Hoffman’s holiday hilarity

Posted by · 6:04 pm · December 25th, 2008

I just caught this over at Hollywood Elsewhere.  BRILLIANT.  Check back tomorrow, by the way, for an interview with Mr. Hoffman:

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Attenborough: Oscar got it wrong

Posted by · 4:18 pm · September 8th, 2008

As awards geeks, bitching about the Academy’s supposed mistakes is pretty much our favourite sport. The question of who should and shouldn’t have won provides endless material for discussion — frequently on these pages. One of the titles that comes up often in the “shouldn’t have won” category is Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi,” that well-mounted, well-acted […]

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Why I will miss Sydney Pollack

Posted by · 12:39 pm · May 29th, 2008

It has now been nearly four days since filmmaker Sydney Pollack passed away. The loss was not crippling for me, however, because of equal parts expectancy and, strangely, indifference. As fine a filmmaker as Pollack was, he was always something of an afterthought in my cinema-going experience. I want to be measured here, because the […]

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Sydney Pollack (1934-2008)

Posted by · 11:31 am · May 29th, 2008

Trained as an actor at Sanford Meisner’s famed Neighborhood Playhouse — the stomping grounds of Robert Duvall — Sydney Pollack connected to actors because he was one of them…and a damned fine one at that. In fact, his comedy “Tootsie” is not only the greatest American comedy ever made, it is also the greatest study […]

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Who joins the great Best Picture snubs this year?

Posted by · 1:52 pm · May 9th, 2008

It happens every year, a great film, in some cases destined to be remembered more than the eventual Oscar winner is snubbed for a Best Picture nod, or gets nominated and loses to an inferior film that happened to capture the public’s attention at that particular point in history. Some of the greatest films of […]

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Best actor contenders join an eclectic list of recent winners

Posted by · 7:16 am · May 6th, 2008

Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Frank Langella seem to be the names bandied about for Oscar consideration this year, which would place them in some impressive company of nominees and winners these last 20 years. Of course, that said, there have also been some bizarre choices for the Best Actor award, which has often […]

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