SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Karate’ top

Posted by · 2:32 pm · June 13th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. After weeks of disappointing returns and underperforming titles, the box office was saved once again by Will Smith. Only this time he did it not by putting out a new film, but by having unprotected sex with his wife twelve years ago. His fairy dust box […]

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The Great Performances: 2001

Posted by · 6:23 pm · November 20th, 2009

In one of the weakest years in memory, not just for performances but for great films, 2001 saw Denzel Washington and Halle Berry knock “two birds out with one stone,” as the former declared on Oscar night, as two African Americans won the top acting prizes for the first time ever.  And it was difficult […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 performances from Michael Mann films

Posted by · 11:24 am · June 30th, 2009

With the forthcoming release of Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” (review) dominating — quite impressively, I might add — the publicity circuit this week, all eyes are on Johnny Depp.  An Ulmer Scale X factor for this character study posing as a summer blockbuster, Depp’s performance is sure to draw champions and detractors alike for its […]

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Mo’ money, mo’ problems

Posted by · 3:08 am · June 16th, 2009

Power and money don’t go hand in hand, it would seem. If Forbes’ recent list of the world’s most powerful celebrities — you remember, the one that informed us that Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston wield more power than Barack Obama — was quite amusing, their new ranking of Hollywood’s 20 biggest earners is simply […]

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Did…someone…miss an opportunity at the Oscarcast?

Posted by · 10:11 pm · March 15th, 2009

By now, the 81st annual Academy Awards telecast is more than three weeks old and many of the interesting tid-bits on the behind-the-scenes production would prefer to die a natural death.  And indeed, none of the stories, hardly important or interesting outside of our little community, mattered on February 23, let alone March 16.  But […]

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1/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · January 15th, 2009

• Kim Voynar responds to the foreign shortlist. [Movie City News] • Pete Hammond wonders if “The Dark Knight” in dicey waters with the “Reader” surge coming on strong. [Notes on a Season] • Tom O’Neil thinks keeping the Oscar presenters a secret until the big night is a mistake.  Eh, I dig it. [Gold […]

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12/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:39 am · December 23rd, 2008

• Julian Sancton samples and gives some commentary on his top 11 film scores of the year. [Vanity Fair] • David Poland spends 30 minutes with “Nerakhoon” director Ellen Kuras. [The Hot Blog] • Tom O’Neil and Dave Karger fight over the Best Actress frontrunners. [Gold Derby] • Karger, meanwhile, spends some more time with […]

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12/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:33 am · December 15th, 2008

• Nathaniel Rogers goes back to the well with some updated Oscar predictions. [The Film Experience] • Charles McGrath writes up the upcoming “Revolutionary Road” release. [New York Times] • Philip French remembers a bleak year in cinema. [The Guardian] • Similarly, John Horn notes the box office success of some challenging films this holiday […]

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Lumenick dive-bombs ‘Seven Pounds’

Posted by · 5:42 pm · December 11th, 2008

Jeez…this might get ugly: This diabetes-inducing reunion with director Gabriele Muccino (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) also didn’t score any nods from the easily persuaded Broadcast Film Critics Association, not to mention any awards from the L.A. or New York film critics (there were lots of snickers when somebody jokingly nominated Smith at yesterday’s NYFCC meeting, […]

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Rousing Best Actor race shaping up

Posted by · 9:20 am · November 5th, 2008

In a year I maintain to be disappointing, I must confess that the sprint to the finish is looking more and more exciting all the time, with an exceptional crop of actors vying for Best Actor nominations. This could very well be the year that Clint Eastwood wins an acting Oscar, or that the previously […]

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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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‘Seven Pounds’ trailer

Posted by · 9:51 am · September 29th, 2008

Finally something from the upcoming Will Smith/Gabriele Muccino film:

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So…does Michael Mann have a SAG card?

Posted by · 2:50 pm · July 5th, 2008

I dropped in to see “Hancock” tonight and was frankly taken out of the film for the five minutes or so filmmaker Michael Mann was on screen. I noticed him initially, figured hey, Peter Berg let his mentor slide into the film with an on-screen cameo (Berg’s offices are two or three doors down from […]

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Revamping Superman for 2011?

Posted by · 6:21 am · July 2nd, 2008

Two posts at /film and Obssessed with Film have me spinning my wheels this morning, wondering just who in the heck has approached comic scribe Mark Millar to revamp Superman for the screen in three years. The whole story started with a Daily Record interview that quoted Millar as saying he “always wanted to reinvent […]

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Brilliant

Posted by · 10:31 am · June 20th, 2008

How am I walking the streets of London and missing stuff like this?  Courtesy of The London Paper (via Cinematically Correct and Awards Daily): Truth be told, I am REALLY looking forward to “Hancock.”  Despite obvious flaws here and there, I have always found Peter Berg to be a fascinating filmmaker who seems restless, always […]

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