INTERVIEW: Woody Harrelson

Posted by · 9:35 am · November 24th, 2009

Woody Harrelson is running behind…about a half an hour behind.  This after a number of delays and schedule changes throughout the week.  When he strolls nonchalantly out onto the rooftop spread of a posh West Hollywood hotel, you can see why.  It’s not irresponsibility.  It’s not eccentric nuisance.  The guy just marches to his own […]

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Woody/Ferguson

Posted by · 8:18 am · November 19th, 2009

Woody hustled off to CBS to film this appearance on The Late Late Show right after I spoke with him Tuesday.  So it’s surreal, from my point of view, to see him wearing the same stuff he was when we spoke.  Anyway, just one of those things.  Wonderful interview, a Teddy bear, great heart, and, […]

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“If someone says ‘Drop and give me 20,’ I just can’t see it happening.”

Posted by · 10:24 am · November 13th, 2009

(Courtesy: Hulu)

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11/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:55 am · November 10th, 2009

• Deborah Sontag talks “The Messenger” with Oren Moverman, Woody Harrelson, etc. [New York Times] • Roger Ebert sits down with the fast-becoming new “it” girl, Gabourey Sidibe. [Chicago Sun-Times] • With movies still to be seen in 2009, Noah Forrest pegs “25th Hour” as the decade’s best.  Brave choice.  I’m a fan. [Movie City […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the supporting gentlemen

Posted by · 9:10 am · November 9th, 2009

In recent weeks we’ve been covering the performance categories in this space.  With little else of tangible interest, what else can we possibly discuss?  It’s as good a time as any to take note of what we have on our hands.  Be sure to check out our looks at Best Actor, Best Actress and Best […]

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The Great Performances: 1998

Posted by · 2:03 pm · October 30th, 2009

For all my bitching about Roberto Benigni winning Best Actor in 1998 for his incessant mugging in “Life is Beautiful,” I was also thrilled the Academy watched enough films and paid enough attention to realize that Edward Norton was deserving for his magnetic turn as a neo-Nazi who sees the light in “American History X.” […]

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The Great Performances: 1996

Posted by · 10:15 am · October 16th, 2009

1996 was an odd year, a year when the independent cinema dominated the weak product emerging out of Hollywood. I am going to confess right off the top of this article (as I have numerous times before) that I was not a fan of “The English Patient,” which for me remains one of the most […]

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REVIEW: “The Messenger” (***1/2)

Posted by · 3:38 pm · October 9th, 2009

There is a film that succeeds as a cerebral drama, concerned with the impact of war on the individual, free of the genre’s typical tropes and remarkably fresh as a result.  And believe it or not, I’m not talking about “The Hurt Locker.” Of course, it is unfair to Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger” to so […]

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