Why must a world-class star be hung up on some twerp?
A "formula movie" is a standard-issue flick that unabashedly retreads a familiar plotline. It generally has a setup, a dramatic turning point, a revelation, a climax, and an ending, and as the train chugs along, you can pretty much see the wheels turning. The Green -- co-starring this week's colu ... More >>
One of the awful things about getting a teeny bit older is that you start becoming sentimental about everything to the point where movies and plays that used to have you rolling your eyes suddenly make you break into more tears than an actress trying to get an Oscar nomination. In the theate ... More >>
Additional, excellent live-blogging here with Allison Benedikt at Sound of the City. The King of All Oscar Predictors walks among you in Part III. Will this hubris bring us low? Watch and judge! Oh no, Ben Stiller, you are not. Natalie Portman, good straight woman. Stiller probably thinks he's Ch ... More >>
As per usual, the Globes went for any movie personality who's famous (Brangelina, Tom Cruise, etc.) and with only a few exceptions dissed actual actors who aren't enormous stars. Uninvited from the buffet table were such underpublicized critical darlings as:
I can answer that! Just off the top of my head... (1) Toni Collette. She always brings a deep-rooted sense of integrity to her work. Superstardom has only evaded her because she has so much range that people can’t peg her that easily. Bonus points for being nice.
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla interviews Henry H. Owings, creator of infamous fanzine Chunklet: "Fuck that. Everybody knows where I live. Everybody knows that I sign the checks. It has my name on it. You think I'm some kind of chickenshit?" Raquel Cepeda talks to AZ, rea ... More >>
To paraphrase H.L. Mencken, nobody ever went broke underestimating the tastes of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And so it's possible that the "buzz" about Clint Eastwood's latest, Changeling, is true and that lead actress Angelina Jolie is destined for an Oscar nomination. But sinc ... More >>
It's only four months to the Oscar nominations (sorry, I'm a sick queen), so it's time to start separating the frontrunners from the back-of-the buses. Here come my never-too-early choices for the definite-probable-maybe nominees. And not to brag, but I'm usually about 80% right with this shit.
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