Could everyone just leave Tom Cruise alone?

Posted by · 7:59 am · August 20th, 2008

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but the en vogue nature of dog-piling Tom Cruise has started to really get under my skin. Sure, Rachel Abramowitz and Anne Thompson are playing the pity card in their tone, but you get the pouring-salt-on-wounds vibe nonetheless.  At Variety, Thompson calls “Lions for Lambs” a flop twice […]

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Cimino and Oscar

Posted by · 1:27 pm · June 3rd, 2008

Lots of talk about deserving (and undeserving) directors in the Oscar chatting this week. Let’s take it to specifics with one race that stood out to a few commenters. It seemed in the spring of 1979, following the Oscar ceremony, there was a sense in the industry that if the Academy could have taken back […]

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No Oscar for ‘Valkyrie’ in 2008

Posted by · 9:49 am · May 12th, 2008

I have to admit, I was looking forward to “Valkyrie,” Bryan Singer’s film about the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944. Yes, I’m aware that the film stars Tom Cruise, but the remaining cast, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Wilkinson was intriguing. The film also re-united Singer with Christopher McQuarrie, his screenwriter from […]

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Milking that ‘Valkyrie’ teet

Posted by · 11:55 pm · April 22nd, 2008

I don’t disagree with a lot of what Michael Cieply has to say about the counted-out “Valkyrie” in this recent New York Times piece. Indeed, the Web is the greatest offender when it comes to instant declarations. It’s a tough balance that plenty of webmasters, myself included, struggle with on a daily basis. Indeed, there […]

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What’s the f***ing point?

Posted by · 8:25 pm · April 8th, 2008

It’s one thing for a report to land by a Hollywood trade that an upcoming release is getting another bump to the next quarter for unverified reasons. But come on. I don’t know if it’s just me, but Slate’s Kim Masters always seems to be fishing for a story. I don’t take issue often because […]

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