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The Wonder of Avatar

The NY Post’s Larry Getlen takes a second look at Avatar and sees more in the film than he could have imagined: ‚ÄúThe idiosyncrasies of how people‚Äôs faces work ‚Äî the order in which their muscles flair ‚Äî that varies from person to person,‚Äù says Richard Baneham, the film‚Äôs animation ...

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Grammys Winners

Look, folks, better late than never. With Ryan sick and me in the state of moving from one place to another, we haven’t had much time to update today. And I’m someone who cares very little about the Grammys – they award people who sell the most records, for the ...

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The State of the Race: She

There have been a very small handful of women who have gotten Directors Guild nominations. None had any chance of winning. Sixty two years of awards and not a single woman or black man (or black woman) has ever won the DGA. The DGA is the single most important guild ...

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DGA: Tom O’Neil Says Cameron Can’t Lose

Over at Gold Derby, Tom O’Neil is convinced that Jim Cameron is your winner: “The Hurt Locker” juggernaut sweeping the Hollywood film industry and America’s movie critics right now may be largely isolated to those groups. DGA is comprised of more than 13,000 members who are scattered across the U.S. ...

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DGA: Three Scenes – Inglourious Basterds

Recently, I had the occasion to speak with Quentin Tarantino (will be posting the interview soon) and I told him that my three favorite scenes in Inglourious Basterds both involved Landa and the way he toys with people.   In all three scenes, he starts off charming but by the end ...

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The DGAs – David and Goliath

Kris Tapley says that Jim Cameron will take the Directors Guild top prize. He gives his reasons here: The answer is in the populist leanings of the guild, a vast, diluted membership that is TV-heavy, rules against sending screeners (which is a definite thorn for Kathryn Bigelow, whose film pulled ...

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EW’s Chart-o-Rama

This is a pretty handy chart they’ve created over at Entertainment Weekly. There are tabs for each contender. The hardest one to grasp is Best Actress, which is all over the place. Picture and Director after the cut. It’s nice of them to include Boston and Chicago — I generally ...

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2009 Awards Daily Nominations

UPDATE: Today’s the last day to vote if you haven’t already. Rob Y has delivered the final ballot to decide the winners of the AD Nominations announced last week. Click through to cast your votes. Deadline to complete your ballot is Friday, Jan 29th.  

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International Film Music Nominees

Michael Giacchino is the big winner with 9 nominations. FILM CATEGORIES: FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR • AVATAR, music by James Horner • DRAG ME TO HELL, music by Christopher Young • STAR TREK, music by Michael Giacchino • THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, music by Alexandre Desplat • UP, ...

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The Oscars – Dancing for Straight Guys

Here is Adam Shankman in USA Today: “Dancing is so a part of the American public consciousness right now,” he says. “It’s a fabulous time for dancers.” He interrupts an interview to cajole the room full of auditioners, who are concentrating on rehearsing their moves.  

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Miramax Gone in Name Only

The Miramax name was never meant to go on without Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Once it was sold out from under them, they went on to form The Weinstein Co. and Miramax went on releasing great movies. There is a rumor that the Weinsteins want to buy back the Miramax ...

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Take Out the Word Oscar

Just a shout-out to many of the new Oscar blogs I see cropping up. I won’t list them here but fair warning – the lawyers at the Academy are serious about protecting their brand. They might be inclined to notify you to change your name and then you, like I, ...

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RIP JD Salinger

January 1, 1919 – January 28, 2010 Salinger famously didn’t let Hollywood get its greasy paws on The Catcher in the Rye. His letter, after the cut.  

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