Costume confusion

Posted by · 5:00 pm · January 20th, 2011

Gerard will address this category in tomorrow’s Tech Support column, but I did want to say something about Best Costume Design — partly because the Guild dropped some rather interesting nominations today, and partly because it’s the technical category that’s still prompting the most head-scratching as I work towards my final predictions. We all know […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 37 — The early year forgotten, Michael Douglas’s dueling Oscar campaigns, the animated feature race and more

Posted by · 8:55 am · October 22nd, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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10/20 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Complete Metropolis’ coming to TCM, buzz for Leo, Cameron on the usual talking points

Posted by · 10:09 am · October 20th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells reminds of the forthcoming TCM airing of the restored “Metropolis” and one hour documentary “Metropolis Refound.”  I’ll…be…there. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Steve Pond conveys positive word on Christian Bale and (as reported for months here) Melissa Leo’s performances in “The Fighter” from ShoEast. [The Odds] • Naomi Watts on “Fair Game,” Valerie Plame […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Social Network’ confirms a ton of friends

Posted by · 11:11 am · October 3rd, 2010

A solid start and a big win for Sony marketing, I should think.  “The Town” pulled in a little more than I would have expected.  “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is fading away as it was leapfrogged by “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.” And “Let Me In” had the life sucked out […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Hollywood mourns, foreign race, bait battle

Posted by · 6:03 pm · October 1st, 2010

• A grim week for Hollywood talent, as we said goodbye to Gloria Stuart, Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn and, most prematurely, Sally Menke. • Mexico’s “Biutiful” became the starriest entry yet on the Best Foreign Language Film longlist, now up to a round 60 titles. • This week’s Long Shot column examined the widely predicted […]

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On the art of ‘Wall Street’

Posted by · 6:10 pm · September 30th, 2010

Last week, Kris and I came to a disagreement over the merits of Oliver Stone’s splashy, silly and consistently surface-level sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Neither of us is disputing that the film is a mess, but where Kris thought it clumsy, ill-judged junk, I was more forgiving in my Cannes review: for me, […]

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9/27 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Wall Street’ timing, Oscar’s love affair with social relevance and a real-life ‘Whistleblower’

Posted by · 8:32 am · September 27th, 2010

• Does “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” have poor timing Oscar-wise? (Or, I don’t know, did it just kinda stink?) [The Guardian] • On Kathy Bolkovac, the real-life whistleblower of Toronto title “The Whistleblower.” [Lincoln Journal Star] • Andrew Garfield has played “Spider-Man” before, FYI. [Daily Telegraph]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Money,’ baby

Posted by · 9:37 pm · September 26th, 2010

Dropped some dollars on “Devil” Friday night. I didn’t hate it. That’s at least going in the right direction, right? [Courtesy: Exhibitor Relations]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Speech’ rises, ‘Town’ hovers, foreign list

Posted by · 5:54 pm · September 24th, 2010

• At Toronto, “The King’s Speech” scooped the Audience Award, recently a harbinger of Oscar success. (Days later, a trailer landed.) • This week’s Off the Carpet pondered the film’s rosy awards outlook, but also warned of the fickle nature of frontrunner status. • Guy’s seasonal Oscar column, The Long Shot, kicked off with a […]

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9/23 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Brolin on Stone and Allen, remembering ‘Goodfellas’ and a ‘Boonmee’ how-to

Posted by · 9:06 am · September 23rd, 2010

• In a joint venture with Interview magazine, Roger Ebert corners Casey Affleck on “I’m Still Here.” [Chicago Sun-Times] • Kevin Gray talks “Wall Street” and Woody Allen with Josh Brolin. [Vulture] • Steve Pond runs a comb through the contenders so far to gauge strengths and weaknesses. [The Odds]

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Stone charges back with subprime ‘Money Never Sleeps’

Posted by · 10:58 am · September 21st, 2010

It’s taken me some time to get around to writing about Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” because watching the film was like have your bubble burst (no pun intended).  Where the director’s 1987 original worked from a tight, disciplined script that never took its eye off the ball, this follow-up is a loose, […]

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9/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 13th, 2010

• Richard Corliss, clearly irritated by early Oscar buzz, comes down hard on “The King’s Speech” and seems to think it is “bad enough” to win the Oscar for Best Picture. [Time] • Colin Firth, meanwhile, responds to said Oscar buzz. [The Hollywood Reporter] • Regarding “Let Me In,” Stephanie Zacharek contends “like a piece […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Once more into the breach

Posted by · 8:11 am · August 30th, 2010

So nine years ago yesterday I started a crappy, embarrassing little amateur site on Yahoo!’s now defunct Geocities platform and called it Oscar Central. It was a way to blow off steam in film school, maybe fold an offline hobby (Oscar-watching, predicting, obsessing) into an online community that seemed to already have healthy numbers. Plus, […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Taking the temperature

Posted by · 8:28 pm · May 23rd, 2010

Now that we’re on the other side of Cannes, I felt it was a good time to put a finger to the wind, stare into the tea leaves, shake the magic 8-ball and basically just take stock of where we’re at roughly three months away from the start of the 2010-2011 film awards season. The […]

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Of notes and diaries on the Croisette

Posted by · 12:09 pm · May 14th, 2010

While Guy is doing a bang-up job handling Cannes for us this year, I thought I’d poke around and see what some of the other usual suspects of the Oscar season are covering things on the ground.  When I clicked over to Awards Daily, I wasn’t the least bit disappointed. Sasha Stone, attending the fest […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (**1/2)

Posted by · 10:29 am · May 14th, 2010

Cannes Film Festival “Is greed good?” Gordon Gekko asks near the beginning of Oliver Stone’s glib, gleaming and endearingly trashy sequel to his 1987 corporate morality tale. Delivering the line, a looser-haired but stiffer-skinned Michael Douglas can barely resist licking his lips and winking; this is his earlier, Oscar-winning performance turned inside-out, emerging as lascivious […]

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CANNES PREVIEW: The best of the rest

Posted by · 9:44 am · May 10th, 2010

Okay, so you’ve combed through the 19 films in the Competition lineup for Cannes 2010, and you still haven’t found much to get excited about? Fret not. You wouldn’t know it to read most media coverage of the festival, but the Competition is only one course at the Cannes buffet – and not necessarily the […]

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‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ trailer

Posted by · 11:53 am · January 28th, 2010

Poster after the jump (a small image, unfortunately).

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