Roger Ebert’s top 10 list(s)

Posted by · 7:37 pm · December 19th, 2009

Roger Ebert has been alive like never before in his work as of late.  So I’ve been greatly anticipating his views on the year’s best. Unfortunately, he’s divided his list into mainstream and independent films, so it’s a top 20, and neither in any order. Maybe keeping things simple like that and not so authoritative […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 7 — ‘Amelia,’ Hollywood film fest, Gothams, supposed ‘Precious’ backlash and more

Posted by · 10:17 am · October 23rd, 2009

Welcome to the seventh installment of Oscar Talk, a weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE’s Thompson on Hollywood.  Anne is calling from London today, where she’s gearing up for a weekend of London film fest screenings and events. Topics on today’s agenda: • Today’s big release, “Amelia,” finally crossed the bow […]

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INTERVIEW: Michelle Monaghan

Posted by · 3:44 pm · October 22nd, 2009

Of all the actors I’ve spoken to over the years, I do not remember having such a great time as I did with Michelle Monaghan, currently on screens in “Trucker” and generating some awards chatter for her work. The actress is funny, honest, refreshingly frank and grateful for her career, unaffected by her fame, and […]

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10/14 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:46 am · October 14th, 2009

• Dave Karger, in a slow news week, digs up the old “‘Hangover’ for Best Pic” notion.  No. [Oscar Watch] • Jeff Wells face-to-face with “Fantastic Mr. Fox” director Wes Anderson. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Susan King talks to editing legend Anne V. Coates, whose career was showcased at the Academy last night. [Los Angeles Times]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Phenom ‘Activity’

Posted by · 5:46 pm · October 11th, 2009

The number one movie at the box office this weekend was Universal’s “Couples Retreat” with $35.3 million. That’s the ninth-biggest October debut in history and the biggest total ever tallied on this particular weekend of the year, but it’s not the biggest success story of the weekend. Not by a mile. No other films were […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the leading ladies

Posted by · 9:24 am · October 5th, 2009

Now is the time when everyone begins assessing the race at its beginnings, and the gist I’m getting is that no one really knows what to write about.  Stabs at analysis end up being responses to other takes or rehashed arguments, and nothing really insightful is being brought to the table. And let’s face it.  […]

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New ‘Trucker’ trailer

Posted by · 9:43 am · September 2nd, 2009

The buzz, manufactured or not, is swirling around Michelle Monaghan’s performance in “Trucker.”  There is plenty of room in the lead actress category, so maybe there’s a play here, I don’t know.  Here’s the new trailer:

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Did Michelle Monaghan just enter the Best Actress race?

Posted by · 9:11 pm · August 24th, 2009

I haven’t seen James Mottern’s “Trucker,” which had a world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and was praised in many quarters, most agreeing that Michelle Monaghan’s lead performance was awards caliber. Ironically, the press release (published in part after the jump) quotes The Hollywood Reporter’s Roger Friedman front and center just a few days […]

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