11/9 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Screenwriting hopefuls, Hooper on fugly ‘King’s Speech’ poster, MPAA shamed

Posted by · 8:22 am · November 9th, 2010

• Sasha Stone on the season’s screenwriting contenders. [Awards Daily] • “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper also hates the poster everyone has been knocking. [Movieline] • David Poland split screens “The Social Network” star Armie Hammer. [The Hot Blog]

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10/26 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Ferrell talks ‘Megamind,’ SAG to simulcast kudocast, Coppola shoots with Kilmer

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 26th, 2010

• Drew McWeeney talks to “Megamind” star Will Ferrell. [Motion/Captured] • This year’s SAG Awards will be simulcast to all time zones at 5pm PST. [Variety] • Francis Ford Coppola has “quietly” begun shooting his next film, a thriller with Val Kilmer. [Deadline]

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DreamWorks’ ‘Megamind’ brings out the best in Will Ferrell

Posted by · 9:57 am · October 25th, 2010

Was I just in a really good mood Saturday night or did DreamWorks’ “Megamind” send me out of the theater with a legitimate smile on my face?  The 3D never gets in the way, the concept is sound and crisp, the voice talent is top notch and it doesn’t feel like everyone’s just going through […]

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LONDON: ‘Conviction,’ ‘Amigo,’ ‘Everything Must Go’

Posted by · 6:23 am · October 16th, 2010

“To get the challenge to play someone like this makes me a better person,” said a rather intense-looking Hilary Swank at yesterday’s London Film Festival press conference — the someone in question, single mom turned crusading lawyer Betty Ann Waters, sitting to her immediate left. Not being personally acquainted with Ms. Swank, I can’t verify […]

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COMIC-CON: ‘Megamind’ inverts comic genre tropes

Posted by · 11:03 am · July 22nd, 2010

The opening Hall H panel of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con belonged to DreamWorks Animation’s “Megamind” from “Madagascar” director Tom McGrath.  The film, set for release November 5, is an “action comedy that takes the whole genre and turns it on its head,” McGrath told the packed hall. In the film, Will Ferrell gives his […]

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The Great Performances: 2005

Posted by · 5:07 pm · December 18th, 2009

2005 was the year of Heath Ledger’s beautiful, moving performance in “Brokeback Mountain,” which I saw for the first time in Toronto.  It instantly became the talk of the festival, and the film became the one to beat for the Academy Award. Ledger was astonishing as the taciturn cowboy who is more surprised than anybody […]

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6/8 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:36 am · June 9th, 2009

• “Tonight Show” drummer Max Weinberg splits his attention between his new west coast late night gig and his east coast responsibilities with the E Street Band. [New York Times] • Nikki Finke reveals the real life Hollywood story that inspired the spec script for “The Hangover.” [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Todd Leopold talks to […]

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Tom Hanks on SNL

Posted by · 11:04 am · May 19th, 2009

One of the stories we linked to in this morning’s round-up was a Noah Forrest riff bemoaning the complacency of Tom Hanks in his recent work.  While that might be a valid point, I still have a soft spot for things like this because Hanks is a natural.  It also helps that the “Jeopardy” sketch […]

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“Listen you f***ers you screwheads…”

Posted by · 9:42 am · March 21st, 2009

I was watching some special on “Eastbound & Down” recently where one of the producers (might have been Will Ferrell, or maybe it was David Green) was talking about how the show is a commentary on the state of the hero in pop culture.  Then I heard the talk out of SXSW about “Observe and […]

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Who should host the Oscars?

Posted by · 4:39 pm · October 24th, 2008

This morning I linked to our friend John Campea at The Movie Blog who offered up a list of 15 possibilities for host of this year’s Oscar festivities.  Producers Bill Condon and Larry Mark are hard at work putting the show’s particulars together (when Condon has a few moments away from that Richard Pryor biopic […]

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REVIEW: “Stranger Than Fiction” (****)

Posted by · 1:20 am · September 9th, 2006

Marc Forster’s “Stranger Than Fiction” really ought to be referred to as Zach Helm’s “Stranger Than Fiction.”  While the “Finding Neverland” helmer does a sensational job conveying the brilliant and elaborate story to the screen, it is evident throughout that the writer’s intentions are being taken care of. And thank God for that, because Helm’s […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (***)

Posted by · 4:44 pm · July 25th, 2006

I’m no fan of Will Ferrell’s comedic sensibilities in the slightest, but “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is probably the best film of his typical mold to hit screens yet.  I know “Anchorman” has its devoted, and “Old School” was apparently good enough in the eyes of Bravo to make it to an […]

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