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April 2008

Gran Torino News

Gran Torino News

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Cinemablend points us to Moviehole’s nab of Warner Bros.’s Gran Torino plot and cast breakdown. The official synopsis: Walt Kowalski is a widower, a grumpy, tough-minded, borderline-hateful, unhappy man who can‚Äôt get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in cherry condition. Drawn against his will into the lives of the Hmong family that lives…

35th Daytime Emmy Award Nominees

35th Daytime Emmy Award Nominees

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Nominations were announced this morning for the Daytime Emmy Awards in roughly 2300 categories. You can wade through the 20-page pdf to find out if your favorite “Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control” guy made the cut. TOP MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS 17¬†¬† The Young and the Restless 13¬†¬† Guiding Light 13¬†¬† One Life To Live 13¬†¬† Sesame Street 12¬†¬† As the World Turns 9¬†¬†¬† The Bold and the Beautiful 8¬†¬†¬†…

Doc News

Doc News

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Variety’s Robert Koehler raves about the French doc, Beloved: Lovely, extremely heartfelt film helps redefine the term “homemovie” as the director examines the sad, multilayered life of his grandmother Therese, who died of tuberculosis at 36. Desplechin once again demonstrates his capacity for turning anything into a cinematic moment, and accomplishes what many viewers might wish they had done with their own relatives. Tube buyers will lead the request line…

White is the New Black

White is the New Black

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Kris Tapley has redesigned his Incontention site and added a few more contributers. He promises it to be a more lively and active blog, not just Oscar focused but industry focused. Check it out.

McKellen is Gandalf Again

McKellen is Gandalf Again

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Reuters prints the quotes from Empire Magazine’s interview with Ian McKellen, as follows: “Yes, it’s true. I spoke to Guillermo in the very room that Peter Jackson offered me the part and he confirmed that I would be reprising the role. Obviously, it’s not a part that you turn down, I loved playing Gandalf.”

This is the World We Live In

This is the World We Live In

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Well, someone’s got to say it. In case you haven’t been following the latest distraction (do people really care about shit like this?) of Miley Cyrus, the “topless” photo and Annie Leibovitz, Vanity Fair has decided to showcase the talented photographer’s covers over the years. What is striking about looking at them all in a long line, as ONTD has done, is how few people of color are on them….

New Burn After Reading Stills

New Burn After Reading Stills

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The Coens’ film has had few, if any, actual stills from the film. But First Showing has some of them (via Oh No, They Didn’t). Tilda, George, John and Brad! Here’s to hoping the Coen crowd doesn’t becoming like the Soderbergh crowd where all the cool kids hang together in every movie.

Is ‘Lost’ Nowhere to Be Found?

Is ‘Lost’ Nowhere to Be Found?

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In our discussion on the Emmys selection for drama a few interesting items popped up. One of them is worth taking a deeper look at, I think, and that is whether or not Lost is gone forever. The Jack writes: Lost started out as a show about these characters and how they interact with the island and respond to the mysteries around them – the characters came first. Now it‚Äôs…

Blindness to Open Cannes, What Just Happened to Close It

Blindness to Open Cannes, What Just Happened to Close It

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Variety reports that Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness will indeed play at Cannes and will, in fact, open it. This should come as good news to the AD readers who kept bugging us to give the film some coverage. What Just Happened stars Robert DeNiro as an aging producer who is trying to get a movie made. It also stars Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro (my all time favorite most underrated…

EmmyWatch – Drama

EmmyWatch – Drama

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Last year it was: Boston Legal Grey’s Anatomy Heroes House The Sopranos It’s easy to see why The Sopranos took it. Grey’s Anatomy and Heroes could have probably been dumped. Sure, they’re highly rated and successful but really THAT good? It seems to me that the biggest problem with the Emmys is that they start to look too much like the People’s Choice awards. There is no critical backlash, no…