January 25, 2012
YESTERDAY'S OSCAR nominations set the stage for an Oscar season marked by arguments that may get incredibly loud, and a race that will be incredibly close. Right now, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is the nominal favorite with 11 nominations, just ahead of the neo-silent movie "The Artist," with 10. Dig into the actor/actress/writing/directing categories, though, and you'll see a voting body with its collective mind going in a million directions. There were nine nominations for best picture, and you can usually look for the eventual best-picture winner among the best-director category, where the five nominees are Terrence Malick ("Tree of Life")
August 17, 2007
THE UPROARIOUS comedy "Superbad" has a character with a name so indelible it's likely to be linked to the actor forever. Newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays a teen who comes to be known as "McLovin," the name that appears on his ridiculous fake I.D. "Right now, I'm really excited about it," said Mintz-Plasse, who recently stopped in Philly with co-stars Michael Cera and Jonah Hill to promote the comedy. "I don't know what I'm going to think later, but I guess I'll worry about that when the time comes.
June 10, 2011
THE JOKE about the three stages of an actress in Hollywood - babe, district attorney, "Driving Miss Daisy" - is so good, we repeat it even if it isn't true anymore. The truth is the business is getting to be much friendlier to "older" actresses, especially if you factor in television. Norristown's Maria Bello is now forty-something, she's mother of a 10-year-old boy, and she's busier than ever - a new movie ("Beautiful Boy") opens today, she has two more in the hopper, and she's about to embark on the American version of the venerated Helen Mirren BBC series "Prime Suspect," the quintessential plum role.
January 11, 2013
"LINCOLN" TALLIED the most Oscar nominations Thursday, but the biggest winner may have been Philadelphia's own "Silver Lining Playbook. " The low-profile movie picked up eight Oscar nominations - fewer than the 12 for "Lincoln" - but "SLP" is the only movie to be nominated in all of the most important categories - best picture, best director (David O. Russell), best actor (Bradley Cooper), best actress (Jennifer Lawrence), best supporting actress (Jacki Weaver) and best supporting actor (Robert De Niro)
May 20, 2010
THERE ARE probably drunks in bars right now betting that Tom Cruise's next movie will be a piece of crap. But surely no sober person, no reasonable individual, no bookie, Vegas junkie or Mafia syndicate would try to earn a living from such wagering. And no non-lunatic would want to take revenue from wagers about Tom Cruise movies and turn it into a pillar of the U.S. economy. That's nuts, right? Except on Wall Street, a place where decades of lax supervision have created a kind of financial Shutter Island, an insane asylum filled with people who don't know they're crazy.
February 28, 2011
IN THE EYES of Oscar, it's good to be "The King's Speech. " It's also good to be Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and wife Christina, the executive producers of "Inside Job. " Both movies won Oscars last night - "King's Speech" for Best Picture (and Best Director), and "Inside Job," the movie financed and executive produced by the Luries, won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Colin Firth won Best Actor for his work as the lead in "The King's Speech," as a wartime monarch struggling with a speech impediment.
March 8, 2010
THE SPOILS of an epic Oscar war went to "The Hurt Locker," which won Best Picture last night by beating the world's most popular movie, "Avatar. " The movie won six awards in all (to "Avatar's" three). Kathryn Bigelow, who helmed the Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker," became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director (an award presented by Barbra Streisand). "There's no other way to describe it, it's the moment of a lifetime," said a tearful Bigelow, who dedicated the award "to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis.
December 27, 2012
HOLLYWOOD had a bounce-back year in 2012, mostly deserved. Movie attendance was up more than 5 percent to about 1.36 billion, as the industry did a good job giving folks what they wanted and often more than they expected. And the year closes with a strong roster of movie-making talent on view - works by Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell and Judd Apatow, with Kathryn Bigelow on the way in a few weeks. The year also closes with the industry on the list of collateral suspects in the wake of recent tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn., prompting questions about the role of popular culture.
September 2, 2010
WHEN ARMY Spc. Russell Baer met Pat Tillman, he expected a "meathead. " Baer served in the same Ranger unit as Tillman, celebrated back home as the football star who quit the NFL and volunteered to serve in the Army after 9/11. "We like to put people boxes, and I was thinking: Meathead. Egotistical, testosterone-driven, chest-thumping male. And he was totally freaking different, an American original," said Baer, who was just yards from his buddy when Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.
June 4, 2010
THE FOLKS over at the Razzie awards will be examining the new DVD of "Wolfman," and you can anticipate nominations for Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro. Both men find themselves in hairy situations, but the scariest thing in the movie is the acting - Del Toro's miserable, mumbling hero and Hopkins' homicidal aristocrat, Hannibal Lecter with Rogaine. Also scary, the DVD special features include "extended" scenes, offering more of same. On a brighter note, Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" arrives.