TELLURIDE: Clooney takes center stage

Posted by · 5:43 pm · September 3rd, 2011

George Clooney has been tapped this year for one of Telluride’s three big tributes, and it’s certainly the biggest of the trio. Whether it’s press and patrons schmoozing with the star at yesterday’s Patron Brunch, whispers around town (“Did you hear George Clooney is here?” “I really hope ‘The Ides of March’ is a TBA.”) […]

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Wahlberg talks up ‘The Fighter’

Posted by · 4:25 pm · July 20th, 2010

When I remarked in a post yesterday that the upcoming awards season looks a little short on the high-profile biopic contenders so beloved of Academy voters, I had a feeling I was forgetting something obvious. And so I was: “The Fighter,” David O. Russell’s biopic of against-the-odds boxing champ “Irish” Micky Ward, starring Mark Wahlberg […]

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‘Three Kings,’ 10 years on

Posted by · 9:19 am · October 8th, 2009

2009 has been a bit of a nostalgia point all year long because it marks 10 years removed from one of the finest years of cinema ever.  There has already been commentary regarding a number of 1999’s releases.  We remembered the death of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick back in March and his final release, “Eyes Wide […]

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Remembering 1999, the movie year that was

Posted by · 8:59 am · July 21st, 2009

Last year I dedicated one of the first formal installments of The Lists to the films of 1999, one of the most electrifying slate of films to come along since Hollywood’s epic 1939 peak 60 years prior.  There was an embarrassment of riches, truly, great work from the classic masters, eye-opening new work from future […]

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Steve Lopez’s would-be Jackson column

Posted by · 2:19 pm · June 29th, 2009

Speaking of David Carr, he points us (via his must-follow Twitter page) to a Ventura County Star story today concerning Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez’s recent keynote address for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.  The part that caught my eye was a segment dedicated to Lopez’s description of his Michael Jackson column, had […]

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David O. Russell steps up

Posted by · 11:47 pm · March 29th, 2009

After the respective five-year gaps following “Three Kings” and “I Heart Huckabees,” it’s nice to see David O. Russell with a couple of irons in the fire. (Well, nice if you’re a fan at least — which I am.) With his long-delayed comedy “Nailed” (which has endured various financial troubles) finally due later this year, […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 films of 1999

Posted by · 12:48 pm · September 23rd, 2008

Remember that Entertainment Weekly cover from November of 1999?  The headline boldly proclaimed: “The year that changed movies.”  Indeed, it has become nearly a cliche to harp on and on about those 12 months of solid product as a time not equaled since the glory year that was, 1939, but to many, the truth was […]

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