Tell us your ‘Contagion’ germaphobe stories

Posted by · 11:13 am · September 8th, 2011

Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” opens tomorrow nationwide. We’ll put up the usual “tell us what you thought” post then, but for now, I thought I’d point you all to this interesting behind-the-scenes look at the bacteria-infested billboard Warner Bros. commissioned for advertising the film in Toronto, courtesy of JoBlo. It’s kind of brilliant: Meanwhile, I thought […]

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‘Inception’ extended look

Posted by · 11:54 am · February 9th, 2011

Warner Bros. has passed this along this afternoon.  Interviews with Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Caine, etc.  Way too heavy on the “it’s the bomb!” quotes, though,  More content would have been better, but anyway:

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‘Harry Potter’ reviews… like they matter

Posted by · 6:40 am · November 12th, 2010

“No need for him to take it so seriously,” replied reader KevinK when I Twitter-linked Guardian critic Xan Brooks’s sharp dismissal of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” last night, one in a mixed wave of reviews flooding the net following the film’s London premiere. Kevin is both right and wrong. Right, in […]

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‘The Town’ DVD release aimed for prime Oscar frame

Posted by · 9:43 am · November 5th, 2010

Reader Graysmith alerted me to this yesterday, but it’s worth passing along. Ben Affleck’s “The Town” will be making its way to DVD and Blu-ray on December 17. The film was released in theaters September 17. That makes it three months to the day between release and home video, and to say the least, an […]

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Eastwood’s “spiritual chick flick”

Posted by · 9:45 am · September 9th, 2010

You’ve probably read the countless link-backs to Geoff Boucher’s Hero Complex item about Clint Eastwood and how the actor turned down roles like Superman and James Bond in the 1970s.  Well, you wouldn’t know it, but those quotes actually came in the context of an interview concerning “Hereafter,” Eastwood’s 32nd directorial effort which is set […]

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Vague ‘Hereafter’ praise

Posted by · 5:25 pm · August 12th, 2010

I don’t know much about Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” and I don’t know why Warner Bros. felt the need to screen it uber early to Big Picture columnist Patrick Goldstein, but if you’re interested in a “first!” reaction to the film, here’s what he had to say: On Tuesday, I caught an early screening of Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film, […]

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COMIC-CON: WB brings ‘Green Lantern,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Sucker Punch’ to San Diego

Posted by · 1:22 pm · July 24th, 2010

One of the most anticipated events at this year’s convention was Warner Bros. Pictures’ presentation of footage from Martin Campbell’s upcoming “Green Lantern” adaptation.  Starring Ryan Reynolds as test-pilot-turned-intergalactic-enforcer Hal Jordan, the film is the first big screen adaptation of the superhero to date. Comics writer and head of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns said during […]

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The year in FYCs

Posted by · 4:39 pm · January 27th, 2010

One of the best parts of the film awards season, for me, has always been the print advertising artwork of “For Your Consideration” ads in trade publications.  They feature a studio advertising department’s best foot forward on creatively reaching the AMPAS audience and generally make for some striking imagery. Though I have to say, I […]

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1/19 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:46 am · January 19th, 2010

• Searching for meaning in Robert Downey Jr’s Stark-esque Globes beard.  Perhaps too much meaning. [CHUD] • Roger Ebert dives back into the enigma of Michael Haneke’s “Cache.” [Chicago Sun-Times] • Stretching to compare “Avatar” to “Slumdog Millionaire” because of it’s “out of the blue” success. [24 Frames]

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12/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:58 am · December 29th, 2009

• John Campea talks to “Avatar” star Stephen Lang. [AMC Entertainment] • Scott Feinberg spotlights 50 performances that “shoulda been contendas” in the 2009 Oscar race. [And the Winner Is…] • Nikki sez Warner Bros. has broken the studio’s own domestic box office record by crossing $2 billion across the States.  Wowsers. [Deadline Hollywood Daily]

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Studio FYC sites on the march

Posted by · 9:32 am · November 11th, 2009

It’s that time of year, when studios roll out their awards-centric websites for films in play.  You get screening info, news and notes, reminders of how AMAZING their films are (with critical quotes to back it up), goodies like screenplays and such, etc.  It’s a good way to see how wide the net is cast […]

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10/20 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:50 am · October 20th, 2009

• Peter Knegt writes up a list of honest-to-God Oscar underdogs, but where’s Tom Hardy? [indieWIRE] • Peter Bart and Michael Fleming go back and forth on the new Oscar paradigm. [BF Deal Memo] • Francis Ford Coppola chimes in with cheery news: “The cinema as we know it is falling apart.” [Bloomberg]

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9/9 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:32 am · September 9th, 2009

• Roger Deakins, Alexandre Desplat and Colleen Atwood added to Hollywood film fest honorees. [Variety] • Matt Damon talks “Bourne 4.” [Empire] • Viggo Mortensen planning an early retirement after the release of “The Road?” [Cinema Blend]

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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Informant!’ gets a trailer

Posted by · 7:28 pm · June 30th, 2009

Could be softball fun or could be an ace up WB’s sleeve. Matt Damon looks outstanding.  First time since “Moulin Rouge!” that a movie title features an exclamation point?:

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‘Watchmen’ talks show silver lining at the Globes

Posted by · 10:31 am · January 12th, 2009

Michael Cieply, one of the best entertainment reporters in the business for my money, filed this one-off from last night’s Golden Globe festivities at The Carpetbagger: From where this reporter sat at the Golden Globes last night, that sure looked like Tom Rothman of Fox and Alan Horn of Warner Brothers down among the superstar […]

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The reindeer droppings just hit the fan — Fox wins ‘Watchmen’ battle

Posted by · 7:04 pm · December 24th, 2008

It won’t be a Merry Christmas in Burbank this year: In a surprise ruling, a federal judge in Los Angeles said he intended to grant 20th Century Fox’s claim that it owns a copyright interest in the “Watchmen,” a movie shot by Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures and set for release in March. The decision […]

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New ‘Torino’ poster, original song and other WB FYC updates

Posted by · 5:17 pm · November 8th, 2008

I was just perusing the Warner Bros. awards site and was greeted with an array of updates I wasn’t aware of.  First and foremost, there is the new “Gran Torino” poster image to the left here (click for a slightly larger image).  I dig it as much as the first poster, maybe even a little […]

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A slew of new awards sites go live

Posted by · 5:51 am · October 31st, 2008

Take your pick: Fox Searchlight Overture Films Warner Bros. Walt Disney The Weinstein Company Yari Film Group

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