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August 2009

The Numbers – Oscars Best Picture Rule Changes

The Numbers – Oscars Best Picture Rule Changes

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Thanks to Craig over at LiC for the tip-off that first, Steve Pond (Oscar guy who wrote for The Envelope – often has the inside scoop on the goings on within the Academy, and almost always pro-Academy, in my opinion, not that there’s anything wrong with that) has written that there will be a change in Oscar’s final vote for Best Pic – it all makes my girly head spin…

Roeper’s Top Five

Roeper’s Top Five

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Richard Roeper has named (500) Days of Summer his number film of the summer. As follows: Best movies of the season: 1. ‚Äú(500) Days of Summer‚Äù 2. ‚ÄúInglourious Basterds‚Äù 3. ‚ÄúUp‚Äù 4. ‚ÄúThe Hurt Locker‚Äù 5. ‚ÄúDistrict 9‚Ä≥ Honorable mention: ‚ÄúPublic Enemies,‚Äù ‚ÄúJulie and Julia,‚Äù ‚ÄúHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,‚Äù ‚ÄúThe Hangover,‚Äù ‚ÄúFunny People,‚Äù ‚ÄúStar Trek.‚Äù And speaking of Inglorious Basterds, I was remiss in not posting this interesting…

Best Cinematography Early Buzz Poll

Best Cinematography Early Buzz Poll

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Click here for the full poll. Please choose five favorites based on your impeccable judgment, keen insight, and fleeting glimpses of purty shots in trailers.

Magic Kingdom to absorb Marvel Universe

Magic Kingdom to absorb Marvel Universe

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In a deal worth $4 Billion, thousands of Marvel superheros, sidekicks and villains are being blended into the Disney family. THR has details: Disney acquires ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters to be overseen by Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, who is charged with cherry-picking when and where they’ll show up within Disney’s vast empire, including online and in video games. What does this mean for Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, and Spidey?…

The State of Race: It’s the Movies

The State of Race: It’s the Movies

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Why Film Awards Are Still Important As Oscar season wakes up from its long nap, there are yet still more voices, every day more voices, flooding the niche. Can the niche hold? It seems as though the beast that is the “Oscar blogger” has not scaled back – most film bloggers and journalists are now Oscar bloggers somehow. It’s the contest, no, it’s the movies. No, it’s the celebrity, no,…

Matt Damon’s Year

Matt Damon’s Year

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It seems strange that the American Cinematheque would be honoring Matt Damon with a Lifetime Achievement award already, yet that is exactly what they’re doing. This is probably going to be Matt Damon’s year in that he’s got two big films coming out – The Informant and Invictus, now that the Green Zone has been pushed to next year. The Informant has Damon gaining 30 pounds to play disgraced corporate…

BFCA Top ‘Critics Choice’ Films of 2009 (thus far)

BFCA Top ‘Critics Choice’ Films of 2009 (thus far)

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association may provide one of the more reliable pools from which the year’s 10 Best Picture nominees will be drawn. We’ll update this chart whenever a new film ranks high enough to be named ‘Critics Choice’ — with a score higher than 85. (If there’s a title I’ve forgotten, let me know so we can insert it.) Last year’s BFCA Top 10 after the cut.

The Cove Possibly Rejected by Tokyo Fest

The Cove Possibly Rejected by Tokyo Fest

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AJ Schnack is talking up The Cove not being included (so far) in the Tokyo Film Fest lineup. The fest is funded by the Japanese government and is it so surprising they wouldn’t want the movie shown? There is some disagreement on it, however, and no one at the Tokyo Fest is every going to admit that they’d were given orders not to include the film. But what’s kind of…

Feinberg Back in Action

Feinberg Back in Action

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Scott Feinberg isn’t working at the LA Times anymore but he’s gotten back on the horse anyway and has updated his predictions for the year on his blog. Here are his Best Pic projections. Invictus, gee, no pressure. Clint can take the heat, though. You have to admit, it’s kind of cool to contemplate the Big Ten this way: BEST PICTURE Projected Nominees [1] ‚ÄúInvictus‚Äù (Warner Brothers, 12/11) [2] ‚ÄúNine‚Äù…

An Education, full trailer

An Education, full trailer

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As much as we’ve talked about An Education here over the past few weeks, is it possible we haven’t featured the trailer yet? We ran an extended clip montage several weeks ago, but I stumbled across an official trailer by accident this morning so it’s time we took a look. Our friend Craig Kennedy at LiC who sees everything and isn’t that easy to please, saw An Education last night…