merely 90 screens; “The Tourist” underperformed considerably given the leads.  In other news, the Houston Film Critics Society dished out a ton of noms this morning.  The LA Film Critics are likely filing in right […]

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Sussing out the HFPA’s comedy/musical field

Posted by · 2:47 pm · November 16th, 2010

In the latest Gurus o’ Gold survey, David Poland asked us all to contribute the usual rankings for Best Picture, added in the supporting actor and supporting actress categories, then popped the question regarding the Golden Globes comedy/musical category.  It’s interesting to get perspective on the latter this (relatively) early in the season. A couple […]

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‘The Tourist’ poster

Posted by · 10:12 pm · September 30th, 2010

The trailer for Sony’s “The Tourist” hit a few weeks ago and revealed what looks to be a frothy romp with Johnny Depp giving fun performance.  Today we get a look at the poster for the film, which, I’m sorry to see, is latching on to a recent trend of boxed in imagery framed by […]

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‘The Tourist’ trailer

Posted by · 10:01 am · September 15th, 2010

Sony recently announced a December release date for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s English language debut “The Tourist,” starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. It’s likely o be a commercial play (that will nevertheless be an SEO dream for webmasters), but the recently debuted trailer showcases a delightful performance from Depp. Check it out at Yahoo! […]

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OFF THE CARPET: The year of the woman, take two?

Posted by · 9:11 am · September 13th, 2010

It wasn’t by coincidence that the three photos decorating the season’s introductory installment of this column two weeks ago represented lead actress contenders in the 2010 Oscar race. After all the talk of 2009 being “the year of the woman,” owing much to the number of female directors who found themselves in the mix (and […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Once more into the breach

Posted by · 8:11 am · August 30th, 2010

So nine years ago yesterday I started a crappy, embarrassing little amateur site on Yahoo!’s now defunct Geocities platform and called it Oscar Central. It was a way to blow off steam in film school, maybe fold an offline hobby (Oscar-watching, predicting, obsessing) into an online community that seemed to already have healthy numbers. Plus, […]

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December welcomes ‘The Tourist’

Posted by · 5:26 am · August 19th, 2010

It’s difficult to know how to interpret the news that “The Tourist,” the first English-language feature from Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, has been yanked forward into the 2010 release calendar, following a reportedly well-received screening for studio bosses. The film will now hit US theaters on December 10, a release date it shares with the […]

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