From the Franco file
The following folk were excluded by the Oscar nominators and will have to either jump off a cliff or just learn to deal with it.
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 >>
You probably know that in Rust and Bone, Oscar winner Marion Cotillard portrays a whale trainer who loses her legs in an accident. In any case, I'm not revealing anything the actor herself doesn't talk about. SO, SORRY!!! "It's a love story," Cotillard told her TimesTalks audience last night. "I ... 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 >>
Female division. In the talking era. According to Michael Musto. Feel free to do your usual whining and add your own faves.
Films, stars, and the festival itself combat easy categorization
Hot French double-amputee on bare-knuckle boxer sex. Fleshy Austrian cougar cycles between multiple young, fit African gigolos. Loglines of highly-specific fetish porn, or of movies premiering Thursday in the Cannes Film Festival main competition? Perhaps both, but definitely the latter: Oscar win ... More >>
Standard & Poor's downgraded the United States' long-term credit rating from AAA to AA last night. The company said that the messy and prolonged political squabble around the debt ceiling bill was responsible for the new valuation. "The downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, sta ... More >>
Showstoppers and rip-offs in the blowsy movie musical. Plus: Paper's Nightlife Awards
"I met Carla from Bravo's Top Chef -- I was rooting for her the whole season long." Twitpic by drschefcick. Paul McCartney will play Citi Field, which makes sense, since neither he nor the Mets have been any good since the 1980s. The "Bike in Style" Challenge had FIT students "create stylish, p ... More >>
Fortunately, lots of people—well, gay people—still care about Broadway.
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 C ... More >>
Writer's cramp? No, a nonstop stream of diary during the Oscars telecast.
From the seer, suckers: The nominees, plus trash talk about some non-nominees
Devout banter about a very different Bible class, plus sleuthing about Sleuth and ragging on Rita
Edith Piaf makes a New York Fringe Festival Encore
Already generating Oscar buzz, Marion Cotillard chats about channeling her inner chanteuse
Marion Cotillard gives a star turn, but can't save Edith Piaf biopic
Too hot to deal? Take shelter in the cool and dark of the matinee.
The latest (though not all greatest) in French cinema hits town
Attempting romantic comedy, Sir Ridley Scott conquers neither
Precocious kids and old joys at 35th annual showcase of up-and-coming directors
War, what is it good for? Amélie brain trust makes a date with destiny at the front lines.
An almost grown-up Tim Burton buys a pack of Spielbergian lieshook, line, and stinker