[Summer Guide 2014]
Snikt-ing in the '70s
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow --and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
Will Gravity win Best Picture? Will Jennifer Lawrence make an endearing but awkward acceptance speech? Find out while you eat and drink at one of NYC's venues screening the Academy Awards. We've mapped 10 spots screening the show and hosting a party. Many of them require dress-up. Others are offerin ... More >>
Pay attention to newspapers long enough, and you'll realize that they assign obituaries in advance so that they're ready to go when some august presence exits this planet. That's possible because the arc of a life, even a great one, usually has become apparent by the years before its end. (Of course ... More >>
At 8:30 a.m., this year's Oscar nominations will be announced, also known as national Gah! What Were Those Idiot Voters Thinking Day. We can't wait, so in the meantime, we give you this:
In 2013, love came in many forms: girl on zombie, boy on smartphone, and James Franco on -- count 'em -- two hot bikini babes at the same damn time. Sure, romantic comedies are as extinct as Oprah Winfrey's chances of winning Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, but audiences had plenty of ... More >>
This week, this paper's film critics Alan Scherstul, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek discuss David O. Russell's American Hustle, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Disney's Saving Mr. Banks. They also recommend Despicable Me 2, the late Paul Walker's Hours and Compliance.
Jennifer Lawrence is both on fire and in the process of becoming, and it’s magnificent to watch.
Here is a brief list of the things I found more engaging in this week's episode of Saturday Night Live than Phoenix's performance: - Dennis Rodman's 12-second cameo in the cold open, in which he stumbled over saying "Saturday Night Live" - Melissa McCarthy driving a golf cart - Melissa McCarthy wea ... More >>
Also: Sir Ian McKellan outs everyone
I'll give that honor to Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence. She was succinct, sweet, and sincere--everything a speech should be, including acknowledging the four losers, but not in a patronizing, humiliating way. And she did this even after falling on her face on the way up to the podium, and making a ... More >>
Think about it. Hear much about Sandra Bullock lately? Gwyneth's movie career? Natalie Portman? (Yes, I know she has another Thor and a Terrence Malick film coming, but still.)
It's neck and neck between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence for the Best Actress Oscar, and in hopes of deciding which of them will get it--to avoid a hideous embarrassment like last year--I'm going to lay out all their individual pros and cons. JESSICA CHASTAIN PROS: She's very strong in ... More >>
Quvenchane Wallis will be the youngest anything if she wins. But let's talk about Jennifer Lawrence. She was nominated before, for Winter's Bone, when she was even younger. She's in the huge franchise The Hunger Games, which will surely pay for her old age. And in the meantime, she's nominated for ... More >>
Ben Affleck was surprisingly shut out of an Oscar nomination for Best Director last week, but he's not down yet. He stunned all the experts by copping Best Picture and Best Director at last night's Golden Globes as Lincoln looked distinctly un-Presidential. (As I just noted on CNN, the only award t ... More >>
For a grim slog, the Oscar movies are pretty fun
Get sick on screen, cough a little too hard, and you've got a nomination all locked up. Here are some of the frontrunners for nomination consideration, who will suddenly feel much better if they're announced among the chosen this Thursday. Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone (above). The French favo ... More >>
Naturally, they might change--especially when I see every last film--but right now, this is what I'm predicting on goldderby.com (where they ask various commentators for their incredibly prescient forecasts and expect them to be accurate). SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1--Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables 2--S ... More >>
It's never too soon to start guessing Oscar nominations, so I've done some exhaustive research--like talking to one friend in the biz, as well as plumbing the depths of my own usually-semi-right instincts--and decided that the five nominees will probably come from these seven bigshots: Marion Coti ... More >>
Since Miss Cleo was driven out of business years ago, the Gold Derby site had to fall back on asking various pundits like myself to start predicting what will win the Oscar for Best Picture next year. Alas, I'm still working on last year's predictions. (The Artist doesn't have a chance. Trust me! I ... More >>
I really liked Hope Springs, but I was a little shocked to see two former leading ladies in teeny-weeny parts. If you've seen Mimi Rogers in the trailer, you've seen pretty much her entire role (Carol, the Neighbor). Add a couple more lines and that's the whole thing! Mimi was brilliant in 1991's ... More >>
My favorite Olympic quote so far came this morning from Allen St. John at Salon: "Over the first weekend, I've watched equestrian, dressage, women's table tennis, women's fencing, archery, bicycle racing, volleyball, team hand ball, and men's water polo. It's like Wide World of Sports on steroids. ... More >>
It's ironic that Hollywood usually makes unhealthy demands on young actresses, generally forcing them to be bone thin, but when there's a movie about starvation, they suddenly cast Jennifer Lawrence, who's not skeletal at all! But some psychologists are chewing out critics who've brought up Lawrenc ... More >>
You had us at beard. At Refinery 29's Oscar Viewing Party at the W Hotel in Union Square last night, we waited eagerly to be wowed by the celebs on the red carpet. Alas, that moment never came. We mostly shrugged, "meh"ed, and nodded. Not even Helena Bonham Carter, whose eccentricity has kept ... More >>
Let's get this party started! We have chocolate marshmallow cookies, and wine, and cheese and crackers, and maybe we'll get pizza. And, most importantly, we have CELEBRITIES CONGRATULATING THEMSELVES FOR BEING CELEBRITIES. And Billy Crystal. Whee! Herewith, Runnin' Scared's official live blog ... More >>
Courtesy ABCAnd now for the awards portion of the evening! Full disclosure: the three of us have seen only five of the Best Picture nominees. Not that it matters. So:
In: Portman and Franco. Out: Moore and Wahlberg.
Four actors and their very good year
The results are in
Colin FirthHere it is: Unfounded, un-called for, and way too early. Best Actor nominees will surely include Colin Firth (The King's Speech), James Franco (127 Hours), and Robert Duvall (Get Low). Firth is the favorite to win right now, especially since he was so good in A Single Man last ye ... More >>
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