38 cinematic reasons why I dread the lights going down
The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, but you might as well just go by this list, which has been officially certified by the Dionne Warwick Psychic Hotline. BEST PICTURE (Ranked in descending order of likelihood) 1--The Artist 2--The Descendants 3--The Help 4--Hugo 5--Mo ... More >>
WWI gets Spielberg’d; Fincher’s new girl in town
Just like it's already Christmas in certain department stores, the Oscar predix business happens to be in full swing, with goldderby.com asking us pundits for our premature (I mean extremely mature) guesses as to who will get nominated. Here are mine as of this very moment. Bear in mind tha ... More >>
The talented Melissa Leo is winning lots of awards for playing the big-haired, manipulative, and often destructive mother in The Fighter. The real-life woman she plays had a heart attack a few days ago, but she's rallying because she's that kind of survivor.
The results are in
Either The King's Speech or The Social Network. Duh. Neither has officially opened yet, but people are saying that The King's Speech, a Weinstein brothers historical epic with Colin Firth as King George VI and Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, is a wow, while David Fincher's The Soci ... More >>
This year's NYFF manages both. Plus: Our best of the fest
The only time people aren't online these days is when they're at a movie theater -- after I scream at them to turn off their BlackBerrys, that is -- but now they can get over their Webby withdrawal by watching movies about the Internet. It's the latest trend! I recently saw a Luke Wilson fl ... More >>
Facebook just released their newest innovation that furthers the social network's reputation as a product meant to track your every move like the digital shock-collar we all know it is but have yet to fully come to terms with as (or have already given up on fighting). Which is also perfectly ... More >>
Important New York superhero Spider Man will no longer be portrayed in movies by Tobey Maguire, because Spider Man 2 was so goddamn amazing it just didn't really matter, is why. No Spider Man movie with Tobey Maguire in it was going to get any better. So now, they're restarting the franchise, ... More >>
Maybe I'm just not up on the lingo of the tech world, but why is a new product always set up to "kill" an existing product? Aren't these unrealistically lofty expectations, especially when the thing you're trying to "kill" -- in this case Facebook -- has nearly half a billion users worldwide? ... More >>
8:30 pm. Hmmm, Laurence of Arabia with a Cugat beat... pretty stage, more "intimate" than usual as promised, but a bit flat -- Oh no Hugh Jackman is doing a Billy Crystal. No, Hugh, you're too good for this. And we mean that literally. It's like watching Pavarotti play Jackie Gleason. At last, a g ... More >>
Attention, bottom-feeders: This column ends with blind items.
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Film Society explores the curious David Fincher
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With its secret boys club and bloody good fun, Wanted has all of the fight with none of the guilt
The good news for Zodiac fanatics is that the DVD version offers new angles on futility and frustration. The bad news is why.
Our one-man jury bestows honors on the best of Cannes 2007
Cannes jury spreads out awards, giving Romanian the big prize
Noir screenwriter makes strong directorial debut; Joseph Gordon-Levitt awes again in character-driven theft thriller
In his hunt for the Zodiac killer, David Fincher forgoes the personal for the process, and in the process Nathan Lee geeks out.
Shadow of the thin man: Bale's method madness and goth-grunge ambience yield net loss
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A rundown of the season's movies handpicked for their potential wondrousness or probable woefulness.