After cooling off a bit…

Posted by · 11:22 am · January 23rd, 2009

Yesterday the Academy displayed just what a fractured organization they are, championing a small film like “Slumdog Millionaire,” for which I applaud them, but snubbing “The Dark Knight,” one of the best reviewed films of the year and a titan at the box office. All day I was asking, ‘How?’  All day I wondered just […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Final preview special, part one

Posted by · 10:53 am · January 21st, 2009

Five months of Tech Support reach their climax on Thursday morning. This Canuck is, like the rest of the world, celebrating a new American President today. The fact remains, however, that a new set of Oscar nominees will greet us tomorrow and I can’t help but share my final thoughts on the categories. This is […]

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ACE nominees

Posted by · 8:59 am · January 12th, 2009

They sure cranked these out early this morning.  Thanks to N8 for posting in the comments section.  This year’s American Cinema Editors (ACE) nominees are: Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter) “The Dark Knight” (Lee Smith, A.C.E.) “Frost/Nixon” (Mike Hill, A.C.E. & Dan Hanley, A.C.E.) […]

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Guessing the WGA: the originals

Posted by · 7:39 pm · January 6th, 2009

I almost let this one slip by without taking a stab at it.  It’s all happening! Anyway, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) will be announcing its list of screen nominees tomorrow.  I figured I’d take an in-depth look at both categories, starting with the original scripts, which provide a much broader field than the […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Best Makeup contenders narrow to seven

Posted by · 9:13 pm · January 5th, 2009

The first bake-off of the season is here, narrowing the Oscar contenders for Best Makeup down to seven.  The finalists are: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “The Reader” “Synecdoche, New York” “Tropic Thunder” “The Wrestler” No major surprises here.  My predicted three are still in the […]

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Golden Globes: ‘Slumdog,’ ‘Button’ steady…whither ‘Milk?’

Posted by · 6:20 am · December 11th, 2008

Well, I said yesterday one should always expect oddities with the Golden Globes … but even with that in mind, they never fail to pull out some genuine “WTF” moments. Tom Cruise’s goofy Best Supporting Actor nod for “Tropic Thunder” may have been the most eccentric revelation of the morning, but surely the most significant […]

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FYC brilliance

Posted by · 10:46 am · December 9th, 2008

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That ‘Tropic Thunder’ ad

Posted by · 1:23 am · December 7th, 2008

A few of you guys have expressed some general enthusiasm for the “Tropic Thunder” FYC ad for Robert Downey Jr. at the top of the site here.  I agree, I think it’s a stroke of genius.  Well, FYI, I was at a party in honor of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” tonight (at the […]

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Random

Posted by · 3:21 pm · November 16th, 2008

I always love the artwork they plaser on the front and back facades of the Hotel Figueroa in downtown L.A.  This shot was taken maybe a month ago; I just found it in my iPhone.  There is a “Kung Fu Panda” DVD promotional job up there now, but on the backside, recently enough, there was […]

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Downey, Jenkins among EW’s Entertainers of the Year

Posted by · 3:36 pm · November 13th, 2008

It’s interesting to note that, in addition to citations for the respective casts of “The Dark Knight” and “Sex and the City: The Movie,” only five film actors made EW’s recently unveiled list of the 25 Entertainers of the Year. (Six if you count their #2 pick, Tina Fey — which I don’t.) Perhaps it […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Makeup — Volume One

Posted by · 11:48 am · November 13th, 2008

“Norbit.” “Click.” “The Time Machine.” “Life.” What do all of these dreadful films have in common? They are Oscar nominees because of the category of Best Makeup! I will give this branch kudos for often willing to think outside the box but they still manage to be quite bizarre in their choice of nominees more […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Mixing — Volume One

Posted by · 11:56 am · October 2nd, 2008

“Wait a minute, wait a minute.  You ain’t heard nothing yet!” Those words from Al Jolson forever changed filmmaking in 1927, ushering in “talkies” and bringing about the beginning of the end of the silent film era. The Academy Award for sound mixing recognizes the artists who fashion a film’s audio side.  It must be […]

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Best Actor race looking tight as always — expect surprises

Posted by · 11:37 am · September 17th, 2008

The Best Actor category tends to be one of the more crowded categories come Oscar time, and 2008 looks to be no exception. To be sure, there are a handful of frontrunners as usual, but hovering behind them are another group, more than eight who could easily sneak in and nab a nomination. Last year […]

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Top 10 Downey perfs?

Posted by · 6:50 pm · September 16th, 2008

Our friend John Campea over at The Movie Blog recently posted a list of the top 10 performances Robert Downey Jr. has given us over his roller-coaster career.  A nice idea for a post given the career resurgence Downy is enjoying this year, and perhaps one more portrayal will be taken into consideration in a […]

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‘Rain of Madness’

Posted by · 5:44 pm · August 27th, 2008

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T.L. Stanley calls for a stop to the ‘Thunder’ madness

Posted by · 7:50 am · August 22nd, 2008

I hadn’t checked in with T.L. Stanley’s ever-entertaining blog for a while, partly because she hasn’t been dealing with that much film-related content lately. But here she offers an amusing take on the breathless awards prognostications floating round the blogosphere for decidedly non-prestige titles: Not sure what’s more off-the-wall these days: Web-fueled discussions that try […]

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POLL: ‘Tropic’ thoughts?

Posted by · 1:05 pm · August 18th, 2008

I’m out of town this week, family stuff, in and out, so an easy poll this time around (and, admittedly, a rather thin one…back on my ‘A’ game next week, I swear). Tell us what you thought of Ben Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder,” which has been embraced by critics more than I anticipated. By the way, […]

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‘Valkyrie’ changes tack

Posted by · 4:54 pm · August 13th, 2008

Well, I’ll be. In what appears to be Tom Cruise Week in showbiz newsland, the most surprising development is the return of the long-suffering “Valkyrie” to the 2008 release slate. Bryan Singer’s WWII thriller, a project that has been maligned virtually from the get-go, will now bow on US screens on 26 December. That will […]

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